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Shia LaBeouf’s Art Project Shut Down Due to Escalating Violence

On January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day), Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf launched his very own art project called “He Will Not Divide Us.” The project consisted of a live stream video camera located right outside the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The public was encouraged to participate in the project by repeating the […]

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A photo of Eve Ensler, writer of The Vagina Monologues.

What Are The Vagina Monologues?

As The Vagina Monologues continues to gain widespread popularity in the U.S., many are beginning to wonder what all the fuss is about. In the most basic of definitions, The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. It was first performed in 1996 at the HERE Arts Center in New York, NY. […]

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Museum of Modern Art Gets Political

The Museum of Modern Art has, on occasion, touted itself as apolitical. While the art they house is often far from neutral, they have tried to do so from a so-called unbiased perspective. But they, like much of America, do not feel they can remain in a fictional ivory tower in these days. When President […]

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A photo of people looking at a painting at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Has Silicon Valley Lost its Taste for Art?

In the early days of the Silicon Valley tech explosion, it was pretty common for wealthy execs to invest heavily in their own art collections, many of which were eventually bequeathed to area art museums. The newest generation of tech wealth, however, seems less inclined to invest in quite the same way. Is there less […]

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A picture of a statue taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

375,000 Images Now Available for Public Use, Courtesy of the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art just uploaded 375,000 images to Creative Commons, meaning that the public can now use these images free-of-charge, without any copyright restrictions. The recently posted photos are part of an initiative called “Open Access.” The idea is to grant students, teachers, historians, and journalists the right to use these images for […]

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An attractive young woman covered in tattoos.

New Exhibit Explores the History of American Tattoos

Last Friday, The New-York Historical Society introduced a new exhibit called “Tattooed New York.” The exhibit explores New York’s tattoo history, beginning with its origins in Native American culture. Indigenous people used tattoos for one primary reason: to mark themselves as belonging to a certain tribe. But it was also commonplace for warriors to get […]

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A sculpture designed by Anish Kapoor.

Anish Kapoor Awarded $1 Million Genesis Prize, Will Donate Money to Refugees

World renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor just won the million-dollar Genesis Prize. But it’s not the award that has everyone talking; it’s how he plans to spend the money. According to the Genesis Prize Foundation, Kapoor will use the money to “help alleviate the refugee crisis and try to expand the Jewish community’s engagement in a global […]

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Fast Forward: Painting From the 1980s

Last Friday, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened a brand new exhibit called Fast Forward: Painting From the 1980s. Those who enjoy risqué and political art will find the exhibit most enjoyable. It’s certainly not your average run-of-the-mill exhibit. In fact, it’s virtually unheard of for any high-end museum to showcase art from the […]

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An image of a human figure meditating in cosmic space.

Finding Inspiration Through Meditation

“Writer’s block” is a term nearly all artists can relate to. It usually begins something like this: you want to work on your craft, you know you should work on your craft, but you just can’t seem to find the inspiration, that special kind of motivation that kicks you into high gear. No matter how […]

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“Descension” To Be Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Anish Kapoor, a famous Indian artist, has recently made news in the art world and online by acquiring the exclusive rights, seemingly in perpetuity, to ‘vantablack,’ the blackest pigment yet known to art. That began a rather amusing art feud with the rest of the community. Colors don’t seem like something one can steal, but […]

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