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The Best Cold Press Paper Will Create Mesmerizing Effects In Your Paintings

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Though it can’t quite be called rough, cold press paper has a surface texture with more tooth than its counterpart, hot press paper. It is also more porous, more absorbent, and easier to erase and rework. You can achieve refined textures with your paint,... | Read More

The Best Hot Press Paper for Watercolors, Sketching, and More

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Named for a fabrication process that involves smashing pulp in heated cylinders, hot press papers present smooth surfaces with virtually no tooth. They are ideal for artworks that require seamless blending and transitions as well as precise mark making, and... | Read More

The Best Handheld Jigsaws for Cutting a Variety of Materials

As its name suggests, a jigsaw is a power tool that can cut complicated and irregular shapes—like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. A kind of reciprocating saw, it uses a blade that is quite narrow and refined, making it perfect for cutting jobs that require not only power but also finesse. Most jigsaws can cut through everyday materials like wood, plastics, and light metals. Different saws... | Read More

Top Art Collector Leon Black to Depart Investment Firm After Review of Jeffrey Epstein Donations

Amid controversy over his alleged ties to the late Jeffrey Epstein, Leon Black, a private equity investor well known in the art world for his collecting and patronage of museums, will depart the firm that he cofounded. The Wall Street Journal reports that Black, who currently serves as the chair of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, plans to leave Apollo Global Management Inc. as its chief... | Read More

The Best Gels for Lights Will Set a New Mood in Your Space

Despite their name, lighting gels aren’t really gels but rather simple sheets of translucent plastic, popular among studio photographers and available in many colors. Placing one over a light source can alter the entire mood of the space in which you’re shooting or fix undesirable lighting conditions. Depending on your chosen color, you can warm a room, add fluorescence, or create a... | Read More

After Pandemic’s Rapid Change, Sotheby’s Has 8 Predictions for 2021

In 2019, when Charles Stwart was named CEO of Sotheby’s, he knew 2020 was going to be a year of big changes. But he got more change than expected, when, due to restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic that began in March, his first full auction season faced a global shut down. Yet when your mission is to continue to move a 276-year-old company into the digital future, more change is... | Read More

SFAI Board Chair Resigns Amid Outcry at Storied California Art School

With the San Francisco Art Institute, one of the most highly regarded art schools in the U.S., facing pushback over recent moves it has made over its future, board chair Pam Rorke Levy has resigned. Photographer Lonnie Graham, who has been on the SFAI board since July, will take over her post effective immediately. The school also announced that John Marx had been named vice chair of the... | Read More

The Terrifying Cynicism of Teeter-Totter Wall

On the morning of July 28, 2019, the architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello drove up to an 18-foot-tall barrier of rusted slats that cuts through the desert between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, marking the US-Mexico border. There, just about five miles from the nearest checkpoint, they installed Teeter-Totter Wall: three pink seesaws that extend to both sides of the wall. They... | Read More

How an Astrophysicist and a Painter Stared Down Black Holes

The prospect of travel into (but definitely not out of) black holes may be uncommon subject matter for artist commissions, but it makes sense in the world of Janna Levin. The author of a new book that counts as her second focused on black holes, Levin is also a professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia University as well as the founding director of the science studios at Pioneer Works, an... | Read More

Bernie Sanders Stars in Art History’s Greatest Artworks in New Viral Meme

In art history courses, Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs (1965) is a staple. It is, to some degree, exactly what it sounds like—a piece of furniture rendered three different ways, as a physical object, a photograph of it, and a text with its dictionary definition. Typically, you can’t enjoy the comfort of being in Kosuth’s chair, but on Twitter, in one viral post from yesterday,... | Read More

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