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Morning Links: Bad Painting Edition

René Magritte: The Fifth Season, from which the essay in the Paris Review was excerpted.


An uneven $318.3-million Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and modern art in New York last night was dominated by a Modigliani nude that went for $157.2 million. Read a full auction report from ARTnews. [ARTnews]

Sotheby’s also launched a new video series called The Fearless Now, the first episode of which pairs Ai Weiwei in conversation with the rapper A$AP Rocky. [Sotheby’s]


The American University Museum in Washington, D.C., got 9,000 works from the collection of the defunct Corcoran Art Gallery—marking the biggest chunk given over from some 20,000 works doled out to different institutions. [The Art Newspaper]

The Nahmad family, who bought Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (Young Girl with a Flower Basket) for $115 million last week at Christie’s, said the work will go on to show at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris this fall. [The Art Newspaper]

“Art lover and aficionado Carla Emil, whose collection (with husband Rich Silverstein) is the basis of the SFMOMA exhibition ‘Selves and Others,’ has founded C Project, a foundation that describes itself as dedicated to bringing ‘original performance-based art experiences to San Francisco.’ ” First up, in November, is a presentation by Ragnar Kjartansson curated by Tom Eccles. [San Francisco Chronicle]


Jeff Koons likes the hip-hop star Lil Uzi Vert, and vice-versa. In a profile of the rapper in GQ, Koons is quoted as saying, “He’s able to speak about a kind of microcosm that actually represents one community that can be looked at as a whole. I think it’s very pop; it’s very connecting. I just think it’s brilliant.” Uzi Vert, in response, said, “For real? You know, I got this weird thing in my head that people think I’m weird. But when I hear that, that’s cool. I want to meet him.” [GQ]

“Long considered aberrations in his artistic career, René Magritte’s sunlit surrealist and vache pictures have recently been reassessed by art historians and critics not only on their own terms but also in relation to the notion of ‘bad painting.’ The two bodies of work have often been discussed separately . . .” But! “There is good reason to think of them as related.” [The Paris Review]

In Chicago: “Glance at it quickly and you might think it’s a bike rack. But look closer and you’ll see that the art installation at Daley Plaza includes a line of mock AR-15 military-style rifles.” [The Chicago Tribune]


The New York Review of Books surveyed the ways that “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings,” an exhibition that just closed at the Met, “positions Cole as a challenge to Trumpian greed, as well as to the American landscape as imagined by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and EPA chief Scott Pruitt.” [The New York Review of Books]

The Guardian’s Adrian Searle liked what he saw in Tacita Dean’s exhibition “Landscape” at the Royal Academy in London. About the artist’s new film Antigone, he wrote, “It is impossible to do justice to this almost hour-long film, with its multiple layerings, masked exposures and multiple viewpoints, its innovative technical manipulations of analogue film and its camerawork.” [The Guardian]

Glenn Branca, the avant-garde composer who pioneered the use of detuned guitars in the “No Wave” scene in downtown New York, died at the age of 69. [The Guardian]

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