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Morning Links: Portrait of Us, America Edition

James Peale, George Washington, ca. 1782.



On Earth Day, the New York City Council passed a Climate Mobilization Act requiring buildings with more than 25,000 square feet to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. “The new law will certainly cause pause for arts organizations looking to expand their footprints in the city (MoMA’s new skyscraper and Pace Gallery’s new 75,000-square-foot space will be subject to regulation) …” [Hyperallergic]

New MOCA L.A. director Klaus Biesenbach is resurrecting the museum’s annual gala, which was canceled last year after complaints about the lack of diversity among former honorees. “The newly conceived ‘benefit,’ to be held May 18 inside the Geffen Contemporary satellite space in Little Tokyo instead of a vast party tent as in years past, is meant to be a more democratic, community-minded happening instead of a glamorous, art-world spectacle.” [Los Angeles Times]

Jerry Saltz reviewed Andres Serrano’s exhibition “The Game: All Things Trump.” “Having taken it all in, I find it hard to feel that the collection merely tells the story of one man, no matter how flamboyantly fame-crazy, tasteless, ruthless, and full of entitlement and rage. It is a portrait of us, America.” [Vulture]


The Guardian covered the tale of a 17th-century flea drawing it called “the first great work of British art.” Did the paper headline the story “Big Tick Energy”? Indeed, it did. [The Guardian]

The New York Times has the story of ArtBuilt Brooklyn, new art studios at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park—”the largest nonprofit artist-space project to appear in the city in 20 years.” The 50,000-square-feet complex currently hosts around 100 artists and “was constructed with a creative combination of private investment and civic support from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, specifically the Affordable Real Estate for Artists program of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.” [The New York Times]

The Verge covered the New Museum show “The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology.” “If a digital tree falls and no one bothers to search for it, does it still exist?” [The Verge]


WWD offered a tribute to the late Jayne Wrightsman, art benefactor and a fixture in New York’s social scene, in the form of archival photos. [WWD]

Curators and artists paid tribute to Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, giant of contemporary Iranian art. [The Art Newspaper]

“Where is the line between genius and madness? The Belgian artist, poet, and art thief Stéphane Mandelbaum’s attempt to create a lasting mythology of himself led to a macabre, untimely death.” [The Paris Review]


Here’s a rundown of what vintage cameras might be worth, as compiled by specialists from Brooklyn Film Camera and the Japan Camera Hunter. [Flipsy]

Check out a striking photo gallery of music in Appalachia. [The Guardian]

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