Mood art at the Microsoft Research Center

April 1st, 2020

An art installation that smiles back Programmed to react to human expression, Ada is driven by artificial intelligence in real time, offering multiple opportunities for participants to interact with the sculpture, which changes color and light depending on the mood in the room. Photos: Jake Knapp. Walk into the atrium of Building 99, a Microsoft […]

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Arc de Triomphe: it’s a wrap

March 1st, 2020

From Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, 2020, the Arc de Triomphe will be transformed by the artist Christo. Photos: André Grossmann; © 2019 Christo. Christo, the artist known for environmental art installations, is returning to Paris for an exciting new project, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de l’Étoile-Charles de Gaulle). The idea […]

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From folklore to decor

October 1st, 2019

Tribal art, rooted in folklore, translates beautifully to contemporary designs for home decor. Photos: Tales on Silk. Artist Santosh Maravi is from a village called Gaarkarmatta in Madhya Pradesh, a large province in central India. His art form is Gond, a type of tribal painting that dates back centuries to when people created designs on […]

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Sculpture in the sky

September 1st, 2019

To celebrate the many beautiful and historic places in Massachusetts preserved by The Trustees, artist Doug Aitken created a continuous, flowing art event. His balloon sculpture provided a lens that enabled people to see their environment in a unique new way. Photo: Doug Aitken Workshop and The Trustees. The summer road trip—everything packed into the […]

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Memories and history in thread and paper

July 1st, 2019

Viewed either from the ground floor looking up or from an upper balcony looking out, the cloudlike installation “Beyond Memory” at the Gropius Bau museum created a sense of wonder and a glimpse into history. Photo: Mathias Völzke, courtesy the artist & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Berlin’s historic museum Gropius Bau was recently the setting […]

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Tree stump sculptures made from fabric

September 1st, 2018

The inspiration for artist Tamara Kostianovsky’s fabric sculptures comes from an unlikely place. As a young girl, she worked in a surgeon’s office where she encountered the human body in ways most of us never do, seeing the world beneath the skin—veins, ligaments, muscles and chunks of fat. The colors, texture and movement fascinated her. […]

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ETFE roof tops wooden zeppelin at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

July 30th, 2018

Established in a former factory, Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has a fresh, modern sensibility. Its square corners, austere white concrete walls and large windows create an ideal backdrop for the exciting and thought-provoking works of art on display. But there is a surprise on the roof. A giant zeppelin-like structure seems to have […]

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Textile sculptures detail beauty and fragility

June 1st, 2018

Textile artist Jannick Deslauriers takes delicate fabrics and creates detailed sculptures of objects that seem to be lost in time, broken and decaying. Her work evokes a sense of the ephemeral nature of commonplace items that we assume are solid and unchanging—telephone poles, an apartment building or a piano, for example. The Montreal-based artist’s recent […]

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Folded fabric sculpture

February 1st, 2018

The London Design Festival is an annual event that promotes London as the design capital of the world. It showcases the exciting and often cutting-edge work of artists, architects and designers at exhibits and installations in locations around the city. The Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design, was the […]

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Immigration art in Minnesota skyways

February 1st, 2018

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The call to “huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” has been a source of inspiration for people around the world to emigrate for a better life. Artist Nancy Ann Coyne wanted to explore the meaning of home for immigrants in Minnesota. A native New Yorker, Coyne was also […]

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