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Artist Arthur Jafa Directed Kanye West’s Searing New Music Video

Just a day after 13 art institutions around the world banded together to host a stream of his acclaimed video Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death, artist Arthur Jafa has given us a new work. But that new video was premiered not through an art space, but via rapper Kanye West, whose song …

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A Month in Photos: June

Welcome to the second installment of our ongoing monthly feature series: A Month in Photos. The month of June has weighed heavily on our hearts—it has been one of listening, learning, sharing, reckoning, and lots of hard conversations. We have been inspired by the many great initiatives created in recent weeks to elevate voices of …

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Carl Solway, Dealer Who Welcomed the Avant-Garde in Cincinnati, Is Dead at 85

The veteran Cincinnati-based art dealer Carl Solway, who supported visionary artists for more than 50 years, died in Ohio. The cause was cancer, his family said; he was 85. Instantly recognizable for his bespectacled, wild-haired Einsteinian look, Solway not only served the Cincinnati region; he also had a substantial impact on the art of the …

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“Relics and Remains” by Artist Dominique Fung

New paintings from Brooklyn-based artist Dominique Fung (previously featured here). Born and raised in Ottawa to first-generation parents from Shanghai and Hong Kong, Fung’s current solo exhibition is a dark and playful exploration of “jook-sing-ness.” In Cantonese, jook-sing is a pejorative term for persons of Chinese descent who live overseas and identify more strongly with …

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Photographer Spotlight: Desiré van den Berg

A selection of recent images by Amsterdam-based photographer Desiré van den Berg (previously featured here and here). Working at the intersection of documentary and fine art, van den Berg’s style is informed by her beginnings as a nightlife reportage photographer and her ongoing interest in fashion and subcultures. These images are a visual diary of …

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Longtime MOCA Cleveland Director Jill Snyder Resigns, Urges Museums to Diversify Leadership

Jill Snyder, who has led the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland for 23 years, has resigned from her post. Her departure came suddenly, and occurred less than two weeks after the museum weathered a controversy involving an allegedly censored show of works focused on police brutality by artist Shaun Leonardo. In a statement, Snyder made …

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Photographer Spotlight: Lawrence Agyei

Lawrence Agyei is a Ghanian photographer with footprints in Italy, currently living on Chicago’s south side. Using portraiture as his medium, Agyei’s subjects find a comfort revealing themselves before his lens, exposing, as he describes, “the hidden languages held deep within the body”. Shot on film, Agyei’s vibrant yet beautifully subtle photographs offer a platform …

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The Best Brush Pens for Painting and Calligraphy

Brushes and brush pens are an integral part of sumi-e, or Japanese black ink painting and calligraphy. It’s worth every penny to invest in high-quality brushes in order to create a wide array of exquisite lines. Natural bristles, such as weasel or sable hair, are springy and responsive, ideal for making fine, thin lines and …

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