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Do you love Sonia Delaunay?

We do. Did you know the MassArt library owns a portfolio of her silk screen prints? We have her books too. Come visit it.

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Sonia Delaunay, nee Terk
(born Gradizhsk, Ukraine, 14 Nov 1885; death Paris, 5 Dec 1979).

“Russian painter, printmaker, interior decorator, textile and fashion designer of Ukrainian birth, active in France, wife of Robert Delaunay . More than any other modern artist, she forged a link between the fine and the applied arts.”

Hajo Düchting, et al. “Delaunay (ii).” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 29 Jun. 2015. <>.

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Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon


Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us at the Morton R. Godine Library at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington ave, Boston, Ma 02215, on March 7th from 11am – 5pm for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. Women, women-identified, and male allies welcomed. RSVP on Facebook and sign into the event on Wikipedia.

Edit-a-thons are taking place across the globe on International Women’s Day weekend, March 7-8, 2014. Confirmed satellite edit-a-thon hosts include: Morton R Godine Library at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; F/LAT, Brussels, Belgium; Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with East of Borneo; Canadian Women’s Art History Initiative, Concordia University and Eastern Bloc, Montreal; Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Albert M. Greenfield Library at University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; and online in a Google Hangout with Addie Wagenknecht, with many more in development. Those interested in organizing a satellite event are encouraged to contact us via email at

Organized by
Gabrielle Reed

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impeccable design – Norway

If you follow any design blogs or for that matter any major news outlets you may have seen Norway’s newly designed passports.

The design was done by Neue design, Oslo


The pièce de résistance is the feature which is only visible by UV light. See below


The UV reveals Norwary’s aurora borealis. Brilliant and beautiful. The passports will be available in two years. For more information see the recent Guardian article.

Norway has also outdone itself with it new currency designed by Snøhetta. For more images go to


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Scenic views north – majestic beauty


Thomas Cole – A View of the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch) – Painting – Andrew W. Mellon Fund – 1967.8.1 National Gallery of Art.

This past weekend took me to New Hampshire to take in the changing seasons and the dramatic landscape. I am never disappointed with the White Mountains and there ability to inspire awe and beauty.  The image above of Crawford Notch still rings true to its dramatic landscape.

Samuel Lancaster Gerry’s 1877 depiction of Pinkham Notch, entitled “Tuckerman Ravine and Lion’s Head”.


On the other side of the National Forest, is Pinkham Notch, which resides at Mount Washington. It is also home to Tuckerman ravine. Tuckerman’s is a haven for savvy skiers and devoted hikers. It is the view though, that utterly delights. The above is an image from this weekends jaunt.

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NY Art Book Fair – 25th – 28th Sept.

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This weekend is one of my most favorite events, The New York Art Book Fair, hosted at MoMA PS 1. If you go weak in the knees for a beautiful Phaidon, or fluttery in the chest for a new Taschen, this is the place to be.  Every art book publisher in the business has it’s wears on display. As do smaller imprints, zines, and artists’ books. For a list of exhibitors .

Running concurrent to the Art Book fair is the CABC, or Contemporary Art Book Conference. This conference ” features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture.” For conference sessions see here .

If you are in New York this weekend, stop by. Entrance to the fair is free as is the art book conference.

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