Art in Print

Victorian pumping station dubbed the ‘Cistern Chapel’ is turned into a museum

A new museum opened inside a Victorian pumping station - a sewage “cathedral” so beautiful it has been dubbed the “Cistern Chapel”.


The 19th century above-ground sewage system has been transformed into a stunning new museum, showing off the stunning architecture and ornately painted ironwork.


Crossness Pumping Station was built because of the 1858 “Great Stink” - when warm weather and filthy drinking water created a horrible smell across most of London and led to typhoid and cholera epidemics. 


Thanks to a volunteering project spanning almost twenty years and around £2.7m in grants, visitors to the station can nibble on cookies and sip tea, while learning about how London rid itself of its smelliest period in history.


Via The Telegraph 


The Artist Nick Cave Gets Personal About Race and Gun Violence

Artist Nick Cave is having his largest exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist is preparing “Until,” a massive, immersive installation that will be opening in October, the exhibition will also be the galleries’ most expensive and elaborate to date.


The installation leads visitors on a path through an enchanted but menacing landscape featuring: 17 black-faced lawn jockeys on a crystal cloudscape 18 feet in the air; 20,000 whirling wind spinners a waterfall of shimmering foil-like strips; a thousand or so ceramic tchotchkes; and several million beads, some of which will comprise shimmering mountains.


Looking past what the artist called the “bling bling, sparkle sparkle” side of the exhibition lay themes of gun violence and race, in particular the deaths of African-Americans in police custody.


Via The New York Times


Provincetown celebrates 100 years of reputation as the nation’s largest art colony

Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, has celebrated its centennial anniversary as the nation’s largest art colony. For this occasion, the town has been filled with commemorative exhibitions. 


Some focus on the transformative summer of 1916, when Europe was engulfed in World War I and New Yorkers who might have otherwise decamped to the Left Bank of Paris instead headed here, drawn by the legendarily brilliant light and the spectacular dunes, as well as the heady cultural mix. 


This migration pattern endures. Provincetown’s galleries are packed during July and August, when the town’s population swells to more than 60,000, from about 3,000. 


Via The New York Times