ABC Art
December 31, 2020

A 1965 essay surveying the latest avant-garde sculpture, film, dance, and literature, and identifying the shared sensibility that united the important work. Continue reading

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An Oversized Statue of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Activist, Pensively Stares Toward Alcatraz
November 12, 2020

Peering out over the San Francisco Bay toward Alcatraz is a monumental statue that pays homage to an American Indian Movement activist who’s been incarcerated for decades. Created by Portuguese-American artist Rigo 23 in 2016, the 12-foot-tall figure resembles a small self-portrait that the activist, Leonard Peltier, painted while imprisoned.
Wearing a simple white shirt, yellow pants, and no shoes, Peltier sits on a cement base, which is the actual size of his cell, in a pensive position. More Continue reading

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Painted on Vintage Postcards, Flora and Fauna Celebrate Farming Traditions and Wildlife of the Midwest
November 4, 2020

Twenty-seven years ago while studying at the University of Illinois, illustrator Diana Sudyka (previously) retrieved a bundle of postcards from a dumpster. The ephemeral correspondence revealed a relationship between farmers and workers from the Harvard area and a man named John Dwyer, either their accountant or investor who lived throughout Chicago, Cicero, and Berwyn. Dated from 1939 to 1942, the short letters generally contained information about livestock sales and farm expenses. More Continue reading

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Following Baltimore Museum Withdrawals, Giacometti, Van Gogh Lead Sotheby’s $284 M. October Evening Sale
October 29, 2020

Just hours before Sotheby’s mid-season modern and contemporary art evening sale on Wednesday, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced a pause in the sale of its deaccessioned Clyfford Still and Brice Marden paintings which meant they would not be auctioned that night amid a backlash over the $65 million deaccession. The private sale of Andy Warhol’s […] Continue reading

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Snapshots by Shin Noguchi Frame Candid and Enigmatic Moments Observed on the Streets of Japan
October 1, 2020

Photographer Shin Noguchi (previously), who lives in Kamakura and works throughout Tokyo, has a knack for capturing snapshots of the unusual, baffling, and quirky activities of passersby. A single image often is imbued with layers of serendipity, with one framing both a woman in an elaborate gown and a dazed baby, while another features a screaming child and a man splayed on a public staircase in the background.
Taken around Japan, the photographs appear as objective shots, glimpsing candid moments that are enigmatic and sometimes humorous. More Continue reading

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An Intimate Short Film Highlights 2020’s Crises through Exquisitely Surreal Scenes
September 22, 2020


Set to subdued music, Nicolas Lichtle’s short film titled “à la fin…” is an unusually ethereal depiction of the crises climaxing in 2020. The delicate animation flows through a series of lightly-hued scenes that explore reactions to COVID-19, the wildfires raging across the planet, and the endless distractions of technology. “It’s a moment of introspection, very intimate, staged through a succession of small moments imbued with poetry, absurdity, and sometimes surrealism…” Lichtle writes. More Continue reading

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Hyperrealistic Portraits by Artist Arinze Stanley Reflect the Emotions of Black Experiences
September 19, 2020

Arinze Stanley describes his hyperrealistic drawings as “a simple language of my feelings.” In a statement about his new series titled Paranormal Portraits, the Nigerian artist (previously) says he uses his art as a form of political activism and as a way to amplify the voices of those who are unheard. Stanley noes that the relationships he fosters with his subjects are complicated and more often a reflection of himself:

In my opinion, artists are custodians of time and reality, hence why I try to inform the future about the reality of today, and through these surreal portraits seen in my new body of work, Paranormal Portraits, navigate my viewers into what is almost a psychedelic and uncertain experience of being Black in the 21st Century.

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AnonyMouse Wedges Miniature Shops and Restaurants Built For Mice into Busy City Streets
August 14, 2020

In cities across Sweden, France, and the Isle of Man lies a parallel universe fit only for a mouse. Miniature restaurants, record shops, and apothecaries squeeze into ground-level windows on the street next to their human-sized equivalents. The adorable universe is a project from a collective aptly named AnonyMouse, which started crafting the charming scenes in the spring of 2016.
Suggesting that the mice have a symbiotic relationship with the pedestrians on the street, the team repurposes items people throw away, turning a champagne topper into a stool or a matchbox into a table. More Continue reading

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