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Frances Stark, “My Best Thing” (2011), digital video, color, sound. 100:00 min (image courtesy Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, via LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a screening of Lizzie Borden’s feminist masterpiece Born in Flames, over 20 venues in Pasadena open their doors for a night of art, a show of work by legendary LA artist Charles Garabedian opens, and more.

A Reverential Close-up of Robert Frank Leaves Questions Unasked

Still from ‘Don’t Blink: Robert Frank’ (all photos by Lisa Rinzler, courtesy NYFF/Lincoln Center Film Society) In its day, Auguste Rodin’s now esteemed 1876 sculpture “The Bronze Age” roused the considerable ill will of art critics, most notably for the belief that it was cast from a live model.

The British Army’s Only Woman Artist in WWII Finally Gets a Retrospective

Evelyn Dunbar, “Men Stooking and Girls Learning to Stook” (1940), oil on canvas, (courtesy private collection, © The Artist’s Estate/Christopher Campbell-Howes) Evelyn Dunbar was the only woman to be salaried as an Official British War Artist during World War II, painting and sketching images of the home front, particularly the Women’s Land Army where civilians were employed in agriculture to fill in for absent soldiers.

A Terra-cotta Antiquity that Arrived at a Turkish Museum by Mail

The Bronze Age terra-cotta bull recently returned to the Antalya Museum (all photos courtesy the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism) On August 26, the Antalya Museum in Konyaaltı, Turkey, received an unexpected package from Vienna.

Boston’s #RenoirSucksAtPainting Protesters Says Exhibiting the Impressionist Is “Aesthetic Terrorism”

Protestors outside the MFA Boston on Monday (all photos courtesy Max Geller) Another day, another protest at a museum.

Witnessing the Passage of Time with Detritus and a Crumbling “David”

Adrián Villar Rojas, “Two Suns (II)” (2015), site-specific installation, dimensions variable (all images courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery) The elevator opens onto a dark, shrouded foyer.

Explore the Variety of Graduate Studies at VCUarts

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Anderson Gallery & The Depot (photos by Terry Brown) The graduate programs at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts are recognized by peer institutions for their excellence, earning VCUarts the reputation as one of the top art and design schools in the US.

Diagrammatic Paintings of Impossible Contraptions

Henry Gunderson, “Expresser (1. Caramel Crush 2. Ripe Rash 3. Serious Midnight 4. Rose 5. Blue 6. Red 7.


Installation view of “Museum of Stones” at The Noguchi Museum, 2015 (© The Noguchi Museum. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella) (click to enlarge) This week, you can join us for our Decolonizing Museums discussion at Livestream, attend the Performancy Forum Quinquennial (Brooklyn’s underground performance art fest), welcome Jim Shaw to the New Museum, or listen to “genius” Nicole Eisenman talk about her work.

A Hidden Estonian “Forest Library” for Listening to Nature

Wooden megaphones built by Estonian Academy of Arts students in the RMK Pähni Nature Centre (photo by Tõnu Tunnel) Around 50% of Estonia is covered in forest. This past August, in one of the most remote corners of untouched nature, interior architecture students from the Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (Estonian Academy of Arts) in Tallinn constructed three megaphone-shaped structures as a hidden forest library, where sounds of the surrounding woods are amplified into the spaces for reading, solitude, and even meditative music performances.

The Magic of Light and Shadow in Asian Puppet Theater

“Scene of Souls in Hell” (19th century), donkey skin; Shaanxi, China (all images courtesy Museu do Oriente) LISBON — Asian shadow theater is catnip for those with energetic imaginations.

Catalogue of Nazi Leader’s Looted Art Collection Published for the First Time

A page from Hermann Göring’s art catalogue (image via MAEDI Archives) At the end of World War II, French soldiers confiscated a curious handwritten book from Nazi leader Hermann Göring.

Illuminating the Wonders of Paris’s Nuit Blanche

Stéphane Ricordel’s “Nuage” snowing on the Petite Ceinture abandoned railroad tracks, part of the 2015 Nuit Blanche in Paris (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) PARIS — It was nearly 2am and I was watching snow fall on the abandoned railroad tracks of the Petite Ceinture.

Detroit Artists Take a Hammer to Traditional Ceramics

Nathan Tonning, “Starting Over” and “Planters A-G” (click to enlarge) DETROIT — These days Detroit is a hotbed of craft-based forms revisited.

Big Brother Is Bugging Ai Weiwei

A photo of a surveillance device reportedly found in Ai Weiwei’s studio (photo by @aiww/Instagram) “There’s always a surprise,” Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei wrote on Instagram yesterday, captioning a photograph of a surveillance device he found hidden in his studio after returning to Beijing from his first trip overseas in four years.

Prends-Ça! A Paris Exhibition Invites Visitors to Take the Artworks with Them

Christian Boltanski, “Dispersion” (1991-2015), installed at the Monnaie de Paris as part of the “Take Me (I’m Yours)” exhibition (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) PARIS — Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Monnaie de Paris revives and expands a 1995 exhibition curated by Christian Boltanski and Hans-Ulrich Obrist at London’s Serpentine Gallery, in which all the art is designed to be touched and taken away. Chiara Parisi, director of cultural programs at the French institution that reopened to the public last year, joins the duo in curating the 2015 edition in the 18th-century halls of the Paris building.

MassArt Announces New Interdisciplinary Masters Program in Design Innovation

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces the launch of a Master of Design: Design Innovation (MDes) program.

Art Grown in a Petri Dish

van Gogh’s “Starry Night” by Melanie Sullivan (all photos courtesy American Society for Microbiology) A microbe-filled petri dish isn’t usually where one would expect to find art, but it turns out that cell colonies can form some pretty compelling visuals.

ISIS Destroys Palmyra’s 1,800-Year-Old Arch of Triumph

The arches as seen in 2010 (photo by Varun Shiv Kapur / Flickr) ISIS has destroyed the towering Arch of Triumph that stood for 1,800 years in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest in the militant group’s series of attacks that threatens to completely obliterate the World Heritage Site.

The Pomp and Mockery of Louis XIV’s Propaganda Medals

“Nec Pluribus Impar,” designed by Jean Warin (1672), Louis XIV as the sun warming the Earth, with an inscription stating “not unequal to many,” his motto (© The Trustees of the British Museum) Louis XIV, like politicians of today, knew the value of controlling his public image.