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In terms of cameras, 2018 was the year of the Leica M. Over the last year, the iconic rangefinder has been repeatedly reimagined, culminating in cameras that are textured, quiet, and even collectible. In addition to updating the older model, however, the Leica brand has also transformed it into a toy fit for photographers and LEGO lovers alike. The new Leica M LEGO sets pair the classic look of a Leica M with the

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Emily Macdonald-Korth, an art conservator in New York, thought she was going in for a routine forensic job last month when a client asked her to confirm that the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting he owned was in fact done in 1981, as he’d been told. She planned to conduct pigment and elemental analyses, take technical photographs, and look at the picture under UV and infrared lights. It was all checking out normally

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Peter Gronquist will unveil new experimental works at his upcoming exhibition at Unit London entitled "Shape Shifter." The forthcoming showcase will see diverse new pieces by the American multidisciplinary artist spanning paintings, sculptures, and installations made using "aluminum, ceramic, mirrors and the environment itself," said the gallery. Highlights include the Cloudbreak tondo and Scribble painting on a shaped canvas, both of which touch upon Gronquist's ongoing exploration of the "emotional

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Multidisciplinary designer John Ed De Vera builds cut paper illustrations that jump off the page, inviting his audience into the minds of deep sea divers, astronauts, and long distance runners. To more deeply immerse viewers in these imagined worlds, he creates depth and shadow by layering cut pieces of paper. The Philippines-based designer first traces each element out on bond paper. These shapes and designs and then transferred to thick paper

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Yuichi Ikehata combines photography, sculpture, and digital editing to create hybrid works that meld together reality and his own fictionalized interpretation. The eerie humanoid forms are pierced with holes that reveal rudimentary structures below their plaster-like skin, making each appear to be in varying states of decay. To create these digital manipulations, Ikehata first photographs his own body in different poses. Using wire, he then three-dimensionally recreates its form in simple

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