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#TBT The Complicated, Cultural Whirlwind that was Art Basel Miami Beach

It’s that time of year again; artists, collectors, and critics from around the world are flocking to Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. Last year we wrote about the complicated, highly exclusive side of the renowned arts fair, and in honor of its return, we are recalling the artists that wowed Miami Beach in 2013. […]



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supporting local artists by writing to them

#TBT The Slow Death of the Handwritten Word

Lately we’ve been writing a lot about the intersection of technology into the world of art, as well as its place in culture at large. Has technology made art easier to access, yet harder to experience in an authentic way? Has it brought people closer together, but eliminated more intimate forms of contact? Tom Hanks […]



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rabbit island

#TBT Rabbit Island Is An Artist Colony Unlike Any Other

Now that the snow and ice is finally melting away from the parts of the country most affected by this winter’s Polar Vortex, it’s nice to be reminded once again of art initiatives that are inspired by the natural beauty that is unfurling once again. We wrote about Rabbit Island last summer, deeming it “an […]



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Melinda Tidwell Collage

#TBT The Intricate, Abstract Collages of Melinda Tidwell

Last fall, we featured an article about the incredible work of collage artist Melinda Tidwell. It seems somewhat appropriate, in this layered, collage-like transition from winter to spring, to recall her intricate works and abstract, yet controlled artistic sensibility. To learn more about the artist and her work, continue reading below. In a day and […]



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Cultural heritage tells us where we come from, traditions we might have, and people we are connected to.

#TBT The Importance of Cultural Heritage

*For this week’s #TBT, we wanted to take a look back at an article we shared about cultural heritage. February marked the annual recognition of Black History Month, and March holds St. Patrick’s Day, another cultural celebration. What better time to reflect upon your own cultural heritage and what it means to you than now? […]



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#TBT Eve Ensler and The Vagina Monologues

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while many love to abhor the Hallmark Holiday to end all Hallmark Holidays, February 14th also marks the anniversary of a groundbreaking play called The Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues is a collection of monologues written by playwright Eve Ensler, and inspired by the stories of real women. Organized […]



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Jon Uriarte

#TBT ‘Men Under the Influence’: A Gender-Bending Portrait Series

For this week’s #TBT, we wanted to take another look at Spanish photographer Jon Uriarte’s portrait series, “The Men Under The Influence.” This gender-bending photography project is a creative examination of gender roles and bodily objectification. Art that has the ability to make a statement or observation about social issues is always worth considering critically. What […]



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Harajuke Girl, Kirk Crippens

#TBT “Portraitlandia” Is Portraits of Portlanders Doing Portland Things

This week, we wanted to take a look back at “Portraitlandia,” photographer Kirk Crippens’ incredibly interesting series of photographs of Portland residents. Hopefully these quirky, compelling portraits will help take your mind off how cold and confining winter can be. They may even spark daydreams about summertime, which is when this article was originally posted. […]



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HungryCaterpillar

#TBT When Picture Books and Adult Literature Collide…

For this week’s #TBT, it seemed appropriate to recall a piece we published back in June about the growing trend of creating books for adults in a style typically geared towards children. More and more, we’re seeing the way that art and literature is merging; we recently discussed the first-ever 3D book cover and how […]



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#TBT ‘Girls’ Creator Lena Dunham is a Cultivator of Culture

Lena Dunham is unquestionably one of Hollywood’s “it” girls, with an edge. The actress, director, producer, and writer has taken the entertainment industry by storm over the last few years; her quiet entry into filmmaking amazed fans with independent movies like 2010’s Tiny Furniture, and now she’s a full-blown star with hit show Girls soon […]



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