Physics, Chemistry and Art Combine for Berndnaut Smilde’s Installations

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde makes clouds and rainbows for his remarkable installations. The word “make” is key here: he really does create these phenomena thanks to some clever scientific tinkering—whether by making a prism (to then create a rainbow) or by combining water, vapor and smoke machines to conjure a cloud on demand. He then places these unnatural natural beauties in dramatic spaces—including a “gothic …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From cannabis culture to public art, Pantera and more—our look around the web

1. Artist Prune Nourry’s Incense + Blowtorch-Driven Catharsis For the unveiling of “The Amazon,” artist Prune Nourry’s new sculpture outside The Standard High Line hotel, Nourry took a blowtorch to a portion of the work—igniting hundreds of sticks of red incense. The French multimedia artist’s piece represents healing and catharsis, and draws inspiration from a First Century Roman marble wounded Amazon warrior statue at the …

Christelle de Castro’s “Citizens of the Bowery” on the citizenM Bowery

62 black and white photos across 22 floors from the LES-based activist, director and photographer

The citizenM Bowery rises many stories above its neighbors on the iconic Lower Manhattan street. With this height, the latest hotel in the citizenM portfolio pays tribute to the community around it—one of artists and shopkeepers, students and multi-generational residents. The Bowery is beloved and ever-changing. And both of these factors get honored with the hotel’s first large-scale public art exhibition, Christelle de Castro‘s “citizens …

Joshua Vides’ Glowing DC Shoes Installation

Evoking the world of “Tron” with its geometric, fluorescent architecture, American artist Joshua Vides’ “Reality to Idea” exhibition debuted during Paris Fashion Week, in the underground creative studio of DC Shoes. Within the installation, Vides revealed several sneakers that he’d modified himself with markers. One of the most famous silhouettes from the brand, the E. TRIBEKA, recently returned with plenty of fanfare, so from the …

Carlos Cruz-Diez Expresses Color Through Time and Space

For decades, the work of Venezuela-born, Paris-based artist Carlos Cruz-Diez has tantalized and transfixed—illusion-like but incisive. The 94-year-old artist’s pieces catch eyes at exhibitions and art fairs the world over for their participatory take on color through space and time. To celebrate this, and their 25-year partnership with Art Basel, UBS built their VIP lounge in Switzerland around their collection of Cruz-Diez art. Many of …