‘Violence from around the world is brought to us by the media’ … Boy in TV Set, Boston, 1972. Click here to see the full image. Photograph: Arthur Tress
Arthur Tress’s best photograph: a boy from the Boston ghetto hides with a gun
In the late 1960s, an old schoolmate of mine started doing art projects with young kids. In one, they examined their dreams and used them as the inspiration for paintings and poetry. I was invited to photograph the kids and brought along costumes and masks so they could act out their dreams.
Ed Ruscha to serve up cactus omelette in the name of art
Art has been referred to as “food for the soul” but later this year one of America’s most influential living artists is to go one better and bring art for the stomach to London. Ed Ruscha, one of the leading lights of pop art, is to contribute to a 30-day festival held at the Barbican with his own brand of food art: omelette with cactus, which will be served to hungry visitors.
Heirs of Eduardo Chillida Give Rights to Controversial Land Art Masterpiece Tindaya to Canary Islands
Tindaya was meant to be the final masterpiece of the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida: a sculptural intervention inside a majestic mountain in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, which involved digging a 50 cubic meters cavity in the mountain. But Chillida, who died in 2002, never saw his dream project realized.
The Seduction of Screens and Neon at Night
BALTIMORE — Around seven in the evening, dusky pink light and car headlights from North Avenue ricochet off the glass walls of the KAGRO building, adding an extra layer of nuance to Victoria Fu’s Bubble Over Green. As the sky goes dark, two neon sculptures take on an acidic glow. Reflected on marble floors, a video loops in, projecting circular patterns like a digital disco ball. High above your head, another video, richly saturated, flows and fizzes, like an animated entablature from an ancient temple. The walls in this place of worship are mostly empty, but the experience is sublime at the right time of day.
Vibrant pattern design by Sam Coldy for Penguin’s On the Page campaign
Is it just me or is Penguin killing it at the moment? The publishing house only recently celebrated its 80th birthday by launching a range of its classic titles for 80p each, accompanied by a slick website and a poster campaign which has reached even the furthest corners of London’s transport system. And right now, they’re in the midst of a new campaign called On the Page which celebrates women authors and characters in literary masterpieces.
Inside Alserkal Avenue, The Middle East’s Hippest Art Enclave
Grit and galleries go together, at least until the latter cancels out the former. From Shoreditch in London to Chelsea in New York City, gallerists have a habit of colonizing industrial neighborhoods blessed with vast warehouses and (initially) low rents. The rule holds in Dubai too. This month, the region’s densest arts district, Alserkal Avenue, doubled in size.
The Quizeum, BBC Four, review: ‘deflating’
In Britain, we are fiercely protective of our cultural heritage. Remember, in January, the furore over the news that Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s beloved dinosaur cast – one of the first sights to visitors through the museum’s main entrance – will be replaced with the skeleton of a blue whale? Tens of thousands of people signed a petition calling for the museum to reconsider. We Brits feel strongly about museums – and it’s proven in the rising number of visitors each year.
Chicago artist marks centennial of Armenian killings with Guernica-size work
(Reuters) – One hundred years after the mass killing of Armenians, a Chicago artist has created a monumental painting to honor the victims and celebrate a culture that nearly vanished. The 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman troops became a defining element of Armenian national identity. Seeking to promote awareness of the tragedy and Armenian culture, Chicago-based artist Jackie Kazarian embarked on a painting of enormous scale in an endeavor called Project 1915.
With the Help of High-Tech Gizmos, Researchers in Finland Have Found a New Monet
And… jackpot: Researchers at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland have proven that a suspiciously Monet-like oil painting is indeed an original work by Claude Monet. Since the 1950s, A Haystack in the Evening Sun has been within the confines of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, its owner. With the help of a hyper-spectral camera with an XRF device, the crack team over in Finland was able to uncover Monet’s signature in a corner of the work, according to ArtDaily.