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The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

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On Art and Politics: A Letter to the Millennials

There is a sense in which art, politics and economics are all inextricably and symbiotically tied together, but history has proven to us that art serves as a powerful corrective against the dangers of the establishment.

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Vincent van Gogh, self-portrait.

Nine Left-Handed People Who Changed the World

Wednesday is international Left Handers Day, a time to reflect on one of the mysteries of science, a minority complex that has resisted centuries of abuse and ridicule.

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Does the NSA Have Another Snowden on Its Hands?

Government officials suspect another whistle-blower is leaking documents from the National Security Agency to The Intercept; the left’s concern with ideology over beauty may be destroying art; meanwhile, Toledo, Ohio’s water contamination may finally change Republicans’ attitudes toward the environment. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu challenges Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu takes on Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Meet Kim Jong Il’s Personal Poet Laureate

As spin-doctoring goes, Jang Jin Sung had one of the world’s hardest jobs.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Artists Appeal to Hearts and Minds of Drone Operators With Giant Photo

Drones flying over a field in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan will see a tragic portrait staring back at them.

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Putin to Bush: You Call That a Dog?

George W. Bush tells intrepid “Today” show interviewer Jenna Bush Hager that Vladimir Putin, upon meeting Barney, told the American president he had a wimpy dog.

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What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Chain Linked

On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.

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Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

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Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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In the Shadow of War

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there’s remarkably little evidence of it.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Arson Fires Destroying Detroit’s Famed Heidelberg Project

Since May, four main houses in Tyree Guyton’s internationally known Heidelberg Project have been leveled by arson fires. In many ways, the showdown between the artist and the arsonist says more about Detroit than does the city’s recent bankruptcy filing.

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Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

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Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



The 90 Companies Most Responsible for Climate Change

Researcher Richard Heede says the people to blame for our planet’s environmental demise “could all fit on a Greyhound bus or two”; Jeremy Scahill proves time and time again he is not the White House’s favorite journalist; meanwhile, exposure to the arts does have a positive effect on intelligence after all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

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‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock photo of Griffith Observatory.

Rare Photos Reveal Griffith Observatory Under Construction

The observatory that sits atop Griffith Park is one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful treasures, both because of its art deco looks and dazzling views of the city below.

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U.S. May Push Germany to Move Faster on Art Stolen by Nazis

A source tells The Wall Street Journal that Germany’s handling of 1,400 works of art discovered in an apartment may be in violation of international protocol.

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Tylenol’s Dangers Revealed Thanks to Investigative Journalism

ProPublica’s series on the dangers of the acetaminophen found in Tylenol highlights the importance of investigative work; a poem written by an Alexandrian poet in 1898 about the government’s idleness is extremely relevant these days; meanwhile, research shows apologizing, even for something outside your control, establishes trust. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



Joanjo Aguar Matoses (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Failed Restoration of Spanish Fresco Turns Profitable

About a year has passed since an elderly woman decided to retouch a painting of Christ and ended up disfiguring the religious image. The botched job, which turned into a source of humiliation for Cecilia Gimenez and spurred a series of memes, has become a lucrative endeavor.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



Brian English

Ed Asner for Peace and ‘Chain Reaction’ on the Fourth of July

On Independence Day in Santa Monica, Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner played the role he comes to most naturally: the engaged citizen taking a principled stand for what is right, in this case preserving Paul Conrad’s compelling reminder of the ever-present danger of a nuclear holocaust.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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On His Birthday, a Famed Artist’s Masterpiece Faces the Bulldozer

The late political cartoonist Paul Conrad won the Pulitzer Prize so many times it was deemed unseemly to give him any more. Now, on the Thursday he would have turned 89, one of his masterpieces faces oblivion.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



Artwork, images and photo from Brian Wood's website.

Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines: Brian Wood, Comic Book Futurist

Brian Wood is a best-selling comic book writer whose body of work expresses a political and social awareness that ranks with the best in speculative fiction.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


The Artist

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Laissez-Faire Aesthetics

In the art world today, hardly anybody is willing to criticize anything, and the old modern rebellion against standards and distinctions has been replaced by a newfangled conviction that anything can go with anything else, writes Jed Perl in his new book, “Magicians & Charlatans.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE


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One App’s Art Is Apple’s ‘Pornography’

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once told an irritated blogger that the iPhone offered “freedom from porn,” but what about freedom from artsy photography?

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Humphrey King

A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’

Only in the depths of human imagination can we find the resources to fight against the ceaseless assaults on civil liberties and the planet itself. Only there can we unearth the strength and passion to resist.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE


Hopper and the Debt Ceiling Nighthawks

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Robert Shetterly

Art Has Lost Its Meaning

Whether it is pretentious conceptual academic art, or vapid expressions of serenity that serve only to fulfill your apartment’s feng shui, Robert Shetterly says that most art today has been tainted by unfettered capitalism, which values consumer interests over truth.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



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As an Architect, He Soared

Just this once, I wish I could write with pictures instead of words. That would make it easier to explain why the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died Wednesday at 104, was one of my heroes.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


Glenn Beck to Sell ‘Obama in Pee Pee’ Art

The conservative rabble-rouser is defending, as only he can, the First Amendment rights of an artist who painted President Obama being crucified on a cross.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by fvancini (CC-BY)

How a ‘Free’ Museum Turned Into a Piggy Bank

Oil tycoon J. Paul Getty wanted his museum, one of the richest around, to be free to the public, but the people who run the institution’s two locations in Los Angeles have found a clever way to profit from more than a million annual visitors.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michael Probst

How to Think

If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

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Portraits of His People: A Tribute to Willie Middlebrook

Willie Middlebrook’s untimely death at the age of 54 on May 4 brought an end to the work of one of the finest and most socially conscious artists of our times.

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Kroeller Mueller Museum

Dutch Museum Solves Van Gogh Mystery

Is it or isn’t it? Turns out it is—that is, a still-life painting of a dynamic flower arrangement that experts at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands once believed to be the work of Vincent van Gogh but then questioned has been reattributed to the Dutch postimpressionist, thanks in part to some X-ray sleuthing.

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AP / Davmian Dovarganes

On the Big Rock

My largest problem with “Levitated Mass” is not with its artistic quality (or lack of quality), but rather with the excessive cost of the process.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



Time Out: Let’s Talk About Race

A mistake on Time magazine’s latest cover has opened a nationwide conversation about race and ethnicity; Rick Santorum belittles American public education, calling it an “anachronism”; is the U.S. finally done with Afghanistan? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

‘The Scream’ to Scare Up $80M at Auction

It’s one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby’s New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE


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