Long Island City’s 5Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists, was demolished in 2014.
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A judge in New York City just awarded graffiti artists US$6.7 million after a developer whitewashed their murals. On the surface, it seems like a huge victory for street artists. But could it backfire?
The offending work: John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896).
Manchester Art Gallery
The decision to remove a 19th-century painting because of its portrayal of naked women was a heavy handed way of making a valid point.
An Instagram post from Gerhard Richter’s exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
While it may have a reputation for narcissism, Instagram is being embraced by the art world, with Insta-friendly works and exhibitions.
Tommy Wiseau clutches a football in ‘The Room,’ the 2003 film he wrote, produced and starred in.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
A painting by Sakubei Yamamoto.
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Throughout the centuries, a number of coal miners have documented their lives with paintings. Some of their works are now in museums and bring the stories of the "pitmen" back to life.
Rock art in central Northumberland, northern England.
Trying to save Neolithic rock art made by our ancient ancestors is no easy task. But it tells us how people used to live.
A still image from Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over All, 1997, single channprojectors, players, sound system, paint, carpet, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.
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In 1997 Pippilotti Rist walked down a street of cars and smashed their windows in a vivaciously feminist call to arms. You might recognise the homage to Risk's work in Beyoncé's Lemonade.
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A management researcher and an administrator of the Louvre at the time the Abu Dhabi project was launched analyse the new museum.
Thomas Hart Benton’s murals at the Indiana University Auditorium depict the social history of the state.
A controversial panel on Indiana University's campus depicts Ku Klux Klan members, but Benton had a reason for including them. Is avoidance really the best way to deal with dark episodes of the past?
To fix the world's ecological crises we'll have to make some tough choices, particularly living with less stuff. Art can play an essential role in imagining and communicating a more sustainable future.
Why do roboticists dream of electric women?
Fellow travellers? Theresa May sporting a Frida Kahlo bracelet.
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The Mexican artist and fervent Stalinist would be surprised to discover Theresa May's choice of bracelet.
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There's a new and growing practice of naming and shaming artists working within the context of gentrification.
Guerilla street artist Banksy has livened up the new Basquiat exhibition in London with some choice murals outside. But is it an homage or infringement?
LGBTQ activists protest the Queermuseu’s closing.
Artists, free speech advocates and gay rights activists in Brazil are dismayed after an LGBTQ-centric exhibit was closed because the subject matter offended evangelical Christians.
The artist's figures are alone and vulnerable.
With the wealth of data being created nowadays, new forms of artistic collaboration with scientists are emerging.
Ryan Kelly’s iconic photograph of the moment that James Fields’ car plowed into a crowd of protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Ryan Kelly's iconic photograph from Charlottesville evokes a 'Unite the Right' moment from 1937 – and the anti-war masterpiece by Picasso that emerged from it.
Customers shop during at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Out of the Closet thrift store in Columbus, Ohio.
Over the past 100 years, discarded and secondhand goods have been used by artists to reject mainstream aesthetics.
Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is removed from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans.
A scholar of southern politics finds inspiration in an unexpected place.