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16 gorgeous sculpture parks in the U.S.

Places where art can be enjoyed en plein air<p>Spring is here and we’re itching to enjoy some warmer weather, get outside, and see the blooming flowers. And while we’ll always adore architecturally stunning museums like New York’s iconic Guggenheim, now’s the time to emerge from winter hibernation and …

Sculpture

This Neighborhood Is Transforming By Letting Artists Buy Its Vacant Homes For Cheap

In the Garfield Park neighborhood of Indianapolis, a plan is helping artists fix up and settle in abandoned houses, and then making sure they can afford to stay once things start improving.<p>For artists, the gentrification cycle in cities often goes something like this: struggling photographers or …

Anti-abortion activist filmmakers charged with 15 felonies

<b>David Daleiden (AP/Bob Levey)</b><p>The duo behind the Planned Parenthood “baby parts” video is indicted on 15 felony counts for privacy violations<p>Katie Serena<p>March 29, 2017 5:08pm (UTC)<p>This story has been corrected since it was originally published.<p>In the spring of 2015, a controversial video surfaced of …

U.S. Census To Leave Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Questions Off New Surveys

The U.S. Census Bureau published a list on Tuesday of more than 50 planned topics of questions for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey.<p>Hours after it first appeared online, one of those topics was removed from a revised report: sexual orientation and gender identity, which was listed …

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

A confrontation greets us at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ current exhibition, <i>Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar</i>. Immediately upon entering the …

Issues of Power: Resilience and Healing

<i>Today from our friends at</i> Big Red & Shiny<i>, we bring you a conversation between artist Chanel Thervil and artist and curator Silví Naçí. They discuss</i> …

Cannons, lasers, drones: New hope to save birds at toxic pit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After thousands of snow geese died in the toxic water of a former open-pit mine in Montana last fall, the companies responsible …

2 transgender women were killed in New Orleans in 48 hours

<b>(CNN) —</b> New Orleans' transgender community is on edge after two transgender women were killed within 48 hours of each other.<p>Chyna Gibson was gunned down Saturday night, while the second woman was found with multiple stab wounds Monday morning, CNN affiliate WDSU-TV reported.<p>No arrests have been …

New Orleans

Desert X art installations – in pictures

Photograph: Desert X installation view of Artist name, Title, 2017, photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy the artist and Desert …

Men upset by cartoon

This cartoon, published in <i>The New Yorker</i>, is upsetting men today. The cartoonist is Will McPhail, who is good at capturing the moment.<p>Is the man in …

This Reflective House in the California Desert Is Mind-Bending

AD sits down with artist Doug Aitken at his Desert X headliner on the occasion of its unveiling<p>Perched on the edge of the Chino Cone, overlooking Palm Springs, lot lines have been marked out for what will become a new subdivision, Desert Palisades. At this point, the boulder-strewn slope is sparse: …

Ren Hang: Death of China's hotshot erotic photographer

Ren Hang (not pictured) often used young Chinese models in his photography<p><b>The Chinese art world was rocked over the weekend by news that famed erotic photographer Ren Hang had died at the age of 30.</b><p>Known for his provocative pictures and poetry, Ren's often explicit work had been exhibited in …

I used VR to walk through a $10 million painting, and it was literally surreal

The floorboards creaked under my feet. A cruel wind blew through the open window to my left, billowing the pure white curtains out as I walked slowly …

Virtual Reality

Metropolitan Museum Director Thomas Campbell Resigns

Thomas Campbell, who was appointed director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum in 2008, resigned today, according to the New York <i>Times</i>. Over the …

“Moonlight” is the first LGBT movie to win best picture. Here’s why it matters

The Oscars have long recognized movies where LGBT people were props or tropes. “Moonlight” makes us human<p>Nico Lang<p>February 28, 2017 12:00am (UTC)<p>Do you remember where you were when “Brokeback Mountain” lost in the best picture category? It was in 2006, my first year in college, and I was at a …

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World at the Hammer Museum

Among obsidian stones, an upturned police barricade, a beat-up refrigerator, and cow vertebrae, the detail that lingers longest in Jimmie Durham’s …

Yuki Kimura at Wattis (Contemporary Art Daily)

Yuki Kimura translates abstract ideas into tangible objects. Her conceptual approach involves borrowing elements from architecture, design, …

The 'cultural desert' of Silicon Valley finally gets its first serious art gallery

Silicon Valley got its first major contemporary art gallery this week because Laura Arrillaga Andreessen – prolific art collector and heir to local real estate baron John Arrillaga – decided it was a little weird to have art sales in her house.<p>“I didn’t come and say I’m going to make Silicon Valley …

Robotic Sculptures Will Cross the U.S.-Mexico Border

Artist Chico MacMurtrie's new installation "invites the public to rethink the notion of borders in a globalized world."<p>Chico MacMurtrie's <i>Border Crossers</i> are sculptural statements that bridge borders, both physical and symbolic. MacMurtrie plans to install <i>Border Crossers</i> at a range of significant …

These architects are in the process of reshaping New York City’s skyline

New York has long been a laboratory for architecture—a “theater of progress,” as Rem Koolhaas called it in his seminal 1978 text, <i>Delirious New York</i>. Yet even within that tradition, 2016 is poised to be a defining year for New York’s future development. Already dubbed “the Manhattan skyline’s …

Connecting Intentionally: The Beginning of Blights Out

<i>From our friends at</i> Pelican Bomb<i>, today we bring you an interview with Blights Out, a New Orleans project that “prioritizes transparency,</i> …

Metahaven: The Sprawl at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Art PracticalMetahaven: The Sprawl<p>A massive red moon appeared in the night sky on September 27, 2015. Scientists hailed the occurrence as an …

James Hoff: Bricking at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

<i>James Hoff: B=R=I=C=K=I=N=G</i> is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s “virus paintings”—works shaped and mediated by Hoff’s engagement with …

Why won't the CIA reveal its secret art collection? - CNN Style

Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN<p>The CIA's fortress headquarters in Langley, Virginia is home to more than few surprises, like a branch of Starbucks where the baristas definitely don't ask names, and a museum of spying you'll never set foot in.<p>And those are just the details they're authorized to …

Influential Abstract Painter And Sculptor Ellsworth Kelly Dead At 92

Artist died at home on Sunday of natural causes.<p>Dec 27 (Reuters) - Influential American abstract painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly died on Sunday, said an art gallery owner in New York. He was 92.<p>Matthew Marks of the Matthew Marks Gallery said Kelly died of natural causes at his home in …

What Experts Got Wrong About The Relationship Between Suffering And Art

What Kathryn Graddy's recent study misses about the tortured artist stereotype.<p>We're all familiar with the myth of the tortured artist.<p>Historically, this vision might take the form of a white dude dripping in booze, locked up in his studio, with only a paintbrush and a photo of his long lost lover …

Best of 2015 – #Hashtags: The Business End of Art

<i>For today’s installment of our Best of 2015 series, we have a selection from regular contributor Amelia Rina, who writes: “Money is a decidedly taboo</i> …

Black Futurism: The Creative Destruction and Reconstruction of Race

<i>We are pleased to bring you this article as part of "An Unending Theft of Opportunity" with permission from our friends at</i> ART21 Magazine<i>.</i><p>For the …

Best of 2015 – Interview with Johanna Hedva

<i>For today’s installment of our Best of 2015 series,</i> <b>Art Practical</b> <i>editor Jen Stager writes, “Stills from Johanna Hedva’s</i> <b>Medea</b> <i>offer up intimate views so</i> …

Best of 2015 – Margret: Chronicle of an Affair at White Columns

<i>For today’s installment of our Best of 2015 series, regular contributor Ashley Stull Meyers writes, “To exhibit art by little-known or purposefully</i> …