Morning Links

Morning Links: Sagrada Família Building Permit Edition

Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona.


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Goodman Gallery of South Africa, whose roster includes Alfredo Jaar, William Kentridge, and Shirin Neshat, will open a space in London this fall. Liza Essers, owner and director of the enterprise, said, “A lot of people have said ‘why are you coming now, aren’t you scared of Brexit?’ And I actually don’t feel that.” [The Art Newspaper]

Under construction now for 137 years, Barcelona’s Sagrada Família just received a building permit. [CNN]

Three architectural firms are vying to redesign the land surrounding the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, which are managed by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Carolina A. Miranda writes, “It will be a delicate and complex project in an area that is already the location of much rebuilding and redesign.” [Los Angeles Times]


Rachel Whiteread, who in 1993 became the first woman to win the Turner Prize, has been made a dame in England. [ARTnews]

Here’s an interview with Cindy Sherman, whose retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London opens later this month. She said of her unconventional self-portraits, “It’s about obscuring my identity, erasing or obliterating myself. It’s not fantasy or pretending or narcissism. It’s not about me.” [The Guardian]


Sixteen years after witnessing the 2003 looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Alissa Rubin returns to the institution. Though the museum still possesses “an extraordinary collection,” it faces challenges in terms of drawing visitors. [The New York Times]


A tent that once housed a family of Syrian refugees will be on view at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral until June 27. Artist Kate Daudy acquired the tent in 2016 from the United Nations Refugee Agency, and it’s embroidered with quotations from conversations Daudy had with refugees, aid workers, and diplomats. [The Art Newspaper]

In an essay titled “Modernism’s Debt to Black Women,” Cody Delistraty writes about the “Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse” show at the Musée d’Orsay and the recent rise in acquisitions and sales of work by black artists. [The Paris Review]


Here’s a piece on the 19th-century crime scene photography of Alphonse Bertillon, whose haunting images sometimes appeared in Parisian newspapers. [Atlas Obscura]

Take a look at photographer Luke Stephenson’s homage to the many strains of the English Rose. The flowers are named for figures such as Emily Brontë, Anne Boleyn, and Roald Dahl. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

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