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ROBO-RAINBOW

A bike-mounted robotic graffiti rainbow sprayer Video <http://tinyurl.com/4lxs82t> _via Eyeteeth  

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WAS LEONARDO DA VINCI A PROPHET?

Sometimes Leonardo da Vinci resembles the prophet Nostradamus. His works often appear to presage the present. Indeed, he playfully adopts the guise of a seer in his Prophecies <http://tinyurl.com/2vxnkwf> , a series of enigmatic texts found in his notebooks that stand as puns or jokes.   But among this collection of plays on words is a despairing prediction: "Animals will be seen upon the earth, who will always be fighting among themselves, with the greatest harm and many deaths on either side ... O world, why do you not open and precipitate them into the deep fissures of your...

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A LIFE OF THEIR OWN

After returning home  from hearing a lecture by visiting artists LaToya Ruby Frazier and Jesse Burke at the Haggerty Museum of Art,  I am inspired by what I heard and saw.   Both artist tackle in their own way, through the use of photography, the honest issues of cultural identity and the autobiographical narrative that runs simultaneously through the artwork as they created it, giving the work a life of its own.   Which is an interesting point the talk brought about.   The idea that no matter how much passion or thought goes into the creation of an artwork, whether...

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ARTWORK AS AN UNCORRELATED ASSET

Libyan fighter jets strafe protesters in Tripoli, and the Dow Industrials decline 173 points in a single day. Presumably, stock market investors worry that unrest in North Africa might lead to a cut in oil supplies, bringing about higher prices for all manner of goods, making the businesses listed on the stock market less profitable.   By contrast, artwork appears to take political unrest and the accompanying market volatility in stride. Increasingly, art-market players are promoting art as a safe haven for investors when trouble is brewing in the world economy.   "Artwork...

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ANDY WARHOL PAINTING OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR COULD FETCH $30 MILLION IN MAY 12 AUCTION

Celebrity death and marketability go hand and hand, which could bode well for the unidentified private owner whose sale of an iconic Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor was announced Thursday by the auction house Phillips de Pury & Co. The estimated price for "Liz #5," painted in 1963, is $20 million to $30 million. Is this a bid to exploit Taylor's death? "The events are not connected," said Giulia Costantini, spokeswoman for the London-based Phillips, which will include "Liz #5" in a previously scheduled contemporary art sale in New York on May 12. Costantini said the owner consigned...

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PLACE YOUR BID TO HELP JAPAN

When the world bears witness to tragedies on the scale of Japan's recent disaster, it affects everyone, and it is natural to feel powerless. Many find themselves asking the question: "What could I possibly do to help?" While for most the answer is not at once apparent, for Japanese American ceramic artist Ayumi Horie, her response was both decided and immediate. She picked up the phone, called a few friends and asked if they would be willing to donate pieces to an online art auction - and "Handmade for Japan" was born. With the help of two friends who also have strong ties to Japan, the initiative...

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MATTHEW BARNEY TO BE HONORED AT 54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTNL FILM FESTIVAL

Multimedia artist Matthew Barney. His latest work, "Drawing Restraint 17" will have its North American premiere during the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival. [Photo courtesy of SFIFF] The Cremaster cycle director Matthew Barney has been announced as the recipient of the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival's Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award. The multimedia artist will receive the award on Saturday, April 30th before the North American premiere of his latest work, "Drawing Restraint 17." The San Francisco International Film Festival will run from April 21 to May 5. "We...

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THE ART OF TIME-KEEPING

The Science Museum will soon dedicate an exhibition to the Chronophage, a clock that claims to be both an innovative machine and a work of art. Its inventor, Dr John Taylor OBE, who has already installed a version of his strange clock in Cambridge <http://tinyurl.com/4edz55y> , says it "relentlessly devours each and every minute". The Chronophage represents time not as a smooth continuum but in the way we experience it, with some minutes seeming longer than others. The time is "corrected" at periodic intervals to ensure it remains useful. Lavishly built on a monumental scale with...

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HOW TO SNEAK INTO A MUSEUM

Calling all subversives! Artist Peter Coffin and The Suburban gallery in Chicago invite you to submit an "instructional drawing" for a book project called "How to Sneak into a Museum" (without paying admission). Simple floor plans are sought; no forged tickets or fake badges or anything like that. Among the examples<http://tinyurl.com/4gfp2ff>  provided is a map to the Warhol Museum showing how to avoid paying admission by entering the bookshop, going downstairs to the café, following a corridor and then taking an elevator to the museum's top floor. Drawings should be scanned at 300 DPI -- do not write...

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Opening at Caggio

I just returned from an opening at the Caggio Gallery and was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of artwork displayed. There was some really stand out pieces by all 3 featured artists most memorably Barry Weatherall's small but powerful paintings with text. Bold, refreshing, and as always well put together, a big nod goes to Caitlin and Jacob  for continuing to put on powerful vibrant shows of local Milwaukee artists.

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