“Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina,” an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines ceramic vessels made by enslaved Black potters in 19th-century South Carolina. The artisans responsible for crafting the displayed jugs and jars—whose sale typically benefited factory investors and owners—remain largely anonymous.
What makes a person want to vandalize a cherished artwork? The factors often vary greatly. Politics often play a role, as has been the case with the many recent protests led at museums by climate activists around the world. Personal interests often can become paramount as well, as they have
Paraphrasing psychologist G. Stanley Hall, Allen Eaton—author, curator, and staunch advocate of the early 20th-century Craft Revival—remarked that, with handicrafts, “we rehearse the activity of our ancestry.” This image of making as playacting, or as a form of discovery, also captures how craft often works to canonize tradition even as
People have always watched the night sky. As evidenced by cave paintings and other artifacts, humans were aware of lunar cycles as long as 25,000 years ago, and the ancient Egyptians based their calendar on the rising and setting of stars and constellations. Astrology, a divination practice based on the
The acceptance of NFTs by the traditional art market has been challenging. While some projects have enjoyed financial success and critical acclaim, others have languished, unsold and buried in a pile of visual noise. And, just as the art world was warming up to fine art NFTs thanks to thoughtful
Christie’s has withdrawn the sale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton planned for auction in Hong Kong over concerns over how many of its bones are replicas, alnog with copyright concerns from a notable fossil company. The auction for the T. rex nicknamed “Shen,” which was scheduled for November 30, was
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In August, climate change activists glued themselves to the frame of a Peter Paul Rubens painting at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. According to a report in Monopol, the legal consequences of that action have arrived. The Munich District Court has issued criminal orders against the two activists who stuck themselves