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CONNECT, BTS: mega K-pop group ventures into visual arts

When BTS performed in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve a few weeks ago, I had to explain to my mom who they were and what K-pop was. You’ve undoubtedly had a similar conversation with one of your parents before, but I digress. BTS, a seven-member K-pop group that formed about six […]

Unseen for 70 years, LS Lowry painting heads to auction

In 1916, artist British artist LS Lowry (1887-1976) looked out at the Acme Spinning Company’s Pendlebury mill and unexpectedly found inspiration. From that scene, Lowry painted The Mill, Pendlebury in 1943. It went on to hang in the Oxford rooms of Leonard D Hamilton, who played a key part in the discovery of the DNA […]

Lost early Yayoi Kusama works unearthed at The Smithsonian

We all lose things- socks, keys, letters, wallets. And as the people who run galleries are human too, they are just as susceptible to misplacing things of importance. And just as when you lose that sock and eventually forget about it, so too do correspondences and works get forgotten about after being lost in the […]

‘Rumors of War’, by Kehinde Wiley, inspired by US Civil War monuments

Amidst the tourists snapping selfies, dozens of large screens boasting advertisements of every type, and the people dressed up as various superheroes around Times Square, you’ll find a large-scale sculpture. Upon first glance, it looks like a traditional war monument: a man commands a rearing stallion, cast in bronze, atop a stone plinth. However, take […]

Phil Collins and Eva & Franco Mattes- the intimacy of medias

The Phi Foundation in Montreal has just celebrated the opening of two concurrent exhibits, consisting of the works of Phil Collins and Eva & Franco Mattes. Two vastly different collections housed in adjacent buildings, both present to us visions of our relationship with two of the most prevalent media we interact with daily: music and […]

Dia: Chelsea to go admission-free

Around this time, next year, New York’s Dia: Chelsea will reopen its doors boasting a site-specific installation by Renata Lucas, a Brazilian artist. Traditionally, the institution’s Chelsea location has had an admissions fee but when it reopens in September 2020, it will nix the entry cost in the hopes of attracting more people to come […]

BRIC announces first recipients of the Colene Brown Art Prize

Just a few weeks ago, BRIC, the Brooklyn-based ‘arts media house’ focusing on education, incubating ideas, and presenting art and cultural programmes, announced that they would be offering a new, unrestricted grant. Entitled the Colene Brown Art Prize, the grant would distribute a combined total of $100,000 to 10 visual artists based in New York […]