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Australian Artists Team Up with Inmates to Create Video Art

Four artists joined forces with four inmates at Risdon Prison in Tasmania, Australia to create video artworks that portray the lives of the incarcerated. The project, titled “Pink Palace,” is named after the prison’s once-pink exterior. The artworks were displayed at an abandoned Goodyear tire building in Hobart from June 9–24, 2018. The project is […]

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2018 International Living Statues Festival Mesmerizes and Amazes

Eight participating countries, 64 embodied statues, and about 30,000 spectators filled the Filipescu-Cesianu garden in Bucharest, Romania for the 2018 International Living Statues Festival. The costume festival featured members of the Romanian Masca Theatre, who dressed up as 17th-18th century Parisian street vendors. “The festival, which is the largest European festival of its kind, aims […]

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Modigliani Painting Sells for $157.2 Million

A 1917 painting by Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York on May 14. The work, titled Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), is a portrait of a nude model glancing over her shoulder. According to ARTnews, this piece was the highest-priced lot in Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale. It […]

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H&M Battles With Graffiti Artist Over Copyright

Since graffiti is often viewed as vandalism, most people don’t believe the artists themselves have any legal rights to their work. But according to the Washington Post, “… artistically speaking, the law is often on their side.” Recently, clothing and retail giant H&M tested its luck when it featured a picture of a model backflipping […]

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Artist Angelica Dass speaks about her project “Humanæ” at a TedX event in Madrid, Spain.

Artist Matches People’s Skin Tone to Pantone Swatches

From to-go cups to USB flash drives, Pantone products are booming in popularity. The company is best known for its proprietary color-matching system used in fabrics, plastics, and paint. But Brazilian artist Angelica Dass, who describes herself as an “activator more than an activist,” used Pantone swatches to match Pantone colors to something else: skin […]

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A group of four women of various different ethnicities. One of the women has vitiligo, a skin condition that causes loss of skin color in blotches. An artist from Missouri creates dolls with vitiligo.

Artist Crafts Diverse Dolls Reflecting Various Skin Conditions

Today, not all dolls are cookie-cutter thin, blonde, and blue-eyed like Barbie. In fact, Barbie recently released a series of dolls inspired by women role-models, such as Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart. With the increased demand for assorted dolls that empower girls and look more like the children who play with them, it’s no wonder […]

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Denmark Raises its First Public Statue of a Black Woman

Nicknamed the “Rebel Queen” in a New York Times article, the first public statue in Denmark of a black woman was unveiled March 31, 2018. The date was chosen to mark the end of the centennial year when the Danish sold three islands to the U.S. in 1917 for $25 million (now known as the […]

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Kehinde Wiley’s ‘Racist’ Paintings Are Being Misinterpreted

After former President Barack Obama’s official portrait was released Feb. 12, 2018, rumors surfaced that New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley had previously painted black women decapitating white women. While these rumors might sound outlandish at first, Snopes has proven them to be true. What isn’t true, though, is the racist connotations associated with the paintings. […]

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Did the Smithsonian Make the Right Call by Postponing Gun Artwork?

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s 1988 artwork—featuring a mighty gun, a lit candle, and four microphones—was to be projected on the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s exterior wall Feb. 14-15, according to The Washington Post. However, in light of the recent mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the projection has been postponed until further notice. The Smithsonian […]

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