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By Claire Changery | art news, stories, and other inspiration

The toxic colour that comes from volcanoes

For centuries, the orange pigment was sourced from a toxic mineral. Kelly Grovier looks at a hue that alchemists believed was crucial to creating the Philosopher’s Stone – and which allows art to swivel between different states of being.<p>Expunge orange from the history of art and the whole thing …

Ultra Violet 18-3838

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.<p>Announcing PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, PANTONE® Color of the Year …

For the World Traveler

It’s that time of year again—a time to give thanks (and presents) to those who matter to you the most. More likely than not, you’ve got a few artistic people on your list to shop for, which means you’ll need equally creative gifts to bundle and bestow upon them. Luckily, we’ve got a wide selection …

Alice In Wonderland

In the wake of a wave of closures, galleries are adapting to survive

For dealer Anthony Reynolds, the turning point came when the lease on his London gallery ran out and his landlord announced he was tripling the rent. …

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The Childhood Works of 7 Famous Artists, from Paul Klee to Georgia O’Keeffe

Artist Lines Up 66,000 Water Cups. When The Camera Zooms Out I Am Speechless

An incredibly talented man named Serge Belo is an artist behind the masterpiece called 66,000: A Water Mosaic With a Cause. He created an image …

10 Step-by-Step Painting Tutorials

Develop Your Painting Skills With These Simple Lessons<p>Learning how to paint can be exciting and fun. When you're just getting started, you can …

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

I came across a slightly mysterious website -- a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. There's no …

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If Art History Icons Were Hipsters

What if the Mona Lisa got tired of her old silk robes and decided to trade them in for a trendy jumpsuit? That's exactly the kind of scenario …

20+ Unbelievable Photorealistic Portraits Drawn with a Ballpoint Pen

A ballpoint pen—we've all owned one at some point in our lives. Whether a Bic or another type of biro pen, this tool for writing is transformed into something magical in the hands of the right artist. Ballpoint pen art has become its own niche genre, with many biro artists focusing on …

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Classical Paintings Seamlessly Interact With Modern-Day Italy

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov continues to superimpose characters from classical paintings onto photographic scenes of modern life. In the past, Kondakov's captivating collages have been set in Kiev. However, for his latest series, the Napoli Project, Kondakov has employed Italy, the home of the …

Photo Manipulation

6 Coolest Neighborhoods for Street Art in the World

So you've done the museums, you've seen the galleries, now its time to hit the streets and explore some of the best districts for street art around …

Art History 101: John Singer Sargent’s New Portra...

Bridging the transition between post-Renaissance movements and early Modernism, John Singer Sargent is renown for his fresh take on portraiture. Born …

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How To Recognize Famous Painters

The Long and Fantastic Story of Blue Art Pigments

December 6, 2016<p>Alias of Ksenija Pantelić<p>Appreciating the mystic and explorative qualities of color, <b>blue art pigments</b> are considered to represent the …

Why Artist Gerhard Richter Destroys His Own Art

Gerhard Richter, one of the best-known German artists of the post WWII-era, has destroyed more than 60 of his completed works that he deems …

Zdzislaw Beksinski And The Vast Nothingness That Surrounds Us

Zdzislaw Beksinski wasn’t big on talking about his artwork. A man who often admitted to journalists that he was in love with himself, when it came …

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Hypnotic 3D Canvas Sculptures Play with Vibrant Colors and Swirling Textures

Partners Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, collectively known as Stallman, marry their individual talent and vision to create mesmerizing three dimensional sculptures out of canvas and paint. Their newest collection of work, titled <i>Canvas on the Edge</i>, aims to highlight the nature of the materials by …

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Famous Abstract Artists That Changed The Way We Think About Painting

Kazimir Malevich - Art of Suprematism<p><b>Kazimir Malevich</b> is known as the artist who laid down the foundations of <b>Suprematism</b> as he published its …

10+ Incredible Before & After Street Art Transformations That’ll Make You Say Wow

Look around you. The world is full of empty canvases. Everywhere you turn are empty walls where beautiful pieces of art could be, but often these …

These Abstract Paintings Are Made by Slashing Blades Across Canvas

Shannon Finley’s large abstract works vibrate with tension.<p>The future of art will live in the spaces between analog and digital, static and dynamic, and information and memory. Berlin-based artist Shannon Finley’s large paintings, titled <i>Interference</i>, at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, highlight …

20 Bob Ross Quotes to Make Life Better

Bob Ross wasn’t just a skilled artist—he was unrivaled in his ability to spout verbal poetry faster than it took to paint one of those happy little …

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7 science-backed reasons you should make art, even if you're bad at it

We've been making it for about as long as we've been called humans, and few would argue against its value as culturally enriching as well as emotionally and often intellectually rewarding. Making art for art's sake is plenty.<p>Yet as scientific research has shown, our minds seem built to enjoy and …

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Out of this world: why the most important art today is made in space

Forget the Turner prize. This is art that reflects the true grandeur of the universe – it is the Sistine Chapel of the scientific age<p>It’s all about scale. A black dot is moving across the face of a blazing giant. The shadow of the planet looks tiny, compared with the vast flaming orb of the sun …

12 Times Awesome Art Happened By Accident

Art always finds a way and we don’t necessarily have any say in it. Take a look at these accidental strokes of brilliance for example. If you saw …

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect

Rembrandt may have died in 1669 but his artistic legacy lives on thanks in part to a new piece of work created with computer data, instead of the artist’s hands.<p>Revealed in the Netherlands, ‘The Next Rembrandt‘ is the result of an 18-month project undertaken by a group of art historians, along with …

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What These Artists Do with Ballpoint Pens Is Unreal

Artists Kai & Sunny turn straight lines into straight-up hypnotic artworks.<p><i>Whirlwind of Time (section), Kai & Sunny. Image courtesy of the artists</i><p>The ballpoint pen may be a humble tool for creating art (although it has earned its place in MoMA's permanent collection) but that doesn't mean to say …

15 Of The Most Expensive Paintings In The World

"Art is what you can get away with." — Andy Warhol<p>* All prices have been listed in order of consumer price index inflation-adjusted value.

You See a Snow-Covered Mountain, This Guy Sees a Giant Canvas

Beck creates what he calls “snow drawings,” intricate patterns stomped out by foot on snow-covered mountain plains. The results are giant geometric …

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