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Say Goodbye to 2013 With the Year's Most Memorable Art Moments

Jan 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

So much happened in 2013, but my favorite stories all revolve around the art world. From iconic singers finally releasing an autobiography (it's about time, Morrissey!) to Marina Abramović making it big in mainstream culture, it has been a pretty full year. Here are some of my favorite art stories to have come up (not all of them are positive, by the way) and though many go unmentioned, that's where you come in to share your favorites!

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Benneton Grauver: The Stationer To Celebs & Royals for Over 130 Years

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

Some of the world’s most beautiful stationary sits stacked on shelves in a discreet shop in Paris’ haute 8th Arrondissment. With clients like Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and a host of French nobility, Benneton Gravuer has been turning out exquisite paper products and other engraving for over 130 years.

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Promo Poster for Fellini's La Dolce Vita is Star of Movie-Memorabilia Auction That Fetched $1.8M+

Dec 19, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Heritage Auctions sold more than $1.8M worth of entertainment-related artifacts at their Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction in Dallas, Texas (which ended on November 17). Among the pieces of film memorabilia and collectibles that sold, the star lot — and the most expensive at $41,825 — is a one-sheet for the Federico Fellini 1960 film La Dolce Vita.

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Japanese Artist Turns Designer Shopping Bags Into Miniature Forests

Dec 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

One of my favorite types of art is when something completely commonplace is turned into something unexpected and beautiful. In this case, Japanese artist Yuken Teruya takes disposable paper bags and turns them into tiny forests — calling the ongoing project Notice — Forest

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Yayoi Kusama Brings the Cosmos to You With I Who Have Arrived In Heaven New York Exhibit

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Work is never over for famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and despite being 84, she never seems to rest and always has some type of exhibit on display. Last year she had two at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and now she has one at David Zwirner, entitled I Who Have Arrived In Heaven.

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The Fragility of Mankind Told Through Steel and Concrete Sculptures

Dec 16, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You don't have to be an art expert to appreciate something beautiful, whether it be a painting or a sculpture — you just have to feel it. Now, that may sound cheesy, but it's true. Award-winning sculptor Regardt van der Meulen crafts such stunning pieces that we challenge anyone not to feel moved by them, or at the very least be impressed by the skill it must take to achieve.

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Getting to Know the Dragon Smaug AKA Benedict Cumberbatch

Dec 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has finally been released and thankfully, it's far better than the first (which didn't get to the good stuff until the very end). Though the cast is huge and plenty of familiar characters were finally given some excellent screen time (I'm looking at you Thranduil), it's safe to say that people are going to be the most excited to finally meet Smaug.

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Skulls, Elephants & Snowglobes: 6 Standout Installations From Art Basel Miami Beach

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Another Art Basel Miami Beach has come and gone, showing off tons of new artworks for fans and collectors to drool over. From sculpture and photography to film installations and performance pieces, the art world converged on the city in an overwhelming display of talent. 

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Music and Art Come Together at Pop-Up Piano Miami During Art Basel Week

Dec 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

One of the most appreciated things about Art Basel this year, was the incorporation of art and music, which could be found at various venues around the city. One notable star-studded musical performance in particular took place at the Related Group's Pop-Up Piano Miami (PUPM) event, a three-day concert series. 

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Art Basel 2013 Lights Up Miami With Over 250 Galleries & Evening Parties

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

Art Basel has officially kicked-off in Miami Beach, drawing in swarms of the most creative, eclectic and chicest patrons to its epicenter of paradise to adore and envy great works of art, live performances and more. This year, Art Basel entails more than 250 galleries making up the eight sectors, leaving plenty to see from December 5-8.

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Play Santa With Andy Warhol at Christie's: A Christmas Thing

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Christie’s online-only opportunities featuring the works of Andy Warhol continues through the holiday season, ending on December 11. The high-end auctioneer kicks off the online shopping season with Andy Warhol at Christie’s: A Christmas Thing, which includes 99 original holiday-themed renderings by the iconic artist.

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LIKEarchitects Installs Socially Conscious Art Exhibits Outside of the Box

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Porto, Portugal-based LIKEarchitects is an award-winning firm that specializes in ephemeral-architectural art exhibits with a social conscience. Most recently the firm presented The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum, which took place in a shopping center in Lisbon, Portugal, featuring 1,500 metal paint cans that created the walls of a walk-through maze. Warhol’s artwork was displayed throughout the walkway on the can “walls.” 

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Glamorous Artificial Limbs Give Prosthetics A Cyborg Makeover

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Flirting with the fine line between art and fashion, the prosthetics of The Alternative Limb Project are pushing the envelope on the convetional image of amputees. While prosthetics have long been regarded as something that needed to be hidden or seem as life-like as possible, Sophie de Oliveira Barata is inviting people to step away from the unspoken social conventions and embrace their bodies. 

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Ten Reasons Why We Love Jennifer Lawrence More Than Our Own Grandmothers

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The world's love affair with Jennifer Lawrence continues on with no end in sight — literally, I would follow her anywhere. We all have reasons for loving her, whether because she gives a proud voice to our obsession with food without ever giving in to Hollywood's beauty standard or because she keeps it real and talks to the camera like we do our best friend.

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Limerick: Ireland's First City of Culture 2014 to Emerge from $8M Rejuvenation

Nov 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Limerick, a southwestern Irish city that has fought strongly to overcome a negative, violence-related image, is set to take center stage as Ireland’s first national City of Culture, an initiative that hopes to create more culturally relevant events around the country. The year-long program of diverse happenings is set to begin in January.

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