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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...

‘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...

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...

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Nick Cave Welcomes Us to Facility, His Multifunction Space in Chicago

Nick Cave: ‘When I realized that I was a messenger, that liberated me from everything.’ The Chicago-based artist on working from a place of purpose In this episode of ‘Meet the artists’, Art Basel visits Nick Cave in his Chicago live-work and exhibition space. Named Facility, it serves as a cultural capsule, a place for...

5 Facts to Take You Deeper into Botticelli’s “Allegory of Spring”
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5 Facts to Take You Deeper into Botticelli’s “Allegory of Spring”

Sando Botticelli’s Primavera, or Allegory of Spring, painted in the ‎late fifteenth century, is one of the most admired, yet controversial, paintings in the world. A perennial celebration of the most vibrant season, it evokes the spirit of spring through its depictions of figures from classical mythology. Standing in a grove, from left to right, we can see...

Security Guards Curate Exhibit at Baltimore Museum of Art
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Security Guards Curate Exhibit at Baltimore Museum of Art

Museums don’t usually need seventeen curators to mount one exhibit, but that’s how many worked on an eclectic new show at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Exclusively curated by museum guards, Guarding the Art features nearly thirty works of art handpicked from the BMA’s collection. “Our security officers spend more time in our galleries and living among our...