- Sotheby’s will auction 1931 charcoal drawing that shines light on artist’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter A tender and largely unseen portrait by Picasso of his lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, which the artist personally kept until his death, is to appear at auction for the first time.The 1931 charcoal drawing shines light on one of the great love affairs of the 20th century and was made by Picasso when his affair with Walter was still a closely gua
- Black Lives Matter has underlined the crucial role played by black photographers. We asked eight British leaders in their field to pick a favourite image from their archives – and explain why it’s so important to them Continue reading...
- Shutdown and recession have caused artists’ commercial and teaching opportunities to dry up – with little help from government. But some see the crisis as a chance to resetAustralian artist Abdul Abdullah was in New York City showing new works at the famed Armory Show, held this year on Pier 94, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.The first case in New York was identified on 1 March. The Armory Show opened four days later. “People were already elbow-touching instead of hugging, b
- Make your next party a glittering success with wine glass markers. No more keeping track of tiny charms that may or may not fit around the stems of your glasses. No more cheap red plastic cups marked for your guests’ ID. With these markers, you add flair to your glassware by drawing on the surface in stunning colors. Your calligraphy and graphics will shine on a variety of nonporous surfaces, including glass, plastic, glazed ceramics, and metals. Add pizzazz to your home, classroom, or off
- It’s not a great idea to play with fire—but there’s no rule against writing with it. Pyrography, using fire to make marks on a variety of materials, dates back to prehistory. “Pyro” comes from the Greek pyr, meaning fire, and “graphy” derives from the Greek graphos, meaning to write. While people “wrote with fire” early on using hot pokers on wood or leather, there now exist woodburning implements similar to pens made specifically to inscribe
- Use beads to add interest and texture to embroidery and stitching. Seed beads can be hard enough to spot, let alone to thread: save time and energy with a beading needle. (Magnifying glasses sold separately.) An essential tool for off-loom bead-weaving and embroidery projects, beading needles are designed with a smaller eye and finer shaft than regular sewing needles. There are a variety of designs and sizes to choose from, so make sure you pick the right one. Our selection of the best options i
- Hard work deserves to be rewarded, and the documents memorializing that reward deserve to be displayed. Don’t leave your diplomas, certificates, and awards lying around loose. Display and honor your proudest achievements and certifications by hanging them in a document frame. A document frame lends legitimacy to any office space, and is a necessity for those who need to exhibit licenses. Browse our selection of the best document frames below.
- Pencil pushers, listen up! Looking for a way to keep your favorite drawing and writing utensils in tip-top shape and order? Basket pencil holders are a great way to organize your tools. While some come with magnets for handy storage on whiteboards or in lockers, others come with multiple compartments and inventive shapes and colors. Browse our selection below to find the best pencil holder to suit your organizational needs.
- Whether you’re an architect, artist, or student, a ruler will always be an important tool to have on hand. Depending on your needs, it may also be necessary to have an architect’s scale with various units of measurement. These are the best rulers for precision and accuracy in your blueprints, floor plans, and geometric works on paper.
- They say a cluttered desk makes for a cluttered mind. Organize your workspace with a metal desk organizer. Useful for businesspeople, creatives, academics, and students alike, a desk organizer primes your workspace for productivity. Reclaim your desktop, reorganize your supplies, and refine your office aesthetic. Browse our roundup for the best desk organizers below.
- Dry erase markers offer sustainability as an alternative to paper and convenience for use at home, school, or the office. They come in vibrant, bold colors that show up well on white dry erase boards and are made for repeated use on them. They’re great for lists, diagrams, notes, and drawings. The markers come in handy variety packs, usually with built-in erasers and magnets; they are generally low odor. Check out these recommendations.
- Liquid glue is a very versatile product that comes in a variety of formulations for different purposes. Those among our top 5 recommendations provide the ideal material to adhere to surfaces including paper, cardboard, wood, fabric, and many types of decorative embellishments. Liquid glue is great for school projects, crafting, posters, scrapbooks, and even slime! Most liquid glues are water soluble, and easy to use and clean up.
- Once you’ve found your favorite rotary cutters, you’ll have to pick up some extra blades too. A sharp blade can make all the difference in your quilting process, helping you improve accuracy, consistency, and efficiency. The lifetime of a single blade will depend on how you use it, and how frequently, but you can always prolong it by adding a drop of oil. No matter your brand of cutter, our picks will help you decide which blades are best for your needs.
A Book Nominally about Rubens Offers an Honest Portrait of the Way the Author’s Mind Works—and Sometimes Doesn’tAt some point not too long ago—maybe around 2012, when Book One in Karl Ove Knausgård’s epic, autobiographical series, “My Struggle,” came out in English—the confessional mode became the rule for Anglophone letters, not the exception. If you weren’t baring the goriest details of your id, past, or private life, you were holding back. The pages of little magazines filled with pieces by fretful first-person narrators who smeared their sheepish honesty over
- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to drastically alter the art world calendar, Latin America’s largest exhibition today announced major changes in an international press conference hosted on Zoom. The organizers of the 34th edition of the Bienal de São Paulo said that the main group exhibition would be postponed until 2021. As a result the biennial would now take place in odd-numbered years, instead of even-numbered years.
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Arthur Jafa’s Cinematography and Music Videos: How a Foundational Artist First Became a Sensation in the Film WorldBefore his recent rise to the top of the ranks, Arthur Jafa was not well-known within the art world—but that has drastically changed. His 2016 video Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death is one of the essential artworks of the past decade, and last year, he took home the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale, the world’s top art festival. He’s also beloved among other artists: Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel worked with him for their 2018 film Happy Birthday, Marsha!, about
Skawennati Makes Space for Indigenous Representation and Sovereignty in the Virtual World of Second LifeAbTeC Island is a destination in the online world of Second Life that makes an Indigenous future accessible now. Mohawk artist Skawennati founded AbTeC—short for Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace—in 2005. Since then it has gradually grown, acquiring new components and landscapes. A glowing, flowering tree—an allusion to the Celestial Tree from the Haudenosaunee creation story—looms high over the island’s circular central plaza. In May, AbTeC Gallery, its digital
- Jennifer West’s experimental piece is a strange reverie on disposability in which analogue footage of film title cards is physically distressedA cheese dream of strangeness is one way to describe this brief experimental piece from 2016 by the Los Angeles artist and collagist Jennifer West, who scratches, distresses and generally scrunches up celluloid film stock and then makes digital files of the results.In Film Title Poem, she has taken analogue footage of film title cards (evidently fro
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The German government is attempting to purchase the Hamburger Bahnhof, which houses Berlin’s main contemporary art museum and is owned by an investor who wants to demolish in favor of new office buildings. [The Art Newspaper]
To balance its budget amid coronavirus-related shortfalls, the City of Philadelphia has slash
- Expanding its footprint in a city that served as the setting for its origin story nearly 30 years ago, Hauser & Wirth—a gallery enterprise with locations in eight different cities plus plans in progress for more—will open a new exhibition space in Zurich. Beginning July 9, public programming in a building that had been renovated in 2018 for the sake of offices and private viewing rooms will add to what’s on view at Hauser & Wirth’s first gallery (in a former L&oum
- The Royal Academy set today’s quiz, which lets you explore the art collections of British museums closed due to Covid-19 – while answering some fiendish questions along the wayThis quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions.Today, our questions are set by the Royal Academy of Arts. The RA
- Before the dawn of the rotary cutter, cutting multiple layers and shapes out of fabric was a taxing task. Fitted with a revolving blade, the slim handheld tool transformed the quilting industry, allowing users to cut out uniform pieces of patchwork with greater speed and precision. Today rotary cutters are used by professional quilters and DIY-ers alike, with one of the most popular options being a 45-millimeter blade that can perform basic cuts. No matter which brand you choose, always use a cu
- Glaser scrawled the first draft of the logo in the back of a cab, in 1976, red ink on a scrap of envelope; the sketch is now, fittingly, in the possession of the Museum of Modern Art. He made it for a marketing campaign for New York State, in 1977, which was a tricky moment for the city in particular—it didn’t seem very lovable. In the final design, the typeface is American Typewriter, friendly and approachable, with a cartoonish cast (notice the rounded bent knee of the “N&rd
- Shifts in consumer behavior have been gnawing away at the classic enclosed suburban mall format for many years; then the pandemic completely upended in-person shopping. Converting commercial real estate to housing may be the best use of land in such an over-retailed country. Big shopping centers tend to be centrally located and connected to transit. – Bloomberg
- Between 2009 and 2016, the newspapers and poetry magazines published review articles by non-white critics 190 times – 4% of the total for those years. Between 2017 and 2019, non-white critics were published 201 times – 9.6% of the total. – The Guardian
- When the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annex for modern and contemporary exhibitions, opened in 2016—on sublease from the Whitney Museum—it was inaugurated with “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” a show of artworks left in various states of incompletion (for reasons both intentional and not). Now, in a bitter twist of fate, the Met Breuer itself is going out in an unfinished fashion, shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic and, as of an official annou
- Independent presses around the country said that sales are starting to rebound after two months of declines, due to direct sales, digital initiatives, and a resurgence in demand for topical frontlist and backlist titles. – Publishers Weekly
- One day this past fall, the usual hubbub of the New Orleans French Quarter was interrupted by the cries of hundreds of people of color, dressed in nineteenth-century clothing, who marched through the city streets like a fired -up militia. They banged drums and shouted “Freedom or death!” and “We’re going to end slavery!” It was a potent intervention that asked onlookers to remember the horrors of slavery and to see its contemporary forms in structural racism.
- What is increasingly clear is the necessity for new hybrid models in arts funding, based on broadening the donor base, more imaginative financial planning, and development strategies for the long-term survival of the arts institutions. – Apollo
- For most people most of the time, our perception certainly feels real. But the notion that our senses capture an objective external reality can be dispelled by considering something as fundamental as colour, which can be culturally influenced and, even within a single culture, leave the population split between seeing the same picture of a dress as black-and-blue or white-and-gold. – Aeon
- Haruki Murakami famously wrote his first novel in English and then translated it into his mother tongue himself, resulting in a plainspoken, “neutral” (his word) style far removed from standard literary Japanese. Several critics referred to that style as “translationese.” Masatsugu Ono (both a translator and a novelist himself) makes the case that Murakami, Kenzaburo Oe, Yoko Tawada, Minae Mizumura all write in other languages and translate foreign literature into Japane
- “Without it, production — especially independent production — cannot resume on a significant level. We urge Congress to develop a program of federal insurance (or guarantee to fill this gap) to cover pandemic-related business losses in the future.” – Variety
- “It’s precisely because Code Switch has spent years interrogating the effects of race and identity on society that it’s the podcast many listeners are now turning to. Launched in 2016, Code Switch has a back catalog of episodes that are just as prescient today as they were when they were first recorded.” – The Hollywood Reporter
The Posadism Adventure: A History of the Bizarre Communist Movement that Embraced UFOs and Nuclear WarIn the 1960s, the Argentine Trotskyist known as J. Posadas led an idiosyncratic socialist movement that embraced science-fictional ideas about nuclear war, UFOs, and interspecies communication. After his death in 1981, Posadism was virtually forgotten. But a few years ago, memes devoted to this obscure advocate of catastrophic communism began proliferating in leftist corners of social media. In one, a white-haired Posadas dons a pair of Morpheus sunglasses, inviting us to take the “gently
- Mr. Reiner gained a national following in the 1950s as a brilliant straight man opposite Sid Caesar on influential TV comedy programs, directed movies that launched Steve Martin’s film career in the 1970s and 1980s, and played an aging con man in the popular “Oceans 11” movie franchise of the 2000s starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. – Washington Post
- “The space, which features fourteen dark paintings by Rothko, is famous for being dim and moody. It’s a sensory deprivation chamber that also functions as a theological deprivation chamber.” For its “devotees,” it’s “a space that seems sacred for a post-religious world” and can induce truly spiritual experiences. Others, well, disagree: one artist called it “a place where art and life and imagination go to die” and one critic who loved
- Scandinavia is taking the most innovative approach to the notion of the drive-in festival. Between August 21 and 26, in the Swedish town of Karlskrona, the Carl International Film Festival will have 30 boat-in screenings. Taking place in the Salto Fish Harbour with two LED screens, up to 100 boats will be allowed in, drawing attendees from around 1,600 nearby islands, with food delivered to boats from harbourside restaurants. – Forbes
- “With his charming, easeful baritone and a crisp, efficient touch at the piano, Cole carved out a professional career of more than 65 years. … Because of a familial resemblance in vocal timbre, and a fondness for some of the same material, Cole endured a lifetime of reflexive comparisons to his most famous sibling — Nat ‘King’ Cole, about a dozen years his senior.” – WBGO (Newark, NJ)
- Driverless cars are catnip for the Silicon Valley monopolists. The average commute is dead space because their target is too busy driving to take in advertising or interact with any information-gathering devices. But what if the car becomes one of those devices? – New Statesman
How Can A Full Orchestra Place Itself Onstage Safely While COVID’s Still Here? Tokyo Scientists And Musicians Have Been Figuring That OutConductor Kazushi Ono and the players of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra spent two days at the Bunka Kaikan concert hall in mid-June with researchers from a university and medical school in the Japanese capital. They experimented with various seating schemes, measuring aerosol spray from the musicians’ faces and working out how to balance hearing each other with keeping each other safe. Ono writes about the results. – Maestro Arts
- “The coronavirus had barely arrived in Germany just before Sofiane Sylve was hired Feb. 1 as the new artistic advisor for Ballet San Antonio. Her experiences there in May with strict coronavirus protocols at the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, where she is principal dancer and ballet master, gave her insight into how BSA will adapt its teaching and performances to keep dancers and audiences safe.” – Rivard Report (San Antonio)
- Just a day after 13 art institutions around the world banded together to host a stream of his acclaimed video Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death, artist Arthur Jafa has given us a new work. But that new video was premiered not through an art space, but via rapper Kanye West, whose song “Ultralight Beam” acts as the soundtrack for Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death.
On Tuesday, as part of an initiative called #WESTDAYEVER that involves the unveiling of various projects i
- “[The decision is] a surprise legal victory in a fraud case his supporters say was politically motivated and a test of artistic freedom in Russia. Suspended sentences are widely seen as the lightest punishment in Russia’s legal system, which rarely issues not-guilty verdicts. The sentencing was met with applause by the hundreds of supporters gathered outside.” – The Moscow Times
- With coronavirus cases surging again in much of the U.S. and not really slowing in the UK, and with the release of the summer’s two big tentpole titles, Tenet and Mulan, postponed, AMC and Cineworld/Regal have pushed back their previously announced reopening dates to the very end of July. – Variety
- The global circus giant was struggling with an estimated $900 million in debt (much of it incurred by acquiring other companies) even before the pandemic hit and ended all ticket income. In exchange for restructuring and reducing that debt, three of the existing owners have agreed to recapitalize Cirque with $300 million, and the government of Quebec will provide a backup guarantee in order to keep the company’s worldwide headquarters in Montreal. – CBC
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“The art market reopened last night with a resounding bang as Sotheby’s sold $363.2 million in Modern and Contemporary art through an innovative hybrid sale of a live auction conducted on three continents simultaneously with no direct access to bidders.” Highlights included big sales for Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, a
- The National Gallery and Royal Academy will accept visitors the following week, but the Tate won’t open its four locations until July 27; others are waiting until August or September, and many won’t yet commit to a specific date at all. Most venues are limiting admissions numbers and require booking tickets in advance; masks are “recommended.” – BBC
- “Mário Frias … is the fifth person to hold the role in the 17 months since president Jair Bolsonaro was elected and, like most of his predecessors, Frias has no political experience. … Last month, [Frias] participated in an anti-fascist protest in São Paulo and said that demonstrators were taking part in ‘organised crimes’ and should be considered terrorists.” – The Art Newspaper
This actress's daughter was the much younger mistress of which famous writer? The great British art quizWilliamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead hosts today’s quiz, setting questions to explore collections of museums closed due to coronavirusThis quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions. Today, our questions are set by Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead. The Williamson has
- A new exhibition features art made during quarantine as well as pre-existing pieces that speak to a tumultuous yearIn 1918, when the world was plagued by the Spanish flu, artists tried to make sense of the world around them. Edvard Munch made lonely self-portraits, while Egon Schiele drew his mentor Gustav Klimt on his deathbed. Photographers captured empty streets and ghostly cityscapes, like Morton Schamberg’s rooftop views from 1917, to hospitals shot by the California photojournalist,
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