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FILMMAKER ZACH HEINZERLING ON ‘CUTIE AND THE BOXER’ AND THE ARTIST’S SENSIBILITY

What if you lived your life solely to create art? We spoke to documentarian Zach Heinzerling about the fascinating Shinoharas, the modern art world, …

Movie review: Artistry, marriage at heart of 'Cutie and the Boxer'

There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth, although attacking his teeth would come closer to the ferocity with which he goes at the job.<p>It's a small detail, but like so many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully …

Study: Near-Death Experiences Might Just Be Brain Fireworks

In a recent experiment, rats' brain activity surged as they approached death.<p><b>Problem:</b> One time I went to a Target in Indiana and all the “Non-Fiction Bestsellers” were arguments for the existence of heaven, with the exception of Cheryl Strayed’s <i>Wild</i> and maybe a cookbook or something. A lot of the …

Jasper Johns’ assistant stole 22 works worth $6.5 million from famed artist

Famed artist Jasper Johns’ former trusted longtime assistant swiped 22 works from his boss and then peddled them through an unsuspecting Manhattan …

The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive, …

China's $13 Billion Art Fraud -- And What It Means For You.

If you pay attention either to China or the art market, you’ve probably heard the story: China last year became – according to art industry experts – the world’s largest market for art and antiques, surpassing the USA.<p>Well, here’s a shocker: it isn’t. Not even close.<p>Of course, you probably …

Lavabit's closure marks the death of secure cloud computing in the US

On Thursday afternoon, Ladar Levison, the owner and operator of Lavabit, an email service that prides itself on privacy and security, abruptly closed his website, posting a short message to his former users. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the …

Art Zeen

As startup investment continues to grow, competition is fierce and new ideas abound. While biological and healthcare startups lead the field in …

Chinese Weibo users are salivating over Detroit’s bankruptcy

<i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>Detroit has long had one of the nation’s worst housing markets. Home values have plummeted. Vacancies abound. And foreclosure numbers are through the roof. Not that that’s surprising; who’d want to live in a neighborhood with soaring unemployment and the highest rate …

Real Estate

The latest stimulus strategy for the global economy is wooing Chinese immigrants

In the late 1800s, Chinese citizens were banned from immigrating to the US where authorities feared they would take American jobs. Now, Chinese nationals, or at least the wealthy ones, are among the most sought-after immigrant groups around the globe.<p>There are two main reasons for this. First, …

Chinese Policymakers Are Being Sent To A Mao Bootcamp Where They're Being Re-educated With Communist Party Ideals

In the time since, China has been pushing economic reforms along, surprising many. But on the political front, reforms have barely materialized.<p>We have seen a reorganization of some departments, and a crackdown on corruption, but liberalization in the top tiers of the Communist Party seems unlikely.<p>…

China

Don't lose your head over Hirst

I really thought nothing could make me say a good word about Damien Hirst. The recent works of this artist – his talentless paintings, his anatomical …

Spotlight: Zeng Fanzhi

Zeng Fanzhi is one of the most influential Contemporary Chinese painters, famed for his distinctive Expressionist style. Zeng’s earlier works, including the <i>Hospital, Meat,</i> and <i>Mask</i> series, share similarities with German Expressionism.<p>It is the <i>Mask</i> series in particular that brought Zeng into the international spotlight. The series, which spanned from 1994 to 2000, is characterized by figures wearing expressive white masks that seem to conform to the facial features underneath it.<p>Since 2006, the …

The Enterprising Mr. Brown

In 1993, Gavin Brown rented room 828 in New York’s Chelsea Hotel to present the work of an unknown 27-year-old painter named Elizabeth Peyton, whose intimate portrait drawings of King Ludwig II, Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Elizabeth II, and other radiant notables were utterly out of step with the art …

Asia Pacific's art market comes of age

This year the Hong Kong International Art Fair was held under the Art Basel brand name for the first time, sending an important message to the art …

Rising stars of the Asian art market

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/jul/16/asian-art-basel-hong-kong<p>720<p>This year's Hong Kong International Art Fair was held under …

Two Scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, Recreated in Lego

Stanley Kubrick, among the many other skills that made him perhaps the best-known auteur of the second half of the twentieth century, could craft an …

The Secret To Finland's Success With Schools, Moms, Kids — And Everything

My cousin's husband gets 36 vacation days per year, not including holidays. If he wants, he can leave his job for a brief hiatus and come back to a guaranteed position months later.<p>Tuition at his daughter's university is free, though she took out a small loan for living expenses. Its interest rate …

Massive Phoenixes Made of Remnants from Construction Sites

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing's aptly titled <i>Phoenix</i> soars above viewers, made from the remnants of old construction sites in China. The large-scale sculptural installation consists of two massive birds, each comprised of countless materials that include …

SF plane crash: Crew tried to abort landing

The doomed Asiana Airlines jetliner had its throttles set to idle and was moving so slowly that it nearly stalled before it smashed into a seawall bordering a San Francisco International Airport runway, federal investigators said Sunday.<p>The crew tried to abort the landing and avert the disaster, …

San Francisco

3D trick art painting show in China - Telegraph

The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

China just cut the ribbon on the world’s new largest building.<p>The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide. That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and …

Vatican

Rising tide of Eastern buyers

Buyers from China and India helped lift London’s Impressionist and modern art sales last week to £215 million, writes Colin Gleadell.<p>Buyers from China and India, countries that have not hitherto fully embraced Western <b>art</b>, helped lift London’s Impressionist and modern <b>art sales</b> last week to £215 …

British Museum's Japanese erotic art show only for over 16s

Erotic paintings will go on show at The British Museum this autumn as part of an exhibition about Japanese sex – but access is restricted to over-16s.<p>The British Museum will open an exhibition of sex in Japan later this year, which will include explicit paintings and illustrations.<p>Announcing the …