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Morning Links: Nihilist Arby’s Edition

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Disguise-donning comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s new TV show Who Is America? counts among its victims the California art expert and consultant Christy Cones. But Cones had some things to say to Cohen before the first episode aired. “I thought he was a psychological time bomb,” Cones said of the ex-con-artist persona that Cohen adopted. “I was like, this guy could blow up, so I should just be as respectful as I can.” [The Washington Post]

“What I remember best of the 10th Liverpool Biennial are the eruptions of violence. Strange for a city-wide biennial called ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ ” So writes Adrian Searle in a Guardian review of the new exhibition in England. [The Guardian]

Eric Shiner has left Sotheby’s, where he went after directing the Andy Warhol Museum, to work as artistic director in the recently-established New York office of London’s storied White Cube gallery. [ARTnews]


“The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin knew it had a painting on its hands that required sensitivity: a 30-foot-wide panorama by the Houston-based artist Vincent Valdez that imagined a modern-day Ku Klux Klan gathering. And a string of recent art-world controversies had emphasized the need for such curatorial caution.” [The New York Times]

The Guardian has the story of the Whitney Museum’s new Latinx show “Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art.” Of work by Latinx artists, Nadja Sayej writes, “While the messages in their work are vital—many of the artists here have their own stories of border politics, language barriers and displacement—it still remains on the fringe of the art world.” [The Guardian]


“Despite the immense trauma they had suffered, the Romanovs endured, adjusting to their new circumstances. Throughout these trials, they had an unlikely ally: art.” [The New York Review of Books]

Curbed Detroit put together a map of sometimes very ambitious public art around the Motor City. [Curbed Detroit]

The city of Venice has employed new “angels of decorum” to enforce rules meant to keep uncouth tourists in line. [The Art Newspaper]


For marketing purposes, Arby’s has taken to making artworks from fast-food boxes, including a 7-foot statue that required 500 boxes and 1,000 hours to construct. [AdWeek]

Definitely not officially sanctioned, “Nihilist Arby’s” is a good follow on Twitter. [Twitter]


Anyone in Cleveland for the new Front Triennial, keep your eyes out for purloined musical gear after the band Wilder Maker got robbed while there on tour. [Twitter]

“Movement never lies”—the Paris Review has the tale of how dance legend Martha Graham learned that truism via the vision of some things wriggling around in water under a microscope. [The Paris Review]

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