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Sunday, 22 October


Visualizing the Imaginary and Unseen Hyperallergic

Nicolas Carone, Orpheus (1960), oil on canvas, 48 3/8 x 60 inches (courtesy of the Estate of Nicolas Carone)

In a painting from 1989, Nicolas Carone deploys airy zigzags of luminous beige. Layering flat passages of pinkish gray, he teases the literal flatness of the canvas. He builds rounded volumes from angled planes. So far, I could be describing an abstract painting, but, as it happens, it portrays the head and shoulders of a woman in a low-cut gown. Though Carones subject has the presence of an actual person, she is the artists invention. Not an archetype or even a type, she is persuasively individual, in part because of skeptical look on her face. The artist has brought the flavor of accurate observation to a portrait sitting that never took place.

That the womans right eye is larger than her left could be seen as a realistic detail. The imbalance is so striking that I wonder if Carone meant it to suggest the passage of time one eye calm and the other, a moment later, startled into opening wide. Or perhaps the disparity alludes to the changes we perceive as we approach an image for a close look at a detail, then move back for a broader view. Here, as in other artworks, the artist entangles questions about the image with questions about our understanding of it, with no definitive answers. Fully intended, these ambiguities are products of Carones pictorial wit.

This Imaginary Portrait is one of eleven on view at the Loretta Howard Gallery through October 28. The earliest painting in the show is The Prince, 1970, a half-length portrait of a personage with the stillness and the opulent outfit of a sitter in a portrait by the 16th-century Mannerist Agnolo Bronzino. Where Bronzino favors glossy blacks, Carone fills The Prince with luminous, dusty pinks and ochres. And he shapes the face with taut, curved planes learned from mid-1940s portraits by Willem de Kooning, who found these elegantly linear forms in Arshile Gorkys earlier portrait of his mother and himself as a young boy.



Ambitions and Limitations of Civic Engagement in the Museum Hyperallergic

Installation view of Philadelphia Assembled (courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

PHILADELPHIA Unless you were born without a heart, Philadelphia Assembled, an exhibition on civic engagement initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will very likely provoke tears. The first time I felt a swell of emotion was when I heard the distinct sound of Nina Simones voice emanating from one of the rooms in the exhibit. She was singing the phrase, between the garbage and the flowers, from her cover of Leonard Cohens Suzanne.

By this point, Id spent about forty-five minutes in a room devoted to Jeffrey Stockbridges Kensington Blues, a series of photographs taken in the area around Kensington Avenue, in North Philadelphia, which was once a strong working class community and national leader of the textile industry. For many residents of the city, Kensington Avenue is now synonymous with vice, a place where heroin, crack, and Xanax are sold in the open. Rather than simply mirroring the stereotypes of drug addiction and prostitution, Stockbridge urges the viewer to see into the lives of people who are suffering.

On one gallery wall, three long rows of portrait photos are interspersed with photos of abandoned lots and the shadowy world under the Market-Frankford line, also known as the El. In one portrait, a shirtless man in his thirties has the tanned outline of a tank top, accentuating the paleness of his skin. Tattooed around his neck and down his chest is an elaborate cross necklace. A hypodermic needle sits tucked into his elastic waistband, and track marks line his forearms. He seems to be posturing, but theres nothing romantic in his gaze.

Interviews conducted by Stockbridge with his subjects play from headphones at both ends of the rows of photos. Many of Stockbridges participants are startlingly candid about their lives. One woman said she had returned to prostitution after raising her three children and the death of her most recent long-term partner, because she didnt want shift work. She wanted control over her schedule, even at the risk of pain. These reco...


Rose DeSiano Holds a Mirror Up to Nature Hyperallergic

Installation view of Rose DeSianos Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications (all photos by Toby Tenenbaum)

Randalls Island and Wards Island occupy a liminal position in New York Citys geography. Nestled in the armpit between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, the formerly separate, but now conjoined islands are probably best known as the landmass over which the Triborough Bridge passes. The islands location, low population (1,600), and ample acreage (520) have made them into a local recreational hub, complete with a golf center, tennis center, horseback riding academy, picnic areas, track and field stadium, and more athletic fields than any other New York City park. But their spaciousness means they have also been repositories for those elements of civilization deemed unwanted, including, at present, two psychiatric hospitals, a wastewater treatment plant, and several homeless shelters.

For the Randalls Island Park Alliances and Bronx Museum of the Arts annual FLOW exhibition, Rose DeSiano has installed a thoughtful sculpture series, Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications, that engages with Randalls and Wards Islands erased and obscured histories. Situated at two separate footbridge landings, the installation consists of several approximately 8 x 3 mirrors, arranged upright in rows on the grass. Most mirrors are partially covered with photographic images animals, flowers, ferry boats, colonial British soldiers, Native Americans, buildings and construction sites that allude to the islands histories. In many cases, those images, affixed to the mirrors with adhesive tape, extend across multiple mirror panels in the manner of a diptych or triptych.


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Saturday, 21 October


Street Artist Turns Buildings into Gigantic Butterfly Specimen Cases My Modern Met

Butterfly Murals by Mantra

France-based street artist Mantra transforms multi-story buildings into gigantic butterfly specimen cases in a series of clever, trick-of-the-eye 3D murals. The enormous, hyper-realistic butterflies appear to be set within wooden-framed boxes, recessed into the side of each building. Long shadows and subtle details, which suggest a transparent glass surface, create a convincing level of depth that helps to enforce the head-turning optical illusions.

Not all of Mantras butterfly murals are painted outside, though, and not all are depicted as preserved specimens. Some occupy rooms within abandoned buildings, taking position against a wall, or standing out from a corner. So far, his butterflies have appeared in Spain, Austria, France, and Bogota.

Mantras illusory murals dont end with butterflies either; hes also painted cats, birds, and reptiles, as well as other insects, such as moths, beetles, and (in one instance) a monstrous spider, creeping out from a crack in the side of an apartment block.

Keep up to date on Mantras latest work by following him on Instagram.

Street artist spray-paints murals of hyper-realistic butterfly specimens.

Butterfly Murals by Mantra

In July 2017, Mantra painted this mural, entitled Yasunis Imago, onto a building in Thionville, France.



American Monuments Then and Now Hyperallergic

Lee Friedlander, Father Duffy. Times Square, New York, New York (1974), gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches (all photographs Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery and Eakins Press Foundation)

As public symbols of civic virtue and regional pride, the formal and iconographic range of monuments, memorials, and other commemorative statuary in American culture is truly astounding. Two hundred thirteen of them, shot over a period of 12 years, are represented by the photographer Lee Friedlander in The American Monument, originally published by the Eakins Press in 1976. This magnificent books much-anticipated second edition is now being distributed, and its arrival coincides with the opening skirmishes in what promises to be an extended battle over control of the historical narratives that our public spaces are commandeered to perpetuate.

Friedlanders brilliant strategy consistent with his propensity for an excess of fact is to include within the photograph not only the monument itself but also a significant part its immediate surroundings (and sometimes, depending on the photographers proximity to it, more distant features of the landscape). In a few cases, the ostensible subject is visually incidental to the composition or even partially obscured. This emphasis is crucial, because Friedlanders larger subject is the dynamic relationship between the monument (in its apparent permanence) and its location, its physical context which continually changes, whether gradually or swiftly, to reflect the communitys values.

Epitomizing this...


A Doodler Who Taught Himself to Paint Hyperallergic

Chuck Boyce, Urb (2016), oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches (all images courtesy Edward Thorp Gallery, New York)

Edward Thorp has always had a knack for finding artists. He has given shows to the under-appreciated (Henri Michaux and Eugene Leroy) and to those who gained a lot of attention then and now (Eric Fischl and Katherine Bradford).

His most recent discovery is Chuck Boyce, who, according to the press release (which I suspect the artist wrote) is:

[] a self-taught artist who began painting a decade ago, in his sixties. A dissatisfied middle-aged graduate student and a decidedly underappreciated poet, he found work as a free-lance writer, an assistant to a high-end antiques dealer, and (most importantly) a father. Eventually, habitual doodling in his notebooks led to a concerted drive to make, of these casual scribbles, the artifacts we know as art. Humans do this: it staves off etc. and etc., and is fun to boot.

What the press release does not mention is that this is the first time Boyces work has ever been exhibited. The show, Chuck Boyce: Recent Paintings in Thorps Project Room, is well worth visiting, particularly since the show closes today.

One other fact that I want to mention is that Boyce is the co-author of the 740-page reference book, Shakespeare A to Z (1990). Boyce may be a self-taught painter, but he definitely has absorbed a lot of art particularly the work of Karl Wirsum, Barbara Rossi, Max Ernst, and Stuart Davis. Boyce paints in oil on modestly sized canvases that are little more than 24 inches high and 20 inches wide. He sets his flat forms (or imaginary personages) in an abstract landscape divided into two or three areas (which roughly translate into land and sky).



Deep Winter by Tellas in Lodz, Poland StreetArtNews

Our friend Tellas just sent us some images from his latest wall that was painted somewhere on the streets of the lovely Lodz in Poland.

Entitled Deep Winter, the Italian street artist once again brought to life some of his signature organic and nature landscape-inspired imagery which will surely be enjoyed by the local residents and tourists for many years to come.

Continue below for more selected images on Tellas latest mural and then make sure to drop your two cents down in our comments section.

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Jack Kerouacs Hand-Drawn Cover for On the Road (1952) Open Culture

This falls under the category, If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself."

In 1950, when Jack Kerouac released his first novel, The Town and the City, he was less than impressed by the book cover produced by his publisher, Harcourt Brace. (Click here to see why.) So, in 1952, when he began shopping his second novel, the great beat classic On the Road, Kerouac went ahead and designed his own cover. He sent it to a potential publisher A.A. Wyn, with a little note typed at the very top:

Dear Mr. Wyn:

I submit this as my idea of an appealing commercial cover expressive of the book. The cover for The Town and the City was as dull as the title and the photo backflap. Wilbur Pippins photo of me is the perfect On the Road one it will look like the face of the figure below.


Wyn turned down the novel, and it wouldn't get published until 1957. It would, however, become a bestseller and be published with many different covers through the years. They're all on display here.

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The Other by Gleo in Sao Paulo StreetArtNews

Gleo recently spent some time on the streets of Sao Paulo in Brazil where she worked her magic to create one of her largest street mural to date.

Entitled The Other, The beautiful mural took her two weeks to finish. Both portraits are 40 meters high by 9 wide and were created as part of the first edition of the Street Art event Nufestival in Sao Paulo, Brasil which was organized by Instagrafite.

Take a look at more images after the break and keep checking back with us for the latest street art updates from South American and beyond.

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Ancient Mediterranean Oil Lamps Capture the Pop Culture of Their Time Hyperallergic

Terracotta lamp from Anatolia with curled-up sleeping dog in high-relief (1st-4th c. CE) (all images courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and all featured in Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum by Jean Bussire and Birgitta Lindros Wohl)

The oil lamp, at its core, is quite a modest object. Roughly the size of your hand and made of clay or metal, it really needs to hold only fuel and a wick to fulfill its duty. But while the basic engineering of oil lamps remained the same for thousands of years, the forms of their vessels were ripe for artistic experimentation. Oil lamps became highly decorated wares, featuring designs that play with the shapes of their handles, nozzles, and bowls.

Terracotta lamp from North Africa with dromedary with saddlebag walking to right, toward handle (1st-4th c. CE)

The evolution of the oil lamp from crude container to sculptural masterwork is captured in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, which owns one of the richest troves of lamps from the ancient Mediterranean world, all produced between 800 BCE and 800 CE. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these 630 or so lamps are typically not on view. To make these stunning objects more accessible, the museum recently published a free, digital catalogue by lychnologists lamp scholars Birgitta Lindros Wohl and the late Jean Bussire, which provides a technical study of every single lamp.

Although geared more towards academics, Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum is also fascinating for general perusal. The imagery carved onto lamps is incredibly varied, from motifs to depictions of daily life and mythology; there are reliefs of landscapes, people at work, sporting events, and even explicit scenes of fornicating couples carved into these small vessels.

Youre really seeing popular culture right before your eyes, in a very intimate and direct way, the museums Curator of Antiquities...


200,000+ Historic Recordings to Be Digitized by Boston Public Library and Released Online My Modern Met

digitizing sound recordings

While the digital age is rapidly changing the way we consume information, it's also creating an outlet to preserve precious data that would otherwise be lost. Particularly for music, where evolving technology continually transforms the way we listen to sounds, digitization projects are vital to conserving important recordings. To this end, the Boston Public Library is pairing with the Internet Archive in a massive effort to digitize their sound collection, giving the public access to a wide range of historic recordings.

This exciting development means that many previously unheard recordings will be available for casual listeners and researchers for the first time. Over 200,000 audio pieces on 78s, LP's, and Thomas Edison's first recording medium, the wax cylinder, will be part of the project. This includes American popular music of many genresclassical, pop, rock, jazz, and opera from the early 1900s through the 1980s.

For decades the collection has remained in its current statein storage, uncataloged, and inaccessible to the public. The Boston Public Library, which has collaborated with the Internet Archive since 2007, will produce a number of versions from remastered until raw. The library's decision to digitize its sound library fits perfectly into The Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive's initiative to digitize all 3 million minted sidesrecordings of about 3 minutesfrom 78 rpm discs from about 1898 to the 1950s.

The simple fact of the matter is most audiovisual recordings will be lost, says George Blood, an internationally renowned expert on audio preservation. These 78s are disappearing right and left. It is important that we do a good job preserving what we can get to, because there won't be a second chance.

It will take several years to get the full collection online, but for now, two recordings are already availablePlease Pass the Biscuits, Pappy (I Like Mountain Music)...


Help Solve a Global Crisis Through an Online Puzzle Hyperallergic

Screenshot of <em>Foldit</em> (via Animation Research Labs, University of Washington/Wikimedia)Screenshot of Foldit (via Animation Research Labs, University of Washington/Wikimedia)

The University of Washington launched the online game Foldit in 2008, and since then it has successfully engaged the public in solving puzzles for science. The crowdsourcing initiative asks users to fold proteins into new and optimal three-dimensional configurations. This April, a New York Times article reported that its involved nearly a million players over its lifetime, including on puzzles about Ebola binding protein and the Marburg virus. In 2011, they helped decipher in a matter of weeks the structure of a protein-sniping enzyme that is critical in how the AIDS virus reproduces, and in 2012, it was reported that the players were the first to crowdsource a redesigned protein.

Aspergillus flavus, one of the molds that produces aflatoxins (photo by Medmyco/Wikimedia)Aspergillus flavus, one of the molds that produces aflatoxins (photo by ...


The First Animation Is Film Festival Showcases the Best of Todays Animation Hyperallergic

Virus Tropical (Animation Is Film Festival)

Over the course of the nearly ten years since its founding, indie film company GKIDS has carved out an increasingly strong niche for itself as a distributor of foreign animated films. While animating tools are more accessible than ever, driving a blossoming movement of independent cartoonists, feature animation in the United States remains constrained by studio concerns about marketability, corporate synergy, and safe storytelling. In this environment, GKIDS provides a welcome showcase for the artistic possibilities filmmakers in other countries are exploring.

Now, the distributor has teamed with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, ASIFA Hollywood, and Variety to present the first Animation is Film Festival in Los Angeles. Over the course of one weekend, the festival will showcase a mlange of animated work: features and shorts, classic and contemporary, foreign and domestic. While nearly all the films in the program are intriguing, here are some of the highlights.

Masaaki Yuasa Features

In terms of craft, Japanese animation has traditionally been separated from Western animation by its favoring of detail over movement. Western cartoons are associated with lots of action and simpler artwork and design, while anime is associated with more subdued movement and complex drawing. Masaaki Yuasa embraces both. His work is distinctive for its intricate motion, often featuring characters running at hyper-fast speeds and with surrealistic exaggeration. Hes also willing to experiment with shifting drawing styles within one work, a sensibility reflected in his anarchic, anything-goes approach to storytelling.

Yuasa has three films playing the festival, each of which displays a radically different vision. His two new features are a romantic comedy, Night is Short, Walk on Girl, and a childrens fantasy adventure, Lu Over the Wall. And then theres 2004s Mind Game, a sense-bending odyssey which switches genre every...


Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models Let You Build the Miniature Guggenheim of Your Dreams Hyperallergic

Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold (courtesy Laurence King Publishing)Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold (courtesy Laurence King Publishing)

With the recently-released Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold from Laurence King Publishing, you can build tiny models of Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, and Taliesin West. There are also templates for some of Frank Lloyd Wrights lesser-known structures, such as the Mayan Revival-style Storer House, constructed in the 1920s with textile blocks, and even one Wright failed to realize himself: the National Life Insurance Building designed for Chicago with 25 stories of copper panels.

Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold (courtesy Laurence King Publishing)Cover of Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold (courtesy Laurence King Publishing)

It was that unbuilt model that I decided to tackle from the book by Marc Hagan-Guirey. A kirigami and paper artist, he previously authored the 2015 Horrorgami, with models of haunted houses and scenes from horror films. (The Ennis House, se...


You Can Stay Overnight in This Bird Nest Villa Built Above the African Wilderness My Modern Met

Bird Nest Villa NAY PALAD

Photo: Jimmy Nelson

On the grounds of Segeraan award-winning, 50,000 acre wildlife eco-safari retreat in Kenya, East Africasits the NAY PALAD Bird Nest Villa. Made in collaboration with NAY PALAD and architect Daniel Pouzet, this exclusive destination offers a unique place to stay in the heart of the African bush. Crowned by branches and resembling a gigantic bird nest, the villa offers a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the surrounding African wildernessabove the treetops, the nearby river, and the wildlife below.

Following an adventurous approach by foot or by car, guests can come upon the two-floor structure towering up, out of the plains. Under the setting sun, scattered lantern-light welcomes them up into the retreat to discover an assortment of goodies, including champagne to toast the night ahead.

While its designed for two, the nest can sleep more. Theres a cozy first-floor bedroom, supplied with crisp, luxury linens and toasty hot water bottles; however, theres always the option of a night beneath the stars on the open-air top deck. Despite its remote location, the villa offers full luxury service, and is also equipped with solar-heated running water in the bathroom.

As a new day dawns, guests awaken to the sounds of the savanna and are able to enjoy a picnic breakfast as elephants and giraffes gather on the neighboring riverbanks.

The NAY PALAD Bird Nest Villa offers a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the surrounding Kenyan wilderness.

Photo: Jimmy Nelson



Meet the Artists Painting the Obamas Post-Presidential Portraits My Modern Met

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Its tradition for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to commission likenesses of the president and first lady after theyve left office. The Obamas now have their turn to sit for this special painting, and the institution recently announced the two artists who will be completing this high artistic honor. They are Kehinde Wiley, who will paint Barack Obama, and Amy Sherald, who will depict Michelle Obama. Handpicked by the former first couple, the selection of these artists break boundaries; they represent the first black artists to paint a president and a first lady.

The portraits will be revealed in early 2018, and were eager to see what these artists will create. In the meantime, lets learn more about them and look at some of their past work.

Meet the artist painting the Barack Obama presidential portrait.

Kehinde Wiley

Based in Brooklyn, Wileys stunning portraits feature lush, colorful scenes of everyday men and women of color. The realistic handling of the subjects recall European paintings made during the Renaissance, such as those by the artist Michelangelo. Wiley puts his own twist on the classic style, however, by replacing white aristocracy with black people. In speaking about his work, he explained to Huffington Post, Really, its an investigation of how we see those people and how they have been perceived over time. The performance of black American identity feels very different from actually living in a black body. Theres a dissonance between inside and outside.



Guy Finds Iguana Swimming 4 Miles Offshore and Brings Him Back to Land TwistedSifter


Steve from Key West Kayak Fishing was coming in from an offshore fishing trip when he noticed a weird shaped object floating in the distance. On YouTube he explains:


All I could see were the multiple fins running down its back so I though it was some sort of palm frond, but it just didnt look right. I ended up stopping and...


Nancy Cartwright Does Her 7 Simspsons Characters in 36 Seconds TwistedSifter


Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, recorded this video to play at the Creative Arts Emmys in 2017 when she was nominated for her work on The Simpsons.




Man Sells All His Belongings and Quits Job to Travel Australia with His Rescue Cat My Modern Met

Rich East Traveling with Cat

Traveling with your cat might seem like a far-off dream, but there are folks who are able to make it a reality. Australian adventurer Rich East has trekked more than 50,000 kilometers (over 31,000 miles) in a camper van with his rescue cat, Willow. Known together as Van Cat Meow, theyve seen the countrys six states and two territories and done things that many of us only dream ofsuch as sailing the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, they've camped on mountains and enjoyed the (gravel) roads less taken.

East gave up a conventional lifestyle in 2015 so that he could begin his massive, life-altering journey. I sold my house, all of my possessions, and quit my job so I could take the trip of a lifetime, he explained. But one thing I couldnt say goodbye [to] was this little cat so the obvious decision was to take her with me. Their deep bond is evident in Easts travel photography, which often showcases the two of them relaxing along the coastline or enjoying a swing in a makeshift mountain hammock.

Many cats arent meant for these types of adventures, but Willow is well suited for nomadic living. Some people think its odd that Im traveling with a cat, but Willow is so chilled out and absolutely loves our new lifestyle. East, however, takes necessary precautions when it comes to her safety and outfits her with a special collar. With the tracking collar, I have the peace of mind that if she decides to go for a hike I will be straight onto her.

Although the pairs giant road trip was completed in early 2017, they have adapted to life on the road and dont have any plans on stopping. East continues to chronicle their trips on Instagram, and hes compiled some of the best shots into a 2018 calendar now for sale in the Van Cat Meow online shop.

Two and a half years ago, Rich East quit his job and sold all of his belongings, all for the sake of travel.



Performance Artist Who Exposed Herself In Front of the Mona Lisa Is Acquitted Hyperallergic

Deborah De Robertis performing Ma chatte, mon copyright at the Louve ( Deborah De Robertis, photo by Guillaume Belvze)

PARIS On October 18, as the rest of the art world in Paris ogled the art objects at the FIAC (Foire Internationale dArt Contemporain) art fairs grand opening, French-Luxembourg artist Deborah De Robertis was fighting in court. She had been charged with sexual exhibitionism and biting the jacket of a guard during the forceful stopping of her audacious happening Ma chatte, mon copyright (My Pussy, My Copyright) performed on September 24, without permission, in the La Joconde (Mona Lisa, c. 1506) room at the Louvre.

During the performance, De Robertis shouted through a megaphone, Mona Lisa, my pussy, my copyright, while revealing her vagina in front of the Mona Lisa.(In April, she had similarly exposed herself in front of the same painting, while a violinist played music, and was forced out of the museum.) For Ma chatte, mon copyright, she was held in jail for two days before a judge ordered her to stand trial this past Wednesday. 

De Robertis was acquitted of the sexual exhibitionism charge. It was understood she was solely practicing pungent performance art. Her sexual provocations question the place of women artists in art history and are part of a larger tradition of performance art, including that of Valie Export (whose Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969) piece inspired the Ma chatte, mon copyright performance),...


Photobooks Designed to Treat Dementia Gently Challenge the Mind Hyperallergic

Spread from Photographic Treatment by Laurence Agerter, published by Dewi Lewis (all images courtesy the artist)

A winding slide and a flamingos arcing neck. A ruffed lemur and one of van Goghs Sunflowers. A walrus and a bunch of bananas. The image pairings in Laurence Agerters new series of photobooks are wholly unexpected but draw subtle, witty connections between unrelated scenes. While they make for general, lighthearted perusal, they are primarily intended as cognitive tools, specifically to help people with dementia exercise their minds. Agerter has worked with experts in the fields of neurology and gerontology over the past year and a half to develop these books as therapeutic treatment, and a number of nursing homes in the Netherlands her current base are now sharing them with their patients. 

Cover of volume one of Photographic Treatment by Laurence Agerter

Published by Dewi Lewis, Photographic Treatment comprises five slim books that each hold 30 paired, uncaptioned photographs. Agerter sourced the vast majority of them online, searching for Creative Commons images, and photographed about a tenth of them herself to fill in any gaps she felt were lacking.

Some record famous paintings or monuments...


80-Foot Kraken on Old WWII Ship Becomes Artificial Reef in the British Virgin Islands My Modern Met

BVI Art Reef - Artificial Reef in the Virgin Islands

Photo: Owen Buggy

With more and more natural reefs dying due to climate change, people are increasingly turning to artificial reefs to provide safe ecosystems for aquatic life. And while we've seen everything from subway cars to underwater sculptures used for this purpose, nothing is quite as evocative as the BVI Art Reef.

Structured to promote the growth of transplanted coral, the artificial reef is composed of a WWII fuel barge topped by an elaborate 80-foot mesh kraken. Named the Kodiak Queen, the BVI Art Reef is also open to divers, as well as marine scientists and local students from the British Virgin Islands. The ship, which is one of five that fought at Pearl Habor, was set to be scrapped before photographer Owen Buggy discovered its historical significance and brought this unique idea to Sir Richard Branson, who lives on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.

After years of careful research and planning to transform the warship into a place that would attract divers and also cultivate a healthy ecosystem, the Kodiak Queen was sunk into the Caribbean Sea in April 2017. BVI Art Reef united Branson's nonprofit Unite B.V.I., artist group Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean education nonprofit Beneath the Waves, in the hopes of raising awareness about environmental issues facing the ocean and inspiring people to come up with positive solutions for change.

The entire reef works in harmony with the ex...


Monumentally Detailed Pen Drawings That Combine Real and Imagined Landscapes by Olivia Kemp Colossal

British artist Olivia Kemp creates large-scale drawings that combine observational studies made in Norway, Italy, and Scotland with fantastical places that exist only in her imagination. Her pen and ink works contain dense villages of twisting tree houses within forests and log cabins sprinkled through out private islands, each appearing isolated from modern civilization.

I draw in order to make sense of landscape but also to construct and remodel it, explains Kemp in her artist statement. I build worlds and imaginary places that grow out of a need to interpret the sites that I have known, expanding and developing them across a page. This encompasses everything, from the visions of a grand landscape right down to the details of the land, the plants and creatures that may inhabit it.

When creating her meticulous works Kemp notes that she often falls into a trance-like state, the final result surprising even herself. New works, including the 6-foot-long Archipelago, are currently on view in her solo exhibition at Browse&Darby in London through November 3, 2017. You can see more of the artists work on her website and Instagram. (via Hi Fructose)



The 1960s Photographer Who Documented the Peace Sign as a Political Symbol Hyperallergic

Jim Marshall: PeaceJim Marshall, New York, NY (1963) (from Jim Marshall: Peace, Jim Marshall Photography LLC)

Between 1961 and 1968, photographer Jim Marshall followed the spread of the peace sign. Designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, its subsequent adoption by the American Student Peace Union helped make the peace sign a symbol of 1960s Vietnam protests. Holtom was inspired by the N and D semaphore flag signals standing for nuclear disarmament and also by his own anguish at the world. As he described in a letter to activist and Peace News editor Hugh Brock, he was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goyas peasant before the firing squad.

Jim Marshall: PeaceCover of Jim Marshall: Peace (courtesy Reel Art Press)

Marshall photographed the signs evolving symbolism of peace and love, tagged on New York City subway advertisements, chalked on sidewalks, spray painted on walls, stuck on car windows, worn on buttons at rallies, scrawled on guitar cases, and suspended on necklaces. However, Marshall, best known as a prolific photog...


New Digital Archive Puts Online 4,000 Historic Images of Rome: The Eternal City from the 16th to 20th Centuries Open Culture

The poet Tibullus first described Rome as "The Eternal City" in the first century BC, and that evocative nickname has stuck over the thousands of years since. Or rather, he would have called it "Urbs Aeterna," which for Italian-speakers would have been "La Citt Eterna," but regardless of which language you prefer it in, it throws down a daunting challenge before any historian of Rome. Each scholar has had to find their own way of approaching such a historically formidable place, and few have built up such a robust visual record as Rodolfo Lanciani, 4000 items from whose collection became available to view online this year, thanks to Stanford Libraries.

As an "archaeologist, professor of topography, and secretary of the Archaeological Commission," says the collection's about page, Lanciani, "was a pioneer in the systematic, modern study of the city of Rome."

Having lived from 1845 to 1929 with a long and fruitful career to match, he "collected a vast archive of his own notes and manuscripts, as well as works by others including rare prints and original drawings by artists and architects stretching back to the sixteenth century." After he died, his whole library found a buyer in the Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dellArte (INASA), which made it available to researchers...


Pygmy Hedgehog Packs His Tiny Bags and Goes Camping in Adorable Photo Shoot My Modern Met

Azuki Tiny Hedgehog Goes Camping

You may or may not know Azuki: the Insta-famous, Japanese pygmy hedgehog. If you dont, allow us to introduce you. Azuki is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He likes apples, massages, and hot baths, and up until recently, led a cozy life indoors with his human. All of the naps on soft blankets, the daily photoshoots, or time spent with his sister Uni (@uni_desu) just werent the same any more. Even his collection of miniature hats, or his custom-built hedgehog nest-house couldnt satisfy. Something was missing; he longed for more. So, deciding it was time for an adventure, he packed his tiny bags and went campingand hes never been happier.

Equipped with his own tiny tent, table and chair set, a barbecue, and even a kayak, Azuki had everything he needed to face the great outdoors. Lucky for us, his human brought a camera and kept an Instagram photo-diary to document his adventures. In one shot, depicting a scenic woodland picnic, Azuki writes, lunch in nature feels better than usual. In another, reclining in his camp chair and marveling at the sky, he claims, the stars [were] very beautiful [at] night.

With his wanderlust appeased, Azuki has now returned home in time for Halloween where hes been busy preparing for the festivities. You can keep up to date with Azuki's adorable adventures on Instagram.

Meet Azuki the pygmy hedgehog from Japan.

This adorable little critter packed his tiny bags and went camping.



How an Artists Activism Nurtured His Painting Hyperallergic

Peter Krashes, Empty Mics (2008) oil on linen, 63 x 84 inches (courtesy of the James Gallery, CUNY)

Peter Krashess paintings have often drawn on distinctly personal material: flight patterns circling his parents house, intimate portraits of his husband (the artist Oliver Herring) or Krashess own body undergoing physical therapy. In past bodies of work, he has utilized devices such as a distorting mirror, a camera obscura, panoramic lenses, shutters speeds, and strobes to create perceptual experiences that parallel the psychological disturbances, bafflement and ambiguities of his subjects. These devices have also inspired a variety of ways to apply paint to canvas: fast, slippery swooshes, choppy prismatic distortions, or spinning centrifugal wheels all figure into Krashess markmaking strategies. And, by incorporating these varied techniques, Krashes reinvigorates what have been his essential terrain: portrait, still life, and landscape genres.

Peter Krashes, Officer on the Red Carpet (2014) gouache on paper, 18 x 24 inches (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

In his current exhibition at the James Gallery at the City University of New Yorks Graduate Center, Krashes has inverted his artistic practice, to look outward rather t...


An Artist Reimagines His Ancestors Through Costumed Self-Portraits Hyperallergic

Ken Gonzales-Day, Untitled #28,(1996) Bone-Grass Boy Series, C-Print, 22 x 34 inches (image courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles)



Breathtakingly beautiful Autochromes of women from the early 1900s (NSFW) Dangerous Minds

The lowly potato gave the world sustenance, French fries, and would you believe color photography?

In 1903, two French inventors and photographers, Auguste and Louis Lumire, used the potato as the basis for their patented process in creating color photographs, or Autochromes as they were called. It was a...


An Online Trove of Historic Sewing Patterns & Costumes Open Culture

As Halloween draws nigh, our thoughts turn to costumes.

Not those rubbery, poorly constructed, sexy and/or gory off-the-rack readymades, but the sort of lavish, historically accurate, home-sewn affairs that would have earned praise and extra candy, if only our mother had been inclined to spend the bulk of October chained to a sewing machine.

Not that one needs the excuse of a holiday to suit up in a fluffy 50s crinoline, a Tudor-style kirtle gown, or a 16th-century Flemish outfit with all the trimmings....

Accountant Artemisia Moltabocca, creator of the historical and cosplay costuming blog Costuming Diary, has primed our pump with a list of free historical medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian patterns, including ones for the garments mentioned above.

Click through the many links on her site and you may find yourself tumbling down a rabbit hole of some other cos-player's generosity.

That link to the custom corset pattern generator may set you on the road to creating a perfectly fitted Viking apron or a good-for-beginners tunic. (Bring out yer dead!)

Fancy even more choices? Moltaboccas Free Historical Costume Patterns Pinterest board is a veritable trove of dress-up fun.



Performa 17 is Inspired by the Anarchic, Restlessly Inventive Spirit of Dada Hyperallergic

Wangechi Mutu in Nairobi preparing for Performa 17 (photo by Andrew Dru Mungai, courtesy the artist)

When Dadaism began, it was primarily a response to World War I, to depressing nationalism and audacious capitalism. Defying the falsely perceived rationality of those in power, Dada artists used deliberate, playful absurdity in their work as a kind of of radical resistance against the bourgeois, the warmongers, the political right. It takes a good deal of solipsistic logic to convince oneself that hubris and classism and war are reasonable, and Dadaists sought to dismantle it. Through wild, seemingly capricious abstraction, they became purveyors of a particularly calculated criticism.

Dadaism is the historical anchor of the Performa 17 Biennial, which runs from November 1-19 at 32 venues around the city. This years historical anchor is inspired by Pierre Restanys 1961 exhibition, 40 au-dessus de Dada (40 Degrees above Dada), which sought to re-examine Dada not as a purely nihilistic movement, but one that was deeply poetic and true to its form adaptable to shifting times. Over a century after its origins, the commissioned works at Performa 17 will explore the movement again, this time in the midst of a dismal dystopia as erratic and ludicrous as Dadaism itself. (Yoko Ono, a Fluxus Dadaist in her own right, will be honored at the opening night gala, along with Performa board member Wendy Fisher.)



The never before told story of the man in the infamous FUCK THE DRAFT posters Dangerous Minds

Of the many stories of official government suppression that came out of the Vietnam War era protest movements, one of the most compelling is the saga of Kiyoshi Kuromiyas indelible Fuck the Draft poster. Kuromiya procuredhow is uncleara photo...


Doctor Whos 1972 pop single on Deep Purples label Dangerous Minds

Jon Pertwee starred in the reruns of Doctor Who my local PBS affiliate started airing in the Eighties; perhaps the station decided to start with the color episodes. Ever since, when someone else is playing Doctor Who, even Tom Baker, I miss Pertwees lisp and Edwardian dress, his dandyish manner, the wild...


25 Unique Mugs That Let You Sip in Style My Modern Met

Cool Coffee Mugs Unique Mugs Ceramic Mugs

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As we mark the annual shift to sweater weather, autumn admirers are finding unique ways to celebrate. While some enjoy autumnal accessories and pumpkin-themed photo shoots, others find excitement in the simpler things, like a warm cup of tea or coffee.

Geared toward the creative drinker, this collection of cool mugs presents a range of stylish ceramic creations. Whether you're an animal lover, a nature enthusiast, or even a believer in unicorns, you're sure to find the quirky cup of your drink-inspired dreams!

With this quirky collection of cool mugs, you can sip your coffee or tea in style! Each one features unique designs, like:

Shimmering Crystals


Adorable Shiba Inus



Born to be Cheap: This Divine ugly Christmas sweater is REALLY CHEAP Dangerous Minds



Im not one for the whole ugly Christmas sweater thing. I think its stupid and I think Christmas is stupid, too. Last year I didnt even get those cha-cha heels I wanted

That said, this nifty new ...


Carolee Schneemann on Five Decades of Meat, Harnesses, and Innovation Hyperallergic

Carolee Schneemann, Portrait Partials (1970), 35 gelatin silver prints. 26 7/8 x 26 3/4 (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired through the generosity of the Peter Norton Family Foundation, 2017 Carolee Schneemann,courtesy the artist, P.P.O.W, and Galerie Lelong, New York)

This year, Carolee Schneemann received the Venice Biennales Golden Lion Award. She is also the subject of a major retrospective, Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, which will travel from the Museum der Moderne Salzburg to open at MoMA PS1 on October 22 a level of recognition for which she has waited five decades.

In Schneemanns provocative paintings, sculptures, installations, performances, films, and videos, serendipity often plays a crucial role, interceding as an intermediary to lifes bothersome snags. In fact, serendipity courses through her entire career. A suspension from Bard College for painting herself nude (despite permission to pose nude for male students) seeded her sense of female empowerment. She went on to use her body as a medium to spring the female form from its frame, and to pursue explicit expressions of female sexuality. If her physical body was central to her project, it also often eclipsed her larger body of work. Hugely significant innovations, born or sired by chance, are now becoming more visible as the breadth of her legacy is acknowledged. At a Huguenot inn near her home in upstate New York, Schneemann spoke with Joyce Beckenstein about her early struggles for recognition, the sensuous connections between the beautiful and the grotesque, and her enduring kinship with cats.

Joyce Beckenstein: What was going through your mind when you found out youd received the Golden Lion award?

Carolee Schneemann: I was incredulous! I first thought it was a mistake; I didnt understand what it was until people starting writing me. Now Im an archivist, an organizer, and I have to tell myself that this new confluence is a kind of work.

JBHadnt much of that...

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Inktober: The Worldwide Art Challenge That Has Everyone Drawing in October My Modern Met


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When it comes to creating art, getting started is often the hardest part. Its made a little easier, however, when youve got thousands of people doing it at the same time. Weve seen how daily and monthly photography projects can stretch your imagination and bring forth new and exciting developments in your work. But if drawing is more your style, weve got the perfect creative challenge to inspire daily art-making: Inktober. This annual event takes place every year in October, inviting people from all around the world to participate.

What is Inktober?

Inktober dates back nearly a decade. Illustrator Jake Parker created it in 2009 as a way to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. The premise is simple: each day in October, make a drawing in ink and share it online using the hashtag #Inktober. Starting in 2016, Inktober has had an official prompt list with words to inspire your daily routine. Theyre specific, but not overly so that everyones drawings will look the same; theres a lot of room for interpretation.

Here are the Inktober prompts for 2017:

Inktober Prompts

Inktober is certainly a commitment, but there is some wiggle...


Art Movements Hyperallergic

A detail from Marian Koodziejs The Labyrinth (started in 1993) (via Flickr/mik Krakow)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

Activists from the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) and other local art and anti-gentrification groups protested against Omer Fasts exhibition at James Cohan Gallerys Chinatown space. CAB described August, which requires visitors to walk through a constructed caricature of a derelict, run-down Chinatown business, as a racist aggression towards the community.

Pyotr Pavlensky was arrested and charged with destruction of property after setting fire to a Bank of France branch in Paris. The dissident artist and his partner, Oksana Shalygina, were granted political asylum in France earlier this year. The pair fled Russia following accusations of sexual assault, a charge they maintain is politically motivated. Pavlensky, who is best known for nailing his scrotum to the ground in Moscows Red Square, was detained by Russian authorities in November 2015 after setting fire to the entrance of the FSBs (Russian Federal Security Service) Moscow headquarters.

A crowdfunding campaign...


The Philosophers Web, an Interactive Data Visualization Shows the Web of Influences Connecting Ancient & Modern Philosophers Open Culture

How do we begin to read philosophy? Can we slide a book from the shelf, thumb through it casually, picking out the bits of wisdom that make sense?

Should we find a well-known important work, sit in a quiet study, read the preface, translators introduction, etc

How soon we discover we know less about the book than when we started.

We go wandering, lose ourselves in secondary sources, glosses, footnotes, comments sections, Wikipedia articles. The important book remains unread.

In-between these two extremes are a variety of approaches that work well for many an autodidact. When data scientist Grant Louis Oliveira decided he wanted to undertake a self-guided course of study to more rigorously explore my ideas, he began with the honest admission, I find the world of philosophy a bit impenetrable.

Where some of us might make an outline, a spreadsheet, or a humble reading list, Oliveira created a complex social network visualization of a history of philosophy to act as his guide.

What I imagined, he writes, is something like a tree arranged down a timeline. More influential philosophers would be bigger nodes, and the size of the lines between the nodes would perhaps be variable by strength of influence.



The Yes Men kommen nach Hamburg URBANSHIT

Die Aktivisten und Guerilla-Kommunikationstruppe The Yes Men kommen nach Hamburg. Im November sind sie einen Tag lang auf Kampnagel zu Gast, wo sie in einem Workshop und abendlicher Lecture Performance einen Einblick in ihre Arbeit geben. The Yes Men gehren international zu einer der interessantesten Aktivistengruppen im Bereich kreativer Protest, die immer wieder mit spektakulren Aktionen fr Aufsehen sorgt. In einem Workshop stellen die beiden Nordamerikaner Andy Bichlbaum und Mike Bonanno, die das Duo The Yes Men bilden, auf Kampnagel die Arbeitsweisen des Yes Men Lab vor und konzipieren mit den Teilnehmern eine Kampagne. Dabei sind Ideen fr Aktionen mehr als willkommen. Alle Bilder: The Yes Men / Kampnagel Das ist der Kern unserer Botschaft: Leute, schaltet den Computer aus und macht mit. Es reicht nicht, auf Facebook den Like-Knopf zu klicken. (Mike Bonanno) Wer also immer schon mal etwas ber kreativen Protest lernen wollte, der sollte die Chance nicht verpassen am 7. November auf Kampnagel dabei zu sein. Workshop und Lecture sind nach kurzer Anmeldung ber die Kampnagel Website kostenlos. The Yes Men Workshop & Lecture Performance 7. November 2017 Ab 15:oo Uhr Kampnagel, Hamburg Kampnagel Website

Der Beitrag The Yes Men kommen nach Hamburg erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Wo kommt der Strom von morgen her? Ein Blick in das TomorrowLab (Werbung) URBANSHIT

Anzeige Wenn es um die Stromversorgung der Zukunft geht sind viele Fragen noch offen, zwei Sachen sind jedoch ziemlich sicher: Wir werden auch in Zukunft eine Menge Strom bentigen, daran fhrt kein Weg vorbei. Und, der Strom muss aus regenerativen Quellen gewonnen werden, wenn es mit der Menschheit noch lnger irgendwie gut gehen soll. Viel weiter reicht der Blick in die Zukunft derzeit noch nicht. Es gibt zwar bereits eine Menge guter Anstze und neuer Quellen, die uns Ressourcen schonend mit Strom versorgen, aber in Sachen sauberer Energie muss definitiv noch eine Menge passieren. Was die Stromquellen der Zukunft am Ende genau sind und wie sie funktionieren, steht in groen Teilen noch in den Sternen. Im TomorrowLab prsentiert E.ON ab sofort mit einem Augenzwinkern ein neues experimentelles Labor, in dem mgliche, teils wahnwitzige Losungen und Vorschlage fr die Stromgewinnung der Zukunft prsentiert werden. Warum nicht Strom aus Wackelpudding gewinnen? Oder warum Energie nicht einfach in Tupperdosen speichern? Natrlich gibt es das Labor nicht wirklich. Was es aber wirklich gibt, ist die Forschung nach neuen Energiequellen. Dabei verlsst am Ende nur ein Bruchteil das Labor und wird uns auch in Zukunft mit sauberem Strom versorgen. Genau darum geht es in den Filmen aus dem TomorrowLab. Mehr Informationen zum TomorrowLab von E.ON gibt es auf der eigens dafr eingerichteten Website. Einen Einblick ...

Der Beitrag Wo kommt der Strom von morgen her? Ein Blick in das TomorrowLab (Werbung) erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


The Films of Christopher Nolan Explored in a Sweeping 4-Hour Video Essay: Memento, The Dark Knight, Interstellar & More Open Culture

Cameron Beyl does not play by the rules when it comes to video essays. Instead of short, under-10 minute explorations weve come to expect from the ever-increasing coterie of YouTube essayists, Beyl, in his Directors Series on Vimeo, devotes hours to exploring the filmographies of some of cinemas great auteurs. Weve already introduced you in previous posts to his extended hagiographies of Stanley Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, David Fincher, and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Now comes his latest work, a multi-part exploration of Christopher Nolans oeuvre, covering his hardscrabble years all the way through his Hollywood blockbusters and ending with Interstellar. (This writer, having thought higher of Dunkirk than his previous works, will just have to wait a few years until the next chapter.)

In the video above, Beyl starts off with some prehistory about Christopher and his brother Jonathan, his early years making Super 8 movies, his time spent at University College London, and the very rare first films, Tarantella and Larceny, the single-gag short Doodlebug, and how that crew--including his lead actor Jeremy Theobald and his producer-soon-to-be-wife Emma Thomas--stayed with him through his $6000 debut feature Following and its thematic and stylistic cousin Memento, made for $4.5 million.

Part 2 shows Nolan navigating the studio system. Given a chance by executive producers George Cloo...


Artist Omer Fast Compares Protesters to Alt-Right, Chinatown Art Brigade Responds Hyperallergic

Chinatown Art Brigade and allies pasting up the protest placard with their letter to the gallery and artist. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

After Sundays protests at James Cohan Gallery in Manhattans Chinatown, artist Omer Fast released a statement comparing the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) and their activist allies to right-wing trolls carrying tiki-torches and howling for walls to be built.

According to the protesters, Sundays rally came after CAB received no response to their letter to the gallery and artist. The artist has declined to speak directly to the protesters or the media. He released a statement through his gallery yesterday.

Fast writes:

The actual gallery is being used as an immigrant surrogate: a transplant that tries to affect an appearance and blend in, even while its essence is undeniably foreign. I suspect many of the critical reactions to my work have a lot to do with this tension between appearance and essence.

The Chinese have been part of the US for centuries and their presence in Chinatown specifically dates to the late 19th century at the very least, so its not clear what exactly the artist sees as foreign.

The artist is surprised and distressed by the vitriol and name-calling without citing specific terms, but then compares the mostly Asian-American protesters to white supremacists by writing, I expect this sort of characterization from right-wing trolls carrying tiki-torches and howling for walls to be built. I dont expect it from left-wing activists in lower Manhattan.

He also adds: A group of protestors hanged a large poster outside the show, which accuses the gallery of representing a non-US and non-New York artist. The artist understands it as a form of xenophobia. It appears the artist may be referring to the original letter that was enlarged and taped to the front of the gallery.

Alicia Grullon, who was a speaker representing...


Princess Rkczi by Nicolas de Largillire A R T LR K

On the 20th of October 1656, the French Rococo painter Nicolas de Largillire was born in Paris. Brought up in Antwerp and Paris, he also lived and worked in London, gaining the admiration of kind Charles II, then James II, as well as the French king Louis XIV, all of whom he painted, alongside various men of culture from Le Brun to Voltaire. A well-respected leader of the French Academy, his style of painting was the Rococo, an 18th century French trend at its height in the 1730s. In painting, and specifically in portraiture, artists focused on the abundant lifestyles of the aristocracy. Their works were whimsical, using pastels and flowing ornate design in the backgrounds and captured the fine, delicate features of upper class women in lavish clothing, often unmasking the impurity in their behaviour; this set the Rococo apart from the Baroque, which still mainly focused on religious and state subjects.

The National Gallery in London has an intriguing portrait of Princess Rkczi (c. 1720) by Largillire, the once 15-year old child bride of Rkczi Ferenc II, the Hungarian leader of the uprising against the Habsburgs, Prince of Transylvania, and great national hero of Hungary. From celebrated and loved young princess, Charlotte Amalies life took an unfortunate turn caused by the political activism of her husband. She had a fraught life in exile, fleeing alongside her husband, taking refuge in Poland, then Russia and France. This new life was humiliatin...


Photographing the Strange Normalcy of Israels Ubiquitous Bomb Shelters Hyperallergic

Adam Reynolds, "Apartment complex in Kiryat Shmona" (courtesy the artist and Edition Lammerhuber)Adam Reynolds, Apartment complex in Kiryat Shmona (courtesy the artist and Edition Lammerhuber)

Between 2013 and 2015, American photographer Adam Reynolds documented Israels ubiquitous bomb shelters. As he explains in his new monograph Architecture of an Existential Threat, out now from Edition Lammerhuber, Israelis are required to have access to a bomb shelter and rooms that can be sealed off in the event of a chemical weapons attack. Due to this law, there are approximately one million bomb shelters, both public and private, found throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Cover of <em>Architecture of an Existential Threat</em> (courtesy Edition Lammerhuber)Cover of Architecture of an Existential Threat (courtesy Edition Lammerhuber)

Like the Cold War missile silos of the United States, or the bunkers that popped up all over Albania during the reign of Enver Hoxha, these shelters are designed for a speculative apocalypse. Since its formation in 1948, Israel has been in an ongoing conflict. Still the longt...


Everything You Need to Learn the Ancient Art of Calligraphy My Modern Met

Calligraphy for Beginners

Photo: The Postman's Knock
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Calligraphy is an ancient art that's popularity still exists today. Centered around letter forms and symbols, calligraphy celebrates the written word in many different ways, from how the individual letters are arranged to the rhythm and flow between them.

An ancient art with a modern revival

The European iteration of the art first appeared in Latin script around 600 B.C.E. in Rome. There, it was painted on walls and eventually used to copy the Bible and other religious texts. Its influence survived the fall of the Roman Empire and continued to evolve until around the 15th century. After this point, calligraphy became less utilized thanks to the advent of the printing press; illuminated manuscripts began to decline as a resultthey just weren't as practical as automation.

Calligraphy for Beginners

Calligraphy from Lindisfarne Gospels (circa 700 C.E.)
By Eadfrith of Lindisfarne (presumed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

At the end of the 19th century, there was a modern revival of calligraphy. Letterer Edward Johnston began studying manuscripts of calligraphy, and coupled with the concurrent Arts and Crafts movement, there was a renewed interest in penmanship. Johnston produced a number of publications on the subject, and he taught others calligraphy as well. During this time, he also developed his own calligraphic style thats written with a bro...


Larry Riverss Unrelenting Passion for the Figure Hyperallergic

Larry Rivers, Vocabulary Lesson (Polish) (1964-65), oil on canvas. 22, x 33 inches (image courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery Larry Rivers Foundation / Licensed by VAGA)

A retrospective exhibition of a mere 20 pieces by an artist as prolific as Larry Rivers would give any reviewer pause, especially if that reviewer felt compelled by convention to pinpoint where Rivers belonged on a flow chart of the second half of the 20th century. That Rivers earned a place on that chart is unquestionable. But his work reveals a tendency to resist alignment with any single path. While he evaded mainstream movements like Pop Art, he oddly and selectively adapted elements of those same movements. Its quite a challenge to wade through his stream of contradictory attitudes and purposefully mismatched techniques.

(Re)APPROPRIATIONS, the slippery-sounding title of the late artists current exhibition at Tibor de Nagy, may be catchy but narrowly directs ones attention to the Neo-Duchampian thread that can be found intermittently in his work, yet hardly stands out as central to his vision. The unavoidable reality is that Rivers shunned a central vision. Any single coordinate in the weave of the Rivers tapestry leaves one no better oriented than another.



Interview: Artist Creates Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures Set in Motion by Human Interaction My Modern Met

Moving Sculpture by Mespl

Killing Time'

The artist known simply as Mespl creates compelling moving sculptures that combine elements of art, science, technology, and human interactivity. Employing time-honored foundry construction techniques like welding and blacksmithing, he elevates these everyday approaches by using them to produce objects and experiences that we've never seen nor had before.

One of Mespls latest pieces, titled Killing Time, features sleek, masterfully crafted metalwork integrated with sensors that react to human presence. As the viewer approaches, their attendance sets in motion an eerie series of events. A deep black ferrofluida liquid thats strongly magnetized when around a magnetic fieldproduces breath-like motions into the mouth of a polished skull. The surreal kinetic sculpture is mesmerizing in how it both consumes the special liquid and the geometric design that's created as the ferrofluid travels from the glass vessel to the head.

We had the opportunity to talk to Mespl about Killing Time and how he comes up with these other types of alluring experiences. Scroll down to read our exclusive interview, below.

Artist Mespl creates compelling kinetic sculptures that fuse foundry techniques with science and technology that's aided by human interactivity.

Your work has so many aspects to it, from art to technology. How do you decide how to integrate the two? Have you always been interested in combining these two fields, and why?

I have been making art and sculptures since I was a little kid and was very fortunate to have the guidance to explore other realms of creativity outside of just traditional forms of artistic expression. My father is an artist, he also holds degrees in physics and architecture, not to mention his mastery of regular tools. As a child, I remembering making a Jacob's ladder in third grade from an old induction coil. Once I built it, I thought it was amazing, but wanted to show off the jumping of electricity between the copper rods. I thought, what other shapes could I make this work with? And h...


How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes TwistedSifter


David Fincher has directed some amazing films (Fight Club, The Social Network, Gone Girl, Benjamin Button and Se7en to name a few) and theres something about his camera movement that pulls viewers in.

YouTube creator The Nerdwriter explores how David Fincher hijacks your eyes.




Recipes Organized into Component Parts in Food Styling Photos by Mikkel Jul Hvilshj Colossal

All photos Mikkel Jul Hvilshj

In a shoot for Nordic cookware brand Eva, Copenhagen-based photographer Mikkel Jul Hvilshj lets the ingredients speak for themselves. With his flatlay photos on rich matte backgrounds, Hvilshj creates compositions of raw recipe materials like carrots, star anise, and lemon that seem to suggest that the cookware itself is an essential element in classic Scandinavian food and drink. You can see the full series on Behance.



Man Starts Facebook Group for UPS Drivers to Share Photos of Dogs They Meet on Daily Routes My Modern Met

UPS Dogs Facebook Group

Left: Sean McCarren, founder of UPS Dogs. | Right: A group of adorable pups wanting to say hello.

UPS drivers meet a variety of people on their routes, and as it turns out, dogs, too. These enthusiastic pups are often the best part of a drivers day, with their friendly wagging tongues and an outpouring of unconditional love. To celebrate the good dogs that make their lives brighter, they post about them in a Facebook group aptly called UPS Dogs.

A man named Sean McCarren started the delightful community five years ago. Having worked at UPS for 17 years, he says that meeting the dogs along his routes is one of the very best parts of driving the big brown truck. Theyll run up to the vehicle when it arrivessome even hop inor greet him at the front door. I wish we could just hang out with the families and their dogs all day, McCarren laments, but it's just not feasible. Even so, these small interactions are worth it.

McCarren is not alone in his adoration of these canines. UPS Dogs is a place for drivers across the country to share photos and videos of their pup pals. The groupopen to the publicposts not only adorable pictures, but it also highlights the bond that drivers have with the dogs they see on a daily basis. Many UPS community members will spend their breaks playing with the canines and buy special treats to give them. While the group is often a place of smiles, the friendship between the driver and pup has moments of sadness, too. One member, for instance, posted that when a customer informed him of a their dog's passing, his eyes welled up and heart sank.

UPS Dogs isnt affiliated with the companyits more of a passion project maintained by dedicated employees. The company, however, is aware of the group and fully embraces its warm spirits. Its a good example of the relationships our employees build with their customers, a spokesperson says, two- or four-legged!

The po...


Urlaub am Strand mitten in der Stadt, oder auch nicht URBANSHIT

Wie so oft ist es eine Frage der Perspektive und des Bildausschnittes. What a Legend im inspired Healer of society (@vistabucs) 16. Oktober 2017 Gesehen bei kraftfuttermischwerk

Der Beitrag Urlaub am Strand mitten in der Stadt, oder auch nicht erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


10 Combined Gifs that Reinforced My Love for the Internet TwistedSifter


Theres a glorious subreddit called.. you guessed it: Combined Gifs, that does exactly that. Gifs have become ubiquitous in our communication; deployed in texts, group chats and social networks to succinctly convey our reactions and emotions. Theyre even big business now.

So what better way to further enjoy gifs than by combining two seemingly disparate ones into a single Internet masterpiece? Below you will find 10 outstanding submissions to /r/CombinedGifs. Be sure to check out the subreddit for hundreds more :)



1. Free Your Mind Neo

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Kinkier than Thou: Pompidou Installs Doggie-Style Sculpture the Louvre Dumped Hyperallergic

It turns out that those in charge at the Centre Georges Pompidou are a little less prudish than the heads of the Louvre. This week, the contemporary art museum welcomed a giant, inhabitable sculpture of two figures doing it doggie-style to its grounds, shortly after the Louvre rejected it for being too provocative.

As Hyperallergics Benjamin Sutton reported, Domestikator was originally designed by Atelier Van Lieshout in 2015 and was supposed to be included in the Louvres outdoor sculpture program, as part of the Paris FIAC art fair. The cuboid sculpture depicts a humanoid figure holding on to a four-legged creature from the back, as if penetrating it. Public outrage over its lewdness online, however, placed enough pressure on the m...


Sanford Biggers Summons the Power of Deep Music Hyperallergic

Installation view of Selah (photo by Matt Booth, all images courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen, Sanford Biggers)

Sometimes my experience of one piece of art illuminates another. Recently, I visited the 8th Floor Gallery to see Elia Albas exhibition, The Supper Club, which features a panoply of photographic portraits of contemporary artists. Among them is one of Sanford Biggers, titled The Syncretist (Sanford Biggers) (2014). As with the other portraits, the title provides insight into the artists practice. Describing Biggers as a syncretist does shed light on his current exhibition at Marianne Boesky gallery, Selah. Syncretism has to do with the conjoining of distinct cultural systems, or the elements thereof. The process is primarily associated with the history of religion, that is, belief systems, and Selah recognizes that being black in the United States is a syncretic state of being, that the African and the American have become lodged together in ways that are at times brilliant, grandiose, and also violent and inscrutable.



2 Broke Lab Rats: Human Research Subjects in Film and Television Sociological Images

Human research subjects are all over popular media. Lab rats, guinea pigs, and even the obscure Pharmers daughter (From The Facility, 2012) all refer to people who participate in biomedical research as test subjectsoften ingesting experimental drugs to test their toxicity or therapeutic effectiveness.

The clinical trial industry has decried the representations of human subjects in the media for being fantastical and overly dramatic. The concern is that portraying human subjects in a negative light hurts their ability to recruit participants, test experimental products, and profit from approved drugs.

But how are human research subjects actually portrayed?

In two new publications, my co-author Jill Fisher and I look at how human subjects are represented in popular entertainment media. We analyzed 65 television shows and films like Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Greys Anatomy, The Facility and The Amazing Spiderman.

We find that human research subjects are predominately white men from lower socio-economic backgrounds. When women are represented, they are more likely to be shown being coerced into research (rather than enrolling for therapeutic or financial reasons).

2 Broke Girls is actually an outlier in this regard. In this show, Max and Caroline were not coerced but financially motivated to participate in clinical trialsor as Max likes to call it: getting paid $500 to roll the side effect dice and hope it lands on hallucinations! [audience laughter]

Indeed, films and shows did use fantastical and dramatic representations of side effectsfrom discussions of men growing breasts, limb regrowth, and fits of rage and violenceand death and injury were common. Most of these medical studies failedand failed in spectacularly horrific or comedic ways.

While negative, this portrayal is not necessarily wrong or bad:

Importantly, negative outcomes of fictional medical research are not the same as negative depictions of science T...


Photographer Quietly Captures Museum Goers Who Accidentally Match the Artwork My Modern Met

People Matching Artworks by Stefan Draschan

When Stefan Draschan goes to a museum, hes looking at more than just the art. The photographer is also people watching for museum visitors whose outfits happen to coordinate with the paintings on the wall. In his ongoing project called People Matching Artworks, he captures the unexpected moments when someones hair, jacket, or dress could be an extension of a timeless creation.

People Matching Artworks is the epitome of patience. Though some of these pictures look staged, they are rather the result of Draschan staking a spot in a museum and waiting for the right person to stroll by. Its a secretive take on museum doppelgngersa lighthearted activity in which people are actively posing with an artwork that resembles them. Draschans project, in contrast, depicts the quiet beauty of looking, and it emphasizes how the act of getting dressed is an opportunity to be your own work of art.

Draschan chronicles his series on Tumblr and Instagram, where he also reveals where the museums that he visits. So, if youre local to institutions in Paris, Vienna, or Berlin, be on the lookout for Draschan and his camera!

Photographer Stefan Draschan looks at more than just the great art at a museum.

People Watching Museum Visitors by Stefan Draschan

He's also sitting quietly and people watching the museum goers



Alan Turing Algorithmically Approximated by Ellipses: A Computer Art Project Open Culture

Just a cool find on Twitter, a work of computer art created by Jeremy Kun, a math PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now an engineer at Google.

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A Hidden Flaneur Who Records the Minutiae of Street Life Hyperallergic

Akiko Hara, Untitled #108 (2009) from the series Still (all photos Mikiko Hara, courtesy Miyako Yoshinaga, New York)

If acclaimed street photography is defined by the decisive moment when form and content converge with the artists vision, then Mikiko Haras images of the streets of Tokyo are quite the opposite. Hara made a conscious decision to discard reliance on the viewfinder, which led to a body of work that is true to her intention to capture street life as a continuous process. In other words, there is no decisive moment. Her analog images, made by holding a 1930s German Ikonta camera at chest or waist level, rather than on her eye appear to treat random moments as of equal interest to her. A kind of objectivity for Hara is derived from these oddly focused, chance encounters. Hara relies on her intuitive ability to gauge the proper distance to and exposure for her subject while using the camera to capture iconographic moments like other vanguard street photographers. However, unlike the precision of Garry Winogrands or Lee Friedlanders street photography in which we see the relationship between the photographer and the subject, Haras indiscriminate method allows her subjects to reveal themselves making her an invisible flaneur who understands the minutiae of life such as an insect on a window or a child peeking from a tent.



At Storm King, a Half-Buried Roof Shelters Oral Histories Hyperallergic

Heather Hart, The Oracle of Lacuna (2017), installed for Outlooks: Heather Hart at Storm King Art Center (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

NEW WINDSOR There are no rooms in this house, only the space beneath its roof, which is confined and quiet save for the faint voices emitting from speakers to share stories. Painted bright red and trimmed with a black tar surface, The Oracle of Lacuna is an interactive installation, resembling a roof, that artist Heather Hart installed at Storm King Art Center as a site to contemplate and listen to largely overlooked oral histories. Sitting at the base of a gentle slope, on an open field in the sculpture parks north wood, it is an unmistakably domestic structure: the crowning feature of a clapboard house, complete with shingles, dormer windows that serve as doors, and a chimney into which you can poke your head.

From Outlooks: Heather Hart at Storm King Art Center

Since May, the house has played host to performances, workshops, and community discussions including sessions of Black Lunch Table, an oral-history archiving project by Hart and artist Jina Valentine. The Oracle of Lacuna is a house of exchange, whose name likens it to a place of messages, prophecy, wisdom, or truth; the word lacuna refers to a gap, and...


Go Behind the Scenes of 9 Museums With These Great Online Web Series Hyperallergic

How much of a museum do you really see when visiting its galleries? So much at an institution happens behind the scenes, whether conservators preserving objects for display, or researchers journeying into the field. Many museums have been using online videos to bring these stories to the public. Here are nine series to watch:

American Museum of Natural History: Shelf Life

Now in its second season, Shelf Life is a digital series that delves into the collections of the American Museum of Natural History. As only a fraction of its 33 million specimens are on view, and the museum actively supports research around the world, its a fascinating insight beyond the dinosaurs and taxidermy dioramas that most people associate with the institution. It also answers pressing questions like: how do you preserve a coelacanth?

Tales From the Cryptic Species examines how century-old specimens can now reveal genetic diversity that could influence conservation policy, Into the Island of Bats follows scientific studies on the bats of Cuba, and Shamans of Siberia chronicles how a 19th-century collection from one of the largest anthropology expeditions to the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America and Siberia is now a vital resource for indigenous living culture.

Museum of Modern Art: At the Museum

The Museum of Modern ArtAt the Museum illuminates hidden exhibition stories like the graphic design behind the title wall for Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, and the delicate conservation of a concrete sprite statue from Frank Lloyd Wrights demolished Midway Gardens in Chicago for...


This Heat-Sensitive Edition of Fahrenheit 451 Can Only Be Read by Flame Colossal

This week the Anne Petronille Nypels Lab at Van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands shared a video of an edition of Ray Bradburys classic Fahrenheit 451 being held up to a flame. The video was not an ironic twist on the books overt message of censorship, but rather a demonstration of the experimental works hidden capabilities. The book was screen printed by French graphic design collective Super Terrain using heat sensitive ink, which conceals the books text behind a layer of black when at room temperature. You can see more of the collectives experiments with printed matter on their website and Instagram. (via Open Culture)


Trump Continues to Lie About His Fake Renoir Hyperallergic

Image of the genuine painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881), which hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago (Public Domain image)

Since 1933, Pierre-August Renoirs painting, Two Sisters (On the Terrace) has hung in the Art Institute of Chicago, which has owned the portrait all this time. But is it a fake? Or did Renoir paint more than one version? In Donald Trumps mystifying mind, one of these scenarios is true. Along with giving to charity, drawing large crowds, and having a lot of great plans, Trump has reportedly also bragged about owning the original Two Sisters (On the Terrace). And like many of his boasts, its one he seems to like to bring up whenever he gets the chance.

This clear lie comes to light in a recent episode of Vanity Fairs Inside the Hive podcast, in which Trump biographer Tim OBrien shares an anecdote from a few years ago, in a brighter, pre-Trump era. The pair was riding in Trumps private jet, where a copy of the famous Renoir was hanging, and the men ended up arguing over whether or not it was original.

Donald, its not, OBrien insisted, multiple times. I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called Two Sisters on the Terrace, and its hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

After some back-and-forth with the real estate mogul, he chose to drop the conversation and carry on with more important business. Trump, however, being Trump, did not give up. The next day, back on the plane with his biographer, he gestured at the painting and said, You know, tha...


Meet Cipe Pineles: The Remarkable Life and Illustrated Recipes of the Forgotten Pioneer Who Blazed the Way for Women in Design and Publishing Brain Pickings

A labor of love four years in the making, celebrating a trailblazing woman who shattered multiple glass ceilings.

Meet Cipe Pineles: The Remarkable Life and Illustrated Recipes of the Forgotten Pioneer Who Blazed the Way for Women in Design and Publishing

One late February afternoon in 2013, as my then-partner and I were cooking dinner at home in New York, my phone rang. It was my dear friend and frequent collaborator Wendy MacNaughton. She knew that I feel about the telephone the way Barthes did, so I in turn knew that there was some momentous reason for the call.

Wendy was calling from the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, where behind a glass case she had discovered something she intuitively recognized as a rare treasure a set of vibrant original paintings of traditional Jewish foods, alongside recipes written in a most unusual, meticulously hand-lettered typeface. It bore the feisty title Leave Me Alone with the Recipes and was dated 1945.



Neil Patrick Harris Wins Halloween with the Cutest Family Costumes My Modern Met

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

2011: Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, and Mr. Smee

When it comes to creative family Halloween costume ideas, actor Neil Patrick Harris and his adorable brood have everyone else beat. Together with his husband, David Burtka, and their twins, Gideon and Harper, they participate in group ensembles that are both delightfully imaginative and impeccably styled. The gang started dressing up when the kids were very young in 2011, and each year they seem to have more fun than the last.

The costume choices always revolve around pop culture. Their first year, Harris and Burtka dressed as Peter Pan and Captain Hook while the twins looked adorable as Tinker Bell and Mr. Smee. Since then, the children continually don outfits that allow them to take a more active role in the holiday. In 2012, they looked cute as a docile Dorothy and Cowardly Lion, but in years like 2015, theyre old enough to wield their own lasers as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.

Check out the impressive lengths the family goes to for Halloween. And with less than two weeks until the big day, were anxiously awaiting the newest reveal!

Looking for family Halloween costume ideas? Take inspiration from Neil Patrick Harris and his adorable brood!

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

2012: Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy, and The Cowardly Lion



A Sea of Suspended Boats Evokes the Migrants Perilous Journey Hyperallergic

Hew Locke, For Those in Peril on the Sea (2011), model boats and mixed media, 79 boats; dimensions variable. (Collection Prez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase from the Helena Rubinstein Philanthropic Fund at The Miami Foundation Installation view Prez Art Museum Miami. Reproduced with the permission of the artist For Those in Peril on the Sea was commissioned by the Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial 2011. All photos by by Daniel Azoulay Photography unless otherwise noted.)

MIAMI Hew Lockes installation For Those in Peril on the Sea was exhibited once in a churchs nave at the Folkstone Triennial in 2011 and later at the Prez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2013, where its currently on view for a second iteration. Once part of the PAMMs inaugural programming, the installation has powerful context in a museum that sits just miles from the Port of Miami, bordering Biscayne Bay, in a city comprised primarily of immigrants. The piece features dozens of small boats model ships and replicas suspended from the ceiling, forming many horizons that nearly blend into one; we must look up toward them, as if we were submerged beneath the water. The boats are handmade and decorated by Locke with cardboard, papier-mch, and wood. Each is different  there are multicolored miniature oil tankers, British police boats, Indonesian fishing boats, cruise ships, rafts, schooners  but they do have one thing in common: they all face the water.

Adorned with fake flowers and gold paint, the boats are dedicated to the countless people whove lost their lives en route to new land, to those on those journeys now, and to the children whose parents come from countries far from home, pondering the strange state of belonging to two places at once. Upon viewing the boats for the first time, craning my neck to glimpse their tiny details, my mind prompted by their playful, to...


Ingmar Bergmans 1950s Soap Commercials Wash Away the Existential Despair Open Culture

Ingmar Bergman is usually remembered for the intensely serious nature of his films. Death, anguish, the absence of God--his themes can be pretty gloomy. So it might come as a surprise to learn that Bergman once directed a series of rather silly soap commercials.

The year was 1951. Bergman was 33 years old. The Swedish film industry, his main source of income, had just gone on strike to protest high government taxes on entertainment. With two ex-wives, five children, a new wife and a sixth child on the way, Bergman needed to find another way to make money.

A solution presented itself when he was asked to create a series of commercials for a new anti-bacterial soap called Bris ("Breeze," in English). Bergman threw himself into the project. He later recalled:

Originally, I accepted the Bris commercials in order to save the lives of my self and my families. But that was really secondary. The primary reason I wanted to make the commercials was that I was given free rein with money and I could do exactly what I wanted with the product's message. Anyhow, I have always found it difficult to feel resentment when industry comes rushing toward culture, check in hand.

Bergman enlisted his favorite cinematographer at that time, Gunnar Fischer, and together they made nine miniature films, each a little more than one minute long, to be screened in movie theaters over the next three years. Bergman used the opportunity to experiment with visual and narrative form.

Many of the stylistic devices and motifs that would eventually figure into his masterpieces can be spotted in the commercials: mirrors, doubles, the telescoping in or out of a story-within-a-story. You don't need to understand Swedish to recognize the m...


Mom and Daughters in Matching Outfits Continue to Make Us Smile My Modern Met

Mother Daughter Matching Outfits All That is Three

Back in June 2017 we introduced you to an adorable photo series entitled All That is Three (#allthatisthree) by mother of two, Dominiquethe woman behind the fashion and lifestyle blog, All That is She. Each photograph captures Dominique and her two daughters11-year-old Amelia and 4-year-old Pennystanding in order of descending height, dressed in coordinating outfits, matching hairstyles, and playing with identical props.

The All that is Three series started more than a year ago and today Dominique still makes weekly updates via her Instagram account. As the project has grown, so have Amelia and Penny. Long-term fans of the series have been able to watch how the girls change each week, and enjoy little Pennys hilarious facial expressions. In recent posts, the photoshoots have become even more elaborate, with the creative trio posing as scientists, Game of Thrones characters, and Star Wars rebels.

The mother-daughter insta-series has proven so popular that Dominique has now launched a Mini Me clothing line in collaboration with Joules Clothing. You can find the full collection on their website.

This adorable photo series captures the bond between a mom and her daughters.

Mother Daughter Matching Outfits All That is Three...


25 Years of Photographing the Human Skull Hyperallergic

Lynn Stern, "DOPPELGNGER #14-72a" (2014), 21.5 x 28 inches, pigment print ( 2017 Lynn Stern)Lynn Stern, DOPPELGNGER #14-72a (2014), 21.5 x 28 inches, pigment print ( 2017 Lynn Stern)

Lynn Stern has photographed skulls for 25 years, capturing them backlit like architectural forms and abstracted behind scrims. Skull, a new book from Thames & Hudson, features almost 150 photographs from eight of Sterns series on this vision of mortality.

I have always been terrified of death, and I never thought about using that in my work, the New York-based artist told Hyperallergic. Stern added that although skulls have become something of a kitschified fashion accessory, many of us still have a standoffish relationship with death. Its very much in the culture, but its in the culture with a kind of denial, she said.

Cover of <em>Lynn Stern: Skull</em> (courtesy Thames & Hudson)Cover of Lynn Stern: Skull (courtesy Thames & Hudson)

Yet around 1989, she was struck by an article by Donald Kuspit, who described how, when a skull appears in a painting, it knocks everything else out of the picture. Around the same time, she saw Gerhard Richters paintings responding...

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