Venice Biennale 2019: Darkness + Light

From doppelgängers to robots and holograms, some of the shadowy works on show

This year’s theme for the 58th International Art Exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale, “May you live in interesting times,” is oftentimes purported to be translated from a traditional Chinese curse—wherein a phrase that sounds like a blessing is actually said ironically. It makes sense that many artists involved in the show (curated by Ralph Rugoff) offered dark, bleak and downright strange works. Many pieces (films …

Black + White Artworks from The Armory Show 2019

Paintings, sculpture, collage and more pieces that demonstrate the power of contrast

Wandering the halls of an art fair, visitors often flick their eyes to the ostentatious—pillars of color, sparkling shapes, neon word-based art and even manipulated reflections of self. It’s easy for explosive color to captivate. And yet, passing through 2019’s The Armory Show in NYC, numerous works composed solely of black and white remind visitors of the power in simple contrast. The following five selections …

29 Opportunities to Experience Thoughtful Art at This Year’s 29Rooms

Refinery29's flagship experiential art event returns with care and concern for the world

Before the success of the Museum of Ice Cream and the anticipation around The Museum of Pizza and other such “museums,” there was 29Rooms. For the inaugural event in 2015, Refinery29 took their readers into an immersive art experience that provided 29 separate opportunities to learn, lose themselves in art and take a picture along the way. It’s been a wild success, and a model …