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Garments of Grass and Flowers Fuse Jeanne Simmons’s Body to the Landscape

“Grass Cocoon” (2018). All images © Jeanne Simmons, shared with permission “When we spend a lot of time in a place, and if we are paying attention, a kind of intimacy develops,” says Jeanne Simmons. The artist, who’s based in the Pacific Northwest, grounds her practice in this sense of familiarity and ease with her surroundings. “We come to know the...

Fold an Elaborate Origami Menagerie with DIY Instructions from Jo Nakashima

All images © Jo Nakashima Since 2010, Brazilian origami artist Jo Nakashima has amassed a trove of original designs ranging from modular cubes and kinetic works to multicolor, angular wildlife. His creations require just a single sheet of double-sided paper and a deft hand and vary in complexity: Nakashima marks the eagle with pleated wings, quacking...

A Monograph Gathers Dozens of Jolly, Anxious, and Relatable Characters by Artist Jean Jullien

“Pepe the Weekender” (2018), made for Lieux Mouvants. Image © Nicole Zezig. All images courtesy of Phaidon, shared with permission It’s easy to recognize the quirky, joyful characters of French artist Jean Jullien. Whether looming over a park or gracing a deck of cards, his dodgy dogs, smirking fish, and mischievous tree-climbers are cartoonish in...

In ‘Forothermore,’ Artist Nick Cave Harnesses the Power of Beauty and Art to Inspire Change

Soundsuits. All photos by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago, shared with permission From floral Soundsuits and found-object sculptures to a multicolor web of millions of pony beads, Forothermore surveys the 30-plus-year career of artist Nick Cave. The retrospective, which draws its name from “forevermore” and “for others,” opened last week at the Museum of...

Seven Artists Crack Open the Art of Printed Matter in ‘Bookworks’

Guy Laramée, “Encyclopedie Larousse” (detail), carved books, pigments, inks, and metal clip. All images courtesy of James Freeman Gallery Books have beguiled us since they first emerged in the form of ancient scrolls and codices around the world. The way we access, utilize, and enjoy reading material has seen technological transformation over the centuries,...

Over 100 Young Crocodiles Find Refuge on Their Father’s Back in India’s Chambal River

All images © Dhritiman Mukherjee, shared with permission The gharial, a large crocodile with a distinctive bulge on its snout, is critically endangered in the wild, with researchers counting only a few hundred individuals in 2017. Living primarily in the rivers of Nepal and India, the scaly reptiles saw a rapid decline since the 1930s due to overfishing...

Repurposed Stained Glass Comprises a Disorienting Illuminated Greenhouse by Heywood & Condie

All images © Heywood & Condie, shared with permission A brilliant greenhouse suffused with a rich spectrum of color stands at 25 Porchester Place in London. Bathed in sunlight by day and illuminated by LED bulbs at night, the translucent structure is lined with a disorienting collage of Christian iconography and folkloric imagery: saintly figures...

Six Years In the Making, the Elaborate ‘Grand Jardin’ by Lisa Nilsson Pushes the Boundaries of Paper

“Grand Jardin” detail (2016-2022). Image © Lisa Nilsson. All images courtesy of the artist, shared with permission Lisa Nilsson (previously) has spent years perfecting a technique known as quilling in which thin strips of paper are rolled into coils and then pinched and nudged into shape in a process she likens to completing a puzzle. With a history...

SVA’s Continuing Education Courses Begin June 6

Artwork by Eugenia Mello, Illustration Residency Alumnus, SVA Whether it’s to advance your career or try something new, SVACE offers more than 230 online and in-person offerings to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view the courses, which begin on June 6. Online and in-person courses are available in: Advertising Animation Art & Activism Design...

Aerial Photos by Bernhard Lang Capture the Largest Aircraft Boneyard in the World

All images © Bernhard Lang, shared with permission Housing the largest aircraft and missile facility around the globe, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson is a trove of aviation history. The Arizona boneyard is responsible for nearly 4,000 vehicles that are maintained, recycled for parts, and stored across miles of the dry, desert landscape....

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