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Sunday, 12 November


An Artists Bond with Her Imprisoned Father Hyperallergic

Sable Elyse Smith, Landscape I (2017), neon, 36in x 96 inches, courtesy the artist (all images courtesy the Queens Museum)

Sable Elyse Smiths expressive powers are both subtle and direct. One is to imbue a shadowy side into an otherwise crisp, nonchalant aesthetic that combines photography, text, neon, and video installation. Another, found in her filmic montages, creates connective tissue between pop/internet culture and autobiographical experience. Here, she nods stylistically to a black cinematic genealogy that includes Arthur Jafa, the LA Rebellion generation, and media-artist peers interested in an emotional and empathic confrontation with the black experience as images of violence on black bodies proliferate. Among her most compelling strengths as an artist, as attested by Ordinary Violence, her solo exhibition at the Queens Museum, is the way she wrestles with the father-daughter bond.

And wrestle she must; the work in this show is marked by her fathers 19-year incarceration the majority of her life which has left an indelible absence. Though he goes unnamed, we are told in the introductory wall text of their relationship and the length of his time served to date. She writes in the shows epigraph: And violence can be quotidian, like the landscape of prison shaping itself around my body. The images are made so that I can see me. I am haunted by Trauma. We are woven into this kaleidoscopic memoir by our desires to consume pain, to blur fact and fiction, to escape.

The possibility of escape certainly does not come for him, or entirely for her, though many visitors enjoy the privilege. The we who are woven into this kaleidoscopic memoir suggest the tenacity of father and daughter to endure separation and, more broadly, speak to the many black communities and communities of color, immigrants, and the poor, disproportionat...


Michelangelos Majestic Humanity Hyperallergic

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Cartoon with a Group of Soldiers for the Crucifixion of Saint Peter (154246), black chalk and charcoal, 8 feet, 7 9/16 inches 61 7/16 inches, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples (all images courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Superlatives fail when it comes to Michelangelo, of course. And so what can be said of an exhibition that attempts to take the measure of his endlessly creative life and actually pulls it off? Superlatives fail there as well.

The scope, scholarship, and sheer bravura of Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which opens to the public on Monday, are astonishing any way you cut it. There are 128 of his drawings, with dozens more by contemporaries, as well as three of his sculptures; the list of works in the exhibition catalogue, including provenances and bibliographies, is laid out in small, single-spaced type that goes on for 15 large pages.

The technical logistics, not to mention the reams of insurance spreadsheets, that went into making it all happen must have been mind-bending, to say the least. The show will not travel, and its hardly an exaggeration to assert that an exhibition of this magnitude will never happen again.

And so a note of heartfelt thanks to Dr. Carmen C. Bambach, who spent eight years organizing the show and who, through her prodigious research, added another feather to her cap by moving one of the drawings in the exhibi...

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Saturday, 11 November


Arshile Gorkys Heretical Abstractions Hyperallergic

Arshile Gorky, Untitled (19441945), pencil and crayon on paper, 17 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches, photo: Christopher Burke Studio (all images courtesy Hauser & Wirth)

Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 194347 at Hauser & Wirths uptown outpost begins with a dare, if not an affront. In the first room, as you walk in off the street, there are two artworks before you, Scent of Apricots on the Fields (1944) and, on the adjacent wall, Study for Scent of Apricots on the Fields (1943-44). The first is an oil painting on canvas, while the other was done in pencil and crayon on paper. The imagery is the same in each, but the  drawing has been overlaid with a pencil grid as an aid to transferring its composition to the canvas.

To plan a painting ahead of time, let alone square off a drawing as if it were an Old Master study for a Baroque battle scene, could not be further from the attitude of the Abstract Expressionists, who had adopted Gorky as a posthumous member. Debilitated by rectal cancer, depression, and a broken neck, he had died by his own hand in 1948, the year that Jackson Pollock, in Willem de Koonings famous phrase, broke the ice.

Gorkys careful preparation for his painting was in direct contradiction to the equally famous phrase from the critic Harold Rosenberg, declaring that the artists canvas in postwar America had been transformed into an arena in which to act. As he wrote in The American Action Painters in the December 1952 issue of Art News:

At a certain moment the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena in which to act rather than as a space in which to reproduce, re-design, analyze or express an object, actual or imagined. What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event.



Filmmaker Creates a Luxury-Style Car Commercial to Sell a 21-Year-Old Used Honda Accord Open Culture

This is not your average car commercial. It has the look and feel of the luxury car commercials you've seen so many times. And yet it features a car with 141,095 miles on it. Filmmaker Max Lanman created the ad to help his girlfriend sell her used 1996 Honda Accord. For reasons you'll quickly understand, the video went viral, clocked more than 5 million views this past week, and when the car was listed on eBay, bids soared to $150,000--before eBay apparently pulled the plug due to concerns around illegitimate bidding. Enjoy the ad. And remember, Luxury is a state of mind.

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Ned Kelly: The Rebel and Nolans Muse A R T LR K

Ned Kelly one day before the execution. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

On the 11th of November 1880, Ned Kelly, an Australian bushranger, was hanged in Melbourne. At the time of his death he was only 25 and already a legend. By some perceived as a criminal and villain, by others as a rebel or even an Australian equivalent of Robin Hood, Kelly was anstill is one of the most controversial figures in the history of Australia.

He was sentenced to death for the murder of three policemen, numerous bank robberies and the murder of his estranged gang member, Aaron Sherritt. The list of his crimes was much longer, but he denied some of them and claimed to be the victim of false accusations. Always on a run with his fellow gang members, Kelly was  captured eventually after the Glenrowan shootout on the 27th of June 1880. Prior to this event, the Kelly gang had equipped themselves in characteristic iron armour that repelled bullets; yet, it did not protect their legs. This turned out to be fatal in consequences, as Kelly was shot in the left foot, left leg, right hand, left arm and twice in the region of the groin (The Argus, 29 June 1880). His fellow gang members did not survive the shootout.

Ah, well, I suppose it has come to this (The Argus, 12 November 1880), were Kellys last words, with the rope already around his neck. But the words Kelly is best remembered for are included in his famous Jerilderie Letter, written to the police to clarify and justify various incidents leading him to becoming an outlaw. The letter made of him an illiterate (he dictated the letter to his friend) literary phenomenon. The language in the letter has got an unavoidable roughness to it, yet it is colourful and full of metaphors, testifying Kellys eloquence and intelligence.



Anti-Gentrification Activists Protest Laura Owens Exhibition at the Whitney Museum Hyperallergic

Members of Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD) protest at the Whitney Museum during Laura Owens's opening on Wednesday, November 8. (screenshot by the author via YouTube)Members of Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD) protest at the Whitney Museum during Laura Owenss opening on Wednesday, November 8. (screenshot by the author via YouTube)

Laura Owens, Gavin Brown, our hoods unite to take you down! Leave our hoods and do whats right: Give your keys to Boyle Heights! So went the chant intoned by activists in the galleries of the Whitney Museum and at its main entrance during Wednesday nights VIP opening for the institutions Laura Owens survey show.

The activists, from a coalition of anti-gentrification groups in New York City and Los Angeles, were there to remind attendees at the soire that Owens and her dealer, Gavin Brown, were at the forefront of the influx of galleries into LAs Boyle Heights neighborhood with their space 356 Mission. Browns New York locations, in Chinatown and Harlem, have set off similar allegations of artwashing the gentrification of diverse and predominantly working-class neighborhoods.

On Wednesday night, many of the protesters including members of Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement, Defend Boyle Heights, Chinatown Art Brigade, the Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network, Equality for Flatbush, Take Back the Bronx, Decolonize This Place, Defend Corona, Mothers on the Move, Peoples Cultural Plan, and ICE FREE QUEENS ...


Watch the Artist Whos Living in a Storefront on the Lower East Side Hyperallergic

THE RAE SHOW on the afternoon of November 4 (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

If youre the kind of person who enjoys catching a glimpse into your neighbors windows every once in a while and wondering what theyre doing, youll definitely want to stop by 130 Allen Street on the Lower East Side before Thanksgiving. There, in a storefront made to look like a studio apartment, you can shamelessly watch Brooklyn street artist RAE painting, sleeping, or just sitting around. In fact, he wants you to watch him. Thats the whole point.

THE RAE SHOW on the afternoon of November 4

For THE RAE SHOW, RAE is spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week, living and working inside the storefront. Since he has always been and wants to continue to remain anonymous, he has his face covered at all times, either with a ski mask and glasses or one of several (slightly creepy-looking) papier-mch masks he made for this very purpose.

As with a lot of projects these days, THE RAE SHOW also has a huge online component. RAE has set up four video cameras, three facing each wall of his space and one facing the window, livestreaming everything on YouTube. (There are usually between five and 10 people watching the YouTube channel at any given moment, even at night.) RAE posts photos of some of the work hes created in the storefront on his Instagram and announces any guests hes expecting in his space like DJs and dancers on his Facebook page, as well as on handwritten colorful pieces of paper in the corner of his makeshift apartment...


15+ Places to Buy Gifts That Give Back This Holiday Season My Modern Met

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Looking for a unique gift that will also give back to someone in need? There's a huge range of companies that work to better the world through their social activism, whether employing fair trade artisans or donating to charity. And by giving a gift that supports a cause, you are also investing in the well-being of those less fortunate. In the end, isn't this what the holiday spirit is about?

With such a wide range of products and charities, it's not difficult to find something that is close to the heart of the gift recipient. For instance, Ivory Ella gives back to animals by donating to a charity that prevents elephant poaching, while STATE supports education by supplying an American child in need with a backpack full of supplies for every bag sold. The list continues full of chic, fun, and stylish items that won't just make great gifts, but also a great impact.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets sells handcrafted bracelets made by artisans around the world. Founded in Costa Rica, they now have over 150 global artisans working. Not only does the company generate employment opportunities for these artisans, they also donate 1% of their annual revenue and have partnered with more than 190 charities and donated over $1 million. You can purchase single bracele...


Last-Minute Appeal Tries to Halt Berkshire Museum Art Auction [UPDATED] Hyperallergic

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (photo courtesy Berkshire Museum, via Wikimedia Commons)The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (photo courtesy Berkshire Museum, via Wikimedia Commons)

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is appealing the ruling by Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini, delivered on Tuesday, allowing the Berkshire Museum to sell some of the most expensive works from its permanent collection at Sothebys. The AG is seeking a last-minute injunction to prevent the sale of the Berkshire Museum works.

The appeal may be the last chance for opponents of the auction scheme to prevent it. The first sale of the museums works includes the most valuable piece Norman Rockwells Shuffletons Barbershop (1950), which has been tagged with a $20 to 30 million pre-sale estimate and is scheduled for Monday afternoon at Sothebys New York City auction house. The appeal alleges that Judge Agostini mishandled the earlier request for an injunction, which the AG filed last week.

The balance of harms strongly favors entering an injunction in this case, the AGs filing states, according to the Berkshire Eagle.

The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the Berkshire Museum to stop the sale including one filed by three of Norman Rockwells sons have filed an emergency motion in support of the AGs appeal.

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Now up: Octobers Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations Bird is the Worm

  Now up, the latest Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations for The Bandcamp Daily.  The newest monthly installment covers albums for October 2017.  Theres ten primary recommendations in total, plus some side recommendations to boot.  Because, really, ten is not enough. Follow this LINK to read those recommendations and listen to music from each album. []


Photographer Recreates Philippe Halsmans Iconic 1948 Dal Atomicus Image My Modern Met

Dali Atomicus Recreation by Karl Taylor

Philippe Halsman's 1948 portrait of surrealist painter Salvador Dalentitled Dal Atomicusis one of the art worlds most famous images. Guernsey-based photographer Karl Taylor was so inspired by the iconic photo, he decided to create his own modern version. He explains, It has been a favorite of mine for as long as I remember and it is probably the root of my own interest and specialization in photographing fast moving liquids and smashing objects.

The surreal composition and precise timing of Dal Atomicus perfectly captures the essence of the world famous artist. Inspired by Dal's own Leda Atomica painting, the image explores idea of suspension. Out-of-the-ordinary propsincluding the original painting, a floating chair, a splash of water in motion, a footstool, an easel, three flying cats, and last but not least, Dal himselfare all suspended in mid-air, completing the dreamlike scene. Taking the assembled production cast 28 takes to get it right, the final result was published in LIFE magazine in 1948.

For Karl Taylors modern recreation, he chose to replace the flying cats with a toaster and a melting clock inspired by Dal's The Persistence of Memory painting. First, Taylors team got to work building the background walls, using the original image as reference. After setting up the props, the next task was the figure out how to recreate the lighting and shadows. The objects were illuminated from all directions with industrial Flooter lights and beams.

The next challenge was to capture the Dal look-alike in midair, as well as the water in motion, which artist Adebanji had the task of throwing from a bucket, over and over again. Taylor achieved his uncanny replicate in 29 takesone shot more than the originalwhile the BBC documented the entire process.

Photographer Karl Taylor recreated the iconic 1948 Dal Atomicus by Philippe Halsman.



From Plant to Page, a Conservatory Grows Trees to Turn into Handmade Paper Hyperallergic

The studio at the Morgan Conservatory, with natural light coming through the garage doors (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

By day I care for trees and teach people how to care for trees. Nights and weekends, I think and write about art. Nothing makes me happier than when these worlds intersect, like they did on my first visit to the Morgan Conservatory on Clevelands east side. The 15,000-square-foot book art, letterpress, and paper-making center was hosting a community event with leaders from all over the city discussing initiatives being done to create a more resilient and thriving city with the Morgan discussing its green infrastructure and sustainability features. The Morgans special grove of Kozo, or Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) particularly called my attention. Planted ten years ago with the help of paper artist and MacArthur Fellow Tim Barrett, who provided the kozo cuttings from the University of Iowas Center for the Book, it is the largest cultivated kozo grove in the U.S. Kozo trees, which are native to Asia, and considered to be an invasive species in most of the US because of their highly opportunistic growing strategies that are successful in colonizing patches of disturbed fields; it is also a tree highly prized for over two thousand years in ancient Asian paper-making techniques. For the Morgan, the polymorphic and slightly hairy lobed- and unlobed-leaved trees promise sheets of valuable archival-grade artist paper, and they are the only non-profit organization in the US remaining that still produces a large volume of handmade paper for sale.




Miami Beachs Bass Museum Cranks It Up After Renovation Hyperallergic


Visitors with Ugo Rondinones vocabulary of solitude (2017) (photo by Monica McGivern, courtesy the Bass Museum)

Throngs of excited visitors came out earlier this month to the newly reopened Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach, a project nearly three years in the making. Families were everywhere, gleefully uncovering what the team at Bass had done after two years of construction and a year of planning and fundraising. Put simply, it was free and the halls were packed.

Visitors at the Bass Museums reopening (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Director Silvia Karman Cubi claims that, the main purpose of this transformation was the visitor experience; to that end, the Bass has added four new galleries, three new classrooms and two new areas of social space.

A young visitor with an interactive activity at the Bass Museums reopening (photo by Monica McGivern, courtesy the Bass Museum) ...


20+ Cool Amazon Finds for Astronomy Lovers My Modern Met

astronomy gifts amazon shopping guide

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Outer space has captured our imagination for as long as we can remember, from the first man to land on the moon to NASA's latest images from Jupiter and discovery of new planets, it's incredible how much we continue to learn about our own solar system and beyond. And with record numbers of people flocking to watch the recent solar eclipse, it's clear that our love for science is at an all-time high.

And whether you love astronomy yourselfor know someone who doesit's incredible how many ways you can bring a touch of outer space into your own home. Whether it's a well-crafted planetary model, a LEGO set that pays homage to the women of NASA, or the collector's edition of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, there's no shortage of great astronomy finds on Amazon. We scoured the site to find the best astronomy related products and put together this Amazon shopping guide to help bring a bit more science into your life.

These 20+ creative products are the perfect way to bring the solar system closer to home.

Jupiter globe by mova

Jupiter Globe | $160.00



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An Astonishingly Small Stone Carving That Has the Power to Change Art History Colossal

The Pylos Combat Agate, an intricately carved 3,500-year-old sealstone discovered in a the tomb of a Greek warrior. All images courtesy of The Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati

More than two years ago researchers from the University of Cincinnati unearthed a 3,500-year-old tomb in the southwest of Greece. The tomb belonged to a Bronze Age warrior nicknamed the Griffin Warrior, and contained many treasures, such as four gold signet rings, that have challenged previous notions about the origins of Greek civilization.

Perhaps one of the most important and visually captivating finds from the tomb occurred a full year after its discovery. Researchers uncovered a carved sealstone no larger than an inch and a half wide. The Pylos Combat Agate meticulously displays two warriors engaged in battle with bodies strewn at their feet, with some details less than a millimeter wide. The carving is perhaps most astonishing because it predates artistic skills that were not associated with Greek civilization for another mill...


Revisiting MoMAs Controversial 1940 Italian Renaissance Blockbuster Hyperallergic

Arrival of the Italian Masters crates at the Museum of Modern Art (Photographic Archive, MoMA Activities) (courtesy Esopus)Arrival of the Italian Masters crates at the Museum of Modern Art (Photographic Archive, MoMA Activities) (courtesy Esopus)

In January of 1940, Stephen C. Clark, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), received an irate letter. As a visitor of the Museum of Modern Art I object very energetically to seeing this boring old stuff, it read. I do not use a buggy either when I can ride with motor cars.

The exhibition that provoked this outcry was Italian Masters, an incredible gathering of 21 paintings and seven sculptures from the Italian Renaissance. In Esopus 24, the most recent issue of the nonprofit Esopus arts magazine, MoMA Chief of Archives and Library Michelle Elligott shares the story of the exhibition. Its part of the recurring Modern Artifacts series in Esopus, which excavates narratives from the MoMA archives.

<em>Italian Masters</em> catalog cover (courtesy ESOPUS)Italian Masters catalog cover (courtesy Esopus)

The Museum of Modern Art is our oldest and most significant institutional partnership, Tod Lippy, Esopus editor, told Hyperallergic. Michelle Elligott and I have created 17 installments of the Modern Artifacts series...


15+ Minimalist Cat Drawings That Are Hilarious But Totally Accurate My Modern Met

Cats never cease to delight us with their dashing good looks and penchant for striking just the right pose. From felines who inadvertently position themselves just like pin-up models to naturally two-faced chimera beauties, there's no doubt that these furry friends are our creative muses. Their influence knows no bounds, and you dont have to be an artist to express how they inspire you. The subreddit Minimal Cat Art is a place where people can share their own drawings of these fierce furballs with just a few simple lines.

The subreddit is intended to be silly, under-detailed representations of cats, which are made funnier or more cute due to their crudeness of technique and/or lack of detail. This idea of minimalism can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. Some Redditors draw the outline of the body and not much more, which transforms the animal from a feline into a strange, alien-like creature. Others take a more realistic approach and choose to highlight facial features or other defining characteristics. But regardless of the style, they all have the one idea in common: to represent cats that mean something to them and have fun doing it. Our vision, the subreddit states, is to enjoy the art and be excellent to each other.

Minimal Cat Art is a newly-launched subreddit (inspired by this Reddit post) that anyone can do. Just add your cat drawings to join!

Redditors are getting inspired by their felines and creating cat drawings.



Nominees Denounce Germanys Biggest Art Prize Hyperallergic

The artists shortlisted for the 2017 Preis der Nationalgalerie: Jumana Manna, Sol Calero, Iman Issa, Agnieszka Polska (from left to right) (photo by David von Becker, courtesy Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017)The artists shortlisted for the 2017 Preis der Nationalgalerie: Jumana Manna, Sol Calero, Iman Issa, Agnieszka Polska (from left to right) (photo by David von Becker, courtesy Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017)

The four artists nominated for Germanys top art prize, the Preis der Nationalgalerie, have denounced the way the prize is administered and publicized. In a joint statement released yesterday, nominees Sol Calero, Iman Issa, Jumana Manna, and Agnieszka Polska object to the lack of compensation for the exhibitions, talks, panels, and other events related to the prize; the atmosphere of competition fostered by the prizes presentation ceremony; and the way their gender and national origins were foregrounded in the promotion of the prize.

We would like to stress that commitments to diversity in gender, race, and experience need to be built into the everyday operations of institutions and organizations rather than celebrated occasionally at high-profile events, their statement reads in part. The fact that the Preis der Nationalgalerie does not have a monetary value, and that the exhibitions and public talks of its nominees do not include fees, means that artists are rewarded only by the promise of exposure.

Though the Preis der Nationalgalerie did come with a monetary reward when it was launched in 2000, it has since shifted to reward its winner with a solo exhibition at one of the Nationalgaleries locations. The prize is given out every two years and only artists under the age of 40 who...


What the Artist Campaign School Taught Me About Running for Public Office Hyperallergic

Image of the artists gathered at Artist Campaign School (photo by @Gigsy)

DETROIT There are three things every political campaign thrives on: money, people and time.

The money and the people can change, but in a campaign, time is fixed. You have to pick your battles, use resources strategically, and attract as many voters as possible from your opponent all by election day. The appearances, the messaging, the fundraising, coalition building, connecting with voters, navigating party elites, maintaining authenticity while representing the interests of manyit is quite literally an art. And depending where you fall politically, you may think it is an art in crisis.

For 30 artists, myself included, at the first Artist Campaign School organized by Fractured Atlas and hosted in Detroit, exposure to the nuts and bolts of running a campaign for public office came with a key question: can we be artists, genuine to our interests and communities while still playing politics? And secondly, what do we, as a group of artists, have to offer that could influence the political structure?

With a team of campaign professionals leading training sessions and seminars, the tone of the instruction was positive and inspiring. Introductions came with the request to identify the one issue that keeps you up at night. The room flowed with the familiar and the necessary: immigration reform, education, affordability, housing rights, racial justice, voters rights, economic equity, displacement. (My answer was more public ownership of private wealth.) While articulating these issues helped us get a sense of the concerns in the room, it quickly became clear that there is a fraught path between...


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Stranger Things Fans Crash Museum Website to Buy the Same Dinosaur Hoodie My Modern Met

Stranger Things Brontosaurus Hoodie Special Release Science Museum of Minnesota

On launch day the museums online store received more than 18,000 ordersmaking roughly $600,000 in salesand even caused their site to temporarily crash. The best part? All of the revenue will go towards putting on more exhibitions, helping further educate children about science and technology. As a nonprofit, all of the proceeds will go back to our mission of science and education and inspiring other young kids like Dustin on the show and his friends to have an interest in science, said the museums Public Relations Director, Kim Ramsden.

The Brontosaurus apparel is available to buy online, but be quick, as theres a limited supply. According to the museum, more sizes will be be available on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

The non-profit Science Museum of Minnesota recently re-released their purple Brontosaurus hoodie, worn by Dustin in Stranger Things 2.

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Thunder Lizard merchandise comes in hoodies, crew-necks, and T-shirts.



Mirror: A Short Story of Similar Objects by Tanello Colossal

Mirror is a series of clever visual juxtapositions by Napoli-based creative duo Tanello Production. The short clip runs through a series of spot-on visual comparisons between objects that look alike, from a cruise ship and a steaming iron to a manhole cover and an oreo. If you liked this, also check out Alexandre Courts music video for Cassius. (via The Awesomer)


From Friendship to Marriage, a 30-Year Dialogue Between Two Photographers Hyperallergic

Alex Webb, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, from Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webbs Slant Rhymes, published by La Fbrica (all images courtesy the artists)

Slant Rhymes, a new collaborative book by the photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, traces the winding paths of both artists and the sudden convergences of their work over a 30-year period, from the beginning of their friendship through their marriage and into the present. Rather than lay their work out chronologically, the book pairs images by each artist on adjoining pages that, as the title suggests, are based on unexpected visual connections. The result creates what amounts to a long, elliptical, unfinished love poem, as Alex Webb writes toward the beginning of the book. The different slant rhymes a term derived from poetry are sometimes oblique and other times more direct, and are often not just visual. One of the great pleasures of reading this book is the way the images interact with the textual elements, which take the form of short ruminations and memories. To focus, you often close your eyes while speaking, Rebeccea Norris Webb writes. Looking through the lens, I dream with one eye open.

In an e-mail conversation conducted over several days, the two photographers talked about their collaborative relationship, what inspires their work, and the ways different cities they have photographed live inside them.

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A Comics Artists Eerie, Relentlessly Stark Storytelling Hyperallergic

Cover of Im Not Here by GG, published by Koyama Press (courtesy Koyama Press)

In Canadian comics artist GGs Im Not Here, published by Koyama Press, the unnamed second-generation immigrant protagonist goes about her everyday life while living at her parents suburban house. As she occupies her day with seemingly mundane activities, such as wandering around a farmers market taking pictures, she notices details such as bunches of grapes or a girl wearing a Peter Pan-collared dress, which, as unremarkable as these things might seem at first glance, are lyrical and fairy-tale like. Meanwhile, she feels estranged at home. [Your sister] is doing so well in everything. When will you be successful? her mother asks her while she is clearing the table. In response, the girl tries, literally, to inhabit the life of the Peter Pan-collared girl she photographed, going as far as posing as her in order to be let into her house. While there, she rummages through the other girls objects, and wonders what her life might have been like.

GG, Im Not Here (courtesy Koyama Press)

GGs comics transcend a straightforward plot: in all her works, scenes of everyday life are quietly and abruptly disturbed by elements of physical o...


What the Future Sounded Like: Documentary Tells the Forgotten 1960s History of Britains Avant-Garde Electronic Musicians Open Culture

It really is impossible to overstate the fact that most of the music around us sounds the way it does today because of an electronic revolution that happened primarily in the 1960s and 70s (with roots stretching back to the turn of the century). While folk and rock and roll solidified the sound of the present on home hi-fis and coffee shop and festival stages, the sound of the future was crafted behind studio doors and in scientific laboratories. What the Future Sounded Like, the short documentary above, transports us back to that time, specifically in Britain, where some of the finest recording technology developed to meet the increasing demands of bands like the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Much less well-known are entities like the BBCs Radiophonic Workshop, whose crew of engineers and audio scientists made what sounded like magic to the ears of radio and television audiences. Think of a sound, now make it, says Peter Zinovieff any sound is now possible, any combination of sounds is now possible. Zinovieff, London-born son of an migr Russian princess and inventor of the hugely influential VCS3 synthesizer in 1969, opens the documentaryfittingly, since his technology helped power the futuristic sound of progressive rock, and since, together with the Radiophonic Workshops Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, he ran Unit Delta Plus, a studio group that created and promoted electronic music.

Also appearing in the documentary is Tristram Cary, who, with Zinovieff, founded Electronic Music Studios, one of four makers of commercial synthesizers in the late sixties, along with ARP, Buchla, and Moog. Zinovieff and Carey are not household names in part because they didnt particularly strive to be, preferring to work behind the scenes on experimental forms and eschewing popular music even as their technology gave birth to so much of it. The aristocratic Zinovieff and pipe-smoking, professorial Carey hardly fit in with the crowd of rock and pop stars they inspired.



Paris Apartment Looks Exactly Like a Wes Anderson Film Inside (and Its For Sale) My Modern Met

Paris Apartment is Wes Anderson in Real Life

Director Wes Anderson is known for his visually striking aesthetic in both how his characters look and the places they inhabit. There are entire subreddits and Instagram accounts dedicated to finding locales that have the same sort of off-beat colors and vintage-style opulence that make his films so alluring. With projects like Accidental Wes Anderson, however, we hardly ever see whats beyond the facade of these quirky buildingsuntil now. A Paris apartment that was recently listed for sale looks like it could be Margaux Tenenbaums place.

The spectacular three-bedroom space is a southeast-facing unit that occupies the top floor of a building located in the Passy area of Paris. With the Eiffel tower visible from the apartment, the view alone is worth it. But inside, theres a lot to marvel over. The entrance gallery is its most striking feature and the most Anderson-esque part of the entire place. It has bright green walls, a parquet floor, and an ornate wrought iron staircase that complements some of the finer details on the wall paneling and hanging light.

The grand entryway is just the beginning. In addition to that space, theres a large living room, a small living room, a dining room, a master bedroom (with a marble bathroom attached), and a kitchen. Each has wood paneling on the walls and impeccable styling thats a mix of eclectic findings and bright color pairings.

Complete with a bay window and balconies, this 400 square meter (4,305 square feet) abode will cost youthe asking price is 5,775,000. For those in the United States looking for a Parisian getaway, that will run you roughly $6.72 million.

If you've ever wanted to live like you were in a Wes Anderson film, now's your chance.



BOOK ADWENTURES by Wow Wall Studio in Srem, Poland StreetArtNews

Artist group Wow Wall Studio continues to create amazing murals on the streets of Poland, this time right in front of a public school, at the heart of old city of Srem. Theme of this artwork is the journey into fantastic literary world, which would encourage the children to read books. After consultation with the conservator of monuments, artists have chosen the colours to adapt to the architecture of the part of that city Mural named BOOK ADWENTURES was created by Mark Maksimovich (MARKOSS), Alex Novitski (3-TON) and Ania Walu (SAREN) using KEIM paint.

Check out more pictures of the mural below and stay tuned on StreetArtNews for more updates from Europe!



Glitter Cappuccino Is the Sparkly New Food Trend Made with Edible Fairy Dust My Modern Met

From all-black goth lattes to psychedelic rainbows brews, we thought wed seen it all when it came to coffee art. Enter Glitter Cappuccinosthink your regular cappuccino, but with a twinkling twist. Made with edible fairy dust, the diamond and gold cappuccinos were debuted earlier this year by Coffee by Di Bellaa chain of coffee shops in Mumbai, India.

The edible glitter is first mixed into the espresso, which then rises as the hot milk and foam is added. The photogenic beverage costs 200 Indian Rupees, which converts to a very reasonable $3.

Those who have tried it say it tastes no different from normal cappuccinos, with the only difference being that the glitter clings to the drinkers lips. But heymaybe some people love a sparkly mustache. If you're one of those people, you can get your daily shot of glitterly goodness on Coffee by Di Bella's Instagram.

Coffee by Di Bellas glitter cappuccinos come in two colors: diamond and gold.



Thousands of Objects Tell of Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence Across the Centuries Hyperallergic

"Cocaine: la splendide piece en 5 tableaux de Louis le Gouriadec" (1925-26), color lithograph on paper, LSD Library Poster Collection (MS Am 3135) (courtesy Houghton Library, Harvard University)Cocaine: la splendide piece en 5 tableaux de Louis le Gouriadec (1925-26), color lithograph on paper, LSD Library Poster Collection (MS Am 3135) (courtesy Houghton Library, Harvard University)

Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. amassed the largest collection in the world on mind-altering drugs and their societal impact. After acquiring the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Library of San Francisco in 2001, his collection became the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library. That assembly of psychoactive ephemera from across four centuries, fittingly given the acronym LSD Library, involves everything from 19th-century Chinese paintings illustrating opium production, to the notes taken by Timothy Leary on Aleister Crowleys 1922 Diary of a Drug Fiend.

Santo Domingo died in 2009, and in 2012 over 50,000 of these objects came to Harvard University. Now, Harvards Houghton Library is exhibiting selections from the LSD Library in Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence in the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library. A few items from the LSD Library have been included in earlier exhibitions, but this is the first time that these objects have been shown, and the first time that an exhibition devoted specifically to the LSD Library has been mounted, Leslie A. Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, told Hyperallergic.



Greedheads, preying priests and oligarchs: The politically-charged surrealist paintings of Ole Fick Dangerous Minds

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Time slips in Maria von Hausswolffs new video for Scanners Spirit Cluster Dangerous Minds

Scanner, also known as Robin Rimbaud, is a London-based experimental musician who took the name of his act from the quasi-legal radio device. He appeared on an episode of The South Bank Show in 1997, showing off the gear he used to pick up cell...


Shirley Temples brutal death metal rendition of On the Good Ship Lollipop Dangerous Minds

Shirley Temple, Americas Sweetheart, on the cover of the sheet music for On the Good Ship Lollipop, which sold over 400,000 copies in its day.
Shirley Temple, the curly-haired moppet who ruled the Depression-era box office, first sang her signature song, On the Good Ship Lollipop, in the 1934 movie

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Why Babies in Medieval Paintings Look Like Middle-Aged Men: An Investigative Video Open Culture

How much special treatment should we give children, and how much should we regard them as small adults? The answer to that question varies not just between but within time periods and societies. The attitude in the 21st-century west can, at times, seem to have erred toward a patronizing overprotectiveness, but history has shown that if the social pendulum swings one way, it'll probably swing the other in due time. We certainly find ourselves far from the view of children taken in medieval Europe, of which we catch a glimpse whenever we behold the babies in its paintings babies that invariably, according to a Vox piece by Phil Edwards, "look like ugly old men."

"Medieval portraits of children were usually commissioned by churches," writes Edwards, "and that made the range of subjects limited to Jesus and a few other biblical babies. Medieval concepts of Jesus were deeply influenced by the homunculus, which literally means little man." It also goes along with a strangeness prevalent in medieval art which, according to Creighton University art historian Matthew Averett, "stems from a lack of interest in naturalism" and a reliance on "expressionistic conventions." These conditions changed, as did much else, with the Renaissance: "a transformation of the idea of children was underway: from tiny adults to uniquely innocent creatures" with the cuteness to match.

You can witness a veritable parade of oddly manlike medieval babies in...


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Art Movements Hyperallergic

Louvre Abu Dhabi (photo Roland Halbe)

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

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens to the public tomorrow. The museums inaugural display will consist of 600 artworks, half of which have been lent by 13 partner museums in France. Part of a larger cultural development on Saadiyat Island (Arabic for Happiness Island), the museums construction has been mired in controversy, with the Guardian equating working conditions to modern-day slavery. A 2015 report by Human Rights Watch concluded that migrant laborers working on the Islands Louvre and Guggenheim museum projects were living in squalid conditions, subjected to wage theft and underpayment, and routinely had their passports confiscated. A few months later, in June 2015, a 28-year-old Pakistani man was killed on the Louvre Abu Dhabi construction site.

Benjamin Genocchio was replaced as executive director of the Armory Show art fair after the New...


Bob Woodward to Teach an Online Course on Investigative Journalisma Course for Our Time Open Culture

Bob Woodward made his bones as an investigative journalist when he and fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein blew open the Watergate scandal in 1972. Their reporting exposed the "dirty tricks" of Richard Nixon's re-election committee. Government investigations followed and the president eventually resigned.

Today we're living in another age when investigative journalism is of paramount importance. Only now it's under attack. But, take heart, Bob Woodward is gearing up to teach an online course on investigative journalism. In 20 video lessons, he'll teach you the importance of human sources, how to gather information, how to interview people, establish facts, and build a story. He reminds us, "This is the time when we're being tested. Let's tell the truth, let's not be chickenshit." Amen to that.

You can pre-enroll in his course, which costs $90 and will start in early 2018. Early enrollees will get access to other course materials created by Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet, and Jane Goodall.

Woodward's course is offered by MasterClass, whose roster also now includes these other classes:


DIY Anleitung: Farbige Rauchbomben selber bauen URBANSHIT

Hier kommt eine Anleitung, wie man farbige Rauchbomben selber bauen kann. Wir haben die DIY Anleitung nicht selber ausprobiert, das Ergebnis im Video kann sich aber absolut sehen lassen und allzu schwer scheint es auch nicht zu sein. Titelbild / Video: NTD Life (Facebook Video Screenshot) Hinweis: Das ganze sollte man nur tun, wenn man sich absolut sicher ist, was man da macht.

Der Beitrag DIY Anleitung: Farbige Rauchbomben selber bauen erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Donald W Patten - Biblical floods - Catastrophic climate and geology Mike Philbin's free planet blog

Yesterday, I meant to post this, by Donald W Patten, about Catastrophic Climate and Geology... rock formation and floods and a retiming of The Entire Historical link. I got distracted by 'some insignificant detail' and wandered off, youtube-grazing.

And yes, this still ties in with Electric Universe work by the Thunderbolts of the Gods and Symbols of an Alien Sky people.


Interactive Map Lets You Take a Literary Journey Through the Historic Monuments of Rome Open Culture

Arches on arches! as it were that Rome,

Collecting the chief trophies of her line,

Would build up all her triumphs in one dome,

Her Coliseum stands; the moonbeams shine

As 'twere its natural torches, for divine

Should be the light which streams here, to illume

This long-explored but still exhaustless mine

Of contemplation; and the azure gloom

Of an Italian night, where the deep skies assume

Hues which have words, and speak to ye of heaven,

Floats o'er this vast and wondrous monument,

And shadows forth its glory.

Lord Byron, Childe Harolds Pilgrimage (1818)

A modern visitor to Rome, drawn to the Coliseum on a moonlit night, is unlikely to be so bewitched, sandwiched between his or her fellow tourists and an army of vendors aggressively peddling light-up whirligigs, knock off designer scarves, and acrylic columns etched with the Eternal Citys must-see attractions.

These days, your best bet for touring Romes best known landmarks in peace may be an interactive map, compliments of the Morgan Library and Museum. Based on Paul-Marie Letarouillys picturesque 1841 city plan, each digital pin can be expanded to reveal descriptions by nineteenth-century authors and side-by-side, then-and-now comparisons of the featured monuments.



Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity Brain Pickings

It takes a special energy, over and above ones creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction.

Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity

And dont ever imitate anybody, Hemingway cautioned in his advice to aspiring writers. But in this particular sentiment, the otherwise insightful Nobel laureate seems to have been blind to his own admonition against the dangers of ego, for only the ego can blind an artist to the recognition that all creative work begins with imitation before fermenting into originality under the dual forces of time and consecrating effort.

Imitation, besides being the seedbed of empathy and our experience of time, is also, paradoxically enough, the seedbed of creativity not only a poetic truth but a cognitive fact, as the late, great neurologist and poet of science Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933August 30, 2015) argues in a spectacular essay titled The Creative Self, published in the posthumous treasure The River of Consciousness.

Oliver Sacks captures a thought in his journal at Amsterdams busy train station (Photograph by Lowell Handler from On the Move)

In his impressive handwritten notes on creativity and the brain, which bec...


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The Lewd, the Crude and the Ugly: Epsteins Sculpture A R T LR K

On the 10th of November 1880, sculptor Jacob Epstein was born in New York, yet he is best known as an English artist, having settled in Britain in 1905. As a Jewish American in Edwardian London working in a rough, stylised modernist manner, the critical reception of his work was far from friendly. Epstein has historically become the artist who suffered more abuse for his work than any other British artist, being very likely the Hirst or Emin of his day. His sculptures were called depraved and hideous especially as many were large pieces flanking important buildings in openly public spaces in London. His cool American background and creative stints in Paris where he met Picasso, Brncusi, Modigliani and was even given a recommendation letter by Rodin gave him a certain status which allowed him such exposure.

Epsteins career started off with a (crash and a) bang in 1908 as he received his first commission of 18 statuettes for the British Medical Association now decorating the second floor of Zimbabwe House in the Strand. In spite of the commissions solemn scope he was meant to pay homage to the great men of medicine Epstein, strongly influenced by Asian iconography, proceeded to carve Portland stone in situ into large naked figures. He entitled it The Ages of Man, noble and heroic forms to express in sculpture the great primal facts of man and woman.(Epstein in Evelyn Silber, Sir Jacob Epstein, Bucknell University Press, 1986). Contemporaries deemed them obscene, but equally shocking was the artists departure from traditional European iconography in favour of that of classical India, with especially the female figures adopting Buddhist and Hindu postures and gestures. In ...


Reaching for Transcendence with Voice and Light Hyperallergic

Rashaad Newsome, Running (2017) Park Avenue Armory (all photos by Da Ping Luo and Da Ping Luo)

The email I received promised a performance of vocal runs at the Park Avenue Armory that would evoke an abstract portrait of soul, but what Rashaad Newsome was trying to do with his piece Running, I think, was nudge the audience towards transcendence. You might not know what vocal runs are. I didnt. I did some research and found I had been hearing them most of my adult life  when I listened to R&B and gospel music. Its described as an athletic vocal embellishment of a melody, rhythm or chord. Contemporary singers often use this vocal ornamentation to show off their skills, to prove their talent. (You can hear an exquisitely lovely example on Stevie Wonders Dont You Worry bout A Thing.) Significantly, his rendition shows that this mode of singing is not just about demonstrating virtuosity. Its about leaving the structure of the song behind to venture out, searching for something with rigor and sometimes desperation out loud.

I start off in the dark with the piece, wearing a blindfold as required and being led to my seat by an usher who placed my hands on her shoulders and told me to follow her. I sit. Eventually, the talking voices quiet and Im told I can remove the blindfold. Its almost jet black. A red light appears high above a man dressed in a dark robe like a choir singer. He starts singing, he runs up and around a scale in slow meandering fashion, crooning, aching, sometimes yelling. Over the next hour red, green and yellow lights wink on and off over the three vocalists (Kyron El, Aaron Marcellus, and Devin Michael). They seek something that might be in the room, in or around themselves, maybe in us in the audience. They search with some feeling of celebration and some a...


Vintage New York Photos Reveal Gritty City Life, Before Anyone Had a Cellphone My Modern Met

richard sandler street photography

CC Train, 1985
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From 1977 to 2001, photographer Richard Sandler roamed the streets of New York City, capturing some of the most iconic street photography of this bustling city in flux. Using his Leica, he documented generations of New Yorker's caught in the whirlwind of change that almost 25 years brought upon the city.

In his book, The Eyes of the City, Sandler showcases the best of his photography, which captures everything from the urban decay of the 1980s to the ever-widening class differences, which is a recurring theme throughout his work. Sandler's subjects appear vacant and preoccupied, lost in their own worlds looking for love or wishing themselves anywhere but the graffiti-laden subway. It's this energy that fills Sandler's favorite photograph, CC Train, 1985, which also graces the cover of his book.

I like this one because every person is looking at me or through me, but also looking at YOU, the viewer! Each person in the picture is a kind of question mark requiring your interpretation, the acclaimed photographer tells My Modern Met via email. The graffiti and clothing date it as the recent past, but it is their gazes at us that I find timeless and haunting. The best pictures are the ones that ask more questions than they answer.



The Famously Photo-Wary Barnes Foundation Makes Its Art More Accessible Online Hyperallergic

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Grape Gatherers (Vendangeuses) (c. 18881889) (Public Domain image)

In addition to its rich holdings of Rembrandts, Matisses, and Picassos, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is famous for its blanket no-photo policy, which represents one of the strictest in the museum world. A new collections website launched this week, though, makes images of artworks publicly available and more accessible than ever. The museum has uploaded photographs of about two-thirds of its over-3000 collection objects to an interactive database, of which 1,429 are in the public domain and available for unrestricted use.

Marsden Hartley, Flowerpiece (1916) (Public Domain image)

This is an especially significant move for the Barnes, whose sensitive policies regarding photographic reproduction of its artworks extend to its beginnings. The Barnes has always approved of black-and-white images, but, as archivist Barbara Beaucar put it, Dr. Albert C. Barnes had a great bugaboo with color reproduction and felt that the methods of reproduction of color photographs were not advanced enough. According to Beaucar, sanctioned color photographs taken by painter Angelo Pint...


How Do We Define Culture? A Study Tries to Find Out Hyperallergic

(all images courtesy Culture Track 2017)

If youre reading Hyperallergic, youre already well aware of the importance of culture to society, but what exactly is culture? How do we define it now? And is that definition different from what people would have thought as little as 10 years ago? These are some of the key questions for Culture Track a survey of Americans views and habits in the realm of cultural activities which made public its 2017 findings in October.

Culture Track 2017 fielded their answers from 4,035 people, trying to represent the diversity of US census demographics in terms of age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, education, and so forth. It asked questions not just about the definitions of culture, but also about how often people seek out cultural activities, the reasons they do (or dont), and how technology helps (or hinders) their experience.

The data is available to the public for free on Culture Tracks website, in both raw and variously analyzed forms. Before delving into our perceptions of culture, the study offers fascinating tidbits, including activities people like to do in their free time (50% of respondents answered cooking and/or socializing with family at home, with 19% saying they make art). Among those who participated in the study, only 44% said theyre employed full-time, 75% live in either a city or suburb, and 37% reside in the South. I was surprised to learn that a full 43% of Americans are millennials (20 to 35 years old), perhaps cementing the importance of the technology questions.

In terms of how people define culture, it seems its no longer limited to museums, theater, and music. Culture Track found that 62% of respondents think of street festivals as a cultural activity, while...


Registration is Open for the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles Hyperallergic

Faith Ringgold at the 2017 CAA Annual Conference in New York (photo by Ben Fractenberg)

Change has been in constant conversation in planning the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21-24, 2018. In our meetings with LA-based civic and cultural organizations, the idea of change came up over and over again.

From the new museums opening downtown, housing astonishing collections, to the protests in Boyle Heights over gentrification, LA is undergoing a metamorphosis. The parallels to CAA, which is undergoing its own transformation, were hard to ignore.

Registration for the 106th Annual Conference is open now.

For registration rates, hotel rates, and deadlines visit the registration page.

The early registration deadline is December 15, 2017.

The 2018 Annual Conference will include over 300 themed sessions, is packed with more professional-development workshops than ever, and offers a long list of LA-museums and cultural institutions our attendees can visit for free with their conference badges. Weve also arranged special events like a reception at The Getty, guided tours of Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at The Broad, and breakfast at LACMA, to name a few.

We are thrilled to welcome Charles Gaines and Wu Hung as our Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Scholar for 2018.

Our Distinguished Artist Interviews for 2018 will feature Catherine Opie interviewed by Helen Molesworth, and one other artist interview to be announced in December 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in LA!

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15+ Kids Gifts That Playfully Promote Creativity My Modern Met

Creative Christmas Gifts for Kids Christmas Gifts for Kids Christmas Presents for Kids Creative Kids

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For a child, few things are more exciting than unwrapping a shiny new toy on Christmas morning. While tried-and-true playthings like baby dolls and toy trucks are sure to satisfy, why not experiment with some more imaginative gifts this year?

In this selection of creative gifts for kids, you're sure to find the perfect present for your favorite little ones. From hands-on kits that allow them to do-it-themselves to everyday accessories in a range of fun shapes and kid-approved colors, this quirky collection guarantees a merry Christmasand a creative new year!

If you're in need of playful presents for the creative kids in your life, look no further than our selection of imaginative Christmas gifts for kids.


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10+ Different Types of Houses Found in Countries Around the World My Modern Met

Different Types of Houses Around the World

Throughout history, people have fabricated shelters that fit their surroundings. With a universal set of criteria in mindincluding access to tools, availability of materials, and type of climateindividuals from all over the world constantly reinterpret, reimagine, and redefine the concept of home.

To many of us, a home is a four-walled fixture on a permanent foundation. But to others, it is a snowy sanctuary, a hidden cave, or even a floating boat. Here, we explore these different types of houses in order to understand how and why such a wide range of shelters exist across the globe.

Let's take a tour of different types of houses around the world.

Cave Homes (Matmata, Tunisia) 

Different Types of Houses Around the World

Photo: Ansgar Walk (photo taken by de:Benutzer:wotan) [GFDL, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license.

In Matmata, Tunisia, cave homesancient abodes that have been carved out of sandstonekeep people comfortable all year long. Situated around a central pit and connected by a network of passageways, these one-of-a-kind properties provide protection from the North African sun and desert winds.

Today, many cave homes in locations around the world have been turned into unique cave hotels.


Rondavels/Round Homes (Lesotho, South Africa)



In an Indiana Town, a Treasure Trove of Modernist Design Hyperallergic

Synergia, by students of the Indiana University School of Art + Design, supervised by Jianmei Wu and Andres Tovar, outside North Christian Church, the 1964 final work of master architect Eero Saarinen (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

Outside of architecture and design circles, or maybe red carpet events, it is unusual to constantly ask the question: Who designed this? Though urban planning and architecture are understood to be major areas of study, it is rare that we consider something like a city as being created by design, or even as a collection of specific architectural intentions. The small city of Columbus, Indiana, however, has developed a large portion of its identity around the legacy of several designers, who came to town to do works at a private and civic scale, before going on to be some of the biggest names in Modernist architecture and design. A design festival in its second year, Exhibit Columbus, seeks to preserve and celebrate that legacy, while simultaneously creating space for the next generation of design talent to find a connection to this incongruously metropolitan town, perched in an otherwise standard stretch of southern Indiana.

Organizer and Exhibit Columbus spearhead, Richard McCoy, outside the dedication ceremony for the University Installations.

We created Exhibit Columbus to reinvest in the value of good design, said Richard McCoy, Director of Landmark Columbus and driving force behind the ambitious design festival, in an interview with Hyperallergic. Five or ten years ago,...


Behind the scenes with David Lynch on Eraserhead Dangerous Minds

David Lynch and Jack Nance on the set of Eraserhead

I was reading a review of the new season of


After the Northern California Wildfires, an Artist Pieces Together a Life Hyperallergic

Norma I. Quintana, Forage No. 4 from the Forage From Fire series (all photos courtesy of the artist, copyright Norma I. Quintana)

Recently wildfires have ravaged the Napa Valley in northern California. To convey how these fires have affected the arts community there, Charles Desmarais, a critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, related the accounts of a few artists who lost their homes and studios to the fires. I spoke in-depth with one of them, Norma Quintana, who told me that the Atlas Fire took both her home and studio. We discussed sorting out how to deal with such a devastating loss, and what she imagines she will do next.

Seph Rodney: I wanted to chat with you about how youre dealing with the aftermath of the wildfire that took your home and studio. Before we get into exactly what happened, I would like to give our readers some background. Youre a photography artist, right?

Norma Quintana: Exactly. I started exhibiting in 2000. Im not formally trained. I have a Masters in Juvenile Justice Administration, actually, from the School of Social Sciences [the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University]. I decided to pursue photography because it was a great vehicle for expression. I pretty much knew immediately that I was going to be a documentarian. I took some classes and experimented, but what really spoke to me was documentary work. I just started doing that.

SR: Where exactly was your house and studio?

NQ: We live in Napa, California, which is where the fire, as I understand, started; its called the Atlas Fire. My home was actually in a country club environment, within the country club there are homes and my home was there. My studio was in my home.

SR: You had another room?



Adorable Animated Spider Named Lucas Is So Cute, Even Arachnophobes Will Smile My Modern Met

Adorable Animated Spider Named Lucas

Many people have a fear of spiders, but its hard to resist this adorable arachnid named Lucas. Animator Joshua Slice introduced the cute character in a very short film aptly called Lucas the Spider. With such large, glossy eyes, how could you not say aww when you see him? What makes the 21-second clip even cuter is the addition of Slices nephew, who voices Lucas and brings him to life with a child-like personality.

In this video, the animated spider first approaches from across a chair. Lucas scurries towards us, looks at us directly, then peers over the edge and continues his journey. Although a brief encounter, Slice himself has made it unforgettable, writing, Im responsible for the design, modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, and rendering. If he continues to develop Lucas, its likely to only get betterSlice originally intended this short just as a test.

In addition to Lucas the Spider, Slice has worked in the animation department of some big-name flicks. Hes been involved in Zootopia, Big Hero 6, and the upcoming film Ferdinand.

This animated spider named Lucas is sure to make you smileeven if you have arachnophobia.

Adorable Animated Spider Named Lucas

Watch all of Lucas the Spider here. Make sure your sound is on!

Joshua Slice: YouTube | IMDB 
h/t: [Laughing Squid]

All images via Joshua Slice.

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An Interactive Documentary About Everyday Life in a Palestinian Village Hyperallergic

Scene from <em>The Invisible Walls of the Occupation</em> (courtesy BTselem and Folklore)Scene from The Invisible Walls of Occupation (courtesy BTselem and Folklore)

Burqah is an ordinary village in Palestine, where no conflict or momentous event has brought it international attention. And thats why the developers of the interactive documentary The Invisible Walls of Occupation chose it as their subject, to immerse viewers in the everyday lives of ordinary Palestinians. Layering photographs, video, and maps, the online project invites viewers to step into a school, clinic, or private home, and hear first-hand how occupation has influenced this town.

The news is always on extreme violence, but we dont see how life is really like, and how occupation really impacts every aspect of life, creator Osnat Ita Skoblinski told Hyperallergic. The Invisible Walls of Occupation is a collaboration between the human rights organization BTselem, where Skoblinski creates digital content, and Folklore, a Montral-based design studio. The initiative draws on research from a previous case study on Burqah.

Skoblinski presented the documentary at the recent Future of Storytelling (FoST) festival at Staten Islands Snug Harbor, although it has been online since February. Unlike many of the projects that were on view with FoST for Good, The Invisible Walls of Occupation involves no virtual reality headsets, no augmented reality, no complicated projections. It is just a desktop site. Yet the movement of the panorama of collaged photographs, and the recorded videos and sound, make it f...


Bryan Cranston Gives Advice to the Young: Find Yourself by Traveling and Getting Lost Open Culture

I dont know what time youre reading this post but What do you really want to do in life? is a question that can wake you up right fast, or make you want to pack it in and sleep on it.

Its also a question asked maybe a bit too early of our young people, which starts with fantasy (What do you want to be when you grow up? A spaceman!) and by our teens it turns into a more serious, fate-deciding inquiry by people who may not be happy with their station in life.

Actor Bryan Cranston takes on this question in this Big Think video, and extolls the virtues of travel and wandering.

Traveling forces you to be social, Cranston says. You have to get directions.You have to learn where things are. Youre attuned to your environment.

Cranston thought he was going to be a policeman when he entered college. Then he took an acting class. So, at 19, Cranston explored America for two years by motorcycle with his brother, in essence to find themselves by getting lost. He says hes passed on this directionless wandering to his now 24 year-old daughter.

That idea of letting go and just wandering also dovetails nicely into his other advice about auditions. You dont go there to get a job, you go to create a character and present it. The rest is out of your control.

Now, Cranston says that the period between high school/college and the real world is the best time to do it, but theres really no time like right now. To quote Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there, and the boats are always leaving. Just jump on.

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Beth Cavener (previously here and here) creates large animals that each appear to wrestle against their implied captivity. The works can be viewed as animals in the throes of domestication, however beneath the surface lies a peek into our own human psychology. Cavener projects these emotions onto her sculpted clay figures, showcasing the primitive animal instincts that lie beneath our own exteriors.

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Photographer Exposes What Really Happens Behind the Scenes of a Perfect Shot My Modern Met

Photographers are a bit like magicianscreating picture-perfect fantasies by any means necessary. What often ends up as a stunning Instagram or Facebook photo often has a much different story if we take a step back behind the curtain. Luckily, Brazilian wedding and family photographer Gilmar Silva lets us into his creative process with images that expose how far he'll go to get the perfect shot.

And just like we've seen in the past with behind-the-scenes images of photo assistants, the results are an amusing look at what the life of a photographer really entails. All in the name of making his clients look their best, we see Silva lay in the wet sand and get his clients to position themselves in places we'd never imagine. The photos also show just how creative photographers are, cleverly transforming an anonymous landscape into a breathtaking environment just with a little imagination.

Silva regularly shares the behind-the-scenes images side by side with the finished product on his Instagram and Facebook. The series, LUGARxFOTO, provides a clear look at how the final fantasy most often doesn't match up with the reality of the shooting conditions. It's a tribute to his skill that he's able to make his  clients look their best with final photographs that are awe-inspiring. Whether it's getting his brother to throw rice for a glittering background effect or misting wa...


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Project Row Houses and UH Invite Artists to Work with Houstons Third Ward Community Hyperallergic

Artist/Activist Matchmaking workshop by Carrie Schneider (photo by Terry Suprean)

In partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at the University of Houstons McGovern College of the Arts, Project Row Houses has created a fellowship program that invites artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers.

The fellows will engage in creative collaborations that involve the Third Ward community and address issues important to them.

In addition to mentorship from PRH and CASE, the two fellows will each receive a $15,000 stipend, a research grant, and access to a community brain trust.

Apply online at

The deadline for applications is November 21, 2017. Notification of fellowship recipients will occur by December 13.

The post Project Row Houses and UH Invite Artists to Work with Houstons Third Ward Community appeared first on Hyperallergic.


Budapest Buildings Transformed into Street Corners with Striking Symmetry My Modern Met

Digital Collage Architecture Photography

Photographer Zsolt Hlinka creates imaginary places out of real architectural forms. His latest series called Corner Symmetry features intersecting buildings in Budapest that have been split in half and mirrored in the center of the composition. The result produces an extreme perspective of a stunning cityscape, where the top of the structures are angled at 45 degrees.  Because of this, it seems like were viewing them through a fisheye lensbut its really a meticulously crafted digital collage.

With much of Hlinkas abstract architecture photography, we cant help but think these buildings are real. Its only after weve spent time with each picture that we realize theyre two halves of the same whole. This momentary confusion is all Hlinkas design. Buildings keep more of their surroundings with them, so the illusion becomes even more realistic, he writes. However, no matter which side of these familiar looking buildings do we start our inspection first, we will always end up on the same points.

Corner Symmetry expands on Hlinkas earlier project called Urban Symmetry. For that series, he digitally manipulated straight-on views of buildings to create harmonious reflections against similarly monochromatic backgrounds. They have a distinctly Wes Anderson feel thats both whimsical yet curiousleaving us wondering whats behind the doors of these isolated structures.

Zsolt Hlinka uses digital collage to construct his abstract architecture photography.

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In Search of the Authentic Selfie Hyperallergic

Screenshot of Google Image search results for "selfie"Screenshot of Google Image search results for selfie

Editors note: The following excerpt is the ninth chapter of The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture, Alicia Elers new book from Skyhorse Publishing building on ideas first developed in a series of posts on Hyperallergic starting in June 2013.

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The selfie is an aspirational image, but it also an integral aspect of socializing, interacting, and being seen by others online. In an attention economy of likes that demands performance and absolute connectivity, the selfie is a way to visually grab some- ones attention, mimicking a face-to-face interaction. In order to exist, the selfie most be produced by the individual, and consumed by the network. Even though the selfie is a singular image object, it exists as a continual piece of content when posted to the network because of the people on the network who interact with it. Yet upon posting, it also becomes an archive of ones presence on the network. The selfie that is posted to the network is always about being seen the way you want others to see you. (#putyourbestfaceforward)

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Catastrophist geology - Dr Donald Patton - dinosaurs and jesus living together Mike Philbin's free planet blog

I know, I know, I shouldn't bait the angry bear of radical Biblists, but...

I kinda REALLY RESPECT most of what I've seen (on the scientific i.e. observational, level) by proto-Electric Universe-ist Dr Donal Patten, from the 1970s; I really do. I just wish he WASN'T a  rallying on a Creationist i.e. someone who believes the Genesis part of the Bible, ticket. If he hadn't been, however, he'd have never pursued the 'science' he did try to uncover from the myth - so take it with the salt. But take it for what it is, i.e. scientific observation of the geological facts.

This kind of re-apportioning of historical record reminds me of the way Talbott/Thornhill take influence from ancient myths to propose a proto-Saturn model for our earliest Sun, our brown-dwarf planetary-momma. Let's see what happens in coming years - iff electro-astronomy is recognised.

DRAMATIC FOOTNOTE: let me add that I like how Patton points out that THE MAJORITY OF FOSSILS ever found are undersea fossils. And they're found IN THE MIDDLE of the United States. Also this Mammoths found with food in their mouths, supports a catastrophist effect similar to dumping a Vertebrate in LIQUID NITROGEN and to me this says, "The coldness of space was let in for a period of time."

To me this is a process that's VERY MUCH on its way again, as we move out of our current situation inside a fluffy electromagnetic band within this spiral arm of a bi-arm spiralling Milky Way. Yes, we're heading towards a time when OUR ATMOSPHERE MIGHT SPONTANEOUSLY DISAPPEAR for a while. It'll be great fun, this wild ride. Embrace it, human-fools.

I'm actually enjoying these Creationist documentaries about 'terrible lizards in the bible' that I'm shamelessly gonna share yet another wonderful piece of historical revisionism for you, ready?


The Evolution of Domestic Architecture Across 100 British Homes Hyperallergic

A House for Essex, Wrabness, Essex (Architect: Charles Holland, formerly of FAT, with Grayson Perry) (courtesy Living Architecture, photo by Jack Hobhouse)A House for Essex, Wrabness, Essex (Architect: Charles Holland, formerly of FAT, with Grayson Perry) (courtesy Living Architecture, photo by Jack Hobhouse)

100 Houses 100 Years chronicles a century of architecture through the homes of Great Britain, from classical throwbacks to postwar housing to futuristic visions. The book from the Twentieth Century Society, out now from Batsford, was edited by Susannah Charlton and Elain Harwood. Photographs and short descriptions from critics and design historians accompany each structure.

Cover of <em>100 Houses 100 Years</em> (courtesy Batsford)Cover of 100 Houses 100 Years (courtesy Batsford)

The book begins with the 1914 Chestnut Grove in New Earswick, featuring Garden Village-style brick homes with a compact layout, built specifically for employees at the Rowntree confectionery company. It continues all the way up to 2015, with the much more lavish House for Essex by Charles Holland and Grayson Perry, a telescoping metal roof crowning its jewel box of ceramic decoration and exuberant color. The scope of the book is narrow, yet it takes in a lot of issues that recent housing has faced throughout the world, including how to construct homes in an economically tumultuous decade, and how to make those choices sustainab...


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The notion of literary classic, Simon Leys writes at the New York Review of Books, has a solemn ring about it. But Don Quixote, which is the classic par excellence, was written for a flatly practical purpose: to amuse the largest possible number of readers, in order to make a lot of money for the author (who needed it badly). To mention these intentions is not to diminish the work, but perhaps even to burnish it further. To have created, as Yales Roberto Gonzlez Echevarra says in his introductory lecture above, one of the unquestioned masterpieces of world literature, let alone the Western Canon, while seeking primarily to entertain and make a buck says quite a lot about Cervantes considerable talents, and, perhaps, about his modernism.



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I have been interested in and reading about the creators of the comic book super hero Wonder Woman for a few years now. My interest began in 2014.

I was half-heartedly listening to Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and Gross was interviewing historian Jill LePore, the author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman. At the time, I hadnt read LePores book or the Wonder Woman comics, and so I was mildly but not wildly interested in their conversation. When Gross asked LePore to talk about William Marstons family life, LePore began to describe the relationship between Marston, Elizabeth Holloway, Marstons wife, and Olive Byrne, the woman who lived with them and was, in Terry Grosss words, Marstons mistress.

Holy shit!, I said to myself. These people were polyamorous! Of course, I knew that they couldnt have seen themselves as polyamorous in the contemporary sense of the word, for the word would not be invented for another fifty years or so after Marston and Holloway invited Byrne into their relationship. However, it sounded to me like they were doing something akin to a poly relationshipas in they had chosen to forge an intimate relationship that included more than two people, and they had built a life together.

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Australia-based contemporary artist Joshua Miels captures the emotions of human beings through a series of colorful, multi-layered, large-scale portraits. His most recent work focuses on capturing the vulnerability of men who suffer from mental health issues, which is a subject close to Mielss heart.

The expressive painter starts by breaking photos of subjects down into shapes using computer software. Using these shapes as a basis, Miels then builds up details on canvas with layers of thick oil paint using a range of palette knives. The intimate portraits often feature men looking past the viewer, in solemn hues of blues and intense reds. Having a family member who has struggled with mental health issues, Miels hopes that his paintings will raise awareness by encouraging viewers to look, reflect, and think about someone who might be struggling.

Miel sometimes projects his own emotions onto his canvases in an abstract form. I like to feel the struggle when I paint, he reveals, and sometimeson bad daysdeliberately damages a piece to give it some life.

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Ford Foundation President Darren Walker (photo courtesy Ford Foundation)

a society cant be a more just society, a more fair society, without it being a more empathetic society, and the arts help build empathy. And understanding and engagement with the arts builds in us an ability, a capacity, for introspection, for putting ourselves in the shoes of other people, an ability to imagine what it must be like to be different than who we are, whether we are a white man or a black man or a white woman

Darren Walker

This past summer, I met Ford Foundation President Darren Walker in Times Square, where the major philanthropic organization has temporarily relocated its offices while they renovate their iconic building on East 43rd Street in Manhattan.

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Woodshock 85: Richard Linklaters first short film featuring a young Daniel Johnston Dangerous Minds

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The Internet Archive Liberates Books Published Between 1923 and 1941, and Will Put 10,000 Digitized Books Online Open Culture

"The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published [from] 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold," writes the site's founder Brewster Kahle.

Tulane University copyright scholar Elizabeth Townsend Gard and her students "helped bring the first scanned books of this era available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection." Yes, that Sonny Sono, who after his music career (most memorably as half of Sonny and Cher) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994 until his death in 1998.

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R. Crumbs lowly years cranking out cards for American Greetings Dangerous Minds

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Garbageman: Listen to William Shatner cover The Cramps Dangerous Minds

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Crucial punk doc DOA: A Right of Passage FINALLY restored for a hi-def DVD release Dangerous Minds

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Wednesday, 08 November


Blistering footage of Bon Scotts final TV appearance with AC/DC Dangerous Minds

AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott showing us all what its like to be a real rock and roll singer back in the day.
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Sexy Beasts & Monster Cartoon Freaks: The weirdo art of Heavens Favorite Man Matt Crabe Dangerous Minds

Bury Death on a Full Moon.
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Action figures of Misfits Jerry Only & Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein packaged in cardboard coffins Dangerous Minds

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