Your eyes and ears on the world of art and culture:

Camille Henrot is a young French artist who now makes New York City her home. Awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale, she has a diverse practice and currently is exhibiting in a number of venues. Her sculptures tend to be erotic, suggestive, organic, and fascinating. See what you think.

Claire Falkenstein, currently showing at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, pursued a relentless investigation of media and processes. The exhibit here, called "Beyond Sculpture", seems to fit into what Marcel Duchamp designated as a "style-less style". This is a retrospective exhibition, curated by Jay Belloli, which will travel to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. More images and a critical assessment can be seen in this article by Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times.

The New York Public Library has an extraordinary gift for all of us. Their new eBook app offers free art books from their collection of 300,000 volumes. All you need is a library card to participate. Books can be read for 13 days, after which they are no longer available but without any late fees. Sorry, folks, I just tried this and it appears to apply only to New York State library cards. Still checking, though. Let me know if you find I am wrong.

"Gods and Monsters" is the title of a series of elaborate and fanciful panoplies orchestrated by artist Raqib Shaw. Shaw has reimagined old master paintings, adding his own portrait to the scenes. Replete with historical references, including Japanese sources, and a vivid sense of fantasy, these images will reward you for careful scrutiny.

Tate Modern presents over 100 paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe. O'Keefe's comment, reminiscent of one made recently by Serena Williams, will sound familiar to women: Men put me down as the best woman painter...I think I'm one of the best painters. When you visit the Tate Modern website, take a look at the work of Wilfredo Lam and Mona Hatoum as well.

A massive outdoor sculpture called A Beautiful Disorder: Identity by artist Wang Yuyang has been installed at the Cass Sculpture Foundation in the U.K. This site shows you not only the finished stunning piece but also the extensive process involved in its installation.

Take a look at this inflatable Membrane that responds to light, a delightful construction designed by a group called pneuhaus. The work centers on the scientific reproduction of avaiable light as it is reflected off of nearby surfaces. The position of the sun adds an additional element to the viewer's experience.

The Lumen Prize for the best digital art worldwide has released its 2016 Long List of potential winners. Culled from almost 550 digital works submitted from 35 nations, these 55 works include Whitaker's "A Woman's Dilemma". Now in its 5th year, the Lumen Prize aims to increase the public's understanding of digital imaging.

Laura Lima's The Inverse has been installed at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami's Atrium Gallery. Seductive, controversial, challenging and daunting, the large installation is meant to provoke ideas about the human body and the phenomenon of art itself.

The World Bodypainting Festival 2016 was held recently in Austria and includes some fairly elaborate and imaginative entries. This slide show presents some 48 of them for you to make your own judgements.

Andra, the French nuclear waste agency, sponsored an art competition to discuss the disposal of nucler waste and what these radioactive elements might look like or do to humans 10,000 years in the future. One anonymous project contains these words: This place is not a place of honor. No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here. Nothing valued is here. This place is a message and part of a system of messages. Pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture. France itself is building a new nuclear repository containing 58 reactors: once finished it is not to be opened for 100,000 years. Considering that humunkind has existed on the planet for roughly 100,000 years, what will these creatures look like, and how will this material affect them? These are issues that deeply matter to me, and I hope to all of you.

Whitaker's "Woman with Red Gloves" was recently shown at the Kaleid Gallery in San Jose, CA, as part of an exhibition titled "Vision: A Woman's Perspective", curated by Gutfreund Cornett. In her brief talk to the audience, Whitaker handed out tiny boxing gloves, as a reminder that we all have to be strong and make our voices heard if we don't want to live in a world addicted to hate and war. (For more on this subject, see this month's electronic quill article titled, "Why Did You Shoot Me? I Don't Know".

An intriguing article from the Artsy.net website looks at why 7 artists decided to leave the art World. Ranging from Marcel Duchamp to Cady Noland, these artists nevertheless produced some extraordinary works even as they renounced the stresses placed upon them by the world of art.

"Where did the World Come From?" is the intriguing title of an article in Quanta magazine. The video shows a talk by particle physicist David Kaplan and explains some complex theories in comprehensible ways.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2016