Set to open in 2016, the Xiqu Centre, an opera house by Ronald Lu & Partners will feature a façade of tentacle-esque forms, creating the appearance of a jellyfish slowly passing through the West Kowloon district of Hong Kong. The rippling lines begin from the roof and slowly pull back like a curtain. At night, a soft green light illuminates the structure, calling to mind the bioluminescence of certain aquatic life.
2 curators, logging 50,000 miles already with 500 more regional American artists to go—to find something new and unheralded for a show at Crystal Bridges that is a heartland response to the Whitney Biennial. Article here.
Seeking to map a new spiritual and social landscape, the buddhist bug project (bbug) by cambodian artist anida yoeu ali creates a surreal existence amongst ordinary people and everyday environments. The saffron-colored creature is an autobiographical exploration of the artist’s reaction to a sense of displaced identity, as she was raised a khmer muslim but maintains an innate fascination with the buddhist religion. referencing both sacred systems, the nomadic, other-worldly creature is lined with bright orange exterior skin — the color of buddhist monk robes — and wears a head piece based on the islamic hijab.
Transformers, a non-profit collective of 20 architects and designers is infusing art and humor into the post-Soviet Bulgarian landscape mired in economic problems and continual feelings of transition. “Reality in Bulgaria,” collective-founder Delcho Delchev said, is “more provocative and challenging.”
The design for a proposed sunshade that would block damaging UV reflections from a multi-storey glass development that are killing vegetation, bothering visitors and harming art at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Artist + utility company’s permission = cool boxes in neighborhood. How utility boxes and other infrastructure can inject art into communities.
With the rise of “artist-only” development or preferences—how do cities decide who is an artist?
The brainchild of legendary East London grime photographers Tim and Barry, the Beat This series on their remarkable network, Don’t Watch That TV, challenges top electronic music producers to create a track in under 10 minutes. Each episode shows how artists like Toddla T, Manny from Teklife, Melo-X and more make a beat from start to finish, with the camera capturing emphatic head nodding, various computer programs and personal techniques. This week they checked in with Kieran Hebden—aka Four Tet—whose finished product was created solely with samples from Thriller
Dated an unknown chick from Detroit named Madonna? Hip-hop producer? 15 things you didn’t know about Basquiat.
Every page of Joseph Conrad’s nihilist masterpiece Heart of Darkness illustrated by self-taught Ohio artist Matt Kish.
Beauty a short video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro animates a trove of mainly 19th-century Academic paintings into a pretty hypnotic flow.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly renovated, soon to be re-opened Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Begging the question: is this acknowledging the VOGUE editor’s raising of $125 million for the organization or an attempt to better market the institute?
A still from Zinda Bhaag, the official entry to this year’s Academy Award foreign language film category illustrates Pakistani cinema’s new wave. “After years of economic doldrums and creative drought, Pakistani movies are pulling in crowds at home and garnering awards at international film festivals. … Taking the power of storytelling into their own hands, Pakistani filmmakers are fashioning much-needed, nuanced portraits of their country – and cultivating a degree of national pride that hasn’t been felt for a long time.”
Radio’s answer to increasing popularity of spotify? Less variety. ”…Ballooning number of music sources competing for listeners’ attention, are making radio stations more reluctant than ever to pull well-known hits from their rotations, extending the time artists must wait to introduce new songs. The top 10 songs last year were played close to twice as much on the radio than they were 10 years ago, according to Mediabase, a division of Clear Channel Communications Inc. that tracks radio spins for all broadcasters.”
How much do I charge? For emerging artists with limited sales and no gallery representation, coming up with a price can be difficult. Everything an artist needs to know about pricing their work.