July 29, 2021

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‘This Healing Ritual Can Continue’: Watch Artist Guadalupe Maravilla Confront Communal Trauma Through Experiential Art

At 45, artist Guadalupe Marvilla’s life story is almost unbelievable. A grand bildungsroman that begins with him “playing on the steps of the pyramids in El Salvador,” fleeing a war, embarking on a two-and-a-half month journey from his home in San Salvador to Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and then crossing the border to the U.S. illegally

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In Pictures: See Inside the Italian Futurist Painter Giacomo Balla’s Apartment, and Works From His Long-Awaited Retrospective in Rome

Born in Turin in 1871, artist Giacomo Balla went on to become one of the world’s best-known Modernist artists. Associated with the Italian Futurists, he left an indelible mark on the history of painting, uniting elements of fantasy with close studies of light, space, and movement. Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s dynamic photographs, and along with peers Umberto Boccioni,

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Can the Weaknesses of NFT Technology Be Fixed?

A certain degree of magical thinking surrounds the non-fungible token, or NFT. The community involved in the NFT-buying frenzy of early 2021 believed that the blockchain technology used to make NFTs instilled them with infallible benefits. NFTs were supposed to be a tamper-proof ledger that authenticated and defined original digital works, which could offer artists

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Monumental Cardboard Bridges Float in the Sky in Temporary Installations by Olivier Grossetête

Architecture en Fête, Villeneuve lez Avignon, France (2015). All images © Olivier Grossetête, shared with permission Temporarily seen hovering above small European towns or balancing on a river in floating canoes are elaborate bridges designed to be constructed and demolished in a matter of days. The ongoing work of Olivier Grossetête, the cardboard-and-tape pieces are

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German Socialite Jailed for Theft in Fraudulent Sale of Kusama Sculpture

German socialite Angela Gulbenkian will be jailed for 3.5 years after pleading guilty to two counts of theft earlier this month for stealing more than $1.4 million, according to Publico. Gulbenkian had been contracted by the Singapore-based company called Artseen to sell an iconic Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture that they had in their possession. She

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Industrial Materials and Rugged Topographies Converge in Jacqueline Surdell’s Knotted Tapestries

“We Will Win: Our Banner in the Sky (after Frederic Edwin Church)” (2020), cotton cord, nylon, paracord, fabric, and ribbons, 84 x 108 x 12 inches, 120-inch bar. Photo by Ian Vecchiotti. Images courtesy of Jacqueline Surdell and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, shared with permission Chicago-based artist Jacqueline Surdell sutures lengths of rope, fabric, and silky

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