Sum of the Arts is a periodic tabulation of numbers floating around the art world and beyond.
- Years Botticelli fell out of fashion after his death in 1510 = 250
- Percentage of the streets in Paris named for historic women = 2.6
- Seconds London’s Big Ben clock has been running fast this month = 6
- Percentage of the US coastline covered in concrete = 14
- Number of abandoned baby carriages artist Nari Ward found on the streets, which he later installed in an exhibition about motherhood at Milan’s Palazzo Reale = 280
- Pounds of unsalted O-At-Ka Butter in the 2015 New York State Fair’s crowning butter sculpture, which includes the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls = 800
- Number of messages in bottles thrown by a scientist into England’s North Sea between 1904 and 1906 = 1,020 (one of which was discovered this month, the oldest message in a bottle ever found)
- Gallons of water in the on-stage river for the dance-theater performance Pearl at Lincoln Center = 4,200
- Number of people Olafur Eliasson estimates will cross his new five-platform Cirkelbroen bridge every day in Copenhagen = 5,000
- Tons of copper ore buried beneath the ancient ruins of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan = 12,500,000
Cammie Tipton-Amini’s opinion piece “When Ukraine Was Newly Independent and Everything Was Possible” employs simplistic whataboutism that dangerously echoes Putin’s lies.
Anthony Banua-Simon’s documentary Cane Fire contrasts decades of Hollywood images of his home with its current reality.
Now on view in Pasadena, this exhibition explores how four artists challenged the limitations of gestural abstraction by exploiting the resonance of figural forms.
Michelle Segre’s art is truer to the actual world we live in than to the ideal one proposed and refined by the art world and its institutions.
The school’s 2022 cohort was encouraged to fail, get messy, and try new things.
Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art Presents A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
This new exhibition in Evanston, Illinois considers how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence for more than a century.
Protesters held signs that read “If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM” and “Abolish SCOTUS, Not Abortions!”
Define American has named the fourth cohort of its annual fellowship, which gives grants and career development opportunities to five artists.
Guest curated by Alison Burstein, An Asterism* at the school’s Kellen Gallery in NYC features the work of 15 multidisciplinary artists, on view from May 16 through May 27.
The site of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes has a strict no-photos policy.
Her short film Freshwater is now playing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
In the artist’s new exhibition, Black moves away from her signature representation of commercial goods to celebrating the labors behind everyday life.