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Julien Ceccaldi’s Anxious Anime
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Julien Ceccaldi’s Anxious Anime

In the lush hills of Malibu, California, green from a fresh bout of winter rain, a rail-thin man had just wet himself. It was January 2016 and the character, illustrated by artist Julien Ceccaldi, stood grinning at the entrance to Paramount Ranch – a Western saloon town movie set – as he peed his pants...

Postwar Art Specialist Franck Prazan Has Long Gambled on the Rediscovery of Forgotten Painters – and It’s Paid Off
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Postwar Art Specialist Franck Prazan Has Long Gambled on the Rediscovery of Forgotten Painters – and It’s Paid Off

As soon as you step foot in the gallery, you’re transported back in time, back to the Postwar period in the Paris neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, surrounded by the era’s best artists. Nicolas De Staël, Jean Dubuffet, Victor Brauner, and Jean Fautrier can all be found at Applicat-Prazan. It’s a two-part time capsule, with one outpost on Rue de Seine and, since...

ChatGPT, DALL-E 2 and the Collapse of the Creative Process
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ChatGPT, DALL-E 2 and the Collapse of the Creative Process

In 2022, OpenAI – one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence research laboratories – released the text generator ChatGPT and the image generator DALL-E 2. While both programs represent monumental leaps in natural language processing and image generation, they’ve also been met with apprehension. Some critics have eulogized the college essay, while others have even...

‘Reckless Rolodex’ Opens This Week at UIC’s Gallery 400
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‘Reckless Rolodex’ Opens This Week at UIC’s Gallery 400

Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago will host “Reckless Rolodex,” a group exhibition from Jan. 13 until March 18 that celebrates the influence of the Chicago-based performance artist Lawrence Steger. Steger, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1961 and died in Chicago in 1999, will be honored by the work of...

Richard Avedon, Truman Capote and the Brutality of Photography
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Richard Avedon, Truman Capote and the Brutality of Photography

What obligation does a portrait photographer have to their subject? Is it their duty to cast that person in the best light, or the most revealing light? As chief curator at the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, I have worked with the images of fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon on a handful...

Ousmane Sembène at 100: A Tribute to Senegal’s ‘Father of African Cinema’
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Ousmane Sembène at 100: A Tribute to Senegal’s ‘Father of African Cinema’

1 January 2023 marked the centenary of the birth of Ousmane Sembène, the Senegalese novelist and filmmaker hailed as the “father of African cinema”. Over the course of five decades Sembène published 10 books and directed 12 films across three distinct periods. He has been celebrated for his beautifully crafted political works, which range in...

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Islamic Paintings of the Prophet Muhammad Are an Important Piece of History – Here’s Why Art Historians Teach Them

Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently dismissed Erika López Prater, an adjunct faculty member, for showing two historical Islamic paintings of the Prophet Muhammad in her global survey of art history. Following complaints from some Muslim students, university administrators described such images as disrespectful and Islamophobic. While many Muslims today believe it is inappropriate...

What Is Bad Art?
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What Is Bad Art?

Nina Childress sits down with Thomas Chatterton Williams to discuss painting, punk, and the politics of bad taste. The French-American artist Nina Childress has built a decades-spanning career around the indefatigable interrogation of ‘bad’ art and taste. Shaped by the rebellious spirit of punk rock, her approach has always been heterodox and fluid. Since the...

One Work: Error by Fabrice Hyber
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One Work: Error by Fabrice Hyber

As his solo exhibition opened at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, the artist explains his fascination with the evolution of living species. ‘I made Error (2022) this summer, for a group exhibition at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS, focusing on the theme of seeds. As in all my work, I wanted to tell a story: the story of seeds, from...

Against the Odds: the Quiet Triumph of Lagos’s Art Scene
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Against the Odds: The Quiet Triumph of Lagos’s Art Scene

In 2017, after a year of studying photography and fine art at Parsons School of Design in New York, Nigerian-born painter Stephanie Unaeze had a decision to make. She could choose to stay in the US and pursue a career there. After all, in just one year, she had already shown in two group exhibitions and hosted...