When traveling to another state, country, or even continent, it is not uncommon to be presented with an entirely new culture unlike one’s own. These new cultural experiences may come in the form of new customs, food, or even a completely different lifestyle. Arguably the most important, however, is the ability to experience new art. Art reflects the most important qualities of what makes a culture unique, and the native art of each culture varies vastly. As the world becomes more intertwined, with travel and the internet, the exchange of art becomes increasingly important as a tool to understand other cultures. Through examining the works of Pacita Abad, multicultural art becomes a lens with which we can view the world as a whole.

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In July, Pinterest created a list on their daily inspiration page of Black artists and creators to look out for. Among the list of artists, there was a photographer who took her still images and added on different materials like gold. The picture posted to Pinterest was of a young Black girl from  “The Redemption” collection by Photographer Tawny Chatmon, in which the girl had unapologetically natural hair with extra elements to essentiate her beauty. 

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In this current state of quarantine, it’s only natural to miss the events and spaces that drew our communities together. Do you miss the experience of exploring a new art gallery? Or hearing a live DJ? What about meeting emerging and local artists, who each have a unique perspective and product they want to share with you? Look no further than ARTiculate ATL, an urban art social meant to display the work of 20 Atlanta artists.

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Before art movements like Dada, which sought out to completely destroy traditional art values, and Fauvism, which used scientific color theory to emphasize emotional responses over-literal interpreted scenes; art was a tool to understand and simplify the world at large. Eventually, art was put aside and considered its own study, completely removed from academia. Istanbul artist Ozlem Thompson remarried the fields with her organic, contemporary paintings.

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Calling Claudio Parentela simply an artist doesn't do him justice. Parentela is an artist, cartoonist, and a collagist. When he's not creating art, he's a freelance journalist. Still, he has interviews all over the Web ranging from his own art blogs (Foggy Grizzly and The eXTra finGer, among several others) and he also teams up with other publications on the side.

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