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Morning Links: Well-Known Demon Deterrent Edition

A demon, best avoided.


Favorite Things

For the travel section of the New York Times, Frank Stella holds forth on some of his globetrotting experiences and favorite cities to see art. Among his subjects are Miami, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Berlin, and—seemingly his most favorite of all—Rome. [The New York Times]

On the occasion of the American Museum of Natural History’s recently announced plan to renovate its fabled Hall of Gems and Minerals, Sadie Stein wrote a tribute to its dated charms for the Paris Review. Among her writerly gleamings: the confession of “several weeks of hilarious and unhygienic coin biting” during her childhood and mention of a certain mineral’s status as “a well-known demon deterrent.” [The Paris Review]


Contributing editors of Artforum put out a letter to “stand with the magazine’s current and former staff in condemning the publishers’ handling of the allegation of Knight Landesman’s sexual misconduct.” Among the 23 signees are Tim Griffin, Greil Marcus, Amy Taubin, James Meyer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Yve-Alain Bois. [Artforum]

The Dalloul Art Foundation in Lebanon has placed close to 30 works in “quarantine” while it tries to establish their authenticity, the Art Newspaper reports. The situation is part of a “growing problem”: “With a lack of archives and literature, the young market for Modern Middle Eastern art is fertile ground for forgeries in light of rising prices.” [The Art Newspaper]


In the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott expresses a liking for the National Museum of Women in the Arts show “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.” The survey stares down two dictates, he states: “First, that women should make feminine art, and second, that African American artists should make figurative and ‘activist’ art, works that confront issues of race, inequality, injustice and the long history of violence against black people.” [The Washington Post]

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne is less than smitten with a proposed renovation of a Philip Johnson skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. The headline of his column says it all: “Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building has always been vain, idiosyncratic and flawed. Let’s keep it that way.” [Los Angeles Times]

For the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich reviews Joe Hagan’s new biography of Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner. A taste: “Hagan’s portrait of Wenner is crisp and cutting: using Wenner’s own archive, and more than two hundred and forty interviews (including conversations with Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney), he narrates the story of an indulgent and widely disliked man who is obsessed with celebrity and consumed by ambition.” [The New Yorker]

Art Books

Forbes has a surprising paean to artist bookswith a focus on two French publishing enterprises. It reads, in part: “The motto of onestar press and Three Star Books—sister publishers in France—could be ‘Strictly Un-Edited by the Publisher,’ since they offer artists nearly unlimited artistic freedom.” [Forbes]

Seth Price’s artwork-as-essay Dispersion is now perusable online as part of Rhizome’s “Net Art Anthology.” An introduction reads: “Originally released at a time when the internet was beginning to affect nearly all aspects of culture, it argued that distribution, rather than production, was the primary way in which works accrued meaning, and that artists needed to find ways of harnessing the enormous capacity for meaning-making inherent in communications networks.” Remember when something of the sort could be novel and new? [Rhizome]

God & Chicago

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ernst Haeckel was an “influential evolutionary scientist who coined such terms as ‘stem cell’ and ‘ecology’ “—and also worked as “a virtuoso illustrator,” according to a tribute in the Guardian. Presented alongside a slideshow of some of his incredible scientific drawingsare tidbits of biographical info, including rationalizations by both Haeckel and his good friend Charles Darwin for disbelieving in God. [The Guardian]

The work of six photographers dating from 1940 to the present figure in an exhibition titled“Black Chicago” at Les Douches gallery in Paris. The Guardian has a presentation of some of the most striking images by a varied cast, each of whom “presents a different image of the African-American community, who came to Chicago from the Deep South with the hope of greater freedom and better jobs. Their photos are a shocking and highly artistic testament to life in the city.” [The Guardian]


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