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David Hockney, Contrarian, Shifts Perspectives - The New York Times
Mr. Hockney’s new paintings are riveting in their spatial distortions. A born colorist, he’d rather be a Cubist.
art  painting  davidhockney  nytimes 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
And the Blue Ribbon Goes to ... Anissa Mack - The New York Times
For the Brooklyn-based, Connecticut-raised artist Anissa Mack, state fair rituals are not just a seasonal recurrence, but the engine driving a continuing body of work. Around two dozen of her newest collagelike objects and sculptures inspired by a lifetime of fair-going are on view in “Junk Kaleidoscope,” a solo show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum here, through April 22.
nytimes  art  sculpture  anissamack 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
‘Scenes of Solitude’ From Hudson River School Artists - The New York Times
The mere sight of 83 landscapes by the Hudson River School artists, assembled at the Albany Institute of History & Art for the first time in over 50 years, was enough to reduce one visitor to tears.
nytimes  painting  art  landscapepainting  hudsonriver  albanyinstituteofhistoryandart  history 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
MoMA's Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibition delves into history of iconic apparel
New York's Museum of Modern Art is opening its first fashion-only show in over 70 years, telling the stories of the garments and accessories that form the foundation of how we dress today.
moma  museumofmodernart  art  fashion  museums  dezeen 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Provocative Museum Places African Art on the Global Stage - The New York Times
The $38 million new museum houses the collection of Jochen Zeitz, the German-born philanthropist and former chief executive officer of Puma SE, who has been amassing contemporary work from Africa and its diaspora since 2008. The building’s simple concrete exterior and cut-glass-faceted windows give little hint of the spectacular cathedral-like interior, with 80 white-cube galleries over nine floors on either side.
zeitzmuseum  africanart  contemporaryart  capetown  africa  art  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Picturesque Retreat in a Tiny Town in Puglia - The New York Times
When his Rome apartment grew too small for his collections, an American curator found a historic home — and layers of lost history.
art  artcollecting  artcollection  artcollector  nytimes  tmagazine  curator  peterbensonmiller  puglia  italy  interiordesign  homes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What It’s Like to Live With Art That Doesn’t Love You Back - The New York Times
At a time when art is as commodified as oil, a few collectors have chosen to buy works that are messy, perishable and threaten to take over their lives.
art  artcollection  artcollecting  artcollector  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation? - The New York Times
Meanwhile, in the U.S., two visionaries were also campaigning for a greater collaborative relationship between modern art and science: Gyorgy Kepes, who founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. in 1967, and the artist Robert Rauschenberg, who, around the same time, co-founded E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) with the engineers Billy Kluver and Fred Waldhauer and artist Robert Whitman, to initiate and support collaborations between artists and scientists. (Their most publicized project was a series of installations, including a water-vapor sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya and physicist Thomas Mee, made for the dome at the 1970 world’s fair, Expo ’70, in Osaka, Japan.) Two years later, NASA invited Rauschenberg to witness the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon — an experience that resulted in ‘‘Stoned Moon,’’ a remarkable series of lithographic prints.
art  technology  science  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Unique Value of Seeing Works in the Wild - The New York Times
Art Parks occupy a distinct and, one might argue, increasingly important place within the larger art world. Generally with low admission fees and located outside urban hubs, they bring sculpture to those who might otherwise lack access, or feel unwelcome in a typical museum or white-cube setting. In doing so, they not only democratize art, but challenge us to see it anew.
nytimes  tmagazine  art  artparks  installations 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Calico Wallpaper Co-founders Talk Art and Business - Coveteur
Launching a business with your significant other, in our imaginations (because it would literally never happen), looks a bit like a living nightmare. But Rachel and Nick Cope, the husband-and-wife co-founders of Calico Wallpaper, make it seem like a dream.
Coveteur  wallpaper  art  design  nickcope  rachelcope  calicowallpaper 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
World's Smallest Contemporary Museum Journeys to L.A. | KCET
When Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (or NuMu, for short) was born in 2012, artists Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam meant this ovoid structure to challenge visitors’ notions of what a museum should be in the 21st century. Within an intimate 6.5 by 8.2 feet, this unconventional art museum has hosted more than 15 exhibitions and numerous public programs, while only accommodating up to four people at a time. It is the world’s smallest contemporary art museum. Take a look inside this unusual art space and hear from its founders, as they recreate the museum in Guatemala and take their concept on the road to Los Angeles for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. 
kcet  artbound  nuevomuseodeartcontemporaneo  numu  art  museum  artmuseum  pacificstandardtime 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A de Kooning, a Theft and an Enduring Mystery - The New York Times
Willem de Kooning completed “Woman-Ochre” in 1955. It depicts a defiantly naked figure facing the viewer, arms akimbo. At the time, de Kooning had a studio in Greenwich Village, where his artistic vision — not to mention his quiet charm and energetic drinking — made him a figure of renown on the art scene.

Three years after de Kooning finished the painting, a benefactor of the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson bought it for the institution. And 27 years after that, in 1985, it was stolen — cut from its frame.
art  crime  artheist  heist  williamdekooning  nytimes  womanochre 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Art at the End of the World - The New York Times
A pilgrimage (with children) to see ‘‘Spiral Jetty,’’ Robert Smithson’s profound testament to catastrophe.
art  landart  nytimes  nytimesmag  robertsmithson  spiraljetty  greatsaltlake  utah 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In an Unused Harlem Church, a Towering Work of a ‘Genius’ - The New York Times
Julie Mehretu, a MacArthur Foundation “genius,” is executing a monumental new commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
nytimes  art  juliemehretu  artist  mural  sfmoma  sanfrancisco 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Rothko Chapel - The New York Times
In 1964, the Houston art collectors and patrons John and Dominique de Menil commissioned Rothko’s work for the interior of a space to be designed by the architect Philip Johnson. (When Johnson clashed with Rothko, the project was turned over to the Houston architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry.) The de Menils, observant Catholics, were influenced by their friend the Rev. Marie-Alain Couturier, who believed that modern artists could reinvigorate sacred art. The chapel, which opened in 1971, sits next to the campus of the Menil Collection, the museum that now houses the couple’s art. It has been open to the public nearly every day since.
houston  texas  therothkochapel  markrothko  art  design  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Serbian Refugee Center, a ‘Little Picasso’ Dreams of Art and Asylum - The New York Times
In a shabby refugee center on the outskirts of Belgrade, an Afghan artist nicknamed Little Picasso spends his days sketching and dreaming while living in limbo, seemingly immune to the deepening sense of hopelessness and despair all around him.
nytimes  art  refugees  war  afghanistan 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
China Art Objects's Steve Hanson on the Wild, True History of L.A.'s Chinatown Art Scene | Art for Sale | Artspace
Before the Los Angeles art scene was the Shangri-La—or hype machine, depending on your point of view—that it is today, now spreading from the Eastside to Hollywood to Culver City and beyond, it was a tiny enclave of cool ensconced in a gritty, peculiar setting: the city's historic Chinatown. Why there? Largely because of the energy generated by one renegade artist-run outfit, China Art Objects Galleries, that opened its doors on Chung King Road in 1999 and helped usher in the laid-back-but-polished, multidisciplinary era of L.A. art that has characterized the past decade and a half. 
artspace  art  chinatown  losangeles  artgalleries  chinartobject  stevenhanson 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Yayoi Kusama’s Art for the Instagram Age - The Atlantic
Is Yayoi Kusama’s new participatory-art exhibit about seeking profound experiences—or posting selfies?
yayoikusama  art  instagram  socialmedia  selfies  theatlantic 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Inventive Postwar Japanese Painter Has His Moment
Shiraga, whose dynamic contributions blend painting and performance, is still a misunderstood radical who is only now receiving the sort of American institutional and gallery attention that properly contextualizes the depth and reach of his practice.
painting  art  japan  kazuoshiraga  tmagazine  nytimes 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Unclothed in Andrew Wyeth’s Art - The New York Times
The art historian Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw took a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia to the Brandywine River Museum of Art here two years ago on a sensitive mission: to study Andrew Wyeth’s pictures of black subjects.
andrewwyeth  painting  art  africanamericanrepresentation  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Rediscovering Harry Bertoia, sculptor and ambient pioneer
Though his furniture designs remain his best known work (much in the same way that Charles and Ray Eames – whom Bertoia met through the famed Cranbook Academy of Art – were known for their chairs above all else), Bertoia’s interest in the possibilities of sound became his greatest passion, manifesting in numerous “sounding sculptures” displayed at various locations throughout the US.
harrybertoia  music  experimentalmusic  sculpture  soundsculpture  ambientmusic  sonambient  factmagazine  art  design  industrialdesign 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Keith Newstead Automata • A Playful Path
This is one of hundreds of Automata from Keith Newstead. It is the first time we have paid tribute to the playful genius of this art and this artist. I trust it won’t be the last.
keithnewstead  art  design  automata 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Twisted toymaker on his 'wood cartoons' - BBC News
Paul Spooner specialises in a field known as 'mechanical automata'.
He makes elaborate constructions from various materials - with a strong preference for wood - as much for the joy of making them, as to further any practical purpose.
paulspooner  art  automata  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Apocalypse in the Beaches — William Kurelek's Nightmare Visions
He was, in a lot ways, something of a Canadian stereotype. He was born in a shack on the Prairies during the winter of 1927. He grew up working on his parents' farm, ploughing fields and tending cows. When he was older, he worked as a lumberjack in the towering forests of Québec and on the shores of Lake Superior. As a construction worker, he put curbs on the streets of Edmonton and built grain elevators in Thunder Bay. As a waiter, he served the rich and famous at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. And as a painter... Well, as a painter, he became one of the most successful artists in Canadian history, using scenes from his past to capture the spirit of the nation on canvasses that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
williamkurelek  canada  canadian  art  painting 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Mondrian’s World: From Primary Colors to the Boogie Woogie - The New York Times
It has often been assumed that Piet Mondrian was a cold, calculating, detached kind of man. Look at his paintings, his primary color planes divided by black lines, so formal and rectilineal: Hello, is there anyone in there?

But it turns out that the Dutch painter was quite a vibrant character, apparently a lover of many women, who went out dancing at jazz clubs almost every night, and constantly experimented with new forms of art and new ways of seeing.
pietmondrian  painting  dutch  netherlands  nytimes  art 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
David Hurn and Martin Parr: How to Build an Art Collection by Swapping Prints - Magnum Photos
Ahead of the opening of David Hurn’s Swaps exhibition, curated by Martin Parr, the Magnum photographers and print aficionados share their love for photography and their passion for collecting
martinparr  davidhurn  magnumphotos  photography  art 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Underground in the 1940s: Alex Katz’s Subway Drawings
In the 1940s, before he found acclaim as a painter, Alex Katz, now eighty-nine, was a student at Cooper Union. Uninterested in the models his teachers asked him to draw, Katz rode the subway for hours, often into the early hours of the morning, sketching the passengers who caught his eye. Through June 30, Timothy Taylor Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his subway drawings. 
theparisreviewblog  alexkatz  art  drawing  timothytaylorgallery 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint
These images, selected from my book Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint, indicate the range and provocation of Cy Twombly’s works on canvas and paper, pointing especially to his inventive use of literary quotation and allusion throughout his long career and his relation to poetry as an inspiration for his art.
theparisreviewblog  cytwombly  art  painting  literature 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Finding Mexico City, and Luis Barragán, Again - The New York Times
I was well aware that in my time away, Mexico City had changed in both good and bad ways. It had become an island of relative safety in a sea of narcoterrorism. It had become a necessary stopping-off point for culinary adventurers. It had evolved into a newly lustrous destination for the internationalized contemporary art elite, drawn by a thriving gallery scene and newly opened museums.
luisbarragan  nytimes  art  architecture  design  mexico  mexicocity 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Alec Soth: America's most immaculate, intriguing photographer | Art and design | The Guardian
Whether he’s shooting Johnny Cash’s desolate boyhood home, nude newlyweds in Niagara or preacher men in prison, Soth’s images are the most sure-footed fine-art photography of his generation. Now, his first UK retrospective captures the beauty of a true American original
alecsoth  photography  theguardian  art 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Glenn O’Brien’s Friends Remember a ‘Successful Maniac’ - The New York Times
Andy Warhol hired him. Madonna sang at his 50th birthday party. He taught readers of GQ and Details how to dress. Few people have navigated New York’s tribes — art, fashion, media, music — quite like Glenn O’Brien.
glennobrien  art  fashion  media  music  nytimes  newyork  downtown  scene  downtownny 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Artist’s Mythic Rebellion for the Venice Biennale - The New York Times
Mark Bradford’s concern: How can he represent the United States when he no
longer feels represented by his government?
markbradford  art  artist  politics  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is This Los Angeles’s $600 Million Man? - The New York Times
Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, has a provocative vision for his museum and his adopted city.
lacma  art  museum  losangeles  california  michaelgovan  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Hawaii, Contemporary Art Gets Its Moment in the Sun - The New York Times
Few aficionados and collectors would rank Hawaii among the world’s top destinations for contemporary art, but young local and foreign artists are making the islands an increasingly relevant hub. Hawaiian artists who moved to the mainland after the 2008 economic crisis are returning, while the scene is inspiring artists from across the continental United States and Asia to produce works for a mostly undiscovered market
Hawaii  art  contemporaryart  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Miró, Calder and a Convergence of ‘Constellations’ - The New York Times
Joan Miró was a small, fastidious, taciturn Catalan. Alexander Calder was a big, rumpled, gregarious American. At first glance, they would appear to hail from distant planets. Yet once they met in Paris in 1928, they enjoyed an unusually close and mutually beneficial friendship that lasted until Calder’s death in 1976.
art  alexandercalder  JoanMiró  sculpture  painting  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
K.K. Barrett's Model Sets
K.K. Barrett's visionary process in creating Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens.
kkbarrett  karen  o  thecreatorsproject  art  opera  music  design  models  modelsets  productiondesign 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
World Builder: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Teams with Kid Koala
At first glance, there's nothing iconic or remarkable about the Los Angeles created by production designer K.K. Barrett. And it's by his own design. However, look again, and the complex environments the award-winning world builder has created for commercials and feature films crackle and pop with smart visual clues.
kcet  artbound  kkbarrett  kidkoala  film  performance  art  music  nufoniamustfall  puppets 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
A small, experimental liberal arts college founded in 1933, Black Mountain College (BMC) has exerted enormous influence on the postwar cultural life of the United States. Influenced by the utopian ideals of the progressive education movement, it placed the arts at the center of liberal arts education and believed that in doing so it could better educate citizens for participation in a democratic society. It was a dynamic crossroads for refugees from Europe and an emerging generation of American artists. Profoundly interdisciplinary, it offered equal attention to painting, weaving, sculpture, pottery, poetry, music, and dance.
blackmountaincollege  art  artexhibition  performance 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Return to Black Mountain College
Artists from Josef Albers to Robert Rauschenberg gathered at Black Mountain College, leaving a legacy that a new exhibition examines.
art  blackmountaincollege  wallstreetjournal  performance  history  artexhibtion 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
30-Year-Old Folk Art Project Remains a Constant in a Changing Detroit
The Heidelberg Project offers a different experience every visit. On a blindingly blue and gold fall day, the trees lining Heidelberg street carry heavy canopy, the leaves brown and gold and green and yellow. People walk slowly among the old homes, pausing often to look at new displays. Some of the visuals competing for attention include a fence covered in hundreds of shoes, a park bench made of reclaimed golden oak, circles in sage and indigo and dusty pink on the blacktop of the street itself.
theheidelbergproject  folkart  art  outsiderart  detroit  michigan  curbed 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Downtown LA's 'Polyphonoptic' Triforium Sculpture Could Finally Fulfill Its Fant...
The Triforium sculpture in Fletcher-Bowron Square near the Los Angeles Mall and across from LA City Hall was supposed to be incredibly cool
preservation  losangeles  dtla  art  sculpture  publicart  publicsculpture  polyphonoptictriforium  california 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Eve Babitz’s Powerful Mix of Sex and Intellect
The artist and author had a Los Angeles face, but a New York mind
thenewrepublic  evebabitz  art  writing  cultural  artist  writer 
october 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Can Black Art Ever Escape the Politics of Race?
For 18 months, the writer Richard Wright, late of Harlem and Biloxi, Miss., lay sick, then convalescent, then sick again, then dying, in France, writing thousands of haiku. This lasted from 1959 to 1960, years of chaos and promise and growth around the world, especially in Africa, where nation after nation threw off its colonial oppressors.
art  race  politics  nytimes 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Robert Brownjohn: Photographs at Street Level
Robert Brownjohn’s photographs of London street typography, published in Typographica new series no. 4 in December 1961, have become the stuff of design legend. Brownjohn claims in his introduction to “Street Level,” a 32-page visual essay, that the pictures were gathered on a single trip around the city.
robertbrownjohn  designobserver  typography  london  art  photography 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
White Privilege and Black Lives in the Baltimore Music Scene
During my first few years in Baltimore, when friends who lived elsewhere asked me about it, I said many of the same things I’d heard about it before I moved. That it was magical. That I’d never felt so at home. That the people were beautiful and purposed and supportive. If you asked me the same thing now, I’d still tell you how much I love this city. I’d also still say that living in Baltimore affords one a sense of freedom, except to add that the sense of freedom exists almost solely for non-black artists and musicians. Whatever benefits there are for non-black artists and musicians to live in and move to Baltimore are directly indebted to the majority black population of Baltimore. Our liberties come at the cost of theirs
janahunter  baltimore  race  class  society  music  pitchfork  art  whiteprivilege 
july 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Harold Berg donates a film about Matta-Clark to the MACBA
In a world premiere, the film My Summer 77 with Gordon Matta-Clark, about Office Baroque, one of the artist's last building cuts, in Antwerp, will be shown for the first time. Berg has also donated the film Office Baroque by Cherica Convents and Roger Staylaerts.
vídeo  art  gordonmattaclark  mysummer77  officebaroque  videoart  installationart  modernart  macba 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a cooler of beer. Muscular, tattooed men pose for a group portrait. A horse gallops down a dim city avenue. And a man hangs upside-down, vampire-like, from a street light at night.
kendricklamar  kahiljoseph  art  music  hiphop  losangeles  MOCA  installation  installationart  video  film  musicvideo  museum 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Observations on Film art : La main droite de M. Hulot
Back in March, dissertator Charles Michael informed us that he had inherited a 1953 French painting by Jacques Lagrange (Les jardiniers, below). Seeking more information, he discovered that Lagrange had been a close friend and collaborator of Jacques Tati, working on all his films from Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot onward. Naturally, as big Tati fans (the first essay I ever wrote for publication was on Les Vacances), we were intrigued.
film  art  filmmaking  jacqueslagrange  jacquestati 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
"Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner's Reassuring Life Advice For Struggling Artists
In Getting There: A Book of Mentors, the lauded creator candidly reveals his years of struggle—and his eventual path to success.
writing  writers  screenwriting  matthewweiner  madmen  art  artists  fastcompany 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
A New Whitney
No longer a fortress in an uneasy city, the Whitney Museum of American Art opens itself up to a changed New York, a glittery emblem signaling a definitive shift in the city’s social geography.
art  artmuseum  museum  whitneymuseum  architecture  nytimes  newyork 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
At the Algonquin Hotel: A Conversation With Wes Anderson
An exclusive excerpt from ‘The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel’
art  film  movies  writing  filmmaking  grantland  wesanderson  mattzollerseitz 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Old Masters at the Top of Their Game
After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign.
art  age  culture  artist 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Franklin McMahon: The Man Who Drew History
The rise and fall of American presidents, a benchmark case for the civil rights movement and a crucial sixties anti-war Trial... Franklin McMahon has been there - and drawn it. Peter Lyle talks to the artist-reporter
franklinmcmahon  art  history  artist  drawing  thedailytelegraph 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Yes, The Los Angeles Museum of Art Exists
How a wave of artists is bypassing traditional galleries and museums
art  losangeles  lamagazine  eaglerock  losangelesmuseumofart  lomoa 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Martyr Without a Cause
Reflections on Jean-Michel Basquiat and the art world.
art  JeanMichelBasquiat 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet
On an artist who’s spent nearly 50 years bending the rules of space and light, and his life’s work, an extinct volcano in Arizona where he has been developing a network of tunnels and underground rooms since 1974.
nytimes  jamesturrell  art  nytimesmag 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?
One of his forgeries hung in a show at the Met. Steve Martin bought another of his fake paintings. Still others have sold at auction for multi-million-dollar prices. So how did a self-described German hippie pull off one of the biggest, most lucrative cons in art-world history? And how did he get nailed?
vanityfair  scam  con  art 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Electric Pencil
A long-lost cache of sketches by a state mental hospital inmate finally yields up some of its secrets
riverfronttimes  outsiderart  art 
september 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Go Away
Artist colonies are mysterious places. Available only to a select few, supposedly teeming with alcohol, affairs, and creative hoodoo. But the rumors aren’t true—if only because they lack detail. Scenes and lessons from three residencies.
themorningnews  artistcolonies  art 
september 2012 by brendanmcfadden
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