The Two Faces Of Greece’s Response To The Refugee Crisis

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Greeks have a mixed response to migrants and refugees. HuffPost Greece – By Angeliki Kougiannou ATHENS, Greece — The two pictures above were shot on the same day in the Greek capital. They could well carry the title “before and after.” The photo on the left was taken by SOOC photographer Alexandros Michailidis in Victoria Square, where many migrants and refugees stop before continuing their journey across Europe toward a better life. It’s a photo like countless others, depicting the despair of people ... Read More »

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle


PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation. Nor am I a huge fan of the Stravinsky Fountain at the Centre Pompidou, her collaboration with her husband, the artist Jean Tinguely. Hyperallergic – Joseph Nechvatal So I was somewhat reluctant to hit the Grand Palais to see herretrospective. But I was very ... Read More »

The Question of Light: Tilda Swinton’s speech at the Rothko Chapel


Below is the only place to read Tilda Swinton’s moving and radiant speech at theRothko Chapel in Texas. Why do I have it?  A brief explanation. Last year, actress Tilda Swinton was presented with the Rothko Chapel Visionary Award at the The Rothko Chapel, which is home to fourteen of Mark Rothko’s paintings.  It’s also a spiritual and human rights center whose mission is “to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations ... Read More »

Graeme Hugo, distinguished demographer and academic, dies aged 68

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One of Australia’s most distinguished demographers, Professor Graeme Hugo, has died at the age of 68 after a short illness. ( ABC ) Regarded by his peers and students as an academic giant, the University of Adelaide professor was also director of the Australian Migration and Population Research Centre. Professor Hugo was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to population research in 2012. He was also recognised as a generous public intellectual and was a ... Read More »

Getting to Know the Artisans Who Make Other People’s Art

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There are many invisible people who make the art world run: art handlers, registrars, conservators, exhibition designers. Hyperallergic – Jillian Steinhauer We don’t often see these people listed on press releases or wall placards, but it’s thanks to their work that we get to have meaningful aesthetic experiences. One of the largest groups of behind-the-scenes laborers is artisans — the welders, sculptors, painters, finishers, and others who realize large-scale pieces of art, often on behalf of big-name artists. And one of the places best known for ... Read More »

An Unexpected Country Has Become a Mecca for Subversive Street Art


New York City has traditionally been considered the premier mecca for street artists around the world. “It’s hard to imagine what New Yorkers experienced in the early seventies, as they watched their city become steadily tattooed with hieroglyphics,” wrote Dimitri and Gregor Ehrlich New York magazine in 2007. “Some saw it as vandalism and a symbol of urban decay. But for the writers who risked life, limb, and arrest, and the teenagers, filmmakers, and, eventually, curators who admired them, graffiti ... Read More »

As Berlin marks fall of wall, Gorbachev warns of new cold war

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Ex-Soviet leader backs Putin over Ukraine as Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of a seminal moment in European history ‘It’s hard to remember how scary it was’ … extraordinary memories of the Berlin Wall As Berliners watch 8,000 balloons being released into the night sky this evening, old divisions between east and west will symbolically vanish into thin air with them. Yet the runup to the festivities has already served up plenty of reminders that, 25 years after the fall ... Read More »

Major Exhibition of Australian Aboriginal Art to Tour US Museums


Nine Aboriginal Australian artists are coming to the US as part of a five-museum tour beginning next year. Taken from the collection of Miami-based collectors Dennis and Debra Scholl, “No Boundaries” will feature 75 paintings executed by Aboriginal artists between 1992 and 2012. Coinciding with Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015, the tour will include a stop at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and travel to four other cities, including a final stop at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson ... Read More »

Why Do We Make Art? Author Explores The Depths Of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Brain To Find Out


“The good painter has to paint two principle things, that is to say, man and the intention of his mind. The first is easy and the second difficult.” Leonardo da Vinci, the man who pondered these thought centuries ago, was an innovator across art and science, who obsessed not only over the rigors of beauty, but over the creative processes taking place deep inside his mind. Leonard Shlain, the late author and surgeon beloved for books like Art & Physics, ... Read More »

Arts Education Transforms Societies

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Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans’ President Kevin Bailey credits the brand’s creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. At her promotion and swearing-in ceremony a few weeks ago, Capt. Moira McGuire, assistant chief of Integrated Health and Wellness at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last words before an executioner took their lives. And for Amy Elkins, a young artist based in Los Angeles, those testaments ... Read More »

Courage and Hope


What the Nobel Peace Prize means to me. Today, I was honoured to learn I have been selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi — a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our world needs more heroes like Kailash. His example makes me brave. I believe the Nobel committee didn’t give this award ... Read More »

Gaudí, an inspiration to architects—and a famous chef


This month’s congress on Gaudí will focus on the church of Colònia Güell A conference on the designer, alternately called a madman and a genius, is taking place in Barcelona It is said that when the head of Barcelona’s school of architecture gave a young Antoni Gaudí his degree in 1878, he said it wasn’t clear if he was presenting the diploma to “a madman or a genius—only time will tell”. Gaudí’s legacy is among the issues discussed in the ... Read More »

Vanessa Redgrave premiers documentary on Bosnia labor rights

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British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave premiered a documentary late on Friday made with her son about a workers’ uprising in Bosnia this year that typifies the pain of post-communist transition in eastern Europe. “Bosnia Rising” centers on the fight to save a detergent factory in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, once a hub for the metals and chemicals industries of former Yugoslavia but now home to one in five of Bosnia’s 27.5 percent registered unemployed. The Dita factory, ... Read More »

Da Vinci Restoration Project Reignites Conspiracy Theories


Restorations to an unfinished painting by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci are well underway, and may confirm some Dan Brown-level conspiracy theories, reports the Art Newspaper. The large wood panel painting, The Adoration of the Magi, belongs to Florence’s Uffizi Galleries, but is currently being worked on at Florence’s conservation institute, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Da Vinci began work on The Adoration of the Magi when he was just 29, in 1481, as a commission from the Florentine monastery of San Donato in Scopeto. The next ... Read More »

Seventy-five years after his death, Vienna struggles with Freud


VIENNA: Even before Sigmund Freud fled Hitler on the Orient Express from Vienna in June 1938, the father of psychoanalysis and his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian capital. And even now, 75 years after his death in London on Sept 23, 1939, Freud and the groundbreaking theory of mind that he fathered still lack the recognition they achieved elsewhere. “Nobody is a prophet in their own country, and this is particularly true of Freud ... Read More »