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An AR app is bringing Hilma af Klint’s mystic abstractions to London’s Regents Park.
“More than a century after she completed her chef d’oeuvre—193 abstract canvases known collectively as Paintings for the Temple—Hilma af Klint is having a big, multi-dimensional moment. Af Klint, the mystic Swedish mother of early-modern abstraction, whose pioneering work remained unrecognized in her lifetime, is the subject of a new biography, by Julia Voss, and of the seventh and final volume of a catalogue raisonné (both published this month); of a biopic, Hilma, opening at cinemas on 28 October; and of a VR experience, Hilma af Klint: The Temple, which launched this week. The VR piece is produced by the London-based extended reality studio Acute Art, as is an AR app, Hilma af Klint Walk, which allows visitors to “place” and view 18 digital incarnations of the artist’s large-scale pictures along the path between Frieze London and Frieze Masters in Regent’s Park.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]
Paul Chan, Sky Hopinka, and Tavares Strachan are all named MacArthur Fellows.
“Multimedia artist Paul Chan; filmmaker and photographer Sky Hopinka; and conceptual artist Tavares Strachan have been named as among the 2022 class of MacArthur Fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The trio join twenty-three other recipients of the so-called genius grants issued this year by the foundation and recognizing individuals in fields including sociology, computer science, history, and engineering. Each fellow receives an $800,000 stipend, with no strings attached.” [H/T Artforum]
Russian missiles damage architecture studio Bogdanova Bureau’s office in Kyiv.
“Kyiv architecture studio Bogdanova Bureau has vowed to make its office “even more beautiful than before” after it was damaged in a Russian missile attack. Staff at Bogdanova Bureau arrived at the office on Monday to find the windows blasted into the room and debris and broken glass scattered across the floor. Russian forces had fired a barrage of missiles into the Ukrainian capital and other cities early that morning, killing 19 people and injuring many more. None of Bogdanova Bureau’s employees were harmed, though some of their possessions were destroyed, the studio told Dezeen. By Tuesday, the team had cleaned up the office and returned to work in the studio.” [H/T Dezeen]