Art & Culture

The Art of Walking in Iceland’s Wild Westfjords

The two nature guides Henry Fletcher and Jay Simpson, lead walking artist residencies along ancient herding routes in Iceland’s Westfjords. Here they share their experiences with the art of walking in the wild.

leek field in the netherlands lighted up in blue and red light as part of the luminous installation Grow by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde
“Grow” by Daan Roosegaarde: Rays of Hope in Dystopian Times

The latest light-installation by Dutch artist-designer Daan Roosegaarde turns a 20,000 square-meter leek field into a luminous dreamscape of red and blue light. It’s a tribute to the farmers cultivating the fields that feed the world while also inspiring us to imagine a more sustainable future.

hockney painting showing a woman, a man and a cat.
Culinary Backstreets, Rest of World, and A Private View with Kenny Schachter

This weekend’s recommendations include an online publication on technology, culture, and society from a global perspective, a food guide celebrating culinary traditions, and candid conversations on the art world with critic, writer, and curator Kenny Schachter.

SEO Artist Gretchen Andrew: “I want Love, Money and Belonging”

Gretchen Andrew visualizes her desires as an artist through pieces she calls “vision boards.” She then turns her objectives into an internet reality, tricking Google’s search engine algorithms into showing her vision boards on top of the image search results for keywords such as “Cover of Artforum,” “Turner Price,” or “Best MFA.” By making the Law of Attraction part of her art practice, Gretchen’s work turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy in the real world, as renowned publications and galleries feature her work.

Ahead of Me the South, Hester Diamond, and The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

This weekend’s tips include a documentary about fearless art collector Hester Diamond, a book on mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity, and the ancient art of melted sand.

documenting people and pets
Photojournalist Maika Elan Documents People’s Devotion to Pets

In her photo series “Ain’t Talkin’ Just Lovin’,” Vietnamese photojournalist Nguyen Thanh Hai, known professionally as Maika Elan, documents the lives of people who choose pets over partners.

Michael Jantzen: Power Plants as Public Art

The breakthrough of renewables will profoundly change the visual environment of cities and rural landscapes. What role does public art play in this context? The American artist Michael Jantzen, one of the pioneers in sustainable design and eco-art, tries to find the answer.

American Christmas, Beirut Editions, and Bjarke Ingels’ Paper Architecture

This week’s Culture Cue features American folk art, captivating storytelling for the digital era, Bjarke Ingels’ paper architecture, and affordable art to support NGO’s on the frontlines in Beirut.

Artist Yuge Zhou 周雨歌 on People and Places, Commonality and Compassion, East and West

The Beijing-born, Chicago based artist Yuge Zhou creates video installations that examine the relationships between people and places in urban and natural environments. In our interview, Yuge shares how her experiences as an immigrant influenced her art.

Penguins in Antartica
Greenland and Antarctica: Fragile Forces of Nature

The American artist Patricia Carr Morgan photographed the world’s largest ice sheets located in Antarctica and Greenland. The images appear like abstract paintings and ice sculptures; a testimony of the ever-changing landscapes.