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Princeton history professor Nell Irvin Painter pondered a question: “How would ‘Soul of a Nation’—this very black art made in the 1960s to 1980s—look in a museum situated in one of the whiter areas of Arkansas?” To find out, he went to see the touring exhibition in its current home at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. [The New York Review of Books]

A new public-art project will feature interpretations of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang by seven artists and groups: Kenny Scharf, Nina Chanel Abney, Rob Pruitt, André Saraiva, Tomokazu Matsuyama, FriendsWithYou, and AVAF. [The New York Times]

In what he is calling “a unique work/sculpture/thing/other,” Darren Bader is selling a pair of Instagram and Twitter accounts along with the email account they were registered through. They will come with a certificate of authenticity! [Instagram]


Jason Farago of the New York Times went to Tate Modern to see “Picasso 1932 — Love, Fame, Tragedy,” an exhibition devoted to a year for the artist that occasioned “a cavalcade of public praise and private indulgences, a year when stylistic invention tipped into frenzy.” [The New York Times]

Taryn Simon will present a new version of An Occupation of Loss, a performance piece she premiered at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, at a secret location in London next month. Owing to complications over finding a suitable site and shipping 675,000 pounds of massive sculptural towers, the piece will be “radically altered” for its new home. [The Guardian]

The Victoria and Albert Museum is offering to return, by way of long-term loan, Ethiopian artifacts looted by British troops in the 19th century. The offer is “a reflection of more radical restitution proposals that were recently put forward by the French president, Emmanuel Macron.” [The Art Newspaper]


For Artforum, the music critic Sasha Frere-Jones wrote a reverent, impressionistic, and not unconfusing tribute to John Zorn’s New York performance space The Stone. [Artforum]

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston exhibited a mummified head exhumed from an Egyptian tomb in 1915 without knowing whose head it was, so a team of FBI forensic scientists went to work. It wasn’t easy, since “Egyptian mummies pose a unique challenge because the desert’s scorching climate rapidly degrades DNA.” [The New York Times]


“Katherine Sherwood’s recent paintings at Walter Maciel Gallery refract art history through the lens of disability. The nudes and floral still lifes are all copies of famous European works by the likes of Ingres, Manet and Van Gogh that have been subtly and not so subtly altered to include suggestions of physical disabilities: walking canes, amputated limbs, brain scans.” [Los Angeles Times]

“Nicole Eisenman’s paintings have long held a dialogue with current events, but the election of President Trump seems to have given them new urgency and vigor. Her latest exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is equal parts lament, lampoon and savage reckoning. It is a must-see mirror held up to our roiling political moment.” [Los Angeles Times]

Fly Life

Artist Rachel Maclean, who represented Scotland at the last Venice Biennale, was named Scotland’s most stylish woman. [The National]

Maria Sibylla Merian, a scientific illustrator in the 17th and 18th centuries, drew really beautiful butterflies. [Brainpickings]

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