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An image of the city of Detroit.

‘Detroit Grind’ Exhibit Now on Display in New York

This spring, New York is celebrating Detroit. The two cities, both with their backbones of industry and bustle, can be considered close cousins despite the several hundred miles between them. And in the heart of Chelsea, New York City’s artistic epicenter, the Rush Arts Gallery is making sure Detroit comes alive for New Yorkers. The […]

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A panorama picture taken at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The Art World Fights on at SFMOMA

While the future of the National Endowment for the Arts may be in jeopardy, the exhibits it has helped fund continue to draw huge crowds at SFMOMA. Currently, the Matisse/Diebenkorn show is a particular favorite. High attendance numbers and individual donors may be the key to keeping exhibits like this one alive in a time […]

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A photo of Mama Cass from The Mamas and the Papas.

Before Adele, There was Mama Cass

Adele will go down in history as one of greatest singers of all time. Her rich, dark, powerful contralto voice has set her apart in an industry dominated by sopranos. Even her full figure—which has long-since been criticized in the mainstream media—is a breath of fresh air. Adele challenges the status quo, and that’s precisely […]

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A portrait painted by Tim Patch (AKA

Meet ‘Pricasso’: The Artist Who Uses His Penis as a Paintbrush

Yes, this is real. No, we’re not joking. There is legitimately a man who paints with his penis. His name is Tim Patch, but he prefers to go by the name “Pricasso.” He’s a 68-year-old man from Australia and believe it or not, his artwork is pretty good! But his penis isn’t the only body […]

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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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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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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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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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A photo of Anish Kapoor's

“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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A photo of taken at the Dreamlands exhibit.

Time is Running Out to See ‘Dreamlands’ at the Whitney

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater on the third floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art looks like a set for the holodeck in Star Trek. The room is glossy black with a grid of luminous blue lines. It is sparsely furnished and meant only as a backdrop for the film works shown […]

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