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Three Artists Blur the Line Between Art and Play


RaRoCo’s yard party at Simone DeSousa (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) DETROIT — It’s an art world convention for conceptual art to be disruptive, or at least leave the viewer feeling unsettled, somewhat uncomfortable. An entirely separate, but no less pervasive, convention places a great deal of importance on the role of the solo show in the career of an artist. Currently on display at Simone DeSousa Gallery, RaRoCo is an amalgam of the first names of the three participating artists — Rachel Reynolds Z, Robert Zahorsky, and Corrie Baldauf — and it outright rejects both of these basic precepts.

Required Reading


Start Today is Japan’s 3rd largest fashion company and operator of the country’s largest e-commerce site, and their latest office in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood is designed by Hiroshi Nakamura.

Weekend Words: Withdraw


Tintoretto, “Jonah Leaves the Whale’s Belly” (1577-78), oil on canvas, 265 x 370 cm, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice (image via Web Gallery of Art) (click to enlarge) The day after Donald Trump made his remarks about Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment, the New York Daily News called on him to withdraw from the presidential race, and if he does not, “the Republican Party, including vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, must instead abandon Trump for toying with political bloodshed.” When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.

Reader’s Diary: Darryl Pinckney’s ‘Black Deutschland’


It was strange to read Darryl Pinckney’s new novel while I was in Berlin. To understand why, you’d have to know that Darryl and I had known each back when we were both in college (he was at Columbia, I was at Haverford), then lost track of each other.

Is It Possible to See What Is There?


Installation view of “Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended” (2016), the Studio Museum in Harlem (photo by Adam Reich) (click to enlarge) The legendary curator Dorothy Miller first obtained a Richard Hunt sculpture for the Museum of Modern Art in 1957.

Under No Obligation


Alma Thomas, “Apollo 12 “Splash Down”” (1970), acrylic and graphite on canvas, 50 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches (courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY) We should all be inspired by Alma Thomas’s optimism.

In Houston, an Outsider Art Trove Finds a Museum Home


A salon-style presentation of works by various artists in the Menil Collection’s exhibition (photo by Paul Hester, courtesy of the Menil Collection) (click to enlarge) HOUSTON, Texas — In this long, hot summer of violence, election-campaign anxiety, and widespread malaise, seekers of relief might find solace in music, movies or visits to museums — that is, in art in general, not so much for escapism, but for art’s reassuring messages about the endurance of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Hunger and Thirst: Chantal Akerman’s ‘Je tu il elle’


A still from Chantal Akerman’s “Je tu il elle” (1975) (courtesy the Criterion Collection) Chantal Akerman’s death by suicide in October 2015, led me to revisit many of her films and to watch new ones, among them Je tu il elle of 1975.

The Enabler


John D. Graham, “Kali Yuga” (c.1952), oil, casein, chalk, ballpoint pen, and graphite pencil on cardboard (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) If measured as a flame to kindling, John D.

University Plans to Remove Two WPA Murals for Colonial Depictions


Cal Peters, “French Trappers on the Red Cedar” (courtesy UW-Stout) Two WPA murals at the University of Wisconsin–Stout are planned to be removed from public view due to their colonial views of Native Americans.

Artist Claims Topshop Ripped off His Designs


Left: Faig Ahmed, “Oiling” (2012) (image courtesy the artist, Montoro12 Contemporary Art and Sapar Contemporary Galleries); right: screenshot of Topman’s European store (via topman.com) Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed has accused Topshop of plagiarism after discovering a T-shirt on the company’s website printed with an image that resembles his signature artworks.

Woman Fills in Crossword Puzzle Artwork and Claims Copyright


Arthur Koepcke’s “Reading-Work Piece” (1965) at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum, filled in with words in ink by a visitor (screenshot via Bryan Herbert on Twitter) A 91-year-old woman who has been under investigation after she filled out the blank spaces on a museum’s ~$88,468 crossword puzzle artwork in ballpoint pen is now claiming copyright of the work.

Hyperallergic Comes to Life at Housing Works With ‘Beer with a Painter: Philip Pearlstein’ IRL


A view of the first Hyperallergic IRL event at Housing Works in June 2015 (photo Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic) The second Hyperallergic IRL event at Housing Works takes place on Tuesday, August 16!

Domestic Update


Grow a Grass Armchair in Your Garden


Studio Nucleo, Terra! Grass Armchair (2016) (Images via Studio Nucleo/Kickstarter) Land art doubles as lawn furniture with Terra, a “grass armchair” that grows from seeds and soil in a cardboard frame.

Two Detroit Artists Face Up to Four Years in Prison for Political Graffiti


The water tower in Detroit where Antonio Cosme and William Lucka allegedly painted “Free the Water” (screenshot via travis_from_cincinnati on Instagram) As a founding member of the Raiz Up Collective in Southwest Detroit, Antonio Cosme, 28, has been an outspoken critic of the city’s redevelopment regime: speaking at public meetings, interrupting the mayor’s state of the city address, and using his own body to prevent officials from shutting off a pregnant woman’s water supply in the middle of Ramadan.

Art Movements


Installation view of Mark Wallinger’s “Self Reflection” at the Freud Museum London (photo by Karolina Urbaniak/Freud Museum London) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Why Composers Make Music to Drive Us Insane


Erik Satie in his later years. (Photo by @redarmypress/Instagram) Art is a pain sometimes. It tries to lay you out, knock you down, and then sit on your chest, while you bewildered, ask “why would you do this?

The Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculpture Pulsing Behind the Olympic Cauldron


The cauldron for the Rio 2016 Olympics (photo via Agência Brasil/Wikimedia) The kinetic sculpture behind the Rio 2016 Olympic cauldron is so hypnotic you might not have noticed the flame itself is rather tiny compared to past games.

The Deceptively Cheerful Stripes of Deadly Fumigation Tents


Randi Malkin Steinberger, “Pier Ave.” from ‘No Circus,’ published by Damiani Books (all photos courtesy Distributed Art Publishers) You’d think that fun lies with their walls of colorful stripes, but inside the bright tents is the deadly gas of sulfuryl fluoride, quietly building up to eliminate nesting drywood termites.


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