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Who said throw pillows had to be boring squares? In the art world, this has never been an issue. Back in the '60s, Claes Oldenburg reimagined sandwiches and french fries as giant pillows of sorts. Today, up-and-comers like Rose Nestler, Al Freeman Jr., and Ann Moody are putting on shows featuring only "pillows," really more like soft, stuffed sculptures. Here's the thing: Even though these pieces look cuddly as hell,

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After years of work as a ceramic artist, Kenny Sing of Turn Studio has created a series of shallow vessels which double as zoetrope animations when spun. His project, Trepō, transfers digital patterns onto the one-of-a-kind curves of his ceramic platters. The patterns are then either precisely cut from or glazed onto their surface. These elements act as static designs until they are activated by a pottery wheel. As the

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Edinburgh, all images provided by Carl Lavia and Lorna Le Bredonchel Self-taught artist Carl Lavia, who goes by the nickname “Sketch,” has been drawing intricate cities and architecturally-minded illustrations since he was the age of five. Although his early works were imaginative renderings of fictionalized cities, his practice has grown into immensely detailed depictions of large cities from an aerial point of view. Lavia uses ink and archival paper to produce

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A roomful of strangers are milling around the kitchen of an austere Victorian home when the first portal opens. It’s in the refrigerator. A family walks up to it and is swallowed whole by its comforting glow. As the door begins to creak shut, a young woman in a polka-dot skirt skips up to catch it. “Are you coming to The Gathering?” she smiles. “Come on — follow me.” Telaportative fridges,

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Last fall Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten was the overall winner of the 54th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (previously) after being selected from over 45,000 submissions. His image, The Golden Couple, captures a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys against a wooded backdrop. Their bright blue faces glow against the lush forest of China’s Qinling Mountains—the only habitat where the endangered primates are found in the wild. In total there were

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Artist Betsy Walton loosely imitates the landscape of Portland, Oregon in paintings infused with geodesic rocks and female subjects dressed as spellbinding goddesses. Walton works in layers, leaving some areas of the paintings bare with minimal sketches, while others have been painted, mixed with new media, or patched over multiple times. “I paint over old versions of images so that there is a kind of memory to the painting,” she explains to

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On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold completed one of the most impressive athletic and fear-inducing earthly feats. He climbed one the most difficult rock climbing routes in the world—without ropes. Scaling El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is considered by many to be an apex of achievement for a rock climber. But if a climber free solos El Cap and no one is there to film it, did it actually

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Jeanette Mix admits that she had lost that loving feeling, residentially speaking: “I had been disappointed with my home for five or ten years.” The redbrick Stockholm mansion, completed in 1916 and her nest since 2002, was, she says, “beautifully decorated with antiques and contemporary furniture but always felt a bit too formal.” She and her husband, Harald, an investor and philanthropist (who most recently funded research to combat advanced

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