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Mierle Laderman Ukeles: The Maintenance Workers’ Artist

Mierle Laderman Ukeles has been an artist since the 1960s. Her work has spanned from performance pieces to sculpture installations to writing. She has explored a variety of social justice issues, ranging from the role of women to the cultures of labor to the resilience of local communities. Initially, she went to school for international […]



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Central Park at sunset.

Cristóbal Gabarrón Comes to the UN

On October 24, 2015, the United Nations celebrated its 70th birthday, and the world celebrated with it by lighting up 200 monuments and landmarks in the organization’s trademark bold blue. And in New York City, in Rumsey Playfield on the side of Central Park, a smaller yet more permanent visual was unveiled to commemorate the […]



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A sign for the McKittrick Hotel in NY.

Sleep No More

Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More has been a popular spectacle in New York City since it opened there in 2011, and it’s no less novel for its four years of nine performances a week. Originally an eccentric avant-garde performance for in-the-know aficionados in London, in NYC it has become something both more mainstream (with a bar […]



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Lights on an empty stage.

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri is a painter of works that look like topographical maps – large canvases full of precise dots forming concentric, spiraling shapes. They seem to scintillate if looked at for too long, the tight spirals fooling the eyes. But these works are not abstract. The lines that spiral and switch back on themselves and […]



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NY library

Dutch Architect to Update New York’s Landmark Library

For most of us, a library is invisible. It’s all about the books, not about the building. For others it’s a community center—a destination for meetings or a source of local services. And an increasingly large community of library patrons is interacting with libraries through the Internet. Each of these groups has different demands, but […]



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Fredric Brandt at his Chelsea home.

Fredric Brandt’s Art Collection Set for Auction

The gigantic art collection of Fredric Brandt, celebrity cosmetic surgeon and skincare guru, is going up for auction at Phillips Auction House. The collection, valued around $15 million, boasts over 200 pieces. Though his cosmetic surgery clients included Madonna and business bigwigs, Brandt spent much of his free time purchasing and discussing art with friends. Brandt, […]



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Fairey's Debbie Harry portrait.

Street Artist Shepard Fairey Creates New Rock Star Portraits for Sotheby’s

Shepard Fairey, a contemporary street artist widely known for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster, has created a new collection of art exclusive to Sotheby’s auction house. The artist is creating six new portraits of famous rock stars, including Debbie Harry, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix to be auctioned by the house. The portraits will be […]



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Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist Wins 2015 Folkwang Prize

The Museum Folkwang announced on Thursday that it would award the prestigious International Folkwang Prize to curator, art critic, and historian Hans Ulrich Obrist. Obrist currently serves as co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery and is highly regarded in the art community. The Folkwang prize  comes with 25,000 euros and is awarded by the museum every […]



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