Doctors at Weill Cornell emphasize their importance. Also: Immigrant children; flaws in the justice system; graffiti; clothes and memories.More from our inbox:Children at the BorderBetter Ways to JusticeDefaced Art? ‘How Could One Tell?’A New Life for My Mother’s ScarvesA debate persists over screening frequency for breast cancer — the second leading cause of cancer death for women after lung cancer.Njeri Mwangi/ReutersTo the Editor:Re “Breast Cancer Centers Urge Early, Annual Scans, Countering U.S. Guidelines” (nytimes.com, April 6):We take issue with an editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine that said frequent screening of younger women for breast cancer can do “more harm than good.” As physicians who diagnose and treat breast cancer at Weill Cornell Medicine, we seek to minimize the impact of this disease, which continues to kill about 44,000 American women a year.We are especially concerned about the effect of such misinformation on the health of African-American women, who are more likely to receive a diagnosis of breast cancer at younger ages and are more likely to die from breast cancer at all ages.Covid forced us to delay routine screening. The devastating impact of the pandemic on communities of color risks magnifying existing disparities in breast cancer outcomes.We welcome research seeking to improve and personalize breast cancer risk assessment to inform screening. Screening mammography, while imperfect, is the best approach available for early detection and to reduce morbidity and mortality.Lisa NewmanTessa CiglerSilvia FormentiNew YorkChildren at the BorderYoung children were being cared for by older siblings in a playpen area in the border processing facility in Donna, Texas.Pool photo by Dario Lopez-MillsTo the Editor:Re “‘No Place for a Child’: Inside a Packed Tent Camp for Migrant Children” (news article, March 31):Countless Central American families and children have made the excruciating decision to flee acute violence, poverty and danger in their home countries, and now children languish in U.S. government reception centers. There can be no doubt that these are children who, mere weeks ago, would have been callously turned away at the border. But that does not mean we can’t do better for them now.We must ensure that children are swiftly reunified with safe caregivers in the United States and that those who have been trafficked, abandoned, abused or neglected, and those who are seeking asylum, obtain meaningful access to protection under our laws.Vice President Kamala Harris must receive the resources she needs to promote efforts to address the conditions that drive these children north. As children are processed out of places like the center in Donna, Texas, they must be connected with legal services so that they can get protection. We can do better as a country.Mary Meg McCarthyJonathan RyanMs. McCarthy is executive director of the National Immigrant Justice Center. Mr. Ryan is president and chief executive of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (Raices).Better Ways to Justice Jim Wilson/The New York TimesTo the Editor:Re “Excessive Punishment” (editorial, March 30):I applaud your suggested property crime reforms alongside other efforts to break our country’s decades-long addiction to incarceration. They should happen immediately.And if we’re serious about ending mass incarceration, we must also acknowledge the abject failure of making punishment, rather than safety and accountability, the bedrock of justice.Our justice system claims that punishment is a one-size-fits-all solution to such a wide array of needs as to be fantastical: healing for victims, accountability, prevention of future harm, rebuilding lives, safety for the community, a sense of justice and more. Inflicting more pain and trauma not only fails at those goals, but it also puts them largely out of reach.True accountability requires an acknowledgment of the harm done, efforts to repair it and concrete change that will prevent future harm and strengthen community safety.We’ll never end mass incarceration — and its egregious racial inequities — until we embrace this common-sense vision of justice that offers real healing and safety for all.Shari SilbersteinNew YorkThe writer is executive director of Equal Justice USA.Defaced Art? ‘How Could One Tell?’ Minwoo Park/ReutersTo the Editor:Re “Defacing a $400,000 Painting, All Because of a Mix-Up” (news article, April 8):JonOne is a graffiti artist, which means that he paints things on other people’s walls, buildings, sign boards and the like. At the site of his work in Seoul (described as a “paint-splattered canvas”), he left paint cans and brushes. Did he truly not expect that this was an open invitation to others to add to the work? Weren’t they simply doing graffiti on another person’s surface?And yet JonOne claims that the couple who took him up on his implicit invitation “defaced” his work, which he likened to defacing a church. Defaced? My response, after looking at the “before” and “after” versions on the Times website, is “How could one tell?”Finally, does he not realize that the couple who added dark green patches were really engaged in performance art?David WinterAlbuquerqueA New Life for My Mother’s Scarves Catherine Lai/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesTo the Editor:Re “We Wear Memories, Not Just Clothes,” by Chris Vognar (Reporter’s Notebook, Arts pages, April 9):After losing both of my parents within months of each other five years ago, I had to clean out the apartment they shared for almost 50 years.In my mother’s drawer, I found a collection of scarves, which I took, rather than donate it. When I now see my three young granddaughters (one of whom is named for her) dancing around the room or playing peek-a-boo with them, I feel her presence, and I believe that she would be happy.Ronnie SchwartzBaldwin Harbor, N.Y. More
Australian pop artist Ben Frost is throwing open the doors to his Melbourne studio this week. With over 100 new artworks on display, this is the first time his new workshop has been open to the public.This Saturday April 10, the studio will be open from 12 -6pm, there is no need RSVP, but due to COVID restrictions capacity in the studio will be limited, so get down early!Artwork will be available to purchase and take home on the day and refreshments will be provided. New works include Ben’s signature painted packaging, editions of laser cut board stencils, paintings on board, and brand new XL handmade packaging on board.If you’re not able to make it to the studio, all unsold artwork will be available to order online afterwards, with worldwide delivery.Sign up to Ben’s mailing list here for the latest updates…Ben Frost Studio, 9/177 Beavers Rd, Northcote, VIC 3070, Australiawww.instagram.com/benfrostisdeadwww.benfrostisdead.com More
The vandalism of a piece by the graffiti artist JonOne at a gallery in South Korea has prompted a debate about contemporary art.SEOUL — The couple saw brushes and paint cans in front of a paint-splattered canvas at a gallery in a Seoul shopping mall. So they added a few brush strokes, assuming it was a participatory mural.Not quite: The painting was a finished work by an American artist whose abstract aesthetic riffs on street art. The piece is worth more than $400,000, according to the organizers of the exhibition that featured the painting.Now it’s hard to tell where the artist’s work ends and the vandalism begins. “Graffitied graffiti,” a local newspaper headline said last week.Either way, the piece, “Untitled,” by John Andrew Perello, the graffiti artist known as JonOne, is now a magnet for selfies. And on social media, South Koreans are debating what the vandalism illustrates about art, authorship and authenticity.The artwork is displayed with paint cans, brushes and shoes that the artist used when he worked on it, one of the exhibition’s organizers, Kang Wook, said in an interview. He added, “There were guidelines and a notice, but the couple did not pay attention.”Some social media users have echoed Mr. Kang’s reasoning. Others say the sign was confusing and the couple should not be blamed.Views of “Untitled,” a painting by the artist JonOne, before (top) and after it was vandalized. The extra brush strokes are hard to spot.Organizers of the “Street Noise” exhibitionA few suggest that the incident itself was a form of contemporary art, or that the couple’s abstract brush strokes — three dark-green blotches covering an area about 35 inches by 11 inches — have improved the piece.The debate is notable in part because the crime was not intentional and the painting can be restored, said Ken Kim, an art restoration expert in Seoul who has seen the vandalized work.The painting is part of “Street Noise,” an exhibition that opened at Lotte World Mall in Seoul in February and features about 130 artworks by an international group of more than a dozen graffiti artists. Mr. Kang said the staff at the mall noticed on March 28 that the painting had been vandalized, and identified the couple by checking security footage.The couple were arrested but released after the police determined that the vandalism was accidental, the local news media reported. Mr. Kang said the couple told the police that they had thought the artwork was open to public participation.The couple have not been identified and could not be reached for comment.The artist, JonOne, said in an interview on Wednesday that he was disappointed and angry that his work had been “defaced,” although some people have said the publicity could work in his favor.“Art should be religious,” he said. “You don’t paint on a church.”The artist JonOne has described his work as “abstract expressionist graffiti.”Bruno BrounchJonOne said the vandalism of his work in Seoul reminded him of growing up in New York City and the feeling that his talent was not appreciated.As a teenager, he would sign his graffiti with the tag “JonOne.” His style later became more abstract, although he continued to use graffiti lettering as the foundation for his work. Now 57 and living in Paris, he has described his aesthetic as “abstract expressionist graffiti,” a nod to Jackson Pollock and other American artists who redefined modern painting in the years after World War II.Julien Kolly, a gallerist in Zurich who specializes in graffiti art and has exhibited JonOne paintings over the years, said that they often prompted strong reactions from viewers.“Some are full of praise and others think that a child could do better,” he said. “Of course, I am in the first category.”Mr. Kolly said that he wondered why the couple who vandalized “Untitled” in Seoul thought they could “intervene” in an artwork that was hanging in a gallery — but also that he did not think they intended to “destroy” it.“I can understand that people may have thought that they could, at the very least, do better than the artist by participating in this work,” he added.Mr. Kang said a decision about whether to restore “Untitled” would be made before the exhibition ends on June 13. The restoration could cost about $9,000, he added, and the insurance company may find the couple partially liable for the cost.“But we are concerned,” he added, “because there are many comments saying that the artwork should not be restored, and remain as it is.”The couple added the three dark-green blotches that are circled in red.Organizers of the “Street Noise” exhibition More
“Keep Your Eyes Open” is the latest collaboration by artistic duo Atelier Louves and TAVU. The impressive mural is located at 70, Chemin Des Deux Maisons, 1200 Woluwe Saint Lambert, Brussels, Belgium.Through this project, we would like to emphasize the importance of different points of view and the viewpoint of each person, especially on ecology. The idea is to evoke an environment that is both urban and green. The contrast between the very balanced and geometric letters and the much more organic and vegetal elements, evokes the cohabitation between architecture and nature. The choice of colors on the one hand very contrasted and on the other hand softer and fresh, also evokes this cohabitation. The phrase “keep your eyes open” suggests the human aspect. The role and responsibility of man for a sustainable balance between the construction and preservation of green spaces in urban areas. In a time of constraints, it is essential to keep your eyes open above the mask that protects us. Keep your eyes open invites the viewer to take a new look at the future, a modern, innovative world that is both close and open to the outside.Atelier Louves is an artistic collective from Brussels, created by Cathy Gagalis Vega, graphic designer, and Clarisse Jeghers, art therapist and illustrator. The artists meet at La Cambre and unite their skills in 2017. They are known for their unique dreamlike patterns, repeating prints, geometric and universal patterns.Check out below for more photos of the project.Photo credits: @françoisreunis, @shootmeifyoucan, @tavu More
World renowned artist and designer, Tristan Eaton used The Stack as his larger than life 8,500 square foot canvas to paint a mural concept that pays homage to Deep Ellum’s roots and its future. Tristan’s vision behind this empowering mural was inspired by Dallas’ first Black architect William Sidney, the music scene, native fashion icon – Jerry Hall, and the Texas armadillo. In Tristan’s, now iconic, collage style the mural execution allows reference to a wide assortment of imagery, metaphor, storytelling and cultural cross section.This mural was a collaboration between Tristan Eaton and Goldman Global Art led by CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnic at The Stack, a next level building built to embrace Deep Ellum’s undeniable edge.Eaton is perhaps best known for his large scale public murals, found throughout the world from New York to Paris to Shanghai, which he executes in freehand spray paint; a technical and personal nod to his own history and respect for graffiti culture, while honoring traditional painting and muralism with his thoughtful and dynamic subject matter and compositions.Take a look below to view more photos of the stunning mural.Credits: Ryan Whitehead, Ardent Owl Media More
Last March 15th, Volery Gallery opened Domesticity, its inaugural exhibition curated by Sasha Bogojev Curator and Contributing Editor at Juxtapoz Magazine. The group exhibition presents a selection of all-new, previously unseen, original works by 17 international artists. The presentation revolves around the exploration of interior spaces as the fated environment for mankind. The exhibition brings together works by artists whose practice has always been revolving around the depiction of their domestic environment, such as Cherkit; Lozano; Ralaivao and Treiber. As well as the works of artists whose interest frequently switches between their outdoor and indoor surroundings, including Brown; Dieng; Heidkamp and Yanai. Also presented are artists whose work results from diverse studio/homebound explorations and that includes Ayotunde; Barriga; Benzo; Kerwick and Kindberg. Domesticity primarily pays tribute to our destined old/new habitat. Depicting different angles of universally recognised domiciliary settings along with details capturing the familiar warmth of home surroundings, the works are also imbued with the thread of tension, anxiety, or even eeriness. With troubling uncertainty awaiting behind the walls of these safe enclosures, the artists are capturing the beauty and cosiness of the abode while suggesting the outside’s gloom.With the hope that the coming months will allow us all to switch our focus back beyond our doors and windows, Domesticity is symbolically marking this historic moment in time and the way it affected our eternal need to capture and express ourselves. -Sasha BogojevScroll down below and take a look at more images of the exhibition and its opening night. Photo Credits: Alina Khamatova, CBB Photography More
The word “Bodega” means “grocery” in Spanish, which we call “士多” (Store) in Hong Kong. The character of a grocery store is one-stop, all-inclusive, and most importantly, friendly. Galleries and art have always been a little distant from the public, they are often labelled as high class and unaffordable, it seems that everyone in the field is often comparing each other’s taste and wealth in an unhealthy manner.b-sm = none; sm > 728×90;b-sm = 300×250; sm > none;This fallacy is probably deeply ingrained in many people’s hearts in Hong Kong. In view of this, Matt Chung, the founder of Art Streaming and Off The Record, curated “Art Bodega” during the difficult times that the world is still facing, and broughttogether five artists to the K11 Art Mall.Artists from different countries include Jon Burgerman from the UK, Maria Imaginario from Portugal, Timothy Gatenby from the UK, Gunwoo Park from South Korea, and 2timesperday from Hong Kong, brought forces to create this art pop-up exhibition with food as a main theme.The exhibition consists of PIZZZA vinly figure and his original paintings specially made by Jon Burgerman and Off The Record, iconic pastelle colored lollipop sculptures handmade by Maria Imaginario, Timothy Gatenby’s reinterpretation of famous Anime characters with fast food items, Gunwoo Park, which is an expert at recreating objects with masking tape and LED lights, produced a few Hong Kong people’s childhood delicacies for his first Hong Kong exhibition, and lastly, 2timesperday from Hong Kong used his popular Illustration technique on Instagram to produce five prints related to food, hoping to let viewers reflect on humanity. During the epidemic, it is difficult for everyone to leave their house or even have a proper meal at a restaurant with friends. Under this special situation, through “Art Bodega”, hopefully everyone can be reminded that any type of interaction in person should always be cherished, while enjoying “food” in an art form, art can also be served as food for thought.During the epidemic, it is difficult for everyone to leave their house or even have a proper meal at a restaurant with friends. Under this special situation, through “Art Bodega”, hopefully everyone can be reminded that any type of interaction in person should always be cherished, while enjoying “food” in an art form, art can also be served as food for thought.Take a look below for more photos from “Art Bodega”.Works by Gunwoo ParkWorks by Gunwoo ParkWorks by Gunwoo Park, Layered masking tapes and LED“Pizzza” Vinyl toy by Jon BurgermanWorks by 2timesperdayWorks by Maria ImaginarioWorks by 2timesperday“When life gives you twists and turns” by Maria Imaginario, 2021Works by Tim GatenbyWorks by Tim Gatenby More
Contemporary American artist Shepard Fairey recently worked on a new mural in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On the occasion of his solo exhibition at Opera Gallery, the American artist brought to life a beautiful piece of work in Dubai Design District.b-sm = none; sm > 728×90;b-sm = 300×250; sm > none;As usual with Obey Giant, he brought to life some of his signature imagery that will be enjoyed by the local residents for years to come.The mural produced by SAN Projects was completed in a record four days using Spray and Acrylic paint. Images by Alina Khamatova More
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Banksy seems to be back with a brand new artwork that just appeared on Reading prison in the United Kingdom.
The stencil shows a man using knotted bedsheets to “escape” from the prison. The man could eventually be the famed writer Oscar Wilde, who did spend some time in the prison between 1895 and 1895 for “homosexual crimes.”. The history behind Mr Wilde has helped establish Reading Gaol as a historic landmark.
The structure is a grade 2 building located in Forbury Road which is owned by the Ministry of Justice.
Banksy has not yet acknowledged this artwork on his Instagram but this should be done fairly soon.
The painting appeared over the week-end.
Check back with us soon for more updates from Banksy. More