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Yves Klein: The man who invented a colour

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The Frenchman was an artist, showman and inventor – who created a hue that had never existed before. How did he achieve this? Alastair Sooke reports. One summer’s day in 1947, three young men were sitting on a beach in Nice in the south of France. To pass the time, they decided to play a game and divide up the ... Read More »

Teaching Is Not a Business

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TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology. Neither strategy ... Read More »

artnet News Interviews 105-Year-Old Hans Erni

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Born in Lucerne in 1909, Swiss artist Hans Erni’s multi-dimensional art career spans seven decades! Between 1927 and 1928, Erni attended the School of Arts and Crafts before traveling to Europe meeting the likes of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. You can notice influence of Picasso and Braque’s Cubist experiments throughout Erni’s oeuvre. Returning to Switzerland in 1937, Erni co-founded a group of Switzerland-based ... Read More »

Megan Washington: Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking

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Published on 8 Aug 2014 Megan Washington is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has ... Read More »

The ancient roots of self-help

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The self-help industry is reportedly worth $13bn in the US alone. Robin Ince looks at the roots of a literary tradition that goes from strength to strength. Once life became more than chasing beasts, running away from bigger beasts, occasional mating and surviving ice ages, things got complicated. Once your life became a little more secure, you had to work ... Read More »

A humbling man, Julian Burnside.

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Julian Burnside walks his talk. In other words, anything he believes in, he does something about. As a QC, he has represented the richest of rich and poorest of poor. He has opened his home to asylum seekers. He commissions classical music. He is an incredible humble and humbling man. James Lush talks with Julian Burnside about his passions. Read More »

Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

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Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Her family announced her death in a statement. Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, ... Read More »

The New York Botanical Garden announces its major 2015 exhibition, Frida Kahlo’s Garden

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NEW YORK, NY.- The New York Botanical Garden announces its major 2015 exhibition, Frida Kahlo’s Garden, focusing on the iconic artist’s engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico. Opening on May 16, 2015, and remaining on view through November 1, 2015, the exhibition will be the first solo presentation of Kahlo’s work in New York City in more than 25 ... Read More »

An Artist Fills Galleries With Emptiness

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Marina Abramovic Opens at Serpentine Gallery in London LONDON — “You look suspicious,” Marina Abramovic said to an older couple standing to the side of a room in the Serpentine Gallery here on Thursday. The couple looked, well, suspicious, as around them people contemplated panels of bright primary colors, or lay on the floor, eyes closed. Ms. Abramovic took them by the hand, gently ... Read More »