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A View from the Easel

by Philip A Hartigan on September 23, 2014

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Artist studios in Denver, Los Angeles. San Francisco, and Sarasota, Florida.

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The 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics were visually defined by a palette barely touched by patriotic red, white, and blue. Rather, designer Deborah Sussman — with her husband, architect Paul Prejza — colored the city with environmental graphics that buoyantly exuded the hues of the diverse cultures in the city.

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Post image for The Key Players in the Ever-More-Complicated Vivian Maier Case

A little over two weeks ago, the tenuous peace surrounding the production and distribution of artwork by Vivian Maier exploded.

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An Artist-Turned-Drag Queen Reigns in Berlin

by Stephen Truax on September 18, 2014

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BERLIN — Fellas, I wanna know if I could talk to ya for just a minute. … Is it okay?

The sultry voice cut through the din of hundreds of people. Chandelier Divine Brown’s lip-synch performance of the 1990s a cappella “Work This Pussy,” by American transgender vocalist Sweet Pussy Pauline, sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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Unsettling Psychic Photography from the 1930s

by Allison Meier on September 18, 2014

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On May 15, 1934, a man named Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of Sheffield sent a letter confirming a meeting where he would “demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography.”

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Post image for Curious Visual Guides to Victorian Pseudoscience

What if all your woes could be healed by some good thinking? Back in the 19th century, mesmerism was all the rage, merging nicely with the DIY Victorian parlor entertainment and hefty dose of quack medicine making the rounds — from questionable experiments in electricity to phrenology.

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Post image for Two Weeks Into Performance, Columbia Student Discusses the Weight of Her Mattress

Last Friday afternoon, nearly 100 students rallied at Columbia University to protest the school’s policy on sexual assault. They held signs, wore red tape over their mouths, and brought mattresses — almost a dozen, some of which had messages written on them in red tape.

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Post image for Library of Congress Photographs Mapped into an Interactive Atlas of the Great Depression

The Library of Congress has an incredible digitized archive of Depression-era photographs, taken between 1935 and 1945 on behalf of the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.

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LOS ANGELES — The contemporary art world often seems to be on a super-sized trajectory, with the rise of mega-galleries and record-setting auction prices all the rage.

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Post image for Artists Paddle Around Manhattan for Environmental Justice

“Sécurité, sécurité, I have 16 canoes and a marching band northbound on the East River, just north of Newtown Creek.” Those were the words radioed to Vessel Traffic Services yesterday afternoon as a group of activists circumnavigated Manhattan, some in handcrafted boats made of paper.

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