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Every artist has a preferred medium, and Vincent Castiglia’s happens to be human blood. In fact, for the past 12 years, that’s all he’s used to create his monochromatic, sepulchral paintings of haunting figures, crucifixes and skulls. The 33-year-old Brooklyn-based artist has painted for Margaret Cho (with her blood), hosted a solo exhibit at H.R. […]

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Portrait artist Rusty Zimmerman, who has painted Governor Andrew Cuomo and has appeared in the New York Times, is opening up his services for the people who lives in Crown Heights. DNAinfo reports that the 5-year Crown Heights resident is launching “The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights,” in which he will attempt to paint portraits […]

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For Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, every color had a specific sound. So one must wonder how the abstract painter would react to this animated version of his 1932 painting “Decisive Pink.” Created by two Carnegie Mellon University students, Nivetha Kannan and Sarah Kwan, the animation turns Kandinsky’s oil painting into a multi-dimensional art space in […]

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Who knows why artists in Switzerland keep including drugs in their gallery shows, but hot on the heels of the ecstasy ordering robot, a new exhibition features the city of Zurich painted using a cocaine mixture. What better way to render the snowy likeness of the city than to use a little snow white? The […]

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Artist John Keane tells the BBC that painting figures who control the world are his “way of dealing with people who I think exercise some sort of power or control over our lives, my life, and it’s my way, I suppose a rather feeble way, of grabbing back a little of that power because I can use their […]

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For their new project, Italian collective IOCOSE commissioned some work from copy artists, made famous by the cheap reproduction outpour from the Dafen Oil Painting Village.  A Contemporary Portrait of the Internet Artist is a series of traditional canvas paintings based on watermarked, copyrighted Getty images. The chain involved practices that are quite common nowadays in the production of art: exploitation and […]

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Wayne White’s upcoming exhibition “Invisible Ruler” at the Joshua Liner Gallery will feature new work, from his 15-foot kinetic sculptures to works on paper created by the artist during his residency at the Rauschenberg Foundation. The exhibit will also feature White’s signature word paintings, the frankness of which we’re rather partial to. The “NO SHIT” painting seems to speak […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, artist Wil Murray talks about his labor-intensive installation in Toronto and painting by obscuring photographs. In 2011, Maxime Ballesteros came by my studio in Berlin. I’d asked him to photograph my work for some fly-by-night […]

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Harmony Korine (writer of Kids, writer and director of Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, Trash Humpers and Spring Breakers) is having an art exhibit at the Park Avenue Gagosian Gallery this May. Here is a preview: Blue Checker (2014), from “Shooters.” We have collectively decided that this is a Magic Eye painting with a person sitting on another person’s shoulders in it and the […]

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In the late 1970s, Dan Witz began painting hummingbirds on walls around downtown Manhattan. The work — created illegally, with acrylic paint and brushes — so predated any notion of “street art” that the term hadn’t even been codified yet. It was years before artists like Keith Haring would attract a mainstream audience to the […]

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