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Headlines: National Gallery, Pantone and Roski

1) Pantone's New App Makes it Easy to Find Colors in the Wild

An image showcasing Pantone Studio


A new app from Pantone is like Pokemon Go for artists and designers! The app, called Pantone Studio, scans objects and scenes viewed through a smartphone’s camera lens, and creates accurate color matches to existing Pantone swatches. With a monthly subscription fee of $8, the app is significantly more accessible than the company’s analog color guides, which can run for…

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Headlines: Scion, Monopoly and Orlan

1) My Scion Gallery Challenges the Parameters of a Gallery Space

Abby Lloyd's Stephanie Goes for a Ride in the My Scion Gallery


Artists Taylor Hurley and Kathryn Knowlton have opened a gallery in the latter’s Toyota Scion. Dubbed the My Scion Gallery, or MSG, the Portland-based space has no fixed address, instead parking at a specified location for its openings. Those who wish to view the artwork are given a 10 minute ride in the Scion where the can properly observe the effect of the unstable…

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Headlines: Crosswords, Google and Van Gogh

1) Museum Guest Vandalizes Work by Following Instructions

A photo of Arthur Kopcke's Reading-Work-Piece filled in with words


A 91-year-old woman is under investigation for property damage after filling in a crossword in the Neues Museum in Nuremburg, Germany. The crossword, created by Fluxus artist Arthur Køpcke, is titled Reading-work-piece and consists of a blank crossword layered over a black expanse of negative space. The work is accompanied by a sign that reads “insert words.” While on a…

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Headlines: Bowie, Pokemon Go and the Border Wall

1) David Bowie's Art Collection to be Auctioned in November

Works by Peter Lanyon and Frank Auerbach in David Bowie's private collection


David Bowie’s private art collection has been revealed to the public. The collection, which boasts over 300 individual works, features art by greats including Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Marcel Duchamp. The works will be displayed at Sotheby’s in London before being auctioned in November, at which point they are expected to sell for a collective £10 million at least.…

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Headlines: ASK, Emoji and Peter Doig

1) Brooklyn Museum's ASK App Promotes Viewer Engagement 

A screen capture of the Brooklyn Museum's ASK app


The Brooklyn Museum’s pioneering ASK app (introduced for Android in May) is proving a resounding success according to this Hyperallergic reviewer. The app allows visitors to the museum to connect in real time to any one of a group of staff who are there specifically to answer questions about artworks. The museum went through a lengthy process of research and planning to come…

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Headlines: Clouds, Christie's and Christo

1) Khmer Cloud Making Service Offers Custom Clouds


A photo of the Khmer Cloud Making Service's flyer


A Cambodian company is offering custom clouds for parties and events. While the process and finished products are vaguely reminiscent of conceptual artist David Medalla’s Bubble Machine BGSP #5, this is considered a party business more than fine art. The “clouds,” which are available in a variety of shapes as well as custom designs, are made by mixing a sudsy substance with…

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Headlines: Basel, Roski and Brexit

1) Adrien Brody Attends Art Basel as an Artist

A photo of Adrien Brody at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015



The Art Basel art fair took place in Germany over the weekend, and one notable attendee appears to have been Hollywood star Adrien Brody. While other celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio frequently attend the fair with the intent of purchasing for their collections, this time around Brody singled himself out by calling himself an artist. While Brody did indeed have artworks at…

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Headlines: Ugliness, Gauguin and AICA

1) World's Ugliest Colour Named

A swatch of Pantone 448c, the world's ugliest color



In case you were curious, researchers have finally discovered the world’s ugliest colour, and it’s Pantone 448c. The color, called “Opaque Couché” is described as a drab, muddy brown and is associated with words like “dirty,” “tar” and “death,” according to people polled by the Gfk Bluemoon agency. As a result of the findings, a number of countries are adopting the color as the…

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Headlines: Richard Prince, Pigeons and Paris

1) Richard Prince Sued Over Sid Vicious Photo

A screen capture of lawsuit documents for Richard Prince vs Dennis Morris


Richard Prince, along with his representative, Gagosian Gallery, is being sued yet again, this time by music photographer Dennis Morris. Morris is suing for copyright infringement over his famous photo of Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious. The suit claims that Prince made derivative artworks that unfairly used the photo. The two Prince works in question consist of a composite image with…

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Headlines: Hong Kong, Mountains and Google

1) Public Countdown Clock Stirs Controversy in Hong Kong

A photo of the Add Oil Team's Countdown Machine


A public installation by the Chinese art duo Add Oil Team has angered officials in Hong Kong and mainland China. The installation by Sampson Wong Yu-hin and Jason Lam Chi-fai, built for the Human Vibrations public media art festival, which runs through June 22nd, was originally pitched as a more benign light installation of digital numbers counting down over the surface of the…

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Headlines: Billboards, Buildings and Breakages

1) Artists in Flint Respond to Water Crisis

A photograph with the artist Desiree Duell in a 2015 performance for A Body of Water in Flint


Here’s a fascinating look at how local artists and performers are reacting to the Flint Water Crisis, in attempts to shed light on the situation and offer up some semblance of normalcy to a population that feels powerless. According to the article, which delves into the many iterations of public art, performance, and spoken word that are taking place in the city, Flint’s population has…

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Headlines: Museums, Trees and Internships

1) Palestine Museum Opens Without Any Art


A photo of the exterior of the Palestine Museum

The new 3,500 square-foot Palestine Museum opened on May 18th, without a collection or a current exhibition. Director Mahmoud Hawari was only appointed two weeks prior to the opening. While perhaps a strange opening in the tradition of art museums, the show focused on the architecture and design of the building and its gardens, and was apparently reasonably well-received. In future, the…

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Headlines: Games, Trains and Shattered Statues

1) New Videogame Reads Players' Levels of Stress

Stills from the game Nevermind by Flying Mollusk

A new artistic videogame utilizes webcam and facial-recognition technology to detect a player’s level of anxiety, tailoring the game experience to freak them out as much as possible. The game, called Nevermind, is billed as a horror game but plays off the user’s anxiety in ever-evolving ways to create an immersive, sometimes therapeutic experience. Debuted at the Games for Change…

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Headlines: Frieze, the Getty and BP

1) White Woman Sues Getty for "Racial Discrimination" 

A detail from Rogier van der Weyden's painting Deposition

The Getty Foundation is being sued by a woman who claims that they unfairly rejected her application to an internship program. The woman, who is white, had applied to the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program - a program which, as the name would suggest, is explicitly intended to offer jobs to underrepresented minority groups. In a shamefully hilarious twist of irony,…

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Headlines: Surveillance, Beyoncé and Golf

1) Dutch Duo Design Anti-Surveillance Jackets

A photo of an anti-surveillance jacket designed by KOVRKOVR, Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw

Dutch design duo KOVR, which comprises Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw, have designed a line of bags and jackets that keep the wearer and their data safe from the prying eyes of public surveillance technology. Schagen and Baauw have backgrounds in fashion design and research-based design, respectively, two practices that come together beautifully in the set…

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