Imagine stringing nearly six miles of translucent silver panels above a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado. That’s the latest dream for artist Christo for an environmental work of art in the United States. Continue reading
You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but browsing the stacks of your local bookstore or public library, what makes you gravitate toward one one text over another? It could be the work of designers like Peter Mendelsund, whose new book “Cover” was released earlier this month.
An ambitious new initiative across the U.S. is sneaking works of American art into subways, on billboards and the sides of buses, and into view for a greater audience, without charging admission. Continue reading
Since he was 16 years old, Ben Thwaits has nursed a passion for nature photography. He worked for two years as a professional photographer before teaching at-risk children at a residential treatment center in northern Wisconsin called Northwest Passage. Surrounded by dense forests, pristine lakes and the St. Croix River, Thwaits began looking for ways to bring nature photography into his classroom. Continue reading
If you’re being approached by a photographer with a large, antique-looking camera, who is asking you to pose with a stranger, it’s probably Richard Renaldi. The photographer traveled around the country for his project “Touching Strangers,” the book of which was published by Aperture this past spring. His method was fairly simple: he would chose a background and then introduce himself to the first stranger that he wanted to cast as part of his portrait. Continue reading
Rigel Thurston says he lives by a simple motto: “Beauty will save the world.” The 33-year-old realtor is now painting that sentiment — taken from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “The Idiot” — on fences along Lamar Boulevard in north Austin, Texas, to build community and help transform a troubled neighborhood. Continue reading
For more than 30 years, Los Angeles-based artist RISK has been creating colorful murals on everything from highway overpasses — known as “heavens” — to dilapidated buildings, walls, trains and buses. He recently joined eight other graffiti artists to paint on the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium. Continue reading
Since July 2011, almost like clockwork, Portland illustrator Ben Dewey produced three comics a week for his off-beat comic Tragedy Series. Over the last three years he has cultivated a modest, loyal following, but that audience is about to get much bigger when the comics will be published in full-length book form in March 2015. Continue reading