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Saturday, 18 November


Caxtons First Printed Book In English "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


On the 18th of November 1477, William Caxton (1415/1422 1492) finished printing Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, the first incunabulum (from the Latin incunabula which meant swaddling clothes or cradle) : the earliest printed book in English, which bore a clear publication date, but also, for the first time, a printers colophon/logotype which revealed his name and place of publication.

Caxton proofread his translation and edited it, but it seems his revisions contained an added epilogue from which a more personal style emerges. In this subchapter entitled Touching Women, he pointed out that Woodville had omitted the remarks of Socrates concerning women, which were now filled in by Caxton. The latter speculated at length as to why this may have happened. (N.F. Blake, William Caxton and English Literature, 1991).


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Friday, 17 November


Chicago Welcomes Its First Art Book Fair "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

CHICAGO The inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair (CABF), which opened last night, takes place in an odd setting. Spread across two floors of the Chicago Athletic Association a luxury, Venetian Gothic hotel that overlooks Millennium Park the fair is bisected by a game room, bar, and study area that harken back to the buildings origins as a gentlemens club. Yet, unexpected as it might be, the swanky setting is a smart and perfectly fitting one for CABF, which was conceived as an open event for small press arts publishing that draws people beyond a niche crowd of art book lovers.

Custom rubber stamp designs by Edie Fake, Mika Horibuchi, Liana Finck, David Leggett, BFGF, and Lilli Carr, presented by EPISODE

Its co-founders, Alex Valentine and Aay Preston-Myint, decided to try creating a Chicago art book fair after showing material from their publishing imprint, No Coast, at the Vancouver Art Book Fair. The event felt personable to them, and they thought that an art book fair of that scale could complement the already lively publishing scene in Chicago, which is home to events such as Zinefest, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, and the...


Dread Scott Reenacts a Slave Revolt to Radically Reconsider Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

An image of the potential costumes for Slave Rebellion Reenactment to be staged in November 2018 by Dread Scott (all images courtesy the artist)

For almost three decades, the artist Dread Scott has relentlessly interrogated issues of ideology and power, often in terms of how they are experienced through the prisms of nationalism, race, and violence. He has recently undertaken one of his most ambitious projects to date, proposing to reenact  the 1811 German Coast Uprising the largest slave revolt in North American history which took place outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. In partnership with the organization Antenna, which supports visual and literary arts projects relevant to its local New Orleans communities, Scott plans to employ more than 500 reenactors in period costumes (some on horses, others on foot) marching along the route taken by those involved in the original revolt. The participants will be armed with machetes, knives, and muskets, and accompanied by Creole singing and African drumming as they process 24 miles over the course of two days. The project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment, is partially funded by several organizations along with Antenna:  A Blade of Grass, Fractured Atlas, Kindle Project, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Smack Mellon, and Map Fund. To complete the necessary funding Scott has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $40,000 by December 8. I spoke with him about what this project aims to do and why now seems like the right time to stage it.

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20+ Essential Apps for Remote Workers to Bring Their Office Anywhere "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Best Apps for Working Remotely

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More than ever, our definition of the workplace is changing. With 43 percent of employed Americans stating that they worked remotely at some point over the course of 2016, staying connected outside of an office setting is more vital than ever. Whether you are working on your freelance business or are employed by a company that allows you to work from home, technology is the key to getting your work done in a timely, professional manner.

In fact, building a toolbox of apps is an essential task for any remote worker. Chances are, if you have a problem, there is an app to solve it. Here's our essential list of apps that will transform any virtual office into an efficient, productive space that allows you to get the job done, whether you are working from home or a seaside cafe.

Here are the 20+ best productivity apps that every remote worker needs to have in their life.


Apps to Store Your Information

Dropbox Always having important files at your fingertips with Dropbox, which has a wide range of plans to fit your storage needs. In addition, shared folders make it easy to send large files without clogging up your email storage. iOS | Android

Google Drive  Not just cloud storage for photos and files, Google Drive is the easiest way share documents and spreadsheets. Commenting and change tracking allow clients and teams to work together on files without overwriting each other's work. iOS |...


The Last Missing Section of a Magritte Painting Has Been Found "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Enchanted Pose (1927), shown with an overlay of God is not a Sant (all images Succession Rene Magritte c/o SABAM ULiege)

Researchers have found the final piece of a painting by Ren Magritte that the artist scrapped, over 80 years ago, by cutting up its canvas into four surfaces he later reused. The last section of La Pose enchante (The Enchanted Pose) (1927), which shows two identical nude women leaning against broken columns, has been hidden beneath the layers of paint of God is Not a Saint, an artwork Magritte made between 1935 and 1936 that depicts a bird on a brown shoe. The once-lost fragment came to light during the paintings examination by a team comprised of individuals from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) and the European Centre of Archaeometry of the University of Lige, as part of a comprehensive study of the collection at the Magritte Museum. Researchers announced the news yesterday at a press conference at the museum.

Rene Magritte, God is not a Saint (1935-36)

The existence of La Pose enchante has long been known. It was actually exhibited in 1927 and critically acclaimed, according to The Guardian; a black-and-white photograph of the painting was published in the artists 1992 catalogue raisonn.

Yet, it was only in 2013 that physical traces of the painting surfaced. Its upper-left-hand corner emerged at the Museum of Modern Art, where conservators x-rayed Le Portrait (The P...


15+ Online Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Online Learning, Creative Classes

Photo: Alicia Zinn
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There are a bevy of creative classes available on sites like Craftsy and CreativeLive. Whether youre looking for art, photography, or career-oriented topics, youll find thousands of them on these sites. And because its the holidays, these places are having great deals. CreativeLive is having a Flash Sale with a selection of classes that are only $15, while Craftsy has a Black Friday promotion with some courses available at a 50% discount. With both of these sites, every class is available as a gift, too. How easy is that?

Weve curated an offering of creative classes below. For even more recommendations, see what weve highlighted in the weeks past.

Scroll down to see our picks online learning this week!



Water as a Cinematic Metaphor for the Tides of Time "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from Kambui Olujimis Where Does the Time Go (all photos by Sachyn Mital, courtesy of David Rubenstein Atrium, except where noted)

The film begins with a black screen except for a single white light in the lower-right corner. Theres the sound of rhythmic tinkling. The seconds yawn in between that opening shot and the appearance of more lights in the lower-left corner, and slowly, very slowly, the camera pulls back to reveal a suspension bridge at night: a terrestrial constellation guiding cars to their ports of call. Its the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit, Michigan to Ontario, Canada. In the next scene, via a split-screen view, a car is on fire in a seemingly suburban neighborhood. Eventually a fire truck arrives. But while I wait, watching, it continues to burn. I expect the extinguishing to happen, but I dont get to see it. Instead, the very next scene gives me a different use for water: as a region for exploration. A boy plays in the sand on a beach, at the waters edge, the fire of a sunset in the far distance behind him.

Still from Kambui Olujimis Where Does the Time Go (screenshot courtesy of the artist)

Im watching Kambui Olujimis short film ...


US Decides Guantnamo Prisoners Do Not Own the Art They Create "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ahmed Rabbani, Untitled (Binoculars Pointing at the Moon) (2016), work on paper (all images courtesy Art from Guantnsmo Bay exhibition, and used with permission)

The 41 remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay just lost ownership to their own artwork paintings, drawings, and even sculptures created while shackled to the floor. According to Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald, the Pentagon has decided to claim ownership of all creative works made inside the detention center, and they may even decide to burn them.

Muhammad Ansi, Untitled (Hands Holding Flowers through Bars) (2016), work on paper

According to Rosenberg, art classes started at Gitmo in the later years of the Bush administration as commanders explored ways to distract detainees who had spent years in single-cell lockups from getting into clashes with the guards. The program appeared successful, and even US military personnel were impressed. Detainees began sending works theyd created as presents to their lawyers and families after close inspection and screening for subliminal messages, of course.

Rosenbergs article sites an ongoin...


Rare 1915 Film Shows Claude Monet at Work in His Famous Garden at Giverny "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Long ago, we showed you some startling footage of an elderly, arthritic Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painting with horribly deformed hands. Today we offer a more idyllic image of a French Impressionist painter in his golden years: Claude Monet on a sunny day in his beautiful garden at Giverny.

Once again, the footage was produced by Sacha Guitry for his project Ceux de Chez Nous, or "Those of Our Land." It was shot in the summer of 1915, when Monet was 74 years old. It was not the best time in Monet's life. His second wife and eldest son had both died in the previous few years, and his eyesight was getting progressively worse due to cataracts. But despite the emotional and physical setbacks, Monet would soon rebound, making the last decade of his life (he died in 1926 at the age of 86) an extremely productive period in which he painted many of his most famous studies of water lilies.

At the beginning of the film clip we see Guitry and Monet talking with each other. Then Monet paints on a large canvas beside a lily pond. It's a shame the camera doesn't show the painting Monet is working on, but it's fascinating to see the great artist all clad in white, a cigarette dangling from his lips, painting in his lovely garden.

Note: This beautiful clip and post originally appeared on our site in 2012.

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Interview: Founder of Creative Boom Talks Finding Inspiration and Career Advice "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Creative Boom, One of The Best Art Blogs

Whether youre working in a creative industry or are aspiring to be in one, sites like Creative Boom will help you in your journey. Founded in 2009 by Katy Cowan, the blog offers something for everyone who makes art, design, or photography a way of life.

Creative Boom features a wealth of visual inspiration from makers around the world. In any given week, you might read an article about giant woodcuts, bespoke ping pong paddles, and rare photographs of Prince. With this wide-ranging source of inspiration, the site champions a multi-disciplinary approach to artistic influence. By being exposed to different media and processes, it challenges us to consider how we utilize materials in our own work.

In addition to writing about and promoting creatives, the site also offers practical advice on how to start or grow your career. It is a trove of resources, including tips on making it as a freelancer, maintaining a work/life balance, and getting over your creative block. No matter where you are in your career, their advice is sure to strike a chord.

We were honored to speak to Katy about Creative Booma site which we have personally admired for many years. Learn more about her background and its playful redesign that takes their branding to the next level.

We spoke to Katy Cowan of Creative Boom, one of the best art blogs around.

Creative Boom, One of The Best Art Blogs

Scroll down to learn about the site and hear creative career advice from Katy!

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What is your background? What led you to become the Founding Editor of Creative Boom?

I'm a journalist and PR consultant from Manchester, UK. I launched my own PR firm in 2007 and spent a happy two years freelancing for various clients. But then the globa...


Walt Whitman on Beethoven and the Power of Music to Effect Full-Body Transcendence "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In praise of the dainty abandon that awakens us to wonder and carries us outside ourselves.

Walt Whitman on Beethoven and the Power of Music to Effect Full-Body Transcendence

Feeling, life, motion and emotion constitute its import, philosopher Susanne Langer wrote of music, which she defined as a highly articulated sensuous object.

Although many great writers have contemplated the power of music, few have articulated it more perfectly or more sensuously than Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819March 26, 1892) does in Specimen Days (public library) the sublime collection of prose fragments and journal entries, which gave us Whitman on the wisdom of trees and which the poet himself described as a melange of loafing, looking, hobbling, sitting, traveling a little thinking thrown in for salt, but very little mostly the scenes everybody sees, but some of my own caprices, meditations, egotism. And what a beautiful, generous egotism it is.



Portraits from One of the Last Traveling Carnivals in the United States "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photograph by Hunter Barnes from <em>Tickets</em> (courtesy the artist and Reel Art Press)Photograph by Hunter Barnes from Tickets (courtesy the artist and Reel Art Press)

In the early 2000s, when Hunter Barnes was working on a series of Western rodeo photographs that would be published in the 2002 Redneck Roundup, he noticed a seasonal carnival that was pitched alongside one of gatherings. Years later, on the way back to my studio in Oregon, all the sudden, the rodeo didnt have the carnival, Barnes told Hyperallergic. And I thought, I really need to document this now.

He later visited Gibsonton, Florida, where carnival performers and workers live off-season, and its not unusual to see a ride or exotic animal in a front yard. While in town, he reached out to a man named Ward Hall who had founded one of the last surviving traveling circuses. I stopped at a gas station and looked him up in the phone book, called him, and went to his house the next day, Barnes said. There he spent hours transfixed by Halls stories of life on the road, and the photographs and ephemera of the vanishing sideshow.

Cover of <em>Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes</em> (courtesy Reel Art Press)Cover of Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes (courtesy Reel Art Press)

Barnes soon went on the road with Halls carnival the World of Wonders Show joining its stops at fairs in Maine....


Funny Parents Turn Kids Drawing on Wall into Framed Work of Art at Home "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Kids Drawing on Wall Framed by Parents

Even the most angelic of cherubs cant resist making their mark on white walls. Some children might be scolded for scribbling on their parents property, however this particular couple responded with an ingenious alternative approach. After coming home to find their 6-year-old son had used a green marker to draw a little house on one of their walls, instead of bestowing punishment, they decided to frame itjust like a masterpiece in a gallery.

The photos were shared on twitter by Dr. Eric Masicottea neurosurgeon, associate professor, and medical director of the mTBI/Concussion Program at the University of Torontowith the caption Your kids are going to do things they shouldnt. It helps if you married someone with a sense of humour. The parents even created an artwork label and titled the treasured piece, Interrupted House. The label also states the artists preferred medium, Marker on latex paint, and includes the caption Gifted to his parents, by surprise. Nov. 13th.

The hilarious idea has since has gone viral with over 100K retweets. Could this be the beginning of a little artist in the making?

These parents decided to honor their 6-year-old sons wall scribbles, instead of punishing him.

Kids Drawing on Wall Framed by Parents...


In Vietnam, an Exhibition Reveals How Friendship Nourishes Artists "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Spirit of Friendship at the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre with Nh Sn Collectives installation 82 131 39 (2017) on the left and Trng Cng Tngs, Blind Map, (2013), on the right, hanging

In galleries, we expect objects. After all the artists hard labor of education, research, and the construction is over, we largely focus on the finished product, proudly displayed in a white cubeSpirit of Friendship, at the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, in Ho Chi Minh City, inverts this tendency, with a curatorial focus instead on the very relationships, the friendships that make the national art scene.

Perhaps the quintessential installation of Spirit of Friendship is Nh Sn Collectives installation 82 131 39, (2017). It is a replica of Me Luongs kitchen table (the title are the tables dimensions) where Nh Sn would regularly meet and discuss art, but most obviously as a welcoming place to cook, share, and eat, together. Spirit of Friendship proposes that, while members of Nh Sn Collective and Studio have produced great artworks, its their friendships that nourished, developed, and continue to sustain their practices to this day. The friendships, the informal relationships behind the artworks, are not superfluous side notes to the end objects, but of fundamental importance to their very existence.



How Seinfeld, the Sitcom Famously About Nothing, Is Like Gustave Flauberts Novels About Nothing "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

"A show about nothing": people have described Seinfeld that way for decades, but creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David didn't set out to create anything of the kind. In fact, with Seinfeld himself already established as a stand-up comedian, they originally pitched to NBC a show about how a comic finds material in his day-to-day life. But in its 43rd episode, when the series had become a major cultural phenomenon, Seinfeld's character and Jason Alexander's George Costanza (whom David based on himself) pitch a show to television executives where "nothing happens," and fans seized upon the truth about Seinfeld they saw reflected in that joke.

In the video essay above, Evan Puschak, known as the Nerdwriter, figures out why. It's a cultural and intellectual journey that takes him back to the 19th-century novels of Gustave Flaubert. "Flaubert was a pioneer of literary realism, in large part responsible for raising the status of the novel to that of a high art," says Puschak.

In 1852, Flaubert wrote a letter describing his ambition to write "a book about nothing, a book dependent on nothing external, which would be held together by the internal strength of its style." Instead of wanting to "string you along with multiple suspense-heightening narrative developments," in Puschak's view, "he wants to bring you into the text itself, to look there for the carefully constructed meanings that he's built for you."

And so, in their own way, do Seinfeld and David in the sitcom that became and remains so beloved in large part with its numerous departures from the traditions the form had established over the past forty years. "It wasn't until Seinfeld that the conventions of the sitcom were deconstructed fully, when all forms of unity, familial and especially romantic, were wholeheartedly abandoned. For Seinfeld, these additional elements were just so much fluff," distractions from telling a story "held together by the internal strength of its comedy." The critic James Wood, quoted in this video,...


An Ethereal Performance Unravels Like a Pop-Up Book on Stage "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Winslow Fegley in A Billion Nights on Earth (photo by Johanna Austin, image courtesy BAM)

What do you get when you combine The Chronicles of Narnia, Moby Dick, a pop-up book, and Kabuki theater? Thats what A Billion Nights on Earth sets out to do, and with mostly positive results. The unique experimental production is playing this weekend at BAM Fisher as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival.

A collaboration between theater director Thaddeus Phillips and visual artist Steven Dufala (one half of the Dufala Brothers), A Billion Nights on Earth first premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival earlier this fall. It tells the story of a father and his young son, played by Michael Fegley and his real-life son, Winslow. Its late at night, and the boy cant find his stuffed whale, so hes having a hard time falling asleep. Meanwhile, his architect father labors away on a drawing accompanied by a comical smooth jazz score having to reheat his coffee every time his son interrupts his work. When the boy opens the refrigerator for a glass of milk, he discovers a portal into an alternate universe. He enters, in a search for his white whale, with his father following closely behind.



Europe Pledges to Fill Void Left by President Trumps Climate Change Policy "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

French President, Emmanuel Macron at COP23

French President Emmanuel Macron (Photo: UNclimatechange)

As the COP23 international climate summit in Bonn, Germany comes to a close, many are making declarations that confirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement, regardless of the US government's stance. Europe, as well as 20 American states, 110 US cities, and 1,400 businesses are stepping in to fill the void that the US government will leave after President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

The United States will withdraw in 2020the earliest possible datefrom the accord, and in advance is already pulling payments to climate funds like the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Established in 1988, the IPCC brings together climate experts from around the world in an effort to synthesize and present their findings to world political leaders, helping inform international policy. The United States was providing $2 million annually to the IPCC.

And now, Europe is setting out to fill that gap. I can guarantee that, starting in 2018, the IPCC will have all the money it needs and will continue to support our decision-making, French President Emmanuel Macron announced. They will not miss a single euro. Macron, who has been a critic of President Trump's decision, even announcing grants for American climate change researchers to come to France to carry on with their work, is joined by the UK, who announced that they will double their contributions to the organization.

During COP23, Macron also declared that France would close all of its coal power plants by 2021, a stark contrast to the current federal policy. David Banks, President Trump's special advisor on energy and environment, stated in Bonn that increased coal, gas, and oil use was a global reality. However, not all American governing organizations share that philosophy.



New Finnish Landscapes Captured Within Jars by Christoffer Relander "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photographer Christoffer Relander (previously) uses double exposure photography to capture wooded Finnish landscapes inside of glass jars. These images give a peek into the photographers past, while also metaphorically preserving the memories he formed as a childhood growing up in the south of Finland.

Reality can be beautiful, but the surreal often absorbs me, said Relander in an artist statement on his website. Photography to me is a way to express and stimulate my imagination. Nature is simply the world. With alternative and experimental camera techniques I am able to create artworks that otherwise only would be possible through painting or digital manipulation in an external software.

The new series is a follow-up to his black and white project Jarred & Displaced which was recently exhibited at the Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid. You can view more of Relanders wooded images on his Instagram. (via PetaPixel)



Bordalo II Opens the Doors to Attero, a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Within the confines of an abandoned warehouse in Lisbon, artist Bordalo II just opened the doors to his largest body of work to date, dozens of animalistic assemblages comprised of his trademark medium: trash. Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo has become famous for his uncanny depictions of animalsthose most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. While scale often plays a large role in his outdoor wall-mounted street pieces, the artist also created considerably smaller assemblages attached to old doors, siding, and windowpanes.

Whether on a large or small scale, his unusual sculptural creations oblige us to question and rethink our own role as actors in this static, consumerist and self-destructive society, which exploits, often in an abusive way, the resources that nature offers us, shares Attero curator Lara Seixo Rodrigues.

With well over 8,000 visitors in its first week, Attero (Latin for waste) opened on November 4, 2017 and runs through November 26. You can see many more photos on Facebook and Instagram.



LAs Queer Chicano Artist Networks, from the 1960s to the 90s "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mundo Meza, Documentation of a window display at Maxfield Bleu, West Hollywood (c. early 1980s) (photo by Mundo Meza, courtesy Pat Meza)

LOS ANGELES Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA, a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries, is a pun on axis mundi, the mythological axis connecting the earth to heaven and hell, and around which the universe revolves. By replacing mundi with mundo, the phrase shifts from Latin to Spanglish, even while retaining its original meaning. The title is apt, insofar as the exhibition explores how queer Chicano/a artists collectively created a world in Los Angeles from the late 1960s to the early 90s that has been largely unknown.

In contrast to the axis mundi, Axis Mundo refuses to center any given figure, although the show is the result of research into the lesser-known artist Edmundo Mundo Meza, who was born in Tijuana in 1955, came of age in the Chicano/a art community of East Los Angeles, and ultimately died of complications due to AIDS in 1985. But even while Meza occupies a prominent place, the true focus of the exhibition is on the queer Chicano/a networks of Los Angeles.

Certain people reappear throughout the exhibition, at times in surprisingly different ways. For example, we learn on the first floor of MOCAs Pacific Design Center of Mezas relationship with Simon Doonan, now the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys, but then a window dresser at Maxfield Bleu in West Hollywood. The duo produced provocative displays, such as one satirizing the abduction of a three-year-old girl by a coyote. On the second floor, we see documentation from a performance at the Hong Kong Caf in August 1979 by Johanna Went, who received leftover props from Doonan and Meza. Doonan makes a final appearance in the afterword of the exhibition catalogue, giving us the essay Mundo Goes to Hollywood.



Hear a Complete Chronological Discography of Patti Smiths Fiercely Poetic Rock and Roll: 13 Hours and 142 Tracks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Patti Smith has always aligned herself with artists who were outsiders and experimentalists in their time, but who have since moved to the center of the culture, where they are often reduced to a few biographical notes. Arthur Rimbaud, Virginia Woolf, William Blake. As much motivated by art and poetry as by the aggression of rock and roll, Smiths 1975 debut album reached out to people on the margins of popular culture. I was speaking to the disenfranchised, to people outside society, people like myself, she says, I didnt know these people, but I knew they were out there. I think Horses did what I hoped it would do. It spoke to the people who needed to hear it.

Its hard to imagine who those people were. In the process of its canonization, unfortunately, punk has come to be seen as a rejection of culture, a form of anti-art. But Smiths amalgam of loose, rangy garage rock brims with artiness, making it the natural link between the Velvet Underground and the Ramones, writes Jillian Mapes at Pitchfork, in the continuum of downtown New York rock. Pitchfork situates Smiths first record at the top of their Story of Feminist Punk in 33 Songs, more influential in its attitude perhaps than in its particular style. Her presence at the forefront of the scene was a statement in itself, but a statement of what, exactly?


Artist Embroiders Portraits and Each Strand of Thread Looks Like a Brushstroke of Paint "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Embroidery Renaissance Paintings by Maria Vasilyeva

Inspired by the works of the old masters, Russia-based artist Maria Vasilyeva creates accessories and panels that evoke the style and fine workmanship of the Renaissance. Vasilyevas purses, pendants, and brooches feature embroidered portraits, with each stitch appearing to resemble a paint stroke, emulating the technique of classical oil paintings.

Vasilyeva uses a selection of elegant fabricsincluding plush Italian velvetand embellishes her works with beading and tassels to achieve a sense of luxury associated with the fine art that inspires them. The perfect proportions and period-specific colors imbue her creations with a sense of antiquity.

Some pieces, set against a light background, show the subjects delicate features in subtle shades of ivory white, blue-grey, and nut browns. Whereas in others, like one of most recent piecesa pendant featuring Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeerdisplay much richer colors. The dark charcoal-black background, alongside the burnt umber of the clothes contrast with the ultramarine blue and lemon yellow of her headscarf, while a touch of vermillion red in her lips pops against subtle, peachy skin tones.

You can follow Vasilyeva on Instagram where she posts works-in-progress and detail-shots of her creations. You can also purchase Vasilyevas embroidery painting products via her online shop.

Textile artist Maria Vasilyeva recreates Renaissance paintings as embroidery accessories.



Were Real! Join Us for Hyperallergic IRL at Housing Works on November 28 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

An action shot from the first Hyperallergic IRL event at Housing Works in June 2015 (photo Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Hyperallergic IRL is back! On Tuesday, November 28, catch a rare glimpse of Hyperallergics writers, editors, and contributors stepping away from their computer screens and onto the stage at the Housing Works Bookstore. For one night only, the Worlds Greatest Art Blogazine will come to life with readings, rantings, and even our favorite gems from the comment section.

Some of the highlights of the evening will include: contributor Sarah Archer revisiting her cultural history of pink; writer and editor Seph Rodney reading from his work; and Producer Tiernan Morgan presenting an illustrated history of the New York art market. Plus, there will be art trivia with prizes throughout the evening, led by editor (and resident trivia master) Benjamin Sutton. The event will be MCd by our Editor-in-Chief, Hrag Vartanian.

Youll laugh, youll cry, youll think deep thoughts about art.

Here are all the details:

Tuesday, November 28, 78:30 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street, Soho, Manhattan
The event is FREE, but we recommend RSVPing on Facebook.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will go directly to Housing Works.

Past Hyperallergic IRL events have packed the house, so we suggest you arrive early to snag a spot. See you there!

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Look at the kitty! Pranksters force milk-lapping footage on unsuspecting Times Square tourists "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

One of the many legacies of the experimental art movements of the middle of the last century has been a heightened tolerance for weird site-specific art nonsense. The Fluxus folks certainly come to mind in that regard, as do the works of artists as varied as


The Vivacious Presence of Parrots in Dutch Golden Age Painting "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Caspar Netscher, Caspar Netscher, Woman Feeding a Parrot, with a Page (1666), oil on panel (courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund)

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, includes a 1666 painting by Caspar Netscher of a woman offering a parrot a snack. The work, one of around 70 pieces from the Dutch Golden Age on view, was recently acquired by the museum.

I walked into the conservation studio, not knowing about the acquisition, and I saw it sitting out there. I said, I own that bird!' Kristen Gonzalez, the curatorial assistant in the Department of Northern Baroque Paintings, told Hyperallergic. So I was really interested to look more at Dutch genre paintings. That got me on this research path to look at them from the perspective of an art historian and someone who lives with these creatures.

Gonzalez has an African Grey parrot, not unlike the one in the 17th-century painting, and that familiarity made her perceive the painted birds as more than solely symbols. In an online feature called More than Mimicry: The Parrot in Dutch Genre Painting, she explored the significance of the parrots as metaphors, and their presence as intelligent animal companions. For the latter, she drew on Dr. Irene Pepperbergs animal cognition studies on African Greys. On November 20, Gonzalez will give a talk at the museum about her research, which is part of a...


Silencing Sexual Harassment Complaints in Pakistan and the US "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

All hell broke loose online in Pakistan this winter after their first Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid, tweeted a complaint against a doctor who sent an unsolicited friendship request on Facebook to her sister following an E.R. visit. Sharmeens tweet provoked a firestorm of debate amongst Pakistani social media users, who shared a picture of Sharmeen posing with American film producer Harvey Weinstein as proof of Sharmeens double standards on sexual harassment.

Sharmeen Obaid, World Economic Forum (via Wikimedia Commons)

Sharmeen is not the first Pakistani to incite calls to violence by going public about abuse. Member of Parliament Ayesha Gulalai received severe and terrifying censure from social media trolls for her public accusations of sexual harassment against former-cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Similar critiques have also been used against Malala Yusufzai, Pakistans only woman Nobel laureate, when social media users suggested that photographs of her at Oxford University wearing a bomber jacket and jeans, under a modest headscarf, looked just like porn actress Mia Khalifa.

These issues are not limited to Pakistan alone, of course. Digital harassment has been a prominent issue in the United States as well, and the tactics trolls use to challenge women who speak out about harassment are strikingly similar in both countries. Trolls in both contexts deploy words like feminazi, or man-hater, accusing women of exaggerating, attention-seeking, or of trivializing real cases of abuse to further their own taste for drama. They create fake Facebook or Twitter accounts in the name of a woman (or other abused person) going public, using these accounts to post humiliating status updates or embarrassing personal details about the survivor. Women in both cases are quickly accused of being traitors, airing their dirty laundry on a global stage with implications for the reputation of their social groups or organizations.

Comparing American and Pakistani harassment cases highlights how geographically distant and culturally different locations draw on similar...


Makeup Artist Uses Human Face as Unconventional Canvas for Abstract Paintings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Body Art Makeup Artist

Makeup artist Evelyn Affleck is formally trained in the art of beauty, but she still finds time to experiment with the ever-growing field. Calling her Instagram a collection of ideas, Affleck chronicles her bold concepts that transform the body into a canvas for abstract works of art.

Affleck covers her face and neck in a variety of motifs. This often takes the form of vibrant, swirling hues or expressive brush strokes that radiate from the eyes or mouth and drip down the cheeks like colorful tears. Glitter, jewels, and other large sequins are also applied as a way to add depth to her painting, resulting in a mask-like effect.

Affleck hails from an artistic family and has explored a wide range of fine art, from music to writing to painting. She was eventually drawn towards makeup, but she uses her wisdom to elevate her practice. Fine art also gives her a depth and understanding of what makeup can truly be, Affleck writes, not just pretty surface decoration but an expression of character, story, and era.

Evelyn Affleck is a body art makeup artist, transforming the face into a canvas for her abstract paintings.


Some Stockholm commuters are irritated by menstruation-themed subway art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Anyone whos ever been to Stockholm has probably gotten at least a taste of the remarkably vibrant artistic concepts that define many of the citys subway stations. A bunch of the stations are incredibly distinctivemy favorite was the Solna Centrum station on the blue line, executed by Anders berg and...


Salvador Dals hilarious lesson in proper English speech "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Echo number four (via Discogs)
One of the nice people I met at the Revolting Cocks and Meat Beat Manifesto show last weekend kept telling me about an instructional record Salvador Dal made, demonstrating the proper way to speak English. I think...


Art Movements "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (c.1500), oil on panel, 25 7/8 x 18 in.(65.7 x 45.7 cm) (courtesy Christies)

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

Salvator Mundi (c. 1500) sold at Christies for $450,312,500 (inc. buyers premium) after just under 20 minutes of bidding, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Christies hired an outside PR firm for the first time in order to conduct its marketing campaign branded The last da Vinci which included a video of viewers stunned in awe before the painting. The record price was set despite concerns regarding the precise attribution of the work from figures like Michael Daley, Frank Zllner, and Jerry Saltz. A Guardian article published last month regarding Walter Isaacsons new biography of Leonardo was later revised with an editors note explaining that the piece is the subject of a legal complaint made on behalf of Christies International Plc. Isaacson subsequently took to ...


Recommended: Francesco Chiapperinis InSight Paradigm Shift "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Paradigm Shift is the pattern of sharp images melting into alien shapes, and then reuniting again as something no less vivid, no less stunning than before, and also still vaguely familiar.  Guitarist Simone Lobina drives the scorched earth melody of France Mon Amour, etching it onto the face of the tune, and even after he []


A Touching Animated Documentary About the Rise, Fall & Second Coming of the 60s Psych-Folk Musician Richard Atkins "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

One wonders what might have become of Richard Atkins musical career had he come of age in this millennium, when youngsters suffering from acute stage fright regularly attract stadium-sized followings on Youtube.

This was most definitely not the case in 1968, when Atkins, aged 19, took the stage in a small Hollywood club filled with music industry brass, there specifically to see him.

Unfortunately, talent could only take him so far. Having learned to play guitar only a couple of years earlier in the wake of a disfiguring motorcycle accident, he and partner Richard Manning had recorded an album, Richard Twice, for Mercury Records. The presence on that record of several members of the Wrecking Crew, an informal, but legendary group of LA session musicians, conferred extra pop pedigree. The Acid Archives later called it "a virtually perfect pop album, the kind of thing that would have ruled the charts if the wind had been blowing the right way that month."

Alas, one tiny technical difficulty at the start of the gig caused Manning to flee, leaving the freaked out and frighteningly ill equipped Atkins to deal with the yawning chasm that had opened between him and the audience. The only fix that occurred to him was a Bugs Bunny-inspired soft shoe, a move that apparently went over big with his Mom, prior to the accident, when he had two legs and could balance without a crutch.

As recounted in Matthew Saltons animated documentary, above, this soul crushing moment is not without humor. Atkins, affably narrating his own story, has had 50 years to mull that night over, and realizes that blown opportunities are probably more universal than successfully snagged brass rings (American Idol, anyone?)

Over the ensuing years, Atkins found fulfillment as a woodworker and family man, but music remained a painful what-if, a...


Shinola Audio introduces the new high fidelity Canfield Headphone Collection "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Shinolayes, the Detroit-based design brandis introducing the new Canfield Headphone Collection part of their distinctive range of Shinola Audio products, which also includes the eye-popping Runwell Turntable and matching bookshelf speakers.<...


How Pioneering Firefighter Brenda Berkman Won Womens Right to Heroism "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

My uniform is emblematic of my philosophy that people should try to leave the world better than they found it.

How Pioneering Firefighter Brenda Berkman Won Womens Right to Heroism

No woman should say, I am but a woman! But a woman! What more can you ask to be? pioneering 19th-century astronomer Maria Mitchell told her students as she paved the way for women in science. And yet a century later, Brenda Berkman found embers of that but-a-woman cavil smoldering in the innermost chamber of culture, and she set out to extinguish them with unexampled fortitude of spirit.

Berkman, now an artist in her sixties, was once a lawyer before becoming one of the first women firefighters on the New York force, where she initiated and won at great personal cost a landmark lawsuit that forever changed the face of the fire department and became a precedent for equality far beyond its locale. Berkman recounts the hard-earned triumph through the lens of her uniform in one of the sixty-eight stories in Emily Spivacks altogether wonderful Worn in New York (public library) the continuation of Spivacks Worn Stories, one of the most rewarding books of 2014, unraveling the tapestry of cultural and personal histories that make us who we are through the storytelling thread of sartorial micro-memoirs.



Deviation and Art: The Eric Gill Case "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The urine of the stallion fertilises the fields more than all the chemicals of science. So, under Divine Providence, the excess of amorous nature fertilises the spiritual field. (Eric Gill)

On the 17th of November 1940, British artist Eric Gill died of lung cancer in Hillingdon, UK. During his lifetime he was recognised for his original typeface designs, stonecutting, printmaking and characteristic sculptures. Among others, he was the author of the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral (1914), three out of eight studies of wind, carved for the exterior of the new London Underground Headquarters at St James Park station (1928) and statues for the BBCs Broadcasting House (1932). Posthumously, the adoration for his unquestionable artistic genius was faced with spicy revelations on his shocking sexual behaviour, brought to light in a biography by Fiona MacCarthy (1989).

Most of the information in the book comes from Gills personal diaries, in which he went into great detail about sexual acts with his own children, sister and a dog. His attitude to animals, as to some extent to children, was that particularly Victorian combination of scientific curiosity mixed with high emotionalism. (Fiona MacCarthy, Eric Gill...


Louis K. Meisel Gallery Presents Robert Gnieweks A Preview to Havana "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Robert Gniewek, Havana Malecn View, Twilight (2017), oil on linen, 24 x 38 inches

Louis K. Meisel Gallery is pleased to announce A Preview to Havana, a solo exhibition of Robert Gnieweks recent paintings. A Photorealist with an aptitude for creating atmospheric urban landscapes, Gniewek has begun a new series of work based on his recent journey to Cuba; this exhibition will premiere the first two paintings from this new body of work.

Known for recreating the effects of fluorescent, neon, and diffused light, Gnieweks Hopper-esque cityscapes often capture moments of isolation. His compositions are imbued with soft light that subtly takes center stage. Inspired by scenes that are architecturally or culturally nostalgic, Gnieweks paintings possess a cinematic quality that is rarely captured in Photorealism.

Robert Gniewek began his career painting his hometown of Detroit. Over the course of his career, he has painted cities across the United States and Europe, as well as slightly more remote outposts of urban life that have included taverns, motels, and diners. In March 2017, Gniewek was able to travel to Havana. His forthcoming body of work will concentrate on Vedados narrow, gritty streets.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on November 16th from 6-8pm.

For further information and images of works from the exhibition, please contact Elizabeth Harris or Alain Simi at 212-677-1340, or email

A Preview to Havana continues at Louis K. Meisel Gallery (141 Prince Street, SoHo, Manhattan) through December 22.

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A New Biography of Paula Modersohn-Becker Reveals an Artist Committed to Painting Women "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait in Front of a Green Background with Blue Lilies (c. 1905) ( Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Stiftung, Bremen; all images courtesy of Semiotexte)

In the basement of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, home to one of the most famous collections of 19th- and 20th-century European painting, are the paintings of women subjects, and the paintings of women artists. In the low-ceilinged, dimly-lit room, amongst the images of mothers and children, goddesses and nymphs, situated slightly out of sight behind a television monitor, hung a self-portrait of a young woman with almond eyes and a red smile holding a branch pulled from a camellia tree. She stares out at us, determinedly, with a look of concentration on her face. The absence of her second hand suggests she is in fact in the process of painting herself. But, who is she? And why do we even need to ask?

When I Google search Paula M. Becker, almost every entry insists she was one of the most important figures in early Expressionism, a contemporary of men we are on last-name basis with: Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, Munch. In her native Germany, her works adorn postcards, magnets, and posters. She has been heralded as the first Western woman artist to paint herself naked. She has been claimed as the first Western woman artist to paint herself pregnant. She traveled often to Paris and developed close friendships with the painter Heinrich Vogeler and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. She began a series of correspondence based around a mutual admiration for the others art with Otto Modersohn, which lead to their marriage in 1901. And yet, her name barely appears alongside these men in the annals of art history. She deserves her own biography. Luckily, Marie Darrieussecq has written it.

The fascination with these lost characters of history, often encountered as a footnote or brief chapter in someone elses story, can le...


Hanji: The Traditional Korean Art of Making Sturdy Paper by Hand "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Hanji Paper Korean Art Korean Paper

Photo: jared ( [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

According to an ancient adage in Korea, paper can last 1,000 years. While this proverb may seem peculiar to us today, its origins are linked to Hanji, a strikingly strong and sturdy type of paper.

While Hanji saw success in Korea for hundreds of years, the handmade craft has all but died out due to more efficient manufacturing methods. In order to protect and preserve the centuries-old practice, it is important to understand what sets Hanji apart from other papermaking processes, from its time-honored history to its artistic flair.

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What is Hanji?

Hanji refers to handmade Korean paper. Traditionally, this durable paper is created using dak, the bark of Paper Mulberry trees, and dak pul, sap from the aibika plant. In addition to sheets used for writing, it is used to make a range of objects. These include screens for doors, clothing, fans, and lanterns.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library Puts 2 Million Botanical Illustrations Online for Free "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If you're fascinated by nature and botanical illustrations, you'll be thrilled by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This open access digital library focuses on bringing the natural world closer to people through access to writings and illustration. Thanks to the dedication of BHL staff and readers, over 100,000 images and photographs from the collection have been uploaded to their popular Flickr account since 2011.

Divided up clearly into albums by publication, the account is a surprisingly huge success for the organization, opening up the world of nature illustration to a new audience. A dive into the photostream shows everything from 19th-century volumes on the birds of Australia to an odd grouping of bat illustrations. And, of course, there are the botanicals. French, German, English, and South African journals have all been lovingly scanned, providing a fascinating look at the biodiversity that existsor existedthroughout these countries.

If you really want to dive deep into the world of nature and botanical illustrations, there's another photostream of tagged photos that provides a huge grab bag of over 2 million illustrations and photographs. Wondering how beekeepers dressed in 1910? You'll find it here along with enough glorious plant illustrations to quench your thirst for nature.

Millions of vintage wildlife and botanical illustrations from journals around the world are available for free thanks to the Biodiversity Heritage Library's Flickr account.



Data Suggests Artists More Drawn to Cities than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Performance art on Bogart Street during Bushwick Open Studios 2016 (photo by Hrag Vartanian/ Hyperallergic)Performance art on Bogart Street during Bushwick Open Studios 2016 (photo by Hrag Vartanian/ Hyperallergic)

Quartz has published an analysis of the US cities with the densest concentration of artists, compiled from US Census data spanning five years from 2011 to 2016. Unsurprisingly, the results show that artists tend to congregate disproportionately in major metropolitan areas and cultural hubs and that many, many artists are (still) moving to Brooklyn.

But still, there are some interesting details. The study uses categories for artist, defined by the NEA, and these extend beyond what might initially come to most peoples minds. In addition to all the usual suspects (photographers, fine artists, dancers, musicians), the study also accounts for less expected mtiers, like PA system announcers, ad copy writers, floral designers, and ventriloquists.

In the final analysis, New York claimed two of the top spots in drawing artists, with Manhattan at number one and Kings County (i.e. Brooklyn) as number three. San Francisco (number two), LA (number four) and Portland (number five) rounded out the top five.

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Scientist Captures Incredible Video of CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Using a technique called high-speed atomic-force microscopy, Japanese researcher Osamu Nureki has managed to show CRISPR-Cas9 editing DNA in real-time. In a new paper published in Nature, Nureki outlines how he and his team were able to capture the astonishing footage.

While it may appear grainy and pixelated, its important to keep in mind the amazingness of what were seeing: a single-molecule...


Celebrating 100 Years of William the Hippo, the Met Museums Mascot "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Hippopotamus (William) (ca. 1961-1878 BCE) (Public Domain image)

In 1931, an article appeared in the now defunct British weekly Punch that described the mystique of one small, faience hippo the ancient Egyptian statuette, decorated with lotus flowers, that is today among the most recognized objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its author, one Captain H. M. Raleigh, detailed how a framed print of the hippo in his drawing room had an effect so powerful on him and his family that they considered the hippo an oracle of sorts: a bright blue beast they consulted before making any major decisions.

He is described on the back of the frame as Hippopotamus with Lotus Flowers, Buds and Leaves, XII. Dynasty (about 1950 B.C.), Series VII., Number 1, Egyptian Faience; but to us he is simply William, Raleigh wrote. We have come to love and revere him with an intensity bordering on the pagan.

Hippopotamus (William) (ca. 1961-1878 BCE) (Public Domain image)

Punch is a satirical magazine, and Raleigh most likely a false byline. But William, the name seemingly pulled out of nowhere, stuck. Soon after the article was published, the Met circulated a copy through an issue of its quarterly publication, Bulletin, and the museum has since referred to the ancient Egyptian creature by the old Norman name. Its even shown on its display label, printed as &#8220...


Join Colossal and in Filling Classrooms in Need with Art Supplies "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Whether youre an established professional working with a top gallery, a weekend tinkerer, or a student tackling personal projects, here at Colossal we believe that your creativity enriches our world. The incredible range of art created by artists of all ages, from all backgrounds, all over the planet, is the lifeblood of our publication. Thats why, in this season of giving and receiving, Colossal is excited to partner with to help support young artists. is a New York-based nonprofit that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. 

Weve selected a range of art-focused projects from around the U.S., including requests for basic art supplies as well as specific needs for exploring particular techniques and materials. Each project page lets you know about the teacher and students who benefit from our collective support; how and why the supplies will be used; and includes a specific breakdown of every item and expense on the classrooms wish list. Or, simply make a donation at the top of the page and your donation will be automatically distributed.

Why do todays students need our support? While many students in the US are fortunate to receive arts education, 17% of elementary school students receive no instruction in visual arts, and 96% of students receive no instruction in theater. And schools with higher rates of students in poverty are less likely to provide arts education (...


Over 1 Million People Follow This Photographer for His Stunning B&W Photos "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Jason M Peterson - Black and White Photography Instagram

The alluring black and white photography of Jason M. Peterson, a craft honed daily over the last 25 years, has garnered the Chicago-based photographer an unparalleled following. With 1 million followers on Instagrama number usually reserved for celebrities (or food accounts)his moody, artistic work captures the soul of every scene he shoots.

As the Chief Creative Officer for Havas North America, Peterson's work in advertising has certainly impacted his photography, perfectly his ability to tell a story and evoke emotion through monochromatic imagery. Or, perhaps it's his photographya passion that began at 13that helped push him toward the visual storytelling world of advertising. Though he's been a photographer for most of his life, it's only in the past 5 years that he's shared his work with a wide public audience.

One look at his Instagram feed and it's clear why so many people follow his photographic journey. Crisp and clear, he works with shadows, angles, and lines to draw out unique forms within his composition. As comfortable in the city as he is in nature, his ability to balance a scene shines through whether shooting aerial photographs or capturing the energy of a concert. And though black and white photography is what he's known for, Peterson doesn't necessarily define himself by that choice.

To me, my photos arent about black and white at all, Peterson shares with My Modern Met. I am trying to capture human emotion, make the viewer feel something. Black and white helps focus on that emotioncolor is one less thing to be in the way of seeing the feeling.

And if he can stimulate his fans to step away from the screen, look around and notice the small things in their surroundings, he's accomplished his goal.

Photographer Jason M. Peterson has been taking pictures for over 25 years, but just started sharing his work widely in the past five due to the rise of social media.



Mattias Adolfssons Wildly Intricate Sketchbook and Doodle Artworks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Like a mad hybrid of Wheres Waldo meets Dr. Seusswith healthy doses of absurdity and science fictionSwedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson (previously) fills his sketchbooks and canvases edge to edge with his manically dense drawings of well, just about anything you can imagine. Around the framework of a known destination such as a small village or the interior of a church, the artist populates nearly every square inch with bands of unruly characters, Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions, and overly complex spacesuits. The purpose of everything seems to be a mystery, but the time spent trying to understand it all is always rewarding, a first-glance view can turn into minutes of exploration as each piece slowly unravels like a story.

Adolfsson is as meticulous in the documentation and sharing of his work as the subject matter itself. You can follow his process and peek inside numerous sketchbooks on his website, where you can also find many of his drawings gathered into a series of books. He also shares prints and a few original watercolor works in his Etsy shop.



New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces Social Borders as Its MFA Winter Residency Theme "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mark Dion, Aviary (courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York)

The New Hampshire Institute of Arts (NHIA) low residency MFA program features semi-annual residencies organized around a theme. This January, the theme will be Borders.

Residency themes are designed to be viewed from multiple perspectives. In this case, students will engage with a faculty panel around the issue of social borders, a subject thats particularly relevant given current climate around gender and race.

They will also take part in a hands-on collaborative project that will prompt questions about how borders are created and how they are torn down. This interdisciplinary work connects students and faculty across degrees, and complements students immersion in presentations, workshops, and critiques in their individual programs in Writing, Photography, and the Visual Arts.

The residency will feature two special guests:

  • On January 7th, visiting writer, Francisco Cant, will offer a reading from his forthcoming book The Line Becomes a River (Riverhead Books, 2018), in which Cant explores his experience as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
  • On January 9th, artist Mark Dion will offer a presentation. Dions work challenges entrenched ways of thinking about art. He appropriates scientific methods of collecting and organizing that dissolve the borders between disciplines.

Stay tuned: in June, our theme will be Food!

The deadline for applying to the MFA program this winter is December 1st, 2017.

Want to learn more? Call us at (603) 836-2588, email us at, or attend our MFA Residency Visit Day on January 13, 2018.

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A View from the Easel "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The 102nd installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. Want to take part? Submit your studio just check out the submission guidelines.

Anne Marchands studio in Washington, DC (image courtesy the artist)

Anne Marchand, Washington, DC (site)

My studio space is in an old Victorian townhouse. The floor to ceiling windows let in lots of morning light. I have track lighting around areas that dont get much direct sunlight. I like to have a clean slate when I begin a new series. This view of the studio has finished abstract paintings and a work in progress on the floor. Since my process is spontaneous and active, paint goes everywhere. I typically use acrylic paints on canvas with cardboard barriers to protect the floor and rug underneath. At the end of a painting day, I arrange all my materials and supplies so I can have a fresh start when I return. All of my studio furniture has wheels and can be reconfigured for different projects. Ive just added a couple more rolling carts with tops so I can work on smaller pieces. My paints are stored in plastic containers on the metal shelves and my other resource materials are stacked into old cigar boxes that I use as bins and store them under the table. I love coming in and seeing all the vibrant colors waiting for discovery. Its a kickstart to begin the creative process once again.



89-Year-Old Photographer Pokes Fun at Herself in Silly Self-Portraits "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Kimiko Nishimoto Self Portrait

Learning something new can be challenging, but sometimes, it can take you places youd never imagine. Kimiko Nishimoto was 72 years old when she picked up a camera, and its transformed her life over the past 17 years. Now at 89, she's enjoying wide-spread attention for her creative self-portrait photography.

Nishimoto pokes fun at herself through her bizarre compositions. While many people are concerned with finding their most flattering angles and wearing stylish outfits, Nishimoto chooses to dress up in strange costumes and place herself in situations that are amusingly self-deprecatinglike hanging from a clothesline, being struck with a shovel, and run over by a car. The exaggerated images make you smile as well as commend Nishimoto for her willingness to be silly. Thanks to a camera and photo manipulation software, she has found her creative bliss.

Nishimoto has teamed up with Epson on a month-long exhibition of her work. Her photos will be on view at the Epson Imaging Gallery in Tokyo from December 15th, 2017, through January 18th, 2018.

At 89 years old, Kimiko Nishimoto expresses her silly side through creative self-portrait photography.

Kimiko Nishimoto Self Portrait...


The Russian Billionaire Behind Christies Controversial $450M Leonardo "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev, whose family trust sold the painting, as Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi (c.1500)(image by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Last night, Christies auction house sold Salvator Mundi, which it claims is the last painting by Leonardo da Vinci in private hands, for an astounding, record-setting $400M (the final price was over $450M with fees). The sale was controversial for a couple of reasons: that mind-numbing number itself, but also the fact that there are a lot of questions and serious doubts about the paintings authenticity, restoration, and provenance.

One can therefore be forgiven for initially overlooking another elephant in the room the identity of the seller. When theres this much money involved, though, it usually pays to follow it, and here the money leads directly back to the Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev. Rybolovlevs family trust sold the painting, through Christies, to an undisclosed buyer, but if his name sounds familiar for other reasons, that might be because in 2008 he paid (through a company he controlled) $95M to buy a Palm Beach mansion from Donald Trump. Or it could be that hes also known for allegedly using his art collection to shield money from his wife, a bitter conflict brought to light in the Panama P...


Watch Classical Music Come to Life in Artfully Animated Scores: Stravinsky, Debussy, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart & More "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Stephen Malinowski has cultivated his own patch of YouTube ground over the years with the Music Animation Machine, slowly scrolling visual representations of classical music. The videos, like the one above, use shape and color to interpret pitch, duration, and more recently dynamics and intervals in a hypnotic style that references both Oskar Fischinger and Guitar Hero.

Personally, Ive been a fan for years and watched his style evolve from the basics of a piano roll scroll to these much more complex animations, just as smalin (his YouTube name) has gone from working with solo piano works to the density of Beethovens symphony scores or the chaos of Stravinskys Rite of Spring.

Many music lovers who are not musicians but understand enough about composition will often follow a printed score when listening to classical music; I would suggest that this is one better than the traditional notation, as smalins method makes individual instruments in a quartet easy to follow; or show the interplay between left and right hands in a Debussy piece; or lay out in visual terms the variations on a theme or pattern (especially in Bach). For those who love but dont get classical music, these videos are a step towards clarity.

The Music Animation Machine started long before the Internet. Malinowski (a graduate of my alma maters SBCC and UCSB!) dates the beginning to 1982, and the...


Trouble on the Island of Happiness and Human Rights Concerns for the Louvre Abu Dhabi "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A view of Saadiyat Island during the construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (image courtesy Hans Haacke and Gulf Labor Coalition)

On November 9, Swiss journalists Serge Enderlin and Jon Bjorgvinsson were filming migrant workers in Abu Dhabis public Mussafah market when they were arrested by local police. The journalists were in the United Arab Emirates to cover the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the working and living conditions of the countrys foreign laborers. Once arrested, the police blindfolded them, confiscated their equipment and held them for more than 50 hours, where they were interrogated for nine hours at a time and forced to sign confessions in Arabic before being deported to Switzerland.

We took the opportunity of the Louvre Abu Dhabi opening, and its huge impact in the French speaking world, to enquire again about the fate of the migrant workers who are building these countries, Enderlin told Hyperallergic in an email.

Migrant workers on Saadiyat Island (image courtesy Hans Haacke and Gulf Labor Coalition)

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened to the public on November 11, is the latest project to launch on Saadiyat Island, which translates from...


The Simpsons Family Home Reimagined in Different Architectural Styles "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The original Simpsons home, 742 Evergreen Terrace vs The Simpsons House IRL

Springfield's 742 Evergreen Terracethe suburban two-story detached residence thats home to The Simpsonsis possibly one of the most recognizable homes on TV. The home has hardly changed since first airing in 1989, and features a garage, basement, attic, and a large garden complete with a brown picket fence. By design, the fictional family home encapsulates the American suburban stereotype. But what ifin some bizarre alternate realitythe suburban stereotype as we know it had evolved into something quite different? Marketing agency NeoMam have provided the answer, following a recent commission by HomeAdvisor, in which they gave the Simpson family home a series of architectural makeovers.

NeoMam have reimagined the iconic abode in a diverse mix of styles including a curvaceous Art Deco domicile; a wooden log cabin; an angular contemporary home, with floor to ceiling windows; a colonial residence, that even Mr Burns would be impressed by; a Mediterranean villa featuring arched windows; a Victorian mansion; a Cape Cod dwelling, with a steeped roof; and even one in the style of Tudor Revival.

Regardless of the building style, youll see one thing that remains constant: Homer in the backyard throwing out a can of Duff.

This series reimagines Simpsons family home in a diverse range of architectural styles.

Simpsons Home Architecture Styles by NeoMam

Art Deco

Simpsons Home Architecture Styles by NeoMam

Tudor Revival



Your Career in the Art World Starts With Christies Education "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If your career goal is to secure a professional role in the international art world, a Masters degree at Christies Education New York will provide you with the training, networks and experiences necessary to embark on your ambitions.

Studying at the heart of Christies auction house, you will have access to Christies specialists, hands-on encounters with works of art and behind-the-scenes insight into the commercial realities of the worlds leading art business. Our two degree programs provide complementary opportunities to begin your career. Both are intensive fifteen-month degrees taught by our experienced academic staff and a prestigious visiting faculty.

M.A. Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market has trained students to be effective art world professionals since 1998. This program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and explores the history of art and the art market. This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and the market from the mid-19th century to the present day. Alumni of the program work throughout the global art world.

M.A. Art, Law and Business provides an in-depth study of the relationships between art, law and business and how they influence the commercial art world. It combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on practical training and workshops. Emphasizing practice over theory, the program introduces students to the foundational tools, skills and concepts of the art market, law and business.

Find out more about Christies Educations global programs of Masters degrees, continuing education and online courses at

The post Your Career in the Art World Starts With Christies Education appeared first on Hyperallergic.


Matereality: A Mesmerizing Short Film of Macro Magnetism Captured by Roman De Giuli "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In this mesmerizing new short film, German filmmaker Roman De Giuli worked with magnets, iron filings, reflective pigment, and glitter to create this pulsing visual montage of magnetic special effects titled Matereality. Its amazing to think this was all done with practical effects and not CGI. Music by Son-J. (via The Awesomer)


Objects Made by Prisoners, from Soap Sculptures to Pendants "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Snake (United Kingdom, 1919), glass beads, fabric (courtesy International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum). During World War I, many Ottoman prisoners made small beaded items like this snake, a symbol of good luck.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva has a collection of over 360 objects made by political prisoners and prisoners of war from over 60 countries. Many were given by detainees to International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) delegates, visiting as part of their mandate under the Geneva Conventions, and since 2013 pieces have been on permanent view at the museum. From a 1916 engraved fountain pen formed from an ammunition cartridge in Germany during World War I, to a ruffly swan created from coffee packets by a detainee from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2012, each is a reworking of the scarce materials at hand into something that transcended confinement.

Cover of <em>Prisoners' Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum</em> (courtesy 5Continents)Cover of Prisoners Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (courtesy 5Continents)

Now, selections from this collection are published in Prisoners Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, out from...


An Artist Adopts Avant-Garde Poetry to Express the Limits of Language "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Kameelah Janan Rasheeds in the proper direction: forward/ also the ache of (perceived) velocity at Printed Matter, New York (all images courtesy the artist and Printed Matter)

Recently, Kameelah Janan Rasheeds evocatively cryptic text-based installations have appeared in many of her solo and group shows, from A.I.R. Gallery, to the Queens Museum, to the 8th Floor. The all black-and-white installations contain imbricated rectangles of text and image, many of them found and then altered, that sprawl haphazardly across gallery walls like wheatpaste posters on a city construction site. The works, which look like vivisected scrapbooks, are equal parts installation art and visual poetry.

Given the textual nature of this work, the back exhibition room at Printed Matter, the Chelsea neighborhood artists book store, is an apposite space for Rasheeds latest installation, in the proper direction: forward/ also the ache of (perceived) velocity. For the show, Rasheed arranged variously sized black-and-white paper rectangles along the rooms narrow parallel walls, as well as in adjacent vitrines, in a manner that recalls a timeline. Sporadic snippets of wavy and distorted poetic text appear throughout such as the punning directive to use       your/ inside/ vote but most of the rectangles are wordless. In particular, the preponderance of all-black rectangles creates the impression that much of the work has been redacted.



Herbie Hancock Now Teaching His First Online Course on Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A quick update to something we first mentioned last June. On Masterclass, jazz legend Herbie Hancock is now teaching his first online course on jazz. In 25 video lessons, the 14-time Grammy winner shares his approach to improvisation, composition, and harmony, and gives students access to 10+ original piano transcriptions, including 5 exclusive solo performances. Plus there's a downloadable workbook. The cost is $90. You can enroll yourself, or give the course as a gift. Check it out here.

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How Skilled Copyists Leave the Louvre with a Masterpiece Every Year "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Louvre Copyist Ivan Guilbert photojournalism

Salvador Dal, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas. These artists are not only some of the most famous painters in art history, but they also share a common experiencecopying the works of Old Masters in the Louvre. A long tradition dating back to just after the French Revolution, each year Paris' premier museum grants 250 permits to amateur and professional artists, allowing them to copy the masterpiece of their choice.

Post-impressionist painter Paul Czanne once said, The Louvre is the book from which we learn to read. This poignant thought sums up the traditional practice of learning by copying the work of previous masters. Indeed, as far back as the 15th century, when Italian artist Cennino Cennini wrote his artist handbook, The Book of Art, this task has been deemed essential for artistic growth. Cennini wrote, When you have practiced drawing for a while take pains and pleasure in constantly copying the best works that you can find done by the hand of great masters.

The Louvre opened its doors to copyists in 1793, just one month after Marie Antoinette was beheaded and Louis XIV's palace transformed into a public museum. It was then declared that any artist would be provided an easel free of charge to take up the challenge of painting a masterpiece. This still holds true today. But while the easels are free, artists around the world can wait for up to two years in order to be granted one of the limited permits.

Louvre Copyists Ivan Guilbert photojournalist

The Louvre copyists are...


Donald Trump takes a fatal shit on Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heideckers Trump Songs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A year to the day in the making, Tim Heideckers Donald Trump protest numbers have been collected together as a new album Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heideckers Trump Songs.

While some people find themselves sapped of the will to live...


Explore Guernica with a Sprawling Visual Timeline "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Guernica at the Muse des Arts Decoratifs in Paris (photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Consider it your new go-to resource for anything Guernica-related. A new, freely accessible website launched by Madrids Reina Sofia museum serves as an interactive library for materials related to Picassos famous painting, from preparatory sketches to its depiction on posters through the decades, to the transport documents necessary for it to travel from museum to museum. Rethinking Guernica. History and Conflict in the 20th Century is a massive collection, pulling together over 2,000 records from 120 public and private archives, libraries, museums, institutions, and national and international agencies, including the Muse Picasso in Paris and Madrids National History Archive.

William Rubin and Alicia Legg preparing for the exhibition Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective, at MoMA in 1980 (Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York 2017)

Launched with the support of telecommunications provider Telefnica, the website is available in Spanish and English. As an artwork that became an enduring political symbol, accruing meaning far beyond the horrific war scene depicted in its frame, Guernica has a complicated history; its easy to get lost. Rethinking Guernica offers a helpful, visuals-based timeline that clearly traces not only the paintings movement but also the different political discourses that arose around it. Among the most interesting material on the platform are phot...


Photographer Braves 14-Hour Hike to Capture Wedding Atop Norways Trolltunga Rock "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wedding Portraits Trolltunga

There are many ways to defy convention on your wedding day. Perhaps you opt for a black dress over a white gown, or you take the literal plunge and get married in the middle of the sea. There are also the adventurous types who accompany their walk down the aisle with a long hike; this special trek gives them the perfect backdrop as they recite their vows. Photographer Priscila Valentina was alongside a couple who eloped at the famous Norway rock formation called Trolltunga or Troll Tongue. All told, the hiking took 14 hours round trip.

The extreme wedding photos were not for the faint of heart. The trip required them to head to the trail by 5:30 AM in full hiking gear, including layers of coats and pantsin addition to their wedding ensembles and bouquet. Valentina had the extra challenge of traversing the entire rainy trail with 35 pounds of camera gear in tow. It was worth it, though; the most epic view on Earth was breathtaking scenery for the betrothed as they changed from their outdoor gear into formal attire in separate tents. (After all that, there were still surprises left!)

The bride wore a white lace wedding dress while the groom donned a tailored blue suit. Although their attire was certainly out of place in the desolate natural locale, the juxtaposition is stunning. Together, they make for photos that not only look beautiful, but they speak to the couples sense of adventure as they embark on this new life journey as one.

Wedding photographer Priscila Valentina made a 14 hour (roundtrip) hike to Norway's famous rock formation, Trolltunga.

Wedding Portraits Trolltunga...


Undead: The Book Every Bauhaus Fan Will Covet is Arriving Soon "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Its been a busy year for former members of Bauhaus, despite there being zero actual Bauhaus activity. Bassist David J did a well-received solo tourI saw him do a living room show in Detroit, and it was goddamn magnifiqueand has signed on to join his former bands singer Peter Murphy...


Angry Samoans, Dickies, Suburban Lawns and more in a cable TV report on L.A. punk (c. 1980) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Whats Up America was a newsmagazine show that ran on Showtime from 1978 to 1981, covering topics such as BB guns; female boxers; urban cowboys; Elvis Presley impersonators; chariot racers in Pocatello, Idaho; and a couple who...


Interactive Sonic Youth timeline, curated by the band members themselves "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sonic Youth have, for reasons so thoroughly well-publicized they hardly merit rehashing here, been very, very quiet since their 2011 split, though its individual members have continued to keep prolific release schedules in various bands. But the ongoing lack of an extant Sonic Youth does nothing to change the fact that 2018 is coming, and...


An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Arriving in a new city usually means finding the nearest decent grocery, pharmacy, coffee shop, bookstore, laundry, etc. And before nearly every musical whim could be satisfied with a few clicks, it also meant for many people finding the nearest record store. Even the local strip mall chain might hold a surprise or two. But the true finds appeared among the small proprietors, merchandisers of dusty LPs in wooden bins and keepers of local music scene lore. Entering a well-curated music shop can feel like walking into a medieval apothecary. Whatever ails you, youre sure to find a remedy here. If it doesnt work, there remains a certain magic in the transaction. We continue to believe in music even when it lets us down.

But have we lost faith in the record shop? I hope not. Online streaming and buying has the regrettable effect of flattening everything into the same two dimensions without the aura of physical media and the musical paraphernalia we find in real life stores. Should you be among the unlucky who lack a local music store, fear not.

You can recover the romance by traveling to any one of the thousands of shops worldwide that are catalogued and mapped on VinylHub, a crowd-sourced endeavor, Ron Kretsch writes at Dangerous Minds, "to create an interactive map of every brick-and-mortar record store on Earth, a perfect resource for the world-traveling vinyl obsessive.

Brought to us by masterminds behind Discogs and their similar spin-off online catalogs for books, movies, etc., this project might get us out of our chairsmaybe even out the countryand into new places to dig through the crates. But even if were not inclined to leave the house, VinylHub offers a wealth of fascinating information. The single city with the large...


Recommended: Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa Going South "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Going South has got plenty of groove, but this isnt a dance album, per se.  Because the newest from Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa trio has got a soft touch of introspection and a strong dose of volatility to accompany its predominately joyful sound.  Afreaka threatens to come apart at the seams, and the cadence []


Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt Parship Take Over in Hamburg "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In Hamburg werden die U-Bahn Screens zur Zeit mal ausnahmsweise fr eine uerst sinnvolle und verdammt wichtige Kampagne eingesetzt. ber die digitalen Billboards laufen Plakate, die so aussehen wie die Werbung einer der groen Dating Websites. Allerdings mit einer bitteren Wahrheit Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt, anstelle des romantischen 11-Minuten-Slogans, wie er sonst berall in der Stadt zu lesen ist. Husliche Gewalt in Parship-Optik packen Respekt. teresa bcker (@fraeulein_tessa) 16. November 2017 Das ganze knnte man damit als so etwas wie ein legales Adbusting beschreiben. Und dabei auch noch hoch offiziell und mit ffentlichem Absender. Hinter der Kampagnen steht laut Impressum der Website die Stadt Hamburg mit der Behrde fr Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration. Well played Stadt Hamburg. Manchmal berrascht du selbst uns.

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Beautiful & Outlandish Color Illustrations Let Europeans See Exotic Fish for the First Time (1754) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Whether in the tanks into which we gaze at the aquarium or the CGI-intensive wildlife-based gagfests at which we gaze in the theater, most of us in the 21st century have seen more than a few funny fish. Eighteenth-century Europeans couldn't have said the same. The great majority passed their entire lives without so much as a glance at the form of even one live exotic creature of the deep, and most of those who have a sense of what such a sight looked like probably got it from an illustration. But even so, some of the illustrated fish of the day must have proven unforgettable, especially the ones in Louis Renard's Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes.

First published in 1719 with a second edition, seen here, in 1754, Renard's book, whose full title translates to Fishes, Crayfishes, and Crabs, of Diverse Colors and Extraordinary Form, that Are Found Around the Islands of the Moluccas and on the Coasts of the Southern Lands, showed its readers, in full color for the very first time, creatures the likes of which they'd never have had occasion even to imagine. The book's 460 hand-colored copper engravings depict, according to the Glasgow University Library, "415 fishes, 41 crustaceans, two stick insects, a dugong and a mermaid."

The specimens in the first part of the book tend toward the realistic, while those of the second "verge on the surreal," many of which "bear no similarity to any living creatures," some...


Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi Sells for Over $400 Million, Shattering All Art Auction Records [UPDATED] "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The buyers on the phone during the final stretch of bidding (GIF by the author for Hyperallergic)

Tonight, Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi sold for $400 million shattering art auction records ($450.3 million with fees). The buyer is still unknown.

Before today, the highest price paid for art at auction was Pablo Picassos Les Femmes dAlger (1955), which including fees went for $179.4 million, and the highest price paid in a private sale is believed to be Willem de Koonings Interchange (1955) at roughly $300 million.

Just a reminder that:


Disneys Architectural Aspirations in EPCOT "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

On the 16th of November 1965, Walt Disney announced that his company had acquired 27,443 acres of a Florida swampland, twice the size of Manhattan, where he had plans to build the utopian Epcot Center: Experimental Prototypical Community/City of Tomorrow. In his own words, EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems. (Disney in the introductory film, October 27, 1966). As Walt Disney died of cancer a year later in 1966, most of his ideas for this planned city were abandoned and the now world famous Disney World Resort replaced it.

Possibly sensing the end of his life and witnessing his grandchildren growing up, Walt started doubting  the safety of their future in modern cities which were busy, chaotic, insalubrious and rife with crime. Disneyland had offered the public entertainment and escapism from their post-war existence, but this new urban plan would offer much more an actual model for a better city of the future. Steve Mannheim wrote how Disney began to study books about city planning, such as Ebenezer Howards Garden Cities of Tomorrow (1902) and Victor Gruens The Heart of Our Cities: The Urban Crisis, Diagnosis and Cure (1964). The author compared him to Le C...


Kickstarter Launches Drip, a Service for Subscribing to Artists Projects "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Drips homepage (screenshot via Drip)

Earlier today, Kickstarter launched Drip, a kind of art subscription service intended to raise money for creators visual and performing artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, craftspeople, and designers of all kinds. As their tagline goes: Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.

Individual artists and collectives, podcasters, and experimental groups create pages on the site, and visitors can subscribe to certain projects, or whatever else the artist decides to make available to them. Artists have the option to create tiers of membership for different kinds of access, and the goal is that these subscriptions will help fund the artists future projects, at the same time encouraging the artist to create more content for subscribers.

Drips discover page (screenshot via Drip)

Kickstarter isnt the first company to offer such a service. (Patreon has been doing roughly the same thing since 2013.) In fact, Drip was previously an independent entity, used primarily for supporting musicians from 2012 unti...

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FILM: Lost and Found "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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