Art

Exuberant Posters Celebrate the Songs of David Bowie

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When David Bowie ascended to a higher plane of existence on January 10 of this year, the world exhaled a collective cry of mourning. What followed for most was a nostalgic revisiting of Bowie’s best work, a heightened appreciation for his last work, and just simply coming to terms with a world without Bowie. For NYC-based artist and graphic designer Maia Valenzuela, that process was a creative one.
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Newly Discovered Artworks from Provocative Performance Artist and New York City Art-World Icon Colette

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Before Madonna and Lady Gaga were exploring the boundaries of gender and adopting fashionable personas for the stage, pioneering performance artist Colette, aka Colette Justine, had established herself as a New York art-world icon doing just that. In her 1973 debut, Colette “used stuff like ruched parachute silk to turn her living space into a walk-in artwork.” Colette is the subject of a new online exhibition at Gallery 98, which features a group of rediscovered works from the provocative artist, unearthed from her old storage spaces in Germany — where Colette currently resides (and lived/worked for a time during the 1980s).
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An Argentinian Artist’s Staged Perfect Insta Life Fools Her Followers

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Excellences & Perfections is a five-month Instagram art experiment that pranked Argentinian artist Amalia Ulman’s 96,000 followers. Taking on the persona of the ultimate Insta 20-something, Ulman used her account to portray the perfect life of a young woman who moves to Los Angeles, gets breast implants (the procedure was faked), dines on pretentious food, wears designer clothing, and lives a lavish lifestyle. She even changed her appearance to fit the character.
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Photos of the Cinema-Going Experience Capture the Magic of Movies in Miniature

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Following news of New York City’s iconic Ziegfeld movie theater shutting its doors after 46 years, Richard Finkelstein’s exhibition Sitting in the Dark with Strangers takes on a new resonance. On view at the Robert Mann Gallery through January 30, Finkelstein’s photos are constructed from meticulous sets with miniature figurines, capturing the cinema-going experience.
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Striking Black-and-White Photos of Toronto’s Tight-Knit Hip-Hop Community

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Toronto-based photojournalist and cinematographer Ajani Charles has captured some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and Drake. But the photographer feels an intimate connection to the local community in Ontario’s capital city, which is the subject of his ongoing black-and-white photo series. Project T Dot aims to shine a light on the dynamic Toronto subculture, raising awareness about the works of lesser known hip-hop figures, including members of the LGBT and aboriginal communities, women, youth from underserved neighborhoods, and recent immigrants.
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19th-Century Classical Drawings and Their Contemporary Counterparts

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Some artists and universities are keeping the 19th-century dream alive. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hails from a tradition of life drawing made famous by former Academy student and controversial teacher Thomas Eakins. The contemplative graphite drawings of Rob Matthews explore contemporary subjects with the hand of an artist centuries older. The New York Academy of Art also emphasizes a classical approach to drawing and painting, presented in their first exhibit of 2016.
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An Iranian Artist’s Politically Charged Paintings Inspired by Persian Miniatures

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Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran, opening today at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, draws upon an impressive collection of more than 200 Iranian artworks founder Abby Weed Grey began to amass more than 50 years ago. The show includes 90 works, from painting to mixed-media installation, and is the first major museum exhibition in the US to include pioneering Iranian modernists and emerging artists working in Tehran and abroad.
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