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A giant sculpture of a nude black woman. The sculpture was created by Kara Walker and is titled, “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby?”

Kara Walker is Tired of Being The Art World’s Token Black Girl

Artist Kara Walker is tired of being put up on a pedestal. As a successful African-American female artist, she’s often seen as a symbol of diversity. But she’s fed up with that role, especially since she never asked for it in the first place. Walker recently took to Instagram to voice her opinion in the […]

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A computer generated image of a painter standing beside his paint roller.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: The Maintenance Workers’ Artist

Mierle Laderman Ukeles has been an artist since the 1960s. Her work has spanned from performance pieces to sculpture installations to writing. She has explored a variety of social justice issues, ranging from the role of women to the cultures of labor to the resilience of local communities. Initially, she went to school for international […]

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Nguyen Qui Duc at his home.

Take Your Next Vacation with an Artist

Most people, if you asked them, would tell you that they’d like to travel more. They might also tell you that they’d like to spend more time on creative activities like painting, dancing, or even gardening. Now, because of the efforts of designer Geetika Agrawal, people can sign up for special vacations around the world […]

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Artist Tips and Quips: How to Have a Successful Career in the Arts

Earlier this month, Phaidon released a new book called Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life, which is described as “A must-read for aspiring arts professionals.” In the book, 36 “tutors” provide unique lessons on how to thrive in the art world. These contributing tutors include Marina Abramovic, Mark Dion, Miranda July, Tim Rollins, and […]

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Miranda July

Miranda July Transforms an Inbox into a Canvas

Miranda July is most known for her filmmaking and writing, which capture provocative and unusual portrayals of humanity. Her first independent feature-length film, You and Me and Everyone We Know, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, won critical acclaim and multiple prizes at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals for its artful examination of human relationships. […]

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The Sound of Music

Cultivators of Culture: Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a woman who has taught us a lot of valuable lessons over the years: 1. How never to forget the solfège scale (Do, a deer, a female deer…). 2. When you’re feeling sad, simply remember a few of your favorite things. 3. A spoonful of sugar helps the “medicine” go down. 4. […]

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Contemporary Graffiti: Expressive Street Art or Vandalism?

Since it began to receive commercial attention in the early 1980s, graffiti has long since existed as a point of contention in artistic and social communities. Graffiti as we know it has endured an evolving history, its origins linked to both urban gangs as well as to pure artistic expression. Smashing Magazine discusses this evolution, […]

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Qureshi's rooftop art reflects on the current state of violence in the world.

On Violence and Hope: The Met’s Rooftop Garden Hosts Imran Qureshi

New York City’s many incredible museums aren’t just great to visit on rainy days, especially with The Met utilizing rooftop space to feature exhibits this summer and fall. From May 14th through November 3rd, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a collection entitled, The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi. Utilizing the abundant space within […]

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Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, A Legend Among Artists

Ellsworth Kelly is turning ninety years old. As an artist, that means he’s had plenty of time to create a sizeable collection of work. Painting, sculpture, drawing, posters—none of it falls outside his realm. He’s literally done it all. And no one’s a bigger fan of Mr. Ellsworth’s work than the MoMA, and especially its […]

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Brooklyn Artist Jennie Jones Receives $50K

Jennie Jones probably jumped for joy when she heard this news: The Studio Museum in Harlem is honoring her with its Wein Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in contemporary art today. A painter and sculptor, Ms. Jones is based out of Brooklyn and centers her work on music and “listening as a conceptual […]

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