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The Google Doodle, then and now

When you head out on vacation, one of the most exciting things is setting your out of office reply. That simple note that lets everyone know you’re probably having a great time on a Tuesday while everyone else is working. For Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, an away message, of sorts, that they […]

Thousands of Artists Endorse Bernie Sanders

As of Monday afternoon, more than 1,600 artists, designers, critics, curators, educators, musicians, performers, writers and other arts professionals have officially endorsed Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for US President. An open letter endorsing Sanders has received more than 1,600 signatures so far after being released by the organization Artists4Bernie, which identifies […]

Amoako Boafo makes his auction debut with a major sale of a work completed less than a year ago

Phillip’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale on Thursday in London was less of a smashing success  but a few standout lots garnered a lot of attention. The auction brought in a total of £21.1 million, barely topping its low estimate of £18.1 million. Among the many great paintings sold was a particularly frenzied lot […]

A Banksy for Valentine’s Day?

Banksy’s back at it for Valentine’s Day. A Banksy-esque mural popped up in the artist’s hometown of Bristol yesterday and before it was even confirmed to be authentic, it was getting the Banksy treatment. Then, just before midnight last night, the artist took to Instagram to confirm the work to be theirs. The Bristol house […]

John Baldessari’s Legacy

John Baldessari, the widely influential conceptual artist who helped transform Los Angeles into a global art haven through his work and decades of teaching, passed away on Thursday at his home in Venice, Los Angeles at the age of 88. Baldessari’s best-known work, a lithograph from 1971 titled “I Will Not Make Any More Boring […]

Musée d’Orsay introduces Jean-Philippe Delhomme as their new Instagram artist in residence

Museums have pretty well gotten on board with social media. Major names, like writer, activist, and curator Kimberly Drew, have held positions at major institutions to manage their Facebooks, Twitters, and Instagrams. Creating a relationship and dialogue with followers has helped build up the community around museums and brought many institutions, that may have felt archaic […]

Jeff Koons loses appeal in copyright case over naked sculpture

A Paris appeals court has announced to uphold a 2017 ruling which found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarism. It determined that his work, Naked, was in fact copying a photograph of two naked children, titled Enfants, by the late French photographer Jean-François Bauret. The sculpture made by Koons in 1988 featured the same boy and girl […]