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Nara Snow Globe

An example of a Yoshitomo Nara Snow Globe (H 4 1/2, W 4, D 4 in) listed by EBay reseller Tokyo Select 55, which identified the Brand as MOMA. 

Friday February 23, 2024 | by Jahlil Rush

Yoshitomo Nara’s glass snowglobes face recall due to safety concerns

At first glance, Japanese Neo-Pop artist Yohshitomo Nara's portraits of children seem familiar, rendered in the iconic anime style of soft hues, pastel colors, with thick outlines. But look closer and you might notice the facial expressions are not the usual generic friendliness. Instead there are shades of something malevolent -- an adult-like scowl of discontent, a downcast gaze, or, on rare occasions, an actual weapon in hand. With an international cult following for his unique vision of dark cuteness, Nara has exhibited his canvases at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In fact, the MOMA Design Store even carries a line of objects for sale credited to the artist, but it is no longer offering the glass spheres encasing figures in Nara’s “Little Wanderer” snow globes. These have faced a recall from the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, because, according to the CPSC, the glass globes are susceptible to fracture easily and pose a danger of injury.

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Thermanin Studio

The artist in his studio.

Wednesday January 31, 2024 | by Jahlil Rush

OPENING: "Novella," Therman Statom's latest museum exhibition, will debut at the Sioux City Art Center on February 1st

Omaha-based artist Therman Statom's latest museum exhibition, entitled "Novella," will kick off at the Sioux City Art Center with a 5 PM opening reception tomorrow, February 1st, for a show that will run through July 2024. Statom himself will make a presentation at 6 PM. Among the highlights of the exhibition,a combination of newly reformatted early works to complement the new works being unveiled.

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Thursday December 21, 2023 | by Jahlil Rush

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Fully-funded MFA degree program at Tulane University is open for Fall 2024 candidates

Graduate student applications for Tulane University’s MFA program in Glass are now being accepted for the Fall 2024 semester. The successful student accepted into the two-year program will be granted a full tuition waiver as well as an "assistantship stipend". The tuition waivers will cover the full cost of tuition for both years of the MFA program. Any additional stipend will be divided up into 20 bimonthly payments during both years.

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Thursday December 7, 2023 | by Jahlil Rush

Chihuly's first botanical garden installation in Australia set to open in 2024

Artists have exhibited their artwork in botanical gardens since at least the late 19th century, when botanical illustrations were shown at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and it was at these London, England, gardens where Auguste Rodin's sculptures were first exhibited in the United Kingdom in 1902. Almost exactly a century later, Dale Chihuly unveiled his "Garden Cycle" installation at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, which became an immediate sensation, more than tripling attendance in its run from 2001 to 2002.

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Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.