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Featured Images: Covers from left to right: Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil edited by Edited by Jo Clarke, Mel Evans, Hayley Newman, Kevin Smith, and Glen Tarman,  Michael Petry’s The Art of Not Making: The New Artist/Artisan Relationship, and Presence: The Art of Portrait Sculpture by Alexander Sturgis

Peaceful Places: Washington, D.C.

At the turn of the century, after the industrial revolution led people to cities in droves to find work, German philosopher Georg Simmel observed a change in human behavior. Over-stimulated by multitudes of people, advertisements, buildings, cars, and noise, city folk tended toward emotional detachment from one another, despite and because of living and working in such close proximity. Continue reading

On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park

In the three years since the High Line opened, it has become New York’s favorite park. Planted on the abandoned elevated railroad tracks that cross more than 20 blocks of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen, the High Line is a unique public space, where people can get away from the city for a moment and look down on the hustle and bustle from a calm garden space. In On the High Line, lifelong New Yorker Annik La Farge thoroughly presents the park and its environs, providing histories of the railroad and its transformation over the years, the buildings around it, the changing nature of the neighborhoods it traverses, and its plants and wildlife.

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Art Spaces Directory

The foreword by Lisa Phillips, Director of the New Museum, explains the scope of this huge publication by the museum (in collaboration with Art Asia Pacific magazine and the Museum as Hub initiative) in connection with its recent “The Ungovernables” exhibition, for which Eungie Joo was the curator. The book contains essays by Victor Albarracin, Elaine W. Ng, Reem Fadda, Naiza H. Kahn, transit.org, and Catalina Lozano, and a conversation with Christine Tohme and Stefan Kalmár, but most importantly it includes single-page descriptions of 400 art spaces in 96 countries, arranged by regions. These art spaces are, as Phillips points out, “crucial venues to foster communities as well as platforms for younger artists.”

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Cashing in on Culture: Betraying the Trust at the Rose Art Museum

Francine Koslow Miller, regular contributor to Sculpture and alumna of Brandeis University, was shocked to hear a couple of years ago that her beloved Rose Art Museum was scheduled to be shut down due to the economic crisis. Following the events that transpired since Brandeis University’s then-president, Jehuda Reinharz, announced the museum’s demise in January 2009, Miller has come out with a new book, tracing the history of the museum, how it almost shut down, and the community backlash that ultimately saved it.

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Daniel Canogar: Vortices

“The inexonerable, river-like forces of history have conspired to whirlpool into their own worst nightmare” says George Stolz in the catalogue Daniel Canogar: Vortices. This “nightmare,” the Great Pacific Garbage Vortex, is the subject of one of six installations by the Spanish artist for the exhibition “Vortices.” This exhibition was hosted by the Fundacion Canal, which is affiliated with Canal Isabel II, the company that manages the water supplies for Madrid.

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