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Legacy Brands Have Their Day of Reckoning

Last month I wrote about Land O’ Lakes—the butter and dairy company based in Minnesota that dropped the American Indian maiden from its packaging after nearly a century. This happened before the global protests following the May 25th death of George Floyd. Now practically every brand with a racist name or image is making changes.… Read More

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Elevating the Airport

While there has been nothing pretty about the construction at LaGuardia Airport over the last few years, the renovation seems to be worth the wait. Designed by artist Laura Owens, Terminal B has been given a beautiful mosaic treatment across its impressive walls and surfaces. The piece is entitled “I🍕NY” and features 80 iconic references… Read More

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Art History

In Bristol, England where the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled during a Black Lives Matter protest, artist Marc Quinn and BLM protestor Jen Reid have been working privately on a statue to replace it. On the day that the Colston statue came down, Reid was photographed standing on top of the plinth… Read More

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A Checkered Present

Elblag, Poland is experiencing a local drought. In reaction to imposed water restrictions, the city’s contemporary art museum allowed its public green space to overgrow. By forgoing their mowing regimen, long grass overtook their public green space and, as an unintended benefit, wildflowers seeded themselves amid the grass and the space became an example of… Read More

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Wave of the Future

As digital screens become even bigger and more affordable to produce, animated murals and public art are beginning to evolve and expand in urban areas. One such place is Seoul’s COEX Square, where a motion design studio named D’Strict created a huge ocean wave with an anamorphic illusion that wraps three sides of a shopping… Read More

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No Previous Model

Over the weekend, British Vogue released a 14-piece series of covers that depicts landscapes around the theme of ‘Reset’. Each cover was created by a renowned British artist or photographer—talent such as David Sims, Nadine Ijewere, Tim Walker, Lubaina Humid, and David Hockney. The release was accompanied by a 20-page article entitled “All Across the… Read More

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Rebrand The Rebels

I grew up in a bucolic, classic New England, suburban town 13 miles outside of Boston. It was predominantly white and Catholic. Its claims to fame: a maximum-security prison that housed the Boston Strangler among others, its proximity to the home of the New England Patriots (aka Foxboro Stadium/Sullivan Stadium/Gillette Stadium), the place where numerous… Read More

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Butter Icon Retired

On August 23, 2019, I wrote an article about the images, names, and references to America’s native peoples, after a visiting an exhibition titled “Americans” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. I discovered this week that one of the brands I had featured, Land O’ Lakes—the butter and dairy company based in… Read More

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Perfectly Picked and Placed

Ellen Hoverkamp is a photographer based in West Haven, Connecticut. She masterfully creates food, botanicals, and floral still lives. Her tool? A flatbed scanner. Typically, scanners are used for reproducing flat materials, but this is the complete opposite of Ellen’s work. Laying her natural, found elements on the bed of the scanner, Ellen’s work captures… Read More