In a refreshing step away from typically controversial events in the art world, “Sesame Street” released a segment on Feb. 13 in which Cookie Monster, a blue googly-eyed Muppet with a large appetite, roams New York art museums. In the episode, he visits the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the […]

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United Talent Agency, a California-based company, is set to open a new branch of representation called UTA Fine Arts. It is the first of its kind, and there is debate as to whether or not the invention is a good one. It isn’t possible to draw the art industry any closer to the magical land […]

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Oxygen aired a new reality television show Feb. 3 titled “Street Art Throwdown,” and it has been met with conflicting opinions. It follows a similar format to most reality television shows: there is a group of artists who all complete challenges given to them by a panel of “highly qualified” judges in an effort to […]

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DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer The Smithsonian Institution is advancing plans to open its first international exhibit in London, set to open as early as 2021. The Smithsonian, which encompasses 19 museums, nine research facilities and a zoo, is a federally funded institution with all of its sectors currently located domestically. The Smithsonian, however, has British […]

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Lee Hadwin has everyone’s dream job: he earns a living by going to sleep. Without ever having artistic aspirations, Hadwin is quickly becoming a respected and internationally known artist for drawings he creates while asleep. Hadwin has been drawing inexplicably in his sleep since childhood, but in his teenage years, Hadwin’s works started to become […]

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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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