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April 16, 2015 Bucky Turco

An art bot and the random items it bought from the deep web with its weekly $100 bitcoin allowance was returned to art collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik after being taken into police custody months ago, sans its stash of 10 Twitter-branded ecstasy pills. Those were destroyed. Swiss authorities initially seized the entire exhibit from the gallery […]

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April 15, 2015 Prachi Gupta

One artist is bringing attention to the inhumane practice of solitary confinement by creating dream home of Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, who was alone in a cell for 41 years. Wallace, who was convicted of stabbing and killing a prison guard, was allowed to leave his cell for 1 hour a few times per […]

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April 7, 2015 Prachi Gupta

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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April 1, 2015 Liam Mathews

Between May 14th and 17th, the inaugural FLUX Fair will come to Harlem’s once-decrepit, now-thriving Corn Exchange building at 125th Street and Park Avenue. Scheduled to coincide with the prestigious Frieze Art Fair, the FLUX Fair will showcase the growing fine art community in Manhattan’s newest art-destination neighborhood. The FLUX Fair is being presented by […]

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Bucky Turco

Today at 10am, collectors and hoarders alike will get the chance to bid on New York City memorabilia as upscale auction house Sotheby’s partners with lowbrow online marketplace eBay for its first ever sale on the website. The items include art, signs, and even a 9-foot tall Statue of Liberty that is estimated to fetch […]

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March 31, 2015 Liam Mathews

New York City’s street art scene is, in a certain light, very silly. Though there are many legitimate artists, it’s also full of pretentious blowhards with more opinions than brains. A lot of the art is bad, and a lot of the people are walking cliches. In this video originally posted on Brooklyn Really, filmmaker […]

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March 30, 2015 Liam Mathews

Milton Glaser is 85 years old and still goes to work at the same Murray Hill studio he’s worked out of for the last 50 years, where he created iconic images like “I ❤ NY” and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. In this video, the New York Times’s T Magazine visits his studio and talks with […]

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March 23, 2015 Liam Mathews

Photographer Erica Simone’s “Nue York” series, where she snaps nude photos of herself guerilla-style doing ordinary stuff around the city, is being published as a book. She’s been doing this for a while (ANIMAL talked to her back in 2011) and published additional photos two years later, but now, to promote the release of the […]

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March 18, 2015 Liam Mathews

German artist Nadine Wottke’s sculptures are a great contribution to the genre of art-by-juxtaposition: she makes small porcelain figurines of the type most closely associated with wholesome, kitschy depictions of angels and children, but re-shapes them to have everyday bodies (soft bellies and sagging breasts) posed in sexually explicit positions. She adds to the off-ness […]

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Carolina Ana Drake

Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera has been detained in Cuba since December 30, after attempting to stage a performance about free speech in Havana’s Revolution Square. But back in NYC, her 5-year long-term art project, Immigrant Movement International (IMI), is growing substantially despite her absence. Bruguera, who believes art can be a useful tool to […]

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