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Morning Links: W.O.K.E. Radio Edition

The cover of Theo Parrish’s great 2014 album American Intelligence.

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Wide Eyes

An otherwise pretty grim roundup of “The Year in Pictures” at the New York Times features some arts-related stuff, including images of work by Yayoi Kusama, Rei Kawakubo, and the New York City Ballet. [The New York Times]

Wyatt Koch, son of billionaire Bill Koch, has not gotten especially good notices for a line of shirts that he designs. “The shirts, with bright colors and busy patterns, are definitely what we’d call ‘bold,’” New York magazine reports. “They’re also what we’d call ‘seizure-inducing’ and ‘oh God, why?’” [New York]


Tickets will go on sale on New Year’s Day for the exhibition “Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth,’” opening February 10 at the Broad in L.A. “Organized in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the show will be the first U.S. survey of the artist’s work in more than 20 years,” the Los Angeles Times reports. [Los Angeles Times]

“Why ‘Boy With a Basket of Fruit’ is much more than a boy with a basket of fruit,” reads the headline of an L.A. Times story about a Caravaggio painting now on loan to the Getty Museum. Serving as a guide to an article looking at the work is Getty senior curator Davide Gasparotto. [Los Angeles Times]

Vanity Fair has a story about what institutions, artists, and collectors are doing to keep their art safe from fires. [Vanity Fair]

Art for the Years

“A little boy was snapping broken strings against his cello. The man in front of him produced a rattling noise by frantically inserting and removing his trumpet’s mouthpiece.” So begins a story at the New York Review of Books about David Lang’s Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a work composed for more than 1,000 broken musical instruments accumulated by Philadelphia’s public schools. [The New York Review of Books]

The excellent Detroit DJ Theo Parrish and his record label Sound Signature started an online radio station “intended to musically educate listeners of all ages, with an emphasis on youth and Black and Brown people,” according to a description on the site for W.O.K.E. Radio. “Much of the radio programming we hear around the city and across the nation is not aligned with our visions of self-determination, community, and self-love,” the statement continues. “Because we acknowledge the power music and sound has to program people, Theo and the rest of the team felt compelled to offer an alternative to commercial radio programing.” [W.O.K.E. Radio]


“Will the Museum of the Bible become a star D.C. attraction for tour groups?” an article in the Washington Post asks. Part of the focus is a bus tour originating from Mississippi and set to see a surfeit of sites—”but the 28 travelers—all white, many of them conservative Christian evangelicals who defined themselves by their faith—were mostly looking forward to their upcoming visit to the new $500 million Museum of the Bible in Washington.” [The Washington Post]

Behold a teeming list of favorite books from 2017 by a bunch of contributors to the Paris Review—a bookish lot if there ever was one. Among the offerings: Ann Carson’s picks for two “unusually excellent new poetry books from Greece.” [The Paris Review]

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