Morning Links

Morning Links: Singing Organists Edition

César Franck playing the organ in 1885.


Grand Performances

Ragnar Kjartansson’s latest stunt will involve getting a group of ten singing organists to perform the same Italian pop song 3,000 times, according to Artnet News. The work, which will debut next year at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, will be called The Sky in a Room, making the grandiose piece ripe for puns on the phrase “The sky is the limit.” [Artnet News]

Dread Scott has started a Kickstarter for his new project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment, an ambitious restaging of an 1811 slave uprising that will involve more than 500 black performers who will march a 26-mile route in Louisiana. [Kickstarter]

On Photography

On assignment for W magazine, ARTnews executive editor Andrew Russeth spoke to Cindy Sherman about her work and her recent exploits on Instagram—as well as her special project for W that “apes the social media phenomenon known as the plandid—the planned candid photograph.” [W]

The New Yorker has an excerpt of an introduction by Hilton Als to a new facsimile edition of Nothing Personal, a collaborative text and photo collection by Richard Avedon and James Baldwin from 1964. About his own learning about the book from long ago, Als begins, “I am about 13 years old and my body and mind are carried along by the energy that thinking engenders in me—the nearly phosphorescent ideas and possibilities I find in books, looking at pictures, and whenever I visit a museum.” [The New Yorker]

Remembrances and Reminders

“Barbecue isn’t the only art worth a North Carolina road trip,” according to the New York Post, which has been kind enough to remind us of some art-related destinations around the Tar Heel State. [The New York Post]

New York magazine fashion site the Cut has a fevered remembrance of the oft-cited but always-rewarding episode when Barbara Kruger burned the stylish skateboard brand Supreme as a “ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers.” [The Cut]

Don’t forget: the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens this coming Saturday. But if you can’t wait until then to hear more, Bloomberg has a preview featuring highlights from the new museum’s collection, from a René Magritte painting to a 17th-century ewer. [Bloomberg]

Big Money

The organization 3Arts has awarded some $330,000 to 100 Chicago-based artists, Artforum reports. Ten of those artists have received special $25,000 grants. [Artforum]

The Talent

In her first interview since resigning as director and chief curator of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Beatrix Ruf told the New York Times that all the controversy had been a “misunderstanding.” According to Ruf, all her side activities, among them an art advisory firm that wasn’t reported in the museum’s annual earnings report, were “contractually approved by the Stedelijk.” [The New York Times]

Julie Sherborn has joined the Art Newspaper as chief executive. Sherborn had previously been at ACP Magazines, where she helped increase the presence of publications like Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar in Asia. [The Art Newspaper]

According to a release from yesterday, Mary Corse and Channa Horwitz are now represented by Lisson Gallery. The news is particularly big for the former, who will have a Whitney Museum show next year. [Lisson Gallery]


The French fashion brand Lanvin is looking to start collaborating more with the art world, WWD reports. Apparently, Lanvin already has a “street art project” in the works. [WWD]

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