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Van Gogh's "Starry Night" Was Re-created with Bacteria-- and It's as Cool as It Sounds

What do the Chicago skyline, a cat, a subway map, a Van Gogh and a skull all have in common? They've all been re-created into beautiful masterpieces using... bacteria. Read the full article here.

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Survey Finds Average US Wedding Price Rose Last Year, More Couples Hiring Pro Photographers
It’s easy to find wedding photographers preaching doom and gloom, and there’s even some evidence to back it up, but according to a recent survey by venerable purveyors of Pinterest wedding fodder, The Knot, things are looking up across the board for the wedding industry in the USA, and that includes wedding photographers. Read the full Popular Photography article here. READ MORE

Review: ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ on HBO Gives Context to Controversy
The HBO documentary puts Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs in the framework of a life and artistic vision. Read the full New York Times review here. READ MORE

Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65
Architect Zaha Hadid died on Thursday at age 65. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor. Read the full NPR article here. READ MORE

Meet Alphonse Bertillon, The Man Behind The Modern Mug Shot
French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon wasn't the first to introduce mug shots to police, but he standardized how they were taken and added the profile shot to zero in on a suspect's unique features. Get the full story at NPR. READ MORE

Some Artists Are Seeing Red Over A New 'Black'
First, it's not really black. It's not even a color or a pigment. "Vantablack" is a "material," according to Surrey NanoSystems, the British company that created it. But this rebellious material is causing quite a fuss now that renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor — who designed Chicago's Cloud Gate and the Orbit tower for the 2012 London Olympics — has bought the exclusive rights to use it in art. Get the full story at NPR. READ MORE

The Met and a New Logo
The new design has not failed to attract strong reactions as it starts to appear on the institution’s posters, mailings and the Met Breuer signs. Read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

For 12 Photographers, an Anxious Gaze on Israel and the West Bank
“This Place,” at the Brooklyn Museum, examines the “radical otherness” of a tortured and complex land. Read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

Takashi Murakami on the Art of Collecting Art
As his personal collection goes on display at a Japanese museum, the artist describes what it’s like to be on the other side of the transaction. Read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

Now Accepting Entries for AcrylicWorks 4!
North Light Books is now accepting entries for its latest competition, AcrylicWorks 4, edited by Jamie Markle. Show us your best contemporary acrylic painting for a chance to have your work published and enjoy national recognition in the gorgeous hard-bound series AcrylicWorks. The theme for this year's competition is Captivating Color, and a variety of subjects and styles are welcome. The deadline to enter is February 26th, 2016. Enter online today! http://www.artistsnetwork.com/competitions/acrylicworks READ MORE

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