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Google’s Art App Now Turns Your Selfies Into Famous Masterpieces

In what promises to be an excellent way to kill a solid 10 minutes, the Google Arts & Culture app has been updated with a new Art Transfer feature that will apply the look of countless famous paintings and artists to your own photos using machine learning techniques. Read More >>

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Decompress With These Video Game Dreamscapes

The covid-19 museum closures have made abundantly clear that accession committees and the web’s corporate overlords don’t have much love for net art. While museums spent the past decade and hundreds of millions of dollars colonising the earth and sky to make space for hoards of painting and sculpture, the web’s billboard-plastered renovations have threatened to steamroll it into oblivion. (Nowhere is this more obvious than Google’s Arts & Culture, an online repository for work from 2,000 museums and collections, whose media include “vitreous enamel,” but not “video”–much less “HTML” or “gifs.”) Read More >>

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Van Gogh Painting Stolen Amid Coronavirus Shutdown, Museum Director ‘Incredibly Pissed’

On Monday, a Dutch museum announced that a painting by Vincent Van Gogh was missing after thieves broke into the building in an early-morning raid. Lentetuin, painted by Van Gogh in the spring of 1884, was on loan to the Singer Laren museum, which closed its doors earlier this month due to the risks of covid-19. Read More >>

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Benin Prince Asks Bristol to Return Looted Bronze

The gradual repatriation of pieces of art that the old Empire borrowed and occasionally outright stole from various countries around the world continues, with Bristol Museum saying it's definitely up for returning one of the famed Benin Bronzes that it currently displays. Read More >>

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A Movie as Epic as Avengers: Endgame Deserves an Equally Epic Painting

If ever a showdown could be described as “great,” Avengers: Endgame would be it. You’ve got the Avengers, you’ve got Thanos, you’ve got ships, aliens, and resurrected beings. It’s got it all. Capturing that gigantic sequence in one image might seem like an impossible challenge, but artist Scott Campbell pulled it off. Read More >>

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Barbara Remington, Whose Lord of the Rings Illustrations Were Beloved By Everyone Except Tolkien, Has Died

Before Peter Jackson’s movies, the visual identity of Lord of the Rings was the territory of artists and animators. And few created a vision so iconic, and so loosely related to the actual books, as Barbara Remington. Read More >>

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Sci-Fi Has Never Been More at One With Nature Than in These Posters

When you think sci-fi, you think metal. You think space. You think speed, technology, lasers, and everything mechanical. You don’t think trees. You don’t think grass, rivers, or flowers. And yet, the crossovers between nature and sci-fi are everywhere, which is especially evident in this beautiful new art show. Read More >>

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Here’s How to Download Over 100,000 Artworks from Paris Museums for Free Online

Art lovers now have more than 100,000 works of art from Paris museums at their fingertips to download and use as they please, courtesy of a recently announced initiative from the Paris Musées. Read More >>

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CES 2020: Wacom’s New 13-Inch Drawing Tablet Gives Android Fans the Apple Pencil Experience

It took a couple of iterations to get it right, but the Apple Pencil 2 turned the iPad into an excellent creative tool. But now Android users can hopefully get a similar artistic experience from their mobile devices with Wacom’s new One tablet – the first from the company to support connectivity to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Read More >>

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This Is How You Paint Jeff Bezos

The National Portrait Gallery of Washington, D.C., is currently displaying a psychological thriller of a painting: “Untitled, Jeffrey P. Bezos,” 2019. We won’t ask why the gallery would choose to display a six-by-five-and-a-half foot portrait of the 2019 fundraising gala honouree as it enjoys a new spate of VIP interest and oh, by the way, reported an $11 million (£8.3 million) annual budget for FY 2017. More interesting, from a technical standpoint, is a set of discrete choices – the icy gaze, the cramped posture, the yawning absence of earthly surroundings – of a spectre temporarily entombed inside a human body. The keeper of limbo, perhaps. It makes “American Gothic” look as feelings-y as a Thomas Kinkade. It still doesn’t come close to this chiaroscuro of Jeff Bezos devouring an iguana with his hands (at home, conceivably), but that’s impossible because no portrait will ever beat that ever. Read More >>

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44,000-Year-Old Cave Painting Could Be the Earliest Known Depiction of Hunting

Archaeologists in Indonesia have stumbled upon an extraordinarily old cave painting which appears to depict human-like figures in pursuit of wild pigs and buffaloes. It’s quite possibly the oldest portrayal of a hunting scene in the archaeological record, but the vague nature of the artwork leaves it open to interpretation. Read More >>

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This Fantastic Us Poster is All About the Cracks in the Facade

As the year wraps up, it’s time to start looking back on some of its best media, including arguably one of the best horror movies to come out in years, Jordan Peele’s Us. This excellent poster is a great way to commemorate it. Read More >>

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Thieves Start Fire to Disarm Security In Billion Euro Heist at German Castle

Thieves swiped hundreds of artefacts from some of the largest collections of art in Europe early Monday morning. Read More >>

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You Can’t Watch Any of the New Marvel Shows Yet, But Here’s Some Concept Art

Disney+ has finally arrived, at least in the US, and with it comes hundreds of classic Disney movies, some impressive original content, and zero new Marvel Studios shows. Which, of course, we knew. Those shows aren’t going to start rolling out until late next year. However, to tease fans of what’s to come, Marvel Studios did add a 12-minute featurette to the streaming service featuring lots of cool stuff. Read More >>