Hang Ten
December 31, 2020

Anchored by drawings of the ocean, Raymond Pettibon’s show “Pacific Ocean Pop” hinted at looming catastrophes. Continue reading

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Surreal Sculptures of Translucent Glass and Clay Explore the Body’s Transformative Processes
December 8, 2020

“I have always viewed the body as a transitory object,” writes artist Christina Bothwell. From human-animal hybrids to pregnant creatures to figures fused together, Bothwell’s oeuvre suspends various life forms in states of flux: a baby precariously rests on a mother’s back, a young girl grasps onto another’s legs, and others peer into the distance as if they’re about to move forward.
The artist’s subject matter is rooted in the ethereal and embodies the delicate ways spirits and physical figures change over time. More Continue reading

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Artist Nari Ward Has Spent Decades Revitalizing Found Objects to Elucidate Counter Narratives
November 13, 2020

Jamaica-born artist Nari Ward bases his practice in found objects and their inherent mutability. The Harlem-based artist has scoured New York City’s streets for 25 years gathering house keys escaped from a ring, discarded glass bottles, and clothing tossed season-to-season. Through sculptures and large-scale installations, the scavenged objects find new meaning, whether explicitly scribing a phrase from the United States Constitution or creating more subtle historical connections.
While commenting broadly on themes of race, poverty, and rampant consumerism, Ward is cognizant of the varied meanings burned wooden bats or shoelaces hold for different populations. More Continue reading

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Fire Sprinklers Erupt from Ingeniously Camouflaged Huts to Protect a Historic Japanese Village
October 29, 2020

Situated in a mountainous region of the Gifu Prefecture is a small village of Gassho-style homes, uniquely Japanese structures with thatched roofs that are built to withstand heavy snowfall. Dating back to the 11th century, the historic community of Shirakawa-go was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. While the designation draws tourists each year who are keen on studying the architecture and local history as they pass through the village, an unusual attraction draws inordinate crowds to the region. More Continue reading

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Banksy Finances ‘Louise Michel’ Lifeboat to Rescue Refugees From the Mediterranean
August 31, 2020

Banksy’s latest artwork can be spotted on a vessel rescuing refugees from north Africa, who are attempting to cross the Mediterranean to find safety in Europe. The anonymous British artist, whose work we’ve talked about extensively, used the proceeds from the sale of an artwork to purchase a former French Navy boat, which is named after anarchist Louise Michel. With a fire extinguisher, Banksy sprayed the exterior with pink paint and adorned it with a version of the iconic “Girl with Balloon.” This iteration outfits the child with a lifevest and swaps the red heart with a pink flotation device. More Continue reading

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A Nondescript Character Sheds Suits of Fur, Bubbling Liquids, and Gnarly Wood in Hyonotic CGI Animation
July 27, 2020


From gurgling liquids to crackling fire to rainbow-colored fur, a range of materials envelop an indistinct figure in Universal Everything’s new animation. “Transfiguration” follows a central character as it wades across the screen wearing full-coverage suits that evolve with each step. Despite the mesmerizing changes in appearance, the figure never walks farther than mid-frame.
To create this new, CGI animation, Universal Everything (previously) updated a similar piece from 2011. More Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves Crackle and Writhe Like a Flame in Short Film by Animator William Crook
June 8, 2020


In “Stickmatch,” a new short film, a matchstick-like twig lands onto the screen, and with one long strike, it spontaneously ignites flames. These sparks don’t manifest in their usual form, though. The flames are replaced with leaves from various trees that are colored all the hues of autumn, from bright green to amber yellow. 
Created by William Crook, a London-born animator who now lives in Zürich, “Stickmatch” was an undertaking at a residency at Sasso in Italy. More Continue reading

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ARTnews in Brief: Getty Postpones All Public Programming Through August—and More from April 13, 2020
April 13, 2020

Monday, April 13 Getty Postpones All Public Programming Through August 31 The J. Paul Getty Museum—comprising its two locations, the Getty Center in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades—said that all of its public programs and events scheduled through the end of August have been postponed. In a statement, the museum said […] Continue reading

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A Collage of Overlapping Videos Creates a Wild Rube Goldberg-esque Motion Sequence
March 30, 2020

Beginning with a man blowing his lips, an impressive compilation by Donato Sansone merges short clips of car crashes, fiery explosions, and punches thrown during a boxing match into a believable series of consequences. Ranging from nature to sports to destructive events, each seconds-long bit appears to lead right into the next in “Concatenation“—seemingly, a rocket launches straight into a pool ball that then causes a diver to jump into the water. More Continue reading

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