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  • Spirited Narratives Drive Whimsical, Patterned Paintings by Monica Rohan
    by Grace Ebert on May 23, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Whether unwrapping themselves from textile folds or balancing atop spindly stools, Monica Rohan’s figures are perpetually in motion. The painter depicts adventurous subjects set amongst whimsical worlds of overgrown bushes, vibrant seas of fabric, and cloudless skies rendered in patches blue. “The figure brings tension, the possibility of a narrative,” she tells Colossal. Rohan envisions each character as the impetus for action in her playful landscapes and thickly decorated domestic scenes. Each piece begins with the artist exploring a photographic catalog she maintains with imagery of nature, interiors, and self-portraits. More

  • Spirals and Loops Twist Through Wooden Sculptures by Xavier Puente Vilardell
    by Anna Marks on May 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Xavier Puente Vilardell (previously) transforms blocks of coffee-colored wood into eye-catching sculptural forms, some of which resemble architectural structures and other natural forms shaped by wind, rain, and the sea’s turbulent waves. The Brussels-based artist uses pinewood, a malleable material that enables him to make precise and curved structural forms.  In a series of Youtube videos, Vilardell shows his virtual visitors around his studio, which features various axes mounted on the wall and a pile of wooden logs, a raw material from which he crafts his artwork. More

  • From the Archives: An Interview with Gerhard Demetz
    by Nastia Voynovskaya on May 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    It is often said that children are privy to a certain wisdom inaccessible to adults, that their naivete allows them to gaze at the world without the cynicism that comes from a long time of living in it. In his large-scale wood sculptures, Italian artist Gehard Demetz presents children as powerful figures — knowing, self-aware and bold. A master craftsman, Demetz creates his compositions within a surrealist framework, portraying his subjects with a lifelike accuracy that makes way for the haunting details to creep in. Gehard Demetz took some time to talk to Nastia Voynovskaya about the philosophies behind his sculptures, as well as his creative process.

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  • Daily Drawings: Week Six
    by Sue Williams on May 25, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    As people around the world stay indoors to curb the spread of Covid-19, Artforum has invited artists to share a drawing—however they would like to define the word—made in self-isolation. Check back each

  • Ho Tam
    by Jill Glessing on May 25, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Western imperialism requires an ideological substrate, a web of signifiers that establishes illusions of ethnic and cultural superiority. A Canadian immigrant from Hong Kong, Ho Tam has been attuned

  • Revolution for the Family: Heather Bhandari and Nikki Columbus on Pandemic Parenting, Art, and Activism
    by Paddy Johnson and William Powhida on May 19, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    The Abrons Art Center has paid all their staff and performers during the shutdown. This week on Explain Me, co-hosts William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk to arts organizers and activists Heather Bhandari and Nikki Columbus about the challenges for mothers during the pandemic, and the challenges for arts workers seeking to make changes to a system that no longer works for them.  Of the family-focused topics discussed we take on pandemic screen time for kids (Bhandari describes DinoTrux as terrible for kids, but a necessary evil), what to do if your toddler licks a bodega door, and disrupted schedules that make it impossible to find or look for work and require long and often unusual hours.  On the subject of organizing we discuss several projects spearheaded by Bhandari and Columbus respectively designed to pave actionable paths for artists.  Finally we discuss Frieze New York, and contrast their dubious charity efforts during the fair to the more collective NADA art fair model that works towards a sustainable model for everyone. Show links below.  The Art World Conference  Forward Union  Art/Work, Heather Bhandari and Jonathan Melber  N+1, Free Your Mind, by Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus Art+Work+Place, Emergency Session I, Veralist Center Art+Work+Place, Emergency Session II, Veralist Center Museum transparency Newsletter (Read about all the layoffs and other bad news that’s happening in the museum world right now—of which there is a ton.) The Model Model: Ethical Actions by Arts Organizations in the time of COVID-19 (Read about the good news and exemplary work by arts organizations.)  Obama Commencement Speech #graduatetogether2020 (twitter hashtag)  Frieze Art Fair (May 8-15th)  NADA Fair (May 20-June 21)

  • From L.A. With Love: Thoughts on Online Viewing Rooms, Museum Layoffs, and More with Carolina Miranda and Michael Shaw
    by Paddy Johnson and William Powhida on April 20, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Steve Locke, Student 338, 2016, Hydrocal, galvanized steel nails, procion dye, shellacapproximately 12x4.5x5.5", $4,000. Link to item. This week on Explain Me, William Powhida and Paddy Johnson speak with artist Michael Shaw and L.A. staff writer Carolina Miranda how quarantining is affecting artists, galleries and journalists on the West Coast. Shaw talks about the prospect of losing his studio of nine years, The L.A. Tenants Union and landlords who are neither friendly nor flexible. Miranda speaks about cuts at the L.A. Times and the surrounding museums, as well as her latest story on how corona is impacting commercial galleries. We take a virtual visit to the Dallas Art Fair together, and talk about the art we've enjoyed recently. All links below. NEWS Marciano Collection Announces it won't reopen in wake of layoffs following union drive. — L.A. Times MOCA lays off all 97 part time employees — L.A. Times Uovo lays off pro union organizers while others are paid to stay at home —The Art Newspaper How Arts Non-profits are responding to COVID - Hyperallergic LACMA began demolition: But that hasn't stopped a protest group for an alternate plan—L.A. Times Painful closures lie ahead for L.A. galleries. How 35 are bracing for the worst. — L.A. Times ART The Dallas Art Fair  Bill Arning, New Discretions; An Appropriate Response Night Gallery James Cohan CANADA The Hole Karma Marlborough Gallery JTT Mark Amerika's Grammatron Scott Mendes—Darren Bader's VR app (still not released) El Greco Audio Tour—Art Institute of Chicago. This is Chance—99% Invisible Sheep video review — The New York Times The Weirdly Enduring Appeal of Weird Al Yankovic — The New York Times Magda Sawon's Twitter SUBSCRIBE Explain Me Patreon  The Conversation Patreon The L.A. Times Hyperallergic membership

  • carlos amorales
    by the jealous curator on May 25, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Gasp! This is the surreal work of Mexican artist Carlos Amorales, titled “Black Cloud”. The still images above are from the first time this was installed in 2007 {Yvon Lambert, Paris}, and the video is from the CURRENT installation at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. These black paper beauties will be covering the walls there until June

  • “femininity. her way.”
    by the jealous curator on May 23, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Yes! Today’s guest on ART FOR YOUR EAR is New York based artist and illustrator Amber Vittoria. We have been overlapping on projects throughout this crazy quarantine, so clearly I took that as a sign from the universe to get her on the podcast! Amber works almost exclusively with the female form, which – you

  • New drops by WRDSMTH in Los Angeles
    by Christie Bailey on May 25, 2020 at 6:39 am

    In recent weeks our friend WRDSMTH dropped new inspirational words on the walls of Los Angeles. The current pandemic situation, which has also become dramatic in California, has not prevented him from finding the will to inspire his neighbors with optimistic views. WRDSMTH came up with three new stencils influenced by the quarantine period and The post New drops by WRDSMTH in Los Angeles appeared first on StreetArtNews.

  • WISEKNAVE in Seattle, Washington
    by Bianca Duran on May 21, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Seattle based artist WISEKNAVE just finished a new mural depicting a crushed traffic cone in Pioneer Square. This particular spot where he decided to paint is the location of the accident last August, wherein a dump truck barrelled down the Subway shop. Check out the images below!   The post WISEKNAVE in Seattle, Washington appeared first on StreetArtNews.

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