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I rarely find anyone who would answer the question “Are you creative?” with a resounding yes. Even those who say yes do so sheepishly.

Somewhere along the way, we were told creativity is a gift given to a rare and elite few. The rest of us have to struggle through life doing the best we can with the little bit we’ve been given. Read More

 
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Former President George W. Bush recently made headlines for opening a new art exhibit, showcasing his paintings of various world leaders. But, as art critic Greg Allen points out, all of the works at “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas appear to have been lifted from online photographs—many, the first ones to appear in a Google Image search of the leader. Though most of the images seem to be the Wikipedia photo of the subject, as Animal New York (who compiled the comparisons in the image below) points out, at least one is owned by the AP. And, as you may remember, that company sued artist Shepard Fairey after he used an AP-owned image as the inspiration for his iconic “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Though it’s pretty unlikely that the Associated Press would sue a former president for a painting based on one of their images, the whole case does raise a lot of questions about ideas like appropriation, sourcing and the copyrights of art in the age of the Google Image search. If writers needed a compelling plotline for the next season of Scandal, than they need to look no further. If this wouldn't keep Olivia Pope busy, we don't know what would ... Discuss

 

If going to museums to check out 200-year-old paintings or contemporary, abstract sculptures isn’t your thing, than we’ve got some good news—we may have just found the art show for you. On April 12, in San Francisco, for just $10, you can visit an exhibit 100% comprised of works inspired by, and depicting, the “unfiltered power ... chameleon like mystique” of the Left Behind Hollywood superstar. Also, they are taking submissions, so if you are like any other normal person, and have closets full of Nic Cage-inspired art that you’ve created over the years, here’s your opportunity to finally give it the audience it deserves ... Discuss

 
As the Oscars approach, we look at how good, "secular" art can help point us to God. Read More