Wild New Anamorphic Sculptures From the Warped Mind of Jonty Hurwitz

The Illusive Cat, 2016. Anamorphic sculpture. Oil paint on plaster, stainless steel.

London artist Jonty Hurwitz (previously) revels in the skewed and twisted world of anamorphic artwork, where the meaning of a dramatically warped figures is only revealed when reflected against a viewing device, in this case a cylindrical mirror. While Leonardo da Vinci is credited for creating the first known definitive example of anamorphosis in the 15th century, Hurwitz pieces are infused with modern technology, relying on digital renderings which are painstakingly transformed into physical objects cast from bronze, copper, or plaster. In more recent pieces he’s even begun to apply oil painting as a final touch.

Hurwitz had work on view earlier this year as part of Kinetica 2017 and you can see more of his recent work on his website.

Childhood, 2017. Copper, stainless steel, resin, magnetism.

Anamorphic Frog, 2016. Bronze and stainless steel.

The Hand That Caught Me Falling, 2016. Bronze, wood and chrome.

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Staff Picks: Springtime Edition

Installation view of M/A/R/C/H at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo: Mark-Woods.com. © Keltie Ferris. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

Have a free afternoon? Go see some art! The Art21 staff presents a selection of our favorite films and exhibitions in New York.


“I really enjoyed the Unfinished Conversations show at MoMA—it’s small but packs a punch and I found it refreshing how head-on it presented issues of violence, protest, exploitation, and surveillance.

Also, finally listened to S-Town and I think we’ve reached peak podcast storytelling, even though I’m still wrapping my mind around what it was about. Also loved Hannah Black’s performance OR LIFE OR at PS1—poetic, intense, and emotional.”

Danielle Brock, Office Coordinator
Unfinished Conversations is on view through July 30

“I want to recommend Keltie Ferris’ new show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Her painting just keeps getting better and these body print works reminded me in some ways of David Hammons’ work, although Ferris specifically utilizes gestures that explore a range of emotion, and seems to purposefully play with gender classification here. Beautiful exhibition.”

Joe Fusaro, Senior Education Advisor
On view through May 6

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 at the Brooklyn Museum is a must-see. It’s more important than ever to learn from the successes and failures of past political movements so that we can generate future social change without leaving anyone out.”

Ian Forster, Producer
On view through September 17

“Really enjoyed this animated film, My Entire High School Sinking into the Seaat Metrograph by director Dash Shaw, lead animator Jane Samborski, and featuring some very recognizable voices. Quirky, dark humor, and beautiful animation. Rotten Tomatoes gives a good description: ‘dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage.’”

Maggie Albert, Associate Director of Development and External ​Relations​
Playing through April 27

“The Met’s Age of Empires is a stunning exhibition of new artifacts that have been discovered over the past fifty years in China. It was really inspiring to see the different styles and shapes of these artifacts—they gave me a lot of new ideas in my own work. The exhibition showcases not only the glorious past of China, but also reflects the rich culture that contributed to the China I know and am proud of today!”

—Zhiwei Chen, Digital Media Intern
On view through July 16

“Aki Sasamoto has a few performances remaining in her dynamic show at The Kitchen. Happening on Thursday and Saturday eves!

And if you were ever curious about the work Allan McCollum made in his first few years as an artist, there is still the chance to see a group of this work at Petzel Gallery uptown.”

Tina Kukielski, Executive Director and Chief Curator
Aki Sasamoto: Yield Point is on view through May 13, with performances through May 6
Allan McCollum’s Works: 1968–1977 is on view through April 29

Art of the Real is a unique opportunity to view some of the most vital and innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking today. Featuring established figures such as Laura Poitras, Ignacio Agüero and the late Michael Glawogger alongside emerging talents such as Theo Anthony (Rat Film), Salomé Jashi (The Dazzling Light of Sunset), as well as a tribute to the late Brazilian filmmaker Andrea Tonacci.”

—Tiffany Fung, Development Intern
Playing through May 2

Is there an exhibition or artwork you’ve fallen in love with recently?
Leave your own pick in the comments below!

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Splash 19 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 126 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2017 watercolor competition Splash 19: Illusion of Light! If you see your name below, please check your email for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Splash 19 Winner Notification” no later than Friday, May 19th.


  1. Alexander, Kathleen – Mangos and Japanese White-Eye
  2. Amsellem, David – Bliss
  3. Angelos, Mina – The Dining Room
  4. Barnum, Joanna – Escape Velocity
  5. Becker, Marnie – Maggie
  6. Brabec-King, Cindy – Nets Cast on the Other Side; Perk Up
  7. Bratton, Robert – “Hello, is Someone There?”
  8. Brown, Cara – Hallelujah
  9. Case, Lana – Anointed
  10. Chandler, Marsha – Blueberries and Lemons
  11. Chang, Chaio-i – Windmill
  12. Chen, Jia Ling – In Rain, Sandiaoling
  13. Chew, Marvin – Red Floor, Bedok South Wet Market
  14. Chien, Chung Wei – The Last Sunshine is Still Warm
  15. Collins, Kathy – River Bend
  16. Cox, David – Summer Nastrurtiums
  17. Creel, Carol – Marbles in Crystal Bowl
  18. Cretney, Brenda – Eye On the Ball
  19. Cyrex Ducote, Denice –Party of Three
  20. Dentinger, Ric – Comfort Tractor
  21. Dorsey, Jackie – Georgia Theatre
  22. Eldridge, L.S. – Tooled Up
  23. Espinoza, Juan José – Windows to the Soul
  24. Fenton, Sandra – Griffin, Iggy and Chloe
  25. Ferris, Lynn – Slow
  26. Flatt, Graham – The Vista
  27. Fogel, Susan Hope – 68th Street
  28. Fox, Ryan – Old Town Philly
  29. Fry, Cheri –Lionell and Old Blue
  30. Gauthier, Carla – What We Worship
  31. George, Kathie – If This is Wrong, I don’t Wanna Be Right
  32. Goldman, Ken – Life Class
  33. Granger, Michael – Duveneck House at Hidden Villa, CA
  34. Habets, Peggi – Dawn
  35. Haley, David – Bee No. 6
  36. Harkins, Nancy – The Porch of the Ash Mill Farm
  37. Haverty, Grace – The Soloist
  38. Haywood, Kerry – “Tosh”
  39. Hedderich, Tom – Old Plymouth
  40. Heidler, Karen – Silent Light
  41. Henry, Mike – Morning Ride with Mr. Hastings
  42. Hicks, Joyce – Sunday is a Day of Rest
  43. Hillsbery, Carole – Morning Paper
  44. Holscher, Pat – The Lunch Bunch
  45. Holter, Michael – Putting Up Her Hair
  46. Hopf, Mary – Night Heron
  47. Huang, Jasmine – Yellow Roses
  48. Hunkel, Cary – Stripes…and More Stripes
  49. Hunter, Lance – Ephemeral
  50. Jablokow, Peter – Scissor Bridge
  51. Jefferson, Lisa – Willow Reflections
  52. Josloff, Marc – Boy on a Scooter
  53. Jurick, Kristina – Midday Heat, Morocco
  54. Keith, Susan  – Catching the Morning Rays
  55. Kho, Choon Lee – Pull and Push
  56. Kim, Youngran – My Daughter Ayoul
  57. Kingdon, Ona – A Penny for your Thoughts
  58. Krupinski, Chris  – Illumination
  59. Lamothe, Marie – Passionate Penoy
  60. Lang, Karen – September Roses
  61. Larkins, Kathryn Keller – Mirage
  62. Larsen, Valerie – Paddock Walk
  63. Lawruk, David  – Fleurieu Gums
  64. Lee, Hyoung Jun – People on the Street
  65. Liang, Wendy – Winter
  66. Mack, David Neil – St. Bernadette; Lost Horizons
  67. Maimon, Yael – Feral
  68. Matsick, Anni  – Sweet Dreams; Girl in White Hat
  69. McCracken, Laurin – Silver Cherries, Pears and Magnolia
  70. McDermott, Mark – The Art Lover
  71. McEwan, Angus – Tea Break
  72. Meuse, Kimberly – Cream Peonies
  73. Mimura, Muriel Elliott – Alma with Monarchs
  74. Misencik-Bunn, Christine – Emmerson
  75. Morgan, Diane – I Coulda Had a V-8
  76. nichols, r mike – Urban Study 4
  77. Nishino, Akihiro – #01
  78. Nunno, Judy – Lemon Cello
  79. Ohara, Setsuko – First Museum Visit
  80. Oliver, Roberta – 5th Avenue Carousel
  81. Oliver, Tim – Out on N. County Road 2000
  82. O’Neill, Catherine – Just As we Left It
  83. Ong, Kim Seng – Temple Street, Singapore
  84. Paratore, Gay – The Duesenberg
  85. Pate, Monika – Grapes and Glass
  86. Perez, Luis F. – Heading East
  87. Plucker, Anita – Snowbound
  88. Qualey, Erica – Melting Into Spring
  89. Reynolds, Colleen – Old School
  90. Rider, Judy – Made in China Town IV
  91. Ridge, Michael – Ascending
  92. Rifkin, Dorrie – BBKings
  93. Rimpo, April – Lunch with Champagne
  94. Rogone, Anthony – Batik Blossoms
  95. Rotach, Marlin – Shared Hearts
  96. Roush, Kimberly – Gracie
  97. Rowland, Charles – In the Port of Marseille
  98. Saltzman, Judy – Back in Time
  99. Schaller, Thomas W. – Memorial Day
  100. Smith, David R.  – Autumn Light
  101. Spann, Susanna – Jewels of Coquina Beach
  102. Spino, Frank  – Citrus Squared
  103. Stephens, Richard – Stone Creek Ranch
  104. Stetz, Ken  – Heading Home
  105. Stickel, Sean – NYC Drive-By Color
  106. Stickel, David – “Room with a View – Duomo of Milan”
  107. Stocke, Ron – Morning Light Prague
  108. Strohschein, Sandra – “Afternoon on Lake Michigan”
  109. Suz Chiang, Tan – Song of the City #3
  110. Swenson, Brenda – Joshua
  111. Thomer, Susannah – Blue Rain
  112. Tianya, Zhou – Ritual
  113. Tough, Brittney – Between Shadow and Light
  114. Towle, Sharon – Tulip Shadows
  115. Tse, Rainbow – After Work 2
  116. Tunseth, Dee – Escalera a La Villita
  117. Turner Beletic, Anne – Seattle Girl
  118. Vessellii, Al – Wet
  119. Waller, Carrie – 5 o’clock Shadow
  120. Wang, Wen-Cong – Old Man in the Sun
  121. Ward-Wolford, Lois – Checking Out the Show
  122. Warren, Soon – Southern Magnola and Teapot
  123. Werneck, Daniela – The Girl With the Popcorn Dress
  124. Witte, Bob  – Sun Kissed
  125. Wood, Anita – Red Rider
  126. Yasuoka, Keiko – A Special Night

Splash 18: Celebrating Light and Dark will be available for pre-order soon!


Cover image: The Moscow Nocturne No. 3  |  Chien Chung-Wei |Transparent watercolor on 140-lb. (300gsm) rough Arches, 11″ x 15″ (28cm x 38cm)

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The Practice of Walking: Somewhere Near Zabar’s

W 188th Street, Manhattan, 2017. Image credits: Pascal Troemel.

I’m sick as a dog at noon on a Sunday. Though I haven’t ventured far from the bed, walking is still on my mind. Earlier this month, on Friday, April 14th—otherwise known as Good Friday—I walked the length of Manhattan from dawn until dusk, following Broadway from its start at Bowling Green to the northern tip of the island in Inwood Park, a distance of approximately thirteen miles.

I have integrated durational walking into my practice for years as a framework for seeing, using photography as a catalyst and tool. New York is an ideal city for walkers, one characterized by the duality of anonymity and hard-won sites of personal significance. “Space is a practiced place,” as Michel de Certeau writes in The Practice of Everyday Life; it is a reminder of the personal maps we create for ourselves as we navigate the city on a daily basis. By walking the length of Broadway in one day, I continued a yearly tradition started in 2014, where historically the only parameters have been a set route and heightened awareness, embracing the intersection of chance and habitual action.

Beyond seeing, I have also come to understand the importance of walking as a practice in or critique of being seen. Garnette Cadogan writes about discovering the freedom of walking as a kid in Kingston, Jamaica, and the realities of his adapted movement when “Walking While Black” in America. Listening to a radio show recently, I also heard a male author (and insomniac) of European descent describe the self-assured quiet of his late-night walks through Manhattan—a feeling unknown to others because of gender or race. As a white woman, there are certain subjectivities I cannot claim. But this year I planned to move a step beyond the experience of observer, to create a more visible separation and possibly unsettling effect, emphasizing the shift to witness.

Walker Street, 2017. Image credit: Erin Sweeny.

Walking as a poetic and, at times, political act is widely recognized in the approach of contemporary artists such as Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff, and Richard Long in works using symbolic gestures, audio tracks and natural materials, respectively. Such works were an entry point for me, revealing how the experience of movement could be framed in a myriad of ways. While the resulting works may be concrete, the presence of the artist is fleeting by design. In stark contrast lies the walking—crawling, rather—projects of William Pope.L, whose primary intent was to move slowly and painfully in situations uncomfortable for both artist and viewer in order to “provoke acknowledgement and reconsiderations of social inequity, homelessness, and abjection.”

While the resulting works may be concrete, the presence of the artist is fleeting by design

The best known of Pope.L’s crawling performances is The Great White Way, 22 Miles, 9 Years, 1 Street (2001-2009), which is notable in relation to my own practice as Pope.L followed a similar route to the one I walked last week—though he would travel it dressed in a Superman costume with a skateboard strapped to his back in lieu of a cape, crawling the entirety of Broadway in segments over the course of nine years. In explanation, Pope.L noted that, “In New York, in most cities, if you can remain vertical and moving you deal with the world; this is urban power. But people who are forced to give up their verticality are prey to all kinds of dangers.” The title of his project references the socio-economic contradictions of Broadway, blatantly addressing the underbelly of a street more often recognized as a symbol of the city’s wealth, glitz and glamour.

While my own costume and approach were far more understated, the core aim was similar in terms of the desire to witness and absorb the spectrum of realities in this practiced place. I dressed in black, my face vaguely painted with a ghostly wash of white. Around my neck I’d wrapped a sizeable bundle of fabric to be knotted along the route, a means of tracking distance that also served as a large scarf to hide behind in the early hours of the walk (and on the J train at 5am as I felt others’ eyes on me). Walking from the subway to Battery Park, I arrived at The Sphere just before sunrise, noting the quiet of the plaza that would soon be filled with a throng of tourists in their foam Lady Liberty visors. Then I was off, slowly and silently, heading out of the park and up Broadway towards the Charging Bull and his newest foe.

Untitled, 2017. Image credit: Pascal Troemel.

In past years, I’ve documented or gathered materials as a means of synthesizing the experience and encounters of long walking. This year, while it lasted, the knotted material served as its own record of those first hours as I walked through Wall Street, TriBeCa and SoHo. Small knots for each block, double knots for major intersections: Canal, Houston, East 14th. In addition, there was the surprising freedom of silent interactions with both strangers and friends along the route, including one MTA employee in his bright orange vest who just needed an ear on the corner of Broadway and W. 125th. As I passed through Times Square, another woman with teased hair and frosted lipstick pointed me out to her friends as “the rosary gatherer.” While some eyed my presence with skepticism and most with indifference in a city that has seen it all, others embraced it as an invitation.

While some eyed my presence with skepticism and most with indifference in a city that has seen it all, others embraced it as an invitation

But the experience is distilled down into one interaction for me, somewhere near Zabar’s on Broadway and W. 80th. An older gentleman was walking with a rolling cart containing his few groceries. He wore a newsboy cap and walked slowly—very slowly—slightly bent forward over his cart. My intention had been to walk at a similar pace, but I needed a reference point to slow down. Following at a respectable distance, I matched my gait to his. Separately but together, we walked. I tried to put myself in that body, feeling the pull of his shoulders and the slight tilt of his head, his slow but steady way. I continued that way for a few blocks, before breaking step and soon passing my unwitting teacher with a silent word of thanks.

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Go Behind the Scenes at a Japanese Manhole Factory Where Neighborhoods Create Their Own Designs

In most countries, the design of manhole covers is scarcely given a second thought other than the basics of material and a generic pattern resulting in drab metal circles with a purely utilitarian function. But after World War II, city planners in Japan proposed the idea of allowing each local municipality to design their own manhole cover as part of an effort to raise awareness for costly sewage projects. Designs would reflect local industry, culture, and history. The result was a huge success, and now over 19,000 manhole cover designs can be found embedded across 95% of all municipalities in Japan.

John Daub from ONLY in Japan recently visited the Nagashima Imono Casting Factory to see how the manhole covers are designed and built. He also stopped by an annual gathering of enthusiasts called the Manhole Summit that began in 2014, and learned about a new deck of Japanese Manhole Trading Cards.

If you can’t make it to Japan anytime soon, you can go on your own manhole adventure by exploring the Instagram hashtag #japanesemanhole. (via The Kid Should See This)

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