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Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy in New York (left) and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. (right) during a repatriation ceremony in March 2017 (photo courtesy Manhattan District Attorneys Office)
Following a string of high-profile restitutions of looted artifacts from New York City museums, dealers, and collectors, the District Attorney for Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., has formed a dedicated Antiquities Trafficking Unit (ATU). Announced last week, just as three ancient marble sculptures (including one that was seized from the Metropolitan Museum of Art) were returned to Lebanon, the new unit formalizes the interagency partnerships and investigative processes that the District Attorneys office has used to recover artifacts in the past.
Since 2012, my Office has recovered several thousand trafficked antiquities collectively valued at more than $150 million, including the beautiful stolen statues being returned to the Lebanese Republic today, Vance said in a statement. W...
Tor Even Mathisen, who lives in Kvalsund, Norway, took this short video with a Sony A7S to show what its like to just walk out of your home and see the Northern Lights. Spoiler alert: its awesome.
Tunji Adeniyi-Jones Blue Dancer (2017) oil on canvas, 68 x 54 inches(all images courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery)
Most of the figures in Tunji Adeniyi-Joness exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene gallery seem shaped by the slow pull of a gravitational field that insists on everything assembling at its spiraling center; or, conversely, shaped by release from that field, in the process of resuming a more Euclidian form. Their thick, sloping thighs, curvilinear arms, cinched torsos, and tapered feet and hands are all stylized as if based on the template of a voluptuous falling leaf. Some of these leaves provide the backdrop for the foreshortened contexts in which the artists figures are placed. These foreshortened backgrounds, and the restricted palette of only two or three dominant colors in each piece often hues of the primary pigmentation colors and primary additive colors for light, such as dark blue to deep indigo; the varied greens of foliage; or reds including tangerine and maroon make these curvaceous figures feel like they come from fables.Installation view of Flash of the Spirit at Nicelle Beauchene
Nichelle Beauchene released a press release for Flash of the Spirit that explains the figures as representations of ancient royalty as well as deities of the Yoruba, called orisha. But this seems only half possible. With his washy brush strokes Adeniyi-Jones has made figures that are so stylized they exist outside of time. Divine beings can d...
Well, apparently computers celebrate Christmas too.
Max Headrooms Giant Christmas Turkey aired on Boxing Day in 1986. Not to be confused with the follow-up sci-fi adventure series adapted for Cinemax, this holiday special was from the original British programme. The cheeky, glitching computer-host first came to life after a...
Today, were going to make a collage like those made by John Stezaker. Now, for this youll need some glue, a craft knifeI like using a Stanley bladeand some white card. Youll also need a stack of eight by ten black and white glamor photographs. Some...
What kind of a blighted society turns the word snowflake into an insult?, I sometimes catch myself thinking, but then again, Ive never understood why treehugger should offend. All irony aside, being known as a person who loves nature or resembles one of its most elegant creations should be a mark of distinction, no? At least thats what Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley surely thought.
The Vermont farmer, self-educated naturalist, and avid photographer, was the first person to offer the following wisdom on the record, then illustrate it with hundreds upon hundreds of pictures of snowflakes, 5,000 in all:
I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.
Bentley left a considerable recordthough still an insignificant sample size given the scope of the object of study. But his photographs give the impression of an infinite variety of different types, each with the same basic crystalline latticework structure. He took his first photograph of a snowflake, the first ever taken, in 1885, by adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, after years of making sketches and much trial and error.
The iconic ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjrvi, Sweden, just 200km north of the Arctic Circle, has once again unveiled its annual art suites. As well as being the world's first and largest hotel made from ice, the frozen kingdom has become famous for exhibiting incredible, fully functional art suites every winter, carved from thousands of tons of ice.
At the first sign of snow, artists come together from all over the world to take part in creating the hotels annual art exhibition. The energy released here when creative people from a wide variety of backgrounds and places meet the ice is almost tangible, says Arne Bergh, a partner sculptor whos been part of ICEHOTEL since the beginning. After several months of planning, the selected designs are then made into reality once the nearby Torne River freezes over to supply the ice. This year, 26 artists from 11 countries helped to build the 28th exhibition, which officially opened its doors on December 15, 2017. From a Faberg egg themed bedroom, to a room of giant snow-snails, the dream-like suites include some of the most elaborate designs to date.
Previously, the entire hotel and its sculptural rooms would sadly melt away each spring. However, 2017 is the first year that the rooms will stay intact year-roundthanks to the hotels newly implemented sustainability plans, allowing the hotel to stay cool using solar panels. The permanent structureaptly named ICEHOTEL 365houses this years highly anticipated sculpted art suites. Theyre so good, were already looking forward to next years designs!
Find out more about the ICEHOTEL via their website.
Claude Monet, Effet de Brouillard (1872) ( photo courtesy of the owner)
A Claude Monet painting, believed to have been missing since 1895, has resurfaced and will go on view in a forthcoming exhibition on the French Impressionist at the National Gallery in London. Effet de Brouillard (1872), a somber depiction of the countryside in Argenteuil, near Paris, was recently found by art historian Richard Thomson, who conducted a simple Google search to solve this puzzle.
Thomson, a professor of fine art at the University of Edinburgh, had originally seen the painting as printed in a 1996 catalogue raisonn as well as in the book Monet at Argenteuil, but no one seemed to have known where the artwork actually resided for much of its life. The catalogue raisonn had listed it as being in a private collection, according to The Guardian. Thomson, who is curating the exhibition Monet & Architecture, set to open at the National Gallery next April, was keen on including the landscape, as he was interested in paintings that depict architecture masked by natural features such as foliage or the weather.
Quite simply I found it on Google, saw that it had passed through an antique dealer/auction house in New Orleans, contacted them, and they quickly got in touch with the owner, who again, quickly responded positively to the exhibition, for which I am most grateful, Thomson told Hyperallergic.
He also found out that the painting had been sold in London in 2007, in an anonymous sale at Christies, and with little fanfare, for 412,000 (~$550,000 US). The auction houses website notes that Galerie Durand-Ruel, which operated in P...
The cover of the original Helter Stupid album, 1989
It seems unlikely that Negativlands catalog will get the super deluxe edition treatment during my lifetime, so I have to make do with the super deluxe editions of their work that are already hiding in...
(photo by Allison Meier/illustration by Hrag Vartanian)
This year, our favorite shows in the US were especially quirky. There arent many blockbuster names on this list; instead, most of these exhibitions thoughtfully explore a theme, or introduce an overlooked artist from the past. The various museums, galleries, and spaces featured here span from the Bay Area to Boston (we have separate lists for Brooklyn, New York City, and Los Angeles). In our top selections, we chose to highlight three longer-term projects and series that impressed us in the depth of their research and ambition of their scope. With so many shows coming and going, its refreshing to see organizations and museums committing to a single idea or theme for long periods.
This album is brilliant. This album is insane. Thats how I ended my write-up of Sirene 1009 from the trio of guitarist Han-earl Park, bassist Dominic Lash, drummer Mark Sanders and vocalist Caroline Pugh. And since I feel no differently about this fascinating album, it seems appropriate that I begin that way when speaking 
If you've visited any big city in Japan, you've no doubt seen a fair few commuters sleeping on the subway. The more time you spend there, the more places in which you'll see normal, everyday-looking folks fast asleep: parks, coffee shops, bookstores, even the workplace during office hours. People in Korea, where I live, have also been known to fall asleep in places not normally associated with sleeping, but the Japanese take it to such a level that they've actually got a word for it: inemuri (, a mash-up of the verb for being present and the one for sleeping.
"I first encountered these intriguing attitudes to sleep during my first stay in Japan in the late 1980s," writes University of Cambridge lecturer Brigitte Steger. "At that time Japan was at the peak of what became known as the Bubble Economy, a phase of extraordinary speculative boom. Daily life was correspondingly hectic. People filled their schedules with work and leisure appointments, and had hardly any time to sleep." Amid it all, she heard many a boastful complaint that "We Japanese are crazy to work so much!" Yet "at the same time, I observed countless people dozing on underground trains during my daily commute. Some even slept while standing up, and no one appeared to be at all surprised by this."
Steger, who researches the social and cultural aspects of sleep in Japan, has found a rich subject in inemuri, which on a certain level "is not considered sleep at all," and in fact works more like "a subordinate involvement which can be indulged in as long as it does not disturb the social situation at hand similar to daydreaming. Even though the sleeper might be mentally away, they have to be able to return to the social situation at hand when active contribution is required. They also have to maintain the impression of fitting in with the dominant involvement by means of body posture, body...
Im not sure the Sex Pistols had available for childrens parties on their press release, but on a cold and grim Christmas in 1977, thats exactly what happened. While many Britons were settling in for a warm yuletide, the Pistols decided to host a party/benefit for the children of striking firemen and miners at a venue called Ivanhoes in Huddersfield, UK.
It turned out that this afternoon gig, along with an evening concert with full-grown punks in the audience, would be the Pistols' final UK appearance. In a few weeks the band would fly to America for a set of ill-fated gigs and then break up. Soon after that Sid Vicious would be dead.
At the childrens concert John Lydon handed out t-shirts, buttons, records, and posters. There was a pogo dancing competition with a skateboard as a prize, disco music on the sound system, and a gigantic cake with Sex Pistols written on it. (A food fight not only broke out, but was encouraged.)
Understand that by December 1977, the Pistols were pretty much banned from playing anywhere in Britain, so the announcement of this benefit show was a big deal, and what we would now call community outreach was the opposite of the monstrous image that the British gutter press had whipped up against the band.
But Lydon knew they werent monsters or any threat at all, except towards the establishment. And his memory of the day is nothing but sweet.
Fantastic. The ultimate reward. One of my all-time favourite gigs. Young kids, and were doing Bodies and theyre bursting out with laughter on the f*ck this f*ck that verse. The correct response: not the shock horror How dare you? Adults bring their own filthy minds into a thing. They dont quite perceive it as a child does. Oh, Johnnys used a naughty word. 'Bodies' was from two different points of view. Youll find that theme runs through a lot of things I write like 'Rise' I could be wrong, I could be right. Im considering both sides of the argument, always.
Film director Julian Temple caught the entire gig on a big old crappy U-matic low-band camera and while clips from the footage have been used in vario...
Animation artists Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De Staat, were asked to go crazy with a modern-day interpretation of one of the most famous paintings by Early Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
For this work, Studio Smack cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Boschs painting (the original was a triptych) and recon...
On Gnosis, theres a startling convergence of Cuba and NYC, and neither music influence is left unchanged. The clash between a chamber music sparseness and Cuban folk flow is as dramatic as the sky during a full eclipse, as is the resultant tension of one aspect seeking ascension over the other. Heavy on percussion 
Carl Klewicke, Original Design Quilt (Corning, New York, 1907), pieced silk, faille, taffeta, and satin, 60 x 72 1/2 inches (American Folk Art Museum purchase, photo by Gavin Ashworth)
From a 19th-century block pattern quilt made from a womans wedding dress, to a commemorative quilt celebrating the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, the New York Quilt Project contains an invaluable record of the states folk art history. Started by the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) in the 1980s, the archive includes information and photographs of over 6,000 quilts, mostly made before 1940. Now AFAM is digitizing these materials to make them more accessible to researchers.
When theyre digitized, they can be compared to digitized records from other states and other museums, Mimi Lester, an AFAM archivist and project manager for the digitization, told Hyperallergic. Its just about access and getting the quilts out there....
On the 21st of December 1937, the first full-length cel-animated feature film by Walt Disney Productions, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The film, based on the German fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, was a great international success, earning $8 million following its initial release.
The premiere of the film was crowned with favourable reviews. For example, The Times claimed that, The first and outstanding virtue of this film is that it plays no tricks with the story. It is an entertainment for men and children which is without equal, as entertainment, in the history of films. (The Times, 19 September 1938; in: John Hanson Saunders, ...
A self-portrait by Chuck Close at SFMoMA (photo by thenickster via Flickr)
Chuck Close has issued an apology in response to accusations of sexual misconduct lodged against him yesterday by two women who spoke with the Huffington Post. In an interview with the New York Times, the artist admitted that he has spoken to women about their body parts frankly and crudely, but explained that this was part of his typical process to evaluate them as possible models. The women claim that Close made lewd comments to them in his studio after he invited them to pose for him, leaving them feeling exploited. A third artist, Delia Brown, also described feeling that Close only wanted to photograph her as a pretext to see her topless.
Last time I looked, discomfort was not a major offense, Close told the Times. I never reduced anyone to tears, no one ever ran out of the place. If I embarrassed anyone or made them feel uncomfortable, I am truly sorry, I didnt mean to. I acknowledge having a dirty mouth, but were all adults.
Photographer Julia Fox had told Hyperallergic and HuffPo that Close asked her to pose for him in the nude in 2013 and told her, Your pussy looks delicious. Close denied making this comment to the Times, which did not acknowledge the allegations from the second woman, who came forward as an anonymous source. A former graduate student at Yale, she claims that she was posing for Close, in the nude, when the artist reached toward her vagina and asked if he could touch her. Both women, in separate interviews, noted that Close wanted to pay them $200 before they left.
Close explained to the Times that he paid women $200 to audition for photographs to see their bodies before the actual process of shooting. He occasionally creates daguerreotype nudes, he said, and doesnt keep...
Since April 2011, art director and photographer Tatsuya Tanakas imagination has built a magnificent number of miniature worlds (previously here and here). Through the artists clever lens, everyday activities like construction work, walking the dog, getting a parking ticket, and plowing through a blizzard become delight-inducing scenarios. Tanaka also plays with pop culture references, building staple skyscrapers for Godzilla to prowl.
You can see more from Tanakas ongoing Miniature Calendar project on Instagram, where he shares his creations each and every day. With over two thousand scenes and counting, he has garnered an impressive followership of a million people. In August, Tanaka also released a book of his work, Small Wonders Life Portrait in Miniature. (via Tu Recepcja)
Now in its eighth year, Art of Building is an annual photography contest that allows photographers to show off their best images of the built environment. Organized by the Chartered Institute of Building, amateur and professional photographers from around the world submitted thousands of entries, and now voting is open to the public to decide the winner.
A panel of expert judges have selected 12 finalists, who were chosen for their excellence in composition, creativity, focus, and lighting. The public is encouraged to vote once a day until January 8, 2018 to help decide the grand prize winners. With a variety of images from around the world, the decision certainly won't be easy.
Photographs range from a surreal shot of a cultural center in northern Spain to an abandoned schoolhouse in Montana. Whether glorifying sleek, contemporary lines or highlighting the beauty of decay, each photographer has convincingly executed a narrative through their photograph. CIOB competition organizer Saul Townsend was blown away by this year's entries, 70% of which came from overseas. The breadth of photography we see is amazing. From those who are revealing a little-known building to those showcasing a familiar icon in a new light.
Meet Lucky. When Lucky gets upset he sings the Apple ringtone. It usually happens when the owners tie their shoes to get ready to leave the house. Here is a demonstration.
*Update* Lucky has since been informed of going viral and is already OVER IT. See reaction video below.
Its pretty thrilling how each piece on Suite Salada begins as the thin flame of a solitary match and then gradually builds up to a raging conflagration. Albert Cirera and his Tres Tambors unit have an exquisite touch at modulating the intensity of a piece, with an eye on a finish line located at 
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (photo by Carol M. Highsmith, via Wikimedia Commons)
If youre an Angeleno whos overdue for a big day of museum-going, set aside January 28. For the 13th edition of Museums Free-for-All Day, a total of 37 institutions around southern California including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will offer free admission on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The lineup of participating institutions was announced today by SoCal Museums, an organization run by communications workers at institutions throughout southern California. The full lineup of participating institutions some of which, admittedly, always have free admission is included below:
A new mural in Philadelphia by Jess X. Snow depicts two abstracted female figures, one young, and one old, both formed of rippling branches, leaves, flowers, and birds in flight. Entitled A Daughter Migrates Toward The Mother Earth, the mural was created with the support of public art nonprofit Mural Arts Philadelphia.
In addition to mural-making, Snow is also a poet, filmmaker, and educator. Snow describes her multi-disciplinary work as exploring survival, joy, and our relationship to the Earth by amplifying the voices of those who refuse to be defined by borders, heteronormativity, gender, color, legislation and time. You can follow her work and travels on Instagram and Twitter. Snow also designed a screen print with similar imagery available through Justseeds.
My Modern Met was formed in May 2008 to create one big city that celebrates creativity.
Over the last nine years, weve set out to become a champion for creatives all around the world by featuring their work and proudly providing a platform for them to shine and grow. Today, we receive an average of 3 million visitors coming to our site each month, looking for articles on art, design, photography, architecture, technology, environmental issues, and more.
As a private company with a small team and limited resources, weve created a Patreon account in an effort to reduce our over-reliance on display ads to fund the site.
Our mission is to continue to expand and create even more rich content, including original articles, free creative resources, classes, career advice, and videos. We also intend to invest in longer-term projects like expanding our offerings in our online store where we sell products from gifted artists and innovative makers, a job board to help creatives find work, and provide classes and eBooks on a variety of creative topics. Every dollar that we receive through Patreon will be used to see these initiatives through.
We hope that you'll take some time to review the benefits of becoming a member, such as exclusive content and gifts from our store. Thank you very much for your consideration and supporting our cause....
If theres one thing The Da Vinci Codes Dan Brown and The Library of Babels Jorge Luis Borges have in common it is a love for obscure religious and occult books and artifacts. But why do I compare Borgesone of the most highly-regarded, but difficult, of Latin American poets and writersto a famous American writer of entertaining paperback thrillers? One reason only: despite the vast differences in their styles and registers, Borges would be deeply moved by Browns recent act of philanthropy, a donation of 300,000 to Amsterdams Ritman Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica House of Living Books.
Brown, the Ritman notes, is a great admirer of the library and visited on several occasions while writing his novels The Lost Symbol and Inferno. Now he's giving back. Some of the revenue generated by his bestselling novels, along with a 15,000 contribution from the Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, will allow the librarys core collection, some 3,500 ancient books, to come online soon in an archive called Hermetically Open.
For now, the curious can download the...
A painting by artist Barclay Shaw that appeared on the cover of the 1986 book, The Cunningham Equations.
Born in Bronxville, New York in 1949, Barclay Shaws career in art began rather modestly
People say the darnedest things when they think theyre having a private chat. But for those that overhear these bits and pieces of random conversations, the exchanges can be cringe-worthy, juicy, or even downright hilarious. Dreamworks Animation artist Avner Geller visually chronicles these moments in his aptly-titled series, #ThingsThatIHear. The funny illustrations include what he heard as well as colorful scenes that correspond to the content of the overheard conversations.
Much of what Geller depicts will make you laugh. Drawn in a retro-inspired style, #ThingsThatIHear features people giving relationship advice, lodging complaints, and proving that our life increasingly revolves around apps and social media.
The conversations reveal moments of public intimacy, hilarious contradictions, and the discomforts of luxury, Geller tells My Modern Met, shining a light on just how ridiculous human existence can be in our modern life. One of our favorite instances demonstrates how even when we're in nature, we're on our phonesand it can be totally unnecessary. The illustration features a man snapping a picture from a beautiful lookout point. As he is kneeling to capture the perfect shot, an impatient woman says, You can find a better photo on Google. Can we go now?
Follow along with #ThingsThatIHear on Gellers Instagram.
Do you need a prod? the poet Mary Oliver asked in her sublime meditation on living with maximal aliveness. Do you need a little darkness to get you going? A paralytic prod descended upon Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819March 26, 1892) in his fifty-third year when a stroke left him severely disabled. It is a peculiar kind of darkness to be so violently exiled from ones own body a cascade of exiles, for it forced Whitman to leave his home in Washington, where he had settled after his noble work as a volunteer nurse in the Civil War that first taught him about the connection between the body and the spirit, and move in with his brother in New Jersey. Still, he kept reaching for the light as he slowly regained corporeal agency a partial recovery he attributed wholly to being daily in the open air, among the trees and under the stars.
But as his body healed, the experience had permanently imprinted his mind with a new consciousness. Like all of our unexpected brushes with mortality, the stroke had thrust into his lap a ledger and demanded that he account for his life for who he is, what he stands for, what he has done for the world and how he wishes to be remembered by it. As nature nursed him back to life in her embrace, Whitman found himself reflecting on the most elemental questions of existence what makes a life worth living, worth remembering? He recorded these reflections in Specimen Days (public library) the sublime collection of prose fragments, letters, and journal entries that gave us Whitman on...
Think of ourselves though we may as living in a noisy era, none of us not even members of stadium-filling rock bands known specifically for their high-decibel intensity have experienced anything like the loudest sound in history. That singular sonic event came as a consequence of the explosion of Krakatoa, one of the names (along with Vesuvius) that has become a byword for volcanic disaster. And with good cause: when it blew in modern-day Indonesia on Sunday, 26 August 1883, it caused not only 36,000 deaths at the very least and untold destruction of other kinds, but let out a sound heard 3,000 miles away.
"Think, for a moment, just how crazy this is," writes Nautilus' Aatish Bhatia. "If youre in Boston and someone tells you that they heard a sound coming from New York City, youre probably going to give them a funny look. But Boston is a mere 200 miles from New York. What were talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland. Traveling at the speed of sound (766 miles or 1,233 kilometers per hour), it takes a noise about four hours to cover that distance. This is the most distant sound that has ever been heard in recorded history."
Anyone who writes about the sound of Krakatoa, which split the island itself, struggles to properly describe it, seeing as even jet mechanics lack a comparable sonic experience. Bhatia quotes the captain of the British ship Norham Castle, 40 miles from Krakatoa when it erupted, writing...
Chuck Closes self-portrait for his series of 86th Street subway portraits (photo courtesy MTA Arts & Design/Rob Wilson via Wikipedia)
Two women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Chuck Close, claiming that the artist made vulgar comments to them after inviting them to his studio to pose for him. They described the incidents in separate interviews with the Huffington Post, who first reported these claims.
Artist Julia Fox said she met Close at a fundraising event in 2013, where he offered to photograph her in his studio. During the session, the artist allegedly asked her to undress, and although she felt uncomfortable doing so, she agreed out of politeness. According to Fox, Close approached her when she was fully nude and told her, Your pussy looks delicious. She tried to exit the studio at once, but Close stopped her and tried to pay her $200 before she left, which she refused. She kept the incident to herself until this fall, when she posted an Instagram story describing it to her followers. Fox had approached Hyperallergic in November with the same claims, and her account, relayed by phone, matches what she told HuffPo.
HuffPo also interviewed an anonymous woman who claims she was invited to Closes studio after meeting him at a lecture at Yale, where she was a graduate student at the time. After she undressed, and despite feeling anxious about the situation, Close allegedly asked if he could touch her. She refused, and Close asked her to leave, but not before giving her $200. The woman reported the incident to the associate dean of the Yale School of Art, Samuel Messer, who corroborated the story with HuffPo. Messer reportedly did not take action at the time because the woman was not comfortable publicizing the incident.
Cartoonist Gergely Dudas, better known to the world as Dudolf, creates modern-day versions of Where's Waldo. For years, hes been befuddling people across the world with his detailed drawings that challenge you to spot the likes of fish, ghosts, and pandas among other creatures who look similar but aren't quite the same. They prove so intricately composed that they are delightfully frustrating to try and solve. (We at My Modern Met can attest to this!)
Dudolf has released a puzzle just in time for the holidays; try spotting the bear that's hiding among the reindeer. The illustration features a bevy of the antlered creatures that all appear the same. They stand in an overlapping crowd, and it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. To find the bear, you've got to look slowly in order to spot the difference. Along the way, Dudolf has peppered the composition with fun scarves and an exasperated Santa. And if you give up, weve got the solution. Just scroll down to find it!
If you enjoy Dudolfs puzzles, he recently released a book of them called Bear's Merry Book of Hidden Things: Christmas Seek-and-Find. It'd make a great stocking stuffer for the puzzle-loving person in your life.
In 1923, Edwin Hubble discovered the universeor rather, he discovered a star, and humans learned that the Milky Way wasnt the whole of the cosmos. Less than 100 years later, thanks to the telescope named after him, NASA scientists estimate the universe contains at least 100 billion galaxies, and who-knows-what beyond that. The exponential growth of astronomical data collected since Hubbles time is absolutely staggering, and it developed in tandem with the revolutionary increase in computing power over an even shorter span, which enabled the birth and mutant growth of the internet.
Modern maps of the internet can indeed look like sprawling clusters of star systems, pulsing with light and color. But the weird combination of physical and conceptual things," Betsy Mason remarks at Wired, results in such an abstract entity that it can be visually illustrated with an almost unlimited number of graphic techniques to represent its hundreds of millions of users. When the internet began as ARPANET in the late sixties, it included a total of four locations, all within a few hundred miles of each other on the West Coast of the United States. (See a sketch of the first four nodes from 1969 here.)
By 1973, the number of nodes had grown from U.C.L.A, the Stanford Research Institute, U.C. Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah to include locations all over the Midwest and East Coast, from Harvard to Case Western Reserve University to the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science in Pittsburgh, where David Newburys father worked (and still works). Among his fathers papers, Newbury found the map above from May of '73, showing what seemed like tremendous growth in only a few short years.
The map is not geographical but s...
Generally, I feel like cultural consensus is something from which to run away, but Im 100% behind the near-unanimous regard for the Rankin-Bass stop motion Christmas specials as being pretty much some of the greatest filmed entertainment ever. As I am a grouchy Jew bastard who has for his entire life massively loathed...
The cover of Avedon: Something Personal by Norma Stevens and Steven Aronson (courtesy Penguin Random House)
The Richard Avedon Foundation is demanding that a new biography of the photographer cease publication, alleging that it is filled with countless inaccuracies and is partly based on a work of fiction Avedon was working on at the time of his death. The book, Avedon: Something Personal by Norma Stevens and Steven Aronson, was released on November 21 by Penguin Random Houses imprint Spiegel and Grau. In a statement today, the Avedon foundation called on Spiegel and Grau to cease publication, distribution, or any derivative or collateral use of the book.
The lack of fact-checking is outrageous because its so willful, James Martin, the executive director of the Avedon Foundation, said in a statement sent to Hyperallergic. I have spoken with many former colleagues and assistants going back to the 1960s, including people interviewed in [Norma Stevenss] book, and none of us can believe the extraordinary liberties Stevens took in creating this so-called biography. Many cant believe the words that she put into their mouths.
Martin alleges that Stevens, who was the director of Avedons studio for some 30 years, stole an unfinished book of fiction that Avedon had been working on with Doon Arbus at the time of his death in 2004, and used it as the basis for Avedon: Something Personal, presenting many of the manuscripts fictionalized accounts of real events as facts. Martin claims that in Avedons unfinished novel, tentatively titled An Unauthorized Biography, the photographer had used certain details from Avedons actual life as a means of creating fictional stories that deliberate...
By Hand is one of several pieces by Dan Stockholm that explores the process of making an object by capturing its performative actions within the work. For this particular installation Stockholm placed negative plaster casts of his cupped hands into a series of red clay bricks that vary in how much they reveal. Some objects showcase both hands, while others only hint to a sliver of a finger or palm.
The positions of the cupped hands mimic gestures Stockholm made during a 2013 performance in which he touched every inch of his fathers house after his death. The intimate moments now embody their own structure, the abstract shape of his fathers home reincarnated through gesture.
This is how the world changes: We loosen the stranglehold of our givens, bend and stretch our minds to imagine what was once unimaginable, test our theories against reality, and emerge with vision expanded into new dimensions of truth. What we see, we see, Adrienne Rich wrote in her beautiful ode to womens unheralded heroism in science and to science itself as a supreme tool of changing our seeing and understanding what we cannot see. Nearly a century earlier, the Victorian schoolmaster and theologian Edwin Abbott Abbott (December 20, 1838October 12, 1926) explored this subject from a different angle in his brilliant 1884 allegorical novella Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions, newly issued in a lovely slip-case edition. In this classic masterwork of perspective, Abbott examines the science of multiple spatial dimensions while satirizing the absurdity of truth by consensus and extending a subtle invitation to consider how what we take as our givens limits our grasp of reality, presenting us with a false view of the world warped by our way of looking at it.
David de la Mano is back in Uruguay after his solo show in London for Ciudad en Construccin project curated by Uruguayan architect Muma Sebasti. Artwork called Dark Swirl was painted in Buceo barrio in Montevideo. This mural is one of the rarer works by the artist its a circular swirl with black silhouettes migrating inside
Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Procession of Nuns (circa 1935), tempera, 16 x 20 inches (courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts)
LOS ANGELES The holiday season is a time most of us spend with family or friends around festive meals and celebrations, rather than gallery hopping. But there is plenty of good art to see before the new year. Here are five shows in Los Angeles to check out before they close this month.
Alfredo Ramos Martinez was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1871 and spent the last years of his life in Los Angeles, straddling the geographic poles explored in the Gettys current Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which funded more than 75 exhibitions on Latin American and Latino art. Louis Stern Fine Arts Alfredo Ramos Martinez and Latin American Modernism features six works from the Father of Mexican Modernism as he was known, as well as other modern and contemporary artists from all over the region including Roberto Matta from Chile, Carlos Cruz-Diez from Venezuela, and Uruguay-born Cecilia Z. Miguez.
When: Closes Friday, December 22
Where: Louis Stern Fine Arts (9002 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California)
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Yes, theres the political inspiration this album is built upon and theres also the willful channeling of music from the past, but what really makes the new release from Cat Torens HUMAN KIND so damn thrilling is how the pianist sets in motion a series of acts where things begin to fall apart and 
As the old saying goes, a dog is a mans best friend, but this pet pig might disagree. Meet Chowder, the 6-year-old Vietnamese potbellied pig who has his own group of unlikely animal friends. The domesticated farm animal lives with five rescue pupsnamed Rika, Slick, Nya, James, and Basheand his human, Shelby Madere, in Southern California. (Altogether, they make up @piggypoo_and_crew.) We know dogs make great pets, but Chowder proves hes just as lovable and loving as his furry siblings.
Pigs are known for being very sociable and intelligent, and this is especially the case for Vietnamese potbellied pigs, who love nothing more than a good cuddle. When I look at my crew, I see the reflection of who I am in them, says Shelby, who regularly shares photos of the adorable gang on Instagram. Their happiness, their safety, their health, their whole lives rely on me and I will never ever let them down. Chowder doesnt let their differences get in the way, and often plays in the yard with his canine crew and even wears the same matching collarstailored to his size of course.
Keep up to date with the adorable day-to-day lives of Chowder and his crew on Instagram.
Scene: A suite at the St. Regis Hotel, New York City, 1938. The floor is knee-deep in coils of highly flammable nitrate film. It sprawls across the floor, hangs from light fittings, bedposts, armchairs, tables, and glistens like a pit of malevolent serpents.
Center of the room stands boy wonder, ...
For years Yo La Tengos Hanukkah shows were a holiday staple for festive souls in the New York City area. It didnt take place every year, but quite often Ira, Georgia, and James would dedicate all 8 nights of the Jewish holiday to gigs at their home base, Maxwells in...
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Many of this years best shows in Los Angeles came out of the Gettys Pacific Standard Time programming, which funneled $16.3 million dollars into the display of Latin American and Latino art. The participating museums, galleries, and other art spaces used this money to put together surprising, rigorous shows that addressed overlooked pockets of art history and lesser-known artists. The programming shined a light on the citys diverse, robust spaces and the potential for them to collaborate in the growing local art scene.
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Radical Women, shockingly, is only the second major exhibition in the US to be devoted to Latin American women artists. It is also the first to focus on a generation of Latin American women artists whove been largely elided because their work was long deemed kitsch or less important than that of their...
Installation view of Abigail DeVilles Only When Its Dark Enough Can You See The Stars at the former Peale Museum, organized by The Contemporary (courtesy The Contemporary)
After failing to find a new executive director, Baltimores revered and roving art nonprofit The Contemporary is going on an indefinite hiatus. Its only two remaining staff members, Artistic Director Ginevra Shay and Education Director Lee Heinemann, ceased working for the organization on December 9, and its board will spend the next several months to determine the best path forward, according to a statement sent to Hyperallergic.
This is not the first hiatus for The Contemporary, as Cara Ober of BmoreArt noted. Founded in 1989 by curator George Ciscle, The Contemporary began as a mobile, non-collecting organization partnering with other Baltimore art institutions for site-specific exhibitions, before establishing its own brick-and-mortar space in 1999. It vacated that space, near the Walters Art Museum, in 2011, and went on a hiatus in May of 2012.
The following year, The Contemporary relaunched with a model more similar to its original program, putting on one major exhibition every year in partnership with other spaces and institutions in the city. In 2016, for instance, it mounted the site-specific Abigail DeVille show Only When Its Dark Enough Can You See The Stars in the former Peale Museum building,...
(illustration by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
Its been a tumultuous, exciting year for visual art in New York City, with no shortage of controversy; beloved artists getting their due; and exciting, inventive curation from major museums to independent galleries. New York art lovers seem ever more willing to get off the beaten path, and museums in the Bronx and Queens were particularly rewarding of an adventurous spirit. Here are the best shows we saw this year.
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Carolee Schneemanns powerhouse show at MoMA PS1 did exactly what major retrospectives always should do but rarely pull off. It reminded us why we love her, and shed light on less known corners of her mind and practice. Schneemann has radically foregrounded her own body in her work for decades, to transcendent, politically charged, barnstorming effect. Against this context, her early experiments in painting, on view here, feel particularly intimate and nearly tender. Laila Pedro
If you liked Mr. Potato Head, you may love the Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure, which raised $142,000 on Kickstarter this summer and can now be purchased for $35 over at the Today is Art Day web site. Made of PVC and standing 5 inches high, the action figure comes with:
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Canadian photographer Irene Rudnyk is known for her fascinating behind the scenes videos and tutorials, where she lets viewers in on the secrets of a professional photographer. And just in time for the holidays, one of her latest videos demonstrates how a simple string of Christmas lights can be used to light portraits to great effect.
After she and model Emily Brown taped some white Christmas lights to the ceiling, they had fun experimenting with the different effects the lights created. By posing her model next to a window, Rudnyk contrasted the natural and artificial light, playing with several different setups, from holding a few bulbs close to her lens to having Brown cup the lights in her hand.
The results are warm, wintery portraits that have a bit of magic and mystery. Rudnyk shot the images with Canon 5D Mark III DSLR and a Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens. By opening the aperture as wide as possible, she created a bokeh effect and blurred background that enhance the beautiful portraits. The simple photography lighting tip once again shows how it doesn't require expensive equipment or location to result in incredible photographs.
A 1969 Craft Master paint-by-number kit
In 1953, the Detroit-based paint company Craft Master was the driving power behind the paint-by-number craze that swept the midcentury hobbyist market. Not only had the company invented the paint-by-number movement, they had quashed their competition in the process. Even in the 21st century, the basic premise of paint-by-number holds true: With enough curiosity, and the ability to follow basic directions, anyone can be an artist.
For five years, Craft Master honed the assembly and distribution of their kits, employing professional artists to develop the kitschy scenes that quickly came to be inextricably associated with the paint-by-number genre flowers, bullfighters, fishermen, dancers, landscapes, even copies of famous works of art. By the early 1950s, the company had 800 employees who produced 50,000 paint-by-number sets a day, grossing what they claimed to be more than a million dollars a month By 1954, Craft Master was credited with manufacturing enough paint-by-number kits to total over $80 million in sales, published 10 million copies of their 64-page product catalog, and could boast lengthy features in Time and Life. Two years later, however, unable to keep up with domestic and international demand, Craft Master went bankrupt, a victim of its own success. Paint-by-number kits continued to sell through the 1960s, as other companies stepped into the void left by Craft Master. In the 70s, advances in computer scanning technology allowed painting enthusiasts to order personalized kits, created from computer-digitized photographs, converted to an outlined map of the image and printed on canvas, ready to paint.
Ever since their commercial release, paint-by-number kits have been a convenient ready-made metaphor for the commercialization and mechanization of culture in the early 1950s. Consequently, and unsurprisingly, paint-by-number art triggered a strong, immediate reaction from the art world a community that was none too pleased to see hobbyists take up their paintbrushes and crank out a Craft Master copy of The Last Supper. The denunciation of paint by number became a sport among social critics preoccupied with the raw edge of suburbia, where mass culture seemed most at home with jerry-built entropy of supermarket sad hearts, tract houses, picture windows, and pink lampshades, art historian and curator...
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The success of The Nature of Light has as much to do with Brenton Fosters talent at crafting spellbinding melodies as it does his sextets predilection for giant swells of harmony that spread out like sunlight across wide open fields. Its just one beautiful moment after the other on Fosters 2017 release, endlessly. The juxtaposition 
Anfang des Jahres ist die Dokumentation Saving Banksy erschienen. In einem rund 70 Minuten langen Film beschftigen sich die beiden Filmemacher Colin Day und Mike Tarrolly mit den Themen Street Art und Kunstmarkt und beleuchten das Millionengeschft der Kunstruber und hndler, die Bankys Arbeiten aus der ffentlichkeit entwenden und verkaufen. Bei dieser Art der Geschft sehen die Knstler in der Regel keinen Cent. Titelbild: Saving Banksy (Video Still /Vimeo) Seit kurzem ist der Film nun auch beim Streamingdienst Netflix im Angebot und kann in voller Lnge online angeschaut werden ein Abo von Netflix vorausgesetzt.
Der Beitrag Saving Banksy Doku ber das Geschft geraubter Banksy Street Art bei Netflix erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
In Stuttgart haben Unbekannte Autos, die auf Geh- und Radwegen geparkt haben oder teile davon blockierten, in Folie eingepackt. Dazu gab es eine Schleife aus Absperrband und nette Grukarten mit Sprchen wie Kannste so parken, ist dann halt scheisse. WOW! Der Weihnachtsmann hat im Sden der @stuttgart_stadt Autos, die Ecken zuparken und somit Kinder gefhrden und Menschen mit Kinderwgen, Rollatoren oder Rollsthlen behindern eingepackt! Top Aktion! #Stuttgart #Falschparker pic.twitter.com/QBAqPs87Is Andruschka (@An_Druschka) 18. Dezember 2017 Die Aktion aus Stuttgart ist ein weiteres gutes Beispiel, um mit kreativen Protest gegen Falschparker, die fr andere Verkehrsteilnehmer wie Radfahrer, Fugnger oder Rollstuhlfahrer nicht nur sehr nervig sondern oftmals auch gefhrlich sein knnen, vorzugehen.
Der Beitrag In Stuttgart wurden Autos von Falschparkern in Folie eingepackt erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
As if the roll-out of the Bird is the Worm Best of 2017 wasnt enough excitement Now up, the latest Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations for The Bandcamp Daily. The newest monthly installment looks back on 2017, revisits some albums previously recommended, but also presents some gems that hit the Bandcamp shelves after columns 
I love the way this album sings. Every expression has got so much feel, and the energy radiating from each note comes through strong and bright. The debut from Kati Briens Dream Band sets off the bright tones of alto sax against the darker tones of bass clarinet, in that same way both a glorious 
A taster of Christmassy things to come! On the 20th of December 1946, Frank Capras film Its A Wonderful Life had a preview showing for charity at New York Citys Globe Theater, a day before its official premiere. This was Frank Capras 1946 exploration of small-town America and its faith or lack of it in the values of home, family and friends. James Stewart played George Bailey, a gentle, humorous, intelligent, conscientious and deeply frustrated man unable to escape the prison of his small town, Bedford Falls. When, in despair after an irreplaceable sum of money goes missing on Christmas Eve, George attempts suicide, he is saved by his guardian angel, an elderly soul named Clarence Oddbody, who dives into the water and forces George, once more, to put someone else before himself. He then shows George what Bedford Falls would have been without him, and causes him to be grateful for his family, his friends and, ultimately, his life. Meanwhile, all Georges acquaintance rally round and replace the missing money. ...
Keeping active as always, Artez has just sent us some pictures from one of his more private artworks, not directly on the streets but in a garden of a bar/caffe called Triptih in Kragujevac, Serbia!
Every person can become a journey for the others and that journey can bring beautiful moments to everyone involved. We have to be brave enough to stop hiding and to show our inner self to the others, because that is where the true beauty lies hidden. Let your inside out and wonderful things will start happening!
Check out more pictures of the artwork below and stay tuned for more updates from Artez in the future! We heard that he has a solo show coming up in 2018...
End of November marked the opening of David de la Manos third solo exhibition at the Hang-Up Gallery in London. Multi-faceted show showcased artists brand new collection of acrylic, coffee and inks on canvas and paper. David didnt stop with just presenting his artworks trough the gallery he made a pit stop in Brick Lane to create a new monochromatic mural, he released a print and he has decorated the whole gallery with his signature drifting movement characters including the Banksy Bunker
Check out some shots of the show below and dont forget to come back to StreetArtNews for more updates from London!...
Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind. Japan doesnt have a culture of tipping but Tatsumi imagined that this was a discreet, subconscious method of showing appreciation. He began paying attention and sure enough noticed that other customers were doing the same thing. Tatsumi began collecting these tips which eventually led to his art project: Japanese Tip.
Since 2012, Tatsumi has not only been collecting his own tips but hes reached out to restaurants and eateries all across Japan communicating his concept and asking them to send him their tips. The response has been enormous. Hes collected over 13,000 paper sculptures that range from obscure and ugly to intricate and elaborate.
A jazz trio plays as a part of Ekene Ijeomas Deconstructed Anthems (all photos by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)
HOUSTON At Houstons Day for Night festival, a handful of contemplative spaces broke up the hectic energy of the event, with Laurie Andersons perceptive performance and Ekene Ijeoma and Ryoichi Kurokawas mesmerizing art installations providing much-needed respite from the multi-stage event that welcomed tens of thousands of music and art fans. Andersons music and words acted as a poetic exploration of the stories we tell ourselves and the unreliable nature of human memory, while Ijeoma drew attention to the fallacies of the American dream, and Kurokawa provided a space that felt like the inside of a waterfall.Laurie Anderson performs at Day for Night, December 16 (all photos by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)
Anderson started out her set with a bad joke. A couple decides to get divorced at the age of 90, and when people ask why now, they answer: We wanted to wait until the children died. Interweaving humor and anecdotes throughout her tranquil, soulful electric violin playing, Anderson proved herself as both an extremely entertaining and equally profound performer. She talked of Henry David Thoreau and his false narratives of existing only with nature he actually went into town fo...
When transitioning into a creative career, it's not enough to simply think I want to be an artist or I want to be a designer. Visual arts, photography, and design are such big categories that you'll want to figure out where your niche is and how you define yourself as an artist.
For some, this may be straightforward but for many creatives, finding out who you areand who your audience iscan seem like a daunting task. And to begin with, why do you want to understand your creative niche? Though you may not realize it, going through the process to realize what specific type of creator you are is the first step in clarifying the rest of your business.
Once you've defined your niche, it becomes that much easier to focus your marketing or decide the best arena for selling your art. You'll also have a better understanding of who your target client is when taking on commissions or what sort of publications may be interested in publishing your artwork. And taking a step back even further, defining your specialty can help you decide whether your passion has enough potential to make the leap to full-time creative or is better left as a side hustle.
Now that we know why defining your niche is important, let's look at a few aspects of your creativity you'll want to reflect on as you search for your corner of the creative market. And remember, knowing your niche doesn't limit your business, but instead gives you a focused approach to go after the clients who will truly appreciate your talents. Think about it, there are millions of artists, designers, and photographers in business today. It's much easier to find the right clients, if you advertise what you do clearly.
So, instead of I create paintings, what about I create watercolor landscape paintings or, even better, I create large-sc...
In the middle of the journey of life, I found myself astray in a vast executive conference center, my pulse ramping up as it can during weekends of airports, strangers, and vertiginous hotels cold as meat lockers. I was trying to avoid a tech conference. I aimed to look intent on something, improvising a straight path, though all I was really looking for was an armchair where I could be alone with my phone.
Down one hall and up the next was nothing but evidence of other conferences: still lifes of coffee and KIND bars flanked by signs announcing plenary and breakout sessions on subjects ranging from well, the one I remember was Rendering. Horses to glue. But it wasnt as simple as that; rendering had made giant strides.
At last I found what it turned out Id been looking for all along: an arcade. Dated, neglected, this oddly shaped chamber, lined in cola-stained linoleum contained maybe seven gaming machines, three of them lightless and lifeless. It was a floor down, visible through a slanted window, two glass doors away from a swimming pool. I zagged around and burst into it.
Virginia Heffernans essay continues on playtime.pem.org; join her as she rediscovers non-digital games and all the disreputable excitement [thats] possible with mere mechanics and electricity.
On playtime.pem.org the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)
explores how is play changing our lives? with leading
writers, thinkers, game designers, poets, artists and you. Discover
new writing on games and society, hear artists talk about what play
means to them and see curators in action as PEM prepares to open,
PlayTime, the first major thematic exhibition
to explore the role of play in contemporary art and
PlayTime opens at the Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts) on February 10, 2018.
Always wanted to learn how to paint, but were afraid to enroll in a class? Free online painting tutorials may be right up your alley, helping you get comfortable with both basic and advanced techniques right from home. Whether you are interested in acrylic or oil painting or learning how to use watercolors, there are no shortage of excellent YouTube channels to help you get started.
Some of the YouTube channels we recently covered that help you learn to draw also have painting lessons, but here we've curated our list of specialized teachers to help you learn to paint. Some teachers prefer short lessons broken into a lengthy playlist, while others publish long-form tutorials and demonstrations. And the nice thing is, with so many teaching options available, you can browse around until you find that style that fits your needs.
What are you waiting for? With these free online painting tutorials at your fingertips, there's no excuse not to start painting.
Once you find the best acrylic paints to get started, you'll want to figure out how to best tackle your new craft. There's a wide variety of acrylic painting tutorials, ranging from the basics of color mixing to tackling how to paint specific elements like an eye or a tree. Most channels have different levels of lessons for both beginner and advanced artists.
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Yesterday, former Artforum publisher Knight Landesman called on a New York court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Amanda Schmitt, a former Artforum employee. The magazine also filed a motion for dismissal earlier this month.
In her suit, in which both Landesman and Artforum are named as defendants, Schmitt alleges that the publisher sexually harassed her during and after her time working at the publication; the suit also cites the allegations of eight other women, though Schmitt is the sole plaintiff. After the allegations and lawsuit were first made public in October, Landesman resigned from his position as a publisher at Artforum.
Landesmans motion to dismiss the case hinges not only on the alleged sexual harassment, but also on an incident in May of this year, when Schmitt claims he slandered her in an act of retaliation. According to ...
Sibyl Kempson, from the series 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, Spring Equinox, March 20, 2016, at the Whitney Museum of American Art (photo Paula Court)
This statement sounds crazy in 2017, but its true: The darkest day of the year is yet to come. That will be Thursday, December 21, the winter solstice, which brings the years longest night and shortest day. Its a powerful moment in any number of religious and spiritual traditions it may be the moment of truest, deepest blackness, but it also marks the beginning of the turn back to the sun. White-night and fire-filled holidays abound, community is celebrated, faces and intentions are turned willfully toward the light. Its a time for evocative contrasts and dynamic, life-affirming gatherings.
At the Whitney Museum, Sibyl Kempson will present the eighth Shout in her cycle of iterative equinox and solstice performances, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens; this one titled, appropriately, Winter Solstice. The all-day performance, per the official description, is a celebratory and contemplative engagement with the shifting dynamics of darkness and light: As the day unfolds, the theater gradually transitions into four distinct scenic landscapes. Each encourages the viewer to contemplate the interplay between internal and external worlds. A bell will ring at both the precise astronomical solstice (11:28 am) and again at sunset (4:32 pm), marked by a ceremony.
In dark times, its compelling not to say illuminating to be reminded that, whether we know it yet or not, we are being turned back toward the light.
When: Thursday, December 21, 10:30am6pm
After the explosion set off on the jazz scene by Kamasi Washingtons 2015 masterwork The Epic, it was inevitable that the follow-up might not be received with the same jolt of electricity. Thats okay. An excess of hype has a strange way of skewing perceptions and altering the interface with whatever is right there 
Introducing the Queen of Cat Ladies: Russian farmer Alla Lebedeva, who claims her farm-turned-Catland is home to a million, maybe more Siberian cats. Located in snowy Prigorodny, just outside Barnaul, Siberia, Lebedeva and her husband Sergey have been raising this majestic breed of felines for over ten years. Their cat collection began in 2004 when their first lion-like cat named Babushka gave birth to five ginger kittens. Since then, the couples farm became overrun with furry friends. According to Lebadeva, the shared living situation works both waysthe cats protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice, she explains.
The ancient, long-haired Siberian breed has been around since the 1870s and theyre known to have incredible intelligence. Their thick coats protect them from the freezing elements, while their strong, agile bodies make them ideal for hunting. Lebedevas farm-cats sleep in the henhouse, where they have three little bedrooms there where can they sleep according to how they feel. Naturally, Lebedeva loves to document her beautiful cats and regularly shares her images and videos on social media. Many of her posts have gone viral, but people have often mistaken the Siberian breed for Norwegian Forest cats. Lebedeva now wants to set the record straightthese beauties are Siberian natives.
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When the conceptual artist-turned-experimental architect Vito Acconci died suddenly in April, New Yorks creative community including his colleagues and students at Brooklyn College was shocked and saddened. Now the Storefront for Art and Architecture has opened up its space which Acconci co-designed with Steven Holl to serve as...
If youre into wildlife photography, youll know that it takes plenty of patience and talent to capture wild animals at their best, and even more so when it comes to catching them at their most mischievous. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards aims to showcase the work of talented photographers that manage to do just that. With over 3,500 entries from 86 countries across the globe, the hilarious winners from 2017 have just been announcedand they dont disappoint. Chosen from five categoriesOn the Land, Under the Sea, In the Air, the Portfolio Category, and one Overall Winnerprizes include a THINK TANK camera bag, a handmade trophy from the people of Tanzanias Wonder Workshop, a certificate, and (unofficially) the pride of knowing their image will bring a smile to people all over the world.
From cheeky monkeys on a motor bike to an adorably clumsy polar bear cub, the contests co-founder and co-judge, Paul Joynson-Hicks, claims it was incredibly difficult to select the winners from the thousands of entries. The images are shortlisted by how funny they are and the technical quality of their photograph, he explains. He reveals that one of his favorite entries was an image of a fox peeing in a golf hole, and jokes I know that there are lots of people who feel the same way about golf! The competition not only makes people laugh, but it also aims to raise awareness for wildlife conservation efforts, such as the Born Free Foundation which takes action w...
Calling all fans of the Dr. Demento Show. The new album, <i>Dr. Demento Covered in Punk</i> features "demented" covers of classic punk tunes and "30 covers of songs originally aired on the Dr. Demento radio show." Think "Fish Heads."
On the nostalgia-inducing album, you can notably enjoy two fixtures of American oddball culture, William Shatner and Weird Al Yankovic, singing "The Garbageman" by The Cramps (above) and The Ramones' "Beat on the Brat" (below). The Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, the Vandals, The Dead Milkmen, The Meatmen--they all make an appearance on the album too. It's due out on January 12, 2018, but you can pre-order now.
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Copenhagens Grundtvigs Church is a rare example of expressionist church architecture, and one of the most well-known churches in the Danish city. French photographer Ludwig Favre was attracted to the perpendicular lines that compose the early 20th-century structure, in addition to the nearly six million yellow bricks that fill its interior. Favre decided to shoot the buildings 1800-seat congregation, capturing the minimal ornamentation found in the famous churchs massive vaulted halls and nave.
Favre is a photographer that specializes in major city landscapes, and has a history of shooting interiors, including his work at the La Sorbonne, and other cultural destinations around Paris. You can see more of his images on Instagram and Behance. (via This Isnt Happiness)
A woman having her hair styled by Frans Van Oers in 1971.
The lovely lady pictured at the top of this post is getting the mother of all holiday hairdos by Dutch stylist Frans Van Oers in 1971. It seems that this kind of holiday hair was a thing in the...
Theres an irresistible sing-song demeanor to There Be Monsters, even when the music dives into heady contemplative waters or takes a spin with folk music demanding a formal comportment. Botjan Simons There Be Monsters ensemble nimbly toes the lines where tonal contexts collide, keeping things light even when the humor grows dark. The Slovenian 
Watchfinder & Co. presents: Inside the Rolex Submariner, a demonstration of the intricacies of the Rolex calibre 3135. Watchfinder Head Watchmaker Tony Williams shows you how this famous movement is taken apart and reassembled.
A History of the Rolex Submariner:
First revealed to the public in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was a diving watch for everyone. Appealing to both professional and hobby divers, the Submariner set the standard for the category, its affordability and practicality unmatched. Rolex also developed non-chronometer versions of the Submariner that were even more affordable, costing roughly two weeks pay at the time.
As the Submariner gained credibility, it was adopted by professional organisations such as...
Australian artist Ron Mueck has unveiled his largest installation ever with Mass, a collection of 100 monumental hand-cast skulls. Commissioned specially for the National Gallery of Victoria's International Triennial, the imposing and ominous skulls pour through the galleries, each skull artfully placed into a tumbling mass.
Mueck, known for his hyperrealistic sculptures, forgoes his typically obsessive detail in bringing to life his hyperrealistic sculpture by focusing on what remains long after our bodies have decayed. Mass intrudes into the 18th Century Galleries like a glacier inching across a landscape, crowding out the powdered, bewigged lords and ladies, a reminder of all our fates, the artist shares.
And with this, the contemporary sculptor plays off memento mori, the medieval Christian theory and contemplation of mortality that has long fascinated artists, from 17th-century sculptors like Bernini to painters like Picasso. The impressive scale and size of the sculptures dwarf visitorseach skull measures about 5 feet in height and the installation weighs a total of 5.5 tons. Engulfed in the sea of skulls, it's impossible to avoid the contradiction between the beauty of their form and the intensity of their significance.
Each hand-finished skull, cast in resin, is also a tribute to Mueck's artistic dedication to precision. The slight variations in form individualize each of the 100 skulls, adding his signature realistic touch to the surreal installation. Mass is just one of the pieces in the inaugural Triennial, which is hosting 100 artists from 32 countries. Twenty of the pieces, including Mueck's, were commissioned specifically for this ambitious exhibition, which runs through April 15, 2018.
Thomas Rowlandson, after G.M. Woodward, Terrour or Fright (1800), hand-colored etching (courtesy the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University)
In this season when many a Marleys ghost is shuffling across community theater productions of A Christmas Carol, draped in his rattling chains, you may wonder: How did ghosts come to figure so centrally in this popular holiday tale? In The Ghost: A Cultural History, recently released by Tate Publishing, author Susan Owens begins not with the specters of Halloween or some drafty Victorian haunted house, but with this scene where Scrooge is visited by his former partner.Cover of The Ghost: A Cultural History (courtesy Tate Publishing)
Charles Dickens described Jacob Marley as transparent, and laden with cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel; otherwise he had the same face and garb. Ghosts in the late 18th century and into the 19th century became translucent in part due to new optical shows (like phantasmagoria) and lantern-slides that projected luminous images, as well as the increased use of watercolors in art. When Dickens made Marleys ghost see-through in A Christmas Carol, he w...
The University of Rochester and George Eastman Museum have collaborated on a masters degree in photographic preservation and collections management since 2014. The PPCM masters program, administered through the Universitys Art and Art History Department, combines academic coursework with practical training in managing photographic collections. The program is the only one in the United States dedicated to both the study of the photograph as an object (the care and handling of photographs) and the related academic study of images (the historical and theoretical context of visual culture).
This combination of practical and classroom experience provides students access to the museums extraordinary resources, including its collections, its library (one of the worlds leading repositories of photographic literature) a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory, and an internationally recognized faculty and staff.
George Eastman Museum holds unparalleled collections, totaling more than four million objects, of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent non-profit institution in 1947, it is the worlds oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States.
The educational philosophy of George Eastman Museum is centered on the notion of hands-on learning, in which all of our activities are designed to provide superior advanced professional training to the students, said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director of the George Eastman Museum. Our students are embedded in the museum and are treated as respected colleagues, and we encourage them to engage with staff, visitors, and visiting researchers.
In addition to classroom instruction, students in the PPCM program customize their learning through supervised internship rotations in different departments of the museum. This unique program prepares graduates for professional careers within institutions that care for photography collections, including archivists, collections managers, registrars, curatorial assistants, research assistants, catalogers, rights & reproductions coordinators, and preservation specialists.
Collections of photographs can be found almost everywhere: in ar...
Food and design go together more often than we think. Lucy Litman shows us how both literal and delicious this can be with her #pantoneposts project. The premise is simple yet visually strikingand itll probably make you hungry. Using Pantone swatches, Litman matches the colorful squares with foods of the same hue.
Like many creative endeavors, Litman began #pantoneposts as a side project. What started with Fruit Loops cereal (as a way to unwind after frustrating days at work) quickly became a way for her to celebrate the beauty of foods found in nature. You might think that vibrant purples and bright corals would be hard to find, but Litman shows that what grows from the ground can be just as brilliantly hued as processed fare.
Working with food runs deep for Litman. Food has always been whats inspired me most in my life, Litman explained to Civil Eats. My grandparents grew up in farming families, and my favorite memories growing up are planting and harvesting vegetables in their backyard. I was always amazed by nature and the idea that a tiny seed could produce such bountiful and vibrant food the colors and variety of food continue to amaze me.
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Jonghyun, the lead singer of the popular K-Pop group SHINee, sent troubling text messages to his sister shortly before he was found dead in Seoul. Update: Added Kims final letter. Kim Jong-Hyun, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, was found unconscious in a residential hotel in the upscale Gangnam district of Seoul on December 18th. 
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Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time, Charlottes Web author E.B. White asserted. You have to write up, not down. A generation later, Maurice Sendak scoffed in his final interview: I dont write for children. I write and somebody says, Thats for children! Indeed, great childrens books the timeless kind, which lodge themselves in the marrow of ones being and seed into the young psyche ideas that bloom again and again throughout a lifetime radiate a beauty and profundity transcending age. They are books for all of us and for all time.
Here are seven such books published or republished in 2017, to complement the years great science books.
We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. There is a strange and sorrowful loneliness to this, to being a creature that carries its fragile sense of self in a bag of skin on an endless pilgrimage to some promised land of belonging. We are willing to erect many defenses to hedge against that loneliness and fortress our fragility. But every once in a while, we encounter another such creature who reminds us with the sweetness of persistent yet undemanding affection that we need not walk alone.
Such a reminder radiates with uncommon tenderness from Big Wolf & Little Wolf (...
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Disturbing paintings depicting various scenes of ritual abuse are on display near the entrance of the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas. The official website of the United States District Court of Nevada states: The cornerstone of the Amercian judicial system is the trial courts in which witnesses testify, juries deliberate and justice 
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