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September 20, 2017

Mural Honoring Native Women to Be Unveiled in Minnesota

Duluth artwork focuses on their resilience, resistance

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, September 23 the American Indian Community Housing Organization will unveil a vibrant new mural on its new Dr. Robert Powless Community Center in downtown Duluth. The as-yet-untitled work, painted by Los Angeles-based Votan Ik (Mayan) with assistants Derek Brown (Diné) and Leah Lewis (Pueblo), was completed in collaboration with the … Read More

September 7, 2017

Oystermen

Artist: Marco Casagrande

Sculptures provide homes for tiny ocean residents. The island of Kinmen, Taiwan—where oyster cultivation is a long-standing tradition—was the final flashpoint of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. More recently, Finnish environmental artist and architect Marco Casagrande noticed that rusted steel anti-landing poles still standing in the waters around the island are covered in oysters—and … Read More

August 28, 2017

Walking a Watermelon in Cairo

by Heba Amin

CAIRO – In parts of the Arab world, watermelon is a term for nonsense, a joke, or a sham. Egyptian artist Heba Amin has put the fruit to work in her art. In 2015, she was part of a group of graffiti artists hired by the TV show Homeland to decorate street scenes in a … Read More

August 24, 2017

Breathing Lights

by Adam Frelin and Barbara Nelson

ALBANY, SCHENECTADY, and TROY, N.Y. – Every night for several weeks in autumn 2016, a warm glow lit the windows of hundreds of usually dark, vacant homes across Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York. For a short period, these empty spaces gained new life—or, at least, the feeling of life. By illuminating dark properties, Breathing Lights … Read More

August 11, 2017

Newcomers Calling

In three salvaged Times Square phone booths, you can listen to the voices of recent immigrants

NEW YORK – The public telephone has joined the VHS tape and the floppy disc as a relic of a (rather recently) bygone era. But three repurposed phone booths in a section of New York’s Times Square are finding new lives as the sites of some very 21st-century messaging. Aman Mojadidi’s project Once Upon a … Read More

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August 2, 2017

Free for the Rich?

Irish artist hacks a gallery’s admission policy in gentrification protest

DUBLIN – Nobody can accuse Kerry Guinan of half measures. The Dublin artist, who graduated from Ireland’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2014, has not only exhibited throughout Ireland and in the Netherlands, but she’s intervened in Irish politics too, running for the Dáil (parliament) in 2016 on a platform that included … Read More

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June 1, 2017

What Are We Risking?

An interview with Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner is all about creating narratives: true narratives that challenge lazy assumptions about the world and what art and artists are—narratives that confront false limitations on what art can say and how it can change the world. Since 2001, Turner has worked with Alternate ROOTS, a regional arts membership organization based in Atlanta; he … Read More

May 23, 2017

Looking for CETA

Tracking the impact of the 1970s federal program that employed artists

There are so many reasons to celebrate what the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) did for the arts in the 1970s, but it’s difficult because the evidence is practically invisible. CETA was a federal jobs program that, like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) before it, funneled many hundreds of millions of dollars to visual … Read More

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March 3, 2017

Hunting the Symbol

An interview with sculptural landscape architect and writer Charles Jencks

DUMFRIES, Scotland – Apparently, our universe is not immense enough to contain the imagination of landscape architect and author Charles Jencks. He instead thinks in terms of multiple universes, which he evokes in his most recent work, the Crawick Multiverse, a 55-acre sculptural landscape that sits on the site of a former open-pit mine in … Read More

February 10, 2017

Transforming Spaces

Catherine Widgery’s installations use subtle motions of light, wind, and water to awaken the urban landscape—and those who inhabit it

Catherine Widgery’s epiphany as an artist came just over a decade ago with a sculpture she created for the opening of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod. Stringing together rusted chains, fishing gear, shells, and other debris, she created a whirlwind of junk in the center of the gallery—and after the exhibit, … Read More

January 16, 2017

Public Ritual

William Pope.L and exorcisms of abject otherness

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re republishing this 2010 Public Art Review article about artist William Pope.L, whose work addresses racism and social inequities.   Best known for his street performances, William Pope.L has worked for decades across a broad array of media including public interventions, stage performances, installations, painting, and found … Read More

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December 26, 2016

Pure Genius

MacArthur Fellowships have a long tradition of rewarding innovative public artists—and of providing the resources for recipients to live free and dream big

Economic uncertainty, regardless of how it exhibits itself, has a sneaky way of stifling creativity. Conversely, financial freedom is often a potent muse. Just ask the artists, writers, scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, and other pioneering souls who—after being awarded a vaunted MacArthur Fellowship—suddenly found themselves blessed with the freedom to dream radically, experiment spontaneously and, if … Read More