Google Launches new Street Art portal

The Google Cultural Institute, located in Paris, has launched an online Street Art Project. The database features more than 4,000 works of street art, contributed by 30 cultural organizations from 15 countries. The database includes works that have since been removed from public walls. Works are accessed via Google's immersive Street View maps technology.

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Australian artist charged with child porn after creating Justin Bieber Collage

On September 6, Melbourne artist Paul Yore, 25, was charged by the Victorian police with producing and possessing child pornography. Officers have siezed his work from a St Kilda gallery where he exhibited in June.

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China builds yet another mega art complex

Dezeen magazine reports that development has commenced on the Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects. Set on the edge of a lake, the project features a theatre and art museum. Each building looks like a group of flower petals, curving around a central plaza, interspersed with lawns, terraces and pathways.

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Artworks by Insects

Entymologist Steven R Kutcher makes artworks from bug footprints, by letting them walk all over this canvases. Commissioned by Steven Spielberg in the 1980s

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How Do Arts Organizations Use the Internet?

Hyperallergic has a great writeup on a report recently released by Pew Internet & American Life Project on “Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies”. These surprising figures show that most art organizations still have a way to go to realize the full potential of the internet for promotion and archiving of art, with only 19% of responders say that technology is important to curation.

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Beautiful illustrations by Kirra Jamison

I love these works by Kirra Jamison. The free-flowing compositions have a psychadelic twist, and the combination of translucent backgrounds with solid, bright foregrounds makes the colours glow with an amazing hyperreality when you see the works in real life. Kirra Jamison's solo exhibition "Spirit is a bone" is on show now at Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne, Australia until May 14.

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Must-See experimental, short docu-drama by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Destroying the boundary between documentary and drama is this incredible short film Cicada by Amiel Courtin-Wilson. Starring Daniel P Jones as himself, Cicada provides a gut-wrenchingly intimate insight into an extreme childhood memory which shaped the person Jones was to become in life.

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Brendan Lee's first full-length novel 'Bogan Proof Fences' is now available

Jenny Port Gallery in Melbourne, Australia recently launched Brendan Lee's first novel, 'Bogan Proof Fences'. Here's an extract, and you can get in touch with the gallery if you want to purchase a copy.

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Reissue of historic photographic series by 70s feminist performance artist Jill Orr

Jenny Port Gallery in Melbourne, Australia is currently showing an exciting re-release of photographs documenting an historic performance from 1979 by Australian artist Jill Orr.

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Australian Indigenous arts workers awarded unique residency program

Sydney, Australia. Four young emerging Indigenous arts workers from New South Wales have been awarded a two-week, fully funded, intensive residency program at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, specifically tailored to address professional development needs in the NSW Aboriginal visual arts sector. This program, the first of its kind in NSW, will begin on 16 May 2011.

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Street Photography Now Project 2011 Winners Announced

London, United Kingdom This year-long online Project was created to inspire fresh ways of looking at and documenting the world we live in. The result was a global community of photographers exploring the rewards and challenges of street photography.

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Performance artist to give birth in public

United States, New York. Brooklyn artist Marni Kotak will give birth during a live performance installation at Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery. Her exhibition “The Birth of Baby X” will be the first in which an artist has used live child-birth as an artistic medium.

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