The annual Halloween parade in the city of Kawasaki, Japan usually includes thousands of human participants, but few living paintings. However, this year’s event included a cadre of possessed masterworks who miraculously stumbled into the streets of the Greater Tokyo Area wearing fishnet stockings and heels.
What ghoulish specters of art history’s past appeared in the Kanagawa Prefecture this weekend? A self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” and Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
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Joining the ranks of these canonical saints of art history is the messiah himself, Beast Jesus. Apart from his relationship to Jesus Christ, Beast Jesus is known for his own set of miracles. Among other things, the botched fresco painting has spurred a comical opera, saved a small Spanish town, and founded a small museum. And shockingly, this is not the first time that a Beast Jesus costume has made headlines. This may, however, be the first time we’ve seen the distorted image of Christ championed amongst some of Western art’s greatest hits. At least these possessed paintings didn’t have to stay completely still through the entire parade.
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This year’s show is the first since a tumultuous 2019 edition rocked by protests over former trustee Warren B. Kanders’s connections to tear gas manufacturing.
The close, careful, and subtle observation I found this year is representative of precisely why I continue to gravitate to this fair.
Featuring underwater recordings from around the world, this immersive, site-specific installation is on view at the Lenfest Center for the Arts in NYC from February 3 to 13.
How do we counter stereotypes about Black mothers, while stressing the importance of memory, determination, love, and corporeality?
With two stellar retrospectives, one time-based installation, and several commissions by local artists, the Phillips Collection has dedicated its galleries to highlighting abstract work by Black artists.
BRIC’s multidisciplinary program in Brooklyn has cohorts in Contemporary Art, Film & TV, Performing Arts, and Video Art. Applications are due March 10.
As we begin a new year, a small moment on Queer Eye makes me think about the profound effect our stories can have on each other.
Some have criticized the racist monument’s planned relocation to North Dakota, near land seized from Indigenous people.
A group called the Boriken Libertarian Forces toppled the monument hours before King Felipe VI of Spain’s visit.
Still resonating with relevance, William Gropper’s incisive cartoons in defense of the WPA go on auction at New York’s Swann Galleries together with other works by celebrated WPA artists.
Archeologists excavating in Nijmegen, the Netherland’s oldest city, found the bowl in pristine condition.