Elegantly Sculpted Busts by Massimiliano Pelletti Interpret Art History Through Imperfection

Art #art history #busts #marble #Massimiliano Pelletti #sculpture #stone September 28, 2022 Grace Ebert Detail of “Venus de Medici” (2020), pink onyx, 67 x 34 x 45 centimeters. Photo by Nicola Gnesi, courtesy of Massimiliano Pelletti Italian artist Massimiliano Pelletti (previously) gravitates toward imperfection, and his practice revolves around transforming presumed defects like impurities, cracks, … Read more

Metaphorical Portraits by Michael Mapes Deconstruct Art History as Collaged Specimens

Art #art history #collage #Michael Mapes #portraits #still life August 30, 2022 Grace Ebert “Blauw Girl” (2018), pinning foam, insect pins, photographs, specimen containers, glass vials, fabric samples, acrylic paint, beads, human hair, doll hair, gelatin capsules, canvas, cotton thread, and rope, 34 x 28 x 3.5 inches. All images © Michael Mapes, shared with … Read more

The History of Malls as Sites of Racism and Surveillance

Dayton’s Department Store at Southdale, Edina, Minnesota in 1956 (courtesy Gruen Associates) There are a handful of shopping malls from my youth that don’t look the same as they once did. In high school, I walked with friends to the Westside Pavilion to buy pins and leggings at Hot Topic then feast on Panda Express. … Read more

Who Has the Authority to Tell a Region’s History?

Only two artworks comprise Lydia Ourahmane’s Tassili at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, yet the exhibition is far from small. Tassili is both the show’s title and the name of the Algerian-British artist’s 46-minute film, for which she traveled to the Tassili n’Ajjer plateau, in a remote desert between Algeria and Libya — … Read more

Blowback Explores the Messy History of US Interventionism

The term “blowback” — describing the unintended consequences of covert foreign activities — was coined in a 1954 CIA document that cataloged the agency’s work in toppling Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installing the pro-American Shah. The ever-reverberating aftershocks of US foreign interventionism are the subject of Blowback, a podcast hosted by Noah Kulwin … Read more

How a Group of Navajo Teens Promoted a Re-telling of History

FORT SUMNER, NM — In June 1990, a busload of 17 teens from the Navajo Nation rolled up to the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site, one of eight historic places maintained by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Not long after they arrived, chaperone Evelyn Becenti contended with pushback from the … Read more

A history of art at Château Mouton Rothschild

From the July/August 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. Imagine you are walking through a pristine museum displaying the greatest artists of the 20th century – Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Warhol, Freud, Bacon – leading up to the most notable contemporary names, such as Richter and Kentridge. Then imagine being rewarded for that experience … Read more

Could This Be the First Recorded Gay Couple in History?

Many have been intrigued by the lore surrounding Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, who served Fifth Dynasty pharaoh King Niuserre as manicurists and “royal confidants,” according to hieroglyphics on their tomb. Built in 2400 BCE in their honor, the tomb is one of the largest and most intricately decorated in the Saqqara necropolis, and the incredible preservation … Read more

A Brief History of Women’s Eyebrows in Art

Being a public persona on the internet means that my face is looked at almost constantly by strangers, leading to uninvited comments about one feature in particular: my eyebrows. On TikTok, the more viral my video, the more “feedback” my bushier-than-average, Ashkenazic brows receive. Reactions range from applause to truly unhinged amounts of anger and … Read more

Bezos Gives $10 M. to Seattle History Museum—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines A MONDRIAN MOMENT. This year marks the 150th anniversary of painter Piet Mondrian‘s birth, and the art world is toasting it in high style, Nina Siegal reports in the New York Times. The exhibition “Mondrian Moves,” … Read more