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A New Contemporary Art Museum in Virginia Leads with Politics

Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Markel Center at night (photo by Iwan Baan)
Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Markel Center at night (photo by Iwan Baan)

AN ORGANISM IN RICHMOND: In the future we predict a large and significant living organism will begin to take shape at the corner of Belvidere and Broad … There are other organisms in Richmond, to be sure, but none quite like this one.

So writes Chicago-based artist Deb Sokolow in her pamphlet, “A Living Organism at Broad and Belvidere” (2017), commissioned for Declarationthe inaugural exhibition at Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) — located at the corner of Belvidere and Broad streets. The pamphlet, available for guests to take, sits in a bin next to one of the two entrances into the ICA. It serves as an … Read the rest

Robert Colescott’s Frank Snapshots of Racism and Misogyny in the US

Robert Colescott, “Texas Chili” (1976), acrylic on canvas with wooden cutouts (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — In Robert Colescott’s “Portrait of the Artist at 85,” the late painter, who passed away at 83 in 2009, depicts himself seated in front of a tall, white canvas, applying messy strokes of pinkish cream. A buxom blonde wearing nothing but red heels poses in front of a window. The brushstrokes on the canvas seem distracted and uncoordinated, as if the artist’s hand is less concerned with representing the subject and more interested in acting out some libidinal impulse.

During his lifetime, Colescott reached the heights of a master painter, blending figuration and abstraction and becoming one of the first prominent artists to embed … Read the rest

The Opulent and Cosmopolitan Legacy of Iran’s Qajar Dynasty

Installation view of <em>The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th Century Persian Art</em> at the Louvre-Lens (photo by Laurent Lamacz, courtesy Louvre-Lens)
Installation view of The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th Century Persian Art at the Louvre-Lens (photo by Laurent Lamacz, courtesy Louvre-Lens)

LENS, France — Last month, on the occasion of the Persian new year celebrations of spring, the Louvre museum’s outpost in northern France opened a major exhibition of Qajar dynasty treasures from present-day Iran. The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th Century Persian Art — curated by Gwenaëlle Fellinger, senior curator of the department of Islamic Art at the Louvre, and Hana Chidiac, head of the North African and Near Eastern collections of the Quai Branly Museum — benefits from key loans from the Golestan Palace, the royal palace of the Qajar dynasty in Tehran, which currently houses an extensive collection of 18th and 19th … Read the rest

Uncanny Renderings of Art History’s Famous Self-Portraits

Allan Rubin, “Frida & Diego” (2016), oil on metal cans, 17″ h (all images courtesy the artist)

NARROWSBURG, New York — Most every artist must establish, to some degree, their relationship to the art canon. Some endlessly reference it, while others reject it; artist Allan Rubin, on the other hand, renders his artistic heroes into three-dimensional sculptures made from upcycled tin cans.

Rubin really puts the “can” in canvas, applying his paintings to metal rather than fabric. In 2016, Rubin created his first master artist sculpture of Picasso, touching off a body of work called CANON, now on display at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

Allan Rubin, “Picasso” (2016), oil on metal cans, 13″ x 8″ x 5″

“At first I made portraits of … Read the rest

Over Two Millennia of Music Play Out Across the Metropolitan Museum’s New Instrument Galleries

The “Fanfare” display in gallery 680 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (photo courtesy © The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

From an Ancient Egyptian harp and Ghanaian drum to Stradivari violins, a theremin, and even a vuvuzela, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly reopened musical instrument galleries run the gamut of the institution’s global historical collections. After almost two years of renovations and curatorial rethinking, The Art of Music combines disparate instruments the world over, grouping them by time period and type, rather than dividing them into the cultures by which they were created.

Located on the second floor of the museum, the galleries begin with an introduction of sorts, a massive explosion of horns called “Fanfare.” Centered around a sacred conch and featuring animal horns, … Read the rest

Photos that flip the way we view sex, women and violence

“I don’t whether to be turned on or afraid, but I like it,” is often the default response when viewing Camille Mariet’s work – or at least it is according to her Tinder matches. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily weird, but sometimes I link my Instagram to my Tinder, and when I do, I literally get the same message from every guy,” she explains.

For the 22-year-old LA-based photographer, weird is a currency she’s used to working with. Pooling influence from old advertisements and porn, her cinematic photography depicts a world in which femmes hold the knife, and are more than ready to twist it in the heart of anyone who crosses them.

Mariet’s work is violent – whether it’s an image depicting a go-go … Read the rest

Matthew Wong’s Hallucinatory Pilgrimages

Matthew Wong, “Another Day” (2018), oil on canvas, 72 × 70 inches (all images courtesy of the artist and Karma, New York)

I first saw images by Matthew Wong when he posted them on social media. Like others who read his posts, as well as read his interviews, I learned that he was living in Hong Kong and that he graduated from the University of Michigan (2007) with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. In 2012, after graduating from the City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media with a MFA in photography, he began painting, initially starting with a sketch book and a bottle of ink and making “a mess every day randomly.”

In the online magazine Altermodernists (October 29, 2014), where I read the … Read the rest