African American Teensisters punished For Wearing Box Braids To charter School

Two twin 15-year-old daughters, Deanna and Mya, have served multiple detentions and could be suspended from coming to school with box braids. The girls, who attend the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, have reportedly gone against the school’s policy that prohibits hair extensions, hair coloring, makeup, nail polish, and tattoos. Cook, the adoptive mother of the girls, says the school is being insensitive to the diversity in its school.

Their mother states that her daughters have worn braids before and never heard any objections from the school. However, in late April, the administration cracked down after students returned from spring break. She describes the moment her daughters had their hair inspected by the administration, saying, “They marched black and biracial children down the hall.”

According to The Boston Globe, Deanna and Mya refused to remove their braids and were forced to serve detention an hour before school started each day and an hour after school. The girls were also kicked out of after-school activities, including sports and the prom. The punishment has been particularly tough on Deanna, who runs track on the school’s team.


New York City’s Floating Park


Courtesy of Cloud Factory.

Swale is a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Swale strives to strengthen stewardship of public waterways and land, while working to shift policies that will increase the presence of edible perennial landscapes.



Why Would A Painting Cost So Much?

  • Photo via Yusaku Maezawa on Twitter: “I am a lucky man.”

    A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting style consist of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage—his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent—and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later.

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    Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese e-commerce billionaire, purchased Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) at Thursday night’s Contemporary Art evening sale at Sotheby’s. The canvas was hammered down at $98 million after a dramatic 10-minute bidding war, coming to $110.4 million with the buyer’s premium. It marks the highest auction price ever for an American artist—unseating Andy Warhol, whose $105 million auction record was set by Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) (1963) at Sotheby’s New York in November 2013—and the second-highest price for any contemporary work.

Contemporary Art By New York Students

Photo 1 from Sorry the Movie Wasn't That Good by Rebecca Orcutt.

Sorry the Movie Wasn’t That Good by Rebecca Orcutt.

On view now until May 27, the New York Academy of Art’s MFA Thesis Exhibition features artwork by 56 graduating students who explore the art of “urgent, personal necessity and unique vision” (in the words of the academy’s president, David Kratz). Their works range from sculptures and paintings to graphite sketches.

The artists come from 23 different countries, including a Harvard-educated doctor who turned to painting, and many are already established — some have contributed to group or solo exhibitions in places like the Brooklyn Museum and the National Gallery in London. Many of the pieces tell personal stories.

Rooftop by Caitlin Armington.

Regrets of a Broken Heart by Eve Palguta

Transition by Lilla Dent.

LIC by Amina Kerimova

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Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

A candy-colored dress of mint-green duchess satin draped atop an entirely embroidered bodice encrusted in crystals. A cinch high on the waist with a silver patent-leather belt creates an ultra feminine 1950s silhouette while mirror-effect silver pumps add a modern touch.

Art & Fashion

From Vuitton to Dior: a history of art collaborating with fashion
The Da Vinci Mona Lisa bag from Louis Vuitton’s Masters collection. Courtesy Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton has launched its largest collaborative project with an artist to date. Under the guidance of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, the house has teamed up with American artist Jeff Koons to create a collection of bags, accessories, and scarves entitled Masters.

As part of the worldwide launch, these pieces will be available in four cities including Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Created exclusively for Vuitton, the collection is a clear continuation of the work of Koons, and while it is an unusual medium for him, it is nonetheless a great opportunity for art enthusiasts to obtain an affordable example of his work.

From Vuitton to Dior: a history of art collaborating with fashion

For collectors of bags, it is the latest example of a long and exciting relationship between Vuitton and artists, which began under previous creative director Marc Jacobs.
John Galliano’s collaboration with Benjamin Shine recreated a face in stitched netting, for the Maison Margiela Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 Paris show. Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho / WireImage


Paul McCarthy and Christian Lemmerz

Virtual Reality Commissions at Fondazione Giorgio Cini ISOLA DI SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE MAY 12–AUG. 27 OPENING: MAY 11, 6–8 P.M.

Paul McCarthy, C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve, 2017. © Paul McCarthy and Khora Contemporary. Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens and Khora Contemporary.

Paul McCarthy, C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve, 2017. © Paul McCarthy and Khora Contemporary. Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens and Khora Contemporary.





African women artists Dineo Seshee Bopape (of South Africa) and Phoebe Boswell (of Kenya) landed the top honors for this year’s prize, given by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Their work is joined in this exhibition by that of the 19 other talents that appeared on the prize’s shortlist, including Martine Syms, Firelei Báez, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.

Dineo Bopape

The Market For Contemporary African Art

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On May 16th, Sotheby’s will offer its first-ever sale of modern and contemporary African art. Last month, the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s massive three-part exhibition showcasing the rich depth of African art opened to the public in Paris. On the continent, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is slated to open this September in Cape Town. And 1:54 itself is gearing up for a third location: Marrakech.

African artwork has been good for a long time. Lavinia Calza, director of Nairobi-based gallery ARTLabAfrica, says the works has not been visible. On view at the booth are works by Paul Onditi. See here

However, African art is the latest to have been discovered by the market,” noted Sitor Senghor, director of (S)ITOR gallery, standing beneath a 12.5-by- 20-foot flag by Nú Barreto. The iconography of Disunited States of Africa (DSA) (2010), priced at €50,000, will be familiar to an American audience, but Barretto’s recoloring of the stars and stripes also speaks to the multifaceted regions and cultures that exist on a continent of 1.2 billion people.

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Judge Upholds Removal of Student’s Controversial Painting from U.S. Capitol

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), chairman Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)(L-R) rehang a painting on the U.S. Capitol walls after it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on Friday because he found it offensive on January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images


A controversial painting depicting police officers and protests in Ferguson, Missouri, will not return to the walls of the U.S. Capitol anytime soon.

On Friday, a federal court ruled against artist David Pulphus and Democratic Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay, who brought a First Amendment lawsuit to immediately rehang the work after the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the government office which oversees that building, took it down in January.

Peggy Guggenheim Great Grands Say New York Exhibition Violates Her Legacy

Peggy Guggenheim's great-grandchildren say New York exhibition violates her legacy

Peggy Guggenheim in her palazzo in Venice (Image: Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche. Gift, Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005)
Three great-grandchildren of Peggy Guggenheim are accusing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York of defying the wishes of the late collector. The museum’s current exhibition, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim (September 6, 2017), celebrates collectors who helped shape the foundation. It includes 21 works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, from major works by Duchamp, Picasso and Brâncuși, to Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947), one of the artist’s greatest “drip” paintings. But three of Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandchildren say that when she donated her Venetian palace and Modern art collection to the foundation set up by her uncle in New York, she stipulated that none of the works on show in Venice should be removed for display elsewhere between Easter and 1 November. She wanted the work to be in Venice at that time every year because it is the high tourist season in the city, and every two years this period coincides with the biennale,” says Sindbad Rumney-Guggenheim, a great-grandson of Peggy’s, who says he also speaks on behalf of his two brothers and his father. This year, “many of the collection’s major works will be in New York. That’s going to be detrimental to any tourist who’s visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Rumney-Guggenheim and other family members descended from Peggy Guggenheim’s only daughter, Pegeen Vail, who predeceased her mother. They have repeatedly sued the Guggenheim Foundation in French courts, arguing that the organization has failed to respect Peggy’s wishes in its management of her collection. Their case has always been rejected, most recently by the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015.
However, Peggy Guggenheim’s will, dated 9 October 1972, states that: “It has also been agreed… that none of the artwork shall be loaned to any institution during the period from 1 April to 31 October, annually, because during this period the collection has always been on display… in my palace and it was felt that the continuance of this policy would be most desirable.”Peggy Guggenheim at the Art of This Century gallery, New York, in 1942 (Image: © AP Photos, courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

Peggy Guggenheim at the Art of This Century gallery, New York, in 1942 (Image: © AP Photos, courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)
Peggy Guggenheim at the Art of This Century gallery, New York, in 1942 (Image: © AP Photos, courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

The sale of Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) is expected to reach  million fetched by another of the artist’s untitled works sold at Christie’s in May of last year. The work is backed by a guarantee of an undisclosed amount from Sotheby’s, which is betting on the continued strength of Basquiat’s market following the Christie’s sale. The piece—which has been held by one family for over three decades—was first purchased for just $19,000 at an auction in 1984 and has not been loaned to an exhibition since. The only image of the work until now has been a small photograph in the artist’s catalogue raisonné. Among the other notable works hitting the auction block next month is a Peter Doig landscape estimated at over $25 million. The painting is likely to set a record price.




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Pierre Rainero,Cartier’s director of image, style and heritage says that in the beginning of the 20th century, clients invested in very big jewellery that sometimes they only got to wear once a year. That’s why some pieces were conceived to be transformed into different variations. “The origin is very pragmatic, especially with pieces like tiaras.”

This tiara by Cartier can also be a necklace. Tiaras marked the beginning of transformable jewellery.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic Zip necklace was born in such context. Duchess of Windsor suggested the house to create a piece based on the zip fastener in 1938. The highly technical necklace, however, wasn’t produced until 1951 due to technical complexity.

Italian luxury maison Bulgari is also known for many delicate masterpieces that can be converted in various ways. One of the most famous pieces was a necklace-slash-tiara worn by screen siren Ingrid Bergman on the set of The Visit (1964).

Chaumet is known for its exquisite transformable high jewellery.

The creation of Zip necklaces, Bos says, also calls for a high level of techniques. The fully functioning high jewellery zipper features a mechanism supported by tiny gold cups and golden hooks that are brought together by a sliding closure. Only a few pieces of the sought-after style can be produced each year because of the complexity.




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A re-interpreted crab cake at Osteria Francescana, ranked No. 2 this year.

The Top 50 (Last year’s place in parentheses)

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York (3)
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (1)
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain (2)
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France (6)
  5. Central, Lima (4)
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain (10)
  7. Gaggan, Bangkok (23)
  8. Maido, Lima (13)
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain (7)
  10. Steirereck, Vienna (9)
  11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York (48)
  12. Arpège, Paris (19)
  13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (58)
  14. Restaurant André, Singapore (32)
  15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy (17)
  16. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil (11)
  17. Le Bernardin, New York (24)
  18. Narisawa, Tokyo (8)
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen (28)
  20. Pujol, Mexico City (25)
  21. Alinea, Chicago (15)
  22. Quintonil, Mexico City (12)
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow (18)
  24. Amber, Hong Kong (20)
  25. Tickets, Barcelona (29)
  26. The Clove Club, London (26)
  27. The Ledbury, London (14)
  28. Nahm, Bangkok (37)
  29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy (39)
  30. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain (21)
  31. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (72)
  32. Attica, Melbourne (33)
  33. Astrid y Gastón, Lima (30)
  34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands (38)
  35. Septime, Paris (50)
  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (45)
  37. Saison, San Francisco (27)
  38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain (16)
  39. Relae, Copenhagen (40)
  40. Cosme, New York (96)
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai (42)
  42. Boragó, Santiago (36)
  43. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy (84)
  44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia (65)
  45. Den, Tokyo (77)
  46. L’Astrance, Paris (57)
  47. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany (35)
  48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (34)
  49. Tegui, Buenos Aires (68)
  50. Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium (53)