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Corporations Have Started Working With First Nations Artists, And The Artists Say That’s Just Fine

Yes, it's corporate, and yes, representation is incredibly important. "I'm creating sacred space," one of the artists said - and, from a business point of view, the inclusivity sends a message to potential consumers who care about that value as well. - CBC

Once, Community Housing Architecture Was A Utopian Dream

"When the housing scheme opened in 1938, it offered 3,000 residents modern kitchens with integrated waste disposal, as well as communal nursery and launderette facilities in what was then the largest social housing complex in Britain." Fifty years later? All gone. - The Guardian (UK)

Filter Me This, Batman: Yassify Takes On Famous Images

To “yassify” something is to apply several beauty filters to a picture using FaceApp, an A.I. photo-editing application, until its subject — be that a celebrity, a historical figure, a fictional character or a work of fine art — becomes almost unrecognizably made up. - The New York Times

Rethink: Why Shouldn’t Shelter For Homeless People Be Beautiful?

“Design was often not seen as an important aspect of homeless housing. They were faceless vanilla blocks that looked cheap and made people, by implication, feel that where they were living wasn’t important.” - The New York Times

With Big Ceremony, Egypt Reopens Ancient Avenue Of The Sphinxes

The road, also known as Road of the Rams, dates back 3,400 years, Reuters reports. However, it was first discovered in the late 1940s, according to Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. - CNN

Our Ancient Attraction To Glass

In a world filled with the buff, brown and sand hues of more utilitarian Late Bronze Age materials, glass — saturated with blue, purple, turquoise, yellow, red and white — would have afforded the most striking colors other than gemstones. - Knowable Magazine

True Crime: Manhattan’s Art Theft Police

The unit has impounded more than 3,600 antiquities, valued at some $200 million. They’ve raided art fairs on Park Avenue, and Christie’s in Rockefeller Center. They arrested a dealer at the five-star Mark Hotel and seized statues on display at the five-star Pierre. - The Atlantic

Anderson Cooper Visits Caligula’s Pleasure Garden

A gay silver-fox fantasy come to life? Nope, sorry. In 2006, workers excavating for an underground parking garage found what archaeologists determined was a garden designed for the notorious young emperor, and they've been working there ever since. 60 Minutes sent Cooper to have a look. - CBS News

Why Artists Should Have Resale Rights

Auction houses or other market intermediaries wishing to incorporate such activities into their equity practice could pledge a portion of the seller’s commission or the buyer’s premium back to the artist. - Artnet

How An Ancient Roman Mosaic Spent Fifty Years As A Coffee Table In A New York Apartment

A priceless Roman mosaic that once decorated a ship used by the emperor Caligula was used for almost 50 years as a coffee table in an apartment in New York City. - The Guardian

Zaha Hadid’s Final Buildings Are Opening Across The Arab World

More than five years after her fatal heart attack at age 65, she has a theater in Rabat, a petroleum research center and a metro station in Riyadh, corporate headquarters in Sharjah, the famous stadium in Qatar, and the central bank headquarters in her birthplace, Baghdad. - Vanity Fair

This French Town Has An Art Library That Lends To Residents. Turns Out It Also Has A €3 Million Gerhard Richter

For decades now, the town of Saint-Priest (in metro Lyon) has been acquiring works for its residents and businesses to borrow from the artothèque. One of those works, bought in 1988 for 100,000 francs (roughly $41,000 in 2021), was Richter's Abstraktes Bild 630-2. - Artnet

NYC To Give Brooklyn Museum $50 Million

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I joined the museum a little over five years ago,” Pasternak said. “Our exhibitions and public programs have been embracing ideas for 21st-century museums, but our building is absolutely mired in the 19th century. So it’s time to catch up.” - The New York Times

The Deep Emotional Appeal Of Nature Photos

Photos of animals bypass logic and get directly to the heart. One photographer makes sure her subjects are looking directly at the camera: "We don’t have a common language, and like eye contact between humans, it creates such a connection." - Hyperallergic

A Man Who Helped Loot Cambodia Wants To Atone, And Recover The Artifacts

Toek Tik was "an unschooled man from a thatch-roofed hut who recently began disclosing to authorities how he oversaw hundreds of confederates as they swept through temple ruins, pillaging sculptures and other treasures." - The New York Times

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