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V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014
“Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
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courtesy of the Tom Golden Collection, Sonoma County Museum
“Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Arts

A Peek Into Process

Christo gives a talk about innovation and invention

An artist in every sense of the word, Christo started with ideas, put them on sketches, collages and diagrams, then made them into three dimensional installations that took over large plots of land.
“Morning Cup”
all paintings by Eric G. Thompson
“Morning Cup”

Arts

“The Painter’s Vision Is Not a Lens”

New work by Eric G. Thompson comes alive

Photorealistic paintings are not a crime. These new works by Eric G. Thompson shimmer with captured energy.
V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
“Cat, Rabbit, Owl” by Jim Kopp at Mariposa Gallery

Art Review

Galleries Get It Up

Flights of fancy

Anthropomorphic animals, archetypal trash, Plexiglas forests and cactus maps—it’s all on display at your friendly local gallery.
“Hamsa” by Jacqueline Dodd, featured on the cover of Warren’s humanKind

Art Scenester

Come Together Right Now

From synchronicities to the spoken word, a night of human-kindness promises spiritual dynamism.

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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
“The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York,” serigraph with UV lacquer
All images courtesy of the Tom Golden Collection, Sonoma County Museum

Culture Shock

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Have Always Gone Big

Superstar environmental artist Christo comes to Albuquerque in August—here’s what you need to know.
V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Nkazi Sinandile and her granddaughter Thandiwe
photos by Littleglobe

Arts Feature

From War Zone to Melting Pot

How the International District reinvents itself through art

ID Live! features the stories of International District residents told through art in all its forms, including sculpture, painting, mosaic, writing, photography, film and performance.
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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
“Root Chakra”
Kailani

Arts Feature

Chakra and Awe

Graffiti writer taps into universal calligraphies

In her very first gallery show, subversive Burque artist Kailani melds darkness with light-filled spirituality.
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David Santiago’s enigmatic faces are unmistakable.

Art Scenester

MAS Attack Ready to Blitz the Albuquerque Art Scene

Artists need admirers, and no one admires art more than other artists. That’s the driving force between a one-night-only Mutual Admiration Society.
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V.23 No.28 |

music

Now Hear This, Vol. III

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Blouse - "Into Black"

Consumers of my dancing-about-architecture reportage are probably aware of my frequent use of the adjectival "blackety-black." It's really just an overly precious synonym for: atramentous, ebony, jet, obsidian, onyx, pitch, slate, sloe and the like. But thanks to British scientists at Surrey NanoSystems, there's now an honest-to-goodness blackety-black. It's called Vantablack (or super black), and it's record-breaking darkness absorbs all but .035 percent of light. It's so damn black that the human eye has difficulty discerning its dimensions. Like a freaking black hole. Its primary intended applications are terrestrial, space and air-borne optical instrumentation. But now hear this: The Little Black Dress will never be the same.

Dead Can Dance - "Black Sun"

The Daily Mail reports that it's created using carbon nanotubes—"which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between"—and if that isn't enough, it's 10 times stronger than steel and conducts heat seven-and-a-half times more effectively than copper. Yeah. Owing to my obsessive-compulsive nature, themes prove irresistably attractive, so here are my favorite songs that pay tribute to blackety-black, er, Vantablack. Share your favorite black-centric tracks in the comments, fellow darklings.

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Beat Happening - "Black Candy"

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Cosmetics - "Black Leather Gloves"

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Nick Drake - "Black Eyed Dog"

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Nina Simone - "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair"

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Pictureplane - "Black Nails"

The Sandwitches - "Black Rider"

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Timber Timbre - "Black Water"

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The Velvet Underground & Nico - "Black Angel's Death Song"

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V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
More fun indeed
Billy McCall

Culture Shock

The nekkid eye

Journey into the exposed heart of Burque’s artworld with a celebration of the body, a drama about family and poetry to scare zealous patriots.
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