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Monday, 15 January

01:00

Artist Interviews and the Literature of Self-Endorsement Hyperallergic

The insights-per-acre yield of an artist interview collection may be discouragingly low compared with a book of focused criticism. Still, the presumed authority of the creatorthe horses mouth of Joyce Carys great novel narrated by a painterlends considerable rhetorical heft when artists are asked to describe their work, their influences, or their creative aims. Three new collections of interviews with artists sample the genre: The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art, Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail, and Robert Storrs Interviews on Art.

Inspired by Michael Kimmelmans 1990s series for the New York Times, which featured prominent artists wandering with him through museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, The Artist Project is driven by the Mets perpetual anxiety about not being seen as relevant to our cultures increasingly exclusive love affair with contemporary art. The books interviews were made for an addictive online series conducted by the Mets video producer Christopher Noey from spring 2015 to June 2016.

The museum enlisted 120 living artists to testify that it is not dead, asking each to choose a work or group of works in the collection to discuss for half an hour in response to the same several questions, beginning with Noeys cringe-inducing Why does this work of art rock your world? and including the nakedly beseeching How is this work contemporary? Where the online presentations smartly weave together artists commentaries and still images, including telling details of artworks being discussed, the book freeze-dries the entire online series into standardized units, allowing one spread per artist, with each interview, edited to within an inch of its life, presented as a text block opposite a single page illustrating the work or works of art that the artist selected.

Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail brings together sixty interviews selected from more than six hundred that have appeared in the Rail over seventeen years. When first pub...

00:55

Incredibly Detailed Miniature Sculpture of San Franciscos Historic Record Store My Modern Met

Joshua Smith - Discolandia Miniature

For an upcoming exhibition at Palo Alto Art Center, self-taught miniaturist Joshua Smith has once again created a scale model that is a slice of urban life. Following his recent venture into the architecture of Taiwan, Smith has jumped across the ocean, this time tackling elements of San Francisco.

The centerpiece of the show is the legendary Discolandia Record Store in San Francisco's Mission District. Known for catering to Latin music aficionados, the record store closed its doors in 2011 after almost 30 years in business when the owner decided to retire. Smith touches on this piece of Mission District history, perfectly capturing the nostalgia of a musical paradise now abandoned. From the slightly tilted signage to the signature orange paint, he's able to pay homage to what was and what is now the reality.

Smith rounds out his contribution with a Golden Gate dumpster, complete with graffiti tags and a street art poster. Perched next to a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, tiny cigarettes scattered on the ground, there's no detail overlooked by Smith. And in fact, this aspect is part of what drives Smith's work. I love a challenge and the problem-solving skills that come with trying to figure out how to get miniatures to look realistic, he revealed. His dedication to realism and ability to pull beauty out of the most unexpected places is part of what makes him one of our favorite miniaturists.

Through That Which is Seen runs from January 20, 2018 to April 8, 2018.

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Sunday, 14 January

23:40

Invader invades Cap-Ferret in France StreetArtNews

Legendary street artist Invader recently took a trip to Cap-Ferret in France to unleash a brand new wave of invasions.

The artist invades cities worldwide, adroitly placing his tiled pieces in certain locations and awarding himself points based on the intricacy of the mural and the difficulty in placing it. This, he said in 2011, is the most addictive game I have ever played. He works without permission the vast majority of the time. The deeply personal, large-scale aspect of this ongoing artistic exercise can be likened to the psychogeographical experiments of fellow French artist Guy Debord.

Invaders use of low culture in a high art conceptual project also has parallels with the Situationist movement in general. The invasions dont simply descend upon major cosmopolises, but also far-flung exotic locales such as Mombasa and Katmandu. In a metaphorical sense, his forces have razed his home city of Paris to the ground. The mosaics adorn each letter of the Hollywood sign and one has even materialised on the suit jacket lapel of former French Premier Jacques Chirac.

With the invasion of Cap-Ferret, The elusive french artist have just passed 75 invaded cities and 3600 Space Invaders installed across the World. Quite an impressive track-record!

Take a look at more images and check back with us soon for more udpates from Master Space Invader.

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23:00

A Show That Requires a Different Kind of Looking Hyperallergic

ROYGBIV at Kate Werble Gallery, New York, installation view: works by Peter Halley and Christopher Chiappa (all images courtesy of the artists and Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; photos by Elisabeth Bernstein Photography)

The 43rd Annual New Years Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Marks Church ran January 1, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 2:00 am. One hundred fifty poets and others performed, with readers limited to two minutes. Everyone was assigned to appear during a specific hour with around 10 others. Heres the unspoken challenge: you get a single chance to be memorable, with the knowledge that the others scheduled during your time slot are thinking the same thing.

Admittedly, this is an unfair analogy, but it was what popped into my mind when I went to see the group show ROYGBIV at the Kate Werble Gallery (January 6 February 10, 2018), which brought together the work of 10 artists exploring diverse mediums, including handmade silk rugs; HD video; textiles; bookends, Hydrocal, and epoxy; wood and paint; ink, pro-marker, and graphite on paper; painted wood; Day-Glo acrylic; and oil paint.

The title of the show is derived from the seven colors of the spectrum, as named by Sir Isaac Newton: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. The artists range in age from their mid-20s to their early 70s, and run the gamut from established New York artists (Peter Halley and Marilyn Lerner) to relative newcomers to the scene. They live in Portland, Maine; Chicago, Illinois; Tempe, Arizona; London, England. Shadi Harouni divides her time between New York and Tehran, Iran.

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22:54

Marina Capdevila in Falset, Spain StreetArtNews

Our friend Marina Capdevila recently wrapped up a super cute new piece somewhere on the streets of her hometown in Falset, Spain.

Based in Barcelona, Marinas work covers from small illustrations to giant wall murals. Her Inspiration comes from peoples daily routine to give them a very peculiar sense of humor.

This piece represents several focus points of her hometown such as the long-standing wine traditions, local trade and of course tourism.

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

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18:50

Pressure 1.2, Installation by David Mesguich x user79 in Nantes, France StreetArtNews

Through this experimental installation supported by Backside gallery, David Mesguich wanted to confront his past practice of vandal to his work as a contemporary artist while questioning the concept of control of beings and spaces.

After two weeks of construction, interspersed with riots that he documented in Nantes, one morning, he abandoned a sculpture of 4m high in the enclosure of a train yard in which he returned on the same evening to paint user on a freight car parked facing the sculpture.

The next day early, the train leaves, putting an end to this ephemeral mise en abime whereas the carved woman remained to watch her hand pass through a fence until a storm destroy it some days later.

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18:32

Zaluuokhin by Fin DAC in Adelaide StreetArtNews

After his recent trip to New Zealand, Fin DAC made the short hop across the water to Australia where he hopes to make a few stops and paint a number of murals.

The first of those stops is a return to the location of one of his most famous works. His Shinka piece  painted in Adelaide in Jan 2016 was subsequently featured on an Aus Post Street Art Stamp collection so you could say he has a lot to live up to this time around.

Zaluuokhin is the result of 3 days work and is another gem to add to his Hidden Beauty series of works.

As has been a pattern with quite a few of his more recent works, Fin once again has tried to incorporate actual wall/building features into the work. Check the night time photo where those ornaments, hanging from the Models head, light up.

As always with these pieces, the artist hasnt divulged the exact location but in his own words Its somewhere in the CBD.

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07:57

Binge-Watch Carl Sagans Original Cosmos Series Free Online (Available for a Limited Time) Open Culture

FYI. Carl Sagan's 13-episode series Cosmos originally aired in 1980 and became one of the most widely watched series in the history of American public TV. The show also won two Emmys and a Peabody Award.

Right now, you can watch the original Cosmos episodes over on Twitch.TV. From time to time, Twitch airs marathon sessions of old programs. They did Julia Child's "The French Chef" back in 2016. Now it's Sagan's turn.




Usually the videos are only available for a few days. So you might want to start your binge-watching session now. If you miss the boat, you could always pick up a copy of the show on Blu-Ray.

Note: Twitch.TV originally aired the Cosmos series last spring as part of a Science Week celebration. Read their press release for more information.

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06:49

Recommended: Kinsmen Window to the Ashram Bird is the Worm

  Its pretty easy to take to the languid melodies and pleasant rhythmic chatter from the trio Kinsmen.  Their promising debut Window to the Ashram is a reflection of trios roots as fourth-generation South Africans and their Indian ancestry.  The combination of sitar, tabla and tenor saxophone is the shape of the door they pass []

05:00

The Story and Inspiration Behind Claude Monets Iconic Water Lilies Series My Modern Met

Claude Monet Water Lilies Monet Lilies Giverny

As the primary pioneer of Impressionism and a Modern Art master, Claude Monet is known for his distinctive style and iconic oeuvre. With an interest in capturing the fleeting effects of light on his subjects, the French artist often opted to paint en plein airor outsidein his picturesque garden. Renowned for its Japanese influences, this manicured plot featured weeping willow trees, seasonal flowers, and, most famously, a network of water lilies.

For 30 years, the aging artist would focus on the floating flora, culminating in Les Nymphas (The Water Lilies), a series of around 250 large-scale oil paintings. Today, these pieces are among his most well-known work, and are showcased in museums, galleries, and collections around the world.

Monet's Garden at Giverny

From 1883 until his death 43 years later, Monet lived in idyllic Giverny, France.

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03:00

Interview: Ephemeral Land Art by a Man Who Discovered His Creativity in Nature My Modern Met

Beautiful Land Art Richard Shilling

4 Colour Sun Wheel'

His is the story of a road less traveled, of an artist who only found his voice and discovered his calling later in life. For British land artist Richard Shilling, the road toward becoming a well-known exponent of this ephemeral art form was unexpected and winding. It began under the inspiration of fellow Brit Andy Goldsworthy, one of the leaders of the field, and has now led Shilling to teaching others to follow in his footsteps and find their own inner artists.

From playing with the transparency of color leaves to stacking rock totems, Shilling's work is born from the environment and lives in the carefully studied photographs he takes of each installation. His initial studies after Goldsworthy's worka sort of personal, at-home art academyhave lead into the development of his own unique style, one that is now studied and admired by others.

We had a chance to chat with Shilling about his life and work, from his early beginnings discovering his own creativity to his new ventures aimed to teach children and adults how they, too, can discover their artistry.

Beautiful Land Art Richard Shilling

Left: Scarlet Oak Ball on Grass and on Leaves' | Top Right: Rowan Berries' | Bottom Right: Pebble Rubik's Cube'

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02:13

A New Years Wish Hyperallergic

Munro Galloway, 2018 Still on Fire (2018), pen and gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches (image courtesy of the artist)

I left the country for a week, taking a break from the 24-hour news cycle and its endless political, cultural, and environmental crises. When I came back I found an unfinished drawing with orange hair or orange flames (Washington, DC, or California?), and added some text to make it a New Years Card in the hope that 2018 will bring a measure of calm and stability. But for now everything is still on fire.

The post A New Years Wish appeared first on Hyperallergic.

01:00

Retooling Paint for the Digital Era Hyperallergic

Ryan Crotty, The Way We Shook (2017), acrylic, gloss gel, and modeling paste on canvas, 28 by 23 inches

In the introduction to his Complete Techniques, the chef Jacques Ppin writes, There are no secrets or tricks, only feats of skill (tours de main) acquired with prolonged effort.

In his quietly dazzling New York solo debut, painter Ryan Crotty demonstrates that the same is true of a certain strain of process-oriented abstraction, in which a refined (if idiosyncratic) technique is indispensable to the pictorial outcome. In so doing, he makes some of the most gorgeous paintings around town right now, and joins a cohort thats retooling post-painterly abstraction for the digital era.

Crottys show is called Never the Less, and its on view through February 4. There are 11 small paintings, all in acrylic, gloss gel, and modeling paste on canvas, of which the largest is 30 by 24 inches. Seen at close range, as they necessarily are in this compact gallery, their transcendent luminosity is thrillingly at odds with their straightforward material presence. They are equally illusionistic and concrete.

Ryan Crotty, Murmur (2017), acrylic, gloss gel, and modeling paste on canvas, 20 by 16 inches

The aspect of paint application that the viewer is privy to involves a continuous swipe of some kind of scraper or blade edge across the entire surface of the painting, parallel to the longer side.

The paintings (and therefore also the swipes...

00:56

SLANT: SUNRISE: January 13, 2018 artforum.com

SUNRISE: Ariana Reiness January column

00:55

Textile Artist Hand-Crafts Fuzzy Felted Animals Made From Wool My Modern Met

Felted Animals by Holly Guertin aka Ernie and Irene

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Philadelphia-based textile artist Holly Guertin (aka Ernie and Irene) creates three-dimensional, felted animal wall hangings. Using a needle and wool, the fiber art pieces depict portraits of fluffy creatures such as llamas, sheep, and alpacas, that look perfectly at home mounted on a bed of fuzzy felt. The tangible meaningful pieces for beautiful spaces are ready-to-hang with loops at the back of each piece.

Guertin uses a combination of two techniques to hand-craft each piece. For the base, the artist uses wet felting, an ancient craft that involves merging layers of wool fibers and yarns into one flat piece of felt fabric. The raised elements are crafted with complex needlework, recreating the textured pencil-like locks of an alpaca. To get this specific look and feel, each strand is meticulously twisted and attached to the base. It is the result of hours of intricate work to develop a pronounced three-dimensional shape with unique textures and surfaces, Guertin explains.

In most cases, the animals are rendered in various tones of natural colored wooltypically white, cream, and gray. However, there are also some pieces featuring dyed indigo wool, which can be seen in the artists fuzzy, blue-eyed cat.

To get your hands on one of Guertins felted animal portraits, they are available in the Ernie and Irene online shop, as well as on Etsy. To see more designs and behind-the-scenes images, follow Ernie and Irene on Instagram.

Textile artist Holly Guertin (aka Ernie and Irene) creates three-dimensional, felted animal wall hangings.

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00:11

The 2018 Outsider Art Fair, a Preview Hyperallergic

Susan Te Kahurangi King, Untitled (circa 1965), graphite and colored pencil on paper, 11.5 x 16 x 4 inches (photo courtesy of the artist, Chris Byrne)

As the Outsider Art Fair which opens next Thursday, January 18, and runs through Sunday, January 21 rolls into town, the specialized sector it celebrates has plenty to crow about, even as debates about certain provocative aesthetic issues course through it, some at a simmer and some, typically, at a raging boil.

Not the least of these discussions, even after many decades, concerns exactly what to call the kind of art that is its focus: it is made by autodidacts situated, by choice or circumstance, on the margins of mainstream culture and society. Art brut, outsider art, visionary art, intuitive art each of these terms has been used to label it but each one is nuanced. As a result, the awkward-sounding self-taught art has become a catch-all label, mostly in the US (it is less often used in Europe). So, too, has outsider art, although it does evoke a more substantive history of pioneering research and aesthetic delectation.

Martn Ramrez, Untitled (Landscape with Arched Tree) (1953), 24 x 24.5 inches (photo courtesy of Ricco/Maresca)

This 26th edition of the OAF, which serves as the leading annual, international forum for the exchange of information and the sharing of discoveries of previously unknown works comes on the heels of the very successful 2017 Outsider Art Fair Paris, which marked its fif...

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Saturday, 13 January

23:00

The Cosmic Utopianism of Two Fin-de-Sicle Collectives Hyperallergic

Tony Conrad, Fair Ground Electric Horn (2003), large funnel, hose clamps, copper tubing, metal mouthpiece, 182 x 121.5 x 55.9 cm, installation view, Galerie Buchholz, New York 2017 (all images courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York)

In his Nobel Prize-winning novel The Glass Bead Game (1943), Hermann Hesse writes,

For we do not regard even the perfect hierarchy, the most harmonious organization, as a machine put together out of lifeless units that count for nothing in themselves, but as a living body, formed of parts and animated by organs which possess their own nature and freedom.

Cosmic Communities: Coming Out Into Outer Space Homofuturism, Applied Psychedelia & Magic Connectivity at Galerie Buchholz on the Upper East Side takes the living body of early 20th-century utopian intellectual communities as its starting point. Organized by cultural historian Diedrich Diederichsen and the gallerys Christopher Mller, the exhibition brings together art and ephemera spanning the 20th century, anchored by two German literary and intellectual groups from the fin-de-sicle period: the circle of Symbolist poet Stefan George, and Ugrino, the polyamorous community headed by writer Hans Henny Jahnn.

George (1868-1933), a political reactionary whose work was adopted by the Nazis for his advocacy of self-sacrifice and his belief in a secret, true Germany, was at the center of the George-Kreis, an academic circle modeled on classic Greek organizations. Although George was celibate, the Hellenic principle of man-boy love permeated his circle and work.

Stefan George, installation view, Galerie Buchholz, New York 2017

In the exhibition, a small collection of ephemera by and about George includes his book Maximin: ein Gedenkbuch (A Memorial Book1907), dedicated to his friend Maximilian Kronberger, as well as a drawing (c. 1900) and matching 1908 etching by Marcus Behmer, Georges follower and a member of one of the worlds first homosexual organizations. Both of Behmers works are called Prometheus (the latter, Prometheus (Stefan George))

The curators sharply contrast Behmers charming, f...

14:44

Cantina Theme Played by a Pencil and a Woman with Too Much Time on Her Hands TwistedSifter

 

It all started with an innocent reddit submission entitled:

It started with x+4 and I couldnt unhear it. Instead of doing my math homework I figured out what the Cantina Theme would sound like if your instrument was a pencil.

 

Before she could blink, Dani Ochoas obscure video was not only trending on the front...

14:21

Breathe: An 8K, Black and White, Storm Timelapse Short Film TwistedSifter

Storm chaser and filmmaker extraordinaire, Mike Olbinski, is back with his latest timelapse film, Breathe, and well just watch and see for yourself.

You can learn more about the film on Vimeo. For those interested, the song is Breathe by Ex Makina.

 

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13:36

Kids Try 100 Years of the Most Expensive Foods TwistedSifter

 

In this episode of Kids Try Food, the kids try 100 years of expensive foods. Lets see how kids eat and react to raw oysters, frog legs provenale, shrimp cocktail, lobster thermidor, beef wellington with Madeira truffle sauce, truffled tagliatelle with truffle butter and shaved truffles, caviar and egg, seared foie gras with cherry gastrique, Barclay prime wagyu cheesesteak with yellow label Veuve Clicquot, Manila Social Club 24K golden Cristal Ube donut.

 

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13:08

The Many Spheres of Hell As Seen In Japanese Art Hyperallergic

Detail of the Hell for Priests Scroll (12-13th c.), showing a demon jailor leading sinners to the river of excrement (Collection of the Nara National Museum, all images courtesy PIE International)

Theres a special place in hell for a sinner of every kind, as Buddhist ideas of the netherworld suggest. Cheat someone of their fortunes, and youll be destined to weigh hot iron forever in a lair overseen by a three-eyed hag. Use evil language, and youll land in a realm where wardens cut out your tongue with hot iron shears. Kill a bird, and find yourself surrounded by massive flames, as avians with hot beaks gnaw at your roasting flesh.

Hell in Japanese Art, published by PIE International

These are just a sampling of the many gruesome and highly specific fates that await in the Narakas, or the Buddhist realms of purgatory. Like Dantes Inferno, ancient scriptures describing these various hells have captivated artists across centuries. A book recently published by PIE International focuses on such artworks made in Japan, compiling historical examples of prominent paintings and scrolls that are devoted entirely to mans understanding of a brutal underworld.

Hell in Japanese Art is a massive book, totaling 592 pages of illustrations and related texts by researchers Kajitani Ryoji and Nishida Naoki, printed in both...

11:02

Kostis Palamas and the Olympic Anthem A R T LR K

 And then I saw that I am the poet, surely a poet among many a mere soldier of the verse, but always the poet who desires to close within his verse the longings and questionings of the universal man, and the cares and fanaticism of the citizen. I may not be a worthy citizen; but it cannot be that I am the poet of myself alone. I am the poet of my age and of my race. And what I hold within me cannot be divided from the world without. (Kostis Palamas, Preface to The Twelve Words of the Gypsy)

21wZShEIxbL._BO1,204,203,200_On the 13th of January 1859, Kostis Palamas was born in Patras, Greece. Considered one of the foremost poets of modern Greece, Palamas is valued for his lyrical expression of the national sufferings and aspirations of the Greeks and for the characteristic fusion of Greek history, mythology, and philosophy with various contemporary European ideas. According to Eugne Clement, Kostis Palamas is raised not only above other poets of Modern Greece but above all the poets of contemporary Europe. Though he is not the most known he is incontestably the greatest. (Eugne Clement, Revue des tudes Grecques).  

After moving to Athens in 1875 (where he stayed until his death in 1943), Palamas became acquaint...

10:30

Good god, Edition Records knows how to make a gorgeous promo video (aka Verneri Pohjola has a new album coming out soon) Bird is the Worm

  Have you ever found yourself gazing with adoration at a spread of ECM Records album covers spread out across the table, just drowning yourself in each beautiful image.  Well, Edition Records is going to make that seem like a naive childhood infatuation if they keep raising the bar like this with their promo videos. []

09:45

10 Incredible Typography Artists You Should Know My Modern Met

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Typography is everywhere. Its found on street signs, in the subway, on posters, in magazines, and of course, the Internet. It may sound a little invasive, but most typefaces you see around you have been carefully designed with an aim to express a specific feeling, brand identity, or to help readability. Typography design is a craft thats been around since the 15th century, and continues to evolve thanks to new technology, as well as the innovative ideas of contemporary artists. Today, text is no longer only a way to communicate in written form; its also seen as a means of artistic expression.

The evolution of typography is closely linked to the available technology of the time, as well as cultural and societal influences. And like the pioneers of the past, todays type designers and artists continue to push the boundaries of typography, to change the way we see, and even experience the words that we read. Now, often utilizing a vast range of digital tools, they are able to produce some of the most thought-provoking and innovative typography art to date.

Check out our selection of 10 typography artistspast and presentwe think you should know.

 

Joan Brossa (19191998)

09:40

Artist Sells Off Ad Space on a Rauschenberg to Destroy It Hyperallergic

Rendering of the filled-up artwork (all images courtesy Nikolas Bentel)

Artist Nikolas Bentel is on a mission to destroy an original Robert Rauschenberg in a project intended to emphasize how the art market is, in his words, a glorified stock market. Beginning this week, the artist who is part of the New Museum-led incubator New Inc. is selling off sections of the artwork as advertising space, so its surface will eventually be covered with an eclectic assortment of images.

Over the past few years, the art market has become way more interested in the monetary value of famous art pieces rather then their cultural importance, Bentel told Hyperallergic. My project is here to point out this problem by having the art world perform arbitrage on itself.

The original Rauschenberg

The Rauschenberg in question is a signed 1973 print of Sketch for Monogram, which illustrates the artists thought process behind his eponymous combine of a stuffed goat and tire. Bentel does not technically own it yet, but has struck a deal with collector Ho Jae Kim, who agreed to sell the print to Bentel for $10,000. Bentel is now raising the money to slowly buy the entire print, which he will then immediately expunge with ads. One square inch will cost you $92.59.

Its not an entirely original art stunt: Bentel is following in the footsteps of Rauschenberg himself, who erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning (with his consent) in 1953. I was trying to figure out a way to bring drawing into the all-whites, Rauschenberg sa...

09:28

DIARY: Shining Armory artforum.com

Fuck Theory on The Shape of Things at Park Avenue Armory

08:55

Virtual Tour of Florences Famed Uffizi Gallery Lets You Explore the Museum Online My Modern Met

Uffizi Gallery Florence Virtual Tour Virtual Museum Italian Renaissance Art

Today, an increasing number of cultural institutions across the globe are finding new ways to digitally attract and educate audiences. From 3D scans of sculptures to free art books, many arts organizations now provide free online resources to the public. In addition to research tools, however, some museums have taken this digitization trend to the next level by offering exclusive virtual tours of their premises and permanent collections through their websites, with Florence's famed Uffizi Gallery as a recent recruit.

Available on the Uffizi's website, this virtual tour allows anyone to visit the museum from the comfort of his or her home. As it is presented by Google, the tour is rendered in the user-friendly, drag-and-drop style of Google Maps. Therefore, rather than simple still images, the tour offers a 360-degree look (complete with clickable descriptions of most works of art) at the site. This enables onlookers to observe their surroundings from more angles and, consequently, culminates in a more lifelike experience.

Situated in the heart of Florence, Italy, the Uffizi Gallery proudly houses the world's most comprehensive collection of Italian Renaissance Art. With iconic masterpieces like Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Caravaggio's Bacchus, and Michelangelo's The Holy Family, art lovers from all over the world have flocked to the Florentine museum for centuries. Now, however, you can view the museum's artand even stroll through it...

08:16

A Tlingit Artists Contemporary Take on Her Vanishing Culture Hyperallergic

Installation view of Alison Marks: One Gray Hair at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (all images courtesy the Frye Art Museum and the artist)

SEATTLE In 2000, a wooden Tlingit bear mask was sent into outer space with an American astronaut, aboard a Russian spacecraft. It orbited the Earth for four months on the International Space Station before returning to its home, in Alaska. I learned of this in Alison Markss exhibition One Gray Hair, at Seattles Frye Art Museum. The Tlingit artists painting Space Bear (2017) references this journey with a silver formline rendering of the bear mask and a neon-green, alien-like figure engaged in a surreal dialogue in outer space. The lunar sky and alien forms sci-fi familiarity at first lent the piece a natural lightness, infused with the optimism of space travels portrayals in mainstream popular culture. However, after reading the backstory and considering the colonization of the Tlingit people by the US and Russia, the paintings underlying darkness emerged. I became fixated on the other side of space travel the fatalities, losses, and loneliness that so often underlay journeys and conquests. The mask started to feel more like Laika, the Russian dog sent into space who only survived a few hours before falling victim to overheating a captured being, violently taken away from her home, left to wonder how she ended up in a place so unfamiliar and ultimately so tragic.

Alison Marks, R...

07:19

Meow Wolfs Exciting Model for Engaging with Art Hyperallergic

One of many points of entry to the installation The House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)

SANTA FE It feels as though the elephant in the room at every board meeting for every major art institution in the US is the question of relevance. There is a sense, behind closed doors, that museums are struggling to reconnect with their audience. One difficulty, perhaps, is that the qualifying credentials to work at a museum create a kind of insularity and art-world myopia, disconnected with the attention span and interests of the average American. Another is simply that their governing boards tend to include no artists, and often trend in the direction of people who can spare tens of thousands of dollars for a seat at the table.

Meow Wolf contributors (image by Brandon Soder, courtesy of Meow Wolf)

I love museums, and I also see the ways in which they are out of touch, catering to values that are no longer central to the contemporary experience. I have no desire to argue the inherent value of the practices of long-looking, open-ended critical thinking, or art history only that traditional art institutions have an uncanny knack for stripping all the fun out of art experiences. So imagine my delight when, with very little preparation or context, I paid a visit to one of the sites developed by the art collective Meow Wolf, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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06:51

Screen Capping the News Shows Different Stories for Different Folks Sociological Images

During a year marked by social and political turmoil, the media has found itself under scrutiny from politicians, academics, the general public, and increasingly self-reflexive journalists and editors. Fake news has entered our lexicon both as a form of political meddling from foreign powers and a dismissive insult directed towards any less-than-complimentary news coverage of the current administration.

Paying attention to where people are getting their news and what that news is telling them is an important step to understanding our increasingly polarized society and our seeming inability to talk across political divides. The insight can also helps us get at those important and oh-too common questions of how could they think that?!? or how could they support that politician?!?

My interest in this topic was sparked a few months ago when I began paying attention to the top four stories and single video that magically appear whenever I swipe left on my iPhone. The stories compiled by the Apple News App provide a snapshot of what the dominant media sources consider the newsworthy happenings of the day. After paying an almost obsessive attention to my newsfeed for a few weeksand increasingly annoying my friends and colleagues by telling them about the compelling patterns I was seeingI started to take screenshots of the suggested news stories on a daily or twice daily basis. The images below were gathered over the past two months.

It is worth noting that the Apple News App adapts to a users interests to ensure that it provides the stories you really care about. To minimize this complicating factor I avoided clicking on any of the suggested stories and would occasionally verify that my news feed had remained neutral through comparing the stories with other iPhone users whenever possible.

Some of the differences were to be expectedPeople simply cannot get enough of celebrity pregnancies and royal weddings. The Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN frequently feature stories that are critical of the current administration, and Fox News is generally supportive of President Trump and antagonistic towards enemies of the Republican Party.

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06:35

Bagel Shop Worker Captures Adorable Faces of Dogs Passing By Her Drive-Thru Window My Modern Met

A post shared by Natasha (@ebdogs4096) on Jan 6, 2018 at 5:20am PST

Working in customer service might be a drag for some, but for Einstein Bros Bagels employee Natasha Jones, its time well spent with adorable dogs that visit her drive-thru window. Jones posts photos of her fluffy visitors on Instagram, where she encourages customers to stop by with your best friend & have a doggie bagel on me. The Wickham Road store in Melbourne, Florida makes beef-flavored bagels especially for the hungry dogs, who are captured in their owners cars, excitedly waiting for their tasty treat.

Shortly after joining Einstein in November, Jones was delighted to meet the stores loyal customers that include every type of pooch, from tiny Chihuahuas and Pomeranian pups to big, friendly giants such as Heidi the German Shepherd. I've been taking pictures of dogs since December, explains Natasha. I just thought they were too cute not to share. After less than one month, Jones Instagram profile is rapidly becoming an Internet favorite, with currently almost 3,000 followers.

Follow Jones on Instagram to see more of the super-cute hungry hounds.

Einstein Bros Bagels employee Natasha Jones meets a range of adorable dogs who regularly visit her drive-thru window.

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05:48

New York City Commission Opts to Keep Columbus Statue, But Under New Conditions Hyperallergic

Statue of J. Marion Sims in Central Park, which will be moved to Greenwood Cemetery (photo Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

The New York City commission that was created to evaluate controversial public monuments has ended its five-month inquiry with a somewhat anticlimactic ruling. Officials have decided that only one statue will be moved: that of Dr. J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century gynecologist who experimented on female slaves without their consent, and without anesthesia. Other contentious monuments will receive additional context through signage or other interventions that touch on their historical complexities.

The Sims statue is one of four public markers the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monument and Markers discussed in its 32-page report, released yesterday. The commission also presented recommendations for the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle, the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the American Museum of Natural History, and a marker for Marshal Philippe Ptain, who collaborated with the Nazi regime.

Last October, a group calling itself the Monument Removal Brigade defaced the Teddy Roosevelt statue outside the American Museum of Natural History (photo courtesy Monument Removal Brigade)

The report is the result of three formal meetings by members of the Commission as well as five...

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Guerrilla Artists Are Cleverly Covering Swastikas on the Street with Art My Modern Met

Renowned for its roots in activism, street art has played a pivotal role in promoting social change through creativity. While most street artists employ blank walls as a means to communicate their messages, Ibo Omari has opted for a slightly different approach. For his series, Paintback, the Berlin-based artist uses his spray-paint skills to rework scribbled swastikas into quirky and clever works of art.

Combatting hateful messages with cartoonish subjects, Paintback proves the power behind getting creative in the neighborhood. Each sloppily drawn swastika unexpectedly serves as inspiration for Omari's team of artists, prompting them to come up with imaginative methods of camouflage. Some of these clever cover-upslike the Sudoku puzzle and Rubik's cubetake advantage of the swastikas' simple aesthetic. Others, however, are a bit more elaborate, turning the hateful symbols' hastily scrawled lines into the torso of an owl or the angled arms of an Egyptian.

Omari started this unique project as an offshoot of his organization, Die kulturellen Erben (The Cultural Heritage). Through this NGO, he aims to improve neighborhoods in Berlin by encouraging communities to come together and create.

Paintback, an inspiring activist art project by Ibo Omari, has transformed a series of swastika graffiti in Berlin into clever works of art.

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Narcissus Paradise by Sepe in Barcelona StreetArtNews

Polish artist Sepe returned by surprise to give us two new walls and a magnificent installation in Spain. He was invited to take part in the third chapter of the interactive urban art project #7ways2love organized by Bizzarre Magazine in collaboration with Metric Market.

In the 2017-2018 edition, 7 international artists were invited to interpret the concept of love in its different and complicated nuances. The leitmotif of the entire process and what is required of each individual artist is that the works or performances are interactive and therefore the audience can interact with them. With his unmistakable pictorial style and his unique characters, Sepe created Narcissus Paradise 2 works at Acrylic plus mirror-like foil on wall together with one Installation, a throne chair surrounded by mirrors. The concept of his work is well described in the words of the projects curator, Desislava Staneva:

Narcissism love to ourselves, to us, to us and nothing else than us. Do you see yourself in the mirror? You are just the reflection of what you chose to be and how you would like to be seen. You get excited from your social media, from being the center of attention. Say hello to your ego, maybe your real love is still locked somewhere in there.

The presentation of the work took place on 22-11-2017 and was a one-night show, but until the end of January it is possible to visit the two walls inside the Metric Market in Av. Diagonal 505, central Barcelona.

Check out some more pictures of the show below and keep checking back with us for more updates from Spain!

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03:25

Costume Designer Repairs Broken Wing of Butterfly, Makes It Look Like It Was Never Injured My Modern Met

Costume designer Romy McCloskey recently used the skills the precision work of her hand embroidery and embellishments to help save the life of an injured Monarch butterfly. Raising and releasing these beautiful creatures is a pastime that many have taken up in an effort to save the species, which is decreasing in population. McCloskey recently began her involvement with Monarchs after finding a few caterpillars in her yard this past autumn.

At just three days old, McCloskey gave this injured butterfly a new lease on life by repairing its broken wing. The injury was sustained while it was pupating, the final stage of development before an adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. In this state, the insect would be unable to fly, as butterflies rely on wing symmetry to aid in their flight. And with a short lifespan of just two to six weeks for most Monarch butterflies, they are done with their growth once they emerge as adults.

Luckily, using a delicate touch, there are ways to help that don't require any special tools. After watching a video her friend had sent her, McCloskey felt up to the task. I figured, since I do so much designing, cutting, and putting together of costumes I could give this a go.

Follow along to see how the surgery went, and what became of this little guy afterward!

The patient. Sweet boy had damaged upper and lower wings.

The operating room. Towel, scissors, tweezers, talc, contact cement, toothpick, and my sweet girl who died earlier last week (for wings)

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03:12

The Defector: The disappearance of an Australian Prime Minister Dangerous Minds

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In December 1967, during the height of the Cold War, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming off Cheviot Beach, near Point Nepean, Victoria. Holt was a strong swimmer, enjoyed scuba-diving and spear-fishing and was in robust health. His disappearance led...

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Dames, Dracula, & the devil: The erotic fumetti of Italian artist Alessandro Biffignandi Dangerous Minds


Erotic horror-inspired artwork by Italian artist Alessandro Biffignandi.
 
Italian artist Alessandro Biffignandi passed away in January of 2017 a few short months after an incredible book chronicling his vast body of work was released by Korero Press in June...

02:49

Custom Hand-Knit Sweaters Blend Subjects into Urban Environments Colossal

Over the last four years, photographer Joseph Ford (previously) has collaborated with friend and knitter Nina Dodd to create a project that blends models into their environments rather than having them stand out. Each subject wears a custom hand-knit sweater by Dodd that transforms their torso, partially camouflaging their body into a highly textured wall, striped running track, or for one poochthe leaves of dense shrub.

The series, Knitted Camouflage, also features a collaboration with French street artist Monsieur Chat who painted one of his trademark cats on the wall of a derelict factory for the photographer. You can take a peek behind the scenes of Fords photographic projects on his Facebook and Instagram.

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02:29

The Common Threads Between Female Quilters and Abstract Expressionists Hyperallergic

Installation view of Function to Freedom: Quilts and Abstract Expressions at Sara Kay Gallery, at left, Victoria Manganiellos El Trifinio (2015)(all images by Adam Reich, courtesy Sara Kay Gallery unless otherwise noted)

Function to Freedom: Quilts and Abstract Expressions, an exhibition at the recently opened Sara Kay Gallery, elevates and celebrates artworks created by women across several mediums. The relatively small gallery space brims with 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century quilts, as well as Abstract Expressionist painting and sculpture. The result is a panoply of pattern and color.

Featuring 23 pieces, the show illuminates and emphasizes the compositional continuities among the works. Its fascinating to discover the echoes of patchwork within the paintings and, conversely, hints of the quintessential fluidity of Abstract Expressionism woven into the quilts. Among the very first works one encounters in the show are Helen Frankenthalers Monoprint IX made in 1987 and an Antique African American Patchwork Quilt from circa 1930s Texas. Though between them there are some aesthetic similarities in terms of coloration and forms, there are also jarring contrasts between the contexts, histories, and meanings of the pair. Considering the historical and social differences becomes a task for the viewer, who must work against the lack of wall text and the prioritizing of formal comparisons to do so. In fairness, though, specific information about many of the quilts is unavailable, lost to history.

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SLANT: SUNRISE: January 12, 2018 artforum.com

SUNRISE: Ariana Reiness January column

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Googles Free App Analyzes Your Selfie and Then Finds Your Doppelganger in Museum Portraits Open Culture

Having the ability to virtually explore the history, back stories, and cultural significance of artworks from over a thousand museums generates nowhere near the excitement as a feature allowing users to upload selfies in hopes of locating an Instagram-worthy doppelgnger somewhere in this vast digital collection.

On the other hand, if this low-brow innovation leads great hordes of millennials and iGen-ers to cross the thresholds of museums in over 70 countries, who are we to criticize?




So what if their primary motivation is snapping another selfie with their Flemish Renaissance twin? As long as one or two develop a passion for art, or a particular museum, artist, or period, were good.

Alas, some disgruntled users (probably Gen X-ers and Baby Boomers) are giving the Google Arts & Culture app (iPhone-Android) one-star reviews, based on their inability to find the only feature for which they downloaded it.

Allow us to walk you through.

After installing the app (iPhone-Android) on your phone or tablet, scroll down the homepage to the question Is your portrait in a museum?

The sampling of artworks framing this question suggest that the answer may be yes, regardless of your race, though one need not be a Guerilla Girl to wonder if Caucasian users are drawing their matches from a far larger pool than users of color

Click get started. (Youll have to allow...

01:45

Artist Reimagines Elegant Renaissance Sculptures to Show Their Playful Personalities My Modern Met

Renaissance Sculptures Reimagined by Gerard Mas

Barcelona-based artist Gerard Mas creates reimagined Renaissance sculptures that depict how women of the 15th century might behave if they lived during modern times. The surreal, humorous pieces made from marble feature elegant ladies from the past in old-fashioned clothing. However, instead of looking glum like they would have been depicted in the Renaissance era, Mas shows them to be full of mischief and personality.

Some of the playful characters are shown sticking out their tongue, picking their nose, chewing gum, or blowing bubbles. One wears facial piercings and tattoos, while another has a sunburn from a day at the beach. I thought about the millions of attitudes and situations that old artworks couldn't capture because they were simply inappropriate for a lady in the 15th century, Mas explained to Vice.

Having previously worked as an art restorer, Mas has years of experience working with carved stone. The continuous contact with dusty works of art from the past had irreversibly contaminated my way of work, says Mas, who decided to dedicate all of this time to making his sculptures. The artists ideas for new works often come to him like a flash. He then makes them into reality, starting with maquettes and clay models. I make molds to make copies in a hard material, then I copy these shapes in definitive materials like stone or wood. It's a long process, explains Mas, who believes that each of his pieces is deserving of the process.

You can find more of Mas fantastic work on Instagram.

Spanish artist Gerard Mas creates Renaissance-style bust sculptures with a modern day twist.

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00:55

New Map Shows How Long It Takes People Around the World to Travel to the Nearest City My Modern Met

Urban Accessibility Map

Our world is rapidly urbanizing, with a little over half the world's population living in an urban setting as of 2015. It's a rapid rise from the mid-20th century, when only 30% of the world called a city their home. And, interestingly, even those who don't live directly within a bustling city find urban areas readily accessible, according to a new study published in Nature by the University of Oxfords Malaria Atlas Project.

The research shows that in 2015, 80.7% of all people live within an hour of a city. Combine those two numbers and it's a striking look at migratory patterns around the globe. Researchers, which also included participants from Google, the Joint Research Centre of the European Union, and the University of Twente, pulled together a map of travel time to urban centers using Google Earth Engine and information from Open Street Map. This gave them unparalleled information about human movement and how this connects to socioeconomic factors like education, income level, and health status.

Cities concentrate activities that promote and sustain human wellbeing including banking, education, employment, and healthcare services. Identifying populations that have poor access to urban centers provides an important data source for enacting and assessing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations, the Malaria Atlas Project wrote in a statement. In some areas, like sub-Saharan Africa, access to the city is also a large indicator of wealth, with only 50% of people living in low-income areas residing within an hour of the city. This is in stark contrast to people living in high-income areas, as 90.7% of these individuals can reach the city in less than an hour.

However, researchers are also quick to point out that accessibility between urban and rural areas isn't always positive. Increasing the ease with which humans can access remote areas also increases the likelihood that wilderness areas will be degraded, they noted.

Friday, 12 January

23:00

Stream Big Playlists of Music from Haruki Murakamis Personal Vinyl Collection and His Strange Literary Worlds Open Culture

Haruki Murakami readers, or even those of us who've just read about his novels, know to expect certain things from his books: cats, ears, wells, strange parallel realities, and above all music. And not just any music, but highly deliberate selections from the Western classical, pop, and jazz canons, all no doubt pulled straight from the shelves of the writer's vast personal record library. That personal library may well have grown a few records vaster today, given that it's Murakami's 69th birthday. To mark the occasion, we've rounded up a few hit playlists of music from the Norwegian WoodThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and 1Q84 author's work as well as his life.

At the top of the post we have a Youtube playlist of songs from the artists featured in Murakami's non-fiction Portrait in Jazz books, still, like most of his essayistic writing, untranslated into English. We originally highlighted it in a post on his formidable love of that most American of all musical traditions, which got him running a jazz bar in Tokyo years before he became a novelist. Just above, you'll find a 96-song Spotify playlist of the songs featured in his novels, featuring jazz recordings by the likes of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk, the classical compositions of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn, and pop numbers from the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Hall and Oates, and Michael Jackson.

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