Monday, August 19, 2019

"Reliquary 1" is Part of a Series of Digital Editions by Paul Benney

Don't miss an incredible opportunity available to Sedition collectors; the chance to own a collection of digital artworks by Paul Benney with a soundtrack composed by Nitin Sawhney. Collect either individual artworks or the full collection of six at a 20% discount. The evolution of Reliquary began with Paul Benney's exploration of the properties of fire. This exploration led to a collection of six video works by Benney. Renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Sawhney was in turn inspired to create a musical response to Benney's visuals. We are delighted to present this to Sedition collectors as the soundtrack to each of the Reliquary editions. [View & Collect]

Sunday, August 18, 2019


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Artist Liu Xiaodong in 2017 in front of his painting “Refugees 4” (2015)
As A&O readers know, we have a special affection for artists of color, and Chinese contemporary artist Liu Xiaodong is our newest discovery. Born in 1963, he is best known for social realism focused on the daily realities of ordinary people: friends, family, migrants, workers, farmers, and transgender/gay. In 2015, Lui used his virtuosic brush to paint "Refugees 4" which conveys his sympathy for downtrodden lives filled with physical struggle but also spiritual pleasure. "Refugees 4" at the Phillips Collection, makes Liu Xiaodong, our artist of the week.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Why We Need Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Now More Than Ever

By Jen Peters
Revelations premiered in New York City at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, January 31, 1960, with nine dancers including Ailey, and live musicians.
In 1960, America was in the midst of a social transformation. The Supreme Court had ruled "separate but equal" unconstitutional six years prior, but the country's response was slow and turbulent as desegregation incited violent responses. Surrounded by powerful civil rights momentum, a 29-year-old Alvin Ailey created an ode to the resilience of the human spirit: Revelations. As Revelations approaches 60 years of nearly uninterrupted performances, Ailey's hopeful message continues to spread. "Alvin Ailey was able to create a work about faith in God, yet it transcends religion," says Battle. "Revelations has a way of breaking through spiritual and language barriers." [More]