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Beyonc and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’ inspired a new Louvre art tour

Have you ever seen regular old museum attendees go apeshit? No? Well, thanks to the Louvre, now you can! The Paris museum — home to famous works like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and more recently, the music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s song, “Apeshit,” off the album EVERYTHING IS LOVE — now offers a guided tour that will retrace the steps the power couple took when creating their visual masterpiece. SEE ALSO: Unchill Stan Twitter turned Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Mona Lisa’ moment into a meme The tour will examine…

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Welcome to Waltonville, Where the Worlds Richest Family Reigns

The largest family fortune on earth is run out of two floors of unmarked suites in Bentonville, Arkansas. The building is a discreet nerve center for the Walton family’s $152 billion hoard. There are plenty more overt signs of their success in the heart of the city. Walton’s former five-and-dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas. Photographer: Tom Metcalf/Bloomberg “Outside of monarchies, this is one of the greatest fortunes ever amassed,” said Andy Hart of Delegate Advisors, a multifamily office with locations in San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “Monarchies and…

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Augmented Reality Is Transforming Museums

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is under siege. Well, a virtual siege, at least. A group of renegade artists has co-opted the brightly-lit Jackson Pollock gallery on the museum’s fifth floor, turning it into their personal augmented reality playground. To the uninitiated, the gallery remains unchanged; Pollock’s distinctive drip paintings are as prominent and pristine as ever. But to those that have downloaded the MoMAR Gallery app on their smartphones, the impressionist's iconic paintings are merely markers—points of reference telling the app where to display the guerilla artists’ works.…

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Artist Nan Goldin stages opioids protest in Metropolitan Museum Sackler Wing

New York Big Pharma demonstration sees activists dump specially made bottles in moat around Egyptian Temple of Dendur The artist Nan Goldin and around 100 fellow demonstrators threw pill bottles into the moat surrounding an ancient Egyptian temple at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Saturday, to protest sponsorship by the family that owns one of the largest makers of opioids. The pill bottles had been labeled by the protesters to say prescribed to you by the Sackler Family. The Sackler family Temple of Dendur stands. Goldin, who recently…

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Whoa: Morgan Doodled A Really Realistic-Looking Eye

Everyone already knows that Morgan is essentially the most perfect person at Alton B. Parker High School, but just when we thought she couldn’t get any more talented, Morgan’s gone and blown us all away yet again. This morning, Morgan doodled a totally realistic-looking eye in the margin of her history notes. Um, of course she did. Is there anything Morgan can’t do well? The eye, which Morgan drew during Ms. Cho’s second-period class, looks completely life-like, down to the individual eyelashes that Morgan put around the upper and lower…

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Da Vincis Christ Portrait Shatters Art Record With $450 Million Sale

“Jesus Christ.” That was the reaction of mega art dealer Larry Gagosian after a rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci became the most expensive work ever sold, soaring to $450.3 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday. Alex Rotter, the auction house’s co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art in the Americas, placed the winning bid on behalf of an unidentified client after a 19-minute war that saw offers at $200 million, $300 million and $350 million fall short. The result obliterated previous world records for an art sale of…

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Snapchat to launch augmented reality art platform tomorrow

Snapchat plans to launch a new augmented reality art platform featuring pop artist Jeff Koons and others. It will allow art to be pinned to specific locations in augmented reality so users can see it when they hold up their phones in the right spot. Snapchat will solicit sign-ups from artists who want their art added to the platform. Snapchat plans to roll out the feature with Koons’s art around the world as seen in these photos from Las Vegas, Sydney and Paris. A source tells TechCrunch the feature is…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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Anger as Tate asks staff to contribute towards boat for Nicholas Serota

Notices about leaving gift appear in staff rooms amid disputes over low pay and outsourcing, and end of canteen discount The Tate has come under fire after it asked members of staff, many of whom are not paid the London living wage, to contribute towards a boat for the departing director, Nicholas Serota, just one week after their canteen discount was taken away. A notice which went up in the staff rooms of both Tate Modern and Tate Britain on Wednesday asked employees including security, cleaners, and those maintain the…

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You can now draw with a thicker brush in Snapchat

Yesterday Snapchat tweaked their drawing toolso you can draw thicker lines on your snapsterpieces. To change your brush size all you have to do is select a color to draw with, then use two fingers to pinch in or out to make the brush size bigger or smaller. Its exactly the same motion youd use to zoom in or out on a picture. While definitely a small update,this new tool will be a bighelp to the many Snapchat users who like to get creative with their snaps. Previously, creators were…

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