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The Best 45mm Rotary Cutters for Slicing Different Fabrics

Before the dawn of the rotary cutter, cutting multiple layers and shapes out of fabric was a taxing task. Fitted with a revolving blade, the slim handheld tool transformed the quilting industry, allowing users to cut out uniform pieces of patchwork with greater speed and precision. Today rotary cutters are used by professional quilters and DIY-ers alike, with one of the most popular options... | Read More

Artist Arthur Jafa Directed Kanye West’s Searing New Music Video

Just two days after 13 art institutions around the world banded together to host a stream of his acclaimed video Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death, artist Arthur Jafa has given us a new work. But that new video was premiered not through an art space, but via rapper Kanye West, whose song “Ultralight Beam” acts as the soundtrack for Love Is the Message, The Message Is... | Read More

Sotheby’s Scores Big Evening Sale, Patience and Fortitude Don Masks, and More: Morning Links from June 30, 2020

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“The art market reopened last night with a resounding bang as Sotheby’s sold $363.2 million in Modern and Contemporary art through an innovative hybrid sale of a live auction conducted on three continents simultaneously with no direct access to... | Read More

ARTnews in Brief: New York Institutions Form Latinx/POC Arts Consortium—and More from June 29, 2020

Monday, June 29 

NYC Institutions Form Latinx/POC Arts Consortium Eight New York City–based arts organizations have formed the Latinx/POC Arts Legacy Consortium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The consortium—comprised of the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Bronx Documentary Center, Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute, El Museo del Barrio,... | Read More

What Do René Magritte’s Dreamlike Paintings Mean? Five Curators Offer Their Analyses

The otherworldly, madcap scenes that the Belgian surrealist René Magritte painted have baffled and amazed art historians for nearly a century. Magritte’s works often strike an uncanny balance of eeriness and tranquility, horror and whimsy, with apples, bowler hats, obscured or disjointed faces, and tufty clouds among his most frequent subjects. To shed light on the many mysteries of the... | Read More

Art Institute of Chicago Workers Demand Transparency, Racial Equity Amid Layoffs

Art Institute of Chicago staff are demanding increased transparency, accountability, and racial equity from museum leadership, citing concerning decision-making in regard to a new round of institution-wide layoffs and preparations to reopen in late July. An open letter signed by 186 employees—nearly 30 percent of the museum’s staff—urges that decisions during “this chaotic moment”... | Read More

Carl Solway, Dealer Who Welcomed the Avant-Garde in Cincinnati, Is Dead at 85

The veteran Cincinnati-based art dealer Carl Solway, who supported visionary artists for more than 50 years, died in Ohio. The cause was cancer, his family said; he was 85.

Instantly recognizable for his bespectacled, wild-haired Einsteinian look, Solway not only served the Cincinnati region; he also had a substantial impact on the art of the 20th century, and on the careers of... | Read More

Museum Cocktails: Three Great Libations Inspired by Art to Make at Home Right Now

Can a cocktail offer a deeper understanding of a work of art? According to some museum officials, yes. With many still closed and others beginning to announce reopening dates, museums around the country have been hosting digital happy hours as a way to connect with their homebound audiences. Some have gone further, inventing new cocktails inspired by works in their collections and searching... | Read More

To Upgrade Your Textiles, Use the Best Fabric Markers

When it comes to customizing clothing, tote bags, and other textile objects, fabric markers are convenient tools that can produce good results with a quick turnaround. The paint can be applied like ink, allowing you to write, draw, and color with ease. After properly drying—and if required, ironing— the fabric to set your colorful artwork, these pigments are safe to run through the washing... | Read More

The Best Hardbound Sketchbooks for Imaginative Explorations On the Page

A good sketchbook will preserve your ideas, while a great one will do that and make you feel excited to fill it. Hardbound sketchbooks—filled with open, unlined pages—are lovely to have for how they look and feel, from their heavy covers to their binding. There’s a lot to consider when browsing the massive sea of such products, including paper quality, design, cover, and size. The one... | Read More

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