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Katherine Brooks is the Senior Arts & Culture Editor of the Huffington Post.

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The Spiraling World Of Staircases, The Architectural Wonders We Often Overlook

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 6:26 PM

"The world is like a grand staircase," Samuel Johnson mused, "some are going up and some are going down."


The quote paints a picture of a universe not unlike a painting by M.C. Escher, the father of duplicitous corridors, or Man Ray, a man who...

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The Shortlist For The 'Building Of The Year' Awards Showcases Innovation Across The Globe

(7) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 3:30 PM

From a pool of over 3,000 buildings designed and created in the past year, the folks over at Arch Daily have narrowed down their annual Building of the Year nominations.

The shortlist contains five buildings per category -- which range from houses and housing to educational and healthcare architecture....

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물 아래 있던 빙하가 떠올랐다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 3:13 PM

빙산의 일각, 우리가 관용구로 많이 쓰는 이 부분을 찍은 사진은 정말 많이 봐왔다. 당연하다, 우리가 찍을 수 있는 건 항상 물 밖으로 나온 빙산의 ‘일각’에 불과하니까. 그런데 샌프란시스코의 한 사진가가 아직 우리가 보지 못했던 빙산의 다른 부분을 운 좋게 찍었다.


어머니, 누이들과 함께 남극에서 휴가를...

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Rare Photograph Captures The Blue-Green Magic Hidden On The Other Side Of An Iceberg

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:02 AM

The tip of an iceberg has been well documented, both in photography and overused idioms. We've been told time and time again that the visible part of those giant chunks of frozen water -- the ones that adorn the pages of National Geographic -- represents only one tenth...

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The Miss Twin Peaks Pageant Is Where David Lynch Meets Burlesque (NSFW)

(12) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 8:57 AM

Anyone with access to the Internet is well aware of the fact that David Lynch's pièce de résistance "Twin Peaks" is getting a 21st century reboot.

The televised cult classic, which originally aired in the early 1990s, will resurface on Showtime in 2016, presumably bringing Agent Dale...

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These Are The Star-Shaped Snowflakes That Fell All Over The East Coast This Week

(30) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:44 AM

The blizzard that was Winter Storm Juno descended upon the East Coast this week, bringing with it a melange of wind gusts, icy temperatures and admirably geometric snowflake masterpieces.

Residents of cities like Manhattan reported seeing a mix of star-shaped flakes falling upon them, posting impressive shots of the...

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Snow-Filled Illustrations From One Of America's First Humor Magazines Are Just Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:47 AM

It's officially winter in the Northeast. A snow storm is upon us and -- in typical 21st century style -- city dwellers are clearing out liquor stores, refreshing their Netflix queues and adding #Juno to the end of their tweets, all in preparation for this year's snowpocalypse.

Of course,...

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An Unfinished Work By 'The Kiss' Artist Gustav Klimt Heads To America

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Some of the world's most famous artworks are nomadic. They travel from one institution to another, borrowed and lent across museums so that art admirers in continents too far to touch can view them. They are gently packaged and shipped overseas, ushered into temporary homes by art handlers who

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Tattoo Duo Transforms Skin Into Canvas With Incredibly Intricate Cubist Illustrations

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:27 AM

Imagine if Georges Braque paired up with Max Ernst, or Fernand Léger decided to join forces with Dorothea Tanning, but instead of collaborating on mere Cubist or Surrealist paintings, the couples opted to open a renegade tattoo shop and start inking patrons with equal bits of the mundane and bizarre....

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Meet 'Teacher,' The Futuristic Machine That's Going To Show You How To Draw

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:49 PM

Before we the design world knows it, skyscrapers will rotate, dresses will be 4-D printed, and bridges will be non-orientable. Oh, and tiny machines will teach us all how to draw. Welcome to the future!

The aforementioned machine comes courtesy of Saurabh...

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Brooklyn-Based Artist Dustin Yellin Takes Over The New York City Ballet

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:38 AM

What better way to really dig into the post-holidays spirit than a trip to the ballet? This time of year, there are less sugar plum fairies and mouse kings hanging around New York City's Lincoln Center, and more multi-dimensional human forms encapsulated in suspended animation.


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Thankfully, Someone Is Preserving A History Of Wallpaper

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:59 AM

Wallpaper, once the favorite daughter of interior design, is now more like the ugly stepchild. The late 20th century took a toll on the decorating medium that has roots in the early 1700s, bringing far too much paisley and visions of mustard yellow to the dens and foyers of homes...

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How A Physicist From New York Ended Up Capturing Some Of The Most Iconic Civil Rights Images

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Stephen Somerstein is a retired physicist who spent many years working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. But long before he devoted his days to researching the interactions of atomic nuclei, he was an editor and photographer for New York's City College newspaper. It was then, as a university student, that...

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A Community Art Festival Honors MLK Jr., In The Spirit Of Corita Kent

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:51 PM

Corita Kent, the ex-nun-turned-artist who rose to fame in the 1960s, used graphic design and poster art to protest the Vietnam War and advocate for Amnesty International. At nearly the same time, Martin Luther King, Jr., as most of the world knows by now, led a monumentally significant movement to...

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Meet Millo, The Street Artist Who Paints Massive Monochromatic Murals Around Italy

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Meet Millo. The Italian street artist, also known as Francesco Camillo Giorgino, is well known in cities like Florence and Rome. Last year, he painted 13 massive murals in the town of Turin alone, as part of the B.Art competition in 2014. His work can also be seen...

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'American Soldier' Photos Expose The Many Faces Of Modern War

(6) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:50 AM

What does a soldier look like? Once you reduce the term to a specific type of serviceman or woman -- taking into account the era, the country, the war, the branch of the military, the rank -- can you settle on a particular image of a soldier? Is she, or...

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Why One Photographer Is Devoted To Capturing America's Disappearing Rivers

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 10:25 AM

"We stand at a precipice in the history of water," photographer Ansley West Rivers writes in her artist statement. "How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water."

Rivers -- whose rather perfect name is not lost on anyone...

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Say Goodbye To NYC's Beloved Graffiti Mecca With This One-Minute Time-Lapse

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:43 PM

New York City's historic street art haven is no more.

The abandoned building complex in Queens -- that once played home to a highly publicized trove of graffiti -- has officially been demolished. It was white-washed in 2013, but the structure was finally razed in the last...

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Was diese Frau mit ihrer Vagina macht, bringt uns an unsere Grenzen

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:10 PM

Zwei Worte: Vaginales Stricken.

Diese merkwürdige Art der Performance-Kunst haben wir der feministischen Künstlerin Casey Jenkins zu verdanken. Sie ist eine selbsternannte "Handwerkistin", die mit Wolle strickt, die sie - Sie ahnen es - in ihrer Vagina aufbewahrt.

"28 Tage lang stricke ich mit Wolle, die in meiner...

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13 Ways You Can Make Coloring Books A Part Of Your Adult Life (NSFW)

(12) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 9:44 AM

Note: Some of these coloring books are especially adult. You have been warned.

Coloring is not just for kids. We've established that. The act of coloring "incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills," psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala explained to HuffPost. Read:...

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