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Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory

Throughout an accomplished career that spans more than 50 years, Vija Celmins (American, b. 1938) has sustained a practice of deep focus and extraordinary skill in a wide range of media. Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory, the artist’s first major retrospective in more than 25 years, will be on view at The...

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Do We Tend to Centre Our Instagram Selfies on Our Left Eye?

Do we tend to centre our Instagram selfies on our left eye? A new study suggests that it may not just be artists who make their eyes the centre-point of their own original work. New research suggests that we tend to compose ‘selfies’ that horizontally centre on one of our eyes, particularly the left. The...

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AI Uncovers New Details About Old Master Paintings

Artificial intelligence has been used to analyse high-resolution digital x-ray images of the world famous Ghent Altarpiece, as part of an investigative project led by UCL. The finding is expected to improve our understanding of art masterpieces and provide new opportunities for art investigation, conservation and presentation. Researchers from the National Gallery, Duke University and...

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Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real

In July, the website Snopes published a piece fact-checking a story posted on The Babylon Bee, a popular satirical news site with a conservative bent. Conservative columnist David French criticized Snopes for debunking what was, in his view, “obvious satire. Obvious.” A few days later, Fox News ran a segment featuring The Bee’s incredulous CEO....

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How the New York Media Covered the Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots were a six-night series of protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Four days earlier, on June 24, 1969, the police, led by Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine, raided the Stonewall Inn and began arresting bar...

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We’re in a Golden Age of Black Horror Films

In the horror genre, black is definitely back. The movie “Ma,” which premieres on May 31, will star Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann, a lonely middle-age woman who clings to a group of teens to the point of obsession. “Ma” comes on the heels of Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed “Us,” which is...

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‘First Large-Scale Study’ Illuminates Artist Diversity in U.S. Museums

Eighty-five percent of artists whose work is found in collections of major U.S. museums are white, and 87 percent are male, according to new research by Chad Topaz of Williams College, MA, and colleagues. The study, published in PLOS ONE, also suggests that artist diversity is not strongly linked to a museum’s collection mission. Recent years...