Metropolitan Magazine Summer 2021

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THE POWER OF PURPOSE Jigsaw Puzzling for a cause transforms the process into an act of kindness. ARTXPUZZLES presents a dedication to noted art historian and critic Barbara Rose. By Stephanie Abrams


any people are reflecting on the last year, and with new initiatives the artists are finding artistic inspiration, creativity and we are discovering our true spirit in the love of art. Many contemporary artists from across the world have been called to action uncovering a new sense of unity through the health benefits and the act of jigsaw puzzling! International curator and writer Rachel Vancelette states “The act of creativity through art and memory is in and of itself a dedication to all of those we have lost in the last year. Art can certainly be a powerful tool for future generations to learn and understand these current times through the eyes of our ARTXPUZZLES international artists. Creating these unique investment quality Collector Edition Jigsaw Puzzles helped many coalesce a small dedication and/or an ‘artistic message in bottle’, not only for history books but for future generations. We continue to redefine the act of puzzling with storytelling and the uniting of contemporary artists on an international platform, while they support social causes and charitable initiatives which can impact our world today.” 100

ARTXPUZZLES launched their first Summer Capsule Collection last month with a series of artists who wanted to pay tribute to the loss in December 2020 to noted art critic/art historian Barbara Rose. The impact she had on conversations of both art critics, historians, and contemporary artists for decades has

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been an important one and was a significant influence on the careers of so many artists. We sat down with each contemporary artist who is part of the AXP Collection to get a bird’s eye view of the relationship with this notorious art critic who mingled among the artworld’s elite, such as Andy Warhol,

Frank Stella and more for decades. She forged a career that would bring both controversy and fresh narratives to the contemporary art world globally, from Spain to Italy to the United States. The following artists give their perspective and thoughts as a heartfelt tribute to Barbara Rose.

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