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Space Pagans and Smartphone Witches: Where Tech Meets Mysticism

Technology
DORTMUND, Germany — “Let’s use smartphones and tarot cards to connect to spirits,” reads the writing on the wall, illuminated in soft ultraviolet light. “Let’s manufacture D.I.Y. devices to listen to invisible worlds.”The incantations, printed as wallpaper, are part of the French artist Lucile Olympe Haute’s “Cyberwitches Manifesto,” an installation in a show called “Technoshamanism” that is at the Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund, Germany, through March 6, 2022. The group exhibition, which brings together the work of 12 artists and collectives, explores the connections between technology and esoteric, ancestral belief systems.In our always-online lives, the supernatural is having a high-tech moment. Spirituality is all over our feeds: The self-help guru Deepak Chopra has co-founded ...
Maya Lin’s Dismantled ‘Ghost Forest’ to Be Reborn as Boats

Maya Lin’s Dismantled ‘Ghost Forest’ to Be Reborn as Boats

Technology, World
Maya Lin’s acclaimed “Ghost Forest” — her installation at Madison Square Park in New York — was being carved up, and the artist couldn’t have been happier: A group of teenagers had seen the harvesting of the wood on Friday and were sawing it on Monday, to make boats they plan to sail next year.“I was overjoyed, because otherwise the trees were going to be mulched or turned into shingles,” Lin said in an interview. “The boats are engaging and part of a new life for the artwork.”Lin had planted 49 trees last spring for the exhibition, which opened in May and drew crowds and critical acclaim with its haunting evocation of environmental apocalypse. The trees, Atlantic white cedars, came from a dying grove that was slated to be cleared as part of a restoration project in the Pine Barrens in New...

A Cherished New Orleans Restaurant, Upperline, Closes

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NEW ORLEANS — JoAnn Clevenger was certain she would reopen Upperline, her New Orleans Creole restaurant, for most of the 18 months since the Covid-19 pandemic forced its closing. That confidence began cracking this past summer, as she began, with the help of a therapist, to confront her fear of losing a business she regarded as her “platform” for 38 years.“I was paralyzed not knowing what I was going to do with the rest of my life,” said Ms. Clevenger, who is 82.This month, Ms. Clevenger announced that whatever her future holds, it will not include Upperline. While the restaurant is officially for sale, the retirement of its founder, who embraced her hostess role as a higher calling, marks the end of an era for an establishment whose charisma reflected its owner’s.“I found JoAnn to be an i...

Cryptocurrency Group Loses Bid for Rare Copy of U.S. Constitution

Technology
A group of cryptocurrency fans lost a much-anticipated bid for a rare first printing of the U.S. Constitution at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday.The group, ConstitutionDAO, conducted a frenzied, weeklong online crowdfunding campaign to place a bid on the artifact, one of only 13 copies known to exist. It had raised more than $40 million in less than a week for the bid.The final sale price was $43.2 million, according to a Sotheby’s spokesman. The winner’s identity was not immediately known. Minutes after the gavel, ConstitutionDAO confirmed the loss on Twitter.“While this wasn’t the outcome we hoped for, we still made history tonight with ConstitutionDAO,” it said, adding that contributors would have their donations refunded, minus fees.ConstitutionDAO is what’s known as a decentralized au...
Frida Kahlo’s ‘Diego and I’ Self Portrait Sells for $34.9 Million

Frida Kahlo’s ‘Diego and I’ Self Portrait Sells for $34.9 Million

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A self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, an artist known for her raw emotional intensity, sold for $34.9 million at Sotheby’s on Tuesday night, setting an auction benchmark for the most expensive artwork by a Latin American artist.Completed five years before her death in 1954, the oil painting, “Diego and I,” is one of Kahlo’s final self-portraits and an example of the unsettling intimacy that has attracted collectors to her paintings. The work offers a window into her turbulent marriage with the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, who is depicted in it just above the artist’s tearful eyes.In setting a new high for a Latin American artist at auction, Kahlo surpassed a benchmark set by Rivera in 2018, when one of his paintings sold at auction for $9.76 million — or the equivalent of $10.75 million today,...

Donors Withhold Gifts to Protest Changes at Hamptons Sculpture Garden

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With its clipped hornbeams, lush borders and meandering paths, the LongHouse Reserve is a 16-acre sanctuary on Long Island’s fabled East End, a tranquil respite where visitors enjoy, not just quiet garden views, but sculpture by the likes of Willem de Kooning and Sol LeWitt.Created by Jack Lenor Larsen, an internationally known textile designer, the reserve in East Hampton functioned for decades as both Larsen’s home as well as an attraction operated by a veteran executive director and supervised by a volunteer board.But Larsen died last December at the age of 93, and this fall, the harmony of the retreat he created has been shattered by bitterness and recriminations.Much of the upset stems from the sudden firing in September of Matko Tomicic, the director who had shepherded the reserve fo...

‘Be Nice to Tourists’: New York’s Arts Scene Needs International Visitors

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When many readers in Toronto, London, Paris and Hong Kong open their newspapers on Monday, they will be greeted with a full-page advertisement from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.“We reopened in August 2020, but have been missing one critical thing — you, our international visitors,” the ad will say. “The Met is only The Met when it is being enjoyed daily by visitors from around the world.”The unusual display — museum officials say they do not believe they have ever run a global marketing campaign of this scope aimed at visitors so far from their Fifth Avenue home — is a signal of the thirst among New York arts institutions for foreign visitors to return. American borders reopened to international tourists this week for the first time since the early months of 2020. Their retur...
At Hunter Biden’s Art Show, Line, Color and Questions

At Hunter Biden’s Art Show, Line, Color and Questions

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Weeks before Hunter Biden’s art show — “The Journey Home” — opened at a New York gallery, marking the splashy debut of a newcomer with a famous name to the commercial art world, the White House insisted it had safeguards to ensure that no one who buys a painting will be able to use the acquisition to influence his father’s administration.The White House Counsel’s Office helped develop guidelines for the Manhattan gallery to keep the identity of art buyers from both the artist and the administration. The gallery could reject offers that were “out of the ordinary.”Ultimately, the White House said, the person who would enforce this arrangement would be the gallerist who is hosting Mr. Biden’s show, Georges Bergès.In an interview this week at his gallery on West Broadway in SoHo, Mr. Bergès, 4...
The Metaverse Takes Manhattan

The Metaverse Takes Manhattan

Business
The difference now, of course, is that no one needs to be convinced that crypto is a good business. It’s already a trillion-dollar industry that has spawned dozens of huge companies, created dynastic wealth for early adopters, and attracted many of the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley.And when I looked beyond the decadence in New York, I could see strands of Web3 starting to weave themselves into things real people might want.On Monday night, for example, I went to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to attend a party thrown by Friends With Benefits, a new kind of leaderless crypto-club known as a “decentralized autonomous organization,” or DAO. Right now, DAOs — which have been described as “group chats with bank accounts” — are mostly an experimental plaything. But optimists think they could...

Citizen Activists Lead the Hunt for Antiquities Looted From Nepal

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Roshan Mishra recalls standing inside the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, staring into the eyes of a wooden goddess that he believed was the same artifact that had disappeared nearly 50 years earlier from a local temple in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, where he lives.Mishra, director of the Taragaon Museum in Kathmandu, describes that encounter, in 2019, as the event that inspired him to create a digital archive of nearly 3,000 Nepalese artifacts that he believes are being held by museums outside the country.Two years later, the archive that he operates with his wife is at the heart of a citizen-led effort to use the internet to find the missing gods and goddesses, Buddhas and bodhisattvas that have been looted from Nepal.Emails now arrive daily from antiquities experts and hobbyi...