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A Surreal Video Shows Hurricane Irma’s Powerful Surge Sucking Water Away From Shorelines In The Bahamas

As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, which is being described as “the most catastrophic storm in Florida’s history,” the devastating tempest is leaving remarkable meteorological phenomena. As the Washington Post explains, Irma is so strong and pressure is so low, it’s sucking shoreline waters into …

5 Ridiculously Huge Crimes America Covered Up

Everyone has something in their past they'd like to keep hidden. Not paying for those Cokes in the bottom of your grocery cart, an ill-advised …

Why Are People Writing Harriet Tubman’s Name On $20 Bills?

It looks like the Trump administration is trying to abandon plans to put Tubman on the bill<p>Have you noticed photos of $20 bills with Harriet Tubman’s …

New Medieval Books: Byzantium and the Islamic World

Five recent books that looks at the first centuries of contact and conflict between the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world.

There is No Truth in Photography; All is Allowed

Dear friend,<p>Never let no pretentious photographer or artist or teacher force you how to make or present pictures.<p>MASTERS Volume I is your essential …

Emmet Gowin’s Stunning Celebration of the Lowly Moth

The moth doesn’t enjoy the same charmed reputation as its lepidopteran cousin, the butterfly. With a handful of exceptions—the Japanese movie monster Mothra, a moody late work by van Gogh—moths are dismissed as pests, waging war on our sweaters when they’re not dive-bombing the lights. The insects …

Moths

These Mid-Fest Burning Man Pics Highlight Creativity And Connection

It’s the first weekend of September and that means it’s Burning Man season. Thousands of people have flocked to the arid Nevada desert in search of spiritual awakening, jaw-dropping beauty, and good old-fashioned highs. With plenty of sex thrown in for good measure. It’s a festival that’s about …

11 Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Among Michelangelo’s venerable ceiling murals inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is arguably the most iconic depiction of man’s relationship to God. …

Around the world in six cookbooks | Cookbook review

Review: Bring back those travelling memories from the comfort of your kitchen with our pick of the best new cookbooks celebrating six countries’ cuisines

Bill Rauhauser, dean of Detroit photography, dies at 98

One of Detroit’s preeminent artistic photographers and the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist died of a stroke Saturday<p>Bill Rauhauser, one of Detroit’s …

14 Self-Portraits by Pablo Picasso Show the Evolution of His Style: See Self-Portraits Moving from Ages 15 to 90

<b>15 years old (1896)</b><p>It’s possible to look at Pablo Picasso’s many formal experiments and periodic shifts of style as a kind of self-portraiture, an …

Pictures of the Week 7.21.17

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200+ Posters From the Golden Age of Graphic Design Are Now Free to Download

Today, more and more cultural institutions have started to offer free art resources to the public through online archives. From high-quality reproductions of antique photographs to museum-approved art books, these complimentary materials promote and exhibit the endless possibilities of Internet …

Graphic Design

Mesmerizing “Time Slice” Photos Show Single Locations at Different Times of Day

For years, artist and photographer Fong Qi Wei has been skillfully slicing photographs into awe-inspiring scenes showcasing the passage of time. Known as “time slice” photographs, each work of art combines several photos taken at different times of day to produce a single, strikingly cohesive …

Landscape Photography

Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers – part one

Julian Barnes, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, David Hare, Mark Lawson, Pankaj Mishra, George Monbiot, Sarah Perry, Ahdaf Soueif, Colm Tóibín and others

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What to read this summer: 75 best books, from novels to biographies

<b>Fiction</b><p><b>Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout</b> <i><br>Viking, £12.99</i><p>In Strout’s companion piece to My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016), there is no single presiding “I”. Instead, we find a series of interconnected stories about some of those met in the earlier book: Lucy Barton’s unhappy brother; her …

These vivid color photos from the 1890s used retouching to make the world more real

More than seven million photochrom postcards were printed<p>Of all the early color photographic processes to live and die, photochroms were perhaps the …

Photography

Beautiful Images of the Arctic Expose a Darker Truth

The Arctic is melting faster than any other place in the world. NY City-based photographer Diane Tuft set out to document the area before the effects …

How the CIA Secretly Funded Arab Art to Fight Communism

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, details began to emerge about the CIA’s covert role in using art as a tool for political ends …

Germany Will Research Stasi Art Seizures

For 30 years, East Germany’s secret police—the Ministry for State Security, or Stasi—terrorized citizens by spying on their daily activities and …

German Politics

BBC - Culture - This white hood carries many meanings

The pointy garb worn in Spain in the run-up to Easter will horrify many who see it. But this strange costume can mean many different things, writes Kelly Grovier.<p>Wizards wear them and so do dunces. In ancient Rome, freed slaves donned them as a sign of their emancipation. In the 15th Century, …

The 500-year-old hidden ‘Easter egg’

One of the most famous paintings in Western art features its own kind of covert ‘Easter egg’. Kelly Grovier finds a secret cipher in The Garden of Earthly Delights.<p>Did you know that the world’s first Easter egg was created in 1979? No, not the kind that children hunt in gardens. (That tradition is …

Art

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out.<p>Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, …

Here are the 2017 Hugo Award nominees

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards were announced this morning, and the ballot includes a refreshing number of women and authors of color in what has been a historically white male-dominated field.<p>The Hugo Awards, named after <i>Amazing Stories</i> editor Hugo Gernsback, are awarded to recognize the …

Saying This Secret Duchampian Password Will Get You Into Museums for Free (Maybe)

Art World<p>Some museum staffers aren't even in on the secret.<p>,<p>Word is leaking out, as it were, about how a simple art-historical fact can get you free …

The Whitney Takes Down Polarizing Dana Schutz Painting… Because of a Water Leak

Art World<p>But the real story seems to be: The new Whitney leaks!<p>,<p>A painting that has inspired protests and calls for its removal from the Whitney …

New Study Discovers That These Villagers Mutilated The Dead To Prevent Zombies

Medieval villagers in England didn't trust the dead not to come back to life and so they made sure that corpses wouldn't have the chance.<p>An …