August 22, 2019

Artist Crochets Retro Meals and Appliances Inspired by His Childhood

Crochet isn’t just for your grandmother’s blankets and tea cozies anymore—many contemporary fiber artists are modernizing the time-honored craft to create incredible works of art. One of those artists is Australia-based Trevor Smith. He uses colorful woolen yarns to craft charming textile replicas of meals and household appliances.

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August 21, 2019

Street Artists Revive Spanish Village with Murals Celebrating Local Tradition

Thanks to a local cultural organization, two street artists are using their work to bring back tradition and create a larger sense of community in a small town in northern Spain. Despite having only 2,100 inhabitants, the village of Belorado is quite rich in culture. Street artists NeSpoon and Regue Fernández explored its history and used it as inspiration to transform eight buildings across one of the main town squares.

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August 18, 2019

How Scandal Helped Shape Édouard Manet’s ‘Olympia’ into a Modern Masterpiece

In the 19th century, several major art movements emerged in Europe, including Realism and Impressionism. Though drastically different in style, this pair of genres had one important artist in common: Édouard Manet. Manet’s groundbreaking work both blurs the line and bridges the gap between the distinctive movements, with the world-famous Olympia serving as a key example. Through a contemporary lens, Olympia is embraced as an important precursor to modern art.

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