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In November Guido Van Helten and Fintan Magee travelled to Tehran, the capital city of Iran. This was the first time foreign artists had been commissioned to work in the country. The work marks the 50th year anniversary of the opening of the Australian Embassy in Iran and the project unfortunately started on the day Donald trump’s sanctions came into place, marking new tension between the US and Middle Eastern

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Our friend Madsteez just sent us some images from his latest mural which was just completed on the streets of New York City. Working on a cold winter day, the American artist brought to life another of his colorful piece of work which depicts a giant wave. Being an avid surfer, it was only natural for Madsteez to paint a wave in his hometown. If you are in the area, you’ll be

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Dust jacket design for “The Hobbit,” April 1937. Pencil and watercolor. Bodleian Libraries, MS. If the hobbits, elves, wizards, and dwarves that fill the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic books capture your imagination, you’ll want to book a ticket to New York. Reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings remains a right of passage for many young adults, with aficionados of Tolkien immersing themselves in Middle-earth mythology. Millions have followed along with the adventures of

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Finding a good facialist is kind of like finding a good partner: Most of us have to shop around a little before we settle on "the one." And, much like bad relationships, bad facials can leave us unhappy, dissatisfied, and maybe a little emotionally scarred from the experience. For that reason, personal recommendation is easily the most desired way to book a facial: You want to make sure you’re in trusted,

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Anyone can deploy a desiccated leaf as a table decoration. But John Derian always seems to have the perfect dead leaf, heroic in scale, robust in form, with an exquisite craquelure to betray its delicacy. It’s also completely commonplace to leave a bunch of flowers to wilt on a mantel. But Derian, the beloved New York design maestro and duke of decoupage, appears to command his floral beauties to wither and die

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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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