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Awol Erizku’s Afropunk Portraits

More art-related things from the Vogue universe today: Artist Awol Erizku took some really great photos at the Afropunk Festival over the weekend for the magazine’s site. Included are 28 portraits of concertgoers sporting particularly artful hairstyles. Look out for supermodel Imaan Hammam, DJ Juliana Huxtable, and musician Zoë Kravitz.

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Vogue Asked Dustin Yellin to Revamp Its Logo

Yesterday, Vogue.com debuted their newly designed website and in celebration of the occasion they’ve created a series in which buzzy artists “reimagine” the magazine’s logo. Dustin Yellin is the first up to bat with a colorful video filmed from underneath a glass table. “I made this after I ate a large plate of fruit,” Yellin told Vogue. Check it out here.

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Feline Art Takeover Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Yesterday may have been National Dog Day, but there’s certainly been no shortage of cat-related buzz in the art world, from this feline-centric exhibition at 356 Mission in San Francisco to Irena Jurek’s sex kittens in New York. Now the photographic group and online exhibition platform Humble Arts Foundation is seizing the, um, meowgeist with “New Cats In Art Photography,” a serious-sounding array of 100 images curated by Jon Feinstein.

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ICP and Holocaust Museum Launch Roman Vishniac Online Archive

The entire 40,000-object archive of photographer Roman Vishniac is being made available online thanks to a joint project between the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 9,000 negatives have already been uploaded to the archive’s digital database. Vishniac, who extensively documented Eastern European Jewish communities during the rise of the Nazis, was the subject of a 40-year retrospective at the ICP last year that is currently traveling to other institutions.

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Two New Directors For the Museum of Biblical Art

The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) has announced two big appointments to its senior staff. Nathaniel Prottas, who comes to the museum from previous posts at the Frick and the Cloisters, will serve as MOBIA’s new director of education. Daniel C. Beaudoin, who joined the museum in February, is the institution’s new director of development.

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Art History-Inspired Tumblr Proves Ikea Furniture Really is Timeless

A new art history-inspired Tumblr entered the universe yesterday, courtesy of Tumblr veteran Cecilia Azcarate. Ikea b4-16 finds classic Ikea items in paintings made before 1650 and most of the results are surprisingly spot-on. A Trogen chest turns up in a Hieronymus Bosch work, the Mother Mary reclines on a Mandal bed, and pink Aina curtains parts to reveal the young virgin.  Our favorite is the red pillow highlighted in the background of Hans Memling’s “The Annunciation” (pictured above).

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Could Prince’s New Album “Art Official Age” Be the Crossover We’ve Been Waiting For?

While some might argue that Prince’s entire career has been one long performance project, the Purple One makes an explicit reference to art in the title of his recently announced new album “Art Official Age.” Slated to be released on September 30 — on the same day as his much-anticipated 3rdEyeGirl album “Plectrumelectrum” — the arty record was produced, written, and performed by Prince himself and is being publicized as “classic Prince,” according to Rolling Stone. But what exactly will the album have to do with art? Will it go the Koonsy way of Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP?” Here’s what we know so far.

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Did You Hear The One About Shepard Fairey and the Rabbi?

This bus stop ad for High Holidays at the 92 Street Y stopped us in our tracks near Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While attempts to cool up your religion to attract a younger demographic are nothing new, we’re betting that this is the first time Shepard Fairey’s iconic OBEY GIANT design aesthetic has been appropriated to promote Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (Fairey himself, of course, has been known to borrow before.)

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Bienal de São Paulo Announces Participating Artists

Two weeks before it is slated to open to the public on September 6, the Bienal de São Paulo has announced the full list of participants and projects for its 31st edition. Organized by a team of curators that includes Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv, Benjamin Seroussi, and Luiza Proença, the biennial will present about 250 works from more than 100 artists through December 7.

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Sneak Peak: Preview ART21’s Season 7 Episode With Leonardo Drew

As PBS stalwart ART21 gears up for its seventh season, we’ve partnered with the series to premiere exclusive clips from some of their upcoming episodes. Over the next five weeks, we’ll spotlight one new artist featured this season until the series premiere on October 24. This week, take a look inside Brooklyn-based artist Leonardo Drew’s studio, where he gives viewers insight into how he makes decisions for the progression of artwork, creating new sections of a piece based on the ones that came before. Viewers can also see just how physical Drew’s practice is — the artist wears a weightlifting belt and gloves while working. Continue Reading