How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life

To capture the tensions faced by a young ultra-Orthodox artist, the creative team behind the hit Israeli TV show hired two painters who understood the stakes.

#aloni-michael, #art, #elon-ori, #halberstadt-menahem, #israel, #orthodox-judaism, #shtisel-tv-program, #television, #tubis-alex

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Asian-American Artists, Now Activists, Push Back Against Hate

Newly spurred to action to combat bias, they generate subway posters, leverage social media, stage Zoom webinars. “Our community couldn’t take being invisible any longer,” one artist says.

#art, #asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #museum-of-chinese-in-america, #phingbodhipakkiya-amanda, #queens-museum, #race-and-ethnicity, #tam-kenneth-1982

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Novel hydrogels can safely remove graffiti from vandalized street art

A psychedelic mural.

Enlarge / A five-year-old boy with boxing gloves poses in front of a huge mural of himself in Denver, Colorado. (credit: Blaine Harrington III/Image Bank/Getty Images)

Mention the word “graffiti,” and many people’s thoughts immediately turn to vandalism in the form of defacement of property. But there is also graffiti that rises above such negative connotations and qualifies as bona fide street art. Think of the commemorative murals created after the death of NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna; the Black Lives Matter logos painted on the streets in New York City, and along 16th Street in Washington, DC, last year amid ongoing protests; and the works of Banksy, Eduardo Kobra, and the countless other less well-known artists around the world, who embellish our streets with their work.

Street art, in turn, is vulnerable to vandalism, posing unique challenges to those seeking to preserve these rather ephemeral creations. This week, a team of Italian scientists described its novel, environmentally friendly new method to safely remove defacing over-paintings on street art at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“For decades, we have focused on cleaning or restoring classical artworks that used paints designed to last centuries,” said co-author Piero Baglioni, a chemist at the University of Florence and principal investigator on the project. “In contrast, modern art and street art, as well as the coatings and graffiti applied on top, use materials that were never intended to stand the test of time.”

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#art, #art-conservation, #chemistry, #gaming-culture, #graffiti, #science, #street-art

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Dia Chelsea, Keeper of the Avant-Garde Flame

A home of Minimalism has reopened after a transformative renovation and expansion, its purifying vision intact.

#art, #beacon-ny, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #dia-art-foundation, #dia-beacon, #dia-chelsea, #museums, #raven-lucy-1977, #restoration-and-renovation

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Are NFT Purchases Real? The Dollars Are.

Dive down a rabbit hole and explore nonfungible tokens, multimillion-dollar digital art and the nature of reality.

#art, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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On the Met’s Roof, a Wistful Fantasy We’ve Been Waiting For

“As Long as the Sun Lasts” is a winsome crowd-pleaser that turns gentle circles without ever getting anywhere.

#art, #big-bird, #calvino-italo, #da-corte-alex, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #sesame-street-tv-program

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The Woman Who Made Vincent van Gogh

Neglected by art history for decades, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, the painter’s sister-in-law, is finally being recognized as the force who opened the world’s eyes to his genius.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #diaries, #luijten-hans, #netherlands, #van-gogh-museum, #van-gogh-bonger-johanna-1862-1925, #van-gogh-theo, #van-gogh-vincent

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With a New Museum, African Workers Take Control of Their Destiny

A Dutch artist worked with former plantation employees to create a “white cube” that they hope will one day display works returned from European museums.

#art, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #congolese-plantation-workers-art-league, #income-inequality, #martens-renzo-1973, #museums, #unilever-nv

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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. Are They Also Fueling Climate Change?

Making the digital artworks requires colossal amounts of computing power, and that means greenhouse gases.

#art, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-light-and-power, #ethereum-foundation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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Bags, Bootlegs and Art: A Quirky Communion on Canal Street

The creators of Canal Street Research Association have lost their lease, but they can still show the way for a new arts community.

#art, #canal-street-manhattan-ny, #canal-street-research-assn, #counterfeit-merchandise, #culture-arts, #lin-ming-artist, #tatarsky-alexandra

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A History of Great Friendships

With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world is challenged and transformed.

#art, #creativity, #friendship, #writing-and-writers

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A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

#salvator-mundi, #art, #da-vinci-leonardo, #france, #louvre-museum, #martinez-jean-luc, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mona-lisa, #museums, #saudi-arabia

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Breonna Taylor Show Points Art Museums to a Faster Track

Assembled in a mere four months, pivoting off an important national event, the Speed Museum offers a new, relevant model for aging institutions.

#adkins-terry-1953-2014, #african-methodist-episcopal-church, #art, #black-people, #capshaw-kate, #gilliam-sam, #glenn-allison-1982, #louisville-ky, #museums, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #speed-art-museum, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020

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Benita Raphan, Maker of Lyrical Short Films, Is Dead at 58

Her dreamlike “genius” films about figures like Emily Dickinson and Buckminster Fuller hovered between documentary and experimental cinema.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #movies, #raphan-benita, #walker-art-center

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Martina Batan, New York Art Dealer Consumed by a Cold Case, Dies at 62

Finding answers to the unsolved murder of her 14-year-old brother became a lifelong quest, ultimately chronicled in a documentary film.

#art, #batan-jeffrey-d-1978, #batan-martina-1958-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ferdinand-roy-1959-2004, #missing-people-movie, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Cosmic Nature’ Dots the New York Botanical Garden

The artist’s lifelong fascination with the natural world inspires monumental floral sculptures in the New York Botanical Garden.

#art, #bronx-nyc, #flowers-and-plants, #kusama-yayoi, #new-york-botanical-garden

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Beneath the Water’s Surface, a Moment of Repose

Calida Rawles talks about creating this portrait, which is by turns photo-realistic and impressionistic, and for her evokes a sense of peace.

#art, #black-people, #rawles-calida-garcia, #weems-carrie-mae

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3 Artists Are Urged to Go Big. They Didn’t Hold Back.

In the show “Brand New Heavies,” three female artists answer the curators’ invitation “to do stuff they haven’t been able to do” elsewhere. Like a 20-foot-tall version of the U.S. Capitol dome.

#art, #black-people, #brand-new-heavies-exhibit, #brooklyn-nyc, #chevremont-racquel, #deville-abigail, #pioneer-works-center-for-art-and-innovation-brooklyn-ny, #sculpture, #simmons-xaviera-1974, #thomas-mickalene, #uddoh-rosa-johan

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Nike Agrees to Settlement with ‘Satan Shoes’ Maker MSCHF

The unauthorized sneakers, which contain a drop of blood and cost $1,018, sold out in less than a minute last month.

#art, #auctions, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #mschf, #nike-inc, #shoes-and-boots, #sneakers, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trademarks-and-trade-names

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Overlooked No More: Granville Redmond, Painter, Actor, Friend

He was known for his California landscapes. Deaf since childhood, he acted with Charlie Chaplin in silent films, an early example of deaf representation in Hollywood.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #biographical-information, #california, #chaplin-charlie, #deafness, #movies, #redmond-granville-1871-1935

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Niki de Saint Phalle: Nothing More Shocking Than Joy

At MoMA PS1 and Salon 94, the French-American artist gets long overdue attention for her boundary-defying architecture and public sculptures.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #moma-ps1, #queens-nyc, #saint-phalle-niki-de, #salon-94-manhattan-ny-gallery, #sculpture

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Possible Caravaggio Is Withdrawn From Auction; Spain Announces Export Ban

The suggested starting bid for the painting was set at around $1,800, but if it is really the work of the Baroque master, it could be worth millions.

#ansorena-sa, #art, #auctions, #caravaggio, #museums, #prado-museum, #spain

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The Larger Than Life Art Murals of El Paso

For the muralists of El Paso, immigration isn’t a “crisis.” It’s life.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #art, #el-paso-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #murals, #orozco-jose-clemente, #rivera-diego

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A Brooklyn Artist Wants Sports Fans to Wear Their Names

A Brooklyn artist uses sports iconography to commemorate Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and other Black victims of violence.

#art, #athletics-and-sports, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #fashion-and-apparel, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #rivero-raafi

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Lippold’s Soaring Lincoln Center Sculpture Lands at La Guardia

Richard Lippold’s “Orpheus and Apollo,” removed from an atrium in 2014, will be seen on a grand scale at La Guardia Airport.

#airports, #art, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #goldberger-paul, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #lippold-richard, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #sculpture

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Couple Who Defaced $400,000 Painting in South Korea Thought It Was a Public Art Project

The vandalism of a piece by the graffiti artist JonOne at a gallery in South Korea has prompted a debate about contemporary art.

#art, #graffiti, #jonone-john-andrew-perello, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #vandalism

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The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

#art, #chaney-mary-1927-2004, #church-marilyn, #collectors-and-collections, #courtroom-sketch-artists, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #king-rodney-glen, #legal-profession, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress

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Gianluigi Colalucci, Who Showed Michelangelo’s True Colors, Dies at 91

The chief restorer of the Vatican Museums, he led the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel, a 14-year effort that revealed a new vision of Michelangelo’s complex work.

#art, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #colalucci-gianluigi, #deaths-obituaries, #restoration-and-renovation, #rome-italy, #sistine-chapel-vatican-city, #vatican-museums

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Warhol a Lame Copier? The Judges Who Said So Are Sadly Mistaken.

An appeals court ruled that Andy Warhol violated a photographer’s copyright by appropriating her image for a silk-screen he did in 1984. Our critic disagrees.

#art, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #duchamp-marcel, #goldsmith-lynn-1948, #prince-1958, #prince-richard, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #warhol-andy, #warhol-andy-foundation-for-the-visual-arts

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Winfred Rembert, 75, Dies; Turned Painful Memories Into Art

Decades after nearly being lynched in rural Georgia, he began recreating vivid scenes from his life by carving figures into leather.

#art, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #lynching, #race-and-ethnicity, #rembert-winfred, #segregation-and-desegregation

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‘Battle for the Soul of SoHo’: A Debate on Gentrification, Race and Wealth

The Manhattan neighborhood is locked in a contentious battle with city officials over whether, and how, it should change.

#affordable-housing, #art, #black-people, #gentrification, #greenwich-village-society-for-historic-preservation, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #housing-rights-initiative, #lofts, #noho-manhattan-ny, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #soho-memory-project, #whites, #zoning

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Why Is Jesus Still Wounded After His Resurrection?

“The risen but scarred body of Christ is the ultimate signifier of divine empathy.”

#art, #christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #depression-mental, #empathy, #fujimura-makoto, #jesus-christ, #love-emotion, #religion-and-belief

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Two Brothers Posed for a Portrait. One Lived to See It in the Met.

Alice Neel painted two neighborhood boys in her studio in the 1960s. Fifty years later, the mystery of what happened to the picture has been solved.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #neel-alice

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Up on the Met Roof, an Artist Is Taking Big Bird to New Heights

Alex Da Corte, known for provocative, brightly colored installations, will showcase the beloved “Sesame Street’” character at the top of the Met this spring — but with a twist.

#art, #big-bird, #content-type-personal-profile, #da-corte-alex, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #philadelphia-pa, #sculpture, #sesame-street-tv-program

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It’s Time to Put Alice Neel in Her Rightful Place in the Pantheon

A large retrospective feels at home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s grandest galleries and should silence any doubt about the artist’s originality or her importance.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #neel-alice, #women-and-girls

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week

An augmented reality app, Maggie Lee’s latest installation — and more.

#art, #lee-maggie-artist, #mobile-applications, #nordstrom-inc, #pop-up-stores-and-restaurants, #seafood

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Experiencing Museums as They Should Be: Gloriously Empty

A critic discovers the joy of visiting Covid-restricted art collections, which lets him commune with van Gogh and the gang.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #picasso-pablo, #van-gogh-vincent

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Soccer Samples Streetwear and Likes the Fit

Juventus reimagined its look, P.S.G. partnered with Jordan Brand, and now Arsenal and Inter Milan are following suit. But soccer’s interest in design has little to do with the sport.

#adidas-ag, #art, #fashion-and-apparel, #interbrand, #juventus-soccer-team, #logos, #nike-inc, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #ronaldo-cristiano, #soccer, #uniforms

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Elena Malagodi Dies at 84; Dedicated Her Last Years to Senegal

Ms. Malagodi escaped the Nazis, married a famous Cuban sculptor and an Italian politician, then devoted her life to helping children and mothers in Senegal. She died of Covid-19.

#art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #malagodi-elena-1936-2021, #philanthropy, #senegal

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As NFTs Soar, Experts Warn of an Unsustainable Bubble

As the prices of blockchain-secured works skyrocket and speculators swoop, experts are warning of an unsustainable bubble.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #ethereum-foundation, #finances, #hirst-damien, #metakovan-entrepreneur, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #rogoff-kenneth-s, #virtual-currency, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

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Hired by the Empress of Art at Tehran’s Hidden Museum

Donna Stein, in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today.

#art, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #islamic-revolution, #museums, #pahlavi-farah, #pahlavi-mohammed-reza, #stein-donna-1942, #tehran-iran, #tehran-museum-of-contemporary-art, #the-empress-and-i-how-an-ancient-empire-collected-rejected-and-rediscovered-modern-art-book

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Joan Walsh Anglund, 95, Dies; Her Children’s Books Touched Millions

Her first in a prolific career, “A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You,” was a phenomenon. And her illustrations capturing childhood became a cottage industry.

#a-friend-is-someone-who-likes-you-book, #anglund-joan-walsh-1926, #art, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #childrens-books, #deaths-obituaries, #poetry-and-poets

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Augusta Savage, the Black Woman Artist Who Crafted an Unlikely Life

At the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance, Augusta Savage fought racism to earn acclaim as a sculptor, showing her work alongside de Kooning and Dalí. But the path she forged is also her legacy.

#art, #black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #discrimination, #new-york-city, #savage-augusta, #sculpture, #worlds-fairs

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A Downtown Gallerist Spreads His Wings

Alexander Shulan runs Lomex, a New York gallery that nurtures emerging artists.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #lomex-manhattan-ny-gallery, #shulan-alexander, #tribeca-manhattan-ny

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16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

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‘Insult to the Country’: Hong Kong Targets Art Deemed Critical of China

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have called for work by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei to be removed from a new museum, and accused local arts groups of undermining national security.

#art, #china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #museums, #politics-and-government

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Winnipeg’s New Showcase and Meeting Place for Inuit Art and Artists

A new museum for the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s leading collection of Inuit art opens on Saturday in a project shaped by Inuit.

#art, #canada, #indigenous-people, #museums, #winnipeg-manitoba

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The Boom and Bust of TikTok Artists

When a 60-second video can make you famous, is it any surprise that young creators would bypass art school? But what’s left of their careers when fans move on and copycats encroach?

#art, #bryant-kobe, #instagram-inc, #megan-thee-stallion-rapper, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Leon Black to Step Down as MoMA Chairman

In the wake of protests from artists and activists over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the investor agreed not to stand for re-election in June.

#ai-weiwei, #apollo-global-management, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #black-leon-d, #dechert-llp, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #finances, #human-trafficking, #lowry-glenn-d, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #sex-crimes

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Why Did Someone Pay $560,000 for a Picture of My Column?

Bidders say they had many different motivations, including fun, self-promotion and signaling support for the NFT market.

#art, #auctions, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #ethereum-foundation, #new-york-times-neediest-cases-fund, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #virtual-currency

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