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Photos of L.A. Beneath the Noir

Hollywood Cougar, 2013, Steve Winter
Hollywood Cougar, 2013, Steve Winter

Pictures of L.A., beyond the stereotypes. More»

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Martin Luther King Jr. as Folk Art

MLK Jr. mural at Illa Family Market, 50 Place and S. Vermont Ave., photographed 2004
MLK Jr. mural at Illa Family Market, 50 Place and S. Vermont Ave., photographed 2004

Camilo José Vergara photographs tributes to the civil rights leader on walls across Los Angeles. More»

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Are India’s Elephants Blessed Creatures or Indentured Servants?

Elephant blesses priest in Jambukeswarar Temple. Thiruvanaikaval, Tamuil Nadu, India.  © Annette Bonnier
Elephant blesses priest in Jambukeswarar Temple. Thiruvanaikaval, Tamuil Nadu, India. © Annette Bonnier

Photographer Annette Bonnier captures the world surrounding the lives of Asian elephants in Indian society. More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Manuscripts and Books

Why Aren’t People Eating in Medieval Depictions of Feasts?

Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto
Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto

The medieval struggle to resist sin. More»

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The Invention of the Light Bulb Did Not Conquer the Night

Moonlight, Wolf / Remington
Moonlight, Wolf, ca. 1909, Frederick Remington. Oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts(1956.2); gift of the members of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery

How painters depicted darkness even as the world embraced artificial light More»

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Can Gluttony Set You Free?

The Temperate / Master
The Temperate and the Intemperate; Master of the Dresden Prayer Book (Flemish, active about 1480 - 1515); Bruges, Belgium; about 1475 - 1480; Tempera colors and ink on parchment; Leaf: 17.5 x 19.4 cm (6 7/8 x 7 5/8 in.); Ms. 43, recto

Is gluttony underrated? More»

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The Color that Changed the Course of Art

Happy Lovers / Fragonard
Happy Lovers, 1760-65, Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. The Norton Simon Foundation, F.1965.1.021.P. © The Norton Simon Foundation

Prussian blue changed it all. More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations, Photographs, Film, and Video

Windows into Paris

bis rue de Douai
19 Mai, 2013, bis rue de douai, Paris 9-e

Photographer Gail Albert-Halaban spent a year exploring apartment windows of Paris, peering from one building into another, capturing moments that created unexpected intimacy among strangers. More»

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An Artist Who Sees Holiness in Wonder Bread

enriched bread / Corita Kent
enriched bread, 1965, Corita Kent. Silkscreen, 29 5/8 x 36¼ in. Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College

“Her work was about joy and, she said, giving people an idea of what harmony might look like.” More»

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Why the Iconic “Great Wave” Swept the World

Under the Wave off Kanagawa / Hosukai
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The world’s most iconic image of a tsunami isn’t actually a tsunami. More»

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