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In ‘Kiosk,’ Visit the Tiny Disappearing Urban Shops of Eastern Europe

UFO, a two-module ‘Bathyscaphe’ in Biała Podlaska, Poland. All images © David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka, courtesy of Zupagrafika, shared with permission If you were born in the past three or four decades, you may not remember much about the former Eastern Bloc, a group of countries aligned politically and economically with the Soviet Union, or USSR,...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 18:15
Xenobia Bailey Envisions a Distinctly African American Aesthetic One Crochet Stitch at a Time

“Sistah Paradise’s Great Walls of Fire Revival Tent” (1993/1999/2009), hand-crocheted cotton and acrylic yarns, metal frame, electrical tape, and cowry shells, 144 x 60 x 60 inches. All images © Xenobia Bailey, courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan, shared with permission From bright yarns, pony beads, and cowry shells, artist and activist Xenobia Bailey...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 13:18
Birds Star in Spectacular Scenes for This Year’s Audubon Photography Awards

“Blackburnian Warbler” by Mathew Malwitz, Audubon Photography Awards, 2024 Grand Prize Winner. Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania, USA 2024 marks the 15th year of the annual Audubon Photography Awards, which garnered over 2,300 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 10 areas in Canada. Highlighting a wide range of skills from youth photographers...

Thu Jun 20, 2024 22:19
Sobé’s Morphing Portraits Articulate the Nuances of Gender Identity

“We’wha” (2022), acrylic on ledger, 18 ¾ x 18 7/16 inches. Photos by David Kukla. All images © Sobé, courtesy of Participant Inc, shared with permission The Pueblo of Zuni rests along the Western border of New Mexico, about 150 miles from Albuquerque. Well-known for mastering artisanal techniques such as inlaid silverwork, stone carving, beadwork,...

Thu Jun 20, 2024 17:18
Amy Feigley-Lee Plays with Perception in Vintage Wallpaper Sculptures

“Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #36” (2024), found wallpaper on birch panel, 36 x 48 x 8 inches. Photo by Tim Johnson. All images © Amy Feigley-Lee, shared with permission From a distance, Amy Feigley-Lee’s colorful compositions are ambiguous and alluring. Are they woven? Protruding? Hollow? The closer one moves, details of meticulously-layered strips...

Tue Jun 18, 2024 19:17
In ‘A Collective Glow,’ Gigi Chen’s Surreal Acrylic Paintings Channel Togetherness and Safety

“From Above” (2023), acrylic on wood, 15 x 11 ⅛ inches. All images © Gigi Chen, shared with permission Bluebirds are often associated with happiness, love, hope, and positivity, making them an apt subject for New York-based artist Gigi Chen (previously), whose surreal paintings of wildlife merge the animal kingdom with symbols of home, comfort, and...

Tue Jun 18, 2024 13:16

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