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Kenny Scharf Blobs Take Over Bowery Wall

Kenny Scharf, druggy painter of 80s fame, has covered a Bowery wall with his psychedelic blobs. This isn’t just any wall, though. Previously curated by Deitch Gallery, now The Hole NYC, this wall originally played host a Keith Haring mural and has recently been the site of Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, and, most recently, Barry McGee projects.

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Abstraction Dominates at MoMA’s “On Line”

The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century purports to display “the radical transformation of the medium of drawing throughout the twentieth century,” but what the genre retrospective really does is to narrow the definition of “drawing” considerably, limiting works not by medium but by execution: almost every work in the show is non-objective. This festival of the abstract is visually impressive but conceptually lacking. Shouldn’t any century-long survey of drawing include some less academically austere work?

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Picturing Black Friday

Dan Koeck’s image above was one of the finalists in last year’s Picture Black Friday competition. This year the organizers welcome new submissions on the impact on consumerism. The website explains that the contest is “an open call for photographers throughout the US to go out and produce images that document Black Friday — how you see it, on your terms.” [Picture Black Friday via @jonnodotcom]

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The Alternative Holiday Gift Guide

You know you’re going to spend money this holiday season even if it’s only a gift or two for friends, family or that special someone. So, why not spending money in a way that supports emerging galleries, craftspeople, artists, charities, or quality small businesses that are trying to do something different.

Here is our short guide to some ideas for creative and affordable gifts.

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Murakami Floats in Thanksgiving Parade, Dances in Flower Suit

Think contemporary art’s going mainstream? It doesn’t end with Louis Vuitton bags and album covers. Joining the cartoon figures and name-brand mascots at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were superstar contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s signature surreal characters, KaiKai and KiKi, two anime critters that share monikers with Murakami’s company. Below, check out a selection of photos from Murakami’s participation in the parade, which also featured the artist himself dancing on the float wearing a flower suit, another trademark.

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Remixing Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving

Even if illustrator-cum-post-modern-artist Norman Rockwell initially titled his iconic work about Thanksgiving, “Freedom From Want“ and never mind that it was published in March 1943, the painting has come to exemplify the picture-perfect American Thanksgiving according to the dominant narrative of American culture.

Many of the individuals in Rockwell’s scene were real-life Vermonters who lived in Rockwell’s town, but what’s more inspiring about this work is the mocking, funny, sweet, and corny parodies it has inspired — many of which I have collected for you.

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What an Ancient Roman Penis & Hand Transplant Looks Like

We already mention that the scandal-prone Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s ridiculous request to provide an antique Roman sculpture with a new penis and hand but The Telegraph shows us what the before and after of the sculptural plastic surgery actually looked like. Our assessment … not really worth it, specially considering the Italian arts budget was severely cut by the government. [The Telegraph]