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Morning Links: Saucy Venus of Willendorf Edition

Venus of Willendorf.


New Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has been a hit with a new constituency: athletes. Among its notable recent sports-star visitors have been the Arizona Diamondbacks, Hank Aaron, and Kobe Bryant. [The New York Times]

CNN had a story saying that, instead of visiting the White House as most championship-winning teams do, the Golden State Warriors chose to go to the NMAAHC instead. (Fun fact: This article is bylined “Donald Judd.”) [CNN]

Hot Stuff

Vogue’s list of “100 creative voices we find riveting” includes some artists, among them Jon Rafman, Doreen Garner, and Jordan Casteel. There are also looks into such subjects as the “best erotic art” on Instagram and a pair of twin Russian doll-makers with artful fashion cred. [Vogue]

Facebook censored an image of the 30,000-year-old Venus of Willendorf, deeming the prized object of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna as “pornographic.” [The Art Newspaper]

Music Is Art

The David Bowie show “David Bowie Is” is opening at the Brooklyn Museum—its last stop, as the New York Times notes, in “the city he called home.” [The New York Times]

The Stone, the experimental music club run by John Zorn—a favorite of curators and museum programmers all over—has closed in New York’s East Village but relocated to a new home inside the New School just across town. [The New York Times]

The Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai made a music video for Mythless, a new musical project by a guitarist of the indie band Fang Island. [Consequence of Sound]


Photographer Grey Hutton takes pictures of homeless people with a thermal imaging camera, making for disquieting images that address the problem of homelessness in the UK. [The Guardian]

After a backlash over big funding cuts to 20 cultural organizations, the Scottish funding body Creative Scotland said it would undergo a self-directed review. [The Art Newspaper]

Jonathan Jones of the Guardian likes the Tate Britain show “All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life” but in some strange ways. “I’d love to say it was David Bomberg’s arresting landscapes or Francis Bacon’s existentially challenged popes and apes that got me addicted to Tate Britain’s brilliant and brave new exhibition,” he writes, “but in truth it was a breast.” [The Guardian]


For the New York Times Magazine, Bruce Falconer peers into the world of color forecasting, wherein prognosticators try to surmise and drive what hues might be hot in the future. “There were spirited, far-ranging discussions of art, film, music, theater, books, fashion, museum exhibitions and advertising — anything that might hint, even remotely, at where color was headed,” the story goes. [The New York Times Magazine]

The curio-inclined website Atlas Obscura took a look at a 1506 medical text and figured out “what a chart of urine tells us about the history of color printing.” [Atlas Obscura]

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