The non-profit organisation RxArt is the latest cultural institution offering PDF coloring pages to bring art into our homes. “Navigating this new and surreal reality feels like a frustrating maze, but, as you process, doing all you can to stay well and moving forward, we encourage you to take breaks to get lost in art,” RxArt said of the initiative on its website, where the colouring sheet can be downloaded.
While colouring can be a solitary activity, the New York-based organisation has launched daily live colouring sessions on Instagram Live with leading contemporary artists who participated in the RxART Coloring Book.
The sessions are live-streamed every day at 4 pm EST on Instagram, with RxArt announcing the lineup of participating artists on an ongoing basis. So far, Sumusu Kamijo, Abel Macias, Tara Lewis, Daniel Heidkamp, Sam Falls, Brian Bress and Neil Raitt have all hosted their own colouring session from their home.
Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to share their work and connect with others using the hashtag #ColoringFromHome. In a similar effort, MoMa has collaborated with Louise Lawler for a free coloring book based on black-and-white tracing drawings of some of her seminal photographs. These photographs were shown in large-scale versions at MoMa in the 2017 exhibition “WHY PICTURES NOW,” in which Lawler examined how artworks are presented in museums, gallery backrooms and auction houses.
The new coloring sheets, created with the help of Canadian author and children’s book illustrator Jon Buller, feature seminal pieces by Lucio Fontana, On Kawara, John Baldessari and Jeff Koons.
Artists are also releasing their own coloring pages to keep audiences entertained during this time in self-isolation. Among them are Louisiana-based painter Sarah Ashley Longshore, who has created a colouring book full of portraits of inspiring women like Malala Yousafzai, Nina Simone and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Additionally, Chicago-born artist Hebru Brantley has depicted his signature Flyboy and Lil Mama characters in comic book-like scenes “to keep the kids entertained while we’re all at home these next few weeks.”
This story was first published via AFP Relaxnews.