Melbourne-based feminist artist Casey Jenkins says she had no idea that a video clip showing her “vaginal knitting” performance art project would go viral, attracting more than 4 million viewers after it was featured on SBS, an Australian news publication.
If you think that you’re not familiar with the work of 19th century portrait artist Thomas Sully, just open your wallet: A reproduction of Sully’s 1845 portrait of President Andrew Jackson adorns the $20 bill.
Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain’s most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touch screen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests and richly layered scenes.
“It’s a very new medium,” said Hockney. So new, in fact, he wasn’t sure what he was creating until he began printing his digital images a few years ago. “I was pretty amazed by them actually,” he said, laughing. “I’m still amazed.”
From Oct. 1 through Oct. 10, original work by Milwaukee artists will rotate on 18 digital billboards in the metro area to raise the visibility of the local public art scene.
It’s only 10 a.m. on a chilly Saturday morning in early November, but about 50 mostly 20-somethings are gathered in the basement of Shiloh Tabernacle in northwest Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. Just hours earlier they were clubbing the night away, but now, joined by a handful of older hipsters, they’re organizing a media tour of a project they hope will help to change perceptions about neighborhoods tainted with the label of “urban blight.”
The secretive street artist Banksy ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York City with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity and a debate: Is he a jerk or a genius?
Banksy, who created a new picture, video or prank every day of October somewhere in the city, spent his last day like thousands of graffiti artists before him: He tagged a building near a highway with his name in giant bubble letters. The twist was that these letters were actual bubbles: balloon-like inflatables stuck to a wall near the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
Just like creating a beautiful garden, bringing a new art festival to life requires a lot of patience and nurturing, according to the organizers of Plein Air Shorewood, a three-day event that will bring more than 50 professional artists to the village beginning Sept. 19.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to display a collection of photographs chronicling a century of changes in China’s landscapes next month.
The exhibit, entitled “Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China,” will be on display in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at Nancy Nicholas Hall Nov. 3-Nov. 27.
Ever since Heidi Klum told him auf wiedersehen, former “Project Runway” contestant Timothy Westbrook has been in his Milwaukee studio preparing for his comeback fall fashion show. Titled “Paleontology of a Woman,” the show opens Sept. 21 at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Westbrook, whose aesthetic vision draws inspiration from nature, says he considers himself a fiber artist more than a fashion designer – and an environmental artist first and foremost. He’s notorious for using repurposed and untraditional material – some of it might even be considered garbage – in creating his garments. This tendency will be prominently on display in “Paleontology of a Woman,” he says.