Photo Essays

Post image for Exploring an Expanded Field at the Outsider Art Fair

Nowhere can you feel the silliness (and yet cloying realness) of the term “outsider art” more distinctly than at the Outsider Art Fair, which, by its very nature, is an insiders’ affair.

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Post image for A Vibrant Portrait of Liberia in GIFs

In Monrovia Animated, Beaurain has produced an unusual form of GIF-as-documentary photo, one that brings to life a far-off locale and makes us consider it in a way we’ve rarely been asked to before.

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Post image for Capturing the Human Body in All Its Awkwardness

Ulrich Seidl: Stills 1998– 2014, an exhibition of Austrian director Ulrich Seidl’s film stills currently on view at OstLicht Gallery in Vienna, showcases the filmmaker’s particular relationship to the aesthetics of the imperfect human body.

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Photo Essays

12 Marble Snowmen Laugh at Snowmageddon

by Vic Vaiana on January 27, 2015

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Serendipitously anticipating the city’s underwhelming blizzard, a troupe of marble snowmen — the latest installment in Swiss artist Peter Regli’s Reality Hacking series — was installed in Manhattan near Madison Square Park this past Sunday.

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Post image for A Second Act for Brooklyn’s Extravagant Kings Theatre

“Brooklyn, the county of kings, has cleaned off its crown, and it’s the Kings Theatre,” Borough President Eric Adams proclaimed during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Post image for When the Weather Gives You Snowmageddon, Make Art Snowmen

As we hunker down in anticipation of what will almost certainly be a less dramatic snowstorm than some are predicting, and begin to formulate plans for the construction of snowpersons that will immediately follow, we offer you this brief and necessarily incomplete survey of artists’ snowmen for inspiration.

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Post image for At Metro Curates Fair, Ceramic Poodles, Secret Society Chairs, and Everything in Between

For its fourth year, the annual, moderately sized Metro Show, now rechristened Metro Curates, opened Wednesday with an eclectic mix of folk and vernacular art, contemporary fare, indigenous artifacts, textiles, and a wealth of Americana.

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Post image for Catching Subway Riders in the Act of Reading

For bibliophiles and generally nosy people, one of the worst things about the rise of e-books and e-readers is that they don’t have distinct covers.

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Post image for Hale Woodruff’s Vibrant Murals Immortalize African-American History

If you’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s movie Amistad, you already know this story: in 1838, a 25-year-old enslaved Mendeian named Cinque led a successful revolt aboard the Spanish slave ship La Amistad.

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Post image for Surreal Japanese Illustrations Capture the Spirit of Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Although adults may misremember them as light children’s stories, the 19th-century fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen commonly deal with themes of loneliness, forced journeys far from home, and the precariousness of existence.

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