Morning Links: Lapis Lazuli Edition - Recent News from USA
Morning Links: Lapis Lazuli Edition -

Morning Links: Lapis Lazuli Edition –

Vermeer’s Woman Reading a Letter (ca. 1663), whose subject wears a night jacket of lapis lazuli blue.



In conjunction with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the National Gallery in London will send works to Japan for a two-venue show at the National Museum of Western Art in the country’s capital and the National Museum of Art in Osaka. The fee being paid to the National Gallery has not been disclosed. [The Art Newspaper]

And the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.? It’s closed for the eighth day in a row as a result of the U.S. government shutdown. [NGA]


Scott Reyburn took a look at the world of vernacular photography. “I can buy stuff every week, every day. The prices haven’t gone up that much,” collector Peter Cohen said. “Twenty dollars can still buy you a good image.” [The New York Times]

Market macher Loïc Gouzer discussed what he plans to do now that he’s decamping from Christie’s. Why leave now? “I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve always been very instinctive with my career choices and the decisions I’ve made with paintings at work. My gut just told me it was the moment to do it.” [Artnet News]

The Critics

Reviewing Walter Robinson’s show at Johannes Vogt in New York, Alfred MacAdam writes that the artist’s “sardonic eye flits from one banality to another, fusing an Existentialist will to create meaning with a Pop delight in the things of this world.” [The Brooklyn Rail]

In a new column, Ben Davis dismantled the conspiracy theory that links the $450 million sale of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi to the ongoing Trump–Russia investigation in the United States. [Artnet News]


The rare blue pigment lapis lazuli was discovered in the teeth of a nun who died more than 900 years ago, possibly the result of her licking the end of her paintbrush while working on illuminated manuscripts. [BBC News]


Dennis Johnson, a mathematician who wrote one of the first Minimalist scores in an earlier life as a composer, has died at the age of 80. [The New York Times]

The Talent

Robert Kret is stepping down as director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after 10 years on the job. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

Mary Kennedy has been tapped to be director of the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. [Hendrix College]

And More

In case you missed it: Here are 15 Los Angeles artists to watch, from Carmen Argote to Clarissa Tossin. [ARTnews]

“Mysterious repeating radio signal in deep space discovered.” [CBS News via Brent Burket]

For mysterious repeating radio signals on Earth, consult the Conet Project. [The Conet Project/Soundcloud]

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