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PARIS — The essence of branding is the insistent repetition of a recognizable commodity image, so we should not be surprised when Bernard Arnault’s global luxury brand Louis Vuitton applies the same formula to art.

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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 Rare Portraits of Kings and Commoners from 20th-Century Nigeria

For over five decades Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge photographed the royal court and everyday life of Benin, Nigeria. Drawing on their collection of over 2,000 glass plate and large format film negatives, as well as around 100 prints, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is exhibiting some of his rarely seen photographs.

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E. Brady Robinson,

There is something fascinating about seeing the spaces in which creative people work. Not only for the simple interior-decoration voyeurism it affords, but also for the ways their desks, easels, drawing boards, dark rooms, workshops, and so on reflect the ways their minds function.

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Post image for An Iranian-American Artist Revisits Images from the 1979 Revolution

SAN FRANCISCO — Follow a major social movement today, and unless you can afford to travel onsite, you’re likely to experience it through photos, hashtags, and video uploads. But a movement’s record has always had global resonance, distributed through a mix of broadcast and pre-internet forms of citizen media like pamphlets, posters, and zines.

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ArtRx LA

by Matt Stromberg on October 21, 2014

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This week, there’s a show from wunderkinds Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, a terrifyingly terrific Circus of Death, the release party for Night Papers Six, and surreal new drawings from a venerated textile artist.

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Why Are We Attracted to Troubled Artists?

by Edie Everette on October 21, 2014

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Jean Seberg wasn’t troubled at first, but then the Feds started to harass her for donating money to the Black Panthers.

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Post image for Greyhound Abstraction and Lyrical Expressionism at the Painting Center

Bedraggled tutus? Rogue angel wings? Dried tofu twists? Though unidentifiable, the forms in David Fratkin’s five works at the Painting Center glide about with considerable self-possession.

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François Hollande and Paul McCarthy's

France’s chief of state has pledged his support for the American artist Paul McCarthy, after the artist’s 80-foot-tall inflatable sculpture “Tree,” which bares an uncanny resemblance to a butt plug, proved intolerable to prudish Parisians.

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SCI-Arc’s elective vertical studios pair small groups of upper-level, graduate, and undergraduate students with elite faculty and international architects.

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