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KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART HOSTS THE OUTWIN: AMERICAN PORTRAITURE TODAY

An exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI—September 27, 2017—Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is honored to be the only Midwest venue to host The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, an exhibition on view at Kemper Museum October 5, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Every three years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists across America to investigate the art of portraiture through the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, it is the premier national competition celebrating excellence and innovation in portraiture. Jurors of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition selected 43 winning works from more than 2,500 entries. The featured artists tackle topics of pertinent cultural and political significance, including investigations of race and gender, the fragility of childhood in our increasingly complicated world, and the psychological impact of migration.  “At a time...

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At 88, Claes Oldenburg Debuts His First New Work in 12 Years—and It’s a Tiny Gift to His Fans

At 88, Claes Oldenburg Debuts His First New Work in 12 Years—and It’s a Tiny Gift to His Fans

The diminutive new sculptures nod to seminal works from the artist's past. Henri Neuendorf, September 26, 2017 Claes Oldenburg's Shelf Life Number 6 (2016-2017). Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy of Pace Gallery. The Pop art pioneer Claes Oldenburg hasn’t shown a new body of work in 12 years, which makes the octogenarian’s upcoming show at New York’s Pace Gallery next month one not to miss. The 15 mixed-media sculptures and a series of lacquered canvas bags shaped like Mickey Mouse will revisit several of Oldenburg’s historical works, including his seminal performance-installation The Store (1961), in which the artist sold an eclectic selection of painted-plaster products out of a functioning storefront, and The Mouse Museum (1972), a...

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Art Is Beautiful. It Could Also Kill You. Here Are 7 Deadly Art Materials to Watch Out For

Art Is Beautiful. It Could Also Kill You. Here Are 7 Deadly Art Materials to Watch Out For

Not every supply in the artist's studio is safe, science has taught us. Dylan Kerr, September 14, 2017 The artist Eva Hesse working on sculpture in New York in 1969, a year before her death at 34. (Photo by Henry Groskinsky/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) Making beautiful works of art can be immensely rewarding for artists. It can also be deadly. From premodern times when medical science was still ill-equipped to judge common threats, to the present day, when artists often still put their art before their wellbeing, certain art supplies have been a source of peril for countless painters and...

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This Snowman Sculpture Stayed Frozen All Summer—And Now It’s Headed to MoMA

This Snowman Sculpture Stayed Frozen All Summer—And Now It’s Headed to MoMA

Art that stays cool despite the heat. Sarah Cascone, September 6, 2017 Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Snowman at the Art Institute of Chicago. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago. Winters in the Windy City are notoriously long, but the Art Institute of Chicago gave visitors an unexpected dose of the cold this summer: a frozen sculpture of a snowman atop the museum’s terrace, basking in the hot sun. The piece, simply titled Snowman, is the work of Swiss duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss and was first conceived in 1990, as a commission for Saarbrücken, Germany. “They were looking for a piece for in front of a power plant....

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Want to Be the Next Director of the Met? Here’s What the Museum Is Officially Looking For

Want to Be the Next Director of the Met? Here’s What the Museum Is Officially Looking For

Do you have an "excellent eye"? Can you get along well with others? Eileen Kinsella, September 13, 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com. This morning, Daniel Weiss, the CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, convened an all-staff meeting to discuss the state of the institution, and provided an update on the search process to replace former director Thomas Campbell, who stepped down in February. Overseen by Met trustees Candace Beinecke and Richard Chilton, the search has been informed by the input of “more than 400 staff members and Trustees” and “provides a unique opportunity to assess all parts of...

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