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Headlines: Portaits, Projection, 5 Pointz

1) On the Official Obama Portraits


Amy Sheralds portrait of Michelle Obama

 

Art critics are weighing in on the recently unveiled official presidential portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. The former president’s portrait, commissioned from artist Kehinde Wiley, sets the figure of Mr. Obama in a forward-leaning stance, set against a bright background of crisp, green leaves. In the New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham calls attention to the slight skewed perspective in the work, and notes that this uncertainty has often been a powerful feature in Wiley’s paintings. The portrait of Michelle has been somewhat more controversial, with some saying that the likeness of Mrs. Obama is not as accurate as could have been hoped. Doreen St. Felix defends the artist Amy Sherald’s use of gray for the first lady’s skin, noting the interesting dichotomy between sepia-toned past and forward-thinking future.

 

2) Hirshhorn Postpones Exhibit After Florida Shooting

A photograph of a planned outdoor projection at the Hirshhorn

 

In light of Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida school which left 17 people dead, Washington’s D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum has opted to postpone the display of a Krzysztof Wodiczko work that depicted a hand holding a gun, and a hand holding a candle, in front of a row of microphones. The outdoor projection was set to be displayed on February 14th and 15th, but the artist has decided not to run the work until a later date, out of respect for the children and families involved.

 

3) A Profile of Santa Fe Collective Meow Wolf

 A photo of the interior of a new immersive installation by Meow Wolf

 

Here’s an interview that profiles the New Mexico art collective Meow Wolf Collective, currently based in Santa Fe. Most recently, the collective has acquired a 20,000 square-foot abandoned bowling alley, re-titled the House of Eternal Return. Within the warehouse space, the collective has plans to create immersive, storytelling experiences from a video game-esque perspective, with plenty of opportunity for interactivity and exploration. Some are hoping that the collective’s activities will help to revive Santa Fe’s economy.

 

4) 5 Pointz Artists Awarded Damages


A photograph of the former 5 Pointz art attraction

 

21 graffiti artists have been awarded a collective $6.7 million USD in damages to account for artworks that were destroyed by a Queens developer. The artist had been known for works created at 5 Pointz, a street art mecca in the New York borough. The artists sued under the 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act, a measure designed to protect artworks that have so-called “recognized stature.” Given that 5 Pointz was a noted tourist attraction, a judge ruled in the artists’ favour.

 

 


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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