Photo Essays

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If you want to hear a terrifying ghost story this Halloween, look to Japan.

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Andre Levy coin painting of Divine

Talk about cultural currency! The Sao Paulo-born, Frankfurt-based artist and designer Andre Levy has earned himself a huge online following and an exhibition at Stew Gallery in Norwich, England with his project Tales You Lose, for which he turns the portraits of monarchs and political heroes adorning coins into images of pop culture icons.

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Post image for Belief, Reason, and the Origins of the World in a Striking Series of 19th-Century Illustrations

Galileo and other troublemakers aside, science and religion didn’t have such a complete falling out until the 19th century.

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Installation view of works at The Active Space

It’s telling that Exchange Rates, last weekend’s Bushwick-wide art event, is described on its official website as “an exposition,” as opposed to a straightforward exhibition or a sales-driven art fair. The four-day program of pop-up shows, talks, panels, performances, and ambulatory happenings felt at times like a biennial, a symposium, and, yes, even an art fair.

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Material Friction: Americana and American Art

What did John Frederick Kensett, a 19th-century artist who was part of the Hudson River School, have in common with Thomas Matteson, a blanket chest-maker from Vermont?

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On the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s Flickr, portraits of wounded Civil War soldiers show the grim resilience, military pride, and shocked resignation in their faces.

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Photo Essays

Art from Solitude

by Laura C. Mallonee on October 22, 2014

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Two words in the English language describe what it means to be alone. “Solitude” results from a willful act of self-reliance, while “loneliness” stems from being involuntarily deprived of company. For most artists, though, the boundaries between these states of being are less sharply defined.

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Post image for Under the Big Top with a Century of Art

Long before television or the internet infused daily life with spectacle, there was the circus.

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Gowanus Open Studios 2014

Over the weekend, more than 300 artists opened up their work spaces to the public for the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios.

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