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Notions of Public: Art by M. Simon Levin

An installation view of CHARTAn installation view of CHART

M. Simon Levin’s artworks are often interactive and site-specific in nature. Using varying media and materials, the artist seeks out notions of public space, creating his artworks with the help of many participants over a period of time.

A photograph of Whispering VolumesWhispering Volumes (installation view)


Simon’s body of work tends to evolve around seemingly contemporary concerns and ideologies, like the sharing of images online…

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Headlines: Grasshopper, Botero, Selfie

1) Dead Grasshopper Found in Van Gogh Painting

A photo og Van Gogh's Olive Trees


A dead grasshopper was found embedded in a layer of paint in a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Conservationist Mary Schafer of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas first spotted the insect body in Van Gogh's Olive Trees after examining a section of the work with a microscope. Judging from how deeply the creature was embedded in the layers of paint, Schafer concluded that the insect must…

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Studio Sunday: Thomas Wilfred

A photo of Thomas Wilfred next to his light invention


This week’s Studio Sunday artist, Thomas Wilfred, is actually better known as a Danish inventor and musician. Wilfred lived in the early 1900s, during which time he created the inventions that would later make him known as the “father of multimedia.”


The son of a photography studio owner, Wilfred was interested in light throughout his life. The artist noted that light was a fundamental aspect of art, and that all artists…

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