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4th August 2020

Are sculpture parks having a moment in the sun?

An appreciation of sculpture parks. Greater diversity of materials has encouraged greater ambition in sculpture. Moving outdoors was logical. Artists relish the challenge of the interplay of light, materials and location. Civic authorities and museums have discovered the popularity of sculpture parks as “outdoor living rooms”. Just the thing when art needs “to be decentralized and dispersed”.  More images are here.

28th July 2020

Artist Bisa Butler stitches together the African American experience

Quilting has deep roots in African American history. Butler has radically extended that tradition by taking it into portraiture, a genre with its own cultural connotations. Her “hybridized” works of appliqué and painting, all about black identity, resonate with this #BLM moment. For a relatively new artist, her works are receiving unusually widespread coverage. Images are here and video (6 min) here.