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Man in Bear, Birds in Coffee Shop

As Hyperallergic’s self-appointed cat correspondent, I feel an occasional duty to branch out and offer you more from the always colorful intersection of art and animals. Turns out it’s a good week for that. Today: a man living inside a bear carcass and a coffee shop for birds — both of which are being live-streamed.

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Tigers Forever: Can Nature Photography Inspire Conservation?

“If I win, the tiger wins,” photographer Steve Winter said at his talk earlier this week at the Explorers Club in New York. For two decades he’s traced tigers through the forests of Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and India, on a quest for images that would stop people in their tracks, to spend more than a passing second with, and hopefully inspire passion about conservation.

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Duke Riley’s Pigeon Army of Cuban Cigar Smugglers

The United States spends billions of dollars on a balloon surveillance system on the Florida Straits waters as part of its Trading with the Enemy Act against Cuba, the only country currently under the restriction. Yet as Brooklyn-based artist Duke Riley states in his video for a recent project: “As it turns out, homing pigeons cannot be identified by surveillance balloons nor can they be prosecuted for smuggling cigars.”

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The Top 6 Trends at ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — As an artist participating in ArtPrize myself, I had the amazing experience of not only visiting Grand Rapids for the first time, but also experiencing this mega-event for the first time. While walking around the city snapping pics, I was instantly reminded about my solo trip to the Venice Biennale in 2003 when I was just a college kid: feeling like an outsider to the local people, crossing bridge after bridge and trying to consume the overwhelming amount of artwork around me. As a cultural producer, I can’t help but analyze and tally the formal and conceptual trends that are present in such a saturated art environment.

So from the perspective of a dude like me, here are the Top 6 things I saw at ArtPrize 2011 …