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7 Picture Perfect Apps for Enjoying Fine Art

Studying art —past and present — is not just a pastime exclusively done in a museum anymore. There’s a rich collection of art apps full of paintings and pictorializations available. Some can describe how the work was made and its meaning, others can just simply delight you.

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Pianist Plays Killer ‘Walking Dead’ Theme Song – Zombies Included!

Pianist Sonya Belosouva channels her inner Rick Grimes, the lead character from “The Walking Dead,” as she plays the show’s theme while surrounded by zombies.

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Coffee Artist Takes Lattes to a Whole New Level

Self-proclaimed “esspressionist” Mike Breach creates beautiful coffee art while working as a New York City-based barista.Breach draws detailed images into his lattes, and gained an online following after posting photos of the designs on his personal Tumblr, Baristart.

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The rise and rise of the ‘Selfie’

From Justin Bieber to the Obamas and Madonna, the self-taken cameraphone photo – now a staple of Instagram and Twitter – has become one of the cultural markers of our time

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Animals Say Cheese at Zoo Picture Day [PHOTOS]

It’s that time of the year again — picture day at the zoo. Animals don their trendiest threads and prepare for their time in front of the camera. In reality, Zoo Portraits is a project by photographer Yago Partal. He was interested in “humanizing animals” and decided to create portraits by mixing the animal world […]

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7 Ways to Promote Your Art with Notecards | Artsy Shark

Stay in touch with prospective collectors, galleries or retailers by sending cards with different images of your work every couple of months.

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Giant Balloon Sculpture Wows At Science Festival

Jason Hackenwerth is a New York-based artist known for large-scale balloon sculptures. He recently unveiled his newest blown-up creation at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, a mammoth spiral form constructed from 10,000 brightly-colored, latex balloons.

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How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take to Discolor a van Gogh?

Last year, conservators at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam noticed that areas of bright yellow paint in many of the artist’s works, such as Sunflowers, were turning shades of green and brown.

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Love of Art is Blind for Sightless Museum Visitors

Her eyes see nothing, but when Barbara Appel runs her fingers over the face of a Picasso sculpture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, she sighs with pleasure. Most people go to museums to look at exhibits, but for some at MoMA, love of art is literally blind.

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The Best Art Exhibitions and Events for Spring 2013

Chagall is the blockbuster show at Tate Liverpool, the Deutsche Börse photography prize returns to London, and Ai Weiwei features at the Venice Biennale. Don’t miss these upcoming events!

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Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh!

Today marks the birthday of Dutch post-Impressionist icon, Vincent van Gogh. The sunflower devotee and master of the color spectrum would turn 160 years old if he were still alive today.

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NYC’s Met Art Museum Accused of Duping on Fees

Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the priceless works, they must first deal with the ticket line, the posted $25 adult admission and the meaning of the word in smaller type just beneath it: “recommended.”

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Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Taking Animals’ Art Skills Seriously

Move over, painting chimps. Today’s art-making animals are cutting-edge creators who turn up everywhere from the National Zoo to MoMA

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Shadow Art Made from Trash

If you look directly at one of Diet Wiegman’s works, you’d see an odd amalgamation of seemingly random bits and parts, from metal scraps to busted glass bottles. The “a ha” moment comes when you unhinge your gaze from the object at hand and see the unbelievably detailed shadows they cast.

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Artist Lives Without Money For Years

Sergey Balovin, a Russian painter in Shanghai, gives new perspective to the term “starving artist.” According to Visual News, he has lived money-free for the past few years due to a clever system of bartering.

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The Magic of Levitation using Photography

Natsumi Hayashi is a Japanese artist known for her fixation with levitating. She does not use photo manipulation to create the images below; instead, she adjusts the shutter speed on her camera and gracefully jumps, trying up to 200 times to get the picture just right.

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“Hey, I Saw One Of Your Paintings In A Movie”

As I watched the film, I recognized that it had been shot in the swank loft of a downtown Los Angeles art collector who had purchased a number of my paintings in the mid-80s. I now understood how the painting had re-surfaced, but had to wonder: Shouldn’t I have been asked permission before the painting […]

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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

Kim Phillips shares the 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People.

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The Affordable Art Fair

There’s nothing we adore more than an art organization with a democratizing attitude, so how could we not fall in with New York’s upcoming Affordable Art Fair? Set to take over the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea April 3-7, the fair is a welcome celebration of emerging artists whose works boast price tags beginning in the […]

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Witches: from Hideous Hags to Sexy Sirens – Art Exhibition

The Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition coming soon to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art explores how myth, legend and folk belief have shaped the depiction of witches over the past 500 years. Packed with sensuality and magic, these works show why witchcraft has cast a spell on artists for so long

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Think you’ve seen it all? Paintings Made of Acrylics, Ashes, and Meth

Zefrey Throwell paints with a mixture of acrylics, methamphetamines and his father’s ashes. Yes, you read that correctly. The US-based provocateur is now showing his second series of works formed from this most morbid of media. The series honors the memory of Throwell’s father, who died of a meth overdose at 59 years old

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Don’t Look Down! The Most Epic Photo Instagram Has Ever Seen

This is probably the most exciting feet photo you’ve ever seen on Instagram. It was taken by National Geographic photographer Joe McNally from the top of the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.

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Putting an Artsy Spin on Your Facebook Profile Pic

Selfless Portraits has strangers recreate each other’s Facebook profile pictures in interesting, unsuspecting and artistic ways. In short, it’s your chance to become a stranger’s muse. “It’s about looking at another human being, stopping for a moment, going offline and interpreting their image. It’s a really powerful experience.”

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Paul Klee: Master of the Bauhaus opens at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid

Paul Klee: Master of the Bauhaus is the second exhibition that the a href= http://www.march.es target= _blank Fundación Juan March /a has devoted

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Pictures that Didn’t Exist Before Digital Cameras [COMIC]

Back when Polaroids and disposable cameras were popular, we didn’t have the luxury of deleting dozens of pictures to make space for more. Now with DSLRs, memory cards and smartphones, we can capture anything without a second thought. But does that ability come at a price of lousier photo subjects?

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Steve Jobs Bubble Wrap Art Really Pops

Artist Bradley Hart doesn’t draw or paint — he injects. Hart uses syringes to inject acrylic paints into bubble wrap to create beautifully pixelated portraits., including this one of Steve Jobs.

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The FBI Knows Who Stole $500 Million Worth of Art, but they won’t go to jail.

In 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers bluffed their way inside Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, incapacitated the guards, and made off with 13 pieces of art that are now valued at around $500 million. Yesterday, the FBI announced that it had identified the culprits…

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DIY How to build an Instagram-Inspired Photo Booth

Learn how to build your own Instagram-themed photo booth from scratch. What’s a good party without a photo booth? Nineteen-year-old Alexander Morris, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, designed a makeshift photo machine inspired by Instagram. The get-up is built entirely out of medium density fiberboard and resembles the app’s iconic logo.

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It: What Came Before Photoshop | NPR

“Photoshopping” has these days become synonymous with photo manipulation. But the practice is much older than the computer software — about as old as photography itself. But in a sense, people have always kind of known that photography isn’t entirely truthful. In the earliest days, some manipulation was certainly tolerated, if not preferred.

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Fing-Art Print: Forge-proof your Picasso

Bill Wei thinks it’s time artworks had a little more to identify them than a sticker on the back and a document declaring provenance. “All that’s forgeable,” says the conservation scientist. His solution is Fing-Art Print, a technology that gives an object a unique fingerprint.

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The Reconstructionists

A yearlong illustrated celebration of remarkable women who shaped the world and our place in it.

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A user’s guide to artspeak

Why do so many galleries use such pompous, overblown prose to describe their exhibits? Well, there’s now a name for it: International Art English. And you have to speak it to get on. Andy Beckett enters the world of waffle

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Happy Camper Mobile Art Gallery

Inspiring photos of a camper/caravan converted into a mobile art gallery.

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How Artists Can Use Mindfulness to Cope With Distractions

One of the most common problems artists express to me is: “There’s not enough time to make art!” One of the ways I have carved out more time in my life for art is to eliminate distractions. Nine years ago, when I was an artist-in-residence at the Morris Graves Foundation, I spent eleven days in […]

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Amazing meticulous miniature pencil sculptures by Dalton J. Paul Getty

These are miniature pencil sculptures. The artist uses only a blade, a sewing needle and very bright light, all without the use of a magnifying glass! He has been patiently carving miniature pieces of sculpted art on pencils for the past 25 years

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Your Childhood = Your Inspiration | Right Brain RockStar

Need a creative shot in the arm? Just ask your six year old self for ideas! Many artists already use images from their subconscious that were planted there in childhood. A few simple steps can help you engage in dialogue with your ‘inner child’, and get some new artistic inspiration.

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Wear Your Art | Artsy Shark

Just for fun, imagine turning one of your paintings into a piece of wearable art. Now you can do it. In today’s Print on Demand world, just about anything is possible, but over at the website Constrvct.com, you can create wearable art and get some amazing results.

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Self-portrait is identified as lost Rembrandt

A portrait of a man with a wry expression and an absurd hat, bequeathed to the National Trust as a good but anonymous and relatively low-value 17th-century painting, has been identified as a self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn worth up to £20m – though the trust has said it will never be sold.

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In Eye of a Needle – Incredible Micropieces of Art

British sculptor Willard Wigan,has made a career or creating unique, micro-pieces so minuscule that they normally sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. One work can be as small as 0.005 millimeters and some of his most recent works do not exceed the size of a human blood […]

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Smartphone Bacteria Art Project: This lives on your phone!

This smartphone bacteria may be art, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. In the most ugly example of art mirroring life, students have turned life into art, by cultivating the bacteria from smartphones, they then photographed the results and blew it up large for all to see.

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A Stylish Bunch: Why the Impressionists Loved Fashion

When it came to their painting, Renoir, Manet and Monet often started with the clothes. When we look at impressionist paintings now, we see all sorts of things: the light, the brush strokes, the subjectivity of the image. It is easy to forget that at least part of what the artists wanted us to see […]

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Fabian Oefner blows our mind with these spectacular watercolour and ferrofluid photographs

The existence of ferrofluid is today’s new thing for me – a magnetic solution with a similar viscosity to motor oil. This doesn’t sound that interesting, but when watercolours are added to this unusual substance and placed into a magnetic field the reaction is beautiful.

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7 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Rut – World of Psychology

it’s normal to experience ebbs and flows in your creativity. A creative rut, however, goes beyond these regular vacillations and lasts longer, she said. Mason Miller believes that a sense of powerlessness contributes to creative dry spells. “It is challenging to tap into our creative well if we are dealing with unsettling issues.

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Arcimboldo’s 16th Century Optical Illusions Will Blow Your Mind

Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo set the standard for hallucinatory portraits that left the mind reeling. The artist’s beautifully arranged compositions consist of fruits, vegetables, birds, books and other elaborately arranged objects. His unusual vision led many to believe Arcimboldo didn’t just have a fanciful mind, but was possibly mentally ill.

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Please Make More Rubbish! « Kirsty Hall

Today I read yet another ‘you should only work when inspired’ comment on a post about creativity. Wah, wah, wah. Cry me a river, newbie. Making rubbish is the important part…

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The Rise of the Artist: You Are the Future

Artists have always feared that they are unappreciated and that the march of progress comes only from business, science and their machines. 1984 was imagined by an artist projecting these exact fears. Our guest essayist suggests the computer will never be our master, but only the super high speed counting machine it was meant to […]

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Wearable Art… for your Feet! | Kobi Levi

“In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas. The trigger to create a new piece comes when an image comes to mind. The combination of the image and footwear creates a new hybrid and the design/concept comes to life. The piece is a wearable sculpture.

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DeviantArt’s New Outsourced Creative Team DreamUp

DeviantArt’s new service, DreamUp, acts as a complimentary site to give art patrons a place to connect with designers, illustrators, and photographers to work on everything from story boards for a film to custom tattoo designs. With 14 million members and over 155,000 artworks uploaded every day, there’s plenty to choose from.

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Massive Open Mic in Celebration of M. D. Friedman’s 60th Birthday!

Bring a poem, a song, a dance, an unique combination of ones and zeros, colors, textures and love to share! 21+ No Cover. All friends of peace, mother earth and creativity are welcome. Our Schedule: 8:00: Mila Popovich Dances (Mideastern Dance) 8:30: 2 D goes 3 D! Roseanna’s and Jessica’s creativity, sensitivity and attention to […]

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Arman – Kara Brook Art

Arman Cycle opened on Thursday night at Paul Kasmin gallery in New York

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Armory Show 2013 – Kara Brook Art

I spent the better-part of the last few days at the 100th anniversary Armory Show 2013. It was GREAT.

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Body Flowers : A blooming metamorphoses of the human body

Los Angeles-based artist Cecelia Webber uses photographs of the naked human body to create digital images of flowers — kind of like the grownup version of Geddes babies.

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Amazing Timelapse Video Series of New York City

Timelapses have been a particularly popular trend as of late, and New York City has always been a hot spot because of its’ edgy beauty. This photographer hopes to create a series of timelapse videos that chronicle life and people in a sprawling city.

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Will 3D Printing Fuel Art and Jewelry Forgery?

While debate rages over using 3D printers to make guns or gun parts, technologies for other possible abuses are emerging — including the ability to cheaply copy and reproduce works of art and jewelry.

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