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Artist Inscribed 120K Pennies With a Pandemic Message

'The body was already so fragile'

(Newser) - Months after the government sent out $1,200 stimulus checks early in the pandemic, conceptual artist Jill Magid distributed $1,200 in a unique way—she inscribed 120,000 pennies with a message and gave rolls of coins to hundreds of New York City bodegas. The message inscribed on the...

Hidden Work by 'the Painter of Maine' Surfaces in Bank Vault

Marsden Hartley's 'Friend Against the Wind' last seen in public 40 years ago

(Newser) - A painting by the American modernist Marsden Hartley that had been out of public sight for 40 years was located in a bank vault, a significant step toward uncovering the works of an increasingly appreciated artist who considered himself "the painter of Maine," reports the AP . The painting,...

Artist: 'Metaverse' Insta Handle Blocked After FB Name Change

Australia's Thea-Mai Baumann used the 'metaverse' handle, then suddenly got blocked

(Newser) - For nearly a decade, Thea-Mai Baumann, once the owner of an augmented-reality company called Metaverse Makeovers, used the Instagram handle "metaverse" to showcase her creative work. Last month, however, the Australian artist says she suddenly wasn't able to access her Insta, and she suspects Facebook's recent rebranding...

Artist Takes Museum's $84K, Produces 2 Blank Canvases

'Take the Money and Run' is about artists' working conditions, Jens Haaning says

(Newser) - When Denmark's Kunsten Museum of Modern Art gave Jens Haaning $84,000, it expected the artist to recreate two of his previous works. Instead, the museum says, Haaning gave it two blank canvases. "The curator received an email in which Jens Haaning wrote that he had made a...

14 Living Relatives of Da Vinci Discovered
14 Da Vinci Descendants
Are Uncovered
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14 Da Vinci Descendants Are Uncovered

New study traces his family tree through 21 generations

(Newser) - Leonardo da Vinci didn't have any children of his own, but a comprehensive investigation of his family history has turned up 14 living male relatives, reports ZME Science . The study in the Human Evolution journal has increased the previous estimate of living relatives from two and might shed light...

Oops: Gallery Visitors Dab Paint on $440K Artwork

They thought it was allowed on JonOne's large canvas in South Korea

(Newser) - A young couple admiring a large work by American artist JonOne at a gallery in South Korea added a few brushstrokes of their own in the mistaken belief it was allowed. The best part: The work "Untitled" is valued at $440,000, reports ABC News . JonOne, real name John...

Van Gogh's Deliriums Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal
Van Gogh's Deliriums
Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal
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Van Gogh's Deliriums Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal

Forced withdrawal in hospital may have triggered 'unbearable hallucinations'

(Newser) - More than a century after his death, people remain fascinated with Vincent Van Gogh's life, particularly the last few years , which were marked by mental illness. Indeed, a new study focusing on that most-productive period suggests he didn't have schizophrenia but may have been suffering from delirium linked...

Artist to Purge Vision of Gator Attack by Painting It

'He had green eyes. The teeth were pearly white, no stain or anything.'

(Newser) - Mark Johnson remembers his attacker in vivid detail. "He had green eyes," he says. "The teeth were pearly white, no stain or anything." Now, the Florida artist wants to paint the perp—an 8-foot-long alligator that mauled him earlier this month. The attack in Port St....

Christo Is Dead at 84
Christo Is Dead at 84
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Christo Is Dead at 84

The artist was known for his huge, ambitious projects

(Newser) - Christo, known for massive, ephemeral public arts projects died Sunday at his home in New York, the AP reports. He was 84. His death was announced on Twitter and the artist's web page . No cause of death was given. Along with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, the artists careers were...

Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58
Singer Revered by
Kurt Cobain Dead at 58
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Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston cranked out dozens of albums

(Newser) - His iconic "Jeremiah the Innocent" frog graces the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets in Austin, his struggles with mental illness were well-documented, and his songs have been covered and revered by everyone from the Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain to Tom Waits. Now, Texas and the entire musical...

Mexico May Have Found Answer to 'Great Enigma'

This could be the sound of Frida Kahlo's voice

(Newser) - The National Sound Library of Mexico says it may finally have uncovered the answer to a "great enigma"—the sound of Frida Kahlo's voice. The library says a clip from a recording of the 1955 radio show "El Bachiller"—"The Bachelor"—could be...

Artist Who Created Paint-by-Numbers Pictures Dies

Dan Robbins was inspired by da Vinci

(Newser) - The artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s has died. Dan Robbins, whose works were dismissed by some critics but later celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, died Monday in Sylvania, Ohio, says...

Oh, No: Urine-Crucifix Artist Buys Trump Wedding Cake

Andres Serrano paid a pretty penny for it, too

(Newser) - An artist who turned heads (and inspired a violent assault ) by immersing a crucifix in urine has just made an interesting purchase: a cake from President Trump's 2005 wedding to Melania, the Washington Post reports. Andres Serrano, 68, bought the chocolate truffle cake for $1,880 at a...

Sculptor Discovers Source of Her Illness: Her Own Art
After 15 Years, Sculptor Finds
Source of Illness: Her Own Art
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After 15 Years, Sculptor Finds Source of Illness: Her Own Art

Gillian Genser worked with mussel shells, ended up with heavy-metal poisoning

(Newser) - Gillian Genser is a Canadian sculptor who works only with natural materials, and in Toronto Life magazine, she recounts her own personal medical mystery. About 20 years ago, she began suffering debilitating symptoms such as constant headaches, frequent vomiting, aching muscles, and cramped hands. Specialists couldn't figure it out....

After 9 Minutes of Bidding, a Record Is Obliterated

David Hockney masterpiece fetched $90.3M at Christie's auction

(Newser) - The record for the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction was blown out of the water Thursday when David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" sold for a staggering $90.3 million. After nine minutes of bidding at Christie's in...

Sotheby's After $1.1M Sale: 'We've Just Been Banksy'ed'

Auctioned painting self-destructed soon after sale went through

(Newser) - Newsweek is saying it could be Banksy's "most jaw-dropping trick yet," and it would be hard to find anyone who disagrees. It happened Friday night at a Sotheby's auction in London, when the enigmatic street artist's 2006 Girl With Balloon painting was sold off...

Famed Holocaust Artist, Survivor Allegedly a Fake

Rosemarie Koczy's life story is questioned

(Newser) - Rosemarie Koczy's drawings displayed at the Guggenheim and the World Holocaust Remembrance Center are haunting—not at all surprising given that Koczy described them as "burials for those I saw die" in concentration camps as a child. And yet the authenticity of that statement, and of the German-born...

New Aim for Rosa Parks' Home: Return It to US

Artist Ryan Mendoza, who brought it to Berlin, says now is the right time

(Newser) - Last year, an American artist living in Germany bought Rosa Parks' dilapidated home in Detroit and reassembled it in Berlin as an art project. Now Ryan Mendoza says it's time for the home to return to the US, per the Detroit Free Press . He cites the recent racial violence...

Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed Over 'Clandestine Love'

Maria Pilar Abel Martinez says artist had affair with her mother, wants DNA test

(Newser) - Truth may be stranger than fiction, and for Salvador Dali, death is proving just as surreal as life. The famous Spanish painter, who has been in eternal repose since 1989, will be exhumed under a Madrid judge's orders so his DNA can be tested in a paternity suit, the...

Artist Chihuly on Mental Illness: 'I Don't Have Neutral Very Much'

Glass art pioneer talks about highs, lows of his struggles with bipolar disorder

(Newser) - The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his obsession with collecting, from stamps and pocket knives to carnival-prize figurines on shelves that reach the ceiling. But amid the ordered clutter, some items hint at something more: a long row of Ernest Hemingway titles in one bookcase, an entire...

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