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

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Here's Proof That Beautiful Art Is Hiding In The Most Mundane Of Places, Even Your Laundry

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Artist Yvette Meltzer is probably not the first person to become hypnotized by the revolving wonder of a packed washing machine. The spinning colors and blurred forms can quickly transform into faces, figures and landscapes, if you stare at the clothes long enough. Any urban dweller cursed with...

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This Is What The World Looks Like, According To Quantum Mechanics

(14) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:56 PM

The realm of quantum mechanics tells us that humans experience 40 conscious moments per second. These individual frames, or sequences of "now," amount to the way we perceive time flow. We don't realize the gaps in between these conscious moments, hence the fluid movement of our lives.

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Embroidered Portraits Of Female Soldiers Shed Light On Women's Roles In The Military

(10) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:13 AM

"In my travels to Israel, I became deeply sympathetic to the plight of women conscripted into military service," explains artist Beth Scher, the painter behind the series "Female Soldiers."

"I imagined my daughter, who was the same age as these women, in a similar situation."

Scher has...

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New York City's Proposed ID Card Might Get You Into Art Museums For Free

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative in New York City this month, proposing a municipal identification card that could be available to all city inhabitants next year. The card would be beneficial to New Yorkers who don't have a driver's license or other form of official ID. In...

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This One Tree Grows 40 Different Types Of Fruit, Is Probably From The Future

(47) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:28 AM

If you're wondering how our food will be grown eons from now, a good place to start your research might be -- not so surprisingly -- in the contemporary art world.

One need only visit the website of one Sam Van Aken, an American artist who's made...

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This Is What Happens When You Ask Contemporary Artists To Reimagine Maps Of The World

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Do you remember the last time you looked at a map? Excluding the GPS app on your mobile device, it's probably been a while since you gazed upon the feats of cartography that populated your history textbooks and vintage road trip guides. Thankfully, critic and curator extraordinaire Hans Ulrich Obrist...

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Architects Turn 50,000 Plastic Bottles Into A Dreamy, Cloud-Shaped Shelter

(13) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:18 PM

In the United States alone, consumers toss away more than 60 million plastic bottles each day. It's a staggering statistic, one that caught the attention of the architecture firm STUDIOKCA.

In an attempt to highlight America's ongoing battle with consumption and waste, and provide a...

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Breathtaking Photos Of Witch Doctors And Healers Reveal The Spiritual Diversity Of Bolivia

(23) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Artists Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona traveled across the Altiplano region of Bolivia for a very specific reason.

They wanted to photograph the astounding spiritual diversity of the landlocked South American expanses, capturing portraits of the healers, witch doctors and medicine men who keep traditional mystic culture alive. Living...

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Emoji Are Taking Over The World, And One Artist Is Documenting The Damage

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Emoji are taking over the world. If we wanted to write that in pithy little caricatures, we'd probably include that evil image of two ballerinas or everyone's favorite pile of poop next to a tiny globe, followed by some sort of violent lighting bolt, a smiley face with tears pouring...

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The Giant Rubber Duck Has Disappeared In China, All 54 Feet Of It

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Bad news, Giant Rubber Duck fans. The 54-foot inflated masterpiece that resembles your favorite childhood bath toy has disappeared. It was last seen floating down the Nanming River in China last week, but alas, its massive yellow body is missing. All 2,000 pounds of it.

According to The...

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Tattoo Artist Brings Dots And Lines To New Heights In Stunning Geometric Ink Designs

(15) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Imagine this scene:

Sharp waves stretch back for as far as you can see, eating up the horizon in a vast display of stunning movement. Like the peaks and troughs of a chaotic line graph, the seas capture jumping fish as they weave in and out of the thrashes. Careful...

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To Rebuild A Father-Daughter Relationship, One Photographer Created A New Family Album

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Photographer Diana Markosian's parents separated when she was seven years old, her mother leaving her father in Moscow to begin anew in California. From that point on, Markosian and her brother scarcely heard from their father. With no pictures for posterity and no formal goodbye to remember, they...

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A Love Letter To Louise Bourgeois, A Feminist Icon Whether She Likes It Or Not

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Louis Bourgeois is a feminist art icon, even if she -- in some mythical afterlife populated by giant spiders and contorted, alien figures -- would hate the label. When she was alive, she was aloof on the subject. "Some of my works are, or try to...

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Native American Artist Jamison Chas Banks Plans A Baseball Game For Napoleon Bonaparte

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Growing up in Arkansas City, Kansas in the 1980s, artist Jamison Chas Banks experienced his fair share of American small town life. "It was all football and barbecues," he explained in a phone interview, recounting his younger years smack dab in the middle of the Great Plains. He...

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This Organic Skyscraper Is Designed To Literally Grow As Its Residents Recycle

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:59 AM

The architecture giants at Agence Chartier Corbasson have imagined a design feat worthy of a green future.

Their new, London-based conceptual project, "Organic Skyscraper," proposes a high-rise building built from the recycled materials of its residents. The building would essentially "grow" vertically as inhabitants discarded waste like...

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The Best Way To Capture The Beauty Of Ballet Is To Call In A Robot

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:55 AM

A short, five-minute documentary tells the story of what happens when ballet dancers work with robotics to capture the moving beauty of dance.

Titled, simply, "Ballet Meets Robotics," the film experiment follows San Francisco Ballet principal dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada as they dance the choreography...

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Lithuanian Orchestra Performs With A Piano-Playing Cat, Calls It A 'Catcerto'

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Symphony leaders and philharmonic enthusiasts have long pondered how classical music havens can attract a young, contemporary audience. It seems as though one Lithuanian orchestra has found the solution to top them all. And it comes in the form of a catcerto.

The Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra,...

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'Dronestagram' Photography Contest Gives A Drone's Eye View Of Planet Earth

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:29 AM

The future of photography seems increasingly dependent on the advancement of unconventional devices. Forget the SLR, photo nerds are eagerly developing new tools for smart phones, tablets and -- perhaps, not too surprisingly -- drones.

The first ever Drone Photography Competition recently launched, giving aerial imagery fanatics a reason...

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18 Green Artists Who Are Making Climate Change And Conservation A Priority

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:37 AM

"The quality of place, the reaction to immediate contact with earth and growing things that have a fugal relationship with mountains and sky, is essential to the integrity of our existence on this planet," the famous American photographer Ansel Adams wrote in his autobiography. From the romantic painters...

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Art Collective Puts Nuclear History In Perspective, With A Coat Rack For Robert Oppenheimer

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 8:56 AM

One day in 1943, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, known to many as the "father of the atomic bomb," made a mundane request.

According to an interoffice memorandum sent on behalf of the lead physicist of the Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer asked for a coat rack to be installed in...

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