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The Guggenheim and The World Around Present an Online Program Focused on Land

On Friday, October 22, from 1–4pm (EDT), The World Around and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum present The World Around in Focus: Land. This online public program focuses on individuals whose work highlights the agency of infrastructures and landscapes that … Continue reading

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The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Opens Its Doors to the Public for Open Studios

EFA Open Studios, an annual event of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, invites the public to explore and interact with our member artists in the intimate setting of their studios. It is an opportunity to see the … Continue reading

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Editions/Artists’ Books Fair Online Opens on October 18

Editions/Artists’ Books Fair (E/AB Fair) gathers an exciting and accomplished community of publishers and galleries to showcase the latest creations by hundreds of artists in a safe online environment. Included among 51 international exhibitors are Anémona Editores, Mexico City, Mexico; … Continue reading

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An Immense New Book Surveys the Work of More Than 300 African Artists

Zanele Muholi, Bhekezakhe, Parktown (2016), gelatin silver print, 50 × 35.9 centimeters. Photo © Zanele Muholi. Stevenson, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York One of the most expansive volumes of its kind, African Artists: From 1882 to … Continue reading

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12,000 Sheets of Wrinkled Rice Paper Drape Around a Monumental Installation by Zhu Jinshi

“Boat” (2015), Xuan (rice) paper, bamboo, cotton threads, 18 x 7 meters. All images courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries, shared with permission More than 12,000 sheets of delicate Xuan paper form the ruffled exterior of Zhu Jinshi’s … Continue reading

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Drawings and Paintings by Pat Perry Reinterpret American Stories with Tender Absurdity

“Recital XII” (2021), acrylic on panel, framed, 26 x 48 inches. All images courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary, shared with permission In Pat Perry’s Sensemaking, there’s no rubric for telling a story. In quiet scenes framed through roadside vantage points and … Continue reading

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The Inexorable Pull of Lisa Yuskavage’s Paintings

I’m not aware of anyone alive who paints as easily, or seems to paint as easily, as Lisa Yuskavage. This, of course, is half her power, which makes the second half — her attitude … I mean her message … … Continue reading

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The Profound Soul of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

At once enthralling and unsettling, this three-part exhibition by Canadians Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, memorably titled After the summer of smoke and fire, is spot on for our anxious (to say the least) times.  Escape Room (2021), in … Continue reading

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Contemporary Artists Pay Tribute to Bosch’s Powerful Imagination

Hieronymus Bosch’s fantastical, large-scale triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights” has enthralled and mystified viewers for centuries. Painted between 1490 and 1500, the work’s weird and wondrous depictions of paradise and hell continue to capture our attention, reminding us of … Continue reading

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Required Reading

Saeed Jones’s response to the transphobic Dave Chapelle comedy special on Netflix is measured and insightful: A few beats later, Chappelle declares “We Blacks, we look at the gay community and we go “Goddamn it! Look how well that movement … Continue reading

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The Fuzzy Line Between Inspiration and Appropriation

When teenager Jéan-Marc Togodgue gave an anatomical drawing of a knee to his doctor as a thank you, he couldn’t have known the drawing would end up on the walls of the Whitney Museum of American Art, in a Jasper … Continue reading

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What Does It Take to “Kill” A Monument?

From May 30 to June 30, 2020, at the height of Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, over 100 monuments that glorified racism came down in the US — from colonial and genocidal … Continue reading

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Now at Your Local US Post Office, Day of the Dead Stamps

The United States Postal Service has released four new stamps commemorating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead,) a holiday celebrated in the first two days of November. The new stamps were officially unveiled on September 30 at a dedication ceremony … Continue reading

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Destroyed Banksy Work Sells For $25M, Shredding Estimates

What’s shocking, unbelievable, and yet also completely predictable? The fact that someone paid $25 million for a half-shredded Banksy painting. “Love is in the Bin” (2006-2018) notoriously self-destructed during its first appearance on the block three years ago. Today, it sold for … Continue reading

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Fantastical Digital Paintings Position Wildlife in Unnaturally Colorful Environments

All images courtesy of Grove Square Galleries, shared with permission Photographic artist Jim Naughten casts a fantastical, candy-colored lens over luxuriant ecosystems and surreal animal portraits in Eremozoic, a solo exhibition on view at Grove Square Galleries through November 18. … Continue reading

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BMA Exhibition Examines Matisse’s Friendship With a Baltimore Collector

A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the singular 43-year friendship between Baltimore collector Etta Cone (1870–1949) and French modern master Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Their relationship laid the foundation for the … Continue reading

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Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait Is Now on View at the Harvard Art Museums

Channeling contemporary debates around what constitutes democracy as its backdrop, Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is a new projection-installation that activates the Harvard Art Museums’ iconic late 18th-century portrait of George Washington with voices, faces, and opinions from across the political spectrum … Continue reading

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UCLA MFA in Media Arts Is Accepting Applications for Fall 2022

The MFA Program in Media Arts at UCLA offers a rigorous environment for the sustained exploration of contemporary arts practice in the context of media and technology. Through technical and critical seminars, group critiques, and individual tutorials with faculty, each … Continue reading

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An Exhibition of 50 Piñatas Explores the Cultural Significance of the Festive Object

Installation view of Roberto Benavidez’s sculptures (front) and Isaias Rodriguez, “resilience” (2021) (back). Photo by Madison Metro, Craft in America. All images courtesy of Craft in America, shared with permission A ubiquitous decoration at birthdays and family celebrations, piñatas are … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Explore the Unfamiliar at Gowanus Open Studios

(From left to right) Valerie A. Gladstone, “Revolution”; Sandra Giunta, “Coral Reminder 50”; and Colin P Strohm, “Years and Years of Matter Out of Place #100” (via Gowanus Open Studios Website) Visit Gowanus this weekend to see the cutting edge … Continue reading

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SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice Announces Fall 2021 Special Events

The School of Visual Arts’ MA Curatorial Practice program is pleased to announce three upcoming special events on Zoom, to which all are invited. The Year of Uncertainty October 20, 2–3pm (ET) This year, the Queens Museum is undertaking an extraordinary … Continue reading

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The Ever-Changing Dialogue Between Paint and Body

I first learned about Janice Nowinski on Facebook, where she posted images of her work. As I was a latecomer to FB, I had no idea how long she had been doing this, but it was soon clear to me … Continue reading

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The Politics of Desire and Oppression in Anita Steckel’s Art

LOS ANGELES — In 1973 Anita Steckel wrote, “If the erect penis is not ‘wholesome’ enough to go into museums — it should not be considered ‘wholesome’ enough to go into women. And if the erect penis is ‘wholesome’ enough … Continue reading

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Jill Freedman’s Close-Up View of New York City Police

The city has lost millions in tax revenue, millions have lost jobs, wealthy urbanites have fled to the suburbs. This could easily describe New York during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic or in the late 1970s and early ’80s, … Continue reading

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The Velvet Underground Brings the New York of the ’60s Back to Life

“How in the world were they making that sound?” To answer Jonathan Richman’s affectionate question about his favorite band, Todd Haynes’s new documentary The Velvet Underground lingers lovingly on the mid-’60s. Back then, John Cale was in league with composers … Continue reading

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Sexism and Colonialism Intertwine in the Story of a Toxic Relationship

Soon after Frances, the young heroine of Daisy Lafarge’s debut novel, arrives at Noa Noa, an organic farm in southern France, she is put to work by the charismatic owner, Paul, pulling up the liana creepers that are suffocating the … Continue reading

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Dive Into the Studio Museum Archive With Catalogues and Posters From 1969 to Beyond

The Studio Museum in Harlem is offering art lovers a chance to collect archival exhibition catalogues and posters from its 53-year history for as low as $10 apiece. For a sale titled Into the Archive: Catalogues from 1969-2019, the museum … Continue reading

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Petition Asks Hispanic Society to Disavow Racist Comments Made by Madrid Leader

More than 100 people have signed a petition calling for the Hispanic Society of America (HSA) to disavow controversial comments made by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the conservative president of the Community of Madrid, during a visit to its Manhattan headquarters … Continue reading

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13 Staircases Blanketed with Prismatic Murals Evocative of Andean Textiles Run Through Lima’s Hills

All images by Jeremy Flores, © Xomotak, shared with permission Artist Xomatok (previously) translates the vibrant, geometric motifs of handwoven Andean blankets, or ilicllas, into large-scale works that mark the pathways through the hilly Alisos de Amauta neighborhood in Lima, … Continue reading

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Washington University’s MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture Forges New Terrain

Application DeadlineThe deadline to apply for the Sam Fox School MFA in Illustration in Visual Culture (MFA-IVC) is February 7, 2022. Virtual Open HouseLearn about the program, meet faculty, and take a 360° tour of our spaces at the fall … Continue reading

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Live in Rome and Pursue Your MA in Art History at John Cabot University

John Cabot University’s MA in Art History guides students towards the professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history, with an emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. Focusing on the evolution … Continue reading

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Cloaked in Red and Blue Light, St. Peter’s Basilica Morphs into a Cyberpunk Dreamscape

All images © Aishy, shared with permission In the aptly named Red Lights: Vatican series, Angers, France-based photographer Aishy transforms St. Peter’s Basilica into a strange, illuminated space that more closely resembles a sci-fi universe than stately church. The altered … Continue reading

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Delicate Paintings by Lee Me Kyeoung Document the Idiosyncrasies of South Korean Corner Stores

All images © Lee Me Kyeoung, shared with permission Artist Lee Me Kyeoung (previously) continues her decades-long project of painting the dwindling number of Korean corner stores, rendering quaint shops in Yangsan, Gyeongju, Gunwi, Sangju, and Cheorwon as part of … Continue reading

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Immerse Yourself in the Promise and Perils of Neuroscience, AI, and the Human-Machine Collaboration at MAXlive 2021

Amid an explosion of new intelligences, technology opens the doors to exhilarating experiences and functions, reorienting our perceptions of consciousness and the wiring that activates it. But smart machines can also pose an existential threat to our species and life … Continue reading

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228 Arts Institutions Laid Off 28% of Workers After Receiving PPP Loans, Research Says

The primary purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), approved by the US Congress at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, was to help affected businesses retain their workforce through extended shutdowns and mounting revenue losses. … Continue reading

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The Fascinating Contradictions of Paul Thek

“Feathered Cross” (1969) is a fitting greeting for visitors to Paul Thek: Interior/Landscape, on view at the Watermill Center through November 13. The feathers add a note of irreverence, softening the object’s power. Even covered in feathers, though, this giant … Continue reading

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Maria Guzmán Capron’s Deliciously Tactile Fabric Figures, or “Hot Aliens”

Maria Guzmán Capron’s fantastical, colorful textiles are a lot of fun to look at. The artist’s solo exhibition Olas Malcriadas at Texas State Galleries is filled with deliciously tactile, collaged fabric figures that smirk, crouch, and embrace across the gallery’s … Continue reading

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Seattle Museums Are Artwashing Their Way Back to “Normal”

Seattle’s long-standing housing crisis became brutally worse these past two years, forcing thousands more to live in their cars and in public spaces. The number of tents in the city center has increased by more than 50%, a number that … Continue reading

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The Little-Seen World of Demolition Derbies

In Derby (TBW Books, 2021), the late Ken Graves and his wife and photographic partner Eva Lipman reveal the little-seen world of competitive demolition derbies. Graves and Lipman’s black and white photos depict the events’ hardscrabble drivers and mangled cars, … Continue reading

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Good Madam Is a South African Horror Film Haunted by Whiteness

Jenna Cato Bass’s Mlungu Wam is haunted by whiteness. The film takes place in a stately manor in present-day South Africa, where the air still hangs heavy with the oppression of apartheid. Despite the primarily Black cast, there’s always a … Continue reading

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A Keith Haring Mural Is Unexpectedly Unveiled in Manhattan

“Fiorucci Walls,” painted by Keith Haring and Angel Ortiz (LA II), is now on view at the NY City Center. (photo by Valentina Di Liscia for Hyperallergic) It’s not uncommon for murals by New York artist and activist Keith Haring … Continue reading

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A Turkish Idol Will Not Be Repatriated, New York Judge Rules

In 2017, Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism published an open letter in response to the sale of the Guennol Stargazer. (image via the Turkish Consulate General in New York’s Facebook page, posted on May 1, 2017) The Guennol Stargazer … Continue reading

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Fiber-Based Wall Hangings Blend Weaving, Macramé, and Crochet into Striking Bouquets

All images © Alyssa Ki, shared with permission Opting for yarn and rovings of raw wool dyed in natural pigments, Korean-American artist Alyssa Ki crafts fiber-based wall hangings reminiscent of bouquets and overgrown patches of wildflowers. The perpetually blooming pieces … Continue reading

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The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois Offers Fully Funded Grad Programs

At the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois, a thriving community of artists, designers, educators, and historians is committed to excellence and innovation when it comes to the practice, study, and teaching of visual arts. Students … Continue reading

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Miami’s Fountainhead to Begin Thematic Residencies in 2022

Miami’s Fountainhead Residency, a 13-year-old arts organization dedicated to elevating the voices, visibility, and value of artists, is experimenting with its power to shape the future. Beginning in 2022, Fountainhead will host thematic residencies each month, addressing subjects like climate … Continue reading

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Colorful Strips of Metal Coil into Minimal Animal Sculptures by Artist Lee Sangsoo

All images © Lee Sangsoo, shared with permission Considering his practice a form of “drawing in the air,” artist Lee Sangsoo forges colorful, spiraled flamingos, dogs, parrots, and other creatures with long strips of metal. He sculpts the minimal works … Continue reading

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Tufts of Printed Fabric Form Colorful Mixed-Media Portraits by Marcellina Oseghale Akpojotor

“Eyes on the Gold IV” (2018), 5 x 4 feet. All images courtesy of Rele Gallery, shared with permission Using scraps of vibrant Ankara fabric, Lagos-based artist Marcellina Oseghale Akpojotor fashions intimate portraits that consider the fragmented and varied inner … Continue reading

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Arts Organizations and Activists Speak Out About Land Stewardship on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today, October 11, marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an occasion that honors the history, cultures, and ongoing struggles of the native people of this land. It falls on the second Monday of the month, parallel to Columbus Day, which celebrates the … Continue reading

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During the Pandemic, a Paper Artist Learned to Make Endangered Species Pop

Amid India’s second COVID-19 wave, a paper-cut artist from Chennai sought solace in the medium of paper pop-ups. The result was My Friends Are Missing, a stunning handmade paper-cut pop-up book by artist and design researcher Keerthana Ramesh that features … Continue reading

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New Anthony Fauci Documentary Shows Why His Hero Image Is Flawed

Over the course of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the United States, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci became a focal point of the #Resistance set. His apparent compassion, measuredness, and insistence on adhering … Continue reading

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This Website Helps You Write to Your Representatives About Native Mascots in Your State

From fashion design to athletics, the appropriation of Native American cultural symbols is pervasive throughout the US. According to #PeopleNotMascots, a digital resource bringing attention to the detrimental misappropriation of Indigenous-inspired symbols in the US educational system, one in 26 … Continue reading

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Joan Mitchell, a Brilliant Painter and Contrarian at Heart

SAN FRANCISCO — “Painting is like a sort of sickness, I think.” So says a gravel-voiced Joan Mitchell in a film included in the major retrospective of her work currently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). That … Continue reading

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Mourning a Tree That Has Lain Down

The story behind the piece “Fallen” (2021) by Jean Shin is that a hemlock tree, now horizontal, cut from its roots, and suspended above the ground by two boulders, was going to die anyway. The groundskeeping team at the Olana … Continue reading

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An Artist’s Embroideries Reflects the Complexity and Interconnectedness of Queer New York

In a recent conversation with a straight person who doesn’t live in New York City, I was trying to explain how tiny it can feel. The social networks we belong to here are much more bounded than most people imagine … Continue reading

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Faced With a Complex Sense of Home, Jagdeep Raina Turns to Art

HOUSTON — People and places are the central concerns of Ontario-based artist Jagdeep Raina. The artist’s lyrical drawings, delicate textiles, and meditative films are filled with farmers, families, and lovers who gather at storefronts and gates and on boats. These … Continue reading

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The California Studio at UC Davis Is Accepting Applications for Artists in Residence

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of California, Davis invites applications for Teaching Artists-in-Residence in the California Studio. We are looking for artists in all disciplines, traditional and non-traditional, who are passionate about their research and … Continue reading

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Launches Online Master’s Degree in Creative Leadership

Are you motivated to bring transformational change to your organization and community? Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has launched a new online Master’s of Creative Leadership program, … Continue reading

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Between Wounds and Folds: Suspended Cow Carcasses and Tree Stumps Reveal Layers of Discarded Fabric by Tamara Kostianovsky

Photo © Etienne Frossard. All images courtesy the artist, shared with permission. Working with the tattered remnants of consumer culture, artist Tamara Kostianovsky (previously) asks us to question the origins, process, and disastrous results of our seemingly unquenchable desire to … Continue reading

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Artsper Is the Online Art Collector’s Best-Kept Secret

Artwork by Luciano Cian, “Kuhle #4” (2021). All images by Artsper The online art market boomed during the pandemic, and there’s no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. As people adjust to spending more of the workday at home, … Continue reading

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An Exhibition That Helps Us Rethink Our Relationship to Facebook

Presented as a zeitgeisty tech exposition, Software for Less is a solo exhibition by United States artist Ben Grosser which deals with the clash between the predatory culture of large, online companies that are getting more and more profit and … Continue reading

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Looking at Kehinde Wiley and Thomas Gainsborough Side by Side

Kehinde Wiley’s “A Portrait of a Young Gentleman” (2021) (© Kehinde Wiley, collection of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, and commissioned through Roberts Projects, Los Angeles) LOS ANGELES — Over the past weekend, I attended a very … Continue reading

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The Art, Politics, and Craft of Piñatas

LOS ANGELES — If you grew up in and around a Mexican or Mexican-American community, you know that breaking piñatas is a ubiquitous tradition at most celebrations. The scene goes a little something like this: a tio stands on the … Continue reading

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Jim Jarmusch’s Forays Into Collage

All images from SOME COLLAGES by Jim Jarmusch (courtesy the artist and Anthology Editions) Movie-making is a highly collaborative form, with individual contributors on every level adding up to a final product that is often associated with a few key … Continue reading

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A History of Motherhood Through Design

Motherhood — that most basic rite of passage upon which the survival of the species depends — should be considered necessitous enough to qualify as the mother of invention. And it very likely does, producing countless brainchildren, but there’s no … Continue reading

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Two Art Installations at Elmhurst Hospital Memorialize the COVID-19 Pandemic

In March of 2020, when New York was leading the country in COVID-19 infections, Elmhurst Hospital in Queens was dismally dubbed the “epicenter of the epicenter” of the pandemic in the US. Overrun with ill patients, the hospital’s staff was … Continue reading

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Sale of African American Art, Benefitting Philly Archives, Broke Auction House Records

An auction of African American Art at Swann Galleries on Thursday, October 7 totaled $5.1 million, making it the highest grossing sale in the company’s history. Twenty-four lots, including a record-breaking work by Afro-Cuban artist Belkis Ayón, were offered to … Continue reading

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Artificial Neon Lights Illuminate the Idyllic Environments Painted by Artist Gig Chen

“A Good Foundation” (2021), acrylic on wood, 20 x 20 inches. All images © Gigi Chen, shared with permission In her vibrant, neon-lit paintings, artist Gigi Chen intertwines ornate jewelry, graffiti, and glowing signs emblematic of urban life with foliage, … Continue reading

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Unearthly Anatomical Works Sculpted in Crystal and Glass by Debra Baxter Explore Grief and Loss

“Catch your Breath” (2021), alabaster, bronze, and druzy snow chalcedony, 10 x 10 x 5 inches. All images courtesy of form & concept, shared with permission Artist and jewelry designer Debra Baxter (previously) explores the endurance of grief, mortality, and … Continue reading

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Gowanus Open Studios Is Back With Over 400 Artists, Businesses, and Venues

After taking a year off due to COVID-19, Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) returns stronger than ever for its 25th year. Hosted by Arts Gowanus on the weekend of October 16–17, Gowanus Open Studios is Brooklyn’s biggest celebration of local art … Continue reading

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Marred with Dark Hole Punches, Monochromatic Drawings and Paintings Evoke Depression-Era Negatives

All images courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary, shared with permission Nearly a century since it began, the Great Depression is still largely associated with the iconic imagery that’s come to define the era. Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and Walker Evans’s portrait … Continue reading

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Cloaked in Power and the Tutored Gaze, The Medici Portraits at the Met

To talk about all the ways the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition The Medici: Portraits and Politics 1512–1570 frustrates me, I need to go a bit meta. I need to talk about the tutoring of the visitor’s gaze in the … Continue reading

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Required Reading

If you haven’t read the Bad Art Friend story in the New York Times by Robert Kolker, then I suggest you do that right now because no one was talking about anything else in literary circles in New York and … Continue reading

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A Group Exhibition in Iceland Trades Local Character for International Appeal

REYKJAVIK — I first visited Iceland in 1999. I immediately fell in love with this unique island nation, with its remarkable landscape. I have since visited many times and have twice backpacked the renowned Laugavegur trail, which starts at Landmannalaugar, with … Continue reading

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A History of Digital Art Through a Feminist Lens

My new book, Dismantling the Patriarchy, Bit by Bit: Art, Feminism, and Digital Technology links the feminist art movement to digital art. What does the feminist art movement have to do with digital art? Feminism is not just about what … Continue reading

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LACMA and the Brooklyn Museum Will Share 200 Photographs by European Women Artists

Two hundred contemporary photographs by nearly 90 women artists from across Europe were co-acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), part of a larger trend of joint acquisitions among museums. The gift, which … Continue reading

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As a Mockumentary About Celebrity, Nowhere Inn Just Bores

The most interesting thing about Nowhere Inn, the recent IFC collab between Annie Clark (better known as Grammy-winning singer-songwriter St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (better known as Carrie Brownstein, the creative polymath behind Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia) is how boring it … Continue reading

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Under Munch’s Risqué Madonna Is a More Subdued Version, Researchers Find

It’s been a big quarter for uncovering new information about some of painting’s heavy hitters, thanks in part to new technologies that let researchers examine the underlying layers of famous paintings. This week, the National Museum of Norway announced the discovery of … Continue reading

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Tania Bruguera Agreed to Leave Cuba in Exchange for Release of 25 Prisoners

The Cuban government is using the 14th edition of the Havana Biennial, slated to open in mid-November, to “erase…the suffering of the Cuban people,” artist and activist Tania Bruguera said on social media today. Using the hashtag #ImmoralBiennial, Bruguera urged … Continue reading

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Aerial Net Sculptures Loom Over Public Squares in Janet Echelman’s ‘Earthtime’ Installations

“Earthtime 1.78” (2021), Vienna. All images © Janet Echelman, shared with permission Suspended in public squares and parks, the knotted sculptures that comprise Janet Echelman’s Earthtime series respond to the destructive, overpowering, and uncontrollable forces that impact life on the … Continue reading

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The ICA at VCU Presents Dineo Seshee Bopape: Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh…harmonic conversions…mm

Featuring newly commissioned work, Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh…harmonic conversions…mm, South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape’s solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, opened on Friday, September 24. The African words in the show’s title … Continue reading

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MassArt x SoWa Gallery Presents Protest and Power, an Alumni-curated Exhibition

Protest and Power, the fifth exhibition presented by MassArt x SoWa, explores the historic civil rights movement alongside the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. Curated by Keith M. Francis, a 2018 alumnus of MassArt’s MFA: Fine Arts Low-Residency program, the … Continue reading

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‘Medicinal Flowers of Lebanon’ by Faith XLVII Sprout from the Damaged Streets of Beirut

Rosa Canina. All images © Faith XLVII, shared with permission Rosehips, horned poppies, and an African carline thistle grow from the debris and ruined buildings in Beirut following a mural series by Faith XLVII. The South African artist (previously) traveled … Continue reading

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A New Exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums Examines the Military’s Activity on the US Landscape

How do photographs portray environmental damage that can be difficult to see, much less identify and measure? A first-of-its-kind exhibition, Devour the Land at the Harvard Art Museums uses 160 photographs to explore the profoundly damaging environmental, economic, and social … Continue reading

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No Dogs Allowed: More than 70 Artists Present a Show of Cat Art in L.A.

Alexandra Dillon. All images courtesy of Cat Art Show, shared with permission More than 70 artists feature cats as their muse for a feline-centric group exhibition that scratches well beyond the tropes associated with the frisky creatures. Now in its … Continue reading

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Searching for Frans Hals’s “Laughing Cavalier”

LONDON — If you are culture hungry in London, and one of your life’s greatest wishes is to avoid the vulgar yawp and bustle of shoppers on Oxford Street, there is a ready answer. A couple of streets back from … Continue reading

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A Final Show Honors the Legacy of a Bay Area Art Legend

SAN FRANCISCO — “Resident Alien 2021” is the “brilliant linchpin” of Hung Liu’s solo show, Golden Gate (金門), at the de Young Museum, says curator Janna Keegan.  For the show, Liu updated this piece, which she first exhibited in 1988 … Continue reading

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Why the Hell We Are Obsessed with Hell

Why are we obsessed with the reimagining of hell? And what influences our notions of the landscapes, geography, and bodies within the fiery inferno? A new book takes readers to the origins of hell and back. This year numerous reflections … Continue reading

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Robert Vas Dias’s Words Explore the Fact of Things

Poetics of Still Life: A Collage is a sustained meditation on the still life in art. Robert Vas Dias’s new book, which pairs his poetry and art-critical prose—others’ and his own—with artwork, is a subtle discourse on how objects condition … Continue reading

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Film Reels Dredged from the Sea Become an Eerie Meditation on Mortality

In 2016, a fisherman dredged up a case off the coast of Iceland that contained four reels of decades-old 35mm film. It looked like the beginning of an inspirational story about a precious movie rediscovery. But, anti-climactically, he’d merely found … Continue reading

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Indigenous Artists Voice Support for Land Restitution in New Billboard Campaign

Three decades ago, November was designated Native American Heritage Month as a way to honor the original inhabitants of what is now the United States. As the Land Back Movement, a growing effort to reclaim Indigenous lands, continues to gain … Continue reading

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Metaphorical Paintings by Calida Garcia Rawles Obscure Black Subjects with Gleaming Ripples of Water

“On The Other Side of Everything” (2021), acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. All images © Calida Garcia Rawles, shared with permission Artist Calida Garcia Rawles continues her explorations into the myriad possibilities of water with paintings distorted by … Continue reading

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The Democracy of Abstraction

Thomas Nozkowski (1944–2019) never hedged his bets. One bet was that abstract painting did not have to be elitist; it could be as open to subject matter as Andy Warhol supposedly was. The difference is that Nozkowski was not interested … Continue reading

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The Wellin Museum of Art Presents Sarah Oppenheimer: Sensitive Machine

Sarah Oppenheimer: Sensitive Machine invites visitors to collaboratively realign and reconfigure the Dietrich Exhibition Gallery at the Wellin Museum of Art. Visitors touch and turn hollow black beams, setting in motion a relay of spatial cause and effect. Walls split … Continue reading

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Join a Community of Radical Thinkers and Makers at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art is a dynamic community of architects, artists, and designers working together to shape the future of visual and material culture. Ranked as one of the country’s top graduate-only programs in architecture, design, and fine art, Cranbrook … Continue reading

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Controversial Roosevelt Monument Doused in Red Paint at American Museum of Natural History

The equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt at New York’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) was splashed with red paint minutes after midnight this morning, October 6. The guerrilla action comes days before the annual Indigenous Peoples Day (or Columbus … Continue reading

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Patterns and Geometric Shapes Disrupt Kaleidoscopic Portraits in Georgie Nakima’s Murals

All images © Georgie Nakima, shared with permission Using geometric motifs and vibrant hues that contrast their brick and concrete backdrops, multi-disciplinary artist Georgie Nakima paints oversized portraits that use color to convey “divinity, resilience, strength, and beauty.” The Charlotte-based … Continue reading

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Orbital Planes: A New Photography Book by Roland Miller Documents the Final Years of NASA’s Shuttle Program

Commander’s Console, Space Shuttle Endeavor, Orbiter Processing Facility 2, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Fine art photographer Roland Miller (previously) has been documenting America’s space program for over 30 years, obtaining exclusive access to the interior spaces of orbiters and … Continue reading

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Woven Bamboo Installations by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV Sprout from Ceilings and Walls in Tangled Forms

All images courtesy of Mingei Gallery, shared with permission Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV threads strips of bamboo together into monumental works that appear to grow from walls and ceilings. His hollow, circular creations utilize a style of rough weaving … Continue reading

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Opportunities in October 2021

Hyperallergic’s monthly Opportunities Listings provide a resource to artists and creatives looking for grants and paid gigs to further their work. As the arts sector navigates the coronavirus pandemic, these paid opportunities for independent artists and cultural organizations are more … Continue reading

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