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Priscilla Frank is the Arts & Culture Editor of the Huffington Post. She studied Rhetoric at Berkeley and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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This Photo Of The 'American Gothic' Couple IRL Is Everything

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:35 PM

The divine force Twitter account that is ClassicPics made our inner art nerd very happy today after posting this photo of the "American Gothic" couple IRL.

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18 Color Photos Of Female WWII Workers That Will Make You Proud(er) To Be A Woman

(9) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 10:56 AM

It's not that we need a reason to be proud of our womanhood, but when such a beautiful reminder comes along we can't help but share it. We stumbled upon this treasure trove of photos courtesy of imgur user alwaysupvoteducks, a series of color photos chronicling the female...

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Photographer Finds That A Lot Of Mundane Things Look Like Vaginas (NSFW?)

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

Have you ever looked at the breakfast spread before you and had the strange sensation you were looking at spread legs instead?

Photographer Peter Kaaden feels your pain. The German artist's recent series for VICE's 2014 Photo Issue, entitled "Zu Nah," features everyday objects from melons...

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Patti Smith Brings An Artsy Bed To Rockaway Beach

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:23 PM

You know summer in New York has officially arrived when Klaus Biesenbach starts rolling out the Instagrams.

Sunday, July 27, the social media savvy MoMA curator led fellow art lovers on an InstaMeet through his MoMA PS1 exhibition at the Rockaway Artists Gallery in Fort Tilden, aptly titled "Rockaway!" Biesenbach curated the exhibition in collaboration with Rockaway resident and punk legend Patti Smith, who supplied work for the installation alongside artists incluing Adrian Villar Rojas and Janet Cardiff.

Smith's piece was the centerpiece of the show -- a luxurious bed amidst the remnants of a long forsaken building. As the MoMA project page describes: "Having witnessed personal belongings of Rockaway residents being destroyed and washed away during Sandy, Smith will install a gilded four-post bed with pure white linens in a long-abandoned building that lacks windows and parts of its roof. The bed will wear down physically, yet remain in place, a symbol of courage and resilience." Her photographs of artists' dearest objects like Robert Mapplethorpe’s slippers and Frida Kahlo's corset were also on view.

The exhibition is open to the public and runs until September 1, 2014. Many in attendance tagged their Instagram uploads #rockaway1. The mix of foggy beach, crumbling graffiti, diaphanous canopy beds and Klaus Biesenbach's selfie face is just too good. Take a look for yourself below and learn more about InstaMeets here.

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12 Delicious Marcel Duchamp Quotes To Unleash Your Inner Artist

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:13 AM

On one July 28, 127 years ago, a man named Marcel Duchamp was welcomed into this bizarre and beautiful world, only to make it all the stranger. He's one of the few historically prized individuals known, above all else, for his intimate involvement with a certain toilet. But Marcel, associated...

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Stunning Photos Reveal Living With Multiple Sclerosis Isn't About Pity Or Bravery

(30) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:06 AM

You may or may not be familiar with the phrase "inspiration porn," used to describe the objectification of people living with disabilities, often resulting in undeserved admiration and pity for someone who's just trying to get through the day.

Patricia Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with chronic...

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Artist Launches Bonsai Trees And Other Lovely Plant Arrangements Into Space

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

We've heard that outer space is, visually speaking, a pretty majestic experience. Yet although the galaxy beyond is undoubtedly filled with stars and misty clouds for days, there aren't any decorative touches around to spruce up the space.

Enter Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto, aka the official interior decorator...

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Here Are Some Liquid Ink Nudes For Your Viewing Pleasure (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Here at the Huffington Post Arts&Culture, there are two categories of images that our audience seems to find particularly hard to resist. The first is a particular brand of underwater ink photography that possesses the uncanny ability to stop time with the click of a camera. The second,...

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Performance Artist Who Gave Birth In A Gallery Goes Off Her Meds For The Sake Of Art

(14) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Back in 2011, the Brooklyn art world and incredulous citizens at large were first introduced to Marni Kotak, the performance artist who infamously gave birth in a gallery.

Her piece, entitled "The Birth of Baby X," meant to reveal, in the artist's words, "this amazing life performance...

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'Instagram Mini-Marathon' Explores Where Art And Social Media Intersect

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:19 PM

What's the relationship between Instagram and art? The social media platform from which picturesque images flow like so much water is often condemned for its over-proliferating photographs to the point of meaninglessness. But there has to be something valuable, artistically speaking, in this hugely influential addition to visual...

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18 Hilariously Strange Emoji That Didn't Make The Internet's Cut

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:19 AM

You know the ballerina twins. You know the smiley poop. You know the mustachioed stranger. But do you know an astronaut looking at Earth from space, thinking about his ex-wife?


Welcome to the wonderfully weird world of "Rejected Emojis," home to all the...

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Your Definitive Guide To Reading Monochrome Paintings

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:07 AM

This summer the Tate Modern is showing the UK's first ever retrospective of radical Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. If you know the name, you're most likely familiar with the influential, arguably even revolutionary work that is the "Black Square." And even though, in the back of your mind...

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Bold And Courageous Kickstarter Aims To Create Biggest D*ck Drawing Of All Time (NSFW)

(9) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 7:12 PM

We're always happy to see Kickstarter using its powers to bring awareness and much needed funds to grassroots art projects and underexposed creative endeavors around the world. Or, to help make one big giant d*ck drawing. That works too.

Today we're admiring the hopes and dreams of...

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Artist Manipulates Found Vintage Photos To Harness The Medium's Ghostly Spirit

(16) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:45 AM

There's something eerie about rummaging through a bin of found photos. Each faded print contains within it a singular moment at once intimate and unknown, in the past and yet strangely immortal. In a way, photography serves as a sort of time travel, transporting viewers to spaces and times they...

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This Is What Making Out Actually Looks Like

(33) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:16 AM

From pre-teens to retirees, who doesn't love a good make out?

Swapping spit, touching tongues, banging braces for the younger set -- there are few ways to express your love while simultaneously grossing out those in your immediate vicinity like a good ol' french kiss. When you're the one...

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Artist Gives Terry Richardson Photos The Francis Bacon Treatment... And It's Super Creepy (NSFW)

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Terry Richardson is known for many things. The tired plaid shirts, the sideburns, his menacing thumbs up, a "raw" and hyper-sexualized aesthetic, the very serious allegations of sexual abuse against him. But a relationship to master of the macabre, figurative painter Francis Bacon? That was a connection we...

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A BIG Maze Inspired By Ancient Labyrinths Takes Over A Museum

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:03 AM

This is "The BIG Maze." As the name suggests, it's quite large.


The behemoth construction of twists, turns and dead ends is spending the summer at the National Building Museum, its sleek rectangular folds a stark contrast to the museum's grand Renaissance architecture. This crisp...

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How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

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

If you're a human being who goes on the internet or wanders outdoors from time to time, you know this is a precarious time for planet Earth. While often the message is delivered in the forms of alarming headlines or dire infographics, we rarely see a call for conservation that...

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Contemporary Artist Puts A Modern Twist On Vintage Japanese Erotic Art (NSFW)

(25) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:57 AM

Warning: This post is extremely NSFW. We mean, lots of nudity and images of sexual acts. Shunga does, after all, mean erotic art. Proceed with caution.

For the uninitiated, shunga is a Japanese term for erotic art.

Reaching its climax in the Edo period, from the 17th...

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12 Perfect Edgar Degas Quotes To Help Unlock Your Inner Artist

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

On one July 19, 180 years ago this Saturday, a man named Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas was born in Paris, France. You may know him better as Edgar Degas, and you may know him best for his dreamy paintings behind the scenes of the ballet.

Ballet is an art form...

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