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Das Zentrum fr politische Schnheit hat eine Miniatur-Version des Holocaust Mahnmals auf dem Nachbargrundstck des Wohnhauses vom AfD-Politiker Bernd Hcke aufstellen lassen. Dafr hat sich das Kunstkollektiv bereits vor 10 Monaten neben dem Politiker eingemietet. Um den Bau und den Betrieb der Replik des Mahnmals in Thringen zu finanzieren luft aktuell ein Crowdfunding fr die Kunstaktion. Bilder und Videos: Zentrum fr politische Schnheit Auf der Webesite deine-stele.de sind bereits binnen weniger Stunden mehr als 70.000 Euro durch knapp 2.500 Supportern zusammen gekommen. Das Geld reicht fr die Miete des Grundstcks und den Betrieb des Mahnmals fr die nchsten fnf Jahre. Ein Live Stream sendet zudem ein dauerhaftes Bild von vor Ort. Um mehr ber die Arbeit vom Zentrum fr politische Schnheit zu erfahren und immer auf dem Laufenden zu sein, besucht das Knstlerkollektiv bei Facebook.
Der Beitrag Zentrum fr politische Schnheit baut Holocaust Mahnmal neben Bernd Hckes Haus erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
For the last three years, photographer Christoffer Relander has been revisiting his childhood environments to capture them into this collection, an ongoing series entitled Jarred & Displaced. Most environments are from where he grew up, in the countryside in the south of Finland, where his roots still lie. As a container for the environments, Relander uses jar bottles.
All works are intentional double exposures shot in-camera, meaning this project was not created or layered in external software like Photoshop. The resulting images are not put into physical jars (as is misunderstood sometimes); its two exposed shots that blend in-camera into a single image. Below you can find highlights from the series and you can find many more at the links below.
Comparison of Canaan dogs and dog depictions in the rock art of Shuwaymis, which show dogs with a spot and a chest coloration (all photos courtesy Guagnin et al)
A new study of prehistoric rock art reveals how hunters in the Arabian Peninsula pursued prey with dogs over 8,000 years ago and even controlled their packs with leashes. The engravings represent the earliest evidence for dogs on the Arabian Peninsula and might even stand as the earliest depictions of canines yet, as Science first reported. Found at two sites a few years ago at a wadi at Shuwaymis and at the desert oasis of Jubbah the stylized canines predate previous evidence for dogs in the region by over 2,000 years. As for the carved leashes, those simple lines are the earliest known evidence of leads in prehistory.Composite photograph of a panel at Shuwaymis with damaged in the center with hunters and dogs
The analysis, led by Maria Guagnin, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, was published this month in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. Researchers counted around 400 dogs in total across both sites, and ev...
The 1991 Tokyo Museum Exhibition That Was Only Accessible by Telephone, Fax & Modem: Features Works by Laurie Anderson, John Cage, William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard & Merce Cunningham "IndyWatch Feed Arts"
The deeper we get into the 21st century, the more energy and resources museums put into digitizing their offerings and making them available, free and worldwide, as virtual experiences on the internet. But what form would a virtual museum have taken before the internet as we know it today? Japanese telecommunications giant NTT (best known today in the form of the cellphone service provider NTT DoCoMo) developed one answer to that question in 1991: The Museum Inside the Telephone Network, an elaborate art exhibit accessible nowhere in the physical world but everywhere in Japan by telephone, fax, and even in a highly limited, pre-World-Wide-Web fashion computer modem.
"The works and messages from almost 100 artists, writers, and cultural figures were available through five channels," says Monoskop, where you can download The Museum Inside the Telephone Network's catalog (also available in high resolution). "The works in 'Voice & sound channel' such as talks and readings on the theme of communication could be listened to by telephone. The 'Interactive channel' offered participants to create musical tunes by pushing buttons on a telephone. Works of art, novels, comics and essays could be received at home through 'Fax channel.' The 'Live channel' offered artists live performances and telephone dialogues between invited intellectuals to be heard by telephone. Additionally, computer graphics works could be accessed by modem and downloaded to ones personal computer screen for viewing."
Self-described designer, data geek, fractal nut Nicholas Rougeux has merged open-source music with data visualization to create colorful imagery based on some of the most famous classical music scores in history. From Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Vivaldi, it's fascinating to see how these well-known pieces translate into artistic data visualizations.
For Off the Staff, Rougeux relied on MuseScore (free music notation software which allows community members to share sheet music) and OpenScore (a project that aims to digitize and liberate all public domain sheet music). Interestingly, Rougeux himself can't read sheet music, but he's able to parse it, pulling out single notes from the scores. Each individual instrument is represented by a different color, resulting in the brightly hued imagery, which is available as posters.
Every time I extract data, I never know what it's going to look like, Rougeux tells My Modern Met. I had some inklings for some pieces like Flight of the Bumblebee with its rises and falls but even that one surprised me. To create his visualizations, Rougeux altered the traditional representation of scale, typically noted by the different clefs on sheet music.
I did away with that and showed all notes in their natural position on the scaledistance from centerno matter how high (farther) or low (closer) they were. Essentially, while sheet music shows notes from different scales on the same staff, my project shows different staffs on the same scalehence the name, Off the Staff.
In terms of color scale, he typically tries several different shades and hues to see what works best, as he never knows the final result until the visualization is complete.
The self-taught web developer and artist hopes that Off the Staff will allow...
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The Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcntara was briefly detained again by state authorities on Tuesday, along with his partner, art historian and curator Yanelys Nuez Leyva, Diario de Cuba reports.
The two were detained after filing a complaint over the search of Alcntaras home and studio when he was arrested earlier this month. At that time, Alcntara was accused of being in illicit possession of construction materials. He was released on bail following three days of detainment, an online petition spearheaded by artist Tania Bruguera that garnered nearly 500 signatures, and a three-day hunger strike. An official date has yet to be set for the illicit possession trial.
Alcantar is the organizer, with Leyva, of the #00bienal de La Habana, an alternative Havana Biennial they announced after the official exhibition was postponed (due to damage from Hurricane Irene, according to the official announcement). When released after his previous arrest this month, Alcantar stated that the alternat...
Installation view of Derek Fordjours Parade (all photos by Michael Palma Mir, courtesy of the artist and Sugar Hill Childrens Museum of Art and Storytelling)
I had a dream a few weeks ago. In it I had returned to the house I grew up in my fathers house and I was again occupying the room I had as a boy. There was music playing, music I didnt want to hear, so I tried to close the door to my room, but the upper left corner of the door was warped in such a way it wouldnt, couldnt close. I felt something like frustration, but also recognition that I didnt belong in that house, in that room anymore. The small, quotidian details of that dream (and perhaps its this way with all dreams) made it emotionally charged for me and that charge made the memory endure. Derek Fordjours impish and touching installation, Parade, now at the Sugar Hill Childrens Museum of Art & Storytelling, is so chock-a-block with the minute details of Fordjours making that walking through the work I do feel like Im inhabiting his dreamscape one I wanted to linger in.Installation view of the entrance to...
See, this is just weird, and one UFO Experiencer I haven't yet
heard... Steven Boucher. He tells of a couple of abduction or
visitor experiences he's had (at age 4 and age 14). He talks about
the spirit (not religion). He talks about the 'greys'. His story is
conveyed in a perfectly flat lucid Canadian monotone and it's made
me want to research his story quite a lot more.
"I ain't going down there, dad," Bill Hicks talking about Jesus 1992-3 :)
...and here's a follow-on bit about Boucher's hypnosis sessions with legendary UFO-investigator Bud Hopkins, which kinda fills me with a kind of dread... I'm not convinced by Bud's stuff, let's say.
FURTHER STUDY: if you were chilled by Boucher, get ready to be machine-gunned by the delivery of (official) UFO-blogger Grant Cameron - a completely different style of delivery, trust me.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mother and Child (2016), Acrylic, transfers, colored pencils, collage and commemorative fabric on paper, 8 ft. x 10.33 ft. (Image courtesy of the Artist and Victoria Miro, London)
Blending photo transfers, drawing, patterned fabrics, and traditional painting techniques, the works of Njideka Akunyili Crosby reflect her layered personal history. Born in Nigeria, the artist now resides in Los Angeles, and has spent roughly half her life in the US since moving to Philadelphia at age 16. In her large-scale, visually dense pantings, African textiles, family photos, images from popular media, and architectural elements provide the framework for evocative scenes of contemporary black life.
In Los Angeles, she recently had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum and Art + Practice, and her work can currently be seen at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Skidmores Tang Museum, and Prospect New Orleans. As part of USC Roski School of Arts Fall Talks Series, Akunyili Crosby will be giving a lecture next Tuesday evening, free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about her notions of hybridity, both in terms of identity and artistic practice, her relationship with painting and collage, as well as her recently awarded MacArthur Fellowship...
Miniaturization has a long history in Japan, dating back thousands of years. Classic examples include bonsai trees, and more recently technology, such as mobile phones. Almost anything seems suitable for miniaturization, and weve featured many novel forms lately, from cat-sized furniture, to cookies that look like tiny plates of food. Continuing this trend, Japanese artist Kiyomi (aka @chiisanashiawase2015) brings some interior design chic to the world of dollhouses, with a range of handmade miniature antique furniture and accessories.
A mother of two, Kiyomi often wakes as early as 4am to make time for her hobby. Made from various materials including paper, wire, and perspex, her incredibly detailed, tiny creations include everything you would find in an 18th century world. Theres antique, industrial style cabinets and chairs; haberdashery items, such as spools of thread, sewing scissors, and a vintage sewing machine; as well as little shoes and hats, laid out in a tiny clothes store. Theres even a miniature bakery complete with teeny-tiny pastries.
Keep up to date with Kiyomis life in miniature via Instagram.
Tomorrow in East London, our friends from Calio are opening an exciting group show at Stolen Space Gallery with iHeart, Joe Iurato, The London Police, Madsteez, Martin Whatson, MauMau, Millo, MyneandYours, Nafir, WordToMother.
Based on The Social Paradox theme, the exhibition is a show focusing and highlighting peoples over reliance on technology and social media.
Calio is a personal calendar that makes it easier for you to create and share events with friends, and keep everything in one place.
We have a few exclusive images for you to take a look at prior to tomorrows opening. If you want more information on the artworks, the preview list for The Social Paradox can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A limited edition print by iHeart will also be exclusively available in person only at the opening.
The show opens tomorrow at StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, to gain access you need to RSVP using the following link: app.calio.co.uk/invite/328620
Take a look at more images after the break and keep checking back with us for the full coverage of The Social Paradox.
Artist and designer Thomas Dambo (previously) specializes in building family-friendly installations from upcycled materials. One of Dambos many interactive projects is Happy City Birds, a ongoing series that lies at the intersection of street art and community development. The Danish artist builds bird houses across urban centers, installing the new homes against buildings, grouped on tall poles, or spaced throughout existing trees.
Since 2006, Dambo and his crew have constructed more than 3,500 birdhouses with recycled wood and paint. Although a large percentage of his works are concentrated in Arken (you can see a Google map of the bird house locations here), many more of them can be found dotting Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Horsens, Beirut, and Berlin. You can see more of Dambos bird houses, including this human-size build, and a collection of camoflauged homes...
In the early 18th century, the novel was seen as a frivolous and trivial form at best, a morally corrupting one at worst. Given that the primary readers of novels were women, the belief smacks of patriarchal condescension and a kind of thought control. Fiction is a place where readers can imaginatively live out fantasies and tragedies through the eyes of an imagined other. Respectable middle-class women were expected instead to read conduct manuals and devotionals.
English novelist Samuel Richardson sought to bring respectability to his art in the form of Pamela in 1740, a novel which began as a conduct manual and whose subtitle rather bluntly states the moral of the story: Virtue Rewarded.
This moralizing expressed itself in another literary form as well. Childrens books, such as there were, also tended toward the moralistic and didactic, in attempts to steer their readers away from the dangers of what was then called enthusiasm.
Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, notes the UCLA Childrens Book Collectiona digital repository of over 1800 childrens books dating from 1728 to 1999books were rarely created specifically for children, and childrens reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and courtesy books (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. But a change was in the making in the middle of the century.
Established in 2016, Lonely Hunter is the creative outlet for freelance photographer Richard Johnston. Primarily focusing on landscape and wildlife photography, the Australian photographer has been making a name for himself with his well composed, artistic images. Whether getting in close for an intimate animal portrait or zooming out to show man in the context of nature, his storytelling ability has garnered him attention from several well-known photography competitions.
In 2016, Johnston won Canon Australia's Light Awards in the Full Frame category for his moody image of a brewing ocean storm. Winning the grand prize got him a trip for two to East Africa, where he was able to expand his repertoire and shoot incredible imagery of elephants, lions, and more in the wild. And now, his photo of an oryx dashing across sand dunes was singled out as a week 7 editor's favorite in the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
We had a chance to chat with the up and coming nature photographer about how he got his start, his inspirational trip to Africa, and what we can expect from him in the future. Read on for our exclusive interview.
What got you started in photography?
For as lon...
The late David Cassidy on a 1972 cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
I understand the rock star deal having been one and still going out strapping my guitar on and performing. Now, I probably do 30 or 40 dates a year, and I get to relive how I felt at 19 when I played in...
Our friend Stinkfish recently spent some time in the Caribbean where he brought to life some of his signature stencil-based imagery.
Painting on the beautiful Saint Kitts and Nevis Island, the famed Colombian muralist worked with local school students to create these collaborative artworks.
Take a look at more images after the break and keep checking back with us for the latest art updates from the streets of South America....
Artist Jose Luis Lopez Galvn describes his strange, surreal paintings of human-animal hybrids as taking place within a different dimension but not in a dream. He blends together every kind of element, whether animal, human, or object, to create a collage...
Smog Veil Records ongoing project of discovering and exhuming Northeast Ohios lost proto-punk history is chugging along rather nicely. As a native Clevelander myself, I must confess to having skin in this gamethis is the legacy of the scene that mattered most...
Kader Attia, Halam Tawaaf, 2008, Installation view, 2987 beer cans.
Prospect New Orleans, the biennial founded in 2006 in response to Hurricane Katrina, opened this weekend in New Orleans as a newly minted Triennial. Massive in scale, the new schedule would presumably give the organization more time to organize, fundraise, and create a stronger exhibition. But some events have a harder time than others making changes, and if this iteration of the Triennial is any indication, Prospect 4 is one. Opening day, art was still being installed. Worse, there has been little improvement in exhibition design and visitor experience, so finding the locations of art in this show remains an exercise in frustration. Sites are poorly marked when theyre marked at all and the printed site map doesnt help. It clearly indicates all the locations of art, but not which artists are at these locations.
All this would be forgivable if what was at the sites made the trip worth the effort. Theres not been much buzz about the artwork, though, because a lot of it disappoints. Some of the blame for that lies with artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker, who took few risks. The theme of the Biennial, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of The Swamp, might easily be summed up as an exploration of oppositions, which is almost too broad to be meaningful. The show draws inspiration from a blossom in the mud. Beauty grows from ugliness. Redemption exists in the ruin. You get the picture.
We see the theme play out through boldly colored installations and transformative figurative sculptures exploring how colonialism has impacted the city (Rina Banerjee, Penelope Siopis), delicate site-specific sound works juxtaposed against noisy landscapes (Hong-An Truong, Radcliffe Bailey), and provocative text based art (Runo Lagomarsino, Jillian Mayer). These constitute some of the strongest points in the show. There are less successful works, too, but Ill leave the bulk of those for the more fleshed-out review. A taste of w...
Not a day goes by that I dont use Google Maps for something or other, whether its basic navigation, researching an address, or finding a dry cleaner. Though some of us might resent the dominance such mapping technology has over our daily interactions, theres no denying its endless utility. But maps can be so much more than useful tools for getting aroundthey are works of art, thought experiments, imaginative flights of fancy, and data visualization tools, to name but a few of their overlapping functions. For the imperialists of previous ages, maps displayed a mastery of the world, whether cataloguing travel times from London to everywhere else on the globe, oras in the example we have hereresizing countries according to how much tea their people drank.
But this is not a map we should look to for accuracy. Like many such cartographic data charts, it promotes a particular agenda. George Orwell once wrote that tea was one of the mainstays of civilization, notes Jack Goodman at Atlas Obscura. Tea, asserted Orwell, has the power to make one feel braver, wiser, and more optimistic. The man spoke for a nation. (And he spoke to a nation in a 1946 Evening Standard essay, A Nice Cup of Tea.) From the map above, titled The Tea is Drunk and published by Fortune Magazine in 1934, we learn, writes Goodman, that Britain consumed 485,000 pounds of tea per year. Thats one hundred billion cups of tea, or around six cups a day for each person. We might note however, that the population of China was then nine times bigger than that of the U.K., and they drank roughly twice as much tea as the Brits did. Why isnt China at the center of the map? The author made a tenuous point about the cultural differences between the two: the Chinese drank tea as a necessity, the British by choice.
Cornell University librarys description of the map is more forthright: While China actually consumed twice as much tea as Britain, its position at the edge of the map assured that the focus will be on the British Isles. That focus is commercial in nature, meant to encourage and inform British tea merchants for whom tea was more than a beverage; it was one of the nation's pre-eminent commo...
Postcard of the Worlds Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota (1928) (all images courtesy the Newberry Library)
In the 1950s, visitors to the IQ Zoo, an animal training facility and tourist attraction in Hot Springs, Arkansas, could buy a 10-cent postcard from a chicken, as a souvenir of their trip. Fittingly, the so-called Clucking Clerk was immortalized with its own postcard, which depicts the obedient bird in a cage-like booth, complete with a microphone.
This performing animal demonstrates a brand new method of animal training, the cards description reads. The animal has been trained by animal psychologist Keller Breland, at Hot Springs, Arkansas. Brelands animals learn by the reward system. No punishment is used.
Postcard of The Clucking Clerk, a chicken trained to give you postcards, in Hot Springs, Arkansas (1930/1939)
The Clucking Clerk postcard is a prime example of the strange stories and often forgotten histories that many old postcards carry. Last year, Chicagos Newberry library acquired the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection, acknowledged as the nations largest public trove of postcards and related material. To highlight some of the curiosities these images record, its digital team recently launched Postcard Road Trip, an interactive online tour of America told through about 60 vintage postcards.
Click from city to city to stumble upon one-of-a-kind attractions, from the still-standing Corn Palace in South Dakota a building covered with corn, grains, and gr...
Der spanische Knstler und Adbuster Vermibus hat vor kurzem sein neuestes Projekt IN ABSENTIA verffentlicht. Ausgestattet mit Pinsel und Lsungsmittel verndert der in Berlin lebende Knstler Werbeplakate in der Stadt und lst die Schnheitsideale der Modewelt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes auf. Video & Title Picture by courtesy of the artist Deliberating various imposed standards, Vermibus has built a recognizable oeuvre, which culminates with his project entitled In Absentia. Works from the project unveil another introspective layer of Vermibus work, where macrocosms of consumerism intertwine with microcosms of the artists subjective journey into the depths of the self. The project began with the creation of 21 solvent-based posters, each of them bearing an individual inspiration and significance, hidden in the title. As a crown of the series, Vermibus produced an atmospheric video, an autonomous work of art, a clear step forward from the documentary short films he was creating to date. Das Ergebnis ist ein wunderbarer Videoclip ber die Arbeit von Vermibus, mit groartigen Aufnahmen, die grtenteils in New York aufgenommen wurde. In Absentia besteht insgesamt aus 21 Posten-Arbeiten des Knstlers. Untermalt ist der Film mit der passenden Musik des Berliner Pianisten Nils Frahm, der den Song Says beigesteuert hat. Die neue Arbeit In Absentia knpft an die vorherigen Projekte des spanischen Knstlers an. Mit seiner ...
Unbekannte haben vor ziemlich genau einem Jahr in Bremen ber Nacht ein riesiges Kreuz aus zwei Dildos an die Fassade der Kulturkirche St. Stephani gehngt. Die Kirche war zu dem Zeitpunkt aufgrund einer Sanierung hinter einer Plane eingerstet. Fr die Installation haben die unbekannten Street Guerilleros zuvor zwei berdimensionale Motive von Vibratoren aus einer Plane am Firmengelnde des Bremer Sex-Toy-Herstellers Fun Factory rausgeschnitten und sie anschlieend an der Kirche aufgehngt. Die Aktion fand am 11. November 2016, pnktlich zu St. Martin und zum Karnevalsbeginn statt. Die Kirche sieht die Aktion offenbar mit Humor, hat das Kreuz allerdings am Nachmittag des Folgetages wieder entfernen lassen. Die Dildo-Installation hatte vor einem Jahr fr eine Menge Wirbel und Spekulationen in der Presse gesorgt. Heute ist ein Video der Aktion mit dem Titel DildoKirche Bremen aufgetaucht, das zeigt, wie das Kreuz an die Kirche gekommen ist.
Der Beitrag Riesiges Dildo-Kreuz ber Nacht an Bremer St. Stephani Kirche aufgehngt erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
If wine is on your Thanksgiving menu tomorrow, then keep this scientific finding in mind: According to a 2008 study published in the Journal of Wine Economics, the quality of wine doesn't generally correlate with its price. At least not for most people. Written by researchers from Yale, UC Davis and the Stockholm School of Economics, the abstract for the study states:
Individuals who are unaware of the price do not derive more enjoyment from more expensive wine. In a sample of more than 6,000 blind tastings, we find that the correlation between price and overall rating is small and negative, suggesting that individuals on average enjoy more expensive wines slightly less. For individuals with wine training, however, we find indications of a non-negative relationship between price and enjoyment. Our results are robust to the inclusion of individual fixed effects, and are not driven by outliers: when omitting the top and bottom deciles of the price distribution, our qualitative results are strengthened, and the statistical significance is improved further. These findings suggest that non-expert wine consumers should not anticipate greater enjoyment of the intrinsic qualities of a wine simply because it is expensive or is appreciated by experts.
You can read online the complete study, "Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Evidence from a Large Sample of Blind Tastings." But if you're looking for something that puts the science into more quotidien English and makes the larger case for keeping your hard-earned cash, watch the video from Vox above.
Photographs by Rennie Ellis and p1xels: Capturing the message protest, graffiti and art draws on the comprehensive body of work of documentary photographer Rennie Ellis, who documented life of the 1970s and 80s. Juxtaposing his imagery with p1xels contemporary street photography, the exhibition encourages debate about imagery and messaging in the public domain and how we respond to those images.
The exhibition showcases the importance of documentary photographers in capturing ephemeral aspects of our urban landscape. Through their lenses, they frame the political, social and cultural discourse in our public spaces and preserve it for future generations.
Ellis photography captures the word-based graffiti of the 1970s and 80s, which was an effective method for communicating social messages on a large scale before the advent of social media. Ellis selected works highlight that some of the concerns that were raised in the later part of the 20th century still resonate today, such as the environment an...
Hermit Erased from The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer ( Amani Willett, courtesy Overlapse)
Amani Willett had visited the woods of central New Hampshire since he was a child, as over the years his father looked for a place to build a cabin retreat. But it wasnt until 2010 that the Brooklyn-based photographer began to investigate the areas history.
The cabin my dad built is on a lake called Hermit Lake and its just off a road called Hermit Woods Road, Willett told Hyperallergic. I was curious if they referenced someone who used to live in the area. After doing a little research, I learned about Joseph Plummer who, in the late 1700s, had left his family for a life of solitude in the woods.Cover of The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer (courtesy Overlapse)
The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, out now from Overlapse, considers this decision to exist in isolation. Willetts photographs blur the past and present, with contemporary glimpses of a tree stump sliced with repetitive cuts from chopping wood, or an enigmatic moment when the watery floor of the forest glows with sunset colors. Personal objects owned by Plummer, archival images from the Meredith Historical Society, and Willetts photographs retracing...
Dorothea Rockburne, Northern Sky (left) and Southern Sky (right) (both 1993), installed at 550 Madison Ave. (photo by Jim Salzano, courtesy the artist)
When buildings switch ownership, questions often arise over the fate of any site-specific artworks, which are typically not of top priority in real estate deals. Such is the case of a pair of monumental murals by Dorothea Rockburne in the lobby of Philip Johnsons postmodern skyscraper at 550 Madison Avenue, originally known as the AT&T Building. Completed in 1993 for what was then Sonys headquarters, Northern Sky and Southern Sky have been in limbo for four years now, as the building was sold to the Chetrit Group in 2013, then to Saudi conglomerate, the Olayan Group, last year for $1.4 billion.
Spanning 30 by 30 feet, the secco fresco works are dazzling, utilizing chaos theory to visualize energy fields in the northern and southern hemispheres. As Hyperallergic previously reported, Rockburne had been in talks with the Chetrits and was hopeful that her murals would remain in situ, but any resolutions dissolved with the 2016 sale of the property.
Now, a controversial redesign of Johnsons building under the ownership of the Olayan Group has renewed public concern over the murals. The conglomerate has commissioned architecture firm Snhetta to reimagine the iconic tower, now simply named 550 Madison, and future plans involve replacing the lower portion of the buildings Stony Creek granite facade with a wavy glass curtainwall. The backlash from the architecture community was swift and sharp, with critics arguing that Snhettas redesign would ruin th...
On the 22nd of November 1904, artist, art historian and anthropologist J. M. Covarrubias Duclaud (d. 1957) was born in Mexico City. Being offered a special government grant from his country at the age of 19, Covarrubias was able to move to New York in 1924 where his talent was quickly discovered by his compatriot poet Tablada and the New York Times critic and photographer Carl Van Vechten, who introduced him to the N.Y. smart set, opening up avenues to a very successful artistic career in the media. The latter notably said that, From the beginning I was amazed at [Covarrubias ability] to size up a person on a blank sheet of paper at once; there is a certain clairvoyance in this. Many of his illustrations were celebrity, public figure or political satire caricatures for important magazines such as Vanity Fair, whose premier staff cartoonist he became within a short time, as well as the New Yorker, Fortune, Vogue and Screenland, his enlarged works often gracing their covers.
An even more interesting Covarrubias contribution has been pointed out by collector Cliff Aliperti within the Vanity Fair issues from 1932-6: The Impossible Interviews series were single page features with a large Covarrubias caricature of two or more incompatible f...
Sixth Avenue South (August 1946) ( Todd Webb Archive)
Todd Webb didnt come to photography directly. The Detroit-born Webb first worked as a stockbroker, then the Stock Market Crash of 1929 left his finances in ruin. He prospected for gold in California and Panama, with little success, and spent some time as a fire ranger for the United States Forest Service. Returning to Michigan, he worked for Chrysler. Then World War II broke out, and he was deployed to the South Pacific with the United States Navy.Cover of I See A City: Todd Webbs New York (courtesy Thames & Hudson)
As a Navy photographer, he honed a hobby hed taken up in the 1930s as a member of the Chrysler Camera Club. Yet it was only after the war that he moved to New York City and tried to make it as a professional photographer. With a keen fascination for the bustling humanity of Manhattan, he took his large-format camera out to the streets, capturing its people and places in all weather and seasons.
I See a City: Todd Webbs New York, out today (November 21) from Thames & Hudson, chronicles this era of Webbs postwar photography. Edited by Betsy Evans Hunt, the executive director of the Todd Webb Archive, it concentrates on photographs from the 1940s a...
Terrence Musekiwa, Standing on a line, not being on either side at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York (all photos courtesy Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and the artist)
At 26 years old, the Zimbabwean artist Terrence Musekiwa broke away from his familys business of carving soapstone for tourists. Ever since the age of five, Musekiwa had helped his father shape the indigenous black soap stones into animals. This practice was in keeping with a 1,000-year-old tradition belonging to his native Shona people. But as Musekiwa grew older, he began to find a disparity between the somewhat saccharine objects he was creating and life in his tumultuous society. So the young artist began carving human faces out of the stones and incorporating them with other found materials to create something other than crafty curios. Thanks to that decision, Musekiwa now has 12 humanoid figures taking up various poses in the exhibition Standing on a line, not being on either side at the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in the Lower East Side....
The Salvator Mundi goes bling (gif by the author for Hyperallergic)
Last weeks Christies auction grabbed all the major headlines because of the mind-boggling amount paid for Salvator Mundi, a Renaissance artwork the auction house says with certainty is by the hand of Leonardo da Vinci. But the conversation hasnt stopped there. Pundits and scholars have continued to debate whether the Leonardo attribution is accurate.David Nolta, professor in History of Art and the chair of the Fine Arts 2D department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (photo courtesy David Nolta)
Most recently, Thomas Campbell, formerly the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, posted an image of a pre-conservation Salvator Mundi on his Instagram account with the phrase, 450 million dollars?! Hope the buyer understands conservation issues
Old Master dealer Robert B. Simon shot back on the same post, Dr. Campbell, this is an incredibly ill-informed and mean-spirited comment about one of the most respected painting conservators in the world, one who incidentally spent many years diligently working at your former institution. I personally observed the conservation process on the Salvator Mundi and can attest to the absolute honesty, modesty, and respect that Dianne Modestini brought to her work on the painting carried out at the highest ethical standards of the profession. Given the prevalence of so many foolish remarks in both serious and social media, I have refrained from responding, but feel compelled to do so now.
But Campbell wasnt amused and replied, my comment was a legitimate response to an extraordinary price. Christies doesnt need your abusive bullying to defend itself. And my comment certainly wasnt an attack on a highly competent conservator. If you dont enjoy my occasional Instagram posts then dont follow me....
Folks in the know hold the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in similar standing to Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol as a key figure in expanding the field of art to include, potentially, just about anything. But beyond the contemporary art cognoscenti, he is far from a household name. That may change with the new documentary Beuys, by director Andres Veiel, which will have a theatrical run at New Yorks Film Forum cinema beginning January 17, 2018.
The above trailer, premiering exclusively on Hyperallergic, gives a sense of the films expansive approach to the fedora-wearing artists philosophy and practice, including audio recordings and archival footage thats never been seen before. Veiels film seeks to offer historical context for Beuyss path-breaking work, from his conceptually crucial Multiples to iconic performances like I Like America and America Likes Me (1974), for which he lived in a gallery with a coyote for three days.
Only on condition of a radical widening of definitions will it be possible for art and activities related to art [to] provide evidence that art is now the only evolutionary-revolutionary power, Beuys once said. Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the deathline. The documentary Beuys will not only offer a psychological portrait of the man, but chronicle the many ways he sought to reverse the effects of our repressive social systems and how his breakthroughs continue to influence artists today....
Two Films by Joan Braderman, screening at Spectacle, Brooklyn (image via Spectacle)
If personal essays are hard to pull off, personal video essays are possibly even harder. They are also rarer to come by, which is what makes this screening of strikingly original video essays at Williamsburgs Spectacle theater extra special. Ranging from the 1980s to the 2000s, these queer and kitschy films are all directed by women: Barbara Hammer, Joan Braderman, and Kayuclia Brooke and Jane Cottis. Their work makes for an excellent combination, and if you have time (or want an escape), its worth seeing all three films, which are screening for the last time this Thanksgiving weekend.
To start things off, on Thursday, catch Brooke and Cottiss Dry Kisses Only (1990), which probes the hidden lesbian histories of the Golden Age of Hollywood, from All About Eve to butch icon Katherine Hepburn. On Friday, Braderman has a double feature: her hilarious feminist film, Joan Does Dynasty (1986), for which she green-screened herself into the canonic TV show Dynasty; and Joan Sees Stars (1993), in which Braderman imagines various intimate meetings with Liz Taylor. To round things off, you might want to see Hammers retrospective at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art before seeing her 2000 classic History Lessons, which cobbles together archival footage of lesbian figures and history while imagining a world in which lesbians are as omnipresent as white heterosexual cis men.
When: Friday, November 24Sunday, November
Where: Spectacle (124 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Illustrator and animator Nicolas Monterrat (previously) has brought his wild imagination to historical photographs and artworks that he sets in motion and shares on Ello. The short animations blend images borrowed from old catalogues, newspapers, and textbooks with snippets of abstract footage to create collage-like images that range from humorous to downright terrifying. You can follow more from the Paris-based artist on Tumblr. (via Cross Connect)
Its no secret that some of our favorite movies are littered with Easter eggs and obscure details that add lore and nostalgia. Discovering a little known factoid or tidbit can not only endear current fans, but create new ones.
The subreddit Movie Details, which boasts over 365,000 members, is dedicated to the obscure details and easter eggs found in movies.
Below you will find our top 10 favorite obscure movie details you probably missed or never knew.
Youve likely heard the reason people never smile in very old photographs. Early photography could be an excruciatingly slow process. With exposure times of up to 15 minutes, portrait subjects found it impossible to hold a grin, which could easily slip into a pained grimace and ruin the picture. A few minutes represented marked improvement on the time it took to make the very first photograph, Nicphore Nipces 1826 heliograph. Capturing the shapes of light and shadow outside his window, Nipces image required an eight-hour exposure, notes the Christian Science Monitor, long enough that the sunlight reflects off both sides of the buildings.
Nipces business and inventing partner is much more well-known: Louis-Jacques-Mand Daguerre, who went on after Nipces death in 1833 to develop the Daguerreotype process, patenting it in 1839. That same year, the first selfie was born. And the year prior Daguerre himself took what most believe to be the very first photograph of a human, in a street scene of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. The image shows us one of Daguerres early successful attempts at image-making, in which, writes NPRs Robert Krulwich, he exposed a chemically treated metal plate for ten minutes. Others were walking or riding in carriages down that busy street that day, but because they moved, they didnt show up.
Visible, however, in the lower left quadrant is a man standing with his hands behind his back, one leg perched on a platform. A closer look reveals the fuzzy outline of the person shining his boots. A much...
Philadelphia-based ceramicist Brian Giniewski creates rainbow-colored pots and vases that appear to be dunked in sugary-sweet icing. He first started making his dripping vessels on weekends while teaching art at university level. After six years, Giniewski turned his passion into a full-time career when he opened his businesstogether with his wife Kristain May 2016.
With a goal to make one of a kind ceramic pots that make people happy, Giniewskis distinctive glazing resembles generous coats of icing. The glossy glazes contrast with a gritty, matte underlayer of earthenware clay in a range of colors. From pastel shades, to marbled, and speckled patterns, each piece comes out of the kiln completely unique, due to the oozing nature of the glaze.
After almost one year operating out of a small studio in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, the pair needed a bigger space to facilitate a higher production rate. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Giniewski was able to move into a converted factory building with better equipment and is now working harder than ever at producing his delightful, drippy designs.
As much as any band could, the Heartbreakers both aesthetically and individually personified the bridge between proto-punk and punk rock. They coalesced in 1975, when New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan joined forces with Richard Hell, whod just left Television. The quartet was completed a few months later with the addition...
Fade Like a Sigh (all images Zora J Murff and Rana Young)" class="wp-image-412808 size-medium" height="571" src="https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/murff-young-flas-01-720x571.jpg" width="720">Zora J Murff and Rana Young, Untitled, from Fade Like a Sigh (all images Zora J Murff and Rana Young)
At 18, Rana Young drove 450 miles from St. Louis, Missouri to Lincoln, Nebraska to meet her mother for what would be the first time shed remember meeting her. In his twenties, Zora Murff made a similar trip from Iowa to Chicago to see his father, whod left when he was four. Spurred by an invitation to participate in a two-person exhibition and by sharing a studio at the University of NebraskaLincoln, the two photographers, both raised by single parents, set out from that shared constellation of what ifs and could bes. Their collaborative project, Fade Like a Sigh, took shape in the form of nearly 40 photographs retracing their absent parents footsteps as a means to reconcile that loss. (A selection of these images are featured in the latest issue of Aint Bad magazine.) In place of that absence, a tableau of what it means for a boy to need a father or a girl a mother formed.
As he entered the grad program at UNL, Murffs own marriage was coming to a close, he explains, and hed feared that it was some kernel of history repeating itself, possibly even genetic. Young ended up there specifically to be closer to where her mother had spent her days in rural Nebraska. She called it her what if place....
From Barcelona comes "Alike," a short animated film by Daniel Martnez Lara and Rafa Cano Mndez. Made with Blender, an open-source 3D rendering program, "Alike" has won a heap of awards and clocked an impressive 10 million views on Youtube and Vimeo. A labor of love made over four years, the film revolves around this question: "In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But ... What is the correct path?" To find the answer, they have to let a drama play out. Which will prevail? Creativity? Or conformity? It's an internal conflict we're all familiar with.
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We often think of finger painting as something that's just for children, but Iris Scott has continually shown us that its a viable way to produce stunning works of art. For years, the Brooklyn-based creative has broken the barrier between herself and the canvas by creating elaborate, colorful paintings using her hand in place of a brush.
Scott isn't afraid to get her hands dirty with art, but she wears a pair of gloves to move the paint around. (This also keeps her fingernails clean!) After suiting up, she treats the pigment like clay and layers thick applications of it on canvas. The result is a jubilant subject matter that's depicted in a rainbow palette. Together, they highlight the simpler side of life that's best seen in her ongoing series called Shakin' Dogs. In this collection, Scott paints canines that are drying off after a jaunt in the water. They radiate pure joy that's sure to make you smile.
While Scotts finger painting airs on the unconventional side, shes not shy about sharing her technique with others. Her book, Finger Painting Weekend Workshop, invites anyone to try this type of Impressionist art.
Ceramicist Hitomi Hosono (previously) creates porcelain vessels layered in hundreds of leaf sprigs and other botanical forms. These monochromatic elements are based on plants Hosono encounters during walks through East Londons greenery. It is my intention to transfer the leafs beauty and detail into my ceramic work, she explains, using it as my own language to weave new stories for objects.
Her technique is inspired by Jasperware, a type of stoneware covered in thin ceramic reliefs invented by Josiah Wedgwood in the late 18th century. Like Wedgwood, she carefully applies her delicate forms to a porcelain base. From start to finish a larger work will take Hosono nearly a year and a half to complete. Much of this time is spent drying, as her densely layered works often need 10-12 months to completely dry.
Hosonos solo exhibition, Reimagining Nature: Hitomi Hosonos Memories in Porcelain, is currently on view at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London through December 15, 2017. You can see more of her layered botanical sculptures on the artists ...
Carlos Martiel, Hacerse Olvido (2017) (courtesy the artist and Y Gallery)
Havana-born artist Carlos Mariel does the kind of stripped-down durational performance work thats the best argument for the power of the form its immediacy and intensity perfectly embody why some ideas need to be (can only be) transmitted in this way.
His minimal, gutting performances employ a few elements to crack open history, politics, and emotions, revealing how these are inseparable from embodied experience. This years Hacerse Olvido (To Become Forgotten), for example, had exactly two components: Martiel, and a rubber inner tube. Splayed across it, nude, on the gallerys concrete floor, Martiels figure was a haunting evocation of the numberless nameless people whove drowned in the attempt to cross the shark-infested, tempestuous Florida Strait from Cuba to the US over the past half-century. (Not for nothing, he performed it in Havana.) In 2016s SOS, Martiel stood in the center of a Caracas gallery wearing bloodstained clothes donated by eight Venezuelan dissidents.
Monday evening at Y Gallery, Martiel performs a work with his signature mix of wrenching clarity, physicality, and cultural freight: Continent reflects on the way black bodies are sequestered, seized, and abducted; and the consequent plunder and despoil of the cultural and material wealth of the African continent. Rather than leaving this history in the past, Martiel insists on its urgency for colonized and post-colonial contexts today.
When: Monday, November 27, 7-8 pm (Rescheduled
from Wednesday, November 22)
Where: Y Gallery (319 Grand Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
More info her...
3 years ago, Lars Andersen took the Internet by storm with his viral video, A New Level of Archery.
Some 46 million views later, and Lars is back with a new series of amazing archery videos. In this episode he explores the art of shooting arrows that turn and curve around objects in mid-air.
Mundus Subterraneus (Amsterdam, 1665) (courtesy Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library)" class="wp-image-406839 size-large" height="942" src="https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/undergroundmap6-1080x942.jpg" width="1080">Athanasius Kircher, Systema Ideale quo Exprimitur, Aquarum per Canales Hydragogos Subterraneos ex Mari et in Montium Hydrophylacia Protrusio, Aquarumq. Subterrestrium per Pyragogos Canales Concoctus, from Mundus Subterraneus (Amsterdam, 1665) (courtesy Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library)
Only in recent centuries have cartographers visualized whats underground. Early mapmakers employed mythology to explain the volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that seemed to erupt from some dark force, and sometimes swallow whole communities, like Pompeii or Herculaneum. Even now, our ability to delve below the thin crust on which weve built our civilization is limited by the intense pressure and molten magma that churns within the planet.
Its not natural for humans to be there, and its a little bit scary, as we also associate beneath the ground with death, Stephanie Cyr, associate curator at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL), told Hyperallergic. Maybe that had something to do with not wanting to go down there for a long time.
The Leventhal Map Center is exhibiting Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below, featuring 400 years of subterranean maps from their collections. These visualize volcanos, catacombs, pipelines, mines, and seabeds, ranging from 19th-century geological surveys to 21st-century sensing technology. The show follows a BPL exhibition on mapping weat...
So you've made the leap into a creative career, have your website set up, and are ready to sell your art or services online. But how do you get a following that can take your career to the next level? Marketing is one of the most important aspects to any profession, but particularly if you are working freelance as a creative. It's essential to get your marketing right in order to reach your potential.
For some, selling yourself can be the most difficult part of working on your own. But if you don't know how to market the work you are doing, how can you expect others to invest in your creativity? While marketing can seem overwhelming, there are five basic factors that you'll want to keep in mind in order to successfully reach your core audience and turn their love of your work into a strong, healthy career in the arts.
One of the most basic principles can often be the hardest to articulate. Much in the same way that artists need to articulate why their work is important and who it's for when writing an artist statement, having a firm grasp on who is your audience is a key to starting your marketing. Think about it, if you aren't clear about who you need to be aiming your efforts at, you may find yourself wasting time and not reaching the people who could be your next collectors or clients.
If you aren't completely sure of where to begin, try doing some market research. Look at social networks and see who makes up the audience of the creative that most resembles your genre of work. Organize your findings and before you know it, you'll start to see patterns emerge. This will allow you to know core information about the gender, age, and location of who might be interested in your work.
Once you have an idea o...
The New Schools newest building on 14th Street, near Union Square (image courtesy The New School)
It may be the most important arts organization youve never heard of, but the Vera List Center for Art and Politics has become a pillar of a new type of artistic practice that is coming to define the 21st century. Affiliated with the New School, the Vera List Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and continues to commission, award, and cooperate with artists and organizations that work at the intersection of art and politics.Director Carin Kuoni (photo by Matthew Mathews, image courtesy Vera List Center for Art and Politics)
The core mission is to make a case for the fact that art has a significant, and unusual, and different role to play in a political environment from other forms of expression, and that it is politically valiant, and impactful, and groundbreaking, and inspiring, the Centers Director, Carin Kuoni explained.
Its an ambitious mission sparked by a national controversy that engulfed the New School during the culture wars of the 1990s. The New School had commissioned artist Martin Puryear to create work in what is now...
Thanksgiving is upon us. Typically, a time in which we all get together and collectively celebrate the genocide of Native Americans at the hands of Puritanical European conquerors. This tradition now includes family gatherings, expressions of thanks, love and self-congratulations, bountiful feasts, and uncomfortable social and political conversations, all revolving around the all-important turkey dinner.
Turkeys are notoriously difficult to cook perfectly and with good flavor. And, while women are generally held responsible for the grunt work involved in turkey preparation, it is mens contributions that matter the most: carving, traditionally, and, now, seasoning.
Luckily, the invisible hand of capitalism has developed a masculine method for men to fulfill their manly role of seasoningone that doesnt involve any sissy sprinkling. Its Season Shot: a way for a hunter to deliver exactly the right amount of flavor to a turkey, via shotgun, at the precise moment of his victory over nature. Its boldness and self-reliance in a (nut) shell.
For those girly men and women who dont know about hunting, shotguns are different from rifles. Instead of a bullet, they shoot a hollow shell full of small balls of steel. Shotguns are especially well-suited to murder most fowl, as it makes it easier to target small, moving game. Season Shot replaces the standard steel with seasoning granules. Why delicately season a fresh turkey, when you can blast in the flavor? Varieties includes Cajun flavor, Lemon Pepper, Garlic, Teriyaki, and Honey Mustard.
We dare you to find a more manly way to do womens work.
The additional positives of using Season Shot are plentiful. Firstly, dental. You wont suffer a broken tooth due to a pellet your wife or some other woman failed to fish out of the carcass. All your teeth will encounter is flesh.
Secondly, there is the efficiency. You season the bird on impact; marinating starts immediately as the body heat melts the seasoned pellets. Men dont like to waste time.
Taiwanese artist Yen Jui-Lin carves delightful cartoon-like figures from wood that are almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Some of the pieces function as flower vases or key hooks, while many of the objects are one-off toys that he gives to his children as gifts. You can see many more on Jui-Lins Facebook page. (via Lustik)
NYC cab drivers have released their calendar for 2018. Now in its fifth year, the New York Taxi Drivers Calendar features another bunch of hardworking, hunky, and glamorous cabbies photographed in a variety of sexy and amusing poses which should guarantee a smileif...
Some art historians dedicate their entire careers, and indeed lives, to the work of a single artist. But what about those of us who only have a minute to spare? Addressing the demand for the briefest possible primers on the creators of important art, paintings and otherwise, of the past century or so, the Royal Academy of Arts' Painters in 60 Seconds series has published twelve episodes so far. Of those informationally dense videos, you see here the introductions to Salvador Dal, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.
Though short, these crash courses do find their way beyond the very basics. "There's more to Dal," says the Royal Academy of the Arts' Artistic Director Tim Marlow, than "skillfully rendered fever dreams of sex and decay.
He painted one of the twentieth century's great crucifixions, but it's more about physics than religion, and he was as influenced by philosophy as he was by Sigmund Freud." Duchamp's unorthodox and influential ideas "came together in one of the most ambitious works of the 20th century, The Large Glass, an endlessly analyzed work of machine-age erotic symbolism, science, alchemy, and then some."
Photographer Jeffrey Milstein tells the tale of two cities through aerial photography. His series LA NY features a birds-eye-view look at two world-famous metropolises: Los Angeles and New York City. In breathtaking shots, we get a sense of the idiosyncrasies between the two coastal locales, from their architecture to commutes to leisure activities.
Milstein captured all of his LA NY shots from the air, without the help of a drone. Pointing his camera downward a 90-degree angle, the vantage point highlights the unique patterns found in everyday landscapes. In New York, this is especially striking with its grid system that neatly organizes the neighborhoods into geometric shapesa motif that highlights greater, more fundamental differences between the two places. With its hustle and bustle, New York City has a reputation for being rigid and high strung. By contrast, Los Angeles is seen as more laid back with a go-with-the-flow attitude. We see this in Milstein's documentation, particularly as colorful umbrellas dot the beach along the Pacific Ocean; even Los Angeles freeways have a more whimsical feel with giant, sweeping curves.
Milstein has compiled the beautiful aerial real estate photography into a book of the same name. LA NY was published by Thames & Hudson and features incredible details of both cities architecture as well as cultural events like the annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. LA NY is now available on Amazon.
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In 1907, the artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare published his second volume of illustrations, A Book of Satyrsor rather satires. Spare believed the word satire was derived from the Greek satyr as this was how satire had been once...
This time of year especially, we complain about the greed and arrogance of airlines, the confusion and inefficiency of airports, and the sardine seating of coach. But we dont have to go back very far to get a sense of just how truly painful long-distance travel used to be. Just step back a hundred years or so whenunless you were a WWI pilotyou traveled by train or by ship, where all sorts of misadventures might befall you, and where a journey that might now take several dull hours could take several dozen, often very uncomfortable, days. Before railroads crossed the continents, that number could run into the hundreds.
In the early 1840s, for example, notes Simon Willis at The Economists 1843 Magazine, an American dry-goods merchant called Asa Whitney, who lived near New York, travelled to China on business. It took 153 days, which he thought was a waste of time. Its probably easier to swallow platitudes about destinations and journeys when the journey doesnt take up nearly half the year and run the risk of cholera. By 1914, the explosion of railroads had reduced travel times considerably, but they remained at what we would consider intolerable lengths.
We can see just how long it took to get from place to place in the isochronic map above (view it in a large format here), which visualizes distances all over the globe. The railways were well-established, notes Gizmodo, in Europe and the U.S., too, making travel far more swift than it had been in the past. One could reach the depths of Siberia from London in under ten days, thanks to the Trans-Siberian Railway. By contrast, in Africa and South America, any travel inland from the coast took weeks.
The map, created by royal cartographer John G. Bartholomew, came packaged with several other such tools in An Atlas of Economic Geography, a book, Willis explains, intended for schoolboys, containing everything a thrusting young entrepreneur, imperialist, trader or traveller could need. All of the distances are measured in days from London, and col...
Sylaise, guide me home. // Inquisitor closet-cosplay.
The only facility in the world to host the Olympics, Super Bowl and Final Four was reduced to rubble Monday morning. A little more than 25 years after opening, the Georgia Dome, former home of the Atlanta Falcons and the scene for several historic sporting events, was imploded. The adjacent Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened this summer. More than 1,400 events took place at the Georgia Dome in its short life span, bringing in 39 million guests....
Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.
With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.
Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.
Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:
Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance....
Live Burls ( Kirk Crippens & Gretchen LeMaistre, courtesy Schilt Publishing)" class="wp-image-411187 size-large" height="1374" src="https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/liveburls01-1080x1374.jpg" width="1080">Kirk Crippens & Gretchen LeMaistre, Lady Bird from Live Burls ( Kirk Crippens & Gretchen LeMaistre, courtesy Schilt Publishing)
Centuries-old redwoods in California are being mutilated, as poachers chainsaw off their burls to sell the rare wood on the black market. As the National Parks Service (NPS) stated in a 2014 release, the elimination of the burls can structurally weaken the tree, leaving them vulnerable to winds and floods, as well as insect infestation in their exposed heartwood. And the loss can effectively sever a trees centuries-long lifespan, as the burl continues growing even after a redwood falls. As NPS states: A burl from a 2,000-year-old coast redwood can initiate growth of a new tree that can live for another 2,000 years, thus the Latin name for coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, which means forever living.'
To visualize this crisis, which threatens the surviving five percent of old-growth coastal redwoods in the Northern Hemisphere, photographers Kirk Crippens and Gretchen LeMaistre journeyed into the California forests from 2013 to 2016. Their images of the damaged trees are published in Live Burls: Poaching the Redwoods, out now from Schilt Publishing....
When the Bough Breaks (2013) (courtesy Ji Dan )
As part of its vast survey of contemporary Chinese art, the Guggenheim Museum invited Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen to curate a program of recent documentaries by artists and filmmakers. The resulting program of 20 films, Turn It On: China on Film, 20002017, launched earlier this month and continuing through January, is one of this Thanksgiving weeks busiest cultural happenings, with four screenings. Fridays offerings kick off at noon with artist Li Peifengs 2009 documentary Silver City, which tracks the removal by deceit and force of the citizens of a remote village in northwest China to make way for a major gas pipeline project. A very different type of urban desolation and transformation is the focus of Ji Dans 2013 film When the Bough Breaks, which documents the paving over of landfills in the Daxing District of Beijing to make way for new residential mega-developments.
On Saturday, Lin Xins 15-part documentary Sanlidong looks back on the 300 workers who, in 1955, traveled to the titular coal mine in remote Shaanxi with the collective dream of helping to build up northwest China. Today, many of the workers and the traces of their labor have disappeared, and Sanlidong attempts to reconstruct some of their stories. Also screening on Saturday afternoon, husband-and-wife artists Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyans short documentary ...
On the 21st of November 1694, Franois-Marie Arouet, known under the pen name Voltaire, was born in Paris. This French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, who was also a great enthusiast of science and empirical knowledge, was probably one of the most prolific authors of all times. Throughout his life he produced about 2,000 books and pamphlets under at least 178 separate pen names. He wrote also more than 20,000 letters. Such a huge number of writings implies a certain routine, discipline and technique Voltaire most surely must have applied in his work. A small insight into his genial method is provided by his letters to a young Claude Adrien Helvtius. The writer-to-be was seeking to woo fame by the rhymed Epistles on The Love of Study and on Happiness. This is the advice Voltaire gave him:
Cirey, February 25, 1739
My dear friend the friend of Truth and the Muses your Epistle is full of bold reasoning in advance of your age, and still more in advance of those craven writers who rhyme for the book-sellers and restrict themselves within the compass of a royal censor, who is either jealous of them, or more cowardly than they are themselves
If you will allow me to tell you where I think you can improve yourself in your art, I should say: Beware, lest in attempting the grand, you overshoot the mark and fall into the grandiose: only employ true similes: and be sure always to use exactly the right word.
Shall I give you an infallible little rule for verse? Here it is. When a thought is just and noble, something still remains to be done with it: see if the way you have expressed it in verse would be effective in prose: and if your verse, without the swing of the rhyme, seems to you to have a word too many if there is the least defect in the construction if a conjunction is forgotten if, in brief, the right word is not used, or not used in the right place, you must then conclude that the jewel of your thought is not well set. Be quite sure that lines which have any one of these faults will never be learnt by heart, and never re-read: and the only good verses are those which one re-reads and remembers, in spite of oneself. There are many of this kind in your Epistle lines which no one else in this generation can write...
Lake Mead, Arizona, United States (1982) ( Harry Gruyaert Magnum Photos)
In the 1980s, Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert traveled extensively, including between the United States and the Soviet Union. His Kodachrome images of Los Angeles and Las Vegas popped with blue motel pools and neon signs, while his shots of Moscow framed bustling street scenes and playgrounds, creating collages of color and form. Harry Gruyaert: East/West, released November 14 from Thames & Hudson, publishes many of these photographs for the first time.Harry Gruayert: East/West (photo of the book for Hyperallergic)
East/West is a two-volume publication, its American and Russian subjects physically divided, just as they were before the fall of the Soviet Union. The East volume is a muted blue, the West a bright yellow, each with a photograph that echoes their covers on the slipcase. The Moscow image centers on a man in uniform, a red bouquet in hand, walking past a storefront draped in blue curtains; the Las Vegas scene is dominated by the canary yellow of a car, a lone figure in a cowboy hat dwarfed by the vehicle. People regularly appear among the East/West photog...
Installation view of Queermuseum: Queer Tactics Toward Non-Heteronormative Curating at Santander Cultural (all images courtesy Gaudncio Fidelis unless otherwise noted)
In September, conservative critics in Brazil caused the countrys largest exhibition dedicated to queer art to shut down. People accused the display at the Santander Cultural art space, in Porto Alegre, of being blasphemous and harmful to children.
Titled Queermuseum, the exhibition featured 263 modern and contemporary artworks, including pieces by renowned artists Lygia Clark and Jos Leonilson. Far-right critics accused the exhibition of perverting the notions of the family, citing images of homosexual and interracial sex; profane language; and appropriations of Catholic imagery. As a result, Queermuseum closed one month earlier than planned. The curator, Gaudncio Fidelis, was not notified or consulted by the cultural center of its decision. The event shook the countrys art community, which is still dealing with the consequences.
This Thursday, November 23, Fidelis will appear before the senate in the capital, Braslia, to be investigated for the Mistreatment of Children and Teenagers. He was summoned by the CPI, an investigative committee of Congress, whose president is the right-leaning Senator Magno Malta, an evangelical pastor affiliated with the Party of the Republic.
The parliamentary mandate stipulates that the federal police must take Fidelis to the senate by force. According to Fidelis, this kind of proceeding is exceedingly rare, and would apply to a fugitive or to someone who refuses to cooperate, which he states is not the case. There is no precedent, he told Hyperallergic. Much less with a curator, a member of the artistic community....
Frau Fiber and her Global Wage Awards (courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, 2014)
Through her alter ego Frau Fiber a former East German garment worker and her Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms, textile artist and activist Carole Frances Lung examines unseen networks of labor and capital in the garment industry. Timed to coincide with our countrys most grotesquely materialistic season, Fiber is setting up a week-long pop-up alterations shop at Santa Monicas turn-of-the-century Camera Obscura, kicking off on Black Friday.
As with a regular alterations shop, visitors are invited to bring in their slacks in need of hemming, jackets to be darned, or patches to sew. Instead of paying a set fee however, the cost of the labor is determined by spinning the Wheel of Wages, divided into sections listing the main countries from which we import garments China, Vietnam, Mexico, and others as well as the wages of US garment workers and those at French Couture brands. At a time when the focus tends to be on shiny, new products lining store shelves, Frau Fiber encourages us to consider the long process of how they got there.
When: Friday, November 24Saturday,
December 2, 10am3pm daily (closed Sunday, November 26)
Where: Camera Obscura Art Lab (1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, California)
More info here.
The post A Pop-Up Alterations Shop Run by an Artist Considers the Cost of Labor appeared first on Hyperallergic.
Kerry James Marshall, Still Life With Wedding Portrait (2015) (Photo by Rob Corder via Flickr)
A Kerry James Marshall painting depicting Harriet Tubman with her first husband was sold at last weeks Christies auction, Artnews reports. The perfectly legitimate, if not strictly tasteful, sale went mostly unremarked in the cacophony surrounding the record-breaking hammer on Salvator Mundi, purportedly the last Leonardo in private hands, the same night.
The sale of Marshalls Still Life With Wedding Portrait (2015) nonetheless raises its own sticky questions. The artist donated it to a benefit auction for Chicagos Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015, where Jay Jordan, the owner of a private investment firm based in the posh Chicago suburb of Deerfield, bought it for $750,000. At Christies last week, the painting sold for $5.04M including fees, a record-breaking price for Marshall, which, depending on your inclinations, reflects either an exciting new level of success for the artist or the breathtakingly glib flip of a work with enormous artistic and historical significance (or both).
Flipping has long been a bit of a boogeyman for art dealers and many high-level collectors, as it can distort an artists market and disrupt the careful calibrations of pricing and placement that guide art career management. In a 2014 statement, however, Christies told the Times that, The speculative art buyer, or flipper, motivated purely by short-term investment potential, is the anomaly in our experience.
While it may be anomalous, the case of Still Life With Wedding Portrait perfectly encapsulates how dicey the dance between cultural capital and actual capital can become. Even if theres a boon to the artist in vaulting to a new price range, flipping the wo...
Mary Kelly, Circa 1940. From Circa Trilogy,
200416 (2015), compressed lint and projected light noise
95 by 127 by 1 in. ( Mary Kelly, courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY)
In his 1983 book, On History, English philosopher Michael Oakeshott points to two fundamentally opposed ways of viewing history: as an objective historical past that outlines the sequence of events without interpretation, and as a subjective practical past that we manipulate in order to achieve continuity with the present and a projected future. Taking its cue from the latter, conceptual artist Mary Kellys The Practical Past, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash until Thanksgiving, delves into the personal as political, melding the history of the recent past with the life of the artist herself.Mary Kelly, Unguided Tour c. 1940 (2016), letterpress prints on blotting paper, ed. 3/10 plus 1 AP 27 by 21 by 1 1/2 in. ( Mary Kelly, courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY)
Walking into the gallery, the first series of works facing the door, aptly titled Unguided Tour, sets the stage. Consisting of poetic descriptions of three historical photographs of men perusing books in the devastated Holland House in London at the beginning...
Passionate music fans are always on the hunt for great tunes, whether thats at home or while traveling. If youre someone obsessed with finding cozy record shops wherever you go, then the website VinylHub was created with you in mind. Its an interactive, crowd-sourced map that has a straightforward (but impressive) purpose. Our mission, they state, is to document every physical record shop and record event on the planet.
While the task is truly never-ending, the contributors at VinylHub have already done a thorough job listing record shops. Using a custom Google map, you can scroll the world, zoom in, and see the exact locations of these often-small businesses. Its perfect if youre a music fanatic and are visiting a new city; you simply drag the cursor across that specific area and see what pops up. Because many record shops heavily curate and highlight local music, you can then pick up a special travel souvenir.
There are still many record stores to chart, and large swaths of the world have yet to be documented. Of them, however, VinylHub has collected some interesting data. In a recent blog post, they reveal that the United States has the most record shops per country, but when it comes to record shops per city, thats a different story. Tokyo takes the top spot here with 93, followed by Berlin, London, and Paris. New York is the sixth spot with a mere 47 shops on the island.
With nearly 2 million semi-trucks in the United States alone, Tesla is venturing to make an environmentally friendly dent in the market. Using his trademark flair, CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new electric semi-truck at a splashy event that saw an 18-wheeler hauled out on stage. With a 500-mile range and streamlined design, Tesla is looking to revolutionize the way goods are hauled across the country.
Impressively, the Tesla semi can reach up to 60 mph in 5 seconds without a trailer, and with an 80,000-pound load can make that speed in 20 seconds. To put this into perspective, it takes a diesel semi-truck about one minute while hauling a similar load. Musk also stated that with just 30 minutes of charging on the company's new Megachargers, the semi can go 400 miles.
In terms of design, the Tesla electric semi was designed with the comfort of the driver in mind. There is full standing room within the cabin and center driving for increased visibility. Two touchscreens help monitor blind spots, give access to navigation, and provide electronic data logging. It's also possible to travel as a convoy, with several Tesla semis following a lead semi across long distances autonomously.
Increased safety was also a concern, with Musk stating that jackknifing would be nearly impossible due to two independent motors that can adjust torque. This also means that the roll risk is also greatly reduced. And while Tesla isn't the first company to market electric semi-trucksCummins and Daimler have also announced plansthey are already making headway with big companies and plan to go into production in 2019.
Just a few days after the big event, Walmart announced that they preordered 15 Tesla semis with Canadian grocery chain Loblaw also stating that they'd put the $5,000 deposit down for 25 of their own. With businesses anxious to show that they are doing their part to lower emissions, it will be interesting to see who else jumps aboard in the coming year.
A cuneiform tablet forfeited by Hobby Lobby (via the United States Department of Justice)
WASHINGTON, DC In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This passage marks the beginning of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. It also marks the entrance to the Museum of the Bible, opening November 17 in Washington, DC. The doors of the museum are flanked by two, 40-foot bronze panels recreating the printing beds for the opening chapter of Genesis from the Gutenberg Bible, the first mass-produced Bible. Monumental text appears to be a common display strategy in museums. In another museum opening this month, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, artist Jenny Holzer has created an installation of inscribed stone panels with passages from the Mesopotamian creation myth, the medieval Arab historian Ibn Khalduns Muqaddimah, and the French philosopher Montaignes Essais. Like Holzers panels, the Gutenberg gates testify to the power of the word.
But what word, exactly, are they a testament to? The Bible is a central text for multiple religious traditions. However, Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish traditions let alone Eastern Orthodox, Ethiopian Christian (and Jewish), and others typically less familiar to us in the West do not agree on just what the Bible is, which books are properly included, their order, their precise contents, or even how they are divided into chapter and verse. Just whose Bible(s) will be presented at this museum? Will it provide an academic approach to the Bible or a religious one will it be a museum about the Bible or a museum celebrating it?
The museum is just one of several Bible-related initiatives sponsored by the Green family, the owners of the Hobby Lobby chain. These initiatives have received piecemeal reporting over the last few years, but are discussed together and in greater depth by biblical scholars...
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