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Photographing Palm Springs Modernism by Moonlight


Tom Blachford, “Donald Wexler, 1962, 1963 Studebaker Avanti” (courtesy the artist) From Julius Shulman’s architectural studies to Robert Doisneau’s saturated shots of martini parties and pool-side lounging, the modernist architecture of Palm Springs is well-photographed.

Maryland High School Removes Shepard Fairey Posters, Deeming Them “Anti-Trump”


From Shepard Fairey’s We the People series (all images via We the People) Since inauguration day, artist Shepard Fairey has made his We the People poster series available online for anyone to download and share with their communities.

Broken Collages Capture the Secret Lives of Things


Charles Platt, “Blood, Bones, and Healing Devices” (2001), mixed media, 75 x 96 inches (all images courtesy the artist and copyright Charles Platt) The fiction writer Harlan Ellison once wrote a description of an imaginary chair so well constructed to suit the human form that an alien race that had never seen a human in the flesh might be able to correctly construct a body using only the chair as a guide.

LA Artists and Activists Clash at a Political Action Meeting in Boyle Heights


Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement protesters outside the Artists Political Action Network meeting at 356 Mission on February 12 (all photos courtesy Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement) LOS ANGELES — The latest development in the ongoing conflict over art and gentrification here has pitted well-meaning activists in the art world against community organizers.

A Cute but Clawless Documentary on Istanbul’s Street Cats


Still from Kedi (2016), directed by Ceyda Torun (all images courtesy Termite Films and Oscilloscope) A documentary about cats need not also be a trenchant exposé of the injustices of the world just beyond their whiskers.

The Culmination of a Crowdsourced, Operatic Performance Experiment


Brian McCorkle during an Embarrassed of the Whole process at No Nation in Chicago (screenshot from video by Joern J.

24 Senators Sign Letter Urging Trump to Keep the National Endowments for Arts and Humanities


Signs at the Women’s March on Washington (photo by Jillian Steinhauer/Hyperallergic) Today, 24 Democratic, Republican, and independent US Senators signed and sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to slash or cut completely federal funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH).

‘A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting after 2000’ at Pratt Manhattan Gallery


Left: Katherine Bradford, “Moon Painting” (2016), acrylic on canvas 28 x 22 inches (courtesy of the artist and CANADA, New York) Right: Jackie Gendel, “Archers” (2015), oil on canvas, 70 x 72 inches (courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York) Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting after 2000, an exhibition composed entirely of paintings by women that attempts to categorize Expressionism in new terms.

LA Art Book Fair 2017 Launches with 300-Plus Presses and Performances


LA Art Book Fair 2016 (photo by Casey Winkleman, courtesy Printed Matter) Organized by longtime New York City-based purveyor of art books and ephemera Printer Matter, the LA Art Book Fair returns to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA this weekend for its fifth annual edition.

Uncommon Photographs from 100 Years of Daily African American Life


African American man standing behind horse-drawn cart of large watermelons, one falling off the side (early 20th century) (all images via Cornell University Library) A newly digitized collection of photographs offers a window into the daily lives of African Americans from the era of slavery to the 1960s. Earlier this month, Cornell University Library uploaded over 600 seldom-seen images from its Loewentheil Collection of African-American Photographs, which is part of a greater gift from Beth and Stephan Loewentheil in 2012 that comprised over 16,000 photographs.

Immersed in Yayoi Kusama’s Lonely Labyrinths and Infinite Worlds


Works from Yayoi Kusama’s My Eternal Soul series, on view in the installation Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) WASHINGTON, DC — For the next 14 weeks, the second-floor galleries of the Hirshhorn Museum will feature designated queue areas, with corralled crowds filling spaces usually home to sculptures, pedestals, and benches.

Things to Do While Waiting for Someone to Be Impeached


The post Things to Do While Waiting for Someone to Be Impeached appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Protesters Demand MoMA Drop Trump Advisor from Its Board


A view of protesters inside the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art on the evening of Friday, February 17, 2017, and at the start of the action.

An Artist Describes the Apocalypse According to Busta Rhymes


Busta Rhymes, “E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front” (image via Machine Project) Aria Dean has become a prominent voice in contemporary culture through her work as an artist, writer, and assistant curator of net art for Rhizome. Her upcoming lecture at Machine Project “Busta Rhymes at the End of the World,” will focus on apocalyptic themes in the rapper’s oeuvre that began with his first solo album The Coming (1996) and continued to develop through his fifth, Genesis (2001), as a means of exploring new ideas in Black studies.

Hilton Als Curates Alice Neel’s Portraits of Life in Upper Manhattan


Alice Neel, “Ballet Dancer” (1950) (© The Estate of Alice Neel, courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London) For this exhibition, author and critic Hilton Als has curated a selection of Alice Neel’s drawings and paintings portraying people of color, mining the portraits she made while living in upper Manhattan — first in the late 1930s, when she moved to Spanish Harlem, and later on the Upper West Side, where she lived for 22 years until her death in 1984.

Turkish Publisher Shuts Down Magazine for Printing Moses Cartoon

Reportedly, the oldest Turkish satirical magazine has shut down due to a "blasphemous" cartoon that depicted Moses.

Portraits of Artists and Writers Who Vanished From Public View


Claire Tabouret, “In the Frosty Morning,” (2017), acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30 in. (all images courtesy the artist and Night Gallery unless otherwise noted) LOS ANGELES — As I walked through Claire Tabouret’s Eclipse at Night Gallery I couldn’t help but feel I was being watched.

Tripping Through an Artist’s Fabrications, from a Faux Art Movement to a Looney Tunes World


Installation view of Matt Freedman: SLAP-STICK at Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia (all images by courtesy Fjord Gallery) PHILADELPHIA — Matt Freedman’s SLAP-STICK at Fjord Gallery is a sort of ersatz retrospective.

A Comic Whose Characters Swim in Apathy and Cynicism


Pete Toms Dad’s Weekend (all images courtesy Hic & Hoc) There’s a scene in the comic Dad’s Weekend, by Pete Toms, where the protagonist, Whitney, upon receiving a form to bail her mentally unsound father out of jail, says, “At least this will make a good cryptic Facebook post.” It’s a fitting encapsulation of the deep cynicism that runs through this bleak but funny comic, and of the ways this cynicism feels uniquely shaped by the internet.

US Congressman Sues Architect of the Capitol for Removing Student’s Painting

Congressman William Lacy Clay files federal lawsuit following removal of painting. https://t.co/nkAFKBWX7P pic.twitter.com/8h6wsFCGab — KMOV (@KMOV) February 21, 2017 Representative William Lacy Clay (D–Missouri) filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against the Architect of the US Capitol, Stephen Ayers, over the removal of a painting of a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, from a hallway between the Capitol Building and Longworth House Office Building.


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