Archive for December 2018

In memoriam: Ralph Koltai, groundbreaking British stage designer, passes away at 94

One of the twentieth century’s most influential stage designers, Ralph Koltai passed away in December at the age of 94 in the city of Châtellerault, France. In a career that spanned seven decades, Koltai revolutionized British theater, designing more than 250 productions for ballet, opera, and theater that eschewed convention. He created a new vocabulary […]

Final days: Ron Amir’s “Somewhere in the desert”

Originally slated to close in early December, Ron Amir’s exhibition “Somewhere in the desert,” now on display Paris’ Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, has been extended through January 6.     Co-curated by Noam Gal, a professor of art history at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, and Emmanuelle de l’Ecotais, the museum’s photo curator, […]

Whose Culture Is It?

Earlier this month, the theater group “BP or not BP?” stormed the British Museum in what they called the “Stolen Goods Tour.” The tour featured lectures and performances by indigenous artists and activists from Australia, Iraq, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Greece, as part of a call to return cultural objects from those countries and put […]

‘Anthropocene’ at Art Gallery of Ontario in its final weeks

An exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is shocking and inspiring guests with its grim yet beautiful installations. In its final weeks, ‘Anthropocene’ illustrates the ways in which we, as a population, have altered the landscape of Earth and the legacy we leave for future generations. In fact, the term Anthropocene refers to […]

2020 exhibition to highlight Artemisia Gentileschi

The National Gallery’s (NG) recently acquired and freshly conserved Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi, which recently debuted at the NG, will be one of the highlights in a 2020 exhibition at the NG of works by the artist. The monograph exhibition will be the first devoted to the pioneering female artist […]

Jean-Paul Marcheschi’s dark art

Jean-Paul Marchesci returns to Toulouse for an ambitious exhibit hosted by the Paul-Dupuy Museum that seems a bit like a retrospective. He “returns” because the artist still maintains close ties with the southern mainland; in addition to creating temporary sets for the Ballet du Capitole, he also designed the “Milky Way” which has served as […]

Look up: Trevor Paglen’s work on government surveillance

As of December 3rd, artist and geographer Trevor Paglen put a massive inflatable mirror into orbit. As a way to highlight the infrastructure of surveillance, Paglen created a large-scale silver balloon out of a lightweight Mylar-like material and sent it into low Earth orbit (about 350 miles above the earth’s surface.) The work sounds like […]