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Quay Brothers Retrospective at MoMA. Robert Barker/Cornell University Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets, at the Museum of Modern Art, features this décor “They Think They’re Alone,” from the film “Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies.”

Quay Brothers Retrospective at MoMA

More Photos » Twelve Artists Who Make Marfa, Texas, a Cultural Destination. One expects to encounter the Milanese fashion brand’s storefronts in such chic locations as Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and Paris’s Rue Saint-Honoré, but what about finding a Prada boutique just off U.S.

Twelve Artists Who Make Marfa, Texas, a Cultural Destination

Highway 90, a mile west of Valentine, Texas? Such is what the Scandinavian-born, Berlin-based artist collaborators Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset set out to achieve in the fall of 2005 with their permanently installed sculpture aptly entitled Prada Marfa, which actually stands some 30 miles outside of Marfa. The boutique’s resemblance to its major-city counterparts, however, is purely external; visitors are not invited to enter the installation. Join the Crew of Tom Sachs's DIY Mission to Mars at Park Avenue Armory. Tom Sachs, dressed in khakis and a white short-sleeve collared shirt complete with pocket protector, stood at a control panel in the front of the Park Avenue Armory’s cavernous Wade Thompson Drill Hall, his face lit by a bank of dozens of television monitors.

Join the Crew of Tom Sachs's DIY Mission to Mars at Park Avenue Armory

Slowly, deliberately, the artist called out over walkie-talkie to his similarly uniformed assistants spread throughout the mammoth hall — “Camera one, okay, camera two. Rockets. Camera four. Space.” A video sequence gradually filled the central monitor depicting a space shuttle taking off from its launch pad, gushing smoke. Sachs has filled the Armory with an installation that tells the narrative of his personal mission to Mars, an obsessive, warped, and funny replication of everything from the Apollo Lunar Module to a handmade moon rover and a space-friendly Japanese teahouse (they have to take their human culture with them to Mars, one attendant commented).

Visitors to the Armory are welcome to pretend right along. Shock-seekers snap up new Aussie art dare. Smell This Shit – It’s Art. A truly interactive exhibit at this Aussie museum has visitors gagging, as reported by Reuters: Smelling excrement may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but for those who like to push the boundaries, Australia’s most controversial new museum may be just what they are looking for.Dubbed “the subversive adult Disneyland”, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is located in Tasmania and features around 400 works of art from Egyptian mummies to Young British Artists including Chris Ofili and Jenny Saville.

Smell This Shit – It’s Art

MONA. How China Went from Art-Market Afterthought to World Auction Superpower. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New Guidebook. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Enticements from the new Met guide: “Hypocrite and Slanderer,” above; “Kneeling Bull Holding a Spouted Vessel,” right; and “Aquamanile Depicting Aristotle and Phyllis.”

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New Guidebook

You may think that guidebooks put out by museums to highlight their most prized possessions should be on the endangered list too. Or maybe not. ‘The Dawn of Egyptian Art’ at the Metropolitan Museum. Karsten Moran for The New York Times A detail of a sculpture of a bound captive that formed part of a temple threshold on display in the “Dawn of Egyptian Art” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.

‘The Dawn of Egyptian Art’ at the Metropolitan Museum

More Photos » This style’s consistency is, if you think about it, frightening. It bespeaks an authoritarian power that was consolidated under the first Pharaoh around 3100 B.C., and that, despite political ups and downs, maintained a firm grip on the country’s aesthetic program for nearly three millenniums. The duration of Egyptian art may dull curiosity about how it began, since it is hard imagining a time when it didn’t exist. This is demonstrated by “The Dawn of Egyptian Art,” a sublime, view-shifting exhibition at the dominated foremost by small, startlingly personable sculptures and vessels from around 3900 to 2649 B.C. Guggenheim and UBS Project Plan Cross-Cultural Program. ‘Colorful Realm,’ Works by Ito Jakuchu at National Gallery. These thoughts were crystallized for me by one of the most beautiful exhibitions I have ever seen: “Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800)” at the National Gallery of Art here.

‘Colorful Realm,’ Works by Ito Jakuchu at National Gallery

The show brings together for the first time outside of Japan two parts of a suite of paintings that Ito Jakuchu (pronounced ee-toe ja-ku-chu) made for the Shokokuji monastery in Kyoto. Created between 1757 and 1766, it consisted primarily of 30 bird-and-flower scroll paintings collectively called “Colorful Realm of Living Beings.” Gallery: Programs: Japan Society. ExhibitionMarch 7, 2014–June 8, 2014 "A radically reorienting show…gives you a new way to navigate Japanese art.

Gallery: Programs: Japan Society

" - The New York Times. Functional Arts: Indonesian Art. In Texas, a Tradition of Museums That Showcase the Quirky. ‘In Vibrant Color’ - Harry Warnecke - National Portrait Gallery. ¶“I Love Lucy” wouldn’t have been as funny in color.

‘In Vibrant Color’ - Harry Warnecke - National Portrait Gallery

¶Gen. George S. Patton wouldn’t have been as fearsome in color. ¶Charlie McCarthy wouldn’t have been as believable in color. ¶Cowboys ought always to be photographed in black and white after the age of 30. The exhibition is called “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits From the Harry Warnecke Studio,” and it consists of color photographic portraits of 24 noteworthy people from the last century whom we’re more accustomed to seeing in black and white.

Lucille Ball is there, and Jimmy Durante, and Laurel and Hardy. Warnecke, who died in 1984, was a photographer for The Daily News in New York who understood early — in the 1930s — that a newspaper with a color photograph in it would have an edge over the competition. Though various forms of color photography had existed for decades, the Everyman color snapshot was still a ways off, and certainly a color print in a newspaper was a rarity. W. Russian Real Estate Magnate Takes on Putin With Appropriation Art Show on the Upper East Side. Most people don’t associate Russian protest art with mansions on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but Soviet-born real-estate-developer-turned-art-collector-turned-artist Janna Bullock found a fitting venue for her installation, “Allegories & Experiences,” in the bare space of a Beaux Arts house on East 82nd Street.

Russian Real Estate Magnate Takes on Putin With Appropriation Art Show on the Upper East Side

Sparked by the massive demonstrations in Russia in late 2011, the exhibition — Bullock's response to the 12-year rule of Vladimir Putin — is timed to coincide with the country’s March 4 presidential elections. "The latest developments are quite fascinating and I think as with any dictatorship, no matter how bulletproof it seems, it comes to an end," Bullock says, explaining the motivation behind the work. "And it is my responsibility – and the responsibility of anybody who has position, knowledge, expertise, and will – to make sure that people understand that dictatorship is not forever and they have to stand up for themselves and they have to speak.

" ‘The Steins Collect,’ Matisse and Picasso, at the Met. 2012 Whitney Biennial. Smithsonian making 3D models of items from its collection. What do you do when you're the world's largest museum but can display only two percent of the 137 million items in your collection (a mere 2.75 million) at any given time? In an effort to get more of their treasures into the public eye, specialists at the Smithsonian Institution's 19 collective museums and galleries hit upon the solution of digitizing their collection and 3D printing key models and displays suitable for traveling exhibitions.

It's a tall order, but one that's sure to give the rapidly blooming business of additive manufacturing a huge boost. View all In the past, whenever curators wanted to duplicate an object, they turned to traditional rubber molds and plaster casts. Now, with the Smithsonian's budding digitization initiative coming up to speed, teams can deploy expensive minimally-invasive laser scanners to generate virtual models of items in the collection with micron-level accuracy.

Source: SPAR Point Group via CNET. Burgonet. This masterpiece of Renaissance metalwork is signed on the browplate by Filippo Negroli, whose embossed armor was praised by sixteenth-century writers as "miraculous" and deserving "immortal merit. " "Chambord" ‘The Ungovernables - 2012 New Museum Triennial’ Librado Romero/The New York Times The Ungovernables: 2012 New Museum Triennial Danh Vo's “We the People,” copper fragments of a full-size replica of the Statue of Liberty, is featured in this triennial. More Photos » How true this is of their art turns out to be highly debatable, but the show does look and feel different from its moody, jangly predecessor. Writing in the catalog, the curator, Eungie Joo, director of education and public programs at the New Museum, sets the 2012 triennial in the context of, among other things, the recent Occupy movement. The reference is getting old now, but you can see its point.

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