Morning Links

Morning Links: Art Sandwich Edition

This is not an art sandwich, but it certainly is a tasty looking BLT.


Public Art

An artwork consisting of posters with the names of 34,361 refugees who have died trying to reach Europe since 1993 disappeared from public view at the Liverpool Biennial. The city has said it was not responsible, and the biennial, which is investigating the matter, said it is “doing everything we can to reinstate it.” The list has been compiled and updated for years by the United for Intercultural Action network and Turkish artist Banu Cennetoğlu has, since 2007, worked with various people and organizations to display it publicly and spread awareness about it. [The Guardian]


Brazilian artist Antonio Dias, whose work touched on elements of Conceptual art, Pop, and Arte Povera, died at the age of 74. [Estadão]

The Talent

Christopher Knight has penned a to-do list for Klaus Biesenbach, once he starts as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Among the items: make the museum free and “remake the board of trustees.” [Los Angeles Times]

The American Folk Art Museum in New York has tapped Jason T. Busch, the director of the Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan, to be its new executive director. [The New York Times]


An article in the New York Times about a project by artist Skylar Fein that looks at the killing of 32 people at a gay bar in 1973 was apparently censored by the local printer of the paper in Qatar. The author of the piece reported what occurred. [The New York Times]

Clothing and Accessories

Thieves made off with three of Sweden’s crown jewels in a brazen daylight robbery at the Strängnäs Cathedral, west of Stockholm. [NPR]

Here are photographs of expensive clothes owned by Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, including his now-famous $15,000 ostrich jacket. [Politico]

Actor and art collector Leonardo DiCaprio has become an investor in the sustainable footwear company Allbirds. [Page Six]


For Documentary Now, a series that spoofs documentaries, Cate Blanchett is set to appear as a performance artist in an episode taking aim at the 2012 movie Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. [IndieWire]

Twitter users in Germany have reportedly “started to make sandwiches that look like paintings of famous artists” and to share them for the world to see. Enjoy the works of Vermeer, Mondrian, and more here. [Sad and Useless]

Throwback! For a 1981 issue of the journal October art historian E. A. Carmean, Jr. contributed a piece purporting to investigate the sandwiches of Motherwell, Pollock, and other artists. [Sarasota Visual Art / MIT Press]


The famed postmodern building 550 Madison Avenue in New York, which was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee for AT&T, has been designated a landmark by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. [CurbedNY]

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