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In and Out of Frame: Lorraine O’Grady’s “Art Is…”

Lorraine O’Grady, “Art Is. . . (Cop Framed)” (1983/2009), chromogenic color print, 16 x 20 inches (all images courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York and © 2015 Lorraine O’Grady/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York) Like a Choose Your Own Adventure story or a game of Mad Libs, the elliptical title of Lorraine O’Grady’s 1983 performance piece, “Art Is…,” creates space, playful and inviting, for structured audience participation.

The Anti-Expressionist: Jack Tworkov’s Paradigm Shift

Jack Tworkov, “Knight Series #8 (Q3-77 #2)” (1977), oil on canvas, 90 x 72 inches (courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

Minnesota Fair Censors Bill Cosby Portrait Made from Rapeseeds

A portrait of Bill Cosby by Nick Rindo (image courtesy Nick Rindo) Every year, the Minnesota State Fair offers a prized blue ribbon to the artist who can make the coolest picture from seeds of commonly grown crops.

A View from the Easel

CHICAGO — The 94th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace.

Arkansas Tells Artist to Stop Putting Toilets in Her Yard

People like Tonie Atkinson are finding old toilets make great garden planters (Image via Flickr/southbeachcars) Nearly 100 years after Marcel Duchamp made “Fountain,” bathroom plumbing fixtures are still way too edgy for Hot Springs, Arkansas. According to local news station KTHV, botanical artist Tonie Atkinson has been fined $10,000 and is expected to show up in a Garland County court next month to answer for a yard crowded by toilets she deems art.

Revisiting the 1992 Sign Project that Acknowledged NYC’s Lost Histories

Lower Manhattan Sign Project at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s gallery on Governors Island (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) In 1992, artist collective REPOhistory installed 39 aluminum signs in Lower Manhattan that highlighted the overlooked history of New York City.

Art Movements

A replica of Algie the pig floating above Battersea Power Station in 2011 (via Flickr/Neill Sharp) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Carnegie Museum of Art Makes its Provenance Accessible and Interactive

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Le Jardin de la rue Cortot à Montmartre” (1876), oil on canvas. It’s one of the paintings included in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Art Tracks initiative on art provenance (via Carnegie Museum of Art/Wikimedia) Label text rarely describes the life of a painting before it arrived at a museum, yet there’s a whole narrative of ownership in a painting’s journey from an artist’s studio to a static place on the wall.

Why Don’t More Americans Go to Museums?

In the past we may have turned to pollsters or psychics, while today we turn to Twitter to look at the hive mind and discover why…

How We Talk About the Dead

A wall of Interview magazine covers (image courtesy Philip Kromer) Imagine a person like this: “one of a handful of people who can truly be said to have changed the way we think and write about art, fashion, culture, and celebrity”; someone who “made the avant-garde accessible,” and did things “mere mortals only dream of.” The person being referred to in such exalted terms actually did live and walk among us.

New Digital Archaeology Effort Attemps to Capture Culture Heritage Before It’s Gone

A photo republished by the AP shows ISIS destroying a tomb at the ancient site of Palmyra. As ISIS and other groups continue to destroy important heritage sites and ancient artifacts, archaeologists and other onlookers continue to scramble to find ways to counter the destruction.

The Erotics of the Everyday

Installation view of ‘Martin Soto Climent: Caramel Huysmans’ (all images courtesy of the artist and Proyectos Monclova, all photos by Moritz Bernoully) MEXICO CITY — Martin Soto Climent’s solo show, now on view at Proyectos Monclova, illustrates humanity’s perverse ability to sexualize everyday objects.

Revitalizing a Dying Region of Rural Japan with Art

Echigo-Tsumari (photo by G Yeung and Evelyn Char) Every spring, a resurrection occurs in the Echigo-Tsumari area of Japan’s Niigata prefecture.

Sum of the Arts: Lost Civilizations

An archaeologist excavating a prehistoric mound in Sweden (1958) (photo by Björn Allard, via Swedish National Heritage Board/Flickr) Sum of the Arts is a periodic tabulation of numbers floating around the art world and beyond.

Japan Wipes Away Pretentiousness with Art Festival Devoted to Toilets

Minako Nishiyama, Miki Kasahara, Yuma Haruna, “Melting Dream” (2014) (all photos by Yasunori Takeuchi, courtesy Toilennale) Relieve yourself of the conventional biennials and triennials of the art world with the first art festival dedicated entirely to bathrooms.

350 Years After the Great Plague, Its Skeletal Reaper Remains

Title page for a collection of ‘Bills of Mortality’ that chronicled the Great Plague’s death counts (1665) (via Wellcome Images) The personification of death goes back centuries, with Thanatos of ancient Greece and the pale horse rider of Revelation.

Portraits of Contemplative and Cocky Poultry

Jean Pagliuso, from “Poultry Suite” (all images © Jean Pagliuso) For most of her four-decade-long career, photographer Jean Pagliuso focused her lens on the fashion industry and on Hollywood, producing images of celebrities meant for magazines and movie posters.

Wayfinding through Ruins and Castles in a Governors Island Art Intervention

“Conservation” billboard by Darren Bader on Governors Island as part of the ‘Visitors’ exhibition (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) It’s unlikely you’d notice any of the art in Governors Island’s Visitors without a map, as it’s hiding in an abandoned swimming pool, a nondescript rock in a fortress, and those hulking billboards urban eyes are trained to ignore.

British Library Rejects Taliban Archive Donation

The British Library in London (image via Wikimedia Commons) It isn’t every day that one of the world’s biggest cultural institutions refuses to host a massive digital archive of great historical significance.

Artists Interpret a Colonial Collection of 125,660 Indonesian Specimens

Curatorial assistant Alifa Putri giving a tour to students during the public exhibition program of ‘125,660 Specimens of Natural History’ at Salihara (photo by Etienne Turpin) Archives all have a politics embedded within them.