Arts

LOOKING AT ANNIE MONTGOMERIE’S pieces for the first time can be a bit disturbing. Her dolls—figures such as cats, dogs, cows, and bears—have such realistic-looking faces, you may think they are taxidermied. “I’ve had people ask if they were real quite a few times,” confirms Montgomerie. The mixed-media artist living in Dorchester, England, has been creating these pieces, displaying them in galleries, and selling them on Etsy, for the past six years. They can cost anywhere from $850 to $2,500 each, and are frequently snatched...
It was early April when I stumbled upon the fresh and spirited images of Brooklyn-based photographer Meg Stacker King on Instagram. Her feed offered up a much-needed infusion of fun and hope for a brighter, better future amidst the COVID crisis. A series of black and white photos that highlight the love and connection between parents and their children are part of Stacker King's quarantine inspired project titled We the Mamas.  Stacker King is a woman whose passion for both her craft and humanity presents a...

"My body is not pornography.” These are the words that are captioning many of the posts circulating Russia’s feminist social media right now. They’re written in support of Yulia Tsvetkova—a twenty-seven-year-old Russian artist and activist whose drawings of vaginas have landed her with criminal charges. If she is found guilty – which more than 99 percent of people who face court in Russia are – she will face six years in prison. Yulia Tsvetkova has become a symbol of the consequences of Russia’s push for “traditional...
With platforms such as Instagram, these days it's much easier to engage with artists from across the globe. While it's imperative to continue to #AmplifyMelanatedVoices one must also consider also how difficult it is to combat algorithms on a platform with one billion users. The works of these womxn are mesmerizing to say the least, yet still engaging. They educate us on experiences beyond our own, while in search for their own voice through their art.    @blackcollage_            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Thais Silva...
Following the protests occurring throughout the United States ignited by George Floyd’s murder, it is not uncommon to walk down the streets and be met with sights of shattered glass, damaged buildings, and broken windows. Responses to these changes in our cityscapes have been varied: some choose to focus on its destruction, while others have espied it as an opportunity for creativity. In the wake of protests, there has been a surge of graffiti artists taking to the streets to spread the movement’s message. Boarded-up windows...
Guess we won’t be able to virtually view this painting for a while. Vincent van Gogh’s 1884 painting, titled “Spring Garden” of the vicarage garden in Nuenen, was stolen around 3 am on Sunday night after thieves broke in during a Coronavirus lockdown. No other art pieces were stolen. Not much is known about who the burglars are, but we do know that they broke a glass door of the building to get in. Van Gogh’s painting was on loan to the Singer Laren museum...
Taking up a new hobby while stuck inside for an indefinite amount of time seems like a great idea, until you realize that maybe you while you totally have the capacity to teach yourself guitar, you don't actually own a guitar. Lucky for you, we've come up with some ideas about hobbies you can get into — no new purchases necessary. Even better, you probably already have the tools to get started on any of these. So if you're dying of quarantine boredom, read on.  1....
The first time I experienced Zilia Sánchez’s artwork was in 2018, and I’m furious about it. Lot 250: El silencio de Eros (Antigona) rose off the stark wall as if animate with breath beneath the canvas “skin.” (Sánchez calls the surface “bodies” of her signature stretched paintings.) There, showing briefly in a Sotheby’s contemporary art auction, before transferring from one private collection to another, I saw her. Lines, distinct as sculpted marble, formed a whisper of the tragic mythological figure Antigone. Her presence a flushed pink against a...
Yesterday, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara became the first women ever to win the Pritzker prize. Often referred to as the Nobel of architecture, the Pritzker is the most prestigious prize in the profession. The Dublin-based duo have been cited for their attention to detail, their ability to design both large and small buildings with varying budgets and for their sensitivity to nature. In an industry that has always been and still is male dominated, this is a huge win for women architects and for women...
Ancient vagina goddess Baubo is the perfect symbol of feminine power for our troubled times. Even to modern eyes, the terracotta statuettes are bizarre. Found in 1896 in the remains of a 5th-century BCE temple at the ancient Greek city of Priene, each figurine is different, but all feature a woman’s face, bedecked with an elaborate hairdo, situated directly atop a pair of chubby, childlike legs. In place of a chin, there is the well-defined cleft of a hairless vulva. But for one of the German...