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A photo of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in Art App

Hollywood A-lister and avid art collector Leonardo DiCaprio has just invested in a new app called Magnus. The app has been described as “Shazam for art,” as it allows users to quickly identify artworks much the same way the Shazam app can pinpoint music, movies, and television shows. “Visual art is a powerful tool for […]

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A photo of acclaimed artist Chuck Close, who was recently accused of sexual harassment.

Should Misogyny Have a Place in Art Museums?

Last month, several women came forward to accuse acclaimed artist Chuck Close of sexual harassment. The news sparked a debate about whether museums should continue to display Close’s work in light of these allegations. It’s a divisive issue, with some arguing that art ought to be separated from the artist, while others contend that continuing […]

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A painting of a ship at sea. The artist is Ghaleb al-Bihani, a former Guantanamo prisoner who was released in January 2017.

Art Created By Guantanamo Detainees Now Belong to the US Gov’t

A popular art exhibition in New York that features works by Guantanamo detainees has caused the Department of Defense to ban all art from leaving the prison pending further review of its policy on the matter. Ode to the Sea, which opened on Oct. 2, 2017 and will run through January 26, 2018, is a […]

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A person with their mouth sewn shut.

The Relationship Between Art Censorship and Dictatorship

When most people think of a dictator, they picture a violent leader who physically enslaves his citizens. But the modern-day tyrant is much more dangerous due to his subtle approach to totalitarianism. Rather than commit overt acts of oppression, he’s much more likely to engage in indirect forms of it. One common tactic involves the […]

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Two KKK members wearing white hoods.

Professor Converts American Flag into KKK Hoods for Art Exhibit

A Caucasian professor from the University of Miami is at the center of a heated controversy after she used the American flag to craft KKK hoods. The resulting image, which blends a symbol of patriotism with a symbol of hate, has the public divided as to whether it is a work of art or an […]

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An artwork made from recycled materials. The piece is titled,

Making Art With Recycled Materials

For years, artists have used discarded objects to create art. Vickie Frémont is one such artist. Using items as humble as a used tea bag, she can create a whimsical masterpiece. Fremont, a French/Cameroonian, teaches her “Recycled Art Program” in schools, senior centers, hospitals, and libraries. She was once invited by the French Cultural Services (Alliance […]

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An image of a brain, half of which is shown in black and white and the other half of which is rainbow-colored.

Your Brain on Art

There’s no doubt that we can experience emotional responses to the art we see, whether it’s a classic painting or an interactive museum exhibit. In fact, there are actually scientific studies showing the effect art can have on our brains: sometimes we mimic the actions we see portrayed; sometimes we’re simply more receptive to learning […]

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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 photo of a naked woman covering her breasts and vagina with her hands.

Exploring the Line Between Art and Pornography

The line between art and pornography is a treacherous one, partly because it’s so hard to decipher. Because both “art” and “pornography” are subjective terms, they evade any attempts to define them. It’s like the old saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” So too is, “Pornography in the groin of the […]

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A painting of a naked woman.

How to Be a Nude Model for an Art Class

For most people, posing naked in front of a classroom full of students sounds absolutely terrifying. But believe it or not, it’s not as nerve-racking as one might expect. That’s because artists view nudity in a completely different light than non-artists. Whereas the majority of society views the naked body as shameful and pornographic, artists […]

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