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Spectacular, swirling custom-built stone walls and furniture

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Stonemasons Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl of Ancient Art of Stone elevate the art of stonemasonry with carefully designed and positioned decorative stone walls.

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WATCH: NSFW Camgirl Odalisque by Hugo Arcier

Hugo Arcier's Camgirl odalisque "aims to establish a connection between classical nude artworks, odalisque figures (such as Ingres’ or Manet’s), and the more contemporary vision that camgirls represent."

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Inside Banksy's Dismaland

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Banksy installed a massive pisstake of Disneyland, called Dismaland, that includes his art and other, at a former swimming pool compound in Weston-super-Mare, England. More images below.

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Interview with imprisoned "vagina selfie" artist

Japan is famous for its penis parades, where people carry around giant wooden dicks and buy penis candy and souvenirs. So why is manga artist Rokudenashiko likely to be imprisoned for making whimsical sculptures based on plaster castings of her vulva? (See Japanese artist goes on trial over "vagina selfies and Manga cartoonist arrested for her whimsical vagina sculptures.) Vice's Broadly has a video interview with this brave artist who is getting a raw deal from the Japanese government.

LA artists who earn their livings through the Internet


A beautifully shot photo-essay in today's New York Times chronicles the careers of six Los Angeles artists whose livings would not exist, save for the Internet.

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Watch Ai Weiwei's art iterate into strange animated objects

Themes & Variations, by Ziye Liu, is an animated short film, based upon the art of Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei, which uses computer extrapolation techniques to create "new versions" of their work. There's more at blog.ziyeliu.com.

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Dismaland: Banksy's (?) swipe at Disneyland


Hugh writes, "The whisper is that Banksy is involved in the staging of some sort of pop-up show/exhibition/thing called Dismaland -- apparently a swipe at Disneyland.

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George Miller/Brendan McCarthy's original 1999 storyboard for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Why oh why did the "Erotic Mud Dance" not make the final cut?

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Gallery: 13 images that helped define the look of the electronic age

In INSIDE THE MACHINE: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age [W. W. Norton & Company], cultural historian Megan Prelinger guides readers through the history of electronics.Read the rest

The design story of NASA's "worm" logo, sadly retired

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Over at Display, Graphic designer Richard Danne tells the story of the fantastic "worm" logo he and partner Bruce Blackburn created for NASA in 1974. It was used for almost twenty years until the NASA administrator Dan Goldin unfortunately reinstated the previous "meatball" logo, developed in 1959.

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New edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Dali artwork!

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In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Princeton University Press just published a special edition of Lewis Carroll's classic, illustrated with Salvador Dalí’s incredible 1969 artwork for the story.

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Shape these 120 colorful balls into perfect relaxation

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You could be lying around on this super-comfy mat of configurable balls if you have $8K lying around. Comes in blue, red, brown, and gray.

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Hot Rod artist Coop is coming to Weekend of Wonder. Join us, get an exclusive wood print!

We are thrilled to announce that our friend Coop, famous rock poster illustrator and fine artist, is joining us at our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza, September 18-20 in Riverside, California.Read the rest

Watch this psychedelic video of paint mixing

Thomas Blanchard created this deeply trip video, "The Colors of Feelings," using paint, oil, milk, honey, and cinnamon.

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Who is this man? Grainy footage could solve $500m art heist

Even by the standards of 25-year-old security video, it's grainy and indistinct. But if someone can identify the man visiting Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, federal investigators could solve a $500m art theft that's kept them in the dark for decades.

Despite being one of the most epic heists in history, the statute of limitations has long passed. The culprits will not face prosecution.

Storm-on-the-SeaBut investigators hope that given this immunity, they can help track down the art they stole decades ago—or give it up, if they were never able to offload it.

The video's mystery man, seen being given midnight rear-entry access to the Museum by a security guard on March 17, 1990, appears to be in his 60s. A day later, two men wearing police uniformes were admitted in the early hours of the morning. They duct-taped guards inside to their chairs, then sacked the museum, taking half a billion dollars worth of artwork in one of the most audacious crimes in art history.

Among the works stolen were "The Concert" by Vermeer, and "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt. The footage was released by the FBI on August 6, 2015.

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Police recently turned up pressure on someone long-believed to be involved in the case: Robert Gentile, 79, who was found to own cop outfits and and a list of the stolen art, is being prosecuted on gun charges. In April, the New York Times reported that he was caught on tape boasting about having access to the stolen works.

But to federal investigators, Mr. Gentile may be the last living person who can lead them to the masterpieces taken in the largest art heist in American history — an enduring whodunit pulled off 25 years ago at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

In a conversation last year with a confidential informant wearing a recording device, the authorities say, Mr. Gentile boasted that he had access to two of the paintings snatched from the museum, one of them a Rembrandt, and could arrange a sale for $500,000 or more.

Muralists use an entire hillside of homes as a canvas

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As part of a state-funded anti-violence project, Germen Nuevo Muralismo Mexicano turned an entire neighborhood in Pachuca, Mexico into an artwork titled El Macro Mural Barrio de Palmitas.

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GoldRush: gold sculptures of things we treat as precious, by artist Črtomir Just

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Slovenian designer Črtomir Just made a fanciful 3D series called GoldRush that imagines what various things we treat as precious would look like if they were literally made out of gold.

The objects were printed in 70 x 100 cm sizes, framed, and exhibited at gallery in Ljubljana. Tools used: 3DS Max, Zbrush, Vray.

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