The New Go-To Platform for Finding Artist Residencies

The New Go-To Platform for Finding Artist Residencies

Anyone who has ever tried to find an artist residency to apply to online knows it’s a difficult task. Despite the fact that there are dozens of online aggregators of residency programs, none claim to be comprehensive, most if not all are updated manually, and artists are hard-pressed to narrow down the multitude of opportunities to reflect their personal needs and preferences. On top of that, artists must monitor a plethora of open calls and application deadlines. On the other side of the table, the arts administrators who run these residencies are challenged with gaining online exposure for their programs and, of course, reaching great artists, which means frequently updating a myriad of online bulletin boards, social media channels, and email newsletters. Seeing the need for a digital solution, three young art world professionals recently got to work. Billed as “a unified search tool for residencies,” their forthcoming project, RES, is a web-based platform that will help facilitate artist residencies for artists and administrators alike. Read more

Wearable Art Collection of Viktor&Rolf

Wearable Art Collection of Viktor&Rolf

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The November–December issue of frieze is out now, with features on Rasheed Araeen, Matthew Brannon, and Anne Imhof; a survey of art, class and precarity; and a look at how a group of emerging female artists is exploring femininity as a marketing construct.

Work for Nothing: Anne Imhof
Following the artist’s recent solo shows at Kunsthalle Basel, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and MoMA PS1, New York, associate editor Pablo Larios explores the relationship between performance, painting and protest in the work of Anne Imhof. “When public space has become corporate property, and time has been rendered ‘efficient’ to serve productivity, it’s hard not to consider Imhof’s performances, with their extended periods of just ‘hanging out,’ as valorizing idle time.”

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In Conversation With the Architect Behind the Restoration of Mumbai’s Famous Rajabai Clock Tower

In Conversation With the Architect Behind the Restoration of Mumbai’s Famous Rajabai Clock Tower

Conservation architect Vikas Vedprakash Dilawari is the brains behind the restoration of several Mumbai gems, including the Bhau Daji Lad museum, Flora Fountain, Esplanade House, Alpaiwala Museum and the Lal Chimney Compound. Architects, located in Jawahar Nagar, Goregaon West; the company is owned by Vikas Vedprakash Dilawari, a 48-year-old Conservation Architect. The office is filled with young employees, some are busy working on their computers, others are taking prints and still others are rushing into the cabin inside for a discussion with their boss. Read more

BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART APPOINTS LANYA SNYDER ASSISTANT CURATOR

BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART APPOINTS LANYA SNYDER ASSISTANT CURATOR

The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida announced today that it has appointed Lanya Snyder as assistant curator. In her new role, Snyder will focus on the museum’s contemporary art programming and expanding its photography holdings.

Snyder, who studied photography at Bard College and who has organized exhibitions and shown her work at White Columns in New York, initially joined the museum in January as a curatorial assistant and has been working on developing its annual photography forum, with the goal of presenting work by emerging to mid-career photographers. The first exhibition in the series opens next fall. Read more

Please Turn On Your Phone in the Museum

Please Turn On Your Phone in the Museum

Earlier this year, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, visitors paraded through the fifth floor to see a retrospective dedicated to the abstract expressionist Frank Stella. Although many of the works on display were four or five decades old, in some ways the show felt tailor-made for the Instagram age: a riot of vibrant colors and textures, 20-foot-long reliefs, and sculptures as jagged and dynamic as 3-D graffiti.

Visitors one busy Saturday afternoon stopped in front of artworks, lined up shots on their phones, snapped a few photos, and then moved on to the next piece. Some paused briefly to consider a particular painting; more stared down at their screens, furiously filtering. Few noticed an elderly gentleman sitting on a bench in one of the smaller rooms, watching the crowd engage with his work. The only visitor in the gallery not clutching a phone was Stella himself.

Museum directors are grappling with how technology has changed the ways people engage with exhibits. But instead of fighting it, some institutions are using technology to convince the public that, far from becoming obsolete, museums are more vital than ever before. Here’s what those efforts look like. Read more

A Modern Surrealist Painter Picks Up Where Dalí Left Off

A Modern Surrealist Painter Picks Up Where Dalí Left Off

Rob Gonsalves is a 55-year-old Canadian of Portuguese descent who paints scenes that fill in the space somewhere in between everyday activities and hallucinations. His images contain dual representations of reality—with his particular artistry forming at the intersection between fantasy and nonfiction.

At just 12 years old, Gonsalves began acquiring perspective drawing skills and giving rise to imaginary structures on paper. Following a stint in architecture, he dedicated his practice entirely to painting when his work was enthusiastically received at the 1990 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Working just outside the surrealist realms of Salvador Dalí and Renê Margritte, his syntheses of reality and enigma result in magical realism at its best. Read more