Morning Links

Morning Links: Kandinsky Edition

Wassily Kandinsky, Painting with a Red Stain, 1914, oil on canvas.



Judd Tully reports from the London sales at Phillips and Sotheby’s. Notably, Jenny Saville’s Propped (1992) sold for a record-breaking $12.4 million, the most ever paid at auction for a work by a living woman artist. [ARTnews]

Another stirring London dispatch: a Banksy painting self-destructed after selling for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s on Friday night. Steve Lazarides, an art dealer and Banksy’s former agent, called the stunt, in part, “one of the best things that has ever happened in an auction room.” [ARTnews]

The Talent

On Larry Wheeler’s tenure as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art and his imminent departure from the role. He explained, “I get depressed. I’m ready for it, in one sense. I’m not in another. All of this stuff I get so excited about, I can’t believe we did this. But you can’t do it forever. You’ve got to choose your moment.” [The Washington Post]


The Tate’s presentation of “Landscapes of the Mind” at the Shanghai Museum was the most popular show in the British institution’s history, attracting 615,000 visitors in 14 weeks. [The Art Newspaper]

The Liebermann Villa in Berlin is staging a recreation of a 1938 exhibition in London that protested Nazi censorship of “degenerate” artists. The original show was larger than this latest edition, and it included 300 paintings by 64 artists—Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Liebermann, and others. [The Guardian]


Here’s a piece about Cindy Sherman’s new series of Instagram selfies. Parul Sehgal writes of the works, “These women are not metaphors, they are not waiting to be represented, rescued or destroyed. They are gloriously, catastrophically themselves, and we meet them on their own terms—as we so frequently meet each other—in stagy, embarrassing, endearing selfies launched into the world.” [The New York Times]

A look at photographer Lebohang Kganye’s Her-story series in which she superimposed images of herself onto old photos of her mother. [Hyperallergic]


Carolina A. Miranda writes about Maurine St. Gaudens, a Pasadena-based conservator who documents the histories of early—often unsung—women artists of California. St. Gaudens curated a new exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History titled “Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960,” which brings together over 270 objects. “It’s so rewarding to bring these women to the public in a museum,” she said. [Los Angeles Times]

Zaha Hadid’s studio has created a carpet collection with designs inspired by the late architect’s structures. [The Architect’s Newspaper]

An exploration of Andy Warhol’s relationship to Mikova, Slovakia, the town where his parents lived before emigrating to the United States. Julia Varcholova, a cousin of the artist who lives in Mikova, says Warhol achieved success in America because he “was very good at being different.” [The New York Times]

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