Raphael Between Heaven and Earth

Raphael, “The Madonna of the Pinks” (“La Madonna dei Garofani”) (c. 1506-7), oil on yew 11 x 8.8 inches (© The National Gallery, London) LONDON — Art has triumphed over the pandemic! Raphael, that Renaissance master, the man described by Vasari, his first biographer, as the universal artist, is at last among us in all … Read more

Tanoa Sasraku’s Enigmatic “Earth Photos” 

BRISTOL, ENGLAND — Terratypes: Tanoa Sasraku’s solo exhibition of “earth photos” at Spike Island takes its title from a new term the artist invented, used to describe her process of making impressions of the land. The coinage refers to early photographic techniques such as the Daguerreotype and the tintype, and alludes to how Sasraku creates … Read more

Aesthetica Magazine – 5 Exhibitions for Earth Day

The first Earth Day took place on 22 April 1970. It followed a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, which had shocked the world in January 1969, 15 months earlier. The disasterd an already growing public consciousness surrounding air and water pollution, and, fueled by the sentiment of concurrent student anti-war acceleration, the idea … Read more

Cosmos and Earth Collide in Pier Paolo Calzolari’s Alchemical Art

The Italian artist Pier Paolo Calzolari is a breezy alchemist of color, as evidenced in Painting as a Butterfly, his fourth show at Marianne Boesky Gallery. If painting is a butterfly, it must exert a delicate sensorial pressure with its formal “flutter.” Such is the effect of some 30 paintings by Calzolari, most of them … Read more

Arthur Jafa’s Medley of Joy Everlasting Versus Hell on Earth

In November 2021, Arthur Jafa premiered AGHDRA, his first sizable video work of the new decade. A non-narrative 90-minute slow dive into roiling black CGI substrate, it came five years after his international breakthrough Love is the Message, the Message is Death (2016), a searing video essay on Black US life that burned a bright … Read more