The Saint Who Stopped an Epidemic Is on Lockdown at the Met
He is dapper, beaming with the confidence of youth; he does not have the temperament for sheltering in place. It’s springtime, the year is 1624, and the 25-year-old Anthony van Dyck is sailing south, to Sicily, where he has been invited to paint the island’s Spanish viceroy.
5 Trailblazing Women Architects
44% of architecture students are women, but only 3% of these are leading global firms. So why is gender diversity lacking in the sector? Aesthetica pinpoints five groundbreaking architects who have changed the landscape with their pioneering designs.
William Eggleston’s Colorful Photographs of the Everyday Shocked the Art World
When photographer William Eggleston arrived in Manhattan in 1967, he brought a suitcase filled with color slides and prints taken around the Mississippi Delta. They were scenes of the low-slung homes, blue skies, flat lands, and ordinary people of the American South—all rendered in what would eventually become his iconic high-chroma, saturated hues.
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The Formidable Artist Christo Has Always Dreamed of Wrapping the Arc de Triomphe in Fabric. What’s It Like to Have That Dream Come True?
The Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff has spent more than 50 years making spectacular temporary fabric-wrapped monuments that have captivated imaginations the world over. But he says he never thinks about the impact he has on the younger generations of artists. It’s a modest reply from someone whose legacy is as formidable as his: Christo was among the first to abandon the traditional gallery space and take his art to far-flung places ranging from the Australian coastline to the German parliament. He draped curtains across valleys, floated them over islands, and weaved them around bridges—nothing seemed unconquerable.
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He Enjoys Looking for Lost Jewels
Juan Yarur became the youngest member of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee at Tate Modern at the age of 26. His collection was first shown publicly at the Saatchi Gallery and Phillips de Pury, London in 2011, and in Santiago, Chile at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Museum) in 2013.
What It’s Like to Visit Virtual Galleries as an Art Critic
I’ve visited more galleries and museums than I can possibly count. So, what is it like for me, someone who looks at art for his livelihood, to virtually tour these spaces that up until about a week ago I would typically navigate on foot?
Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts
Artists, galleries and the thousands of self-employed and small companies working in the art world confront economic devastation as events and contracts are cancelled, exhibitions and shops closed. Governments around the world are scrambling to prevent this unprecedented shutdown from decimating their economies.
Below is a summary of some key new emergency measures designed to help small companies and freelancers, with links to application procedures. We intend to keep this list updated and welcome information on any additional programmes.
Body Issues: Artists’ Maps of the Human Body Reveal Our Desire for Immortality
Kamien-Kazhdan’s presentation includes cartographic, scientific, and painterly interpretations of the body. Anatomical drawings sit comfortably alongside historical maps from as far back as the Renaissance. A version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (1487) is on view, as well as a 1791 rendering of Britain as an old lady, sitting atop a fish by an unknown artist. Altogether, these objects reveal the very human desire to tether ourselves to forms that will outlast our own bodies—a drive that pervades artmaking itself.
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#CongressSaveCulture: Metropolitan Museum Advocates $4B in Funding for Museums
This morning, March 24, the Metropolitan Museum in New York supported a request by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) that Congress direct $4 billion in federal funds to help buoy nonprofit museums during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter championed museums as foundational not only to national culture but to the economy, as they collectively generate $12 billion in taxes annually and provide 726,000 jobs.
Artists Defend Human Dignity in the Face of Institutional Dehumanization
TUCSON, Arizona — Amidst our sociopolitical environment of hostility, racism, dehumanization, and lack of compassion, there is an ongoing necessity to speak truth to power, to examine its mechanisms of division and domination, and its desperation to maintain the fragile legitimacy of social order.
Editors’ Picks: 10 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health situation, we are currently highlighting events and exhibitions available digitally. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)
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