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Artivism is a term to watch for
A beautiful street scene from Havana, CubaTania Bruguera, a Cuban national, has coined the term ‘artivism’ to describe a brand of performance that blurs the line between activism and art. This is the art that she consistently creates; always making a statement about one of the causes close to her heart and her country.

In this article, the author interviews Tania about her art, her activism, the issue of free speech in Cuba, and the arrests she has endured for her artivism. 

In the Studio: Tania Bruguera
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Inequality in the New York art scene proven in recent study
An interesting study, conducted by students at CUNY’s Guttman College shows that 80% of the artists in New York City’s top galleries are white and 20% of them graduated from Yale. Only 32% of the artists in the same list of galleries are female.

While there are some interesting caveats in the study in how the research was conducted, the numbers show that some serious work needs to be done to increase diversity and equality in the arts.

Read more about the study in this article.

How would you suggest increasing diversity in the art scene? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

It’s Official, 80% of the Artists in NYC’s Top Galleries Are White

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Failure happens but what we do about it changes everything
Failures happen in every artistic medium, but, as this article points out, they happen regularly for ceramic artists. From the actual clay being too wet or too dry, to the glazing and firing of pieces, there are endless spots during the creation of a piece where things can go wrong. And even if all of these aspects work perfectly, transporting such delicate artwork is a daunting task in and of itself.

A few artists share their mishaps and how they deal with the mistakes and failures of their process in the article. Some of these experiences must have been heartbreaking.

It leads us to wonder what sorts of problems you’ve encountered in your own art? Share your experiences in the comment section.
Why Ceramic Artists are so Good at Dealing with Failure
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Artistic Nudity banned from Social Media Networks
Boston’s Museum of Fine Art has been attempting to engage Facebook and Instagram in discussions around their community standards with no success. Images posted by the museum of abstract artwork that featured nude images were taken down by both Facebook and Instagram to the dismay of the museum.

“These images are so subtle and beautiful and so abstract,”said MFA photography curator Karen Haas. “They’re all about shapes—about turning the body into something that’s really confounding and difficult even to read as a body.”
Read more about the situation and the policies currently in place in this article. 

What do you think of the rules laid out by Facebook and Instagram? Do you agree with their standpoint on artistic nudity? 

MFA Boston Is the Latest Museum Driven Crazy by Instagram Censorship

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An anti-war activist with a multi-faceted place in the history books
As an artist who lived through most of WWII, dying just days before the end of the war, Kathe Kollwitz was a German anti-war activist and a feminist who went to great lengths to learn her craft. Because of the many varied sides of this artist, there are many views of her work and place in history.

Read more about this artist and her impact on history and current day art in this article

Why Käthe Kollwitz, an Icon of German Modern Art, Is Still So Controversial on Her 150th Anniversary

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A culinary history of well known women in the arts
A womans hands hold a white cup of black coffeeYou've probably heard the expression, "You are what you eat." Might a new biography that focuses on the food habits of six famous women lead you to eat your way to fame and fortune? Maybe not. But at the very least, Laura Shapiro's latest book, What She Ate, will be a delicious peek into the culinary history of the highlighted women, bound to serve up voyeuristic tidbits you can sink your teeth into. The richly researched book featuring poetry muse Dorothy Wordsworth, pioneering restauranteur Rosa Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, consort Eva Braun, novelist Barbara Pam, and Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown, will be published on July 25th.

Read more about it in this article.

Have you read the book? Share your insights in the comment section below.

The Secret (Lunch) Lives of Remarkable Women
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Writer and spy and a life at odds
Aphra Behn was a writer of fiction and a translator of science and French romance. She was also the first English woman to earn a living with her writing, depending on nothing else as a supplement.

But her interesting life also included intrigue. She was a Royalist spy in the Netherlands, and, some say, also in South America.

This article highlights the intrigue and disparities in her life as a writer and as a spy and raises some interesting questions about living such a public yet hidden life. 

The First English Woman to Make a Living as a Writer Was Also a Spy
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Award winning photojournalist paved the way
The cover of Life Magazine features a photo of two Vietnamese men looking backwards over their shoulders. The photo was taken by Catherine Leroy.Catherine Leroy is a name many of us don’t know even though we may recognize some of her iconic photos from the Vietnam War. She was one of only two photojournalists who went to Vietnam to capture the war and she quickly earned a reputation as one of the most daring. 
Her work was published on the cover of Life Magazine among others. She also won Picture of the Year from the George Polk Awards for a photo from Vietnam. Later work from around the world earned her other awards. 
She battled sexism for much ofher career, paving the way for many who now follow the career path. 
In 2015, a documentary was produced about her life and work. More on Catherine Leroy’s life and work can be found in this New York Times article.

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The fight for recognition and a list of books to add to your reading list
The images of 3 women are painted on a brick wall If you’re looking for a book to read that will entertain, inspire, encourage and educate, look no further. This article highlights a multitude of excellent books that look at the lives and history of women artists and their fight for recognition.

Each book listed takes a different path to explore women in the arts, some focussing on specific artists, some on genres or spans of time. There is sure to be something that grabs the attention of anyone looking for a good read. 

Do you have a favorite book that falls in this category? Share your pick in the comment section. 

Brushed Off: Women Artists and Their Fight For Recognition

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