November 20, 2020

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20 Artists on the Work They Made in 2020

For centuries, artists have responded to pain, grief, loss, and injustice through their art, at times to brilliant and cathartic ends. Even so, it would not be fair to assume that contemporary artists come out of the tumultuousness of 2020 with a masterful new body of work. Yet, in a testament to the deep resilience

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The Investigative Art Collective Forensic Architecture Has Issued a Report on What Led to the Devastating Blast in Beirut

When a massive explosion tore through Beirut on August 4, journalists at the Egyptian newspaper Mada Masr knew whom to call to get a proper investigation underway: Forensic Architecture. More than 200 people died in the blast, which injured over 6,500, and leveled considerable parts of the Lebanese city of about 360,000. Nearly 3,000 tons of

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The Laundromat Project’s Kemi Ilesanmi Wants to Make Art a Necessity

Portrait of Laundromat Project Executive Director Kemi Ilesanmi by Dread Scott. Courtesy of Kemi Ilesanmi. Community members gather at Feeding Tree Community Garden in Bed-Stuy during 2019 Create Change Artist-in-Residence Bianca Mońa’s project, Wholeness Manifested. Photo by Neha Gautam. Courtesy of The Laundromat Project. Kemi Ilesanmi’s laugh is gloriously infectious. As I listen to her

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From the Pig Couch That Captured the Internet’s Heart to a Devastating Report on US Museums: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

BEST The Internet Goes Hog Wild – A pig chair went viral this week as a former art student’s thesis project from 2010 took hold of the Internet. Daniel Arsham Makes a Slam Dunk – The multi-hyphenate artist will now serve as the creative director of Cleveland’s NBA team, the Cavaliers. Beirut’s Road to Recovery – Artnet News contributor

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Manchester will demolish part of Tadao Ando’s wall in Piccadilly Gardens.

Tadao Ando’s wall in Manchester’s Picadilly Gardens with protest graffiti. Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images. Manchester has moved forward with plans to demolish part of renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s modernist wall in the city’s Piccadilly Gardens green space. The wall, which in recent months has become a canvas for protests against the

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Subversive and Grandiose, Kajahl’s Vivid Portraits Supplant Historical Narratives

“Silent Incantation II” (2020), oil on canvas over panel, 38 x 33 inches. All images © Kajahl, shared with permission Through his meticulously rendered portraits, Santa Cruz-born artist Kajahl subverts the tradition of Blackamoor—a highly stylized European aesthetic that visualized people of color, particularly African men, in exoticized forms and subservient roles—by instead depicting Black

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Like You, Artist Marcel Dzama Is Charmed by the Tiny Owl Found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree—See His Painted Tribute Here

It’s been an owlful year, we can all agree. So it came as no surprise when the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree touched down—a scraggly, lopsided, thin-looking thing that social media quickly compared to Charlie Brown’s sad sapling. The arrival of the 75-foot-tall, 45-foot-wide Norway spruce at Rock Center set off a flurry of comments

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