Morning Links

Morning Links: Modern Witches Edition

Claes Jacobsz. van der Heck, Witches’ Sabbath, 1636, oil on panel.



The Syrian government has announced a plan to restore Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Homs that was damaged by ISIS. The ancient city, which was part of the Roman empire, is slated to reopen to the public next summer. Talal Barazi, the provincial governor of Homs, said, “This is the world history and it belongs not only to Syria.” [The Art Newspaper]

The United States’ trade war with China could majorly impact the art market in America. Chinese paintings and drawings, sculptures, and antiques would be subject to Trump’s proposed 25 percent tariffs, which New York-based dealer James Lally called “a matter of great concern.” [The New York Times]

The art storage company Uovo will open a fourth space in 2019. The new facility in Brooklyn will have 150,000 square feet of storage and private viewing rooms. [Artnet News]


Gio Ponti, an Italian architect and artist who redesigned buildings at the University of Padua between 1932 and 1941, is getting his first major retrospective this fall at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

Five artists—including Michael Landy and Lubaina Himid—talked to the Guardian about artworks they keep in their homes. Speaking about a screenprint by Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Himid said, “What I love is that I can hear things when I’m looking at it.” [The Guardian]


Printmaker and sculptor Krishna Reddy has died at age 93. His work is part of collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Britain, and M+ in Hong Kong, among other institutions. [Artforum]


Photographer Frances F. Denny’s upcoming show at ClampArt in New York is called “Major Arcana: Witches in America.” As its title suggests, the exhibition will feature portraits of women around the country who identify as witches. [The New Yorker]

Here’s a piece about another intimate portrait series: Zofia Rydet’s ambitious project to photograph every home in Poland. Rydet captured 20,000 images in 100 towns, and she once said, “Walking all day through villages and towns, entering homes and meeting such varied people, I forgot I was lugging around a heavy camera, that my back hurt, that it was hard for me to walk all day.” [Atlas Obscura]

Here’s a look at some of the work on view at the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, which runs through September 23 in the French city. [Vogue]

And more! 

Art historian Simon Schama’s ode to the colors and pigments at the Forbes Collection at Harvard University, where one can find curious substances like “Dragon’s Blood,” “Tyrian Purple,” and “Mummy Brown.” [The New Yorker]

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