Dorothy Barenscott

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Why We Still Romanticize Artists Who Behaved Terribly

Lucian Freud with two portraits of Leigh Bowery, 1990.<br>Bruce Bernard<br>PhillipsTo be great in the arts, must one be appalling at home?The works of Pablo …

Sir Anish Kapoor’s Clenched Fist of Copyright, the Battle Over Fair Use, and the NRA

A screenshot of the scene in the NRA video that uses Sir Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” for roughly a second. (screenshot by Hyperallergic)On June 19 of …

Meticulous Acrylic Paintings by Shawn Huckins Erase Historic Works from the White House Art Collection | Colossal

<p>At first glance, Colorado-based artist Shawn Huckins’ “Erasure” series looks like a collection of images that have been altered using a digital …

Is Art School Only For the Young?

Nell Painter with her painting. Photo by John Emerson. Excerpt from Nell Painter’s <i>Old in Art School,</i> 2018. Published by Counterpoint Press. Courtesy …

20 Curators Taking a Cutting-Edge Approach to Art History

The word “curate” has been borrowed by a wide range of industries, so it’s easy to forget what it actually entails. At museums, curators do much more …

Jeff Koons on What Artists and Corporations Can Do for One Another

A general view at the “LVxKOONS” exhibition at Musee du Louvre in 2017. Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images.At the annual David …

Beyonce and Jay-Z filmed a video at the Louvre for the first single off a surprise joint album, “Everything is Love.”

Still from Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Apeshit” music video.The couple and a slew of dancers got permission to empty out the world’s busiest museum to film …

Every artwork to look out for in Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 'Apesh*t' video

The Carters have conducted their own art history lesson, but this is not your conventional class.<p>Beyoncé and Jay-Z unleashed their new track …

A Very Queer Street Art Movement Is Spreading Across the US

“Gone Gay,” unknown artist (image courtesy Jeremy Novy)Heterosexual cis men have long dominated the street art scene in the United States. A quick …

How Art Museums Can Remain Relevant in the 21st Century

Last spring, Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till, <i>Open Casket</i> (2016), spawned calls for the painting’s destruction, an on-air discussion on the …

Trump Kim summit: Stop romanticising a dictator, say North Korea artists

<b>The once-elusive Kim Jong-un may be emerging as something of an international statesman, but North Korean artists in Seoul who personally suffered under his leadership tell the BBC's Heather Chen and Minji Lee that peace talks won't change a man they call a tyrant.</b><p>For several years, Song Byeok …

Instagram design guide shows architects how to create "a visual sense of amazement"

Architects should make Instagram-friendly elements a central part of their designs for hotels, bars and restaurants to boost their chances of …

Just Write 500 Words

Before sitting down to write this, I: washed dishes, scrubbed down my stovetop, took out the garbage and recycling, put new bags in the garbage and …

What Will Art Look Like in 100 Years? We Asked 16 Contemporary Artists to Predict the Future

Art World<p>Doug Aitken, Terence Koh, Carla Gannis, and more weigh in.<p>,<p>It’s an understatement to say that a lot can change in 100 years. A century ago, …

10 pavilions not to be missed at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

There are 63 national pavilions at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. But if you don't have time to visit them all, here's our guide to the 10 …

Learning To Be a Painter at 64

Nell Painter photograph by John Emerson (all images courtesy of Nell Painter)PRINCETON, NJ — After retiring as a professor of American history from …

Art Historians Discuss Strategies for Dealing with Work by Abusive Artists

Jean-Marc Nattier, “Thalia, Muse of Comedy” (1739), oil on canvas, 53 1⁄2 × 49 in. (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mildred Anna …

Canadians visiting museums, galleries more than ever, survey shows

Canadians are visiting museums, art galleries and historic sites more than ever, new government data show.<p>Fundraising also doubled over two years, but that increase was almost entirely because of donations made to the National Gallery of Canada.<p>A government survey of heritage institutions says …

Turkish artist Zehra Dogan continues to paint on scrap paper from prison

The Turkish-Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan, who was given a lengthy prison sentence by a Turkish court in 2016, has resorted to painting …

Art for High Rollers: See the Flashy Contemporary Art That Adorns Las Vegas’s New Palms Casino

Art World<p>Following a $620 million renovation, the revamped casino reopened with a brand new art display.<p>,<p>Las Vegas’s newly renovated Palms Hotel and …

Gerhard Richter Is Selling Over $1 Million of His Art to Help Build 100 Houses for the Homeless

Art World<p>The German artist is donating 18 works to fund the initiative.<p>,<p>A major donation from Germany’s most famous—and most expensive—living artist, …

How May 1968 in Paris Changed the Way We View Protests

Student uprising in Paris, May 1968. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.It’s a hot Saturday evening in May, and the Latin …

New Database Highlights Overlooked European Avant-Garde Artists

Jolanta Marcolla, “Offer” (1971) (all images courtesy Forgotten Heritage)At midnight of June 9, 1972, the Belgian artist Raphaël August Opstaele …

1968: Year of Counter-Revolution

<i>This is part of a series of occasional pieces reflecting on the tumultuous political events of 1968 and their legacy fifty years on.</i><p>Commemorations …

Stunning ‘Paintings’ Developed Entirely With HTML & CSS Left The Internet In Awe

Image by Diana Adrianne Smith and featured with permission<br>It’s an established fact that jack-of-all-trade designers are increasingly coveted, but who …

Are Kanye’s Antics Actually Performance Art? A Conspiracy Theorist Thinks So.

Here is a fun new chapter in the otherwise exhausting saga that is Kanye West’s rightward turn: an elaborate conspiracy theory. Over the course of …

When Contemporary Art Feels Too Inaccessible

No title (n.d.), petrified wood from the studio of Carol Bove, 27 × 12 × 10 in. (image courtesy Carol Bove, photo by Adam Reich)LOS ANGELES — The …

Blockbuster Shows Are Ruining Art Museums

When cultural institutions rely on monster traveling shows like Kusama and Bowie, we all lose.<p>They should have called it <i>Kusama: Infinity War</i>. The …

PhDs and the “gig” economy

<i>This is a guest post by Catherine Maybrey, PhD CDP. Catherine owns and operates</i> <i>CM Coaching Services</i><i>. After completing her PhD in history in 2005, she</i> …

Jerry Saltz: Break the Art Fair

As a system, art fairs are like America: They’re broken and no one knows how to fix them. Like America, they also benefit those at the very top more …