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How Condé Nast Put the Squeeze on New Yorker Cartoonists

In late June, cartoonists for The New Yorker received an email from Condé Nast, the magazine’s parent company. “We wanted to take an opportunity to...

NYC’s Post-It Art Therapist Returns to Give Solace in the Wake of Charlottesville

In the aftermath of the election of President Donald Trump, New Yorkers came together for Subway Therapy, hangingPost-It notes expressing their frustrations, hopes, fears,...

Incredibly Rare Footage of Dumbo Octopus Taken 10,000 Feet Under Sea Surface

Source: Incredibly Rare Footage of Dumbo Octopus Taken 10,000 Feet Under Sea Surface

As Michigan’s Municipal Water Crisis Drags on, Its Bottled Water Industry Booms

Michigan recently approved Nestlé’s request for permission to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from a well in the rural town of Evart,...

What Will America’s Iconic Parks Look Like in 2050?

Americans love the national parks. According to a 2016 survey, 77 percent of American voters feel the country benefits either “a great deal” or...

The L.A. Art Show reinvents itself again — with help from major museums

Every few years in January, as if on the heels of a fresh set of New Year’s resolutions, the L.A. Art Show tweaks its identity,...

E2 – Environmental Entrepreneurs

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) was founded in 2000 on the premise that what’s good for the environment is good for the economy, and that smart...

Pepsi sees ‘opportunity to innovate’ with new challenge to Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Co.'s biggest rival is shaking up the competition in the sparkling water wars.PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) has launched "bubly," a new flavored sparkling water...

With rats and frogs in Camp Pendleton water supply, base agrees to federal decree

Camp Pendleton officials swear that the water consumed by 55,000 Marines and their families is safe, despite a pair of scathing state and federal...

Town and Country: What’s Happening With Creative Placemaking?

ArtPlace America defines creative placemaking as an approach that uses the arts to "shape the social, physical, and economic futures of communities."That sounds simple...

Why I’m leaving The Times for a job at City Hall

As the architecture critic for The Times since 2004, I've filed stories from Japan, Colombia, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates, among other spots...

The Poisoning of California’s Drinking Water

A little-known program under federal environment law is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even...

Sit on This! The Guggenheim Basks in the Reflected Glory of Its Golden Riposte to Trump’s Van Gogh Request

A White House request for an art loan last year went straight down the toilet.Guggenheim Museum artistic director and chief curator Nancy Spector has...

Beloved Icon of Women’s March, Enters the V&A’s Permanent Collection

A simple fashion accessory became a powerful symbol on January 21, as women around the globe gathered en masse to protest the inauguration of...

7 Gadgets That Should Be in Your Emergency Kit

Relatively speaking, the last few years have been tame on the hurricane front. But according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year’s...

Art Demystified: What Is the Role of Non-Profits in the Art World?

Between commercial galleries, museums, and auction houses lies the arts non-profit. But in the profit-driven contemporary art world, what role does the arts non-profit...

LA MOCA Director Raises Eyebrows With Catwalk Turn

The fashion catwalk has a new star. And that star is… drum-roll please… Philippe Vergne, esteemed director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),...

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners for 2018. This year's...

Our Oceans are in Crisis. Here’s How Technology Could Save Them.

The ocean represents 99% of the living space on Earth. It provides livelihoods and nourishment for more than 3 billion people, and brings $3...

Protecting California’s beaches from Donald Trump

The boat left Redondo Beach’s King Harbor early Friday morning under conditions so perfect, I couldn’t think of one good reason to ever go...

Trump’s travel ban could impact IOC vote on 2024 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles isn’t the only city whose bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics has recently bumped up against politics. While the global debate over President Trump’s...

Former Santa Monica Museum of Art — now the ICA LA — will open in September with show by Martín Ramírez

Martín Ramírez, the 20th-century outsider artist known for his hallucinatory depictions of trains, tunnels and gentlemanly caballeros on horseback, will kick off the exhibition program...

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving life for all Angelenos. Source: Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

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The City of Medellin offers a great variety of urban arts due to the city’s transformation over the last 20 years. Nowadays, the city...

Yoko Ono Brings the Sky Underground in Newly Unveiled New York Subway Mural

After six months of renovations and repairs, the 72nd Street B/C Subway station that sits under the famed Dakota building opened with a new...

‘Who Needs Another Show?’ Ai Weiwei Says He’s Over the Whole Museum Thing and Is Moving to Connecticut | artnet News

Source: ‘Who Needs Another Show?’ Ai Weiwei Says He’s Over the Whole Museum Thing and Is Moving to Connecticut | artnet News

Transforming a Historic Prison through Public/Private Partnership

When it opened more than 100 years ago, Lorton Reformatory in northern Virginia was anything but an ordinary prison.President Theodore Roosevelt, who commissioned the...

These rainstorms are made of chicken wire and xylophone notes. But L.A. will take them

watch a videoCalifornia may be in a drought, but inside Walt Disney Concert Hall it’s cloudy with a chance of rain.Nebulous slate-colored thunderheads loom above...

Time Magazine Says Contemporary Art Is to Blame For Trump. That’s Stupid.

This week, Time has graced its Ideas section with an opinion piece exhorting readers to “Blame Donald Trump’s Rise on the Avant-Garde Movement.” The artist Alex...

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