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Mexico-based James hd Brown is famous around the world, but he’s a virtual unknown in Los Angeles, his birthplace. Walking into the USC Fisher Museum of Art, you’re invited into “the other house” of James hd Brown. In James hd Brown: Life and Work in Mexico, there are paintings of the gardens, neighbors and the food of his “other house.” The concept comes from watching his sons play around in a little space they had found by a staircase in their home in Oaxaca, some years ago. “They had a kind of secret room [in the house] that they used for themselves,”...

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Enrico Castellani, an Italian artist who was a prominent member of Europe’s postwar avant-garde, died on Dec. 1 at his home in Celleno, Italy, near Rome. He was 87. A spokesman for Lévy Gorvy, the gallery that represents his work in New York and London, said the cause was complications of a respiratory illness. His longtime companion, Renata Wirtz, died in 2016. He is survived by a son from that relationship, Lorenzo; a daughter, Francesca Castellani, from an earlier relationship; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.   Read more and source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/obituaries/enrico-castellani-dead-italian-avant-garde-artist.html  

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The artist, who turns 86 in March, reflects on new work—but how little his ideals have changed—ahead of presentations in St Moritz and New York “To try to get a long story as short as possible, light is really the main inspiration—and shadow, too,” Mack says. This was as true in 1957, when he founded Zero magazine with Otto Piene, as it is today. But Mack does not see his work as a simple manipulation of light and dark. The problem for the Zero group, he says, “was the intense crisis in our heads and our hearts. We were concerned...

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Ai Weiwei says he employs some excellent carpenters in China but doesn’t always have work for them—especially not recently, as he has been focusing on his film, Human Flow. To keep the carpenters busy, the Chinese artist tries to find difficult challenges that will occupy them for a long time. One such challenge was to give them a toy belonging to his cat—a polyhedron composed of hexagons and pentagons—and ask for something similar but on a much larger scale to be made in huali wood (the name for fragrant rosewood in China), using traditional techniques from the Ming dynasty, which...

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Fans of Yayoi Kusama, the queen of the polka dot, will soon be able to pay homage to the octogenarian Japanese artist in her very own museum. The five-storey Yayoi Kusama museum will open on 1 October in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, according to the official website for the new institution, which gives details of the inaugural show and admission prices (1,000 yen). The launch exhibition has the rather cryptic title, Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art (1 October-25 February 2018). The blog, Spoon & Tamago, adds that Kusama’s works will be displayed in exhibition...

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