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Pat Shannon, Massachusetts Cultural Council 2015 Artist Fellow, Street Work: Crosswalk (studio view), 2011, aluminum sheet, 16’ x 8’.


Grants and Residencies: ARTISTS GO FOR IT

Most creative people tend to focus on the process of art making and ignore the money part. But receiving a grant isn’t only about the cash; it is a public acknowledgement of excellence, and we need that validation in order to sustain and thrive as serious artists.


Philip Johnson Wiley House. Photography by Michael Biondo, The Monacelli Press.

Philip Johnson Wiley House. Photography by Michael Biondo, The Monacelli Press.


NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT

It is during the fallow months in New Canaan, when the trees are a constellation of trunks and branches, that many of the town’s modernist houses come readily into view. Boasting one of the most significant collections of such homes in the United States, New Canaan now counts 91 structures still standing from the estimated 118 that were built from 1939 through 1979. At the center of this collection are works by “The Harvard Five,” a band of architects whose only similarity, truly, was that they each studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


Hyman I. Feldman, (B.F.A. 1919), Proposed School of Fine Arts, Chapel Street elevation (1919). Feldman’s thesis project was used by Everett Victor Meeks to help persuade Yale University to expand the School of the Fine Arts. Courtesy Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives.

Hyman I. Feldman, (B.F.A. 1919), Proposed School of Fine Arts, Chapel Street elevation (1919). Feldman’s thesis project was used by Everett Victor Meeks to help persuade Yale University to expand the School of the Fine Arts. Courtesy Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives.


PEDAGOGY AND PLACE

Later this spring, after almost 20 years, Robert A.M. Stern will be passing the torch as the dean of Yale’s School of Architecture to Deborah Berke, architect and founder of the New York-based Deborah Berke Partners. The exhibition on view through May 7 in the school’s Rudolph Hall gallery was developed in large part from a renowned spring seminar taught by Stern that looked at various studies of architecture — and the at-times tempestuous relationship with the building in which that education has taken place.


Nabeela Vega, Visiting Thahab: Thahab in the Summer at Artspace New Haven. Photograph by J. Fatima Martins.

Nabeela Vega, Visiting Thahab: Thahab in the Summer at Artspace New Haven. Photograph by J. Fatima Martins.


Hello, World!

CHALLENGING GENDER EXPRESSION AT ARTSPACE by J. Fatima Martins New Haven, Connecticut – As expected, Artspace New Haven has presented another challenging and amusing statement exhibition. “hello, world!” is an entertaining, absurdist and intellectual mixed-media, mixed- technology exhibition featuring erotic taco eating, vaginal pillows, muscle men, battling blonde wigs, Lorde lyrics, surreal hazy interiors, a […]


Lasse Antonsen, Spinning Blue exhibiting at Van Vessem Gallery in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Lasse Antonsen, Spinning Blue exhibiting at Van Vessem Gallery in Tiverton, Rhode Island.


BLAUWW: CELEBRATING BLUE

Along with red and yellow, blue is part of a holy trinity of primary colors from which all other hues are born. Its manifestations include navy, azure, baby blue, indigo, periwinkle, the absurdly named “true blue” and many others. It is ripe with symbolism: tranquility, peace and relaxation; conversely, it can be the avatar of melancholy, sadness and depression.


Brittany Marcoux, The Birthday Tape, archival inkjet print, 15” x 19”.

Brittany Marcoux, The Birthday Tape, archival inkjet print, 15” x 19”.


A NEW GENERATION AT CAA

Regardless of the prevailing generational societal values we identify with, is there an artist’s natural inclination to negate what came before in producing art that will be seen as a significant departure from previous generations’ work?


Schoolhouse Gallery booth at Scope Miami Beach 2015.

Schoolhouse Gallery booth at Scope Miami Beach 2015.


MIAMI’S ART FAIR WEEK

Art Fair Week in Miami and Miami Beach is an exciting citywide celebration akin to Mardi Gras, with a cerebral edge. Miami Beach seized a moment 14 years ago by accepting an opportunity that was offered by the UBS-sponsored Art Basel franchise. Today, the presence of contemporary art and specifically art collecting energize this city. Miami’s art scene has personality; it is a dialogue of considerable public participation. The management of art presentation in the city enlists a powerhouse of brand identity, inviting global participation.


Gianni Colombo works in the Robilant+Voena Gallery booth in the Survey Section at Art Basel Miami Beach. Photograph courtesy of the gallery.

Gianni Colombo works in the Robilant+Voena Gallery booth in the Survey Section at Art Basel Miami Beach. Photograph courtesy of the gallery.


ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2015

Upon entering Art Basel Miami Beach, one was met with Rosemarie Trockel’s large, abstract, reptilian-looking wall installation, a monochromatic work with scales sprung slightly from the wall in low relief. The trends of relief and monochrome echoed as one progressed through the hallways and booths ahead.


The Beatles with Ed Sullivan, February 9, 1964. Photograph ©The Estate of Bill Eppridge.

The Beatles with Ed Sullivan, February 9, 1964. Photograph ©The Estate of Bill Eppridge.


SIX DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

It was, inarguably, one of those moments in which everything changed. On February 9, 1964, The Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, setting Beatlemania into full gear and sparking a cultural shift that still echoes today. Photojournalist Bill Eppridge documented the Fab Four’s first tour of the United States for Life magazine, taking “Three thousand images on 90 rolls of film” — only four of which ended up being printed in the publication at the time.


Ginko 1, 2015, cyanotype, 3’ x 2’.

Ginko 1, 2015, cyanotype, 3’ x 2’.


FEELING BLUE IN VERMONT

To view Tom Fels’ cyanotypes this January at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts (MGFA) is to enter a magic kingdom, a secret world of trees and leaves revealed by alchemy.