Modern Art

Lost treasures: How the Bolsheviks sold off priceless art works from the Hermitage and Kremlin - Russia Beyond

In the second half of the<p>1920sthe Soviet government inundated the international art market with treasures from the country's museums. Such alarge scalesell-off had never been seen before in the history of art.<p>Suffering the consequences of a devastating civil war, the young socialist state needed …

Art History

William Blake | The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca, from Dante's Inferno, Canto V | The Met

Archibald G. B. Russell <i>Engravings of William Blake</i>. Boston and New York, 1912, cat. no. 34 i.<p>Laurence Binyon <i>The Engraved Designs of William Blake</i>. …

Art

With chalk sketches, the Met captures the making of Michelangelo

NEW YORK – Finished works by the great Michelangelo Buonarroti — the Sistine Chapel, the Pietà, the statue of David — continue to captivate millions …

Artists

Read TIME's Original 1942 Review of Casablanca: 'Rick Is Still Trying to Get Over It'

The long gap between the premiere and the main U.S. release date for <i>Casablanca</i> was no accident. After all, when the now-classic film premiered in New …

Entertainment

3 creatives reveal the inspiration behind their extraordinary creations

‘The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, but is a succession of little things that are brought together,’ Vincent van Gogh wrote in 1882.<p>It’s a concept that we embrace through <i>Bazaar Art</i>. For this year's edition, five of the world's greatest female artists have created original artworks as …

Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presents a Free Online Class on Fashion: Enroll in Fashion as Design Today

Fashion as Design, a free online course by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), beginning this coming week (11/27), may not equip you with the skills to …

Culture

My Last Night With 'The Tomorrow Children'

A final farewell tour with a game about authoritarian communism, mining, and matryoshka dolls.<p>The first thing I noticed were the stars. They didn’t hang in the hazy sky, but were instead scattered across the half-destroyed remains of a bridge like an arts and crafts project gone terribly awry.<p>I …

Authoritarianism

GoPro's Hero6 Is the King of Action

GoPro has been the leader on action cameras from the very beginning, and its brand has attained a kind of Xerox-like omnipotence—despite the …

Cameras

10 Things to Do Now in NYC

DANCE<p><b>A Modern Perennial, With Jazz Tributes</b><p><b>Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center</b><p>One of America’s most popular modern dance companies opens its annual season (Wednesday through Dec. 31 at various times) with one of America’s most popular modern dances: “Revelations,” the …

Artists

5 freelancers share how to thrive in the gig economy

We’re at odds with the paper-chase culture here in Singapore, where you go to school for a number of years, attain a coveted paper qualification, and …

Careers

The Best Blu-Rays to Show Off What Your 4K HDR TV Can Do

4K TVs are finally cheap enough for everyone, but there’s no point in upgrading if you don’t get to see some gorgeous new movies on it. To get the …

James Gunn

Trumpy Bear Is a Real Thing, and I'm Kind of Appalled

It's 5:32 am Thanksgiving Day and the baby's up so we're up, too, and the living room is bathed in buttcrack-early TV light, the sort that makes …

Seattle

You Should Come With Me Now by M John Harrison review – stories ​for the uncommon reader​

Funhouse​-mirror​ reflections of human nature emerge from these inventive fables and surreal spoofs – but th​e humour is as dry as ether<p>One of these brilliantly told stories, “The Walls”, begins: “A man, let’s call him D, is seen digging his way out through the wall of his cell. To help in this …

Books

Raped: My Story – The Response

The group chat with my fellow rape survivors and the reaction from the general public shows me that the world is beginning to change<p>On the build up …

Surrealism

Tate Modern opens the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK

<b>LONDON</b><b>.-</b> This autumn, Tate Modern stages the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK, bringing together a dazzling range of his …

Art

While you were sleeping: Zimbabwe's new president sworn in; Pistorius's jail sentence extended

Exuberant Zimbabweans greeted the swearing-in Friday of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who takes power after an extraordinary series of events …

Canadian News

The TXBA Thanksgiving Ballad Tradition: 2009-2017

Nov 23rd, 2017<p>On Friday July 31st, 2009, I walked away from a 10-year career as a software engineer to run StevieSnacks (the predecessor to TXBA) as …

Surrealism

Rookies Have Answered the Call for the Bucs This Season

It’s Sunday afternoon in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for their second straight win in the second half of the …

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Absinthe Was Once Banned for Being Evil—Now It’s Just Meh

A decade after it was reintroduced in the U.S., drinkers don’t find a green fairy, just a licorice-tasting liquor that most leave in the glass; ‘my mom might like it’<p>During its heyday in the 19th century, absinthe was one of the world’s most popular liquors—a fixture on bar menus from Paris to New …

Vincent Van Gogh

Michelangelo, the Master of Motion

It would be hard to invent a more pallid or inadequate title than <i>Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer</i> for the exhibition that has just opened …

Art

The art of the steal: When does a copyright go too far?

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you want to riff on the "Mona Lisa," go ahead. Scratch a biro mustache on her. Give her a full beard if you like.<p>Don't go drawing facial hair directly on the original, of course; that's the physical property of the Louvre, and the museum's conservators are likely to get very angry with …

Justice

How the school library saved my life

<b>Megan McDonald</b> <br>Children’s book author<p>I grew up reading — at the school library, on the bookmobile, at the comic book store, at home next to the …

School Libraries

Las Vegas Pot dispensaries offer Black Friday deals

As the legalised pot industry spreads across the USA, dispensaries are getting into the holiday mood in Las Vegas.<p>Following the example of more conventional retailers, they are offering special Black Friday deals to customers, Associated Press reported.<p>More than 40 dispensaries are offering …

Cannabis

Re-watching Joe Biden’s disastrous Anita Hill hearing: A sexual harassment inquisition

Sen. Joseph R. Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, lost control of the biggest moment yet in his political career — the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings — moments after Anita Hill finished describing what the Supreme Court nominee said about his penis.<p>With Americans glued …

Feminism

David Hockney’s Life in Painting: Spare, Exuberant, Full

Give it up for David Hockney, one of painting’s elder statesmen, and for his crystalline retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which proceeds in a string of perfectly curated mini-exhibitions. Check at the door the usual caveats and tsk-tsks regarding this wildly popular …

Art

Things Have Turned Rather Nasty Since That Da Vinci Painting Sold For R6,5 Billion

New world record, screamed the art world last week, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” becoming the most expensive painting ever after it sold for …

Salvator Mundi

These 10 paintings sold for US$1 billion at New York auctions | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Given the runaway success of one painting in particular, perhaps it a little unfair to compare the top 10 lots of New York’s auction mega-week.<p>About …

News (China)

Watch At the Museum, MoMA’s 8-Part Documentary on What it Takes to Run a Great Modern Museum

If you've ever visited the Museum of Modern Art — and probably even if you haven't — you'll have a sense that the place doesn't exactly run itself. …

Culture

Art Enamel Pins Inspired by the Masters | Colossal

<p>The Pin Museum has a great selection of enamel pins featuring images lifted from iconic paintings and sculptures from Dali to Van Gogh. Their …

Art

Knife-wielding thug tried to rob the wrong corner store

A feisty shop assistant had a real-life “Crocodile Dundee” moment when she produced her own blade to scare off a knife-wielding robber.<p>Fearless …

Surrealism