Post image for Australian Politician Steals Obama “Hope” Poster Design for Garish Graphic

Australian senator Jacqui Lambi recently produced her own portrait that riffs off the famous Obama poster, but with the words “TRUST” instead of “HOPE.”

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The group exhibition Memory Burn at bitforms gallery, curated by Chris Romero, explores the devices we use to record our lives as we confront mortality and death.

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Post image for Dusting Off Victorian Science Specimens, from Two-Faced Kittens to Slug Models

After 25 years of collecting contemporary art, George Loudon’s eye was caught by a display of 19th-century glass flowers at Harvard University.

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Try not to crack a smile at the sight of a polar bear crashing human picnics, photo-bombing social soirées, and seemingly just trying to fit in.

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Essays

Madness in My Family

by Aram Saroyan on July 29, 2015

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When Saroyan, a biography of my father William Saroyan by Lawrence Lee and Barry Gifford, was published in 1986, I was coming off a five-year run during which I wrote three books about my family and couldn’t handle sitting down to read another word about them.

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Before photography, the silhouette was a popular form of portraiture more affordable than oil painting, where the outline of a face in profile was cut in black.

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BOSTON — As the ferry chugs away from Long Wharf and drifts out into the open water of Boston Harbor, one is reminded that it was the ocean trade that defined the roots of this old American city.

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Post image for A Construction Wall in Harlem Becomes a Guerrilla Street Art Gallery

In 2014, a group of artists named Harlem Art Collective saw aesthetic potential in an abandoned wall located in a stalled construction site on East 116th Street.

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News

Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on July 28, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: terrifying golden head sculptures stolen from a British festival, an alleged thief blames museum’s flimsy security for his thievery, and ancient ivory penis carvings turn up missing from an antiques store.

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Post image for An Open Letter to the National Museum of African Art Regarding Bill Cosby

I am writing to you today with a simple request: take down the pictures of Bill Cosby in your current exhibition Conversations.

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