Archive for April 2019

“Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls” (The Clash)

London is still getting high on its tendency to be provocative. This rather British inclination has always been apparent but the cutting edge of such a position gets a bit duller when it becomes a fashionable ideological label, a cool pin to wear on one’s good conscience. It’s rare not to find an obvious highly […]

Photography gallery at V&A museum named after Elton John following ‘significant’ donation

Elton John and his husband David Furnish will have a photography gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London named after them following a significant donation. The singer is a passionate and prolific acquirer of photography and has been collecting art for over 30 years, building one of the world’s finest private collections with […]

Mike Kelley Foundation awards $400,000 to 10 organizations

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts (MKFA) announced the recipients of their 2019 Artist Project Grants (APG). In its fourth year, the APG works to support the collaboration between artists, working in any medium, and Los Angeles not-for-profit organizations. The projects supported in part by the 2019 APG will be shown in institutions of […]

X-Ray reveals self-portrait hidden under Artemisia Gentileschi painting

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 1619 “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” bears a strong resemblance to a similarly titled self-portrait by the artist from 1615-17 owned by London’s National Gallery. Both paintings display regal, dark-haired women clad in red, holding the saint’s signature broken torture wheel while holding a martyr’s palm close to their chest. One turbaned figure gives […]

Europe’s tallest skyscraper in the making and in the countryside

The Shard in London is soon-to-be knocked out of first for the tallest skyscraper in Europe. A recently announced skyscraper will see the Shard and raise it 10.4 meters…literally. The proposed 320-meter skyscraper will soar over the surrounding countryside of Brande, Denmark. If you’ve never heard of Brande, you aren’t alone. The town in rural […]

2019 Havana Biennial: Political from the Start

On Friday, April 12, Cuba celebrates the first day of its 13th Havana Biennial. Exhibitions and activations will continue until May 12, despite government efforts to limit local artists’ creative freedom and deny entry to other artists visiting the festival. Three days before the start of the biennial,  Cuban-American artist and activist Coco Fusco, was […]

Long overdue: a retrospective on Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez

You may not yet be familiar with the name Zilia Sánchez, but in recent years, the Cuban-born, Puerto Rico-based artist has found herself in the limelight in the US. The contributions of her 70-year (and counting) career has more or less, though, been underrepresented in the US, despite having lived and worked in New York […]