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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 Roving International Art Fest Kicks Off with Ragnar Kjartansson in Toronto

TORONTO — If pain can be funny, and funny things are sometimes painful, then Villa Toronto was off to a hilariously macabre start on Friday night. Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson held court at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), offering “an evening of misery,” complete with sad songs and black humor.

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Post image for With a Bridge for a Screen, Artists Bring a Rainbow to Brooklyn

Most days the underside of the Smith-9th Street subway bridge over the Gowanus Canal is a tangle of ungainly gray beams, but this week it has been aglow in bold colors every night.

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Post image for How Many DC Bureaucrats Does It Take to Fix a Calder Mobile?

It may sound like the beginning of a joke, but members of the US Senate are pondering the mobility of an Alexander Calder mobile.

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Post image for Timber! Towering Wooden Sculpture Breaks in “European Cultural Capital”

Mons, a city in Belgium that’s been designated the “European Capital of Culture” for 2015, saw its year in the spotlight get off to a rocky start after one of its marquee commissions collapsed.

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Post image for Guerilla Sculpture Critiques Big-Budget Public Art Commission

An anonymous work of protest art appeared on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City on Wednesday morning, but unlike much of the protest art that has been seen on the streets of US cities lately, this one targeted a very local and specific issue: Another work of public art.

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Post image for Women Artists Dominate in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Sculpture Park

MIAMI BEACH — Amid all the predictable fare in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public sector, installed in Collins Park alongside the Bass Museum of Art — your Ernesto Neto hammock contraption, your Justin Matherly concrete-and-walker figure, your shiny bronze Elmgreen & Dragset provocation, your Georg Baselitz primitivist giant — is a set of bravura works by women artists.

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Post image for How Mosaics Are Shaping Haiti’s Future

When the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti, it leveled much of Jacmel’s colonial architecture, and the streets were given over to piles of rubble. In the wake of this disaster, visitors to the country’s cultural capital might be surprised to find that dozens of mosaics now enliven its walls, plazas, and public seating areas.

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Post image for Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city’s art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Post image for Feminists and WWII Museum Reach Armistice in Battle Over Controversial Statue

A French feminist organization has scored a partial victory in its petition to have a sculpture it claims is sexist removed from the exterior of the Mémorial de Caen, a World War II memorial and museum in the Lower Normandy city.

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