Laura C. Mallonee

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Do Mexican Drug Lords Buy Art?

by Laura C. Mallonee on September 22, 2014

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Art gallerists in Mexico are blaming slow business on an anti–money laundering law targeting drug lords, reports the Washington Post.

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Photographer Gaia Squarci’s Broken Screen series poignantly examines the implications of the blind man’s sign, deconstructing what it means to be visually impaired in a sighted world.

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For the past six years, German photographer Stefan Falke has been traveling the 2,000-mile-long border between the US and Mexico, meeting local artists and taking their pictures.

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Travel to Russia these days, and chances are the person serving you your food is a visitor to the country, too. Every year, 5-6 million Uzbek, Tadjik and Kyrgyz people arrive in the country to work in restaurants, construction sites, farms and manufacturing plants. They are maids, taxi drivers, street sweepers and garbage collectors. In Krgystzstan alone, one quarter of working-age citizens live outside the country.

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At the height of the Iraq War in 2006, attorney Susan Burke invited fashion photographer Chris Bartlett to focus his lens on a new subject.

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Blanton Museum of Art's Latin American Collection

Latin American art has become fashionable these days.

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Tomorrow, New Yorkers will flock to the newly opened National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan to remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost on that day.

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Is Creativity Linked to Mobility?

by Laura C. Mallonee on September 8, 2014

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“Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil,” American author Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote.

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Three architectural wonders from 12th century Afghanistan are currently in danger of collapse: the minaret of Jam in Ghur province and the two “Victory Towers” in Ghazni

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Looking at Cats with Ai Weiwei

by Laura C. Mallonee on September 5, 2014

One of Ai Weiwei's cats

“It’s all about the cats,” Ai Weiwei said recently, sitting in his Beijing compound in conversation with a writer for a new feline-themed magazine called Puss Puss. “They stay here, some have babies here, but it’s their home and really an oasis for us.”

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