Three artists have used the remnants of Joseph Beuys’ renowned Fettecke (1982) to distill schnapps in Düsseldorf. For the performance, professor of art in Bremen Markus Löffler and artists Andree Korpys and Dieter Schmal used a four pound chunk of the over 30-year-old sculpture and a dusting of blue pigment from an Yves Klein edition to distill a 160 proof alcohol, which was then cut down to around four liters of 100 proof schnapps.

Revolutions, world war, political upheavals and purges have shaped the  history of the world’s largest art museum.  A new film chronicles the Hermitage’s turbulent history as part of the UK-Russian year of culture.

Revolutions, world war, political upheavals and purges have shaped the  history of the world’s largest art museum.  A new film chronicles the Hermitage’s turbulent history as part of the UK-Russian year of culture.

Eleven billboards, four buses and three transit shelters in the Mission District are being resurfaced with works from 20 artists, many of whom have long-running involvements in San Francisco’s street art scene in a project aimed at reminding the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of its roots.  Running through August 17 and organized by the fledgling Art City, the project is a great example of when artists take over commercial landscape.

There’s no shortage of articles about the dying art of opera.  With shrinking audiences and a staid repertoire, this article tackles a major issue.  How do companies, who rely on a predominantly 19th-century canon of works deal with the overt “yellowface” and “blackface” characterizations in “exotic” works? Opera’s Old-Fashioned Race Problem

There’s no shortage of articles about the dying art of opera.  With shrinking audiences and a staid repertoire, this article tackles a major issue.  How do companies, who rely on a predominantly 19th-century canon of works deal with the overt “yellowface” and “blackface” characterizations in “exotic” works? Opera’s Old-Fashioned Race Problem

The Egyptian muralist Ganzeer, a star of the movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has been finding fresh targets as leadership in his country repeatedly changes hands. Hieroglyphics that won’t be silenced.

The Egyptian muralist Ganzeer, a star of the movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has been finding fresh targets as leadership in his country repeatedly changes hands. Hieroglyphics that won’t be silenced.

Pre-pantone book! “Over 250 years before the Color-Industrial Complex reared its head, a mysterious Dutch artist also detailed every color in the spectrum, only he did it all by hand. Known by the snicker-inducing name of A. Boogert, the author set out to demonstrate how to mix watercolor paint and how to manipulate the paint’s value by adding water. Yet he approached his task with a staggering level of detail and depth; the resulting book – Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau — is over 700 pages. It’s about as thorough a color guide as one could imagine in a world without color printers.” 

Pre-pantone book! “Over 250 years before the Color-Industrial Complex reared its head, a mysterious Dutch artist also detailed every color in the spectrum, only he did it all by hand. Known by the snicker-inducing name of A. Boogert, the author set out to demonstrate how to mix watercolor paint and how to manipulate the paint’s value by adding water. Yet he approached his task with a staggering level of detail and depth; the resulting book – Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau — is over 700 pages. It’s about as thorough a color guide as one could imagine in a world without color printers.” 

"Since metal masters were usually not made of 78 recordings, as Petrusich puts it, ‘if the records themselves break, or are crammed into a flood-prone basement, or tossed into a dumpster, then that particular song is gone, forever.’ It took a couple of chapters to really sink in for me. But think about that for a second: There are amazing songs out there that no one living today has ever heard, or will ever hear.” How 78s (and the people who collect them) are different.

"Since metal masters were usually not made of 78 recordings, as Petrusich puts it, ‘if the records themselves break, or are crammed into a flood-prone basement, or tossed into a dumpster, then that particular song is gone, forever.’ It took a couple of chapters to really sink in for me. But think about that for a second: There are amazing songs out there that no one living today has ever heard, or will ever hear.” How 78s (and the people who collect them) are different.

“The art that we should be doing today in the 21st century is art that is not for the museum, it’s art for the street and people’s lives.” -Tania Bruguera. 12 famous contemporary artists on how art can transform and inspire.

“The art that we should be doing today in the 21st century is art that is not for the museum, it’s art for the street and people’s lives.” -Tania Bruguera. 12 famous contemporary artists on how art can transform and inspire.

New biannual literary magazine aims to create a “Black gay utopia” in print. The literary magazine’s first volume was released on April 10,with over 80 contributors from various backgrounds, communicating through literary and visual mediums.  Interview with the team behind it here.

New biannual literary magazine aims to create a “Black gay utopia” in print. The literary magazine’s first volume was released on April 10,with over 80 contributors from various backgrounds, communicating through literary and visual mediums.  Interview with the team behind it here.

A new audit commissioned by the French government reveals that its museums, including the venerable Louvre are not operating under best standards and in some cases in dangerous disarray. 

A new audit commissioned by the French government reveals that its museums, including the venerable Louvre are not operating under best standards and in some cases in dangerous disarray. 

The British Dance Council is readying a ban on same-sex partners in ballroom dance competition. If it is passed, it will ban same-sex couples from mainstream contests, regulating them to same-sex-only categories. 
 

The British Dance Council is readying a ban on same-sex partners in ballroom dance competitionIf it is passed, it will ban same-sex couples from mainstream contests, regulating them to same-sex-only categories. 

 

The BIG Maze has opened in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum.  BIG, the firm led by architect Bjarke Ingels – developed the maze by combining styles of mazes throughout history, from ancient Greek labyrinths to European hedge mazes and modern American corn mazes.  The difference?  This one gets easier as you get closer to the middle—allowing visitors to see their way through as they reach center.  Ingels stated, “What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” 

The BIG Maze has opened in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum.  BIG, the firm led by architect Bjarke Ingels – developed the maze by combining styles of mazes throughout history, from ancient Greek labyrinths to European hedge mazes and modern American corn mazes.  The difference?  This one gets easier as you get closer to the middle—allowing visitors to see their way through as they reach center.  Ingels stated, “What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” 

Artist Marcel DuChamp designed and hand-carved a one-of-a-kind chess set in 1918 that is now lost.  Contemporary artists/makers Scott Kildall and Bryan Cera, combining detective work, CAD and 3D printing have recreated the set from photos and made it available on Thingiverse for those with access to 3D printers to make their own set. 

Artist Marcel DuChamp designed and hand-carved a one-of-a-kind chess set in 1918 that is now lost.  Contemporary artists/makers Scott Kildall and Bryan Cera, combining detective work, CAD and 3D printing have recreated the set from photos and made it available on Thingiverse for those with access to 3D printers to make their own set

Anatomy of a hipster, by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton.

Anatomy of a hipster, by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton.

How much is the Detroit Institute of Art worth to private foundations? “The unprecedented commitment of $366 million in foundation dollars into the public pensions, the foundations are creating a new 501(a)(3) “supporting organization” called the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, which will somehow serve as the mechanism for the conversion of the Detroit Institute of Arts into a nonprofit and to get the foundation moneys into the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System.” Article and list of funders listed here.

How much is the Detroit Institute of Art worth to private foundations? “The unprecedented commitment of $366 million in foundation dollars into the public pensions, the foundations are creating a new 501(a)(3) “supporting organization” called the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, which will somehow serve as the mechanism for the conversion of the Detroit Institute of Arts into a nonprofit and to get the foundation moneys into the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System.” Article and list of funders listed here.