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Portraits by Françoise Nielly

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I love these hyper-expressive portraits by French painter Françoise Nielly. Filled with fluorescent colors and bold strokes, some faces appear gripped by anxiety, some are hiding secrets, some want to strike-out at the next person they see.

Nielly lives and works near Montmartre in Paris and just finished her latest exhibition at the Villa del . . . → Read More: Portraits by Françoise Nielly

Time-lapse movie of traffic in downtown Los Angeles by Copious Films

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If you find yourself nodding off at work, watch this video. It is time-lapse film of traffic in downtown Los Angeles, and will set your heart thumping to the music of TRON.

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San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 26 – May 2, 2012

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Steam And Ice – photographs By Hiroyo Kaneko – at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco

Art Openings Thursday, April 26

Event: Steam And Ice – photographs By Hiroyo Kaneko, Opening Reception When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 At 6PM Where: Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom Street at 23rd street, San Francisco, CA . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 26 – May 2, 2012

870,000 newly-released vintage photos of New York City available online

In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Painters suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge, Oct. 7, 1914.

On Tuesday, the Bloomberg administration released a treasure trove of 870,000 digitized images and media from the New York City Department of Records. This vast collection includes photographs dated from 1858, color images from the 1980s of every building in the city, and . . . → Read More: 870,000 newly-released vintage photos of New York City available online

Knife typography

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Need a strong yet silent way to get a message across? I love Farhad Moshiri‘s solution to writing “Life is Beautiful” on a wall. “Life is Beautiful” was a 2009 installation by the Iranian artist. Intense!

Another piece, “I got sunshine,” by the same artist.

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Dirty car art by Scott Wade

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Being the owner of an almost always dirty car, I would love to have the artist Scott Wade transform my windshield into one of these amazing landscapes.

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Scott lives on a mile and a half of dirt road – caliche, as the locals call it, road-base: a blend of limestone dust . . . → Read More: Dirty car art by Scott Wade

Figurative sculptures composed of Euro coins by Gabriel Rufete

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San Fulgencio, Spain-based artist Gabriel Rufete transforms buckets of Euro coins into stunning figurative sculptures. Sometimes stacking the coins one on top of another, other times welding them together edge-to-edge, Rufete creates expressive, often incomplete, interpretations of the human that tantalize the eye. Lovely!

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“Mobile Photo Awards” cell-phone photography at ArtHaus Gallery in San Francisco

"You Too" by Giuseppe Cappozzo

"You, Too" by Giuseppe Capozzo, Winner: ScratchCam category

Once upon a time, mobile phones were used only for making phone calls. Today, they can do everything short of giving you a massage! But… amazing art can make you feel more inspired than any spa treatment. Just look at the winning entries from the First . . . → Read More: “Mobile Photo Awards” cell-phone photography at ArtHaus Gallery in San Francisco

Interior spaces created by Lego blocks

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Sao Paolo, Brazil-based photographer Valentino Fiadini photographed these miniature Lego rooms in a way that makes them look like the actual rooms from the interior of a building. With light streaming through their windows, these spaces, which alternate between pristine white and eye-popping colorful, could belong to an art museum, a public transit hub, . . . → Read More: Interior spaces created by Lego blocks

“Sisters helping brothers helping sisters…” Herakut’s new mural in Mannheim, Germany

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Great images with an uplifting message left by the German duo Herakut in Mannheim, Germany… The city council commissioned the street artists to paint this wall in the “Glückstein Quartier” which gets viewed by all visitors entering Mannheim by train. Gorgeous street art but why didn’t they write the text in German???

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