by DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer Shia LaBeouf spoke out this week about an alleged rape that occurred at a performance art installation in Los Angeles in February. At the installation, entitled #IAMSORRY, LaBeouf sat in a room with a bag over his head — with “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” written on it — and invited viewers […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer Beyoncé and Jay Z have been taking selfies, and they’re single-handedly exposing the art world to an entirely new demographic. In one of the photos, the power couple stands tough-faced in front of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. In another, Beyoncé poses next to Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Francoise, his […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer The story begins roughly fifteen years ago when Henri Matisse’s painting, Odalisque in Red Pants, mysteriously disappeared from el Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber in Venezuela somewhere between 1999-2001. For the past 12 years, the 3 million dollar painting has been floating dangerously through various art collectors’ hands, crossing […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer The intersection of the celebrities and fine arts never seems to go smoothly, but with James Franco the results are almost always catastrophic. In his most recent attempt to insert himself into the fine art world, James Franco has teamed up with Daniel Arsham to star in the second short […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer A recent study conducted by Michigan State University has shown that there are significant differences in the way men and women purchase art. In the study, 518 people were told to view two paintings created by different fictional artists and then read their false biographies. One of the biographies described the […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer Imagine if the Mona Lisa were to be torn to shreds. The entire world would be up in arms, right? Even the most disinterested people would recognize that it is not only a masterful work of art but also a tangible piece of the world’s history that would be lost […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer Berlin has been left in a state of outrage as a Dutch artist’s performance art installation goes horribly wrong. Dries Verhoeven is an avant-garde and self-titled “theater maker and visual artist.” His work consists primarily of installations and performance pieces featured all over Europe. His latest performance, “Wanna play? Love […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer News alert: artists are doing something bizarre again. Two Japanese artists, Ei and Tomoo Arakawa, will serve radioactive soup to audiences at Frieze London in an exhibit entitled, Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?. Yes, you read that correctly. Radioactive soup. Frieze is a massive annual contemporary art fair that will […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer I’m new to Boston and a freshman painting major here at BU. “The Art Equation is a column all about exploring and breaking down Boston’s vast art scene. Join me as I discuss museum exhibits, find local artists, and ponder all of the bizarre intricacies of the fine art world.  Art […]

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