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January 14, 2020

How 25 Artists Are Using Their Art to Express Their Sadness Over the Australian Bushfires

People around the world are in shock and saddened by the news of Australia’s bushfires. The blazes have been roaring for months and the effects have been devastating. Currently, the fires have taken more than 18 million acres of land, displaced thousands of people (and in some cases, caused their death), and injured or killed millions upon millions of wild animals.

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November 7, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio Calls Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg “A Leader of Our Time”

Leonardo DiCaprio has used his wealth and celebrity status to help educate and support projects that, among other things, aid in mitigating the negative effects of climate change. Two decades ago, he founded The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to protect “all of Earth’s inhabitants,” and he’s been vocal about finding the best climate change solutions—like switching to 100% renewable energy.

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October 15, 2019

Powerful Statue Offers a Contemporary Response to Confederate Monuments

For centuries, the equestrian portrait has played a pivotal role in the politics of art. Originally reserved for members of nobility in Ancient Greece and Rome, portrayals of people on horseback eventually featured high-status sitters and, later, military figures—including Confederate soldiers in the United States. Given the controversial history of these statues, it comes as no surprise that celebrated contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley has harnessed this motif to craft his latest piece, Rumors of War.

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