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Heady teases of psychedelia, glittering synths, celebratory reggae and more music from the week Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston Singer-songwriter for Toots & The Maytals, multi-instrumentalist and reggae pioneer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has passed away in Kingston, Jamaica—the birthplace of the music he helped create. His 1968 song “Do...

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

AR performances, AI photography, museums updates and more art news from around the web Marco Brambilla’s Free “The Four Temperaments” AR App Experience Starring Cate Blanchett On view at Berlin’s Michael Fuchs Galerie, video installation artist Marco Brambilla’s The Four Temperaments exhibition and sound installation explores four sets of distinct character...

United Shapes: Fractalvision

From Austin’s oddball indie-pop duo United Shapes comes “Fractalvision,” another mind-bending invitation to their forthcoming “first-ever studio album” (but ninth album overall), Compound Shapes (out 16 October). “We didn’t want the album to be about the compound words in the titles in a literal sense,” singer/multi-instrumentalist Joseph Devens explains...

Highlights From the London Design Festival 2020

From large-scale installations to covetable homewares, eight exemplary debuts this week An annual extravaganza of thought-provoking work, elevated dialogue and exploration, the London Design Festival showcases artistry and innovation from students and professionals alike. For this most uncommon of years, the festival cautiously proceeded, both online...

“Róisín Machine” Limited Edition Set

Róisín Murphy’s new album (her fifth solo release), Róisín Machine, comes on transparent blue vinyl in this limited edition set, which also includes a zine and signed photograph—and a T-shirt, should you opt in for that. Made with longtime collaborator DJ Parrot (aka Crooked Man, aka Richard Barratt), the album has been years in the making and explores...

Trevor Paglen + Kate Crawford’s AI Photography Exhibition, “Training Humans”

On view now at Fondazione Prada, Training Humans (a collaboration by artists Trevor Paglen and Kate Crawford) is the first-ever show dedicated to the training images used to teach artificial intelligence how to view people. They’re the lessons for learning how to “see” like us. Training Humans comprises photographs from the 1960s to the present, and...

Art21’s Milestone 10th Season of Documentary Series “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

For the landmark three-episode 10th season of Art21’s “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” 12 artists and one collective (including Anish Kapoor, Guan Xiao and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer) share their stories amidst a world in turmoil. Each episode focuses on one creative epicenter—London, Beijing and the border of Mexico and the United States—and addresses...

Yayoi Kusama La Grande Dame 2012 Champagne

Beloved artist Yayoi Kusama applies her uniquely whimsical vision to a limited edition gift box of Veuve Cliquot’s La Grande Dame 2012 Champagne, which features a label showcasing the artist’s speckles, too. For the collaboration, Kusama also produced a select number of colorful, twisting floral sculptures—though, as one may suspect, they’re not included...

Photographer Idara Ekpoh Captures the Radiance of Her Subjects

With an emphasis on empowerment and representation, this artist produces images she wishes she had seen growing up Phoenix, Arizona-based photographer Idara Ekpoh‘s career “started as a side hustle, and then I fell in love with capturing people,” she tells us, when we connected after her involvement in Apple’s briefing on the new iMac (which launched...

Gold Tone Pearl Earrings

All profits from the sale of these statement-making earrings go to Space For Giants, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the vast landscapes that elephants depend on for survival. These earrings feature genuine freshwater pearls and gold uneven orbs that appear almost liquid. Each pair is handmade in Leigh Miller’s Los Angeles...

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