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Art World Couples We Can't Stop Watching – Cultured Magazine



What happens when incredibly artistic people couple up with other incredibly artistic people? In some cases, it’s the stuff of magic. The artists below create some of today’s most evocative and unique work, and we can’t help but wonder how their similarly talented partners have helped spur them on. Historic comparisons to the artistic partnerships of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning of the mid-19th century, Dutch painters Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe in the early 20th century or John Lennon and Yoko Ono of the 1960s come to mind. Whatever the case, we’re diving into the relationships of some of the art world’s trendiest couples and their recent collaborations.

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney

This couple wed in 2019 in Rhode Island, and they’ve just welcomed their first child into the world. While most people recognize Jennifer Lawrence from their favorite Hollywood blockbuster movies, Cooke Maroney is also flying high in the art world. As director of gallery Gladstone 64 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he has worked with Lena Dunham’s artist father, Carroll Dunham, Anish Kapoor and Richard Prince.

Nicole Eisenman and Sarah Nicole Prickett

Nicole Eisenman is a Brooklyn-based painter and sculptor, winner of The Contemporary Austin’s 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize. Sarah Nicole Prickett, an essayist and art critic, told the New Yorker that she was first drawn to Eisenman’s apparent Ted Lasso style: “She was dressed like a soccer coach. Sneakers, a windbreaker, possibly a fleece pant even.” The couple moved in together during the beginning of COVID.

Abroad for a show at C L E A R I N G gallery, Copson photographed by sometimes collaborator and partner Caroline Polachek.

Caroline Polachek and Matt Copson

Singer and songwriter Caroline Polachek’s voice sounds like something out of an ethereal tin can that reverberates through your ear drums. Her latest album Pang meshes indie with pop but is delivered as something wholly unique. Her partner Matt Copson, a London-based artist, recently showcased an immersive laser opera at High Art gallery in Paris and the couple collaborated to create Polachek’s latest music video for her 2021 single, “Bunny is a Rider.”

Ian Cheng and Rachel Rose

Ian Cheng is an artist known for his live simulations that encourage viewers to think about their capacity to change. His work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art, The Shed and the de Young, among other institutions. Fellow artist Rachel Rose is known for her video installations that have been shown all over the world. The husband and wife were expecting their first child when he started creating Life After BOB a few years ago, an anime series that poses the question:  could AI live your life better than you?

Dianna Agron and Harold Ancart

Painter Harold Ancart and actor Dianna Agron got together this past summer and were seen out together beaming all fall. Will this new relationship make the Glee star more of an art collector? We hope she starts with a big canvas from Ancart. We strongly believe lovers should get to skip even the most atrocious blue-chip line and the check should read “gratis.”

Emily Bode and Aaron Aujla

Emily Adams Bode is the fashion designer behind Bode and Aaron Aujla is the cofounder of furniture firm Green River Project. The couple is passionate about a shared goal: giving new designs a sense of history. She incorporates patchwork into workwear staples, and he makes furniture inspired by past allusions. Their stunning Manhattan home, as featured in Architectural Digest, is a real-life culmination of their collective style and constant collaborations.

Photography via Getty Images.

Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu

Like many couples, Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu met at a party. In 2006, Paper magazine founder Kim Hastreiter had insisted Nigerian-born, British-educated lawyer-turned-fashion designer Olowu come. There, he hit it off with Golden, now director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. The rest is power couple history. “Thelma is a strong woman, and Duro loves that about her,” Hasteiter told the New York Times of their relationship. “They’re not attached at the hip. They work like crazy, and they’re really passionate about what they do, and respect each other’s careers and love each other.”

Photography by David Benthal/BFA.

Antwaun Sargent and Miles Greenberg

Art critic and Gagosian curator and director Antwaun Sargent recently penned his first book, The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion. Perhaps he compared notes on inspirations with his performance artist partner Miles Greenberg. The pair are fixtures in the New York art scene, often snapped with other cool kids like photographer Tyler Mitchell and digital art agent JiaJia Fei.

Jenna Gribbon and Mackenzie Scott

The music video for “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head,” a new single from TORRES’s 2021 album Thirstier, is a journey through the everyday love of band frontwoman Mackenzie Scott and her artist partner Jenna Gribbon. As a figurative painter who focuses on the female form, Gribbon’s muses are complex, far from perched on a pedestal and include Scott. A handful of Gribbon’s recent intimate paintings feature the singer, proving their artistic inspirations are certainly requited.

Photography by Jawad Elatab / Backgrid.

Dev Hynes and Tessa Thompson

Actor Tessa Thompson and musician Dev Hynes have dated under the public’s radar and the couple’s low-key style goes hand-in-hand with their camera-shy off-screen personas. We used to fondly remember when Tessa’s sister, Zsela, performed at Dev Hynes’s unplugged set with Cultured at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, but now we wonder why we missed the star power duo. Where was Tessa?

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Restoration of Michelangelo’s Pieta statue in Florence reveals flaws in marble



The restoration of Michelangelo’s famed Pieta dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence has revealed that the single block of marble from which the masterpiece was sculpted was flawed, offering a likely reason for why it was abandoned before it was completed.

The statue, better known as the Bandini Pieta, represents the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene holding the body of Christ as he is taken down from the cross by a man, Nicodemus, whose face is the self-portrait of the Italian Renaissance artist.

“It’s a Pieta that has suffered and is very intimate… it is a really personal statue,” Beatrice Agostini, director of the restoration project, told Reuters.

The works of restoration confirmed that the 2,700 kg piece of marble had veins and numerous minute cracks, particularly on the base, which may have been the reason for Michelangelo’s decision to stop working on the sculpture before finishing it, a statement said.

The artist had initially planned to place the sculpture next to his tomb but only years after beginning to sculpt it, in the mid 1500s, a then 75-year old Michelangelo decided to abandon the masterpiece, giving it as a gift to a servant, who then sold it to a banker, Francesco Bandini.

Restorers did not find any sign of hammer blows, making it unlikely the widespread hypothesis that an unhappy Michelangelo tried to destroy the sculpture in a moment of frustration, the statement added.

The non-invasive restoration started in 2019 but was interrupted several times due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Deposits were removed from the sculpture’s surface, which was then cleaned, bringing it back to its original hue.

The project was commissioned and directed by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and was financed by U.S. non-profit organization Friends of Florence.

“The operation has restored to the world the beauty of one of Michelangelo’s most intense and troubled masterpieces,” a joint statement said.

Visitors have been able to witness all stages of the process as the statue was always on display, in an open laboratory, on a platform, behind a glass screen.


(Reporting by Matteo Berlenga in Florence, writing by Giulia Segreti in Rome, editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Art Beat: Arts Council keeps its friends close – Coast Reporter



Until Feb. 6, the Sunshine Coast Arts Council is exhibiting works by its members in a variety of mediums.

The annual “Friends of the Gallery” show is hosted in the Doris Crowston Gallery of the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, at 5714 Medusa Street, in Sechelt.

Now in its 20th year, the “Friends” event began as a way to encourage emerging artists. Today, individual artists from the community are invited to submit one piece of work they completed in the previous year to be shown in the group exhibition.

Artworks are also available for purchase.

Youth Urged to Float Beachcombers-Inspired Creations

The Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society describes itself as “a magnet for creative souls on the Coast.” To mark this year’s golden jubilee of The Beachcombers, the iconic CBC Television program, the society is seeking to attract young creative souls through an art and writing contest.

Various types of submissions are welcome, including short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, scripts, cover artwork and colouring for the planned anthology and exhibit.

Written entries must contain at least one reference to The Beachcombers, the Coast or the beach. Allusions to jet boat manoeuvres and amicable ribbing at the lunch counter of Molly’s Reach are likely assets as well.

Details are online on the Society’s website at Submissions must be received by midnight on June 1.

Family Literacy Week: Tales on Trails

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed Jan. 24 to 31 as Family Literacy Week, marking the fifth successive year that Family Literacy Day (Jan. 27) has overflowed with a sevenfold increase in bookish intensity.

“Children’s literacy skills expand and grow much faster when families read, play and learn together,” said Jennifer Whiteside, B.C.’s Minister of Education. “Family Literacy Week is a great opportunity to focus on dynamic ways to support our youngest learners so they can develop the skills they need to succeed in their school years and beyond.”

Decoda Literacy Solutions, a province-wide literacy organization, is hosting a photo contest. Participants may take a photo using a “Let’s Be Active” theme and submit it by email to or post it on social media using these hashtags: #LetsBeActive and #FLW2022. There will be a class prize and a prize for individuals.

To mark the occasion, the Gibsons and District Public Library has encouraged families to host “reading walks” in which families and individuals stroll through local parks, reading along to stories.

The Coast Reporter encourages all such literary ramblers to glance up from time to time, in order to avoid mid-chapter collisions incurred while covering one’s tracks.

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Library Line: Parrott Art Gallery open to viewers online – Belleville Intelligencer



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By Wendy Rayson-Kerr

Although the Parrott Gallery is closed until at least January 26 due to public health restrictions, we are still working to bring you art.  We hope that our awesome gallery supporters will sign onto our website to view new virtual exhibitions, participate in online art workshops and register for free Armchair Traveller presentations on Zoom. We’ll also be increasing our social media posts, so please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to view artwork from our current exhibitions as well as from our permanent collection, because everyone could use a little more art in their life right now!

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Coming next: The Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt Guild is presenting an exhibition called, “Outside the Block” which will be available to view online through our website starting on Saturday, January 22. The traditional Log Cabin Quilt design, generally speaking, starts with a center shape which is surrounded by strips of coloured pieces that follow a specific sequence of light and dark patterning. Colours have meanings in these quilts, whose shapes can be seen to symbolize log cabins with both dark and sunny corners, and much has been written about their connection to North American pioneers. In our upcoming exhibition, this traditional pattern has been given a modern interpretation. The twenty quilters represented in this group show have all used the Log Cabin Quilt pattern as their inspiration, resulting with an assortment of unique designs. Each artwork is as original as the artists themselves, and we certainly hope you will log in to view them on our website (for now) as well as get the chance to view them in our gallery in the near future.

Another exhibition that will soon be available to view online is called “Corona and Friends” by George Kratz. This prolific Stirling artist has assembled a large collection of paintings that he has been working on over the past two decades. He describes his Corona series as, “an abstract journey” which he completed during the pandemic. The earlier work in his Friends series is equally intense, full of symbolism both borrowed and unique to the artist. George Kratz is a story-teller and this exhibition tells the story of vivid colour, strong lines and imagery you will not soon forget.

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Both of these online shows will be available to view in person when we are allowed to re-open our doors once again.

We continue to offer Online Acrylic Pouring Workshops at the Parrott Gallery. These monthly projects are meant for beginners and skilled artists alike, and are the perfect way to learn knew creative skills. Prepared and presented by Warkworth artist Sheila Wright, these workshops are fun and easy to complete. Each kit costs thirty dollars and contains all you will need to create a unique artwork, including materials and video instructions. The January project is a painting called “Rainbow Swipe” and the deadline to register is Saturday, January 22. Please email us at or call us as 613-968-6731 x 2040 if you are interested or would like more information.

On February 19, Photographer Lydia Dotto will be sharing her online Armchair Traveller presentation on the Antarctic. From the comfort of your own home you can take a journey across the globe, for free! “The Antarctic: Abundance of Life” is your chance to view a place that most of us will never have the chance to visit. You can register for this live Zoom presentation through our website. When we re-open our doors, our Corridor Gallery will feature the photography of Susan and Clint Guy, in a show they have called “India: The Golden Triangle”.  Plans for an in-person presentation are also under way, so stay tuned for this next part of our Armchair Traveller Series.

We know 2022 is going to be an exciting year of exhibitions and programs here at the Parrott Gallery, so we won’t let the current closures discourage us. We hope that we will be open for in-person viewing again soon.

Wendy Rayson-Kerr is the Acting Curator of the John M. Parrott Art Gallery

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