She was one of the core members of the Hairy Who group during the 1960s. Continue reading
For nearly three decades, Cuban painter Tomás Sánchez has been painting serene landscapes of clam waters and verdant forests full of towering palms and dense shrubs. Now part of a lengthy series, his realistic works focus on nature’s immensity as they contrast massive waterfalls and miles of endless treetops with a nondescript figure, who often can be found seated or standing amongst the lush scenery.
In a statement, Sánchez explained how his practice of meditation informs his work. More Continue reading
Our friends over at Drawn & Quarterly have hooked us up with a couple copies of Toronto-based artist Michael DeForge’s new book Leaving Richard’s Valley! This bizarre hero’s quest follows a ragtag group of exiles as they make their way from the only home they’ve ever known. The hardcover features 480 pages of absurd yet … Continued Continue reading
Concentric Circles of Tufted Wool and Natural Fibers Shape Giant Wall Hangings by Artist Tammy KanatMarch 26, 2020
Beginning with asymmetrical ovals and amorphous shapes, Australian textile artist Tammy Kanat (previously) loops, twists, and weaves her sizable wall hangings. Using a steel frame, Kanat hangs up the copper forms that provide the structure for her abstract tapestries. She then combines natural materials like wool, linen, and silk to create small tufts and organic rows of varying hues that add a range of densities and textures to each piece. More Continue reading
Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, is known for her street art utilizing paper that’s pasted onto building walls, but the Brooklyn-based artist has made a recent pivot that transfers her mythical style to stop-motion animations. Part of her solo exhibition Cicada, Curry’s short film “Sofia and Storm” is centered on a human-arachnid hybrid. After emerging from a dense mass, the gold-faced feminine figure opens up her chest cavity to reveal dark, hanging matter that eventually is absorbed. More Continue reading
Berger died earlier in the week of coronavirus-related causes. Continue reading
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Despite being a couple of years old, José Manuel Ballester’s artworks feel eerily familiar in the time of COVID-19. The Spanish artist recreates classic paintings like Goya’s “The Third of May 1808,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” except he leaves out one central aspect: humans. Some of Ballester’s digital versions retain remnants of the former subjects, showing blood-covered ground marking the spot of a gruesome battle or even a faint outline of the sitter in an unfinished portrait. More Continue reading
Some meals leave an impression—you might remember the cherry pie your grandma always made or a multi-course dinner consisting of toast and caviar, a mound of shaved truffle topping pasta, and wagyu tartare. Rather than solely rely on his memory to envision the fare he’s enjoyed, though, Japanese chef Itsuo Kobayashi has been painting and describing in detail the dishes he’s eaten for the past 32 years in a series of notebooks and standalone works. More Continue reading
Coronavirus Postponements Hit Biennial Circuit as Africa’s Biggest Exhibition Delays Opening of 2020 EditionMarch 20, 2020
A biennial in Latvia has also been postponed, while the just-opened Biennale of Sydney remains open. Continue reading
Art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson, LACMA contemporary art curator Rita González, Baltimore Museum of Art chief curator Asma Naeem, and more offer some suggestions. Continue reading
Covered in full-face masks of fringe and knotted details, threadstories (previously) explores the tension between contemporary portrayals of public and private life. The Irish artist poses in front of gray backdrops for her self-portraits that obscure her face and only sometimes reveal a set of eyes or a mouth through the crocheted exterior.
threadstories tells Colossal that the process for creating each piece is similar. She begins by crocheting the balaclava—sometimes adding space for further detail like pointed ears or a hand-drawn face—before crafting various tufts and dense patches. More Continue reading
Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo Was Asked to Help Create a MoMA Audio Guide. He Let the Security Workers Do the Talking.March 19, 2020
The artist’s audio guides give a voice to the museum’s workers. Continue reading
Despite Early Technical Glitches, Galleries Report Steady Sales in Art Basel Hong Kong’s Online FairMarch 18, 2020
For the first 25 minutes, the online viewing rooms were down, but that did not dissuade collectors. Continue reading
Since she first began embroidering in 2013, Emillie Ferris (previously) has stitched a few rows nearly every day. The United Kingdom-based artist creates dense thread paintings of butterflies, bees, and other creatures surrounded by vibrant, scattered florals. Her lengthy stitches form precisely colored patterns and rows, offering a distinct texture to each wing and antennae.
Ferris tells Colossal that much of her work is based on vintage entomology illustrations, which she reviews multiple times before beginning one of her realistic projects that are “inspired by nature, with a tiny sense of magic.”
I love to try and emulate a sense of romanticism in my embroideries.