Category: Art

Artificial Intelligence Is Revealing Secrets About How the Ghent Altarpiece Was Made—and Damaged

Researchers have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to decode x-ray images of the Ghent Altarpiece, the 15th-century masterpiece by brothers Hubert van Eyck and Jan van Eyck at the St. Bavo Cathedral in Belgium. Being able to read the x-rays can...

/ September 3, 2019

21 New York Gallery Shows You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall, From Amy Sherald at Hauser & Wirth to Joe Zucker at Marlborough

It’s that time of year again… back to school, back to work, and back to the galleries. With so many venues, it can be daunting to try to figure out what’s worth your time and Instagram attention. So we’ve put...

/ September 3, 2019

This Photographer Painstakingly Recreates Scenes of Famous Artists at Work in the Studio—See Them Here

Have you ever dreamed of going back in time to encounter art history’s biggest names? Photographer Adrien Bloom has done the next best thing. For her series “Holding Space: Historic Homes Project,” she traveled to the former residences of famous writers and...

/ September 2, 2019

Here Are 9 Affordable Works We Love at the Portal Fair on Governor’s Island, New York’s Least Pretentious Art Fair

Labor Day weekend marks the start of the newly rechristened art fair Portal: Governors Island, the free annual event that takes over the deteriorating brick mansions that once housed officers on New York’s Governors Island, a quirky historic destination that has recently...

/ August 30, 2019

How One Artist Helped Invent a Paint That Can Be Used to Detect Cancer, Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure

Not every artist can say that his or her work is helping in the fight against cancer. But over the past several years, Joseph Cohen has done just that, working to develop a new, high-tech paint that can be used not...

/ August 30, 2019

See the 12 Wildest Art Installations at This Year’s Burning Man, From a Life-Size Flying Whale to a Robot Hand

The Burning Man gathering, which brings tens of thousands of people to Nevada’s remote Black Rock Desert each year, is officially underway for 2019. As always, the annual event, which looks to foster a unique sense of community on the playa, is...

/ August 29, 2019

It Turns Out Plants Make Noise as They Grow—and a New Sound Art Show at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Gives You a Chance to Listen

You may have heard that playing music can help your garden grow, but have you ever considered listening to the plants themselves? That’s what sound artist Adrienne Adar is encouraging visitors to do at her exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic...

/ August 27, 2019

Photographer Makes a Political Point With a Death-Defying Highline Walk Between the US and Mexico Border

Back in January, as a standoff over funding for President Donald Trump’s Southern boarder wall led to a government shutdown, a filmmaker and a highline walker had an grand idea. They hatched a plan to create a dramatic artwork that...

/ August 27, 2019

Takashi Murakami Makes His First Foray Into Sneaker Production With $600 Kicks Inspired by a Legendary Anime Series

Sneakerheads and anime fans, rejoice: contemporary-art star and fashion-world favorite Takashi Murakami has created his first pair of kicks, and they owe their look to some of Japan’s most revered robot heroes. Called the TZ BS-06s, the sneakers are available exclusively...

/ August 26, 2019

After 30 Years, a Stolen Renaissance Masterpiece Returns to Italy With a Show in the Artist’s Hometown

It took nearly 30 years, but the Italian police have recovered Pinturicchio’s missing masterpiece Madonna and Child. The Italian police’s cultural heritage protection unit found the painting, which was stolen from a private home in 1990, but have revealed little about its...

/ August 23, 2019

As a Nationalist Fervor Takes Hold in Italy, Foreign Museum Directors Could Be on the Way Out

In 2015, Italy unveiled a series of reforms that had the potential to transform the country’s storied museums. For the first time, foreign museum directors took the helm at major institutions across the country and all national museum directors were...

/ August 23, 2019

How Maria Qamar’s Feminist Desi Pop Art Went Viral on Instagram, Charmed Mindy Kaling, and Broke Into the New York Art World

The title of artist Maria Qamar’s first solo show, “Fraaaandship,” comes from a popular pickup line among South Asian men. The Canadian-Pakistani artist—who has become an Instagram sensation for her feminist-tinged, Pop art-influenced riffs of Desi culture—had found herself commiserating and...

/ August 22, 2019

Commissioned by Boris Johnson as the Eiffel Tower of London, Anish Kapoor’s ‘Orbit’ Is Now More Than $15 Million in Debt

The mega-sculpture in East London co-designed by Anish Kapoor for the 2012 Olympics at the request of Boris Johnson, the former mayor of the city and now the UK’s prime minister, has seen a sharp fall in visitor numbers and...

/ August 22, 2019

The Museum of Ice Cream Is Opening a Supersized Permanent New York Flagship, With a Three-Story Slide and a ‘Hall of Giant Scoops’

New York is about to get a whole lot sweeter. The juggernaut that is the Museum of Ice Cream, which helped kick the pop-up museum trend into high gear with the launch of its first New York edition in 2016, has announced...

/ August 21, 2019

See Why One Feminist Artist’s Protest of Old Master Depictions of Women at the Prado Museum Went Instantly Viral

A feminist writer and cartoonist in Spain has caused a social-media sensation by sharing photos of Old Master paintings from the Museo del Prado’s collection alongside her own hand-painted signs that declare the depicted women “not whores” and “not saints” as a...

/ August 20, 2019

‘I Wanted to Leave Something in Return’: Artist Claudia Comte on Why She Installed Permanent Underwater Sculptures Off Jamaica’s Coast

Snorkelers exploring the shores of Jamaica’s East Portland Fish Sanctuary may encounter something unexpected amid the colorful tropical fish: concrete sculptures by a sought-after emerging artist. Claudia Comte spent six weeks creating the sculptures of saguaro cacti, which she installed underwater...

/ August 19, 2019

Here’s the Story Behind That Bizarre Painting of Bill Clinton in a Blue Dress Seen at Jeffrey Epstein’s Home

Given the hurricane-force storm of media attention swirling around the case of Jeffrey Epstein, the news that he owned a particularly strange work of art perhaps doesn’t seem like the biggest of deals. After all, the aggressively unsettling decor of...

/ August 16, 2019

The Only Private Home Ai Weiwei Ever Designed in the US Is Now on the Market for More Than $5 Million. See It Here

Have you ever wanted to live inside a work by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei? Now you can. The Tsai Residence in Upstate New York, which the Chinese artist designed with Swiss firm HHF Architects in 2006, is on the...

/ August 16, 2019

These Mind-Blowing Recreations of Famous Artworks Are Made With Only Thread—and an Algorithm That Runs Over 2 Billion Calculations

What do you get when art meets math and computer programming? If you’re Ani Abakumova, what you get are stunning replicas of art historical masterpieces made from colored thread. The 32-year-old Russian artist developed the technique in conjunction with her...

/ August 16, 2019

Oh My Goodness, Look at These Adorable Pictures of Cats Taken by the Godfather of Feline Photography

Do you share the internet’s insatiable obsession with cats, but need a classy alternative to the cliched “hang-in-there” poster? Check out Walter Chandoha: Cats, Photographs 1942–2018, a glossy new coffee-table book published by Taschen that showcases the work of the...

/ August 16, 2019