May 4, 2021

Art In Architecture

A Mirrored Ceiling and Gleaming Tile Floor Turn This Chinese Bookstore into an Immersive M.C. Escher-Style Illusion

All images via X+Living X+Living is known for its deceptively designed Zhongshuge bookstores that mimic M.C. Escher woodcuts and trippy infinite spaces. The latest iteration is this dreamy location in Chengdu featuring bold archways, a reflective tile floor that makes the display tables appear like floating boats, and a mirror embedded in the ceiling to

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Julião Sarmento, Artist Whose Intimate Work Focused on Desire, Has Died at 72

Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento, whose films, sculptures, installations, and paintings consider the complexity of desire and intimacy, has died at 72. New York’s Sean Kelly gallery, which had worked with Sarmento since 1989, confirmed the news. In a statement to ARTnews, the gallery wrote, “Julião was with the gallery since its inception. He was inspirational,

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Josef and Anni Albers Foundation to Open Hospital in Senegal

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Le Korsa, a nonprofit serving communities in rural Senegal that was established by the Albers Foundation’s executive director, Nicholas Fox Weber, in 2005, will open a new maternity and pediatric hospital in Tambacounda, Senegal, on May 10. Designed pro bono by Manuel Herz, the two-story, curvilinear structure reflects

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Why We Are Launching Artnet News Pro, Our New Members-Only Section Offering an Insider’s View of the Evolving Art Market

As the boutique art business transitions into a supercharged global industry, the art market faces both unprecedented challenges and unprecedented opportunities. That’s why, today, we are making an exciting announcement. We are launching Artnet News Pro—a new, members-only section of Artnet News—to provide collectors, art professionals, and other ambitious art lovers with the tools to

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Ancient Maya Cave Reveals 1,200-Year-Old Children’s Handprints

Painted children’s handprints discovered in a cave on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico may provide insight into Maya coming-of-age rituals. According to a report by Reuters, the ancient handprints are thought to be over 1,200 years old. The find is located in the Puuc region on the northern Yucatan Peninsula, close to the ancient Maya

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Art In Archeology

Archaeologists Say a Mystifying Group of Ancient Monuments in Saudi Arabia Suggests the Existence of a Prehistoric Cattle Cult

A mysterious group of ancient monuments first discovered in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, known as mustatials, predate the first Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge by over 2,000 years, making them the world’s oldest ritual landscape, archaeologists now say. Scattered across 77,000 square miles of desert in northwest Arabia, the mustatils (the name comes from the Arabic

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