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Shredded Sheets and a Mountain of Words


Linda Herritt, “Terra Infirma” (2014), Fabric, foam, tape, yarn, plastic, and wood, approx. 16 x 50 feet, installed at Pierogi Gallery’s the Boiler (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) A mountain of typography and a two-story installation of ripped fabric are on view at Pierogi Gallery’s the Boiler as part of Terra Infirma, a duo exhibition featuring Linda Herritt and Elana Herzog.

Brooklyn Store Under Fire for Native American Headdress Logo


The exterior of Scumbags & Superstars on Wilson Avenue (photo by the author for Hyperallergic) The clothing retailer Scumbags & Superstars, which has a storefront space in Bushwick and an online store, has come under fire for its “disrespectful” appropriation of Native American imagery in its logo and merchandise.

Tate Digitizes 52,000 Artifacts from the Lives of British Artists


Paul Nash, Black and white negative of a cow in Swanage (date unknown) (© Tate, Paul Nash Trust) Around 52,000 letters, sketchbooks, photographs, and other ephemera of 20th-century British artists will be accessible online by next summer.

Two Films Capture the Genius of Gaudí


Film still from ‘Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation’ (image courtesy First Run Features) Can a film program be too Gaudí?

Boat Bearing JR Artwork Rescues Drifting Migrants


An image of the migrant boat posted on JR’s Instagram account (image via JR/Instagram) Sometimes art and life converge in miraculous ways.

After Outcry, Flickr Stops Selling Prints of Creative Commons Photos


The Flickr Wall Art storefront (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic) In response to photographers’ criticisms, Flickr has stopped selling photos uploaded by users under the Creative Commons “commercial attribution” license through its Flickr Wall Art site.

Art Movements


Jacob Lawrence, ‘The Migration Series’ (1940–41). Panel 58: “In the North the Negro had better educational facilities,” casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12 inches.

A View from the Easel


CHICAGO — The 82nd installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace.

Jeff Koons Sued by French Ad Guy for Plagiarism


Jeff Koons, “Fait d’Hiver” (1988) (Image courtesy of Christie’s) At what point does artistic appropriation become copyright infringement?

Latin American Naturalists Step Out of the Shadows


Abyssinian wolf (Canis simensis), from ‘Album of Abyssinian birds and mammals,’ illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (all images courtesy the Biodiversity Heritage Library) In Latin American natural history, the achievements of outsiders often eclipse homegrown science and study.

Novel Takes on a Blue-Chip Art Collection in Queens


Installation view of “Literary Devices”, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, Queens (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Thematic exhibitions present a unique dilemma; If a curator follows a theme too rigidly, their exhibition can become stifling.

Crossing Brooklyn, Without Leaving the Safe Parts


Aisha Cousins, artifacts from the ‘Obama Skirt Project’ in ‘Crossing Brooklyn’ at the Brooklyn Museum (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Let’s begin with the obvious: to attempt a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art from across Brooklyn would be not only impossible but foolish, a kind of Tower of Babel of artistic practice.

A Design Feast for the Eyes That Entertains the Mind


Alexander Girard, Wooden Dolls (Designed 1953), Solid fir, handpainted (photo by Marc Eggimann, courtesy of Vitra, Inc.) Most people view Switzerland as the birthplace of nifty pocket knives, cheese with holes, expensive skiing, and Dadaism.

“High Pass Filter” by Pierre Clément


Pierre Clément, “High Pass Filter” (2014) (works by Vincent Broquaire in the background) (all images courtesy XPO Gallery) Editor’s note: This is the fifth piece in a series of articles, images, interviews, and essays for the #hypersalon catalogue.

After Harrowing Rescue, Timbuktu Manuscripts to Go on View in Brussels


Manuscript recovered from Bamako, Mali by ‘Timbukto Renaissance’ curator Abdel Kader Haidara (image via the Prince Claus Fund) Sixteen original 15th and 16th century Malian manuscripts will go on display Friday at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, The Art Newspaper reported.

Bertus Jonkers, Sculptor of Mini Metropolises


Bertus Jonkers, “City” (1995–2000), mixed media (De Stadshof Collection, Dr. Guislain Museum, Gent) The Dutch artist Bertus Jonkers died in relative obscurity in 2001 in Utrecht, the city where he was born and spent most of his life, save a stint in Germany doing forced labor during World War II.

The Physics of Pollock


Detail of Jackson Pollock’s “One: Number 31″ (1950) at MoMA (photograph by Divya Thakur, via Flickr) The laws of physics were greater collaborators with Jackson Pollock than most painters.

Any Art You Make Can and Will Be Used Against You


Two NYPD officers skirmish with a group of protesters, allegedly including Eric Linsker, on the Brooklyn Bridge on December 13 (screenshot from YouTube video).

Brooklyn Gallery Responds to Police Brutality With an Open Call


Smack Mellon’s main gallery (photo courtesy Smack Mellon) The nonprofit art space Smack Mellon in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood is planning an open call exhibition in response to the recent killings of unarmed black men by white police officers, and the protests that followed.

11 Creative Calendars for 2015


“Now is the time!” Illustration from ‘Workable plans for wide-awake churches’ (1906) (image via Internet Archive Book Images) The year is counting down its final days, and we’ll soon be halfway through the second decade of this century.


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