July 2019 Art News

Installed in between the vertical steel slats of a section of border wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico were several bright pink see-saws, inviting residents on either side to engage in a few moments of play.
The camera, once a simple wooden box with a primitive lens and cap for controlling light, has undergone enormous changes since its invention, eventually becoming a tool that is in most people’s back pockets.
This week the art world lost a pioneer of Op and Kinetic Art in Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, who died at the age of 95 in Paris.
Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods are pleased to announce that collector Miles Nadal has acquired the 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat ‘Moon Shoe’ for $437,500–more than four times the previous world auction record for any pair of sneakers, and multiples of their pre-sale high estimate of $160,000.
This week The Art Assignment tackles the intersection of art and our changing climate. Throughout history, art has helped reveal the climate around us and highlight our fragile relationship to it. The Art Assignment looks at navigational charts from the Marshall Islands, Katsushika Hokusai’s "Under the Wave off Kanagawa", Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s "Hunters in the Snow," Mali's Great Mosque of Djenné, the Ise Shrine in Japan, steadily sinking Venice, the cave paintings of Lascaux, and Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, among others.
Last week a group of foundations came together to ensure the preservation of an important trove of American history.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, marking the artist Zak Ové’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
The Art History Babes provide an intro to Ancient Greek Kouroi and Korai statues and throw out some bizarre theories about what the Peplos Kore actually held—an arrow? An apple? The universe? Listen and find out.
How much do you know about Van Gogh’s Sunflowers?

LOS ANGELES—The Museum of Contemporary Art has acquired a performance piece titled In Just a Blink of an Eye by Chinese artist Xu Zhen. The work will be on view at MOCA’s Grand Avenue location every Saturday and Sunday beginning July 27 through September 1. Xu Zhen: In Just a Blink of an Eye features a group of performers floating mysteriously in mid-air, defying the constraints of physics as if frozen in time and space.

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