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ISIS Obliterates Two Early Islamic Tombs at Palmyra


A photo republished by the AP shows one of the tombs being destroyed. The much-feared destruction of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has begun.

NYC Public Libraries Get Largest Funding Increase Ever


The Brooklyn Public Library system’s Central Library (photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia) In a deal on the fiscal year 2016 budget struck late Monday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced an extra $39 million for the city’s libraries.

South Street Seaport Added to List of Most Endangered Sites in the US


South Street Seaport, listed on the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (photo by Jim Henderson, all images courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation) The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places today, including sites across the United States threatened by development, demolition, or decay.

Four Public Art Projects from LA to Albany Get Grants of Up to $1M


Rendering of ‘Current: LA River’ in Los Angeles (image courtesy Bloomberg Philanthropies) On Tuesday Bloomberg Philanthropies, a foundation established by media billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, named Gary, Indiana, Los Angeles, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy in New York state as the recipients of its inaugural Public Art Challenge grants.

An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Poetry


Cover of ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks’ (all images courtesy Collection of Larry Warsh/Copyright © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved/Licensed by Artestar) Those familiar with the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat will agree that he is a writer.

A Chapman Brother on Making Us Laugh at Human Atrocity


Christian Ringnes (left) and Jake Chapman (right) with the Chapman brothers’ “Sturm und Drang” (2014) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) BRIGHTON, UK — What might for some artists constitute a proud moment, appears to be something of a jape for the Chapman brothers.

A Photographer Visits the Contemporary Landscape of Thomas Cole’s “The Oxbow”


Peter Croteau, “Neutaconkanut Park, Looking Out Over Providence” (2011) (all images courtesy the artist) “[American scenery] has its own peculiar charm — a something not found elsewhere,” the 19th-century painter Thomas Cole once wrote.

A View from the Easel


CHICAGO — The 88th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace.

Lessons from 30 Years of NYC’s Percent for Art Program


Jorge Luis Rodriguez and NYC Mayor Ed Koch at the dedication ceremony of “Growth” in 1985 (photo courtesy the artist) 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s “Growth” and the public art program that initiated its creation.

Crimes of the Art


Manuel Paul’s defaced mural in San Francisco (photo by @Galería de la Raza/Instagram) Crimes of the Art is a weekly survey of artless criminals’ cultural misdeeds.

Manhattan’s Last Natural Vista Will Be Protected


The New Jersey Palisades (photo by Doug Kerr, via Flickr) The unbroken vista of cliffs and trees on the New Jersey Palisades will be preserved after LG Electronics agreed to redesign their headquarters in a settlement with conservation groups.

What Should Be Done with the US’s Many Confederate Monuments?


A rally at the South Carolina Statehouse for the removal of the Confederate flag, with the banner waving in the background.

ArtRx LA


Rachel Mason, still from ‘The Lives of Hamilton Fish’ (2014) (via lacma.org) LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a multi-media shadow play at a historic railway station, a poetry reading by a punk pioneer, a meditation walk in remembrance of those lost to AIDS, and much more.

European Copyright Reform Could Restrict Photography in Public Spaces


The Louvre at night, with the Pyramid censored (altered by 84user from a FOLP photo on Wikimedia) Restrictions on photographing or filming copyrighted art, architecture, or other objects in public might get stricter in the European Union.

Publisher of Small-Format Comics Gives Emerging Authors a Big Break


Page from ‘Vacancy’ by Jen Lee (all images courtesy the artist and Nobrow) At just 24 pages, each comic in British publisher Nobrow’s 17×23 series is designed to be an accessible gateway for readers to discover emerging authors, and for those authors to create what is often their first print publication.

Another Treasure Lost in Iraq: The Story of Mar Behnam Monastery


An American soldier outside the tomb of Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah (photo © Suzanne Bott, 2009, and used with permission) Among the most tragic losses of the many antiquities destroyed in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been the destruction of Iraq’s seriously understudied medieval architecture.

Modernist Male Art Is Timeless, but Not Timely


Installation view of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” (circa 1893 or 1910) and one of Helene Schjerfbeck’s portraits (all photos by Martin Argyroglo for Fondation Louis Vuitton unless otherwise noted) PARIS — According to Sigmund Freud, a key that opens a room in a dream is unmistakably phallic.

ArtRx NYC


Unidentified artist, “Vote American Labor Party; Roosevelt and Lehman” (1936), lithograph on paper, collection of Merrill C.

Parisian Mural Successfully Provokes Right-Wing Vandals


Combo’s mural in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, before it was vandalized (photo by Combo, via Instagram) A mural by the French street artist Combo in Paris has become the target of far-right vandals, including one nationalist blogger who filmed herself tagging the mural with the message, “Antiracism is a codeword for antiwhite.” Painted on a wall in the 11th arrondissement through the public art organization Le MUR, the mural features a modernized Joan of Arc wearing a motorcycle helmet and brandishing a red banner that reads “Liberté, Égalité, Humanité,” a variation on France’s national motto, “liberty, equality, fraternity.” Alongside the image, Combo stenciled the words “La France aux Français” (France for the French), which is the slogan of the far-right Front National party, crossed them out with red spray paint, and wrote beneath them “Les Françaises aux Africains” (Frenchwomen for Africans).

GIFs That Bring Street Art to Life


A gif by A.L. Crego of stencil art in La Coruña by Erre (image via Tumblr) A. L. Crego composes playful, bizarre GIFs from other people’s street art.


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