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Artist Jeff Koons explains his massive and wonderful Play-Doh sculpture

Jeff Koons's "Play-Doh" is a wondrous, 11-foot-tall sculpture. Inspired by a Play-Doh pile given to the artist by his young son, the sculpture actually consists of two dozen aluminum shapes that were cast in a plaster mold and lock together. After working on it for 20 years, Koons debuted the work at the Whitney Museum in 2014. Play-Doh is the largest piece in his Celebration series that also includes the iconic Balloon Dog and Tulips. One of the five unique versions of the sculpture sold at a...
Tags: Art, Video, News, Artists, Contemporary Art, Jeff Koons, Sculptures, Christie, Whitney Museum, Koons, Play Doh


Ruth Asawa postage stamps are coming soon: U.S. Postal Service

It brings me, and my future sheltered-in-place mail art projects, a lot of joy that Ruth Asawa postage stamps have been announced. Sadly, USPS hasn't revealed the release date just yet. So, instead, I'll just be over here clicking "refresh." Showcasing Asawa’s wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, featuring photographs by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo. The selvage features a photograph of Asawa taken by Nat Farbman in 1954 for Life magazine. Ethel Kessler...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Mail, Usps, Stamps, U S Postal Service, Philately, Ruth Asawa, Nat Farbman, Asawa, Postage Stamps, Dan Bradica, Laurence Cuneo, Ethel Kessler


With Museums Empty, Security Experts Hope Thieves Stay Home, Too

The risk may be no higher, but consultants who help protect museum collections say additional safeguards are in order, given the closures caused by the virus.
Tags: Art, News, Museum, Museums, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Security and Warning Systems, Robberies and Thefts, Solomon R, Steve Keller, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Stevan Layne


Stream this powerful theatre production about class and motherhood right now

Theatre companies have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus quarantine. While the communal accessibility of theatre is a large part of the artform's pedigree and appeal, professional productions are often tight for money, even in the best of times. With limited runs, and plenty of hands-on-deck required on a nightly basis, many professional theatres in America rely heavily on donations — and right now, those are drying up, too. My wife, Bevin O'Gara, is the Producing Artistic Director f...
Tags: Post, News, Theatre, America, Performing Arts, Rochester, Plays, Streaming Services, Jessie, Lina, Ithaca New York, Creative Economy, Kitchen Theatre Company, Adrienne, Bevin O Gara, Jared Bowen


The art world in the wake of COVID-19

Jerry Saltz takes a sobering, thought-provoking look at where the art world may find itself in the wake of COVID-19. Anyone involved or adjacent to this world knows how much it has been struggling in the last few decades. Will the current global pandemic spell an end to the many small, scrappy art institutions and business models that have already been hanging on by a thread? And if so, what new models might emerge in the aftermath? I believe the pandemic could spell the end of art fairs except ...
Tags: Art, Post, News, America, Switzerland, Basel, Jerry Saltz, Angela Adams, Art World, Pandemic Aftermath, Eri Pançi


How the coronavirus might change bathroom design

Onion Flats redesigned their bathrooms to save space, but it actually is a healthier design.
Tags: Design, News


Look at this amazing popsicle stick house

Wow. That's all I can manage to get out of my keyboard, I'm so astonished by how gorgeous and dedicated this wonderful crafted popsicle stick house is. IMGURian @dawilah is taking this to a completely different level. I love it. The build video is glorious. I feel a real fondness for the medium, as a GenXer who was taught to do craft projects in the 1970s. Oh yeah we used popsicle sticks. Popsicle stick house
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, News, Craft, Quarantine, Stayathome, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Quarantine Crafting


A 'banned book' bookshelf

What a fantastic project. “I made a 'banned-book' bookshelf with a hidden compartment,” says IMGURian @honestworkdesigns. “Sliding dado door serves as hidden compartment at the back of bottom shelf.” @honestworkdesigns Brilliant. I made a "banned-book" bookshelf with a hidden compartment
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, News, Woodworking, Craft, Banned Books


Unreal photos of foggy streets dreamily illuminated with stoplights

Photographer Lucas Zimmerman captured these dreamy long-exposure shots on foggy streets near Weimar, Germany. He followed up on the original 2013 series a few years later with Traffic Lights 2.0. "...Photography shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street," Zimmerman says. "An all-known object, which produces a strong effect in an unnatural situation with a simple photographic setup." (via Kottke)
Tags: Art, Post, Photography, News, Streets, Photographs, ZIMMERMAN, Weimar Germany, Traffic Lights, Lucas Zimmerman


Build your own face mask and shield from a soda bottle

Industrial designer Mark Sanders shows us all how.
Tags: Design, News, Mark Sanders


Build your own face mask and respirator from a soda bottle

Industrial designer Mark Sanders shows us all how.
Tags: Design, News, Mark Sanders


The World’s Great Photographers, Many Stuck Inside, Have Snapped

Stephen Shore, Catherine Opie, Todd Hido and others have turned to Instagram to cure ‘corona claustrophobia’ or show how life has changed. They talk about their quarantine pics.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Instagram, World, Catherine, Stephen, Shore, Opie, Instagram Inc, Cao Fei (1978-, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Stephen Shore Catherine Opie Todd Hido


Things to Do in N.Y.C. This Weekend During Coronavirus Quarantine

A weekly guide to maintaining a social life while social distancing.
Tags: Art, Music, Movies, News, New York City, Shutdowns (Institutional, Culture (Arts, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend

Our writers offer suggestions for what to watch, read or listen to while we’re housebound.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Classical Music, Theater, Folk Music, Opera, Philharmonie De Paris, Tonya, Rose, Tom, Tony, Moore, Lisa, Caroline, Jeanine


Richard Prince: This Ain’t No Retrospective, It’s a Rodeo

A new book looks at the figure of the American cowboy through the outlaw lens of Mr. Prince, an artist known for his sly borrowings.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Prince, Richard, Richard Prince, Robert, Rubin, Books and Literature, Cowboys and Cowgirls, Richard Prince: Cowboy (Book


This Puerto Rican Sculptor Meets Disaster With Spirit

Watching the coronavirus crisis take hold, Daniel Lind-Ramos, a powerful storyteller, filled notebooks with carnival, medical and spiritual imagery.
Tags: Art, News, Sculpture, Ny, Puerto Rico, Daniel, HOCKLEY, Hispanic-Americans, East Harlem (Manhattan, Whitney Biennial, Rujeko, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Lind-Ramos, Daniel Lind Ramos


The incredible storyboards of Parasite compared to the film

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho drew out beautiful storyboards before rolling film. He's combined his drawings and all of the movie's dialogue into Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards coming out in May. In the videos above and below, Through the Viewfinder compared the storyboards and the scenes from the actual film. (via Kottke)
Tags: Art, Video, Movies, News, Film, Directors, Bong Joon, Storyboards, Auteurs


Peter Beard, Photographer Who Makes His Art From Nature’s, Is Missing

Mr. Beard, who is 82 and has dementia, was last seen walking on Tuesday near his home in Montauk, according to the authorities there.
Tags: Art, News, Beard, Peter, Montauk, Long Island (NY


The Larger Costs of Closing a Local Museum During Coronavirus

The Underground Museum in Los Angeles has become not only an art destination but a community lifeline.
Tags: Art, News, Los Angeles, Museums, Davis, Black People, Helen, Joseph, Underground Museum, Molesworth, Kahlil (1981-, Noah (1983-2015


A Brooklyn Artist Adjusts to Making Art in Solitude

Lesley Dill usually works with six to eight assistants, but now she is alone with the hundreds of yards of fabric she uses for her mixed-media art.
Tags: Art, News, Brooklyn, Native Americans, Ny, Lesley, Dill, Real Estate and Housing (Residential, Downtown Brooklyn (Brooklyn, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Figge Art Museum, Lesley Dill


When All the Zingers Were Fit to Print

In 1978, a mischievous band of writers that included George Plimpton and Nora Ephron teamed up to create a spoof of The New York Times. Turns out, Times journalists were among them.
Tags: Art, News, Newspapers, New York Times, Village Voice, Rooney, Nora Ephron, Terry, Collins, Strikes, Craig, Southern, Onion, Bernstein, Spencer, George


Video: Behind the scenes of the Astro Boy anime (1963)

Osamu Tezuka's iconic Astro Boy TV series premiered on New Year's Day, 1963. (First episode below.) By some accounts, the cartoon was watched at its most popular point by 40% of Japanese people with a TV. I love watching cartoonists draw familiar characters and the above behind-the-scenes footage from the Astro Boy production is a real delight. (via r/ObscureMedia)
Tags: Art, Video, News, Illustration, Cartooning, Cartoons, Anime, Illustrations, Osamu Tezuka


The Spiky Blob Seen Around the World

How C.D.C. medical illustrators created the coronavirus pandemic’s most iconic image.
Tags: Art, News, Media, Software, Eckert, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Dan, Higgins, Alissa, Your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


How C.D.C. Illustrators Designed That Iconic Coronavirus Image

How C.D.C. medical illustrators created the coronavirus pandemic’s most iconic image.
Tags: Art, News, Media, Software, Eckert, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Higgins, Alissa, Your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Dan (Illustrator


Broad Sustainable Buildings builds a COVID hospital in two days

This is how shipping container architecture should work.
Tags: Design, News


Would Mozart Have Performed for You on Zoom?

As general manager of the Met, I celebrate the proliferation of streamed shows during a pandemic. But nothing compares to the real thing.
Tags: Art, Music, News, Classical Music, Theater, Opera, Price, Mozart, Gould, Glenn, Metropolitan Opera, Leontyne


As Furloughs Grow, Kennedy Center Defends Use of $25 Million in Aid

Critics in Congress push to revoke the performing arts center’s piece of the stimulus package as it works to explain its response to the financial crisis.
Tags: Art, News, Congress, Finances, Relief, Kennedy, National Symphony Orchestra, United States Politics and Government, John F, Center for the Performing Arts, Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act (2020


Fantastic short film of overlapping stock footage

Donato Sansone created this fantastic experimental video "Concatenation," a word I just learned is defined as "a series of interconnected things or events." Sound design by Enrico Ascoli. (via Waxy)
Tags: Art, Video, News, Films, Editing, Stock Video, Stock Footage, Donato Sansone, Experimental Films, Enrico Ascoli


It's time to take back the streets for people who walk, run, or bike

We really have to change the way we use our cities.
Tags: Design, News


The Quaranzine, a collaborative Instagram zine documenting life and thoughts during COVID-19

More wonderful art creation in the face of the fear and fuckery of COVID-19. View this post on Instagram March 30 / @louiegilot A post shared by The Quaranzine (@the_quaranzine) on Mar 30, 2020 at 4:00pm PDT View this post on Instagram March 29 / @sarahmirk A post shared by The Quaranzine (@the_quaranzine) on...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Rudy Rucker, Zines, COVID-19, COVID, Social Distancing



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