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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...
Desire, self-betrayal, displacement, freedom of choice versus fate, sexual violence and power, coping with trauma, the mysticism of religion: God in Three Persons is a zenith in The Residents’ career-long exploration of these themes. As the infamous San Francisco-based rock band and art collective march into their sixth decade of existence, The Residents bring to the stage for the very first time what many fans consider among the best of their vast 60-album discography.  With every legend surrounding The Residents, there’s a little bit of mystery, a...
A Russian artist is facing six years in jail for posting LGBTQ+ rights and feminist posts on social media. Yulia Tsvetkova was recently put on house arrest and has been fined 50,000 rubels (or about 800 US dollars) under the charges of distributing “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” (despite the fact that her accounts were clearly labled at 18+ due to Russian law) as well as for the “production and dissemination of pornographic materials.” The 26-year-old theater maker’s accounts featured posts that championed female...
The New York City art scene has dramatically changed since the 1980s, and people are obsessed with that time period for a reason. Creativity existed for its own sake and was an integral part of artists' lifestyles. Artist dynamic duo Jadda Cat and Michael Alan of The Living Installation still live that kind of life. Their project maintains a raw punky format with similar energy to that of the downtown New York underground art scene. Jadda Cat studied art in Savannah, Georgia before moving to New...
You heard us right, a brand new art exhibition about reproductive justice is coming to New York City. Organized last year in the wake of the Southern state abortion bans by Project for Empty Space’s Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, “Abortion is Normal” opened at the Eva Presenhuber gallery late last week and is set to go up in a second location at Arsenal Contemporary on January 21st. Labeled as an “EMERGENCY” exhibition, “Abortion is Normal” seeks to explore accessibility, abortion as a form of...
I attended a reading of The School for Wives at Molière in the Park (MIP) in Brooklyn's Prospect Park back in November. Molière in the Park aims to bring free, excellent, and inclusive theater to Brooklyn. At this particular performance, Handmaid's Tale (and former BUST cover girl) Samira Wiley shone alongside Dominic Fumusa, Christopher Henry Coffey, Carter Redwood, and Tamara Sevunts. I interviewed the program's founding artistic director, Lucie Tiberghien, about the series, the reading, and her craft. Tiberghien is a French-American Brooklynite who directs. What is Molière in...