Exhibition examines the influence exerted by Bernd and Hilla Becher on their students

The Städel Museum is staging a comprehensive survey on the Becher Class at the Düsseldorf art academy and the major paradigm shift in the medium of artistic photography with which the Bechers and their students are associated. With the aid of some 200 photographs by Volker Döhne, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Tata Ronkholz, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, Thomas Struth and Petra Wunderlich – a group of whom some enjoy international renown and others are due for rediscovery –, the exhibition examines the influence exerted by Bernd and Hilla Becher on their students at the Düsseldorf school. What unites the students’ works with those of their teachers? How do they differ? Is there really such a thing as the “Becher School” or is it ‘merely’ a matter of several highly successful photographers who happened to be studying at the ‘right place’ at an especially propitious moment in his


If You’re Suffering From Sleep Loss, You’re Not Alone

If you have trouble sleeping, don’t worry. You’re one of the millions of people that struggle with sleep loss around the world. To get an idea of just how many people have difficulty sleeping at night, take a look at The Sleep Loss Map. By analyzing Twitter data for phrases containing any mention about sleep loss, the map determines where people are experiencing sleeplessness based on the geolocation tags.

The map can be updated to display results from the last 1 to 24 hours and includes a list of the top 10 countries and cities currently experiencing sleep loss. At the time of writing this, there are currently 60,390 people in Brazil having difficulty sleeping with the United States coming in at second with 58,509 people. In the last 24 hours, 257,499 people have tweeted about sleeplessness, just a small fraction compared to the 1,487,867 people who have tweeted about sleep loss since the map began in December of last year.

So why do so many people have difficulty sleeping? There are many factors that can affect sleep cycles, such as stress, sex, non-24 hour disorder, and even the cycle of the moon. In fact, studies have shown that new parents likely lose up to 6 months worth of sleep within the first 2 years of having a child and roughly 90% of American high school students are sleep deprived.

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Archaeologists from Israel uncover ancient Roman history at Mediterranean port

Israeli archaeologists working on a major Roman-era port city on Wednesday unveiled new discoveries including an altar dedicated to Augustus Caesar and a centuries-old mother-of-pearl tablet inscribed with a menorah. The finds at Caesarea, a complex on the Mediterranean coast 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Tel Aviv, were the result of “one of the largest and most important conservation projects ever undertaken in Israel,” the Israel Antiquities Authority said. Caesarea was established some 2,030 years ago by Roman-appointed King Herod the Great, who ruled what was then Judea. Today, the ruins are a popular tourist destination where concerts are still held in the remains of an ancient Roman theatre. Archaeologist Peter Gendelman, leading a tour of the site, said the preservation work was perhaps the most “complicated and interesting” project he had worked on in his 30-year career. Some of the finds are “completely changing our understanding of the dynamics


Judy Merchant: Tool kit

Judy trained in Textiles and Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art in the 60s and 70s and after qualifying as an art teacher, her career took her away from her art practice.

Ten years ago she returned to developing her own work and has exhibited regularly ever since. After such a long break Judy had to catch up with all the new products, techniques and equipment which are now essential items in her studio.

In this article, Judy reveals her five must-have items she keeps in her tool kit. She shares some handy tips on how to use them and we discover where to buy, or not to buy them!

Judy Merchant, Bernia sewing machine

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Global Views on Premarital Sex and its Relation to Income and Happiness

Morality helps us make decisions that we think is proper and to avoid actions that are improper. But a choice one person thinks is just, can be thought as inappropriate to another individual. This is true for different countries and the cultures. Although there are some moral issues that many nations can agree are wrong, many issues vary from country to country. A good example of this would be whether or not premarital sex is morally acceptable.

Premarital sex tends to be a dividing issue. People from different countries have varying opinions about having casual sex. Using data from the Pew Research Center, International Monetary Fund, and World Happiness Report we examine the relationship between acceptance of premarital sex and its relationship with income and happiness. Let’s dive in and see what countries think about premarital sex.

85% of individuals in Southeastern Asian Countries Think Premarital Sex is Morally Unacceptable

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Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili unveils new tapestry at the National Gallery

The National Gallery unveiled ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’, a new tapestry by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili. The exhibition marks the first time the artist has worked in the medium of tapestry and includes a series of preparatory works on paper in an installation conceived by the artist for the Gallery’s Sunley Room. Ofili is returning to the National Gallery following the exhibition Titian: Metamorphosis 2012. In this he was one of three contemporary artists asked to respond to Titian’s great mythological paintings, Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon, and Diana and Callisto, which depict stories from the Roman poet Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. Ofili produced new paintings in which the classical world was transposed to Trinidad, where he lives and works. He also designed a related series of costumes and sets for a new ballet performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The imagery


Canvas credited to Diego Velazquez sold for 8 million euros at Abalarte in Madrid

A painting that had been in the same family for generations and was only recently credited to Spain’s famed artist Diego Velazquez was sold Tuesday in Madrid for eight million euros, auction house Abalarte said. The “Portrait of a girl,” which portrays a young girl with large, sad eyes, her hands held together as if in prayer, is believed to be an early work by the Sevillian artist best known for his masterpiece “Las Meninas”, on display in Madrid’s Prado Museum. It is believed to have been painted by Velazquez around 1616 or 1617, when the artist was only 17 or 18 years old and still living in the southern Spanish city of Seville, the auction house said. It had been in the same family for several generations but had never been properly analysed until the owner decided to sell it. Richard de Willermin, a specialist on 17th century Spanish art who collaborates with the auction house, examined the small oil on canvas painting and concluded it was by Velazquez.


Why Data Visualization + Storytelling Is Marketing Gold

This article originally appeared on Column Five.

Data visualization, big data, brand storytelling—you’ve probably heard these terms, and you’re likely to hear them more and more in the marketing sphere. (In 2016, LinkedIn found that the #2 most desirable hiring skill is statistical analysis and data mining.) Data is everywhere, but it’s what we do with that data, what insights we tap into that make it so valuable. And that is essentially why data storytelling is so important.


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The Met opens a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. Irving Penn: Centennial, is the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer’s work to date and includes both masterpieces and hitherto unknown prints from all his major series. Long celebrated for more than six decades of influential work at Vogue magazine, Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. His early photographs of couture are masterpieces that established a new standard for photographic renderings of style at mid-century, and he continued to record the cycles of fashions year after year in exquisite images characterized by strik


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