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The US Army has received a $600,000 budget allocation for the purchase of works by Samuel Johnson Woolf, Defense News reported.

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John Curtin College of the Arts

Two art students in their final year at the John Curtin College of the Arts in Perth, Western Australia, got an unexpected lesson in institutional politics after their paintings were censored in a student exhibition.

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How To Talk About Art

How To Talk About Paul McCarthy

by Cat Weaver on October 22, 2014

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What, I ask you, should one expect if one asks artist Paul McCarthy to create a Christmas tree for the place of honor at a renowned, must-attend art fair? Well, it’s Paul McCarthy, so there are only two possible outcomes: a turd or a butt plug.

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Post image for A Performance Artist’s Absurd Anatomical Odyssey

Nine o’clock: the stage lights dim and a spotlight illuminates a stuffed “hero” sandwich the size of a small sofa. The opening melody of Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” — hit theme song from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome — fills BAM’s Fishman Space.

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Post image for Pushing Back Against Scale and Brand in Frank Gehry’s Latest Luxury Art Hangar

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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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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Events

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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