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Baltimore Removes All Its Confederate Monuments in Dark Hours of Wednesday Morning

Activists atop the Lee Jackson statue base. — Baynard Woods (@baynardwoods) August 16, 2017 City workers removed Baltimore’s Confederate monuments in the still-dark hours of early Wednesday morning, leaving four empty pedestals in their wake.

Painting the Pageantry of the Corpse Flower

Megan Marrin, “The Legacy (STL)” (2017) (all photos by Max Yawney and courtesy David Lewis, unless otherwise noted) Was there ever, in modern times, a species of flower more monitored and visited than the Amorphophallus titanum?

Learn About the Music and Dance Traditions of J’Ouvert

Keith Getter, “The Engine Room: J’Ouvert Sounds On The Road from Night to Day” (© 2017 Keith Getter) Most New Yorkers know about the West Indian Day Parade, a massive Carnival celebration that typically brings more than a million people to Crown Heights for a daylong display of dazzling costumes, vibrant music (coming from live bands and massive speakers), and food vendors all along Eastern Parkway.

Saving the Art and Home of Mary Nohl, Whose Neighbors Called Her a Witch

Mary Nohl at her lake cottage environment (1994) (photo by Ron Byers, courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center) FOX POINT, Wisconsin — Mary Nohl knew what some of the neighbors thought of her house.

Eclipses, Comets, and Dragons in a 16th-Century Chinese Text, Available from Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller

A rich and finely illustrated manuscript entitled Yu zhi tian yuan yu li xiang yi fu [trans.: “Essay on the Astronomical & Meteorological Presages by Emperor Renzong of Ming Dynasty”] on paper with 878 vividly colored illustrations, 10 volumes, tall agenda format (360 x 190 mm.), original wrappers preserved in modern wrappers, modern stitchingThe upcoming total eclipse has people in a frenzy — with airfares spiking to total eclipse zones and “eclipse sunglasses” selling out — but we’re far from the first ones to be fascinated by the obscuring of the sun’s rays.

A Film Documents the Rastafarian Fight for Reparations for Slavery

Still from Karen Marks Mafundikwa’s The Price of Memory (2014) (screenshot by the author via YouTube) In the 1960s, Jamaican Rastafarians began petitioning the British Crown for reparations for slavery to fund their repatriation to Africa, even presenting a petition to the United Nations.

Unpacking the History of LA’s Disappearing Chicano Murals

Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals under Siege (image courtesy Vroman’s) Murals have long had a prominent place in the cultural life of Los Angeles, reaching an apogee with the Chicano murals of the 1960s and ’70s.

Science Meets Art in Winsor & Newton’s Professional Acrylic Paints

The Viscosity Test When it comes to paint, consistency is vital. As an artist, you need your paint to perform to the same level every time.

An Artist’s Meditative Project to Retype 100 Novels

Tim Youd typing Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley outside Marie’s Crisis in the West Village (photo by the author for Hyperallergic) On an especially hot day near the end of July, I stopped by Marie’s Crisis, where artist Tim Youd was hard at work between two of the historic café’s red windows.

Protesters Topple Confederate Statue in Durham

#BREAKING Protesters in #Durham topple confederate monument downtown — Derrick Lewis (@DerrickQLewis) August 14, 2017 Protesters threw a rope around a statue of a Confederate soldier and pulled it down last night in Durham.

Thousands of Protesters and an Inflatable Rat Welcome President Trump Back to NYC

Protesters at Trump Tower on Monday, August 14 (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) It took nearly three days for President Donald Trump to name and denounce the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday and Saturday, violently clashing with counter-protestors and leaving one woman, Heather Heyer, dead.

On the Hunt for Depictions of Queer Sexuality at the Prado

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “The Siesta” (1868) oil on canvas, 130 x 369 cm, (all images courtesy the Museo Nacional del Prado) MADRID — The Prado’s The Other’s Gaze: Spaces of Difference uses the museum’s permanent collection to trace the history of same-sex relationships within Western art, “making visible the invisible,” according to curator Carlos Navarro.

Tracking a Warhol Brillo Box’s Journey Through the Art Market

Still from Brillo Box (3ç off) (Brillo trademark used with permission of Armaly Brands, Inc.; screenshot by the author via YouTube) In 2010, one of just 17 known yellow Brillo box sculptures by Andy Warhol came up for auction at Christie’s, where it sold for more than triple its high estimate.

An Animated Movie Reimagines Nosferatu in New York City

(all images courtesy of Andrea Mastrovito and More Art) Nearly one century later, Friedrich W. Murnau’s silent vampire movie Nosferatu continues to scare and inspire.

Video Art and Animation in the Shadow of the Solar Eclipse

Andrew Benson, still from “Erase the Sun” (2017) (courtesy of the artist) Next Monday, a total solar eclipse will cast a dark shadow over a thin strip of land from coast to coast, the first time that phenomenon has been visible throughout the contiguous US in almost a century.

After Charlottesville, an Anti-Fascist US Military Film from 1947 Goes Viral

Still from the US Military film “Don’t Be a Sucker” (1947) (screenshot via Internet Archive) Ever since the election of Donald Trump (since before it, actually), people in the US have been talking and worrying about the rise of fascism.

The Story Behind Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee Monument

The statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia (photo by Cville dog, via Wikimedia Commons) The impetus for this weekend’s violent and deadly rallies of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a piece of public art.

Louisville Will Review Public Artworks to Identify Those “Honoring Bigotry”

Statue of Confederate officer John Breckinridge Castleman in Louisville, Kentucky (photo by w.marsh/Wikipedia) Yesterday, Greg Fischer, the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, announced plans to review the city’s catalogue of public art to highlight monuments that “can be interpreted to be honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery.” His remarks arrived a day after white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis violently swarmed the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville to protest the city’s decision in February to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E.

Nari Ward Spotlights the Gap Between Poverty and Privilege

Nari Ward, “Hanging study” (2017) US currency edges, acrylic paint, indelible ink, overproof white rum on wood panels, wooden saw horses, and Kraft paper 11 panels, each: 24 x 18 x 1.5 inches 61 x 45.7 x 3.8 cm installed, dimensions variable (all images courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong unless otherwise indicated, photo by Matthew Herrmann) The title of Nari Ward’s exhibition, TILL, LIT, at Lehmann Maupin gallery is a pun that works in several valences, each devolving from how you read the two words.

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