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Morning Links: Post in Postmodernism Edition

A truck from the fleet of the amazing U.S. Postal Service.



An artwork by Michael Rakowitz in Cleveland pays tribute to Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer in 2014. “That’s something to talk about, because we’re talking about color,” Rakowitz said of a work that engages race as well as claims that Rice was shot because his toy pellet gun lacked an orange safety cap. [The New York Times]

As questions remain over who might represent the U.S. at next year’s Venice Biennale, the Guardian panned back to survey art in the age of a certain current president. “Trump seems utterly confused in even defining the word culture,” says Virginia Shore, former chief curator of the state department’s Art in Embassies program. [The Guardian]


“Pat de Groot, a painter who embodied an era when the beaches and dunes at the tip of Cape Cod were peopled with artistic geniuses and incorrigible eccentrics—often in the form of the same person—died on Thursday in Brewster, Mass. She was 88.” [The New York Times]

The Paris Review has a tribute to the late, great husky-voiced chanteuse Nico on the occasion of a new biopic titled Nico, 1988. “In the thirty years since her death, she has variously served as a feminist symbol—the Judith Shakespeare to her canonical male peers—and a stand-in for European trauma, an exile wandering the world in the aftermath of war.” [The Paris Review]

For the New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakins wrote about “the ascetic beauty of Brancusi.” [The New York Review of Books]

Epochal Art

Jonathan Jones reviewed the Tate Modern show “Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33.” Of the age associated with “degenerate” art, he writes, “This art was not abstract but fiercely carnal and it is still shocking today.” [The Guardian]

The New Yorker has more on comic Jim Carrey’s forays into art. “Holed up in his L.A. home, the actor sketches furiously, and watches lots of cable news.” [The New Yorker]

Smithsonian magazine nailed it with this headline about a forthcoming mail art show in Washington, D.C.: “Collaborative ‘Mail Art’ Puts the Post in Postmodernism.” [Smithsonian]


The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been given $16 million by the hedge-fund maven Kenneth C. Griffin. [ARTnews]

The U.S. Pizza Museum is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Chicago next month. [U.S. Pizza Museum]

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