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The Week In Arts&Culture: More Bush Paintings, Yayoi Kusama's Bday And A Guy Named 'Mustang Wanted'

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This week we got a whole new batch of artwork from the artist formerly known as President Bush and we celebrated some holy dates in art and music history.

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Just when we thought former President George W. Bush's artistic saga couldn't get any better, Gawker recently revealed a whole new batch of Dubya's paintings. The images, taken from Bush family accounts by the illustrious hacker, Guccifer, reveal a whole new spectrum of GWB subject matter, from a verdant golf course to a cow-donkey hybrid.

Read more here.

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Friday we celebrated the 84th birthday of avant-garde artist and high priestess of the polka dot, Yayoi Kusama.

The Japanese artist began her career in the late 1940s in Kyoto, but was quickly inspired by the unconventional style of abstract expressionists in the United States. Kusama moved to New York in 1957, showing her works besides the likes of Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Her earliest claim to fame came in the form of her Body Festivals where she adorned nude forms with her signature symbol: the polka dot.

Worship Kusama further after the jump.

We also honored the 25th anniversary of the Pixies' second album, "Surfer Rosa," a seminal LP that has gone down in Rolling Stone history as one of the 500 greatest records of all time.

Every indie rock band of the past two and half decades owes a great deal to the Pixies, the Boston-bred quartet that seamlessly merged psychedelia, noise rock and alternative grunge to create one of the 1980's most memorable music projects. Formed in the collegiate environment of University of Massachusetts, the band -- comprised of Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering -- predates Nirvana as a catalyst for the immeasurable rock boom of the 1990s.

Read more here.

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You've heard people say, "Don't try this at home." But seriously, this time, you really, really don't want to try this at home (or at the office, or the park, or on your sofa ...).

The group of skywalking Russians have nothing on this "real-life Spider-Man."

The amateur Ukrainian stuntman, who goes by the name Mustang Wanted, makes a habit out of putting himself in life-threatening situations in order to capture incredible death-defying photos.

Read more here.

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Last but certainly not least... we were thrilled to unveil and launch the ImageBlog, a communal platform for artists from all over the world to share and engage. Featured artists submit images of their work -- in whole, in detail, or in progress -- with a caption of any length, but unlike a blog, the image is paramount.

It will include known artists we revere and admire and also those emerging on the scene, all of whom are contributing to the larger conversation of art in their respective media. Like other HuffPost bloggers, artists are invited. Invitees in turn recommend other artists, so our reach expands outward into a fractal -- self curating and always growing.

See the ImageBlog in action here.

Well, that was our week. How was yours?