Morning Links

Morning Links: Art Deco Edition

Art Deco cup and saucer, 1920s.


Museum Leaders

Nadim Sheiban, the director of the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, slammed Israel’s new nation-state law, which defines the country as the “nation-state of the Jewish people.” Sheiban said, “The state treats Palestinian Arabs as second-class citizens.” [The Art Newspaper]

After 17 years at the helm of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, its director and CEO Peter C. Sutton will retire. [Greenwich Free Press]

History and Politics

Russian president Vladimir Putin “has ordered officials to speed up the construction of a cultural centre in Sevastopol, the historic naval capital of Crimea,” in the area that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The new venue will include space for the State Hermitage Museum, the State Russian Museum, and the State Tretyakov Gallery, according to Sophia Kishkovsky. [The Art Newspaper]

Responding to the recent fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Hugh Eakin chronicles the history of disasters striking museums and notes that “fires and other natural hazards have long posed as much a threat to leading museums in the United States and Europe as they have to their less wealthy counterparts in other parts of the world.” [The Washington Post]

The Market

The art collection of Barney Ebsworth, the founder of Royal Cruise Line and other travel businesses, is expected to bring in more than $300 million when its sold by Christie’s in November. An Edward Hopper has been tagged with an estimate around $70 million, which would be a new record for the artist. [Bloomberg]

For the regular feature Show Us Your Wall, Brett Sokol takes a look at the art collection of Ted Chapin, a retired architect who makes sculptures, and his husband, Torrence Boone, the vice president for global agency sales and services at Google, in Massachusetts. [The New York Times]


B. Wurtz, who’s opening a new show at Metro Pictures in New York tonight, discusses his first public art commission, from the Public Art Fund, on view now in City Hall Park in Manhattan. [Time Out New York]

U.S. Congressman Billy Long, a Republican from Missouri, drowned out a protestor at a House committee hearing yesterday by pretending to be overseeing an auction, listing off imaginary bids into his microphone. Somebody get this guy to do the November sale in New York! [CNN]


A new book edited by Robert Bruegmann argues that “Chicago—not New York, home of the iconic Empire State and Chrysler buildings—created the most influential models for the Art Deco skyscrapers of the 1920s”; an accompanying exhibition about modern design in the Windy City opens next month at the Chicago History Museum. [Chicago Tribune]

The podcast 99% Invisible takes a look at the history of a pervasive, humble, and increasingly controversial product: the straw. [99% Invisible]

The Critics

Holland Cotter surveys the museum shows on tap in the United States this season and asks, “Where are the big shows of art from the Global South: Africa, Asia, South America?” [The New York Times]

Jane Kallir looks at “what concentrations of wealth unseen since the Gilded Age have wrought on the global art market, and what they portend for the future.” [Tablet]

Newsman Dan Rather thanked his followers for “the very creative memes so many of you feel inspired to share in response to my posts.” [@DanRather/Twitter]

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