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Montpelier Artist Hope Sharp Captures Weddings in Oil Paint

Montpelier Artist Hope Sharp Captures Weddings in Oil Paint

Two willowy women in long pink dresses occupy a narrow vertical canvas in Hope Sharp’s Montpelier studio. The painting is unfinished, but it already conveys a private moment between the women, whose heads bend toward each other as if in whispered conversation. Their identical gowns suggest the pair might be bridesmaids. But they’re not specific individuals, Sharp says — “This is just one I made up.” A painting hanging nearby features a man and woman dancing — a father and…

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Historic art website paints a new picture of the ravages of climate change

Historic art website paints a new picture of the ravages of climate change

In the 18th century, watercolors became a popular way for professional and amateur artists alike to document the landscapes, animals and plants that were important to them. Portable and aesthetically pleasing, watercolors helped bring painters’ worlds to life. Today, these works are precious and unwitting documents of a world altered by the ravages of climate change, overhunting, urbanization and other human activity. The Watercolour World, financed by the London-based Marandi Foundation, is a free online database of watercolors painted before…

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Outsider Art of the Moment: 66 Exhibitors, 7 Countries, 1 Fair

Outsider Art of the Moment: 66 Exhibitors, 7 Countries, 1 Fair

Outsider Art, which once had fringe cachet, is now pretty well inside the mainstream fold. As a genre, it has developed branding strategies, a collecting base and a marketable canon of mostly male stars, with Henry Darger, Martín Ramírez and Bill Traylor leading the list. All three are present, like tutelary deities, in the 27th New York City edition of the show, at the Metropolitan Pavilion. With 66 exhibitors from seven countries, it’s an expansive display of mostly smallish, textured,…

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Rio artists stage show on street in protest against censorship

Rio artists stage show on street in protest against censorship

Artists in Rio de Janeiro have staged a pop-up street show to protest against the closure by the new far-right state government of an exhibition because of a performance attacking dictatorship-era torture. Álvaro Figueiredo, the curator of Literatura Exposta Literature Exposed, accused authorities of censorship after the exhibition was ordered to close a day early to prevent a performance by the Rio collective És Uma Maluca that featured nudity and plastic cockroaches. This is not the first time art has…

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