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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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Claude Monet, Elad Lassry and Emily Carr among many to be highlighted at the VAG this summer

This summer, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents an exciting new season of art with seven diverse and engaging exhibitions. From the thirty-eight paintings by famed impressionist artist Claude Monet in Claude Monet’s Secret Garden, to the vitality and vigour of the natural world seized by Emily Carr in her Into the Forest paintings, the Gallery will showcase an extraordinary roster of art from the early 20th century to now. Included as well is the first major Canadian exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry.



Harcourt House, Edmonton presents CONCEPTS IN CONTEMPORARY PAINTING I, II, II Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is pleased to offer a new course delving into formal and conceptual issues in contemporary painting. Participants are encouraged to develop a personal dialogue with current concepts of painting, how they relate to pivotal movements in art history, and [&hellip

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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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