August 13, 2014: Frick Collection Launches Mobile App and Curator Richard D. Marshall Passes Away at 67

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Aug 13, 2014 6:09PM

Notable News

In hopes of “engaging the youth of today,” the Frick Collection launched a mobile app this week that both allows offline viewing of artworks and gives audio tours to visitors of the museum. (via Artnews

Berlin artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke have claimed responsibility for the two white flags that were raised ominously above the Brooklyn Bridge earlier in the summer. The flags were meant to honor John Roebling, the bridge’s German engineer, but mostly just sparked a lot of confusion. (via The New York Times)

Influential curator Richard D. Marshall has died. Marshall worked at the Whitney for nearly 20 years, during which time he was responsible for putting together a variety of important solo shows, among them Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Mapplethorpe. (via Artforum)

Starting tonight, Tate Britain will be live broadcasting “After Dark,” and online project featuring video feeds of four robots. Visitors to the site can control the robots to navigate through the museum’s collection. Not to be missed. (via Tate Britain)

Good Reads

Art critic Peter Schjeldahl meditates on the 17 van Gogh paintings in the Met’s collection (all of which, for the first time in a decade, are on view simultaneously) and explores the artist’s mystique. (via The New Yorker)

Kunsthalle Bern’s director Fabrice Stroun writes on the storied and playful relationship between comics and fine art. (via Artforum)

Best of Instagram

Inside Mark Flood’s studio. @mikeloodsarmyofthedamned

Artist of the Day

Lorna Simpson was born on this day in 1960. Simpson’s works explore the experience of African American women in contemporary society, with imagery culled from both original photographs and those she collects from eBay and flea markets. Simpson’s work often presents a fragmented or open-ended story, which the viewer is to complete based on his or her own expectations.

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