See how countries are representing themselves at the “Olympics of the art world” with this tour from the media preview of the 57th Venice Biennale, which opens Saturday. For just the second time in its history, the Baltimore Museum of Art is presenting the U.S. entry in the competition. The theme is “Viva Arte Viva”.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu, 81, recently opened her exhibition in Johannesburg at the Melrose Gallery, where her series of artwork inspired by Nelson Mandela was unveiled on March 1. The artist has produced six paintings reproduced from drawings created by Mandela in her signature Ndebele style. The exhibition will include previous work by Mahlangu.
The ‘Beyond Limits’ exhibition features nineteen monumental sculptures from leading artists including: Zaha Hadid, Cristina Iglesias, Bruce Munro, Lynn Chadwick, Joana Vasconcelos, Aristide Maillol and Richard Hudson. The exhibition is spread across the grounds of Chatsworth, the ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Patrick Dougherty constructs a sculptural installation “The Wild Rumpus,” from branches and sticks on the grounds of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass.
Three weeks before flood waters raged through the streets of historic Ellicott City, artists perched on its sidewalks and hillsides to paint what they saw, sights, it turned out, that in many cases may never look quite the same again.
Forming a unique composite of how the area appeared right before the disaster, the dozens of works created during the Howard County Arts Council‘s annual plein air paint out are also providing a means to help artists recover from it.
In storefront shutters designed to keep people out, the Mexico City government saw opportunity to draw people in. Around the capital’s historic center, artists commissioned by the city have painted colorful, fanciful faces on once drab doors, which officials hope helps revitalize public spaces.
Jackie Treehorn’s pad is becoming part of an art museum? “Far out,” we hear The Dude gasping. The living room that the film “The Big Lebowski” set in Malibu is, in real life, in the hills, not by the beach. Now, the convention- and gravity-defying home its part of, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple John Lautner, is being donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which plans to use it for fundraisers, exhibitions, conferences, and collaborations with other museums, the L.A. Times reports. In a Times column, the museum’s director called it “one of the most important houses in all of L.A.” and “one of the most L.A. houses.”
Baltimore is one of the latest world cities to be turned on to large-scale artistic light displays. The inaugural Light City Baltimore, modeled after the Vivid Sydney festival in Australia, is planned for seven days this spring. These photos of the Sydney festival and six others around the world offer a glimpse of the type of treatments the Inner Harbor and locations in five city neighborhoods might get.