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- Interview: The Sketchbook Project Needs Help After Its Brooklyn Collection Grows to 55,000 Globally Submitted Booksby Christopher Jobson on July 30, 2021 at 9:13 pm
Fifteen years ago, Steven Peterman launched The Sketchbook Project, an ongoing initiative he discusses in a new interview with Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson. The project, which gathers sketchbooks filled with artwork and stories from people around the globe, has since grown into the Brooklyn Art Library, and today, that collection boasts approximately 55,000 submissions. The physical collection is an incredible creative resource. There is so much artwork from varying skill levels and artists of all ages, but there are also stories, secrets, hopes, and fears that create a magical exchange between the participant who created the book and the reader who is viewing it in person. More
- Guardians of Paradise: An Intimate Short Film Peers into Life in Burmaby Grace Ebert on July 30, 2021 at 6:40 pm
Comprised of footage shot between 2018 and 2020, “Guardians of Paradise” offers an intimate and sensitive glimpse at Burmese life. The short film shows children at play on docks, a fisherman as he pulls in his net, and others as they practice religious rituals in an attentive look at the joyful, trying, and mundane moments. Directed by Ivan Maria Friedman of the Lausanne, Switzerland-based studio Maya Pictures with music by Max Richter, “Guardian’s of Paradise” is a small window into the Southeast Asian country prior to the February 1 miliary coup, which was prompted by unfounded claims of voter fraud following the election of National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. More
- Thousands of Fresh and Artificial Flowers Overrun an Abandoned Convenience Store in a Small Michigan Townby Grace Ebert on July 30, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Port Austin, Michigan, is a picturesque village on the Lake Huron shoreline lauded for its beaches, water sports, and vegetable-shaped rock formations. With a population in the hundreds, the small community relies heavily on tourism to fund its economy, a reality Detroit-based botanical artist Lisa Waud contended with in a recent pop-up installation in one of the town’s abandoned convenience stores. Titled “Party Store”—this colloquialism refers to a small shop selling snacks, alcohol, lottery tickets, and other cheap staples—the immersive project transforms a dilapidated space into a lush garden of fresh-cut flowers grown in Michigan and artificial replicas sourced from resale shops around the state. More
- Monumental Cardboard Bridges Float in the Sky in Temporary Installations by Olivier Grossetêteby Grace Ebert on July 29, 2021 at 7:59 pm
Temporarily seen hovering above small European towns or balancing on a river in floating canoes are elaborate bridges designed to be constructed and demolished in a matter of days. The ongoing work of Olivier Grossetête, the cardboard-and-tape pieces are entirely hand-built by the French artist and local residents. Each ephemeral installation, which Grossetête refers to as “utopian building(s), temporary and useless,” appears for only a day or two before it’s taken down and the public is asked to stomp on and destroy the cardboard. More
- Industrial Materials and Rugged Topographies Converge in Jacqueline Surdell’s Knotted Tapestriesby Grace Ebert on July 29, 2021 at 6:25 pm
Chicago-based artist Jacqueline Surdell sutures lengths of rope, fabric, and silky ribbons into sprawling abstract tapestries that hang from walls and standalone armatures in textured, colorful masses. Swelling clusters of knots and ties, loose weaves, braided tunnels, and dangling strands compose her three-dimensional compositions that are disrupted by sporadically used items like steel chains, volleyballs, and polyester shower curtains. Because of the scale of the pieces and the hefty materials, the artist often uses her body as a shuttle to weave the brightly colored fibers together on massive hand-built looms. More
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- The Dazzling Black-and-White Photographs of India’s Premier Darkroom Artistby aperturewp on July 29, 2021 at 4:01 pm
O. P. Sharma’s experimental, dreamlike images combine photograms, solarization, and reflections—and speak of a cosmopolitan vision for photography.
- The Artists Who Tried to Warn Us about AIDSby aperturewp on July 22, 2021 at 5:24 pm
At David Zwirner, a series of exhibitions looks back at iconic works by gay artists. But forty years after it was first reported, AIDS is not yet history.
- In Central India, A Photographer Documents the Persistence of Protestby aperturewp on July 22, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Ishan Tankha’s images of Maoist rebels show the unseen side of the insurgent movement in Chhattisgarh, affirming a measure of humanity for Indian citizens fighting for their land.
- 9 Photographers on Keeping Their Eyes Open to the World around Themby aperturewp on July 22, 2021 at 3:26 pm
In a new book for young readers, Rinko Kawauchi, Alec Soth, Wendy Red Star, and others speak about how we engage with the world through the camera.
- Judith Black’s All-American Summer Vacationby aperturewp on July 16, 2021 at 5:17 pm
In 1986, Black photographed her family as they drove across the United States, recording the touchstones of life with intimate precision.
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- Learn About Peter Paul Rubens, the Influential Baroque Painter Who Pioneered the Styleby Margherita Cole on August 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm
Learn About Peter Paul Rubens, the Influential Baroque Painter Who Pioneered the Style After the Renaissance, painting underwent another more dramatic transformation known as Baroque. The artists who emerged from this period created flamboyant pictures that were full of color, sensuality, and drama. One of the most influential figures from this era is Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Known for his voluptuous women, opulent colors, and dynamic READ: Learn About Peter Paul Rubens, the Influential Baroque Painter Who Pioneered the Style
- Be the First To Stay In an Luxurious Glass-Walled Tent Near the Grand Canyonby Samantha Pires on August 1, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Be the First To Stay In an Luxurious Glass-Walled Tent Near the Grand Canyon If visiting the Grand Canyon is not on your travel bucket list yet, this latest project might change your mind. Nomad’s Pad is a development of contemporary glass pyramids on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Now that Nomad’s Pad has reached its fundraising goal through an Indiegogo campaign, 10 of these 400 square-foot READ: Be the First To Stay In an Luxurious Glass-Walled Tent Near the Grand Canyon
- Giant Rainbow Murals Inspired by the Secret Colors of Pigeon Feathersby Margherita Cole on August 1, 2021 at 3:25 pm
Giant Rainbow Murals Inspired by the Secret Colors of Pigeon Feathers Many birds are known for their fantastic plumage, while others remain underappreciated. Los Angeles-based artist Adele Renault uses city-dwelling pigeons as the muse for kaleidoscopic murals of detailed feathers. The ongoing series, called Gutter Paradise, decorates building façades across the globe with joyous colors and shapes. Renault is originally from Ardennes, Belgium, where she grew READ: Giant Rainbow Murals Inspired by the Secret Colors of Pigeon Feathers
- Delicate Botanicals Are Imprinted in Clay To Create Gorgeous Ceramic Dishesby Arnesia Young on August 1, 2021 at 12:25 pm
Delicate Botanicals Are Imprinted in Clay To Create Gorgeous Ceramic Dishes Working with clay can be messy, but it can also be beautiful and rewarding. For Emirati visual artist and ceramicist Hessa Al Ajmani, clay is a tool that allows her to express “her passion for exploration and observation” of the natural world. As part of her artistic practice, Al Ajmani crafts delicate botanical pottery using READ: Delicate Botanicals Are Imprinted in Clay To Create Gorgeous Ceramic Dishes
- 5 Unique Hybrid Buildings That Showcase the Range of Colonial Architectureby Samantha Pires on July 31, 2021 at 6:25 pm
5 Unique Hybrid Buildings That Showcase the Range of Colonial Architecture The term colonial architecture is not as simple as Gothic architecture or Art Deco architecture as it does not apply to just one style. It describes work created during a period of colonization and often features a hybrid between the architecture of the colonizers and the architecture of the country where the work is built. READ: 5 Unique Hybrid Buildings That Showcase the Range of Colonial Architecture
- The Denis Roussel Awards 2021by rfotofolio on August 1, 2021 at 1:06 pm
The Denis Roussel Award was started in 2018 to help continue the legacy of photographer and educator Denis Roussel and to highlight work done by photographers whose work is based on the historical/alternative photographic processes, including silver gelatin. We would like to thank juror, author, and educator Christopher James who spent long hours reviewing the submissions.… Read More
- A Reminderby rfotofolio on July 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm
Please join us on Sunday August 1st when we announce the 2021 Denis Roussel Awards.
- The Old Soulsby rfotofolio on July 28, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Mariana Bartolomeo Kerik Koukils Beth Moon Mark Muse Wendi Schneider Jerry Rosenthal C.Rosenthal
- Paul Adamsby rfotofolio on July 18, 2021 at 12:48 pm
Paul Bell’s portfolio “Vanishing Voices” was selected as an Outstanding Work selection in the 2020 Denis Roussel Award. “This portfolio is exquisitely crafted and a perfect representation of an artist at the top of his or her game. What I am missing in “Vanishing Voices” is the sound of their spoken language and I wonder… Read More
- Tom Chambers Galleryby rfotofolio on July 16, 2021 at 2:05 pm
To learn more about the work of Tom Chambers please visit his page by clicking on his name.
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- Phillip King (1934–2021)on August 1, 2021 at 4:35 pm
Influential British artist Phillip King, who helped find a new language for postwar sculpture with playful, vividly colored forms that at times evoke Matisse cutouts in their seeming
- The Green Goddess Reloadedby Anna Goetz on July 30, 2021 at 5:37 pm
A follow-up to a 2019 exhibition in the French city of Lille that reflected, from a contemporary perspective, on the mythical lost city of “El Dorado” and the narrative of conquest it enshrines, “The
- Marian Goodman Announces Five Partnerson July 29, 2021 at 4:43 pm
New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery today revealed a new partnership structure and leadership plan. Philipp Kaiser, currently the gallery’s chief executive director of artists and programs, has been
- Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Awards $5.1 Million in Climate Grants to Art Institutionson July 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation on July 28 announced the recipients of its first round of climate-change grants totaling $5.1 million, parceled out among seventy-nine US institutions in amounts
- MoMA PS1 Unveils Artist List for 2021 Greater New York Exhibitionon July 29, 2021 at 2:23 pm
Having been forced last year by the Covid-19 crisis to delay the fifth edition of its regional quinquennial survey Greater New York, MoMA PS1 has announced that the exhibition will open October 7 and
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- Save Your Memories in the Best Scrapbooksby Howard Halle on August 1, 2021 at 5:38 pm
Scrapbooks provide the ideal opportunity for a walk down memory lane while also encouraging personal creativity. The practice of scrapbooking began in 19th-century England; it was particularly popular among those who went on the Grand Tour of Europe and wanted to preserve tokens from their travels. One avid practitioner was Mark Twain, who carried a
- Perfect Your Pottery With the Best Tool Sets for Ceramicsby Howard Halle on July 31, 2021 at 3:57 pm
Pottery making requires more than just a wheel and a block of clay. To shape your vessels, imprint them with creative etched designs, and trim rims so they’re perfectly even, you’re going to need some tools. The most commonly used implements in ceramics are ribbon tools, which are used to cut away clay; ribs, for
- Achieve Amazing Feats of Clay With the Best Needle Tools for Ceramicsby Howard Halle on July 31, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Necessary for etching, trimming, cutting, incising, scoring, and piercing clay, a needle tool is a must-have for any ceramicist—professional or recreational, beginner or advanced. Needle tools come in many forms. If you want to reduce hand strain, look for a product with a rubber grip, or if you want a more traditional model, go with
- Add Luster to Your Handknits With the Best Silk and Silk-Blend Yarnsby Howard Halle on July 31, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Silk is a coveted fabric for its smooth, luxurious feel. Unfortunately, it can be a difficult material to work with because of its tendency to slip and its lack of give. For those reasons, many yarns that include silk are blended with more forgiving fibers like wool. With the right combination, a silk-blend yarn can
- Get a Grip With the Best Needle-Nose Pliersby Howard Halle on July 31, 2021 at 2:20 pm
For many artists and hobbyists, there comes a time when a project demands close-in work with difficult-to-manage materials. Manipulating jewelry wire, for example, or monofilament line by hand can be frustratingly hard to do. That’s when having a pair of needle-nose pliers (also called long-nose pliers) becomes essential. As the name implies, this tool tapers
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- Spotlight interview with artist Lynda Minterby Adriana Paradiso on July 30, 2021 at 1:24 pm
In this artist interview, Lynda Minter shares with us her artistic process, ideas and inspiration. To see more of Lynda’s work, please visit her online gallery. Editor’s note: This interview was lightly edited for length and clarity. Being an artist… Continue reading
- Your guide to thriving as an artist outside the major art capitalsby Gavin Lenaghan on July 23, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Many of those today who aspire to a sustainable artistic practice, or already have a long history of precisely that, have found themselves confronted with a major dilemma as London, New York and other more obvious art capitals have become… Continue reading
- Tips for oil painting on paper (and the best paper to use)by Stephanie Gavan on July 11, 2021 at 8:01 pm
We outline the benefits of oil painting on paper, the best paper to use, and tips for oil painting on this versatile and accessible medium. Continue reading
- How to increase your creative productivityby Sara on June 18, 2021 at 6:18 am
Tips and advice for artists on improving creative productivity and time management. A few changes can go a long way. Continue reading
- How to package artworkby Sara on June 11, 2021 at 9:40 am
Tips and advice for artists on how to package artwork for shipping. Personal touches and secure packaging are a must! Continue reading
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- The Internet Is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles This Week 8/1by Rebekah Kirkman on August 1, 2021 at 8:21 am
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- Re-making, Re-thinking: The Interplay Between SHAN Wallace’s Photography and Collageby Rebekah Kirkman on July 30, 2021 at 8:23 am
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- The News: Masking Encouraged Indoors, Vaccine May Be Required for City Workers, Violence Prevention Planby Rebecca Juliette on July 29, 2021 at 11:46 am
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- Art AND: Valeska Populohby Rebekah Kirkman on July 28, 2021 at 12:04 pm
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- BmoreArt’s Picks: July 27 – August 2by Rebecca Juliette on July 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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- Getting a Gig: Building a Client Listby Matthew Rota on July 9, 2021 at 12:46 am
Building and maintaining a client list is an essential part of nurturing and growing a freelance career. Find out how to create and build your artistic contacts. The post Getting a Gig: Building a Client List appeared first on Art Business Journal.
- The Ultimate Guide to Writing an Artist Statementby Shelissa Aquino on June 25, 2021 at 1:20 pm
When you’re not present to talk about your work in person, your artist statement is your spokesperson. Here’s how to get your voice to be heard. The post The Ultimate Guide to Writing an Artist Statement appeared first on Art Business Journal.
- How To Get Commercial Photography Gigsby Adam Kuehl on June 21, 2021 at 12:37 pm
Getting a gig in photography is no easy feat. Put yourself out there and know the industry with tips from photographer, Adam Kuehl. The post How To Get Commercial Photography Gigs appeared first on Art Business Journal.
- How To Spot The Scamby Tom Mulqueen on June 5, 2021 at 2:49 pm
In today’s age, artists are required to be social media savvy. Learn how to keep your guard up and know when you’re being scammed into a faulty sale. The post How To Spot The Scam appeared first on Art Business Journal.
- Financial Planning for Artists to Grow Your Businessby Erin Sickler on May 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Artists: Learn how to manage your art business in a financially responsible way aimed toward sustainable growth! The post Financial Planning for Artists to Grow Your Business appeared first on Art Business Journal.
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- The Cryptic Crossword: Sunday, August 1, 2021by Patrick Berry on August 1, 2021 at 10:00 am
Club with hot tub (4).
- Why Republican Leaders Ignored the January 6th Hearingby Sue Halpern on August 1, 2021 at 10:00 am
The House select committee’s task is to establish who knew what about the insurrection—but most Republicans don’t seem to want to find out.
- The New Puppyby Ashley Franklin on August 1, 2021 at 10:00 am
It’s really been something.
- The Education of Melvyn Braggby Sarah Larson on August 1, 2021 at 10:00 am
In his teens, Bragg was saved by books. He’s now spent more than fifty years championing the joy, value, and fascination of knowledge.
- Ann Patchett Reads Maile Meloyon August 1, 2021 at 10:00 am
The author joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “The Proxy Marriage,” by Maile Meloy, which was published in a 2012 issue of the magazine.
- On the obsolescence of cognitive and creative labourby Regine on July 29, 2021 at 2:35 pm
The digital revolution has given rise to new models of collaboration and knowledge production but also to new forms of exploitation, precariousness and dependency that have been likened to feudalism
- Interview with Pippin Barr, maker of witty and infuriating video gamesby Regine on July 21, 2021 at 1:03 pm
Video games maker Pippin Barr talks about his mischievous and perverse works, about the gamification of work and about the place of games in contemporary art
- Covid-19 might not follow us online but our carbon footprint doesby Regine on July 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm
A panel that looked at how activists, thinkers, researchers and creative minds are trying to make digital technology more “frugal” or sustainable
- Art in the Age of Anxietyby Regine on June 22, 2021 at 12:31 pm
Artists and writers examine the bombardment of information, misinformation, emotion, deception and secrecy in online and offline life in the post-digital age
- Bigger than Myself. Heroic Voices from ex-Yugoslaviaby Regine on June 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm
An exhibition packed with artworks that are bold, socially-engaged and smart. This review focuses on the pieces that look at labour conditions, migration and the ghosts of past conflicts
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- Google to produce augmented reality-based microscope for cancer diagnoses in DoD projectby James Bourne on September 4, 2020 at 2:29 pm
Google Cloud is working with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver an augmented reality (AR) microscope for cancer diagnoses. The project, for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), more widely involves prototyping an AI-enabled digital pathology solution at select DoD facilities. The company cited research from the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovations in Quality,… Read more » The post Google to produce augmented reality-based microscope for cancer diagnoses in DoD project appeared first on Virtual Reality News.
- Why VR providers are pinning their hopes on profiting from ‘Zoom fatigue’by James Bourne on July 29, 2020 at 9:07 am
What is the latest marketing strategy for virtual reality software providers? If the Covid-19 pandemic will cause the new normal to become the normal full stop, Zoom and their ilk are not going to cut it long-term. Meet AfterNow. The California-based startup, which describes itself grandly as ‘building the future of human computing with augmented… Read more » The post Why VR providers are pinning their hopes on profiting from ‘Zoom fatigue’ appeared first on Virtual Reality News.
- ‘Bright future’ for AR and VR in 2021 and beyond, says Strategy Analyticsby James Bourne on July 14, 2020 at 3:23 pm
The short-term outlook for virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) may be a struggle, according to Strategy Analytics, but if organisations can ride out this wave then the future looks bright. The findings appear in the analyst firm’s latest report, ‘Short and Long-Term Impacts of Covid-19 on the AR and VR Market.’ Among the report’s… Read more » The post ‘Bright future’ for AR and VR in 2021 and beyond, says Strategy Analytics appeared first on Virtual Reality News.
- Magic Leap appoints former Microsoft exec Johnson as CEOby James Bourne on July 8, 2020 at 6:38 am
Magic Leap has appointed Microsoft executive Peggy Johnson as its new chief executive officer, replacing Rony Abovitz. Johnson was previously executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. In an interview with the New York Times (NYT), she said the time was right amid the Covid-19 pandemic to explore the promise of spatial technology, comparing… Read more » The post Magic Leap appoints former Microsoft exec Johnson as CEO appeared first on Virtual Reality News.
- VR motion sickness survey reinforces gender gapby James Bourne on July 6, 2020 at 10:50 am
In spite of virtual reality’s benefits and hype, one of its primary inhibitors remains the threat of motion sickness. A new survey finds it still plays a prominent role – with women more at risk than men. The survey, put together by VR Heaven and which polled almost 300 respondents, found that more than half… Read more » The post VR motion sickness survey reinforces gender gap appeared first on Virtual Reality News.