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Five Ways to Benefit from Embracing Spontaneity and Disorder

These days it’™s hard to avoid the admonishments of self-titled productivity gurus that we should take more control over our lives, calendars, and in-boxes. But there are countless examples of creative and entrepreneurial minds soaring to their greatest heights through the exact opposite approach.

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The Story Behind the Robot Who Names Paint Colors

“Stargoon.” “Turdly.” Is this really the best that it can do?

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Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: ‘Enough Hate In This World’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.

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Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?

Henry David Thoreau’s famed retreat gets pixelated

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You Can Reprint This Paper 80 Times Without A Drop Of Ink

Printing with UV light is much more environmentally friendly than ink-based papers today. But will human factors get in the way?

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Defunding The NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid–Here’s Why

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

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Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

In the Northeast suburbs of central Osaka stands a curious train station unlike any other. Kayashima Station features a rectangular hole cut into the roof of the elevated platform and, from inside, a giant tree pokes its head out like a stalk of broccoli.

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Art Market Mines Gold on Instagram

The quirkily personal Instagram accounts of taste-making specialists have become the “soft power” of today’s traders.

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Artist Turns Shadows Of Everyday Objects Into Funny Sketches

Talk about a vivid imagination. Belgian artist and filmmaker Vincent Bal turns shadows of everyday objects into whimsical doodles that are totally unrelated to the object but ingeniously clever.

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I Don’t Care About Your Materials

Your techniques, materials, and process don’t necessarily “speak” to your potential collector. The “WHY” will.

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Photos, Perhaps, Show a Rare Glimpse of Gauguin in Tahiti

A German art dealer is displaying what he says are the only known images of the artist in French Polynesia.

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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

When astronomers spot a new planet that’s too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

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Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare’s co-writers

Dramatists to appear jointly on title pages of Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three in the New Oxford Shakespeare after analysis by team of 23 academics

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Powerless Structures: Elmgreen And Dragset At The Tel Aviv Art Museum

Elmgreen & Dragset, the world famous art duo, have brought their unexpected and fascinating exhibition to Israel.

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Ingenious Hack for Sketching with Two Point Perspective Using an Elastic String

This quick video demonstrates how to use a long elastic string anchored at the horizon of a canvas to sketch a drawing with two point perspective. With as many art and drawing classes I’ve taken, I’ve never seen this method used before.

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A Levitating Wireless Speaker in the Shape of a Storm Cloud

Richard Clarkson Studio (previously) has teamed up with Crealev (previously) to produce a miniature floating cloud, one that hovers indoors while both playing your favorite music and lighting up in tune to the beat to replicate a storm.

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Calling all women artists: the Brooklyn Museum wants to take your picture

Kim Schoenstadt takes her idea for a group portrait on the road from Los Angeles to New York

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The stunning geographic divide in American creativity

Where America’s most creative people live.

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The game is up: Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think

Australian academic David McInnis claims literary bias by first editors of OED has credited Shakespeare with inventing phrases in common Elizabethan use

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F Scott Fitzgerald’s last unpublished stories to be released in 2017

The collection I’d Die for You contains works The Great Gatsby author was unable to sell in the 1930s because of its unexpected subject matter and style

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Artist Olek Covers a House in Finland with Pink Crochet

First a playground alligator, then an entire locomotive, and now artist Olek reveals an entire two-story house covered roof to floorboards in pink crochet.

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The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.

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Vibrant Tattoos by Peter Aurisch Incorporate Elements of Cubism and the Natural World

German artist Peter Aurisch continues to captivate with his bold application of color and thick lines that incorporate aspects of cubism.

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Can the Arts Be Standardized?

Schools across the U.S. are trying to save visual-arts and music education by assessing them with uniform exams.

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Holding On to What Makes Us Human

Defending the humanities in a skills-obsessed university.

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The Art Of Texting Just Got Real Thanks To These Art History Emoji

Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring — all the cool kids are doing it.

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What’s It Like to See Ideas as Shapes?

Thoughts and feelings are constellations in the mind of a man with a rare form of synesthesia.

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This Is Your Brain on Silence

One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making…

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Birmingham looks for new ways to fund arts and culture

Almost 50 new approaches to finance, collaboration and fundraising have been put forward in the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry.

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Is Your Hoarding Habit A Work Of Art?

“The Keeper” at the New Museum posits that collecting is much more than a compulsion.

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The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects Of The Last Century

Has much changed since Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”?

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Wonders and blunders: what makes a great museum?

Artists, architects and curators tell us about the spaces they love—and hate…

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Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Collection Finally Goes On View

He called them his “Midnight Paintings.”

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Pokémon Go Users Flock to Museums, Passing Picasso in Search of Pikachu

If you’ve visited a museum in the last few days and spotted larger-than-average groups of people wandering around and looking a tad lost, their eyes glued to their phones…

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Why Did Google Erase Dennis Cooper’€™s Beloved Literary Blog? – The New Yorker

The fate of Cooper’s long-running Web site is a chilling reminder that creative work lives online at the mercy of the platforms that host it…

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Urban gamification: can Pokemon Go transform our public spaces?

Augmented reality tourism, drunk seagulls, subway deserts and a failed zero-carbon city feature in this week’s roundup of the best city stories

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Name of mystery woman who received Van Gogh’s ear revealed for first time

Gabrielle Berlatier was a farmer’s daughter who kept her traumatic encounter with the artist a secret…

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Louvre-Lens to restore Le Brun lost after the French Revolution

Painting of Christ once owned by the Sun King went missing for 200 years and was almost completely obscured by age and layers of dirt

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This Company “Clones” Masterpieces

Would you like to have a Vermeer or a Caravaggio in your living room above the sofa? Maybe a van Gogh or a Degas painting would be a better match for your drapery and credenza?

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The Children Who Grow Up in ‘Book Deserts’

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor kid to find something to read…

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The Most Inspiring Cities for Young Artists Ranked

The educational website WorldWideLearn recently culled data from the American Community Survey and the Local Arts Index to rank the 15 most creatively inspiring cities in the United States…

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The State: A Friend Indeed to Artists in Need?

Internationally, governments can play an important role creating occupational equity for the arts – but there i™s a catch.

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Life Behind the Stacks: The Secret Apartments of New York Libraries

Inside the secret apartments of New York’s libraries…

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The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In

Coloring books are everywhere. Some kids and parents love them. Even grown-ups are getting in on the fun. But do they have any educational value?

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Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis, An Artist Turns Her MRIs Into Art

“I want to take the fear out of looking at MRIs,” says Elizabeth Jameson.

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My Peers Prefer That Painting? Oh Yeah, Me Too

Art appreciation isn’t necessarily a matter of individual taste.

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My Kids Grew Up Hating Art… And This Is What I Did About It

I thought that because I love art, my kids would automatically love art too. I imagined my children would be cultured and we would spend our weekends…

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In Defense of the World’s Ugliest Color, “Opaque Couché”

And the title of “World’s Ugliest Color” goes to: Pantone 448C!

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Making Art Will Lower Your Stress Level

Turn off cable news and start molding some clay.

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New Magnetized Planters Allow Your Garden to Levitate in the Air

For over a year, Swedish scientist Simon Morris has been experimenting with levitating plants, growing common flora while suspended in the air…

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Serpentine Tattoos That Weave Black & White Ink

Milan-based tattoo artist Mirko Sata focuses on serpentine designs, snakes that twist around his clients’ arms, hands, and legs. The snakes he creates are typically done in just two shades stark white and deep black. Layering and curling these creatures around each other…

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How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction

Plagiarism in many instances should be shunned and punished; at the same time, it has been at the heart of cultural life for centuries, bringing much good and much pleasure…

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Artist makes Louvre pyramid disappear

French artist’s work is a criticism of our selfie culture

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Why Museums Are Granting Google Free Access to Their Collections

Google Cultural Institute recently revealed that it has engineered the creatively named Google Art Camera: a custom-built camera intended to capture “ultra-high resolution ‘gigapixel…

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