Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Otis Johnson on Life After 44 Years in Prison At the age of 25, Otis Johnson was sentenced to 44 years in prison. Now 69 years old, Johnson is finally free and has re-entered society—albeit a much different one than he left behind. In a video...
Interview: Artist Polly Nor
Polly Norton’s female characters are as 21st century as they come: fun-loving, unabashedly sexual, and doing whatever the hell they want—whether that is hanging out with devils, being devils, lazily sex surfing, or having some fun with lava lamps...
Chamber's Capsule Collection #3: Atalaya
With an array of tools, Nicolás Aracena Müller stands just beyond the windows of design boutique Chamber in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood. There, while the gallery space is open to visitors and passers-by, the Chilean architect and carpenter has been...
Summer Screen Prints at Somerset House
London's historic Somerset House—the arts and cultural center at The Strand in London—shows movies in its iconic courtyard each summer. For the third year in a row, it has matched this season’s films with a compelling exhibition of newly created...
CH25: Alex Kalman
On the surface, Alex Kalman might seem like an unlikely candidate for the CH25 list of those designing the future. Mmuseumm, the Lilliputian “modern natural history museum” that he co-founded in 2012—with exhibits like potato-chip bags from around...
2015 SELECT Contemporary Art Fair, NYC
by Jeffrey Keefe Now in its fourth year, SELECT Contemporary Art Fair (on now through 17 May 2015) is one of the fastest growing events to emerge amidst NYC's widely praised Frieze Week. Since its inception, SELECT has provided a platform for galleries...
Theaster Gates: Freedom of Assembly at White Cube
As we learned from his talks at last year's Culture Lab Detroit, Chicago-born artist Theaster Gates is probably best known for creating art that also has a social agenda, using his skills and influence to help the regeneration of the Grand Crossing...
Unlimited’s Four Play Project
40 artists, illustrators and designers, 40 four-letter words, four different spot colors. That’s the premise that Brighton, UK-based design studio, shop and art gallery Unlimited set for its cheekily named spring project Four Play, which was just...
HangarBicocca is one of the most interesting contemporary art spaces in Milan. Pirelli is the sponsor of all the exhibits and guarantees free access to the venue, thanks to a dedicated foundation. Many of the installations in this huge post-industrial...
Debuting 17 new staged images on both paper and aluminum, as well as his largest sculptural work to date, London-based artist Slinkachu continues his clever portrayal of miniature figurines captured in humorous scenes. His latest exhibition, "Miniaturesque...
Kate Rohde + Romance Was Born: Express Yourself
Ever since Kate Rohde partnered with psychedelic fashion house Romance Was Born (RWB) for their 2010 "Renaissance Dinosaur" collection, it's as though a portal to a hallucinatory parallel universe has opened. Most recently this occurred at RWB's...
Keith Lemley: Arboreal
Neon and wood aren't the most likely of combinations, but Keith Lemley welds the two very different mediums into conversation in his latest show, "Arboreal." For his first solo exhibition in New York, the artist—who has become known for his sculptural...
I:Project Space, Beijing
Over the past 20 years, Chinese contemporary artists have risen to the stage of world’s art scene, and Beijing’s two most popular art districts—798 and Caochangdi, with their world-famous galleries and art studios—have become hot spots for critics...
Light Infusion at Dvorak Sec Gallery, Prague
Artist Jiří Černický and designers Michal Froňk and Jan Němečk—of studio Olgoj Chorchoj—joined forces for "Light Infusion" (an exhibition now on view at Prague's Dvorak Sec Gallery). This collaborative show features the designers' existing lighting...
Best of CH 2014: Most Popular
Sometimes it's easy to predict what will be a hit on the internet (kitten GIFs never fail) and, while we like to think all our CH articles are equally enjoyed, some get picked up and spewed all over the web—much to our delight. (This year, some Tweets...
People Looking at Art
A lot of London-based photographer Mark Blower’s work centers on art; like his intimate portraits of contemporary artists, including Marina Abramovic and Grayson Perry, and his “Documentation” photos of art installations. For his latest series...
Jean Jullien's "US"
French-born, London-based illustrator and Cool Hunting favorite, Jean Jullien has returned to London’s Kemistry Gallery with new exhibition “US.” Like much of Jullien’s work, the title itself is humorous and has a double meaning, seemingly referring...
Online art purveyors Rise Art offer affordable works by a variety of artists, that you can either rent or purchase. Also, with every piece sold, Rise Art sends a personal art supply kit to a child in the hospital (sharing supplies is often verboten...
Carlo Scarpa's Casa Tabarelli, Rediscovered
From the peak of the Alps to the very tip of its boot, Italy is a country as rich in history as it is diverse in terrain. And though this is what makes the country so astonishing, it can also end up obscuring some of its most incredible cultural...
Cut-Ups: William S. Burroughs 1914 – 2014
In October 1959, artist Brion Gysin sliced through a pile of newspapers that were scattered atop his desk. Taken by their presentation, he began to rearrange the clippings and connect passages in the way he found most humorous. Little did he know...
Alfred Steiner's "Likelihood of Confusion" Exhibition
There's something uncanny about Alfred Steiner's latest exhibition "Likelihood of Confusion," now on display at NYC's Joshua Liner Gallery. There's an element of deep recognition and familiarity to each work, but an exploration within reveals numerous...
Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut
by Caroline Kinneberg Beirut is a city defined by its contrasts and constant evolution. One neighborhood where this becomes most apparent is Mar Mikhael. Previously a jumble of car repair shops, the area now overflows with trendy restaurants and...
Interview: Tricia MacKenzie of Inter Space Lab
Our contemporary creative world is peppered with scientific and technological influences—exhibitions that feature stylized data mapping, molecular gastronomy, Maker Faire's everlasting dedication to the nerdy artist—it's truly a tradition that traces...