What Would Donald Judd Do?

The artist turned the remote town of Marfa into a cultural pilgrimage site. Three decades after his death, the foundations charged with preserving his complicated legacy are debating how to move forward.

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For Black Artists, the Great Migration Is an Unfinished Journey

At the Mississippi Museum of Art, Mark Bradford, Theaster Gates Jr., Carrie Mae Weems and others explore the personal legacy of the era-shaping movement from the rural South.

#art, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #black-people, #bradford-mark-1961, #dyson-torkwase, #gates-theaster, #hamilton-allison-janae, #hewitt-leslie-1977, #jackson-miss, #mississippi-museum-of-art, #museums, #sculpture, #weems-carrie-mae

How to Decolonize a Museum? Try an Ax.

An ambitious survey of the life and art of Raphael Montañez Ortiz is at El Museo del Barrio. His work still feels subversive more than half a century after he founded the museum.

#art, #colonization, #el-museo-del-barrio, #indigenous-people, #museums, #ortiz-raphael-montanez, #performance-art, #puerto-ricans, #sculpture

Claes Oldenburg Dies at 93; Pop Artist Made the Everyday Monumental

Taking ordinary objects like hamburgers and household items, he sculpted them in unfamiliar, often imposing dimensions — what he called his “Colossal Monuments.”

#deaths-obituaries, #oldenburg-claes, #pop-art, #sculpture, #van-bruggen-coosje

Does Public Art Have an Afterlife?

Public artworks have the power to uplift a city. Sometimes they end up in a museum, but other times in a dumpster.

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A Self-Taught Artist Takes His Roadside Acropolis North

Outside the art establishment for decades, Charles Smith has sculpted his Black heroes in Aurora, Ill., and now in Hammond, La. At 81, he’s getting his first show in New York.

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3-D Printing Might Recreate the Elgin Marbles of Greece

#3-d-printers, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #athens-greece, #british-museum, #elgin-marbles, #england, #great-britain, #greek-civilization, #museums, #ottoman-empire, #parthenon-greece, #politics-and-government, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture

A Sculptor Takes His Craft to the Skies

The artist Desmond Lewis brings the glow of professional fireworks to under-resourced communities in the South.

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Duke Riley: Grand Master Trash

The audacious artist transforms seaborne plastics into maritime art at the Brooklyn Museum, driving home his message about their devastating environmental impact.

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A Radical Collective Takes Over One of the World’s Biggest Art Shows

Ruangrupa, an Indonesian group of collaborators, turns social experiences into art. How will they leave their mark on Documenta, which unfolds over 100 days?

#architecture, #art, #documenta-gmbh, #germany, #indonesia, #ruangrupa-art-collective, #sculpture

Christopher Wool on What Brought a ‘Sunday Painter’ Back to Life

“I had been on the treadmill for so long. And then suddenly I felt like I could just be an artist again,” he says. His long obsession with photo books has now taken full flight.

#art, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #marfa-tex, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #richard-hell-and-the-voidoids, #sculpture, #wool-christopher

Delta’s Terminal C at La Guardia Airport Is Now an Art Destination

With the opening of Delta Air Lines’s new terminal at La Guardia Airport, New York gets a distinctive new collection of public artworks.

#airports, #art, #ghani-mariam-1978, #johnson-rashid-1977, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #nisenbaum-aliza, #overton-virginia, #quevedo-ronny, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture, #wilson-fred-1954

In the Bronx, Priceless Sculptures Are ‘Literally Being Chipped Away’

More than 1,000 terra-cotta sculptures — of firefighters, mermaids, steelworkers — adorn the walls of Parkchester in the Bronx. Is there a plan to protect them?

#buildings-structures, #parkchester-bronx-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sculpture, #terra-cotta

When I Went Away From the World

The novelist Rachel Cusk’s pursuit of finality had taken her further and further away. She never considered how she was going to get back.

#beauty-concept, #greece, #quarries, #sculpture, #women-and-girls

Paola Pivi’s American Moment

Behind an artist’s recasting of the Statue of Liberty with an Asian boy’s face is a searing personal story of an orphan.

#adoptions, #anchorage-alaska, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #high-line-manhattan-ny, #sculpture, #statue-of-liberty, #warhol-andy-museum

Israel’s Oldest Museum Takes a New Look at Israeli Art

For decades, museums presented Israeli art as a companion to the country’s history. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art breaks away from that approach — with surprising results.

#art, #herzl-theodor, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #museums, #palestinians, #sculpture, #tel-aviv-israel, #west-bank, #zionism

Simone Leigh Holds Court at the U.S. Pavilion in the Venice Biennale

The acclaimed sculptor holds court at the U.S. Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, where she explores the burden of colonial histories and the promise of Black feminism. She begins by thatching the roof.

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Guadalupe Maravilla as Artist and Healer

Guadalupe Maravilla’s sculptures at the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA explore the trauma caused by war, migration and family separation.

#art, #brooklyn-museum, #content-type-personal-profile, #el-salvador, #maravilla-guadalupe, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #sculpture

New York Lets ‘Fearless Girl’ Hold Her Ground, for Now

Officials voted to extend the sculpture’s permit but are requiring stakeholders to return in six months with plans for a permanent location.

#art, #fearless-girl, #finances, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #manhattan-nyc, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #public-design-commission-nyc, #sculpture, #state-street-global-advisors, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #transportation-department-nyc, #visbal-kristen, #women-and-girls

Treasure Hunting at the Winter Show

This browser’s delight, with one-of-a-kind art, antiques and modern design, has moved from the Armory to a new Spring Palace — the former Barneys on Madison Avenue.

#antiques, #art, #audubon-john-james, #books-and-literature, #bowman-sculpture-london-england, #east-side-house-settlement, #sargent-john-singer, #sculpture, #the-winter-show-exhibit, #throckmorton-fine-art-manhattan-ny

Bust From the Met Museum, Said to Be Looted, Is Returned to Libya

Investigators said the sculpture, a depiction of a veiled woman, had been stolen decades ago from a temple at Cyrene, which was once part of ancient Greece.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #greek-civilization, #libya, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #sculpture, #world-heritage-sites

Contemplating Beauty in a Disabled Body

My looks don’t fit into classical ideals of order, proportion, symmetry. So what was I looking for in that gallery in Rome?

#art, #beauty-concept, #disabilities, #ovid-43-bc-ad-17-18, #parenting, #rome-italy, #sculpture

Kahlil Robert Irving Roves Across Millenniums at MoMA

The artist presents a vision of the contemporary in clay as a present-day Pompeii buried under an explosion of too much information.

#art, #ceramics-and-pottery, #irving-kahlil-robert, #museum-of-modern-art, #sculpture

A Classic Paris Apartment Filled With Outré Design

With his thoughtfully arranged collection of Joe Colombo furniture and minimalist art, an exhibition producer has made an appealingly unexpected home for himself.

#art, #chairs, #colombo-joe-1930-71, #design, #furniture, #hauserwirth, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lamps-and-lampshades, #paris-france, #sculpture, #springdesign2022

Donatello Gets His Due

An exhibit in Florence puts the 15th-century sculptor at the epicenter of the Renaissance, presenting a master whose innovations transformed art history.

#donatello-1386-1466, #museums, #national-museum-of-the-bargello, #palazzo-strozzi-foundation, #renaissance-historical-era, #sculpture

The Overlooked Stone Carvers of Escolásticas

A small town in Central Mexico is home to around 200 open-air carving workshops, from which an astonishing array of sculptures continuously emerge.

#art, #mesoamerica, #mexico, #sculpture, #travel-and-vacations

In Her Last Works, Kaari Upson Explores Vanity and Decay

The artist, who probed the depths of psychic trauma, left behind elusive new portraits that will debut at the Venice Biennale.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #hammer-museum, #los-angeles-calif, #sculpture, #spruth-magers-los-angeles-calif-gallery, #upson-kaari-1972, #venice-biennale

Camille Norment Explores New Sonic Terrains at Dia Chelsea

The composer and sculptor, born in America and based in Norway, presents two installations on the border of art and music.

#art, #dia-chelsea, #music, #norment-camille, #sculpture

‘Carpeaux Recast’: A Sculptural Gem With a Knotty Back Story

A show at the Metropolitan Museum, organized around a single marble sculpture, re-examines works of art representing slavery and abolition.

#art, #black-people, #carpeaux-jean-baptiste, #fictions-of-emancipation-carpeaux-recast-exhibition, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #slavery-historical

Dan Graham, Mind-Bending Conceptual Artist, Dies at 79

Best known for his large mirrored installations, he played with ideas about spectacle and perception in a vast array of genres.

#art, #conceptual-art, #deaths-obituaries, #dia-art-foundation, #graham-dan, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #sculpture

Michael Stipe, Another Outsider at the Art Fair

The R.E.M. singer-songwriter is parting with works from his collection of Southern artists — but their inspiration lingers on.

#art, #athens-ga, #content-type-personal-profile, #dial-thornton, #outsider-art-fair, #photography, #pop-and-rock-music, #rem-music-group, #sculpture, #stipe-michael

A Classic Parisian Apartment Filled With Modern Design

By placing contemporary pieces amid original features, the architect Sophie Dries has created a space that privileges experimentation.

#architecture, #design, #dries-sophie, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #leschelier-marc, #paris-france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sculpture

A 2,700-Year-Old Figurine Revives a Weighty Mystery

A bronze statuette recovered from a river in Germany may have been part of an early Scandinavian weight system, some archaeologists believe.

#antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #baltic-sea, #bronze-age, #germany, #praehistorische-zeitschrift-journal, #scandinavia, #sculpture, #weight, #your-feed-science

In ‘Charles Ray: Figure Ground,’ a Radical Conservative on Display

Familiarity breeds surprises at the Met’s survey of the American sculptor, whose work suggests that the past is never dead — in a good way.

#metropolitan-museum-of-art, #ray-charles-1953, #sculpture

The Art World’s Amazing Spider Man

Tomás Saraceno’s creations, including those on view at a new exhibition at the Shed, lie at the intersection of sculpture, ecology and futuristic experimentation.

#architecture, #art, #berlin-germany, #content-type-personal-profile, #saraceno-tomas, #sculpture, #shed-manhattan-ny, #spiders

What Museums Don’t Reveal About Religious Art

Two small exhibitions, one at the Met Cloisters, the other at the Wallach Art Gallery, bring the personal and political dynamics of devotional art to the fore.

#art, #cloisters-the, #columbia-university, #cordoba-spain, #japan, #museums, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #sculpture, #spain, #wallach-miriam-and-ira-d-art-gallery

It’s Gold, Baby. But Niclas Castello’s Cube Is Nothing New in Art.

The artist’s solid gold cube, which appeared for one day in Central Park, was Instagram bait, an NFT promotion and even kind of pretty.

#art, #castello-cube, #castello-niclas, #finances, #gold, #naumburg-bandshell-central-park-manhattan-ny, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sculpture, #switzerland

Liz Larner Makes Sculptures for a New Era

The artist, whose installations and sculptures run from microscopic to immense, is having a midcareer survey at SculptureCenter, her largest exhibition since 2001.

#art, #ceruti-mary, #content-type-personal-profile, #larner-liz-1960, #sculpture, #sculpturecenter

Charles Ray Is Pushing Sculpture to Its Limit

With four surveys, the challenging Los Angeles artist has redefined his art form in a flat-screen world.

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‘We Are Going to Turn Our Pain Into Purpose’

Mayor Eric Adams’s ambitious gun safety plan includes reviving a controversial police unit his predecessor disbanded.

#adams-eric-l, #attacks-on-police, #bragg-alvin, #gun-control, #mora-wilbert-new-york-ny-police-officer, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #rivera-jason-d-2022, #sculpture

Sculptor, 93, Still Works in Ivory

Pierre Heckmann, 93, is among the last “ivoiriers,” or sculptors of ivory, in Europe.

#church-of-st-sulpice-paris-france, #content-type-personal-profile, #heckmann-pierre, #ivory, #jewels-and-jewelry, #paris-france, #sculpture, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-fashion

Samara Golden Is Spilling Her ‘Guts’

The Los Angeles artist has created an ambitious new installation full of inner turmoil.

#art, #art-gallery-of-new-south-wales, #content-type-personal-profile, #golden-samara-artist, #los-angeles-calif, #night-gallery-los-angeles-calif-gallery, #sculpture, #whitney-biennial

Damien Hirst’s Medium is the Art Market

He might be Britain’s richest artist, but with each attempt to monetize his talent, Hirst’s originality as a conceptual sculptor becomes an ever more distant memory.

#art, #auctions, #claridges-london-england-hotel, #content-type-personal-profile, #gagosian-gallery, #heni, #hirst-damien, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sculpture, #sothebys, #white-cube-gallery, #young-british-artists

Hugh Hayden, Surrealist Sculptor, Addresses the Education Debate

His public art installation in New York’s Madison Square Park takes on the thorny issues roiling American classrooms.

#art, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #hayden-hugh-1983, #institute-of-contemporary-art-miami, #lisson-gallery-manhattan-ny, #madison-square-park-manhattan-ny, #sculpture

How John Powers Filled a Gap in His Hand With Big Ideas and Art

The sculptor lost several fingers on a table saw. His project to design new ones and regain his craft is the most important art work he’s done yet.

#amputation, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #beacon-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #hands, #postmasters, #powers-john, #prostheses, #putnam-county-ny, #sculpture

In ‘African Origin’ Show at Met, New Points of Light Across Cultures

Holdings from Ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa come together in a masterpiece show. Now the Met should make clear how the wondrous works got here.

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As the Mayor Promised Millions for New Monuments, Old Ones Crumbled

Without dedicated funding for conservation, many of New York City’s public memorials and artworks are decaying from neglect.

#art, #battery-park-city-authority, #bogart-michele-h, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #housing-authority-nyc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccray-chirlane, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #puryear-martin, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-park-manhattan-ny, #riverside-park-conservancy, #sculpture

Rodin Bronze From Family Plot Is Heading to Auction

Experts criticize the decision to remove this grave site memorial and sell it privately. The family says it’s a way to provide safekeeping.

#auctions, #cemeteries, #merrill-elizabeth-musgrave-croswell-1853-1928, #rodin-auguste, #samuel-t-freemanco-freemans, #sculpture, #virginia

Kim Abeles Turns the Climate Crisis Into Eco-art

She doesn’t just make art about pollution, she makes art out of it. Now her “Smog Collectors” series is on view at California State University, Fullerton.

#air-pollution, #california-state-university-fullerton, #carter-jimmy, #culver-city-calif, #environment, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sculpture

Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

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