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Morning Links: McMansion Hell Edition

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.



In a story by Kimberly Drew, Beyoncé and Solange’s mother Tina Knowles Lawson talked about her journey as an art collector—“from a $500 painting to high-end auctions.” Her collection includes works by artists ranging from Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry Ossawa Tanner to more contemporary works by Toyin Ojih Odutola and Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. [Vanity Fair]

The wonderful sculptor B. Wurtz has collected and fixed up 18 Eames chairs over the years. “With my sculptures, you can see how they’re made. Everything is obvious, nothing is hidden,” he says. “And that’s what’s great about Eames furniture. Nothing is hidden either. It’s honest and simple.” [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

The dazzling paintjob of Tauba Auerbach’s dazzle ship working the the waterways of New York gets a New York Times profile. “In World War I, before radar and before satellite navigation, the best technology to help ships elude German U-boats was paint.” [The New York Times]


The Washington Post has an “illustrated review”—that’s right: a review delivered by way of illustrations—of a retrospective for “that rock-star artist of ‘gonzo’ journalism” Ralph Steadman. [The Washington Post]

The Guardian has the story of “That Lady Thing,” a pointed feminist installation in San Francisco that functions as a “pop-up with purpose which ‘serves up selfies with a side of self-respect.’ ” The exhibition invites guests to “collect fake dollar bills in the ‘money gap’ room, rock climb ‘the corporate climb,’ and cross a ball pit of breasts called the ‘sea of objectification.’ ” [The Guardian]

Kate Wagner, the writer behind the shrewd architecture blog McMansion Hell, does not pull punches when appraising the horrifically gaudy summer house of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. [Vox]


From a $25,000 fund established by the Seattle Art Fair, the Frye Art Museum acquired works by Toyin Ojih Odutola from Albuquerque’s Tamarind Institute and Ellen Lesperance from Portland-based gallery Adams and Ollman. [Press Release]

Gagosian gallery has named Han-I Wang a senior director in Hong Kong. She previously worked at Christie’s as vice president and specialist in contemporary art. [ARTnews]


“The summer of 1937, the American model-turned-photographer Lee Miller, along with her ex-lover, Man Ray, and his Guadeloupean girlfriend, Ady, sailed to Southampton from France.” There’s more in  a yarn titled “The Surrealist Eye of Lee Miller”—including an amazing photo of Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst! [The New York Review of Books]

The Paris Review has a personal tribute to Oxana Shachko, a Ukrainian artist and founder of the women’s group Femen who died by suicide in July. “If Oxana’s life did, on occasion, reshape itself on the many occasions she had to tell of it,” Jacqueline Feldman writes, “her death has cluttered the truth further.” [The Paris Review]

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