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Rodin in Process at the Peabody Essex Museum


Auguste Rodin, “The Hand of Rodin,” cast of Rodin’s hand holding “Small Torso A” (1917), cast by Paul Cruet, patinated plaster for bronze casting, Musée Rodin, Paris (© Musée Rodin) (click to enlarge) SALEM, Mass.

Gender Menders: Anohni, RuPaul, Gwen Stefani, Now That’s What I Call Country


Like the idiot I am, I got Grimes’s Art Angels very wrong when it surfaced last year. What with the album’s chewy pop hooks, glitzy textural filters, and absurdly high-pitched vocals, I accused Claire Boucher of treating Femininity Itself like an ironic one-dimensional caricature when in fact she aims to create a new, sincere, futuristic, explicitly feminine-identified pop style.

Poetry at the Root: Yoshimasu Gozo’s Art, Writing, and Music


Yoshimasu Gozo’s diaries (1961-64) (all photo by Kioku Keizo and courtesy National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo) TOKYO, Japan – It’s not often that a major art museum hosts an exhibition for a poet.

Art, Work, and the Workaday


Amanda Browder, “Magic Chromacity” (2014), site-specific fabric installation, 25 x 20 x 50 feet (varies on installation) (all images via nortemaar.org) The lobby gallery at the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed midtown office tower at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, with its partitioned walls flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows on the north and south sides of the building, is unusually well-suited for both casual and concentrated encounters with art.

Paintings of Detroit Ruins that Ring True


Installation view of Nancy Mitchnick’s ‘Uncalibrated’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (all images courtesy the artist and MOCAD) (click to enlarge) DETROIT — Nancy Mitchnick’s representations of places — whether they refer to actual locations or states of mind — ricochet out into the real world, conveying a sense of how a place looks based on how it feels.

Our Architectural Future Isn’t What It Used to Be


Les Arcades du Lac in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France, designed by Ricardo Bofill (courtesy Gestalten) “The future, like everything else, is no longer quite what it used to be,” the French poet Paul Valéry wrote in 1937.

The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth Sackler on Mass Incarceration and the Role of Activist Art


Audience watching ‘Free Angela Davis’ at the Brooklyn Museum (photo by William Blaylockall) At the Brooklyn Museum in June, Elizabeth Sackler read from James Baldwin’s “An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis”: “We must fight for your life as though it were our own — which it is — and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber.

Russians Vote to Dress Up “David” Replica to Appease Local Prudes


The censored replica of Michelangelo’s David in St. Petersburg (photo via @misha.ivanov/Instagram) St.

Fragmented Figures Channel the “Struggle of Being in a Body”


Paul Mpagi Sepuya, “Draping,” inkjet print, 21.5 x 25 in, 2015 (all images courtesy the artists) Breasts, arms, legs, fingers, halved torsos, and a hairy mustache.

An Artist Couple from Bangladesh Shares Their Deeply Political Work


Mahbubur Rahman, ‘Transformation’ (2004–ongoing), inkjet prints (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) EAST LANSING, Mich.

More Than 20 Artists and Designers Accuse Zara of Plagiarism


Side-by-side comparisons of independent designers’ pins and Zara’s alleged ripoffs (image via ShopArtTheft) (Click to enlarge) A week ago, Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen posted a photo on Instagram contrasting her original designs for pins and patches with alleged ripoffs sold by Zara, the international clothing brand.

Sun Ra Had It Right


1,400-Square-Foot Roman Mosaic of Hercules’s Labors Found in Cyprus


The mosaic at Larnaca depicting the Labors of Hercules (photo courtesy Cyprus’ Department of Antiquities) Construction crews working on the sewage system beneath the southern coastal city of Larnaca in Cyprus recently found themselves face-to-face with Roman-era scenes of toil: a large-scale mosaic floor of the Labors of Hercules dating to the 2nd century CE.

Prismatic Pictures of Playgrounds


Olaf Rauh, “Playground #11” (2001) (image courtesy Galerie Richard) Within the chaos of a city, filled with walls that appear bleak and gray because they block the sun, we have set aside certain spaces, glittering under slants of canyon light, where the solitude of urban life breaks for communal play.

Spectacular Geography and Studios in the Kitchen: Michelle Grabner on Curating the Portland Biennial


Colin Kippen, “Pitch” (2016), cement, perlite, wheel barrow, wire mesh, binding wire, acrylic paint, 35 x 25 x 71 in; Portland2016, Project Grow, Portland (photo by Evan La Londe, courtesy of the artist and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center This year’s iteration of the Portland Biennial, organized by the Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and curated by artist Michelle Grabner, claims to be the most complete survey of contemporary art in Oregon ever, with 34 artists exhibiting across 25 venues spread throughout the state.

Art Movements


A screenshot of Gutherie Lonergan’s “Built with Indexhibit” on the Hammer Museum website (click to enlarge) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Detroit Institute of Arts Launches Initiative to Deepen Collection of African American Art


The exterior of the Detroit Institute of Arts (all images courtesy the Detroit Institute of Arts) Last week, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) acquired “Bird” (1990), a striking sculpture by David Hammons, the MacArthur Genius Grant-winning African American artist known for his witty conceptual reflections on race.

Paintings that Play Out the Rhythms of Sex


Jonathan Lyndon Chase, “Moob” (2016), acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches (all images courtesy of Thierry Goldberg gallery) Jonathan Lyndon Chase is all about the funk.

Designing Less Dangerous Architecture for New York’s Birds


The imprint of a bird that crashed into a window (photo by Erich Ferdinand/Wikimedia) The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan was once among New York City’s top three bird-killing buildings. Now thanks to the installation of patterned avian-friendly glass across its façade, and a green roof, it’s a haven, with bird collision deaths down by 90 percent as of last year.

Color-Changing Shirts Visualize Polluted Air


Aerochromics (all images/GIFs by and courtesy Nikolas Bentel/Aerochromics) By now, we all know the grim health risks posed by air pollution, but as a reminder, they include lung damage, diabetes, skin problems, mental health problems, and heart disease.


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