Month: May 2020

Forget the Patio Furniture; Express Yourself with the Best Spray Paints for Artists

Spray paint was first invented in 1887 by Joseph Binks, a maintenance supervisor at Chicago’s Marshall Field’s Wholesale Store. Looking for a faster way to paint the basement walls of the store, Binks developed a cold-water paint spray machine operated via hand pump. In 1949 Edward Seymour developed the first paint compressed in an aerosol …

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2,863 Prescription Pills and Candy Cycle Through a Satirical Animated Short

  Animation #candy #medicine #short film #video May 30, 2020 Grace Ebert [embedded content] Animation director Patrick Smith ingeniously interchanges a variety of pills, capsules, and syringes with similarly shaped candy in a vertiginous new short film. Parodying the ubiquity of modern pharmaceutical use, “Candy Shop” opens by noting that there are a staggering 11,926 …

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Photographs From the George Floyd Protests Show Minneapolis in Mourning

A makeshift memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis (all photos by Artyom Tonoyan and used with permission) All eyes are on Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Protests that started in the Twin Cities have since spread across the country, as citizens grieve and speak out against institutionalized brutality. The …

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New USPS Stamps Commemorate Four Harlem Renaissance Figures

Anne Spencer, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Nella Larsen, and Alain Locke (all images courtesy the United States Postal Service) Released last week, the latest series of United States Postal Service (USPS) stamps commemorate one of the United State’s most culturally rich periods, the Harlem Renaissance. The sheath of 55-cent forever stamps brandish stylized portraits of key …

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Richard Artschwager’s Late-Career New Mexico Drawings Take Viewers through the Plains of His Youth

Sprüth Magers’s Richard Artschwager exhibition, “New Mexico,” on view through June 30 at the gallery’s location in Berlin (where businesses began reopening late last month), features an assortment of pastel drawings that bring viewers along for a ride through the plains of the state where the artist spent his teenage years. Artschwager lived in New …

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Adorably Derpy Canines and Chunky Hounds Masterfully Chiseled into Wood by Misato Sano

  Art #carving #dogs #sculpture #wood May 27, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Misato Sano and Kohei Shikama Misato Sano ensures that she always has a loyal companion by her side, albeit with a little less slobber and fur. Based in the Myagi prefecture of Japan, the sculptor carves wooden busts and full figures …

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Use the Best Primers for Pastels to Prepare Your Next Work on Paper

Pastel paper, which is specially designed to hold pastel dust, can be pricey. One way to cut costs is to make your own by coating papers in a premixed primer, which adds rough texture to their surface. The process can be relatively quick, and it gives you control over the coarseness of your surface—perfect for …

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Spirited Narratives Drive Whimsical, Patterned Paintings by Monica Rohan

  Art #narrative #painting May 23, 2020 Grace Ebert “Kate, awkward” (2015), oil on board, 31 1/2 × 23 3/5 inches. All images © Monica Rohan, shared with permission Whether unwrapping themselves from textile folds or balancing atop spindly stools, Monica Rohan’s figures are perpetually in motion. The painter depicts adventurous subjects set amongst whimsical worlds …

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Fiona Apple’s Joyful Racket

Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters “Blast the music! Bang it, bite it, bruise it!” sings Fiona Apple, and she could be describing her new album. Out since April, Fetch the Bolt Cutters is the sound of parlor music scraped to the bone. The singer-songwriter and pianist assembles jaunty, comedic musical settings from homemade ingredients: …

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