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Discover Your Ancient Sculptural Doppelgänger


Selfie of the author as the funerary mask of an unknown Egyptian woman (all screenshots by the author for Hyperallergic) Quebec’s Musée de la Civilisation is currently searching for participants to feature in its upcoming exhibition My 2,000-Year-Old Double, which takes a pretty entertaining, very 21st-century approach to exploring the faces of ancient sculpture.

A Meditation on the Ineffable Grandeur of Churches


Chester Cathedral, England (image via Wikimedia) We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them.

The Timeless Blackness of Balenciaga’s Dresses


Hiro, “Alberta Tiburzi in ‘envelope’ dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga” (1967) for Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967 (© Hiro 1967, courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London) PARIS — I do not share the unbridled passion for haute couture fashion that some do, but I have gotten excited by certain arty creators like Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, and early Viktor & Rolf.

Fruits of a Fictitious Expedition Fill the Oldest Built Museum in the United States


H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere, with Sarah Olmsted Thomas as H.

Sculptor Camille Claudel Finally Gets Her Own Museum


Camille Claudel in her workshop (image via Wikipedia) NOGENT-SUR-SEINE, France — After a losing battle with both mental illness and institutionalized sexism, one of the greatest French sculptors of the 19th century died in obscurity.

A 1792 Mexican Novel Contains the Earliest Day of the Dead Iconography


Spread of La portentosa vida de la muerte by Joaquín Bolaños (all images courtesy Swann Auction Galleries) The living, grinning skeletons we immediately associate today with Day of the Dead festivities have their roots in a little-known source: La portentosa vida de la muerte, or The Astounding Life of Death, one of the first Mexican novels, written in 1792 by Joaquin Bolaños, a Franciscan priest from Zacatecas.

Carroll Dunham’s Erotic Paintings of Male Nudes at Blum & Poe


Carroll Dunham, “A Wrestling Place (1)” (2016-2017), mixed media on linen, 51 1/16 x 66 x 1 5/16 inches (photo by David Regen, courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo) Since the early 1980s, Carroll Dunham has been pursuing his own idiosyncratic brand of figurative painting, drawing on Surrealism, Pop Art, and psychedelic cartoon imagery.

A Designer’s 1977 Road Map to Better Visual Literacy Gets Rereleased


George Nelson, “Standardization,” from How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made (courtesy Phaidon) “Every object in any environment may be considered a nonverbal message input, subject to decoding by any suitable receiver within range,” writes George Nelson in How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made. The book, originally released in 1977 and now out in a new edition from Phaidon, is a “road map,” as the industrial designer puts it, to better visual literacy.

:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Dutch Architects Outfit Building in Emoji :smile:


Attika Architekten’s emoji roundels on a building in Vathorst, Amersfoort (all photos by Bart van Hoek, courtesy Attika Architekten) Emoji as architecture is now a reality, thanks to the vision of Dutch firm Attika Architekten.

A History of Performance Art as Protest at the 8th Floor


Martha Wilson, “Thump” (2016) (courtesy the artist and PPOW Gallery, via the8thfloor.org) As the art world continues to contend with the ghastly American political landscape, and as it confronts its own internal demons, I’ve been thinking a lot about the need for a historical view.

A Documentary Introduction to the Art World, with Star Power and Obvious Ideas


Marina Abramovic appears in Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (photo by Barry Avrich) The apparent thesis of director Barry Avrich’s new documentary, Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World — that the art world might benefit from some regulation — will surprise exactly no one who works in the industry.

Imagining the Portraits of African American Women Erased from History


Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, “The Evanesced” (2016), india ink and watercolor on recycled, acid-free paper, 12 x 9 inches (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) LOS ANGELES — Spanning the length of a large gallery wall at the California African American Museum is a slim rectangular grid of 100 images of women whose names and identities are unknown.

A Sports-Inspired Exhibit That’s Not Quite a Slam Dunk


March Madness, installation view (all images courtesy of Fort Gansevoort and by Thelma Garcia unless noted) The title of the March Madness exhibition at Fort Gansevoort, a second iteration of the show first mounted last year at the same gallery, is a play on the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament started in 1939, which now consists of 68 teams from the Division 1 that play each other in a series of single-elimination games to get to the national championship.

The Hidden History of Wakashu, Edo-Era Japan’s “Third Gender”


Suzuki Harunobu, “Two Couples in a Brothel” (1769–70) (image courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum, ©ROM) In a ukiyo-e style woodblock print by the Edo-period artist Suzuki Harunobu, two couples frolic in a brothel, seemingly lost in separate worlds.

The Drawings Ida Applebroog Made During a Breakdown


Ida Applebroog, “Mercy Hospital” (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) In 1969, while a 40-year-old married mother of four, artist Ida Applebroog suffered a nervous breakdown.

Mexican Artist Yoshua Okón Lectures at Otis College


Installation view, Hammer Projects: Yoshua Okón at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, August 13, 2011–November 6, 2011 (photography by Brian Forrest, courtesy the Hammer Museum) Mexican artist Yoshua Okón has been creating provocative, often controversial video and performance works for over two decades.

Philip Johnson’s First House Needs a New Owner


Interior of the Booth House (all photos by Robert Gregson unless otherwise noted, courtesy Matt Damora) Philip Johnson’s first built commission is on the market, and its owner is anxiously seeking a buyer who may save it from possible demolition.

First of New Orleans’s Confederate Monuments Comes Down


Early this morning, with a large number of New Orleans Police Department officers standing watch, city contractors wearing bulletproof vests and masks to hide their identities dismantled the first of four Confederate monuments slated for relocation in New Orleans.

PETA Condemns Performance Artist Who Incubated Nine Chicks Himself


Abraham Poincheval’s performance “Oeuf” (2017) at the Palais de Tokyo (photo by @nickyvanbreugel/Instagram) A French artist who spent three weeks in a glass case sitting on chicken eggs at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris has drawn protests from PETA France, whose members condemned him in an open letter last week.

Eleven Art Spaces Stay Open Late for Greenpoint Gallery Night


(image courtesy Greenpoint Gallery Night) If, like me, you’d rather avoid opening nights and gallery hops around Chelsea, you might gloss over Greenpoint Gallery Night.


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