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Morning Links: ‘Forgotten Mother of Cinema’ Edition

Alice Guy-Blaché.



Yesterday, the activist group Decolonize This Place protested Whitney Museum Vice Chair Warren B. Kanders’s involvement with Safariland, a company that has manufactured tear gas canisters used against asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. [ARTnews]

A piece about the various expansions at the Norton Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College in Florida. [The Art Newspaper]

Grappling with its colonial past, the Africa Museum in Belgium has reopened following a five-year-long, $73 million renovation. [The New York Times]

The Market

The Fine Art Society, which is departing its home of 142 years on New Bond Street in London, will sell over 300 works at Sotheby’s to mark the occasion. Pieces by Peter Blake, Gluck, James McNeill Whistler, and others are included in the sale. [The Guardian]


“One of the largest international kleptocracy cases the United States has ever pursued” involves a Monet painting, a yacht, a see-through grand piano, and more. [The New York Times]


On Michael Koerner’s “My DNA” series, which is currently on view at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. The abstract works in the show address the ways in which the atomic bombing of Nagasaki impacted the artist’s family. Moeko Fujii writes, “His process, which involves sloshing, slapping, flinging, and blowing chemicals through a straw, yields abstract works that tackle the subject of atomic radiation through transformation, dilution, and chance—in short, the fraught process of inheritance.” [The New Yorker]


The Paris Review has a tribute to “the forgotten mother of cinema,” Alice Guy-Blaché[The Paris Review]

In an article titled “The 2018 Carnegie International Is Everything Wrong With Contemporary Art,” Emily Colucci critiques the exhibition’s reflection of the art world’s “increasing economic and social stratification.” [Filthy Dreams]

Here’s a round-up of some of the art world’s biggest moments in 2018. [The Washington Post]

A look at Kimberly Drew’s career and what’s next for the Met’s former social media manager. [The New York Times]

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