Archive | February, 2017
A photo of ashes.

The Artist Who Paints With Human Remains

To many, the idea of painting with human remains is bizarre and unsettling—creepy even. But to U.K.-based artist Val Thompson, it’s a beautiful way to carry on a loved one’s legacy. Thompson runs her own company, called Ash 2 Art, where she paints with cremated ashes. “I do respect the ash that’s given to me, […]

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A photo of a handwritten letter with a calligraphy pen on top.

Museum Directors Pen Letter of Support for NEA and NEH

Museum directors have been on edge ever since The Hill reported that Donald Trump was going to cut government funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). With the threat of abolishment looming in the air, most museum directors have remained silent on the issue… until […]

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Indonesian fabrics

de Young’s Tribal and Textile Art Show Kicks it Off with Gala and Focus on Indonesian Art

San Francisco’s de Young Art Museum recently held an opening night gala for its Tribal and Textile Art Show. Collectors, designers, and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the collection and its focus for this year: art from Southeast Asia, the Oceanic Islands, the Middle East, Central and South America, Africa, Polynesia, and more. With organizers including […]

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Man Defecates on Stage at Benefit Concert, Claims it is ‘Performance Art’

Charity organizers are livid over an incident that took place at a benefit concert in Houston, Texas. On Friday, Feb. 17, Michael Clemmons from the duo band Sonic Rabbit Hole defecated on stage as part of a “performance art” act. The incident took place at AvantGarden, a popular events venue that also serves as a […]

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A photo of a young refugee girl.

Art Therapy Class Helps Child Refugees Overcome the Horrors of War

Those who have lived through war will forever be haunted by its images. The bloodshed, the violence, the destruction, the displacement—these traumatizing experiences permanently imprint themselves in a person’s mind. But there are certain coping mechanisms that can make life a little more bearable. In Greece, for example, there’s an art therapy program that is […]

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A photo of Shia LaBeouf.

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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A photo taken from the outside of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York, NY.

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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