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Sculpture that Just Wants to Play

Some curious creatures have arrived in City Hall Park, although they look pretty miserable about it. Olaf Breuning’s “The Humans,” with its loop of anthropomorphic figures showing a story of humans…

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New Yorker Art Critic Justifies Looting of Detroit Museum

Would New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl suggest that Greece sell the Parthenon to pay its crippling national debt?

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If You Put Saran Wrap on a Scanner, You Get This Ghostly Art

Digitizing your old snapshots with a scanner is smart. Pressing your butt up against a scanner is funny. Putting random stuff from your kitchen in a scanner and wiggling it around may not make a whole lot of sense, but it ends up looking pretty incredible.

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Artist Creates Celebrity Speed Paintings by Playing With Food

French artist Vivi Mac uses food to create speed paintings of celebrities, and historical figures.

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Famous Faces Fused With Their Modern Day Equivalents

These are just some of the celebrities that visual artist Marc Ghali has used in his gracefully series whereby he fuses former stars with their modern-day equivalents. It’s stylish and unique, finding a common ground between our past and present.

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How easy is it to copy a famous painting?

Can’t rustle up the cash for a Van Gogh? Missing a Monet? Susie Ray paints copies for millionaires for a fraction of the originals’ prices. Stuart Jeffries has a go at her painstaking work

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“They’re making art out of recycled crap!”

This was just one of many expressions of appreciation overheard on a recent tour of the Art of Recology exhibition in Terminal 3 of San Francisco’s International Airport. This exhibition …

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Sticky Street Art Made From Masking Tape

One of the biggest problems facing street artists has always been the legality of painting on unauthorized walls. While many people cheer for a more art filled city, there are always those (including business owners) who decry the practice of using the urban environment as a canvas.

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Stolen Picasso ‘burned in stove’ in Romania

A Romanian museum is analysing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others that were stolen last year from the Netherlands

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Smithsonian Institution can’t keep track of all of its stuff

The world’s largest museum complex is bursting with stuff, from elephants to first lady gowns, biological specimens to space shuttles. Now, the Smithsonian Institution is grappling with a long-term challenge: how to maintain the 137 million items in its collection.

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Paralyzed Artist Creates Beautiful Paintings — With Her Brain

In 2007, German teacher Heide Pfüetzner’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with the devastating disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). But Pfüetzner refused to be creatively stymied by her debilitating illness.

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Chinese Museum Closes Because Its Entire Collection Might Be Fake

A museum in China has been forced to shut its doors — not because of a lack of visitors or funding, but because word got out that the vast majority of its 40,000-piece collection is fake. Woops.

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How do you know if ‘bad’ art really is bad? | OUPblog

Are the bad art pictures on Tumblr really bad or are they just unfamiliar? Would we come to like them more–and judge them as better–if we looked at them more?

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Does Art Help the Economy?

Fearing budget cuts, Britain’s culture secretary made an unusual case: That art begets economic growth.

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Art education fails to paint a pretty picture – Scotsman.com

The pursuit of fame, notoriety, academic recognition and a pension has conspired to rob a generation of the ability to paint, writes Tiffany Jenkins.

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5 Best Tablet Apps for Doodlers

Make a seamless transition from paper doodling with these five tablet drawing apps.

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Art that moves me – Art is more about what you feel than what you see

Art for me, as it is for most of us, is a very personal thing; we all see as individuals. We bring our own life experiences to a work of art, it speaks to us or it doesn’t. Relating to a piece of art can be a very profound experience. It happens rarely and for […]

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13 Gorgeous Works Of Art Made From Google Maps Images

Can photographs taken by satellites be considered art? They can in the capable hands of Jenny Odell, a San Francisco-based artist who collects Google Maps images of inanimate structures and arranges them on blank backgrounds. Can you recognize all 137?

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Printing Art At Home With A 3D Printer | KPBS.org

A Vista resident is using his own 3D Printer to create famous works of art in his home. His copies are made out of plastic, but can look eerily like the original. Increased consumer access to 3D printers is raising questions for museums.

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See the first colour photograph, 1861

Thomas Sutton collaborated with the theoretical physicist James Clerk Maxwell to take three separate exposures of a tartan ribbon through red, green and blue filters. The developed negatives were projected through separate magic lanterns, with the same coloured filters, on to a screen to create a single image and the principle of colour photography was […]

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Artist Creates Toilet Paper Roll Art (Photos)

Most people usually discard toilet paper rolls after the last sheet is used. Apparently, painter Anastassia Elias did not get the memo. Equipped with a scalpel, rather than her usual brush and palette, Elias carved miniature intricate scenes inside empty toilet paper tubes.

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Artist Turns His Car Into Art-on-Wheels With Chalkboard Paint

Over the past few days, Philip Romano has been cruising around New York, parking the car in conspicuous places and waiting to see what happens. Though a dusty black car that comes with its own chalk seems pretty self-explanatory, Romano even invested in a vanity license plate: “DRAWONME”

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Elaine Sturtevant: Queen of Copycats

Since the 1960s, Elaine Sturtevant has been meticulously remaking works by everyone from Andy Warhol to Jasper Johns. Why do they rarely mind? And what’s a sex doll army doing in her new show? By Adrian Searle

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For 25 years, bringing art to visually impaired

Visual impairment and art have a long history. Claude Monet had cataracts. The first time he painted a Japanese footbridge, he used greens and blues. The second time he painted the same bridge, more than 20 years later, the bridge was blurry, brown and yellow. “Form in Art” began as part of an initiative by […]

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A New Art Museum Whose Ceiling Creates Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Wired.com

Most art museums direct visitors to admire the objects on display, but the new Shem Art Museum being constructed at the University of California, Davis, encourages visitors to step outside.

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Becoming a Successful Self-Representing Artist

Is it better to strive for success as a self-representing artist or try to get your feet wet in the gallery world?

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‘Liking’ this art project makes it disappear

What’s not to Like? A provocative creative exercise explores social media and virtual personae by making the ‘Like’ button into a weapon of digital destruction. Read this article by Leslie Katz on CNET.

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The Colorful Stories of 5 Obsolete Art Pigments

The colors of art change not just with trends, but availability as well. For reasons of being incredibly poisonous, expensive, or just involving way too many snails, here are five pigments that have disappeared

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What You Write About Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think

Most writers focus on the wrong thing. They have a simple, but dangerous, belief that holds them back from creating something of real value. They believe that what they write about is more important than how they write. And they are wrong.

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Parents Sue After Kindergarteners’ Art Fetches $50K.

A New York City couple is suing their 5-year-old son’s private school, alleging its employees rigged a silent auction against them and forced them to bid $50,000 for amateur artwork created by their son’s kindergarten class

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Selling Art with Confidence | Artsy Shark

The other day a good friend and I walked through an art show taking place on the grounds of a park in beautiful San Diego, California. I vowed to myself to make a purchase from the first artist who greeted us and talked about their work. It never happened.

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The Coolest Public Art Installation in London Right Now

Walk down Ashwin Street in Dalston, East London and you’ll see people scrambling up the facade of a Victorian house and swinging from its window ledges.

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Girls’ Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos? : NPR

Lego introduced a line of characters and sets that helped the company reach girls successfully. But some question what’s wrong with girls playing with plain old Legos, and what this line is telling them.

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Manchester Museum Statue Eerily Spins by Itself [VIDEO]

Over several months, employees at the Manchester Museum noticed one of their statues spinning slowly while sitting in its glass case. The odd thing was that it had no physical contact with anything while on the shelf.

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10 Installations That Resemble Famous Works of Art

This M.C. Escher-inspired staircase installation that will appear outside St Paul’s Cathedral caught our eye on Phaidon. There have been other installation works that borrowed from the fine art world. Here are 10 that resemble famous works of art and reinvigorate our appreciation for the classics.

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People of Earth, say cheese! NASA to take everyone’s picture from space

Earth, are you ready to have your picture taken? On 19 July, the Nasa space probe Cassini will take a photograph of Earth from its vantage point “a billion miles away”. We have been told in advance the date and time it will be taken (between 21.27 and 21.42 GMT), so, as people can celebrate […]

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When Street Art meets Mother Nature

Nuxuno Xän is a streetartist who creates cool streetart with great use of the enviroment. This is what happens when street art meets nature..

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Art Museums Better Get Ready for the Future of 3D Printing

Cosmo Wenman has two life-sized reproductions of the British Museum’s Head of a Horse of Selene, a magnificently life-like sculpture with nostrils flared that dates to around 432 B.C. The original in Britain is made of marble, about three feet end-to-end. Wenman’s copies have been created with an older digital camera and a MakerBot 3D […]

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12 Most Cliche Photos on Instagram

It doesn’t stop at food porn and yet another shot of your sandy feet at the beach. We’ve collected 12 cliche photos you seen on Instagram all too often…

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4 Hypnotic Wind-Powered Sculptures in Action [VIDEO]

You may as well exit out of that spreadsheet now because one you start watching Anthony Howe’s mesmerizing kinetic sculptures, it can be tough to stop….

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Revealed: My secret life as a graffiti artist

A successful property surveyor was jailed this week after his secret life as a tagger was uncovered. But he wasn’t unusual, says prolific train-writer Glynn Judd. Lots of us are middle-aged family men with good jobs

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Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky : NPR

Get your Cameras Ready! The full moon will be at its closest to the Earth all year, making it appear 14 percent to 30 percent brighter than normal.

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Unpaid Interns Fight Back…. and Win!

In a big victory for unpaid internship lawsuits, a federal judge ruled last Tuesday that two interns who worked on the movie Black Swan for Fox Searchlight Pictures should have been paid. It’s not quite be the nail in the coffin for unpaid internships yet, but it’s progress. Judge Pauley’s ruling allows for unpaid internships, […]

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Stop Copyright Theft at the Border | Artsy Shark

Guest blogger Emily Danchuk gives artists step-by-step instructions on registering their copyrights with the US Customs and Border Protection agency, so that infringers can be prevented from importing knock-off merchandise.

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Cultivate Your Creativity With These 4 Fair Use Online Resources

Check out these online fair use collections the next time you’re looking for free media resources to use in your creative projects…

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Were America’s Oldest Cave Paintings Finally Found?

Archaeologists recently discovered hidden cave drawings which may be the oldest works of rock art in America, according to a new paper in Antiquity.

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Awe-Inspiring LEGO Art Display Opens in Times Square

Nathan Sawaya is living the dream of every kid (and kid at heart) — he builds original, large-scale sculptures out of LEGOs.

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Why the sudden trend to attack paintings?

The defacing of the Queen’s portrait is the latest act of art vandalism, including a Mark Rothko at Tate Modern and a Delacroix at the Lens Louvre, says Jonathan Jones

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Expert Advice: Blogging for Photographers

By Maria Luci, Wonderful Machine The blog… While some have embraced it as an easy and fun way to keep others up to date on their latest projects and daily activities, to others, the mere mention of the word makes

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25 Creepy Paintings of Renaissance Babies

The Renaissance was a time of cultural and scientific innovation. But one thing missed the mark — the ability to paint a cute, snuggly, human-like baby.

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Mystery of the BT box painter: Anonymous artist gives Banksy a run for his money with incredibly detailed street paintings

Colourful pieces of street art have been appearing in a growing number of locations across south London. The brightly coloured illustrations include depictions of local landmarks and references to iconic pieces of literature, such as The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

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The Man Who Painted Over The Queen?

LONDON — A man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II hanging in Westminster Abbey, police said Friday. Tim Haries, 41, appeared at a London court charged with criminal damage over 5,000 pounds ($7,800).

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Art Rental Startup Artify.it Closes its Doors

“Gallerists to the people” startup Artify.it has shut down, a spokesperson for the company said. The San Francisco-based startup offered art rentals to subscribers a la Netflix for $50 a month, with a “white glove” installation service and commission-based sales model.

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15 Provoking Works of Street Sign Art

During a long road trip, there’s nothing more entertaining than coming across a (tastefully) vandalized street sign. We’re not technically condoning acts of vandalism — simply appreciating the artistic license. Here are our 15 favorite street sign art pieces from Florence artist Clet Abraham.

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