Mega-galleries are moving into the city, while some small galleries are moving out. Continue reading
Skawennati Makes Space for Indigenous Representation and Sovereignty in the Virtual World of Second LifeJuly 1, 2020
AbTec Island is an online community space, where Second Life users can hang out and talk. But it’s also a place where visions of Indigenous histories and futures coexist. Continue reading
A meeting with composer and artist John Cage prompted him to move his gallery in a more adventurous direction. Continue reading
Arthur Jafa’s Essential Video ‘Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death’ to Be Streamed for 48 HoursJune 25, 2020
Thirteen international art institutions will show the film on their websites for 48 hours. Continue reading
Guggenheim Curators Rise Up in Protest, Met Breuer Fades Away, and More: Morning Links from June 23, 2020June 23, 2020
Here’s what we’re reading this morning. Continue reading
Amy Sherald grew up in Columbus, Georgia, which shaped her conceptions of identity and fundamentally influenced her artistic practice. “Acknowledging the performative aspects of race and Southernness, I committed myself to exploring the interiority of Black Americans,” the artist told Smithsonian Magazine in December 2019. “I wanted to create unseen narratives.”
Now living and working in Baltimore, Sherald paints distinctive portraits set against bold, vibrant backdrops. She renders each subject, who stares directly at the viewer, in her signature grayscale. More Continue reading
“I realized that my pessimism is realism and, of course, it’s long been time to get real.” Continue reading
While many people are spending their days starting batches of sourdough, Karin Pfeiff-Boschek has been busy baking sweet pies with mesmerizing arrangements that appear almost too pretty to eat. She tops each pastry with a delicate floral motif of flaky dough, a precisely arranged gradient of sliced fruit, or a checkered weave braided in rows.
The pastry designer tells Colossal that she was raised in a family of bakers, although pies weren’t her first form of artistic expression. More Continue reading
With the museum turning 20, look back on its history. Continue reading
Hundreds of Intricately Cut Layers Compose Impeccably Detailed Wildlife Sculptures by Patrick CabralMay 16, 2020
Manila-based artist Patrick Cabral (previously) layers paper incised with decorative motifs and lacy patterns into dazzling sculptural portraits of wildlife. Ribbed tentacles with alternating gold and white dangle from an octopus, while elegant pieces comprise a rhinoceros’s exterior. Each multi-layered work contains hundreds of individual paper pieces that are entirely hand-cut.
The crowned lion (shown below) spans more than five feet and is one of Cabral’s largest projects to date. More Continue reading
Josh Aronson “Florida, like a piece of embroidery, has two sides to it—one side all tag-rag and thrums, without order or position; and the other side showing flowers and arabesques and brilliant coloring.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abolitionist, Author, 1896 “The general wildness, the eternal labyrinths of waters and marshes, interlocked and apparently never ending; the … Continued Continue reading
Painters need not only excellent paints in a variety of hues, they also need a full selection of brushes to create a variety of paint strokes and surfaces. And all painters have their favorite paintbrush—their go-to brush that’s used in every painting, the brush that ushers them into their creative painting zone. One brush, however, […] Continue reading
A new film by New York-based director Paul Trillo lingers for just a moment on a serene body of water before plunging into a dizzying series of landscape transformations. “Until There Was Nothing” considers how Earth’s natural landscapes and city life would look just moments before being consumed by a black hole. The surreal work shows massive waves suddenly crawling up the left side of the frame, the tops of taxi cabs shooting into the air, and an entire forest of trees ascending in an amorphous mass. More Continue reading
UK-based embroidery artist Amber Griffiths is riding a wave of anatomical inspiration in her latest designs. Typically inspired by nature, Griffiths tells Colossal that her series kicked off when looking to put a non-traditional spin on the iconic Valentine’s Day heart. “I’m not particularly someone who’s into all the mushy classic love hearts, so I thought the anatomical route would be much more interesting,” Griffiths says. That set off an obsessive exploration of human anatomy through her primary embroidery technique—the punch needle. More Continue reading
Curators from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and other international institutions weighed in. Continue reading
Journalist Pamela Newkirk remembers her mentor and friend, with whom she had planned to write a biography of his life. Continue reading
See five of the best medieval art accounts on Instagram. 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
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.