“Lady of the chewing gum,” polychrome resin. All images © Gerard Mas, shared with permission

Despite their modest clothing and perfectly plaited hair, the women that artist Gerard Mas sculpts are spirited, brazen, and undeniably shameless. Whether blowing a wad of bubblegum, sporting visible tan lines, or unabashedly digging in their noses, the corset-clad figures are steeped in humor and wit and cast a contemporary light on the long-held conventions of the medium.

Mas began the ongoing series a few years ago as he ventured into figurative sculpture and struggled with portraying perfection and beauty. He shares:

This was an impossible job. There was always something that broke that beauty. And a sculpture attempting to speak of beauty with some disproportion or flagrant compositional flaw is pretentious if not ridiculous… I decided to anticipate that failure and deliberately introduce discordant elements that broke that pretended beauty by making our sense

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Gulnara Samoilova, “Cloud Eaters” (2018) © Gulnara Samoilova. All images courtesy of Prestel, shared with permission

At once widely accessible and distinctly personal, street photography has the potential to bridge the divide between the idiosyncratic and universal, a possibility that’s long excited Gulnara Samoilova. A former Associated Press photojournalist and current fine art photographer, Samoilova realized that while the genre was affordable and convenient, the field remained largely dominated by men, an imbalance she sought to remedy when she founded Women Street Photographers in 2017.

In its fourth year, the ongoing project began with an Instagram account designed to showcase work from women around the world. “I soon began to realize that with this platform, I could create everything I had always wanted to receive as a photographer: the kinds of support and opportunities that would have helped me grow during those formative and pivotal points on my journey,” Samoilova … Read the rest

All images licensed, © Arseniy Kotov

Photographer Arseniy Kotov is dedicated to documenting the changes in Russian life and architecture since the fall of the USSR, a commitment that brought him to the coldest European city last February. Located about 110 miles from the Arctic Ocean, Vorkuta is a small mining town that once held one of the largest and most grueling forced labor camps during Stalin’s reign. Often plagued by temperatures as low as -45 degrees Celcius, the city now has one of the fastest dwindling populations in all of Russia.

During Kotov’s visit, he toured various housing complexes built for workers, many of which were abandoned when the mines closed. One building in particular, though, is evidence of how desertion continues to unsettle the once-thriving city, an ongoing problem that Kotov captured in a stunning series. His photographs frame the dilapidated, five-story structure that’s entirely subsumed by feet-long … Read the rest

“I hope…” (2021), rope, paper, steel, installation view at König Galerie, Berlin. All images by Sunhi Mang, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy of the artist, shared with permission

A towering expanse of red thread, a new installation by Chiharu Shiota (previously) suspends 10,000 letters within the nave of Berlin’s König Galerie, a Brutalist-style space located in the former St. Agnes church. The immersive construction runs floor to ceiling and is awash with notes from people around the world who share their dreams following a particularly devastating year. Aptly named “I hope…,” the large-scale project hangs two wire boats that appear to float upward at its center, evoking travel into an unknown future.

For this collaborative installation, the Japanese artist, who’s lived in Berlin for the last two decades, draws on a similar piece from 2015 titled “The Key in the Hand.” That earlier work similarly utilizes … Read the rest

All images © Enoch Ku, shared with permission

Suit-inspired landscaping, overgrown shrubs, and misaligned stripes are just some of the scenes that comprise Enoch Ku’s Ordinary Sacramento, an ongoing project documenting the visual language of the Californian city. Ku is adept at identifying humor and quirkiness among the otherwise mundane urban landscape, framing a street sign or bike rack in a playful manner. Generally taken during a quiet moment, the compositions are evidence of the photographer’s keen sense of awareness and ability to observe what others might not.

Prior to launching Ordinary Sacramento, Ku worked as an actor and wedding photographer, two jobs that required him to rush from one place to the next. The pace of that lifestyle, in addition to the performative nature of the work, sparked his desire to slow down and document the world through a different lens. He explains:

In an Instagram world

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There is very good media coverage of all the various visual arts. After graduating Morag Muir successfully balanced a career painting and lecturing. Increasing demand for her art work later resulted in Morag concentrating her efforts on painting and she is now a full-time artist. In recent years, Thompson’s work has also been exhibited regularly in group exhibitions worldwide, including Il Secolo del Jazz: Arte, Cinema, Musica e Fotografia da Picasso a Basquiat (The Jazz Century: Art, Cinema, Music and Photography from Picasso to Basquiat) at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rovereto, Italy, which traveled to the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris France and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona, Spain (2009); Blues for Smoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art and Wexner Center for the Arts of the Ohio State University … Read the rest

Urry means plenty of different things – but above all else, it indicates an affinity for cartoon creatures and other anthropomorphic animals. evaluation is made. Summative evaluation should take into account information gathered in the formative process. Summative evaluation should also result in feedback to the student. This type of evaluation should be done as consistently and systematically as possible. The forms of evaluation mentioned here will help to convey the impression that progress in art depends on students’ learning experience rather than innate ability and that it is possible to evaluate art in a systematic way. They are most effective when a range of methods are used and when a substantial amount of evaluative information is available for every student. The essential element in effective evaluation is the clear definition of objectives and establishment of criteria. Students should understand the terms of such criteria and the reasons for activities … Read the rest

A popular American ‘Pop Artist’ Roy Fox Lichtenstein or Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was born in New York City in an upper middle class family. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage. 27 March – 9 June 1968. Traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, 16 July – 8 September 1968; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 19 October – 8 December 1968. Catalogue with text by William S. Rubin. Solomon, A.L. (2005). Historical Research in Music Therapy. In B. Wheeler (Ed.), Music Therapy Research (2nd Edition) (pp. 552-560). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona. Bürgi, Bernhard Mendes and Thierry de Duve. A Century of Contemporary Painting.” Painting on the Move. Exh. cat. Basel: Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, 2002. Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is showing 50 works of graphic design and illustration by Edward McKnight Kauffer, known as ‘The Poster King’. … Read the rest

Georgia ‘Keeffe or Georgia Totto ‘Keeffe was an American painter, who revolutionized the concept of modern abstract art. Oh, Martie, people always make a fuss about languages because a language is a big part of identity (and ownership). They may (and will) resist, revolt and make artificial rules, but in the end, the practical aspect of communication wins. Specializes in Face painting, Airbrush, Body Paint, Glitter Arts, & Stilt Walking. Sung, H.C., Lee, W.L., Li, T.L., & Watson, R. (2012). A group music intervention using percussion instruments with familiar music to reduce anxiety and agitation of institutionalized older adults with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(6), 621-627. Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York. Arshile Gorky: Important Paintings and Drawings. 3 – 28 April 1979. Catalogue. 4. According to Carl Holty, when Kandinsky went to Russia in 1914 and due to the war was unable to return to Munich, Hofmann had … Read the rest

American Abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline was born on May 23rd 1910 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Chandrababu, R. (2013). Effectiveness of music therapy on bio-physiological parameters among patients following chemotherapy. The Journal of Nursing Trendz, 4(1), 30-33. Welish, Marjorie. Food for Centaurs: Thomas Nozkowski, Undermining Abstraction.” Arts Magazine (December 1991): 46-47, illustrated. Ray, K.D., & Mittelman, M.S. (2015). Music therapy: A nonpharmacological approach to the care of agitation and depressive symptoms for nursing home residents with dementia. Dementia, Advance online publication. The sand in the lower one third of the image contrasts sharply with the larger rocks in the upper two thirds. The white paper accentuates the division line, yet unifies the two. Wet paper takes the shape of the object it covers, temporarily assuming a three dimensional quality it normally doesn’t have. The wetness of the paper creates a clinging quality which meld it to the rocks it covers. It … Read the rest