February 18, 2021

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In a Astounding Discovery, Archaeologists in Alaska Have Uncovered Italian Glass That Came to America Decades Before Columbus

Archeologists in Alaska have unearthed a handful of Venetian glass beads they believe to be over 540 years old, making them the earliest European objects discovered on the continent. If true, it would mean the marble-sized spheres made it to North America decades before Christopher Columbus did. Mike Kunz from the University of Alaska Museum

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‘This Is Something We Can Handle Professionally’: Met Director Max Hollein Defends His Controversial Deaccessioning Proposal

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which sits on an endowment of $3.3 billion, floated a trial balloon in the New York Times that it might resort to selling off artworks to make up revenue shortfalls, it sent shock waves through the industry. Reactions were swift, and sometimes harsh; the museum’s previous director, Thomas Campbell,

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Contorted Limbs and Bodies Disrupt the Mundane in Surreal Photographs by Cristina Coral

All images © Cristina Coral, shared with permission Photographer Cristina Coral has an eye for subtle alterations that transform seemingly ordinary scenes into surreal images brimming with illusion. Often centered on a solitary woman, the conceptual photographs rely on texture, pattern, and the figures’ contorted poses. A limp hand protrudes from a bush, strawberry locks

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‘Cool School’ Artist Ed Moses’s Abstract Paintings Bring Bright California Color to London in a New Gallery Show

The quintessentially Californian artist Ed Moses deemed himself “a mutator.” The moniker was intended to describe his ever-evolving style, but it also captures something of the semi-psychedelic spirit Moses brought to his energetic, boldly colorful paintings for decades, until his death in 2018. Moses was born in Long Beach, California, in 1926, and studied at

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‘They Come Back as Ghosts to Haunt Western Museums’: Watch Iraqi Artist Michael Rakowitz Recreate Looted Artifacts to Give Them New Life

One of the defining moments of Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz’s career happened when he was just 10 years old. “I remember my mother bringing us to the British Museum in London,” Rakowitz recounts in an exclusive new interview with Art21. She led him to the Assyrian galleries and pointed out a relief depicting the lion hunt of

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Fantastical Cartoons, Robotic Pets, and Vibrant Architecture Populate Digital Illustrations by Ori Toor

“David and the Sphinx” In Ori Toor’s Gibberish universe, it’s not uncommon to see bulbous cartoon creatures, leaves sprouting from pockets of machinery, or tunnels wrapped in rainbows. Set against solid backdrops, the digitally rendered dreamlands are teeming with fantastical elements and whimsy as Toor plays with scale and shape, planting a yellow pyramid or

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A New York Gallery Is Resurfacing the Work and Career of the Long Overlooked Artist Fay Lansner, Who Studied With Hans Hofmann

Over the past decade, the works and careers of many previously obscured women artists have rightfully been reconsidered by historians and garnered a bit of long-overdue acclaim. From the Post-war era, the legacies of Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler have all been reassessed and bolstered in recent years. 

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Meow Wolf Has Opened an Interactive Surrealist Supermarket in Las Vegas With Projects From Hundreds of Artist Collaborators

Today marks the opening of Omega Mart, Meow Wolf’s long-awaited Las Vegas follow-up to its wildly popular Santa Fe immersive art installation the House of Eternal Return, which helped kickstart the art world’s experience economy. “It’s really up to you to write your own story,” Emily Montoya, one of Meow Wolf’s co-founders and Omega Mart’s creative

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Joseph Beuys’s Hallowed Studio Heads to Sale in Düsseldorf

On the centennial of the artist’s birth, Joseph Beuys’s home and studio in Düsseldorf has landed on the market. The German real estate firm Engel & Völkers, which is overseeing the sale, has not disclosed a price on its website for the property at Drakeplatz 4, located in one of the city’s ritziest neighborhoods. The

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