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Give Your Projects a Place of Their Own With the Best Worktables

If you’ve ever used your dining table as a work area, you’re probably familiar with the frustrations of not having a designated space for art or hobbies like sewing or crafting. Keeping your materials and unfinished projects in their own spot will help reduce clutter around the house while reducing the chance of losing your favorite tool—or having someone accidentally throw out your... | Read More

Smooth Your Pottery With the Best Steel Scrapers

Chop, trim, smooth, and finish your pottery with a steel scraper. An essential tool for any ceramicist—recreational or professional, beginner or advanced—a scraper, also called a rib, is a versatile implement that’s ideal for texturing, shaping, and refining. Choose a one with a serrated edge to add interest to your surfaces or get pesky clay residue off your wheel, or pick one with a... | Read More

Artists Jordan Casteel and Daniel Lind-Ramos, Art Historian Nicole Fleetwood Win MacArthur Fellowships

Painter Jordan Casteel, sculptor Daniel Lind-Ramos, and art historian Nicole Fleetwood were among the 2021 winners of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” fellowships, one of the most highly esteemed arts awards in the world. Each will receive $625,000 over the course of five years.

Though not limited to the art world, the MacArthur Foundation’s fellowships are... | Read More

Whiskey Becomes an Auction-House Star, Thanks to Special Sales and Collaborative Partnerships

It was a scene familiar to followers of art auctions: a room full of bidders and buzz, with prospects high and a wealth of distinguished offerings from a seller who chose to keep his identity cloaked.

The sale started with a bang, early offerings going for two or three times their presale estimates. But when the highest-profile lot came under the gavel, the energy... | Read More

Italian Statue of Scantily Clad Worker Draws Controversy: An ‘Offense to Women’

The latest public monument to draw a bitter outcry is a sexually suggestive statue of a female field worker in Italy, which was accused of promoting sexism by politicians this week.

The bronze statue, which depicts a young woman wearing a transparent, body-hugging dress, was presented on Saturday in a ceremony attended by a mostly male audience, including former prime minister Giuseppe... | Read More

British Museum to Sell NFTs of Hokusai Works, Including ‘The Great Wave’

The British Museum will sell NFTs of Hokusai’s works, including The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1831), with the help of a new French start-up, ArtConnection. The sale is being done in concert with the British Museum’s exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work later this week.

The idea to help cultural institutions sell NFTs came to Jean-Sébastien Beaucamps amid pandemic-related... | Read More

New Museum to Launch $400,000 Art Prize for Sculpture Commission by Women Artists

The New Museum in New York will start a biennial art prize for sculpture by women artists, with a first winner to be named at the end of 2022. Titled the Hostetler/Wrigley Sculpture Award after its benefactor, the Hostetler/Wrigley Foundation, the prize will recognize five artists over the next ten years. Each winning project will be allotted $400,000 for its production and... | Read More

The Picture of What Is to Come

In 2005, Ikea conducted an experiment on its customers in the pages of its annual catalogue. Near the end of the dining room and chairs section, on page 204, the company placed a rendering of the Alfons, a boxy and inexpensive pine chair, among photographs of other seating options. The marketing department wanted to see if anyone could tell the difference between pictures of real... | Read More

The Picture of What Is to Come

In 2005, Ikea conducted an experiment on its customers in the pages of its annual catalogue. Near the end of the dining room and chairs section, on page 204, the company placed a rendering of the Alfons, a boxy and inexpensive pine chair, among photographs of other seating options. The marketing department wanted to see if anyone could tell the difference between pictures of real... | Read More

Artists Makes Off with $84,000 (as Art), Swiss Museum Leader Battles Critics, and More: Morning Links for September 28, 2021

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GREAT ARTISTS STEAL. As far as artist’s statements go, it is hard to beat Jens Haaning’s. “The work of art is that I took their money,” Haaning recently told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, after keeping 534,000 kroner (about $83,900) that a... | Read More

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