The Magic of M. C. Escher

Exploring geometry and astonishment in a catalog of the artist's prints

“Perhaps all I pursue is astonishment and so I try to awaken only astonishment in my viewers. Sometimes ‘beauty’ is a nasty business.” — M. C. Escher Too often relegated to dorm room walls and Tumblr archives, the work of M. C. Escher deserves a level of attention rarely afforded to visual artists. The publication of “The Magic of M. C. Escher” by Thames & …

D.I.Y. by Richard Woods

The artist's latest site-specific installation traverses art and design for a look at the ubiquity of modern renovation

by Andrea DiCenzo Seductively simple and impishly clever, Richard Woods‘ signature exaggerated wood grain takes new shape in a site-specific show at London’s Alan Cristea Gallery this month. “D.I.Y.” sees the artist simultaneously mock and pay tribute to “the cult of renovation” sweeping the modern world by covering the gallery in his block-printed parquetry, which is exacerbated by “Offcuts” and “Remnants”—two new series of woodcut …

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

Graffiti, pinups and pop art mingle with ukiyo-e prints in a dazzling exhibition

As the recently appointed director of NYC’s Japan Society Gallery, Miwako Tezuka makes a resounding statement about the modern relevance of traditional Edo-era art. While introducing “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints,” Dr. Tezuka hones in on “a contemporary sensibility,” the notion that artists across generations can speak to each other through their connection to the everyday. The modern-day talent that accompanies the …