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Mia R. Benenate
Mia R. Benenate is the editorial director at Art Publishing, Ltd., a boutique publishing company and also works as a freelance writer. Her work has been featured in various national publications on topics ranging from the arts to biological sciences. Mia earned her Bachelor of Science from The New School University, NY, and resides in San Francisco, CA.

Entries by Mia R. Benenate

Salon Culture 2.0: A New Era of Arts Patronage

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:59 AM

The salon has long been celebrated as a gathering place for individuals to engage in lively discourse and expand their knowledge in the arts, pop culture, and current events with an aim toward education and amusement. Rising in popularity in 16th century France, the first salon of note took place...

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Who Is Nicola Samorì?

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Nicola Samorì is the 35-year old Italian artist who first captured my attention approximately three years ago, when I happened upon a two-sentence mention of his work on the Juxtapoz website. The images accompanying the sparse write-up had been rendered by a master painter, and I...

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Photographing Central Italy With Catherine Karnow

(18) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 5:38 PM

Tucked away in central Italy are the regions of Umbria, Lazia and Tuscany -- broad expanses of green farmland, rolling hills and fortressed hill-top villages dating back to the ancient Etruscan civilization. Rich with wine, food and culture, this was the part of Italy I found myself in for a...

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Blek le Rat, "The Godfather" of Stencil Graffiti Celebrates 30 Years of Art in the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 2:32 PM

In the intense world of street art, Blek le Rat's work is a breath of fresh air--ironic considering he's stood at the forefront of the movement for over 30 years. Xavier Prou a.k.a. Blek le Rat, is the Parisian born artist who's been perfecting his unique brand of stencil...

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Red Bull Canvas Cooler Project Comes to San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 5:48 PM

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to witness art being created in a somewhat orchestral fashion. The hottest names in the Bay Area urban art scene had convened at 941 Geary Gallery painting Red Bull canvas-wrapped coolers as part of a recently expanded global street art partnership...

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The Amory Show

(8) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 3:32 PM

When it comes to the personal acquisition of art, I believe it is necessary that the work be engaging on several levels; the work has to be emotionally engaging, historically and/or culturally significant and livable. The artist's trajectory also has to be such that the work is, and will continue to...

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Synonymous With Entertainment: Branded Content and Why it Works

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Everyone is familiar with the branded content that has infiltrated contemporary media and has been a part of broadcast since the inception of television and radio programming in the early 20th century, perhaps most notably with Procter & Gamble whose sponsored radio shows were dubbed "soap...

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The Future of Printed Literature: A Digital Dilemma

(11) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 2:57 PM

On July 18, 2011 came the announcement that Borders, the second largest book retailer in the United States would close its doors for good following a chapter 11 filing and the liquidation of more than 200 stores on American soil. Borders, a favorite store of mine...

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Captured in Collodion

(10) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 1:06 PM

I've always enjoyed photography, from the black and white avant-garde works by Man Ray that first took my breath away, to the casual point and shoot photography seminars I took while living in Paris; the medium has endeared itself to me for both its practical sensibility and emotional contact.

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Salon Allure: Where Art, Music & Fashion Collide in South Beach

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 10:20 AM

Miami Beach International Fashion Week, presented by Mercedes Benz, plays host to a variety of events and designers -- both established and emerging -- each year, and 2011 kicked-off with a blow out opening night party and fashion show, "WET," the W Hotel, South Beach, on Thursday July 14th, as...

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The 2nd Assassination of JFK Premieres in Conjunction With the Atlantis Flight

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 9:25 AM

As Florida's Space Coast ends a celebrated American era with the close of NASA's manned shuttle program with launch of Atlantis, there is a palpable sadness in the air. Residents resignedly prepare for what is sure to bring continued economic disaster with the demise of the storied program. Losing the...

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