Art + Design

The Great and Powerful Koons

When Jeff Koons’ retrospective first opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Internet was abuzz with photographs of balloon dogs and early sculptures of ready-mades. Photos of Koons himself–a permanent wide grin spread across his his face–posed in front of these sculptures for the press depicted less a...

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Finding Truth: The Photography of Pieter Hugo

In a world where so many photographs are manipulated to portray false reality, South African-born Pieter Hugo’s approach to the medium is a breath of fresh air, notable not just for its beauty and charm but for its unusual honesty. I was introduced to Pieter Hugo’s photography several years ago....

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Ati Maier: The Artist Explorer

Close your eyes and imagine being on a futuristic roller coaster… in space. Swirling colored lights illuminate your path as thousands of stars, novae, asteroids, and other cosmological bodies flood the sky above you. Your emotions range from fear, to nervousness, to excitement as you race over peaks that...

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A Modern Woman by a Modern Man

Artists are collectors. Artists are hoarders. They save things that catch their eye. They save things they love. They save things that have historical significance and things that will be important for the future. They are hoarders… even though they may not physically keep things piled up around them...

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Lisa Cooley Gallery Takes Us on an LES Acid Trip

Imagine the 21st century version of a 1960’s LSD trip: people frolicking naked through sunlit, candy-colored fields while stars twinkle from above, a colorful reality dissecting itself into wooden blocks and then rearranging itself like a puzzle, space and air bending and reflecting abstractions of light and fluorescent patterns. No...

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The Multifaceted Nature of Sigmar Polke

Artists should have the ability to be diverse in their creative process. They should show a viewer something that they have never seen before… or knew that they wanted to see, for that matter. And said viewers should be able to follow the artist’s thought process in whatever subject through whatever medium which...

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Brice Dellsperger’s “Body Double”

We live in a fast-paced world, where our tolerance for patience and beauty–and all its subtleties–is often limited, our lives so filled as they are by the instant gratification that technology provides. It’s rare to muster the strength to simply put down our phones and experience something unique. Observing anything that...

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Mike Kelley: Thanks for the Repressed Memories

Not everyone wants to travel back into their childhood. For some of us it’s not picket fences and ice cream trucks, and even for those of us with ostensibly idyllic upbringings, revisiting our formative years where we pushed peas around our plates and slung heavy backpacks over our shoulders,...

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Josef Hoflehner: Planes and Paradise

There are few things in this world as relaxing as a day at the beach, and few things more stressful than nearly every single aspect of traveling by plane. The gross juxtaposition of both come together in a beautiful series of black and white photographs found in Josef Hoflehner ‘s book,...

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Cartoons in Chaos: Mélanie Matranga

Recent winner of Frieze London’s inaugural Artist Award, Paris-based Mélanie Matranga’s pen and ink drawings are a lesson in less is more… much, much more. At once overstimulating and sterile, Mantranga’s subjects exist in a minimalist environment that manages to supply the viewer with an almost unexpected claustrophobia, an unbridled...

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