05:49 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 06/27/2014 11:00AM
Journalist Esther Honig wanted to see what beauty standards were like in different cultures. She could have simply bought a magazine or watched some films, but instead she decided to try an experiment.
For her Before & After project, Honig used the power of crowdsourcing to see how different illustrators around the world see beauty in their own cultures.
Honig found 40 artists – a mix of amateurs and professionals – from dozens of countries, and sent them an un-retouched image of her head and shoulders. She paid them a small fee to fulfill one simple job: Make her "beautiful."
Originally posted 07/19/2013 07:30PM
It may be a case of art to ashes – and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings – including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet – contains paint, canvas and nails.
The finding is evidence that Olga Dogaru may have been telling the truth when she claimed to have burned the paintings, which were taken from a Dutch museum last year in a daring daylight heist.
Originally posted 03/11/2013 02:45PM
Chic ... or cheesy?
After visiting a Target in Westlake, Calif., Britney Spears was apparently feeling très artistic.
On Saturday, the pop star, 31, popped by an artist's roadside shop in the Target parking lot, the Daily Mail reports.
Dressed in a purple sweatshirt, blue sweatpants and sneakers, Spears clutched a coffee cup as she spoke at length with the artist about his work. After perusing the paintings – which were set up just a few feet away from a Party City – she ultimately picked up a large oil painting depicting a Parisian street scene.
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