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Photographer Ansel Adams poses on a bluff with his camera. Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/VCG via Getty Images

The surprising source of Ansel Adams’ signature style

Largely self-taught, Adams learned to harness the communicative power of photography during his years as a marketing photographer.
The archives of academic institutions can tell previously untold stories of eugenics. Universities can begin to undo oppressive legacies by opening them to artists and communities. (Pakula Piotr/Shutterstock)

Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts

To confront colonialism, universities must open their archives and let communities see their pasts, eugenics and all.
Charlotte Solamon’s expansive work told a story over 784 paintings that saw words intermingling with pages of beautifully painted pictures. Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam/ © Charlotte Salomon Foundation/Charlotte Salomon ®

This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Charlotte Salomon's dizzying work of hope and creativity amid destruction and despair, is a moving early example of the contemporary graphic novel
Portrait of Edmond Belamy, 2018, created by GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), sold for US$432,500 on Oct. 25, 2019, at Christie’s in New York. (Obvious)

The price of AI art: Has the bubble burst?

Last fall, a piece of art work created by AI to resemble 18th century classical western art sold for almost half a million dollars. But the second in the series sold for much less.
Eleanor Antin Judgement of Paris (after Rubens), 2007, from ‘Helen’s Odyssey’ © Eleanor Antin. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. The British Musuem

From the Iliad to Circe: culture’s enduring fascination with the myths of Troy

From art that centres the African-American experience to feminist retellings, the British Museum's new exhibition explores culture's enduring fascination with the legend of Troy
The Orange Problem, 2019, Acrylic on panel, 72 x 72 cm. © Robert Pepperell 2019. The author

Art, science and the paradoxes of perception

When we look at art we may not all see the same thing. It all depends on what happens in our brains.

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