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The Week In Art: Staples, Lord Voldemort and A Lost Leonardo

Posted: 03/17/2012 11:56 am Updated: 03/17/2012 11:59 am

Hello again readers! We had an action-packed week, filled with office supplies, ghost sightings and a pop portrait of Lord Voldemort. It was a doozy...


Francesca Woodman turns familiar domestic spaces into places haunted by feminine spirits. It is hard not to include Woodman's own tragic tale in the interpretation of her work; she killed herself in 1981 by leaping out of a window and plummeting to her death at only 22 years of age. In her lifetime, Woodman took over 800 photographs, depicting the female body as a blurry stain that had been rubbed out.



Staples, the miniscule invention that many associate with the drudgery of the office, but for one artist, they are just another tool of the trade. Baptiste Debombourg used staples to create a stunningly intricate mural at the Karlin Studio in Prague.As an homage to the technique of engraving, Debombourg used 450,000 staples in his site-specific work, choosing his materials based solely on where the piece will be exhibited.


After looking at her impressive iconic pop culture portraits, it's hard to believe Australian artist Nicky Barkla has only been painting for less than a year. Using a variety of materials including oil, acrylic, water colors, pencils and markers, the self-described 'mixed media' artist creates unique depictions of cultural icons ranging from Spiderman to Edward Scissorhands and Huckleberry Finn. Our personal favorite is Voldy... for such a pale guy Barkla finally brings out some color!



Not since the Da Vinci code has Leonardo thrown us for such a loop. Researchers may have discovered traces of a lost mural by Leonardo da Vinci by poking a probe through cracks in a 16th-century fresco painted on the wall of one of Florence's most famous buildings. The latest findings Monday still leave much mystery in the hunt for the "Battle of Anghiari," a wall mural painted by Leonardo in Florence's storied Palazzo Vecchio, and possibly hidden behind a fresco done by Giorgio Vasari decades later.



Oftentimes an artist makes a story unfold, but sometimes an artist captures a story evolving all on its own. For his installation "Stelen (Columns)", Marc Adelman collected 50 profile pictures from an internet dating site catering to gay men in Berlin. The catch: all of the photos were curiously taken in front of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, aka the Holocaust Memorial. Through his work, Adelman suggests that we take the time to think about identity, politics and sex, and the radical strangeness of our current age.


Well, that was our week. How was yours?

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