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15 Essential Works of Land Art, from Great Salt Lakes to Dusty Fields of Lightning

When the artists who pioneered what we now call Land art moved beyond museums and galleries to the great outdoors, they entered a world free of limitations and flush with earthy materials to use. In place of white walls rising up around them were vast expanses of space and forever-stretching horizon lines, and instead of things like epoxy and paint, they turned to tools such as rocks and... | Read More

Artists’ Books, 19th-Century Landscapes, the Ottonian Dynasty—These Museum Directors’ Thesis Topics Might Surprise You

Getting the top job at a top museum can involve working in various curatorial and managerial roles for several years, putting together lauded exhibitions, and leading trailblazing initiatives. Sometimes it’s being the first to recognize the merits of an emerging art scene that might otherwise be overlooked. But for many of today’s museum directors, the path starts with completing a... | Read More

ARTnews in Brief: Hirshhorn Names Curator of Media and Performance Art—and More from March 30, 2020

Monday, March 30

Hirshhorn Names Curator of Media and Performance Art The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., has hired Marina C. Isgro to be its associate curator of media and performance art. Isgro was the inaugural Nam June Paik Research Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she worked on the museum’s 2018 survey of the late... | Read More

Free Money: Artadia’s Unrestricted Grants Are All About Believing in Artists

When people read about artists receiving prizes or grants, they tend to skip to the numbers. In September, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo made headlines when she won the inaugural Nomura Art Award, which comes with a whopping $1 million purse. The word “grant” calls to mind the MacArthur “Genius” variety, whose recipients get a generous $625,000; last year’s lucky winning... | Read More

No, We Are Not All Edward Hopper Paintings Now

About two weeks ago, Edward Hopper’s art started enjoying an expected revival—not in a museum but on Twitter. “We are all edward hopper paintings now,” declared Michael Tisserand, a New Orleans–based writer who, in a viral tweet that has since racked up hundreds of thousands of likes, assembled four images of Hopper works featuring lonesome-looking souls in bare indoor... | Read More

The Legacy of Golam “Daddy” Kasem, the Father of Bangladeshi Photography

One of the most arresting images in Drik’s exhibition of works from the archive of legendary Bangladeshi photographer Golam Kasem, known as Daddy, was a black-and-white shot from 1922 in which a woman is seen from behind, thigh-deep in water and wrangling a fishing net as a boat bobs in the background. Printed from a fractured glass negative and spiderwebbed with cracks, the image suggests... | Read More

Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist Proposes Massive Public Art Project in Response to Coronavirus

As many around the world band together to launch coronavirus relief funds, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has revealed his own idea to help foster art-making in the time of a pandemic: a vast public arts project on the scale of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Great Depression–era work-relief programs. In detailing his plans to the Guardian on Monday, Obrist cited cornerstone of Roosevelt’s... | Read More

Photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel Is Capturing a New, Silent New York

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Photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel Is Capturing a New, Silent New York

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Hard Truths: Essential Industries

How to keep the art world at a distance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the coronavirus pandemic hitting on top of this year’s stressful election, I’m doubting the value of being an artist right now. Governor Cuomo has ordered all nonessential workers to stay home, which makes me feel even more useless these days. On Facebook, I see old classmates who are doctors, scientists, and... | Read More

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