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If you are a fan of innovative fashion, you will want to take a look at these outfits by Gareth Pugh. The collection is titled "Outsider Society". Shown at the Old Selfridges Hotel as part of London Fashion Week, the clothes by the British designer are described as "uncompromising, anarchic and fiercely confrontational".

Continuing with fashion, the graduate collection from Rhode Island School of Design was seen at Spring Station in Manhattan during New York Fashion Week. Here the idea was to create distorting designs for "in-between genders".

I have long admired the woven basketries of Ruth Asawa. The Washington Post reviewer was enchanted with their weighlessness, transparency, and an almost rude elegance". Asawa uses crocheted copper, brass, galvanized steel, and iron wire. These are sculptures that float in the air, speak to each other, and are shown as forms within forms.

BYU Radio presents an interview with Robin Feldman, JD, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Innovation Law, University of California. Professor Feldman is a specialist in patent law and in this interview discusses how Big Pharma has managed to prevent their patents on opiods from being turned into less expensive generic products. Moreover these companies now seem to be monetizing the crisis by developing drugs to wean people off of their opiods, thus benefitting from both sides of the pharmaceutical problem. ( Note: Professor Feldman is my daughter).

"Prototyping in Tokyo" is an exhibition that combines innovative technologies and their interaction with society. Professor Shunji Yamanaka is presenting objects that combine the elegance and beauty of traditional Japamese aesthetics with the impact that new processes can have on our lives. His personal aesthetic, in choosing these objects, is to bring happiness into people's lives.

Nude or clothed, dressed or undressed, contemporary society is as conflicted on this subject as on many others. This article compares the clash of ideologies today with that which existed when Modigliani, one hundred years ago, exhibited some female nude paintings. Some of them had to be removed from the exhibition due to protests about his frankness - showing publc hair, for example - but the representation of female body parts still upsets some today.

Looking at body parts includes thinking about what might alter the body tomorrow. A show called A. Human considers alterations to the body that could change as easily as you change your clothes. Things like horns on your shoulders, webbing your fingers, and mock limbs are just a few of the distortions presented in this New York City exhibition. Society of Spectacle (SOS), that produced the show, means to conflate the real with the not-real. Some of the modifications are quite startling but beautifully done nonetheless, perhaps more beautiful as sculpture, but certainly worth viewing.

Petah Coyne uses dark velvet and wax-dipped silk flowers to create "The Doctor's Wife" seen at the artist's studio as she prepares for a solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong in Manhattan. The show is titled "Having gone I will return", a theme that viewers will recognize from our newest book "Once Upon a Didgeridoo"

The Brandenburg 300 project honors the Voyager Spacecrafts that exited our solar system in 2012 and carries with it Bach's Branderburg Concerto. Stunning imagery and photography accompany the music in an impressive presentation. Space engineers designed the Voyager to last 50 million years. Viewers who want to listen to Bach's music in the original can tune into Claudio Abbado's magnificent recording here.

Beth Shields creates paintings that are delicate, ephemeral and elegant at the same time. She speaks of the "form of the formless" and the "image of the imageless", quoting Lao Tsu, 6th century BC. A sense of the infinite and the finely detailed coexist beautifully on her canvases.

The British composer George Benjamin remembers a phenomenon that occurred when he was very young: he had an ability to block his ears. This strange gift inabled him to shut out the outside world and concentrate on what he heard in his head. Compulsively attracted to music, especially classical, his early works were deemed "facile, hidebound, and decadently nostalgic". He was told by Messiaen not to reveal what he was working on until it was finished, adding "To create a work of art is a deeply private thing, and you need to live in a deeply private space." After a period of being ignored and/or denigrated, he finally found his voice in opera. The story of this trajectory and of his struggles to fulfill his gifts makes for fascinating reading.

Bruce Munro achieves his artistic goals by placing hundreds of lights in outdoor spaces. Sometimes the British artist uses glittering cd's as well, creating luminescent landscapes that light up neighborhoods. Munro is steeped in storytelling, reflection and impressions gained from sources like music, literature and science.

The Harvard Art Museums are presenting works by Theodore Gericault. Gericault was a leader of the Romantic movement in France. He died young, yet left an influential collection of drawings, watercolors, lithographs and paintings, all with powerful expression.

Seldom seen sculptures by Jack Whitten have been praised as "gorgeous" and "loquacious" by the New York Times critic. Whitten, known primarily as a painter, shows himself to be a master carver, basing many of his works on African traditions. Just before he died recently at the age of 78, he agreed to allow the Baltimore Museum of Art together with the Metroolitan Museum to exhibit his sculpture.

A 20-acre cultural campus is being established in the town of Arles in France. Its resource centre is being designed by architect Frank Gehry, with 100 million dollars in funding provided by art collector Maja Hoffmann. Gehry's structure will clearly overshadow any other buildings in the town as it looms high into the air.

His name is John Mawurndjul and his exhibition is titled "I am the Old and the New". Held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, it shows his large paintings which are executed on large pieces of bark using a tomahawk made from eucalyptus trees. He cures the bark over an open fire and then flattens them with weights for several days. Based on aboriginal rituals and traditions, his paintings have been described as spell-binding and sohisticated, "one of our greatest artists of all time." Aboriginal art has been gaining a following around the world, including another exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums called "Everywhen".

Sarah Lucas is described as a "rude genius" and a "proud spitfire" in this review of her show at the New Museum. Indeed in these works the artist takes a no-holds-barred approach to the female body, achieving a mastery of wit and sophistication. The exhibition, which spreads across three floors of the museum, presents the female body in provocative and stunning stances. You may be startled, but you won't be bored. Lucas represented the U.K. in the 2015 Venice Biennale. This is her first show in the U.S.

Ever wondered what the surface of an asteroid looks like? These amazing photos, taken by Japan's 2 small "hopping" robots, will satisfy that curiosity. These robots don't roll acrosss the landscape, as the Mars robots do. Instead they can hop up to 50 feet horizontally, but because of the lack of strong gravitational pull, it can take them 15 minutes to land.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2018