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"...and art will do what it does"

This is Argyrol! (here's their Facebook page (12 people like it!)) A colloidal silver topical anti-microbial ointment, it was used extensively in the first half of the 20th century, mostly for the treatment of gonorrhea. It also bankrolled one of the finest art collections of the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Jun 3, 2012 - 21 comments

Love is what you Want

I'm sick of pretending. I DON'T "GET" ART. Wherein Vice's Glen Coco goes to a Tracey Emin retrospective at London's Hayward Gallery ... and gives up. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on May 2, 2012 - 228 comments

Banksy uncovered?

English newspaper Mail on Sunday claims to have uncovered the identity of artist Banksy claiming his name is Robin Gunningham: "People who know Gunningham are now unable to say what has become of him. His father Peter, who lives in Kingsdown, Bristol, denied that the man in the photograph was his son, and his mother Pamela was surprised by the picture, then denied she even had a son, let alone one called Robin." More information in a report from CBC. If you don't know who Banksy is visit a Flickr pool with over 7000 pictures of his work in situ or check out previous MetaFilter posts about Banksy.
posted by Kattullus on Jul 13, 2008 - 60 comments

We all die in the dark.

Darko Maver: In 1999, An artist is killed in his prison cell in Podgorica.

Early works. Writings. Culminating exhibit. His arrest. His death. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 17, 2008 - 13 comments

Darling!

No Air-Kissing Please, We're British [via artsjournal]
posted by kenko on Sep 21, 2004 - 14 comments

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