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When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? : NPR

If the government assigned you a grocery card that tracked all your food purchases, it would seem like something out of a dystopian everybody-in-a-jumpsuit movie. But when your grocery store does it in return for a dollar off a bottle of salad dressing, that’s an absolutely everyday occurrence for many of us.

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3 Rules for Creating a Beautiful Online Portfolio

If you’re a creative professional, you’ll likely need to show an online portfolio as part of the application process for any job. But no matter what field you’re in, having a permanent link where people can access your work has other benefits, too…

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British art to take over billboards to make UK world’s largest gallery

Thousands of poster and billboard sites are to be given over to the best of British art for two weeks this summer. The plan is called Art Everywhere and will involve 50 of the nation’s favourite artworks being reproduced on at least 15,000 poster sites across the UK.

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This ‘national treasure’ is laughing all the way to the Banksy

In Britain, the plan to sell a mural called Slave Labour at a New York auction caused an absurd patriotic and populist protest. No such national controversy attended the fairly quiet sale abroad of a great Picasso recently. But Banksy is a national treasure – or so we are told by pundits and politicians desperate […]

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How to Make the Art World Bearable Again

The art world is swept up by artists who are eager to “make a difference.” I like to think of them as drone artists. They swarm the art world with killer-bee tactics to saturate it with their “socially engaged” art, co-opting real and risky political activism to further their careers.

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Teacher Gets ‘At-Risk’ Students To Produce Amazing Art

It appears that this California teacher has truly reached his students. In an effort to avoid doling out detentions for graffiting at the alternative high school where he teaches, Reddit user RedPenVandal allows his students to draw at their desks.

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Being an Artist is Difficult – Ashar

Being an artist is difficult; it is a continual battle between the work and imagination. A works finest moment is in its conception, from there on in it is usually a struggle. …click here to read on…

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Amazing Hand Painting Art by Guido Daniele

What you are about to see is not a wildlife photography! It’s called “Handimals” – stunning hand painting illusions. Meet Guido Daniele, an Italian artist who is behind this incredible collection of hand animals…

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Incredible Permanent Marker Installations by Artist Heike Weber

Germany-based artist Heike Weber needs only two tools in her work: permanent markers and endless patience. The artist decorates large spaces by tracing thousands of loopy lines on the walls, floor, and sometimes even the ceiling. Some of her installations measure around 5000 ft!

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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared : NPR

King talks with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now. Somebody said, ‘The prospect of imminent death has a wonderful clarifying effect on the mind,’ and I don’t know if that’s true, but I do think it causes some changes, some evolution in the way a person […]

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14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present

Kerényi Zoltán has turned his camera into a time machine. The Hungarian photographer and architect uses vintage photos to create a bridge between the Budapest of the past and the Budapest of the present.

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On the Constant Moment

“€œWe photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.”€ -Henri Cartier-Bresson We exist on a treadmill of forgetting and anticipating. We labor to preserve what we treasure of our past, […]

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9 Cool Photography Tricks That Actually Work!

Sometimes I feel like I spend so much time reading photography tricks and tips online that I never see anything new anymore. So, I set out to make this useful collection of some weird and cool photography tricks that aren’t your usual run-of-the-mill variety.

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Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing ‘Promiscuously’ : NPR

Addressed to an unknown woman, the letter says, referring to a portion of The Jungle Book, that “a little of it is bodily taken from Esquimaux rules for the division of spoils. In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen.”

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Giant garbage patches of the sea become “national” art in Venice

Five huge patches of rubbish floating in seas around the world will have their own unofficial national pavilion on the sidelines of the world’s largest non-commercial art fair in Venice this week, thanks to artist Maria Cristina Finucci. “Behind every tiny piece that makes up the Garbage Patch, there is someone who threw that piece […]

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Stop Apologizing for Your Art | Jeff Goins

I was doing something that most people do when they’re unsure of themselves: I was rejecting myself before someone else could. Many of us creatives do this from time to time. We say no for other people, because of our insecurities and fears…

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16 Ways to Demonstrate Your Art Has Value « Art Biz Blog

Sometimes we get sloppy and forget that everything we do and say around our work affects how others perceive it. You teach people how to treat you and your art. Make sure you’re sending the right signals.

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Cheese Whiz and Cat Butts: Art is About Communicating – PetaPixel

Art requires aesthetics. Aesthetics require communication among people. But what do we do with this information? We share it, of course. I do believe that art exists as a way for us to communicate with each other and, in so doing, to make sense of our world and our places in it.

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5,000 Cave Paintings Have Been Discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists have uncovered nearly 5,000 cave paintings at 11 different sites in Mexico, the likely product of early hunter-gatherers. What’s even more remarkable is that the area was previously thought to be uninhabited.

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Working for Free | Artsy Shark

Your work is valuable. Artists get the short end of things when they work for free and don’t get paid for their labors. As artists, we must have the self-respect and presence of mind to not buy into the widely held belief that art isn’t work, and that our time isn’t valuable.

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Secret Histories: Sex Lives of the Renaissance Artists€“ Interactive

Titian cavorted with his models, Raphael died of sexual excess, Leonardo ran into trouble with the Florentine sex police … We delve into the passionate private lives of art’s great masters and see just how raw and radical the Renaissance really was. [Warning: potentially explicit material]

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Can you learn to love music you hate?

Concert music: I’m supposed to embrace it all. As the socially lucky offspring of professional pianists, I have survived music school, performed songs for actual money and worked in radio as well as a critic passionate about today’s composers. That said, I keep a dark secret: There’s a fair amount of music I cannot stand. […]

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3 Great Art Games for iPhone | Waste Time, Learn Art

These iPhone art apps are both educational and entertaining whether you’re an art enthusiast or a professional artist.

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Postcards from Mr Bingo: Hate mail that’s first class in pictures

‘I get emails every day begging me for hate mail,’ says illustrator Mr Bingo, of the vintage postcards he embellishes with insults ‘People order them for themselves or their loved ones: wives, girlfriends… sometimes even their mum.’

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Photographer documents a year in the life of a tree on his iPhone

Mark Hirsch, a photographer with a studio in Dubuque, Iowa, got his first iPhone. A friend challenged him to use the camera feature, and Hirsch decided to spend the next year photographing the bur oak that was such a feature of his daily commute. The result is “That Tree”, a year-long photo diary of the […]

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Happy Birthday Dorothea Lange!

Dorothea Lange was an iconic American photographer, most famous for capturing the human strife and resilience during the Great Depression. Her photographs for the Farm Security Administration helped shape documentary photography as an artistic genre. Today, we are proud to wish her a happy 118th birthday.

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Women in Art: Why Are all the ‘Great’ Artists Men?

An audit of the art world shows that every artist in the top 100 auction sales last year was a man, and just 8% of public art in central London was created by women. But things are changing…

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5 Ways for Artists to Get More Pinterest Followers « Art Biz Blog

Building a Pinterest following takes time, so you’ll need patience. These five suggestions should get you started…

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Detroit Could Sell Its Art Treasures To Pay Its Bills

The Detroit Institute of Arts is widely considered to be one of the nation’s museum jewels. Its vast collection includes works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Sargent, and Van Gogh. But the Detroit Free Press reports that some of those treasures could go up for sale, as the nearly bankrupt city looks for ways to pay its […]

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getting the feeling for abstract art – ashar

getting the feeling for abstract art is a connection between the work and your emotions, through colour, form and shape. It should connect to you on a subliminal level. A link between a work of art and your psyche.

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Watch Out, Art World: Amazon Is About to Start Selling Art

This day may have been inevitable, but now it’s finally here. In its attempt to take over the world — or at least everything that can be bought and sold in the world, Amazon is launching an art gallery

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‘Nanogardens’ Sprout Up On The Surface Of A Penny : NPR

Engineers at Harvard University have figured out a way to make microscopic sculptures of roses, tulips and violets, each smaller than a strand of hair. To get a sense of just how small these flower sculptures are, grab a penny and flip it on its back. Right in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll […]

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The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users

Flickr made some big changes to its service; what do they mean for Flickr Pro users? Yahoo unveiled some big changes to Flickr on Monday, both in terms of features and overall design. One of those changes is that free users are no longer limited to a certain number of photos; instead, everyone gets 1TB […]

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3D-Printed Sugar Sculptures Too Sweet to Eat

The Sugar Lab takes simple white sugar as its base material to print delicate 3D structures that can be eaten on their own, or used as a decorative topper for cakes and cupcakes.

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Best iPad Apps For Artists

The iPad has a clear, spacious screen that makes an incredible canvas on which to create art. Making beautiful art is just one example of how the iPad can benefit artists. Whether you are a newbie or a professional artist, there is something in this AppList to bring out the artsy side in everyone.

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The Power of Photography: Time, Mortality and Memory

We take thousands of pictures nowadays, but do we still cherish them? We asked writers and artists, including Grayson Perry and Mary McCartney, to pick a shot they treasure – and tell us the role photography has played in their lives…

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Like a Fine Wine, Many Artists Get Better with Age

Artists who are going strong at 80 and up find that old age offers freedom, self-assurance, and room to explore. A historical look reveals that a striking number have been highly productive and turned out some of their best work late into old age…

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10 Tips to Keep Your Creative Flame Burning | Artonomy

Work, kids and general reality all conspire to eat up every last second of your time reducing your creative brain to mush. How can you keep creative? Here are 10 simple tips to keep you creatively inspired…

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Rejected Famous Movie Posters Go on Display

A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist is revealed for the first time today: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.

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Why Is China Stealing Cities, Towns, and Buildings?

Hallstatt, Austria, is in China. So is the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, and a soon-to-be-completed Manhattan. There are others, too, and it’s all part of this weird proliferation of what are being called “copy towns.”

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NYC Artist’s Secret Photos Raise Privacy Issues

In all the photos, taken by New York City artist Arne Svenson from his second-floor apartment, the faces are obscured or not shown. But the residents of a glass-walled luxury residential building across the street had no idea they were being photographed and never consented to being subjects for the works of art that are […]

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What It’s Like to be Rejected by Charles Dickens – How Not To Write

This is really what writing comes down to. It’s a battle in the trenches, a successive piling on of failures, until at some point there is a breakthrough or better yet a real understanding of what one is trying to achieve and sense of how to reach that destination.

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18 Things that Artists Hate to Hear

What creative artist hasn’t heard at least one of these annoying comments…in the last week?

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Beware of Poisonous Relationships | Art Biz Blog

Connections are critical to your success. To succeed, you must make an effort to meet new people and to maintain relationships. But not all connections are equal. Some connections can be detrimental to your art, your emotional well-being, and your growth…

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What is Tumblr Art? | ArtSlant

During Hyperallergic’s tumblr. art symposium back in March, G.H. Hovagimyan, when talking about what distinguishes tumblr and social media as a platform for the artist, makes the observation that “linking becomes more important than the actual [art] object. In other words, your decision to use something is more important than the something that you are […]

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5 Must-Have Apps For On-The-Go Authors — Self Publishing Team

What I really want to share with you is how much time I’ve been able to save with my marketing efforts by using a handful of awesome (and free) apps on my iPhone (don’t worry, they’re available for Droids, too). In addition to sending texts, making calls, and setting alarms, that little computer we carry […]

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Neil Gaiman Turns His Grad Speech Into ‘Good Art’ : NPR

Neil Gaiman’s new book is based on a speech he delivered to graduates of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. When life gets tough, he told them, “make good art.” It’s advice that served him well when he turned a failed ’90s TV series into the “much-loved” novel Neverwhere.

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Happy Birthday, Jasper Johns!

In honor of Jasper Johns’ 83rd birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the late artist’s life and work. Today is the birthday of Jasper Johns, the prolific contemporary artist and master of the familiar.

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Is Google Launching a Subscription Music Service to Battle Spotify?

Rumor has it Google will debut a subscription music service this week at its developer conference, Google I/O, with licensing deals with big record labels…

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The Nature of Ambition | INCIDENTAL COMICS

Ambition can be a funny thing because as it grows it makes you sometimes forget why you had it in the first place…

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Ask an Expert: How to Turn Your Art into a Business

When you go into a store and see some towels or linens or mugs or whatever with some cool design on them, it is highly likely that the manufacturer licensed those designs from an independent artist. Every time a piece gets sold, the artist makes a commission. While a great option for some artist, an […]

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Tate Britain scraps explanatory panels next to works of art

Those wordy white panels telling visitors what paintings or installations mean have long been a controversial feature of the Tate galleries – often criticised but always there. Now they are gone, as part of a radical rethink at Tate Britain that also sees more paintings on its walls, sculptures on its floors and history in […]

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Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums?

In an attempt to balance copyright restrictions and ever-present camera phones, some museums are loosening their ‘no photography’€™ policies.

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Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA Into Portraits  : NPR

A dropped cigarette butt, a chewed-up piece of gum, a stray hair. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg uses DNA from trash she’s picked up around New York City to generate 3-D portraits of those who left it behind.

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