Morning Links

Morning Links: Sword Wound Edition

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), Judith Beheading Holofernes, ca. 1599, oil on canvas.



Arlene Shechet’s first major public installation, titled “Full Steam Ahead,” opens in Madison Square Park in New York on Tuesday. The artist—who often uses porcelain in her practice—calls the various works in the show “heavy and monumental,” and she also said, “It makes the female big and tough and something you have to pay attention to.” [The New York Times]

As part of his ongoing show at the Parrish Art Museum, Barthélémy Toguo has recreated an African street café in the Hamptons. [The Art Newspaper]

Art collector Allan Warburg is turning his vineyard in Sonoma, California—the Donum Estate—into a sculpture park. The Donum Sculpture Collection will feature major works and site-specific commissions by Ai Weiwei, Keith Haring, Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Anselm Kiefer, and others. [Artnet News]

Playwright Tennessee Williams made hundreds of paintings during his lifetime, and nine of them are on view at Florida International University in Miami. [The New York Times]


Marina Abramovic was attacked at the opening of her show at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence yesterday. A man hit her with a portrait of her that he made—a painting on paper that was framed but had no glass encasing it. [The Art Newspaper]

The Talent

Bart van der Heide, chief curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, will leave the institution on November 1. He joined the museum in 2015, and his departure follows that of Beatrix Ruf, the museum’s former director who resigned from her post in 2017 after she was accused of running an art consulting business while at the Stedelijk’s helm. [Artforum]


Writer and photographer Teju Cole joined forces with composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer this weekend for a performance that included music, spoken word, and photography. Here’s a Q&A with Cole about his work and this particular project. [Los Angeles Times]


Though it was long-believed that he died of syphilis, new research has revealed that an infected sword wound actually claimed Caravaggio’s life. [Hyperallergic]

Film & Photography

Take a look inside photographer Gerald Incandela’s 5,000-square-foot studio—a former pool hall—in Torrington, Connecticut, a town with a population of 35,000. “I love how the studio fits in here, yet it’s so mysterious. You don’t have any idea of what you are walking into from the outside,” Incandela said. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

Vice interviewed Gael Garcìa Bernal, who stars in Alonso Ruizpalacios’s Museo. The new film is based on the 1985 robbery of the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. He said, “Shooting at 3 a.m. at the Aztec Hall in the Museum is one of the most wonderful privileges that one can have in life. And that can only be done if you’re in actor!” [Vice]

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