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Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
Emory Douglas: the art of the Black Panthers | Aeon
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The revolutionary artist who propelled the Black Panther movement with imagery

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Great art explained: Rothko’s Seagram Murals | Aeon
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Can art in a swanky restaurant ever be transcendent? On Rothko’s Seagram Murals

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Recoding art | Aeon
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What does an AI make of what it sees in a contemporary art museum?

15 minutes

A brief guide to Egyptian Surrealism | Aeon
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‘Long Live Degenerate Art’ – how a Surrealist group in Cairo defied repression in 1938

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Not even for a moment do things stand still | Aeon
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A massive art installation attempts to put the COVID-19 deaths in perspective

15 minutes

EXCLUSIVEAnémic cinéma | Aeon
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Dizzying discs and obscene wordplay – revisiting Marcel Duchamp’s 1926 film debut

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Seeing life | Aeon
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Biology

Seeing life

Driven by insatiable curiosity, early histologists revealed the hidden structures of cells in works of sensual artistry

Benjamin Ehrlich

The smile: a history | Aeon
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History

The smile: a history

How our toothy modern smile was invented by a confluence of French dentistry and Parisian portrait-painting in the 1780s

Colin Jones

Her body is a problem | Aeon
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Her body is a problem

When 1970s women artists put the female body under the female gaze, why did the critics see only obscene monsters?

Lauren Elkin

The man who drew his own money | Aeon
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Is paying with hand-drawn banknotes artistry or forgery? The knotty case of J S G Boggs

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Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights | Aeon
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Grotesque imagery meets religious conservatism in Hieronymus Bosch’s art

51 minutes

Gloria’s call | Aeon
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A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism

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Rain pot | Aeon
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Making

Ceramic designs spin to life in a tactile meditation on the art of pottery

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Who decides what art means? | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

Does the artist’s intention matter, or is it indeed all in the eye of the beholder?

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Museum, 1972 | Aeon
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From archaeology digs to display cabinets: how museums bring exhibits to life

37 minutes

The painter who revolutionised landscapes | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

Why Caspar David Friedrich pits nature’s grandeur against the humble human

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The Battle of San Romano | Aeon
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An artistic collaboration across centuries brings a 1432 battle scene to arresting life

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In pursuit of the hole | Aeon
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In pursuit of the hole

Dig into the voids, pin-pricks and cut-outs of art and history, and those absences speak volumes about what’s been missed

Kim Beil

The six sides of Merce Cunningham | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Technology, philosophy, randomness – how Merce Cunningham pushed dance to its limits

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Bill Blaine: a walk around the house | Aeon
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An ageing artist’s unguarded thoughts on what it takes to be great – and why he lacks it

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Great art explained: Mona Lisa | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

Not just a meme, but a masterpiece – why the Mona Lisa earns its exalted place in art

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4’33” | Aeon
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Music

Take in the sounds of silence via this unique performance of John Cage’s infamous piece

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Anjan Chatterjee: neurological disorder and art | Aeon
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Neuroscience

Artists can flourish after brain damage. What does this say about neurology and aesthetics?

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The great world of Gregory Blackstock | Aeon
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How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations

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