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  • Book Review: Creative Intelligence –

    Design professor and business journalist Bruce Nussbaum’s new book about creativity begins with an anecdote about Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The story is about the development of their musical talent and it illustrates that creativity is less a stroke of genius than the natural result of years of study, the hard work of attention,…

  • One world’s trash is another man’s street art |

    Portuguese street artist Bordalo II (also known as Arturo Bordalo) takes crumpled bumpers, scorched garbage cans and old rubber tires and transforms them into 3-D mural portraits of animals, like the raccoon above. Many of the materials for his vibrant “Big Trash Animals” are scavenged from abandoned factories and other urban wastelands, but some materials are…

  • Lisbon is Subverting Street Art Cliches Through Creative Workshops for Older People |

    LATA 65 is connecting art between generational divides, matching older citizens of Lisbon with a relatively young form of art—graffiti (“lata” means “can” in Portuguese). Through workshops attendees learn the history of street art while making their own stencils and tags, ultimately incorporating their work in murals across the city. These bright colors go into run-down…

  • Richard Prince Sells Other People’s Printed Instagrams for $100,000 USD a Piece at NYC Gallery .

    Notorious for appropriating other people’s photos in his own context, Richard Prince has made an illustrious career in art, with his most expensive works selling between $3.4 million and $8 million USD. Previous appropriations include a snap of Brooke Shields naked at aged 10 and an extensive exhibition at the New York’s Gagosian Gallery titled…

  • [Book Review] Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

    You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message in this new book by Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist based in Texas. Creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone – these points are driven home by this book packed with illustrations, exercises, and examples. The material…

  • The surprising high-art theory behind Kim Kardashian’s “Selfish”

    On May 15, 1863, the Salon des Refusés opened in Paris to showcase thousands of artists who had been rejected by the conservative jury of the elite Salon. Under intense pressure by both artists and citizens who deemed the Salon’s taste increasingly traditionalist and myopic, Emperor Napoleon III ordered that an alternate exhibition take place…

  • The Vending Machine Gallery

    The Vending Machine Gallery is a new buying concept from a group of London-based artists and designers. Striving to diversifiy art sales, a well curated mix of contemporary work from the likes of Petro and Katie Brooks can be purchased from a vending machine in unexpected locations across London, beginning with The Fox pub in East London.…

  • NOVA, the film about young contemporary art makers

    An inspiring 75min DIY documentary film on new art and the young artists behind it. Directed by Isaac Niemand, and produced by ROJO® in collaboration with BossaNovaFilms, it was all filmed on the heat of live action of the first edition of ®NOVA Contemporary Culture, which happened in July / August 2010, in MIS-Museum of…

  • A Global Art Project Brings Paintings of Anonymous Figures out of Museums and onto the Streets

    While visiting the Louvre last last year, artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca was struck by an Ingres painting of a female prisoner tucked unceremoniously into a corner of the museum. He suddenly had an idea: what if he could somehow free her—both figuratively and literally—by reproducing her figure on a public street. People may…

  • A Museum of ‘No-Longer-Art’ Opens in Hyde Park

    Once-valuable artworks cut, smashed, or scraped are the focus of a new exhibit opening at the Salvage Art Institute on April 23, a fictional art museum on the University of Chicago campus. About three-dozen paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures are highlighted as “orphaned” objects, disfigured by accidents. The shiny fragments of a shattered Jeff Koons…