The Asia Society, a global nonprofit that fosters connections between Asia and the U.S., has appointed Josette Sheeran as its new president. Sheeran, who is leaving her post as vice chairwoman of the World Economic Forum, will start June 10. Sheeran succeeds Vishakha Desai, who joined Columbia University Jan. 1 as President Lee Bollinger's special advisor for global affairs and as a professor in the school of international and public affairs. Asia Society executive vice president Tom Nagorski has served as acting head since Desai left late last year.
When artists Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin launched their latest Kickstarter project on May 7, aiming to raise money to produce an updated camera lucida, the $30 NeoLucida, their big hope was to attract 500 backers before June. Read More
Scottish artist Karla Black makes large, multisensory sculptural installations that commingle traditional art supplies—plaster, chalk, paint, paper—with materials more familiar from the medicine cabinet, such as Vaseline, face powder and Alka-Seltzer. Her forms are abstract, yet uncannily suggestive of familiar objects. By constructing immersive, temporary environments as well as hulking stand-alone sculptures, the artist seeks to create totally absorbing physical experiences. Read More
How do new generations of artists absorb the art of the past? "Concrete Remains: Postwar and Contemporary Art from Brazil," a compact show on view at Chelsea's Tierney Gardarin Gallery (formerly Cristin Tierney), through June 22, is, in one sense, an exploration of this question. It also encapsulates an important area of Latin American art, shedding new light on the ongoing preoccupation of 21st-century Brazilian artists with their nation's major contribution to 20th-century art: Concrete and Neo-Concrete art. Read More
Mixed Media, 212 x 66 inches, Courtesy the artist.
Artist Kirstine Roepstorff was born and trained in Denmark, but lives and works in Berli