Exploring queer identity in Brazil

Gaudêncio Fidelis, curator of Queermuseu (Photo: Lewis Jennings / Index on Censorship) It should come as no surprise that, when opening an exhibition exploring queer identity, there will be critics.  In Brazil, where LGBTQI+ concerns were removed from the country’s human rights ministry’s purview earlier this year, when the death Continue Reading

Required Reading

Koichi Takada Architects designed the new gift shop at the National Museum of Qatar to imitate the shape and feel of the Dahl Al Misfir (Cave of Light), which is a Qatari landmark. The visual effect is impressive. More photos at Colossal (via Colossal) Grindr (the gay male dating app) Continue Reading

The Singer-Songwriter Complex

Jenny Lewis, On the Line Being a singer-songwriter doesn’t just mean typing lyrics into a word processor, alas. Performers must also craft musical environments that complement their words, voices, melodies, and chosen personalities. It’s a form that not only emphasizes lyrics, but cultivates the illusion of natural, spontaneous communication, and Continue Reading

A Young Master of Painted Flesh

Louis Fratino, “Kissing Couple” (2019), oil on canvas, 75 x 60 inches (all images courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co) Louis Fratino is a young figurative oil painter who likes to draw, usually in ink, crayon, and oil stick. His scale ranges from miniature, done inside the lid of a cardboard Continue Reading

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019)

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019) Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, whose lucent works ally modernist abstraction with Islamic ornament, has died at age ninety-seven. Renowned internationally for her dazzling, painstaking mirrorwork, in later life Farmanfarmaian rose to prominence as one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists as well as one of its most prolific Continue Reading