The Disturbing Greatness of Hyman Bloom

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The Disturbing Greatness of Hyman Bloom
Hyman Bloom, “Christmas Tree” (1983), oil on canvas, 60 1/4 x 46 inches (all images courtesy Alexandre Gallery) In the late 1970s, I began hearing a number of artists talk about Albert Pinkham Ryder and Marsden Hartley. Guided by the testimonies of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, they looked back to these early American […]
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The Trouble with Renoir’s Nudes

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The Trouble with Renoir’s Nudes
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Young Woman Braiding Her Hair (1876), oil on canvas, 22 1/16 × 18 1/8 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection (all images courtesy The Clark Institute) WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts — Magnificently installed in the spacious, well-lit basement galleries of the new Clark Center, designed by Tadao Ando, one could hardly […]
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Brice Marden’s Intuitive Formalism

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Brice Marden’s Intuitive Formalism
Brice Marden, “Cold Mountain Study (#34)” (1988-91), ink on MBM Ingres d’Arches paper, 7 7/8 x 9 3/8 inches (all images courtesy of ‘T’ Space) RHINEBECK, NY — Once there were formalists: critics and artists who looked for the meaning of art in the forms of art. On the American scene, the word summons up Clement […]
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San Francisco Will Raise Maya Angelou Sculpture

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San Francisco Will Raise Maya Angelou Sculpture
Lava Thomas’s proposal, called “Portrait of a Phenomenal Women” (all images courtesy the San Francisco Arts Commission) The celebrated poet and novelist Maya Angelou is slated to return to her one-time home of San Francisco as a new monument — part of the city’s plan to close the gender gap between public art representing historical […]
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Faith Ringgold’s Painted and Sewn Survey of United States History

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Faith Ringgold’s Painted and Sewn Survey of United States History
Faith Ringgold, “American Collection #1: We Came to America” (1997), Acrylic on canvas, 74.5 x 79.5 in, 189.2 x 201.9 cm (Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter) LONDON — For almost 60 years, Faith Ringgold has delicately interwoven the autobiographical and archetypal, […]
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A Prophet of the Coming Electronic and Mechanical Realities

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A Prophet of the Coming Electronic and Mechanical Realities
Installation view of Theatre of Metamorphoses (courtesy Centre Pompidou-Metz) METZ, France; BASEL, Switzerland — The Centre Pompidou-Metz and Museum Tinguely have joined together to present a remarkably diverse and prolific two-part exhibition devoted to the German artist Rebecca Horn. Horn’s stimulating body of work, begun in the late 1960s, consists of conceptually based, process-oriented, prosthetic […]
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As Parkland Parents Honor Son with El Paso Mural, City Struck by Walmart Shooting

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As Parkland Parents Honor Son with El Paso Mural, City Struck by Walmart Shooting
Manuel Oliver painting a mural of his son Joaquin in El Paso, Texas (photo by and courtesy of Rania Batrice) Ever since the death of their son Joaquin in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, artist Manuel Oliver and his wife Patricia have been touring cities across the United States to advocate […]
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Facebook Settles 8-Year Case With Teacher Who Posted Courbet’s “Origin of the World”

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Facebook Settles 8-Year Case With Teacher Who Posted Courbet’s “Origin of the World”
Illustration by Hyperallergic After an eight-year legal battle full of twists and turns, Facebook agreed to settle a case with Frédéric Durand-Baïssas, a French kindergarten teacher who sued the company for suspending his account after he posted Gustave Courbet’s nude painting “L’Origine du monde” (“The Origin of the World,” 1866). The social media giant will […]
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Documentaries That Make New Connections Between the Personal and Political

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Documentaries That Make New Connections Between the Personal and Political
Still from Titixe (2018) (all images courtesy of the BlackStar Film Festival) Founded in 2012 by K. Maori Holmes, the mission of the BlackStar Film Festival is to amplify the voices of filmmakers of color, with a particular emphasis on discovering and nurturing up and coming creators. In a film and television industry that has long […]
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Barbara Stauffacher Solomon Has Been Shaking Up Design for Seven Decades

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Barbara Stauffacher Solomon Has Been Shaking Up Design for Seven Decades
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon at LAXART, May 31, 2019 (photo by the author for Hyperallergic) LOS ANGELES — “Everybody enjoyed mixing things up until everything looked alike,” writes Barbara Stauffacher Solomon in her illustrated book, Making the Invisible Visible. It is a characteristically contrarian statement for the designer and artist who has been mixing things up […]
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Fine and Street Art Aesthetics Merge in Anthony Lister’s Expressive Murals

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Fine and Street Art Aesthetics Merge in Anthony Lister’s Expressive Murals
Australian artist Anthony Lister paints illustrative murals that blur the line between street art and fine art. The subjects on his walls range from figurative paintings of dancing ballerinas, to large scale portraits with rosy cheeks and red noses. Lister’s unique style is a result of his early influences and experience with graffiti, as well […]
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Banal Moments Contorted into Surreal Stoneware Sculptures by Genesis Belanger

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Banal Moments Contorted into Surreal Stoneware Sculptures by Genesis Belanger
Genesis Belanger twists and stretches familiar objects into surreal scenarios with her stoneware, porcelain, and concrete sculptures. The Brooklyn-based artist frequently depicts detached limbs, misplaced teeth, and unusually located food in her work. One sculpture shows a mustard-topped hot dog disappearing into a handbag with a mouth-like zipper; another series dispenses rocks from dysfunctional quarter […]
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Flower-Filled Portraits by Diaja Celebrate Natural Beauty in the African Diaspora

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Flower-Filled Portraits by Diaja Celebrate Natural Beauty in the African Diaspora
Photographer and designer Ceres Henry embellishes her portrait subjects with floral body paint and fresh blossoms in her Adam & Eve series. The New York-based artist hand-painted each person before the shoot, inspired in the moment by the flowers she had pre-selected, and then worked the three-dimensional blooms into the composition. Henry, who goes by […]
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New National Field Scan Explores Programs Supporting Art in the Public Realm

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New National Field Scan Explores Programs Supporting Art in the Public Realm
Barr Foundation and Americans for the Arts release National Scan looking at support for art in the public realm Friday, April 5, 2019 Category:  Americans for the Arts News In the spirit of advancing field dialogue, Americans for the Arts and the Barr Foundation are happy to share “Programs Supporting Art in the Public Realm: A National Field […]
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Collectors Favorites: Bestselling Artists of May

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Collectors Favorites: Bestselling Artists of May
Ever wondered what other people are buying for their personal art collections? Though your tastes may differ, seeing what others are purchasing can help you discover new artists whose works you might not otherwise have considered. Below, meet 5 artists who have proven to be popular favorites with our collectors. For more ideas, browse our recently sold […]
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Featured Contributor: Frances Richard

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Featured Contributor: Frances Richard
Frances Richard at the Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics launch party, Mar 14, 2019, Curatorial Research Bureau, San Francisco. Your newest book, Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics, was just published by the University of California Press. Congratulations! How are you celebrating its arrival? Two excerpts have been published, at Flash Art and Places Journal. We held a […]
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From the Sugar Cube to the 101

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From the Sugar Cube to the 101
Working on the tenth floor of SFMOMA in its bright and shiny new configuration afforded me an exquisite view of the Bay Bridge from one side, Sutro Tower and a broad vista of San Francisco on the other — a bird’s eye POV. My desk was white, my cube was white, the walls were white. […]
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What I’m Doing When I’m Selling Out

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What I’m Doing When I’m Selling Out
Photo: Ariel Osterweis. At work, I pretend to be a museum guard, posting myself behind a wall in the last gallery of a large group exhibition. Whenever a visitor turns the corner and starts to look at the surrounding artworks, my striptease begins. I wear heeled boots that make loud clacking sounds when I pace […]
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On Hiding

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On Hiding
Recently I reorganized my books, or at least the ones with which I have unfinished business. Over the last few years, they have been waiting patiently at home while I have been out in the world, and as I’ve begun to I turn my attention back to them and scan their spines, I have been […]
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3 Ways to Re-Focus Your School Year

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3 Ways to Re-Focus Your School Year
It’s April. The final stretch. Winter break was a lifetime ago, and spring break is now over. No pit stops left as we plow through the rest of the school year. April is that point in the year where you’re so far into the race you barely remember the starting line, but the finish line […]
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The Benefits of Using an Art Room Mantra

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The Benefits of Using an Art Room Mantra
You meet your artists at the door with a smile, a high five, or a wave. They head to the carpet to choose their circle spot. When you join them at the carpet, they know exactly what’s coming next. “It’s time for our mantra…together; here we go!” photo credit Sharon Vanorny “My mantra. I am positive. […]
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5 Projects to Engage Students Interested in Sports

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5 Projects to Engage Students Interested in Sports
Whenever I am working on a new lesson plan, I try to think of how to make it engaging for each of my students. I want them to have some sort of personal connection to every project. Students are encouraged to use symbols, imagery, and/or text to communicate something unique about themselves. I find that […]
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5 Stress-Free Tips for Planning Art Museum Field Trips

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5 Stress-Free Tips for Planning Art Museum Field Trips
Taking students to experience art in person can make for an unforgettable field trip. For inexperienced and new teachers alike, the thought of organizing such a trip can be daunting. However, don’t let this deter you from creating a truly engaging experience for your students. Here are 5 tips to help you pull off a […]
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