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Spray paint paradise

Lifestyle | Austin’s Graffiti Park attracts eager spray-painters and thousands of visitors
by Mark Hanson & Douglas Flanders
Posted 3/09/17, 05:26 pm

On a derelict building foundation in Austin’s Castle Hill neighborhood, graffiti artists have painted a cacophony of vibrant colors, squiggles, and shapes. For years the abandoned hillside site was empty except for three tiers of retaining walls surrounded by a cyclone fence. A planned condominium project fell apart with the 2008 economic crash.

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New York museums exhibit travel ban opposition

Art | Special displays feature works by artists from countries covered by Trump’s executive order
by Gertrude Too-Rom
Posted 3/06/17, 01:57 pm

NEW YORK—Museums in New York have responded to the controversial executive order on immigration and refugees by highlighting art from the cultures of countries affected by the temporary travel ban. 

President Donald Trump’s new, more limited order, signed today, focuses on six of the seven originally blocked countries: Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia. Gone from the list is Iraq, but Iraqi applicants still face “additional scrutiny.” 

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For the love of art

Lifestyle | Nigerian art centers pave the way for art appreciation
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/28/16, 01:00 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Tony Oshiame sat outside on a white plastic chair before his easel and canvas, a few feet from the entrance to the International Institute for Creative Development (IICD) in Abuja, Nigeria. At 10 a.m., the 49-year-old artist was already engrossed in his nearly completed painting of a praying woman. Music played from his Tecno phone while his brown paintbrush made its way across the woman’s dark-skinned face.

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