Pharrell’s Introduces New Virtual Gallery

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Pharrell Williams has always sought to brand himself as a renaissance man of sorts. He is a giant in hip-hop, R&B, funk, fashion and even furniture design. But now Pharrell is making a foray into the online networking world with Artst.com, a virtual gallery designed to offer creative people of all mediums a place to showcase their work and build.

Pharrell, being the eclectic impresario he is, drew the idea from his reading on King Solomon’s temple, a sacred place that allowed its visitors to worship their own deities under one roof. Invoking such a hallowed model certainly sets the bar high, but the site will only be as impressive as the ilk of those who choose to join. That said, the idea certainly has enormous potential. A first glance reveals everything from a fresh Latin-beat remix of Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” to custom-painted Scientology shell toes and a camouflage cargo pillow.

Of course there is also your standard bedroom dance routines and elementary graphics work, but such is the plight of a forum that welcomes everyone to share their work. Artst.com’s ability to rate each member’s pieces and search each medium by popularity may be the site’s saving grace. It’s definitely worth a visit.

NYPD Shuts Down Artist for ‘Assassination of Hillary/Obama’ Exhibit


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Art or not, the timing was tasteless for an exhibit of this nature, especially with the magnitude of what took place yesterday with Sen. Obama clinching the Democratic nomination and with Hillary appealing to Manchurian Candidates and sleeper cells to reek havoc.

This morning, a Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama,” in neatly stenciled letters on the plate glass windows at street level.

By 9:30 a.m., New York City police detectives and Secret Service agents had shut down the exhibition, and building workers had quickly covered over the inflammatory title with large sheets of brown paper and blue masking tape. The gallery is across the street from the southern entrance to The New York Times building.

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[Editorial] A Day In Brooklyn

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By PMoor

Yesterday I managed to pull myself away from the computer and make my rounds in the world, like when my namesake Morpheus jumps into the Matrix. What I found was surprising to say the least. Brooklyn is undergoing a transformation right before our eyes and as entrepreneurs we’re focused on getting in where we can fit in. At the end of the day Jay-Z and Bruce Ratner will change the landscape of what we now know to be Brooklyn forever just like Harlem will be transformed into something that is less cultural but more business. And you know how the old adage goes, “when you can’t beat ’em you better join ’em” (I can only vouch for what’s going on in Brooklyn, I can’t vouch for the BS taking place Uptown).

So, me and my mentor, Jacqueline Rowe held meetings this afternoon with some good folks from BUILD (Brooklyn United For Innovative Local Development) to see how we can inject ourselves into the future because its all about the future, my friends. Then we made our way up Flatbush Avenue taking note of all the landmark businesses we used to frequent that are now displaying “OUT OF BUSINESS” signs in their windows. While the point wasn’t lost on me that this may be as a result of the Nets Arena coming to town what resonated even more louder in my mind is that in this changing dynamic you gotta play to win, because one thing is certain, “Change Gon’ Come.”
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80 Tutorials To Help You Step Your Photoshop Up

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Earlier this week we posted the news that Photosop Express now has a BETA version avaible for free online. Now we return to bless you with a link that gives you access to 80 of the nicest Photoshop tutorials on the planet. Especially now that Hip Hop beef dictates that you bring some ill Photoshop skills to the battle, we thought you might wanna bookmark this! Dugg it up over at Digg.
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Kanye’s Favorite Artist Comes to Brooklyn Museum

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For those Kanye loyalists if you wanna see more of the artist that blessed the cover of Ye’s Graduation album you should check his exhibit coming to the Brooklyn Museum in mid April. On the 15th Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be given full honors at the museum as they display upwards to 90 pieces of his highly acclaimed work. Make sure you don’t miss this one! CLICK HERE for more info.

Lamborghini Unveils World’s Fastest Car

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Lets say you have $1.5 mil laying around in those oversize duffel bags and you always wanted to buy a jet, preferably a F-22…well, if you ever considered driving this plane then Lamborghini sure has the car for you.  The recently unveiled Reventon is the world’s most expensive and most powerful car to date, capable of doing 0-60 miles per in hour in 3.3 seconds and 212 on the open road!  The super exclusive vehicle will only be produced 120 times over with the first 20 rolling off the assembly line this year.  Patterned after the design of the fighter jet, this whip is simply being referred to as a work of art.  Anything is possible so who am I to say that you can’t pop up in one of these and steal the summer?  To all my hedge fund homies, get ya mind right!  Click HERE for the rest of this article. 

Hip Hop meets the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian, the beacon of all things socially celebrated in America, is hosting an art exhibit dedicated to the vibrant force known as Hip Hop.  This exhibition titled “RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture” will be taking place from February 8 to October 26.  It will feature the works of David Scheinbaum, a lensman who has been cataloging imagery in Hip Hop since 2000 and Kehinde Wiley, the Brooklyn based artist who is credited with incorporating Hip Hop iconic figures and random dudes with Renaissance themed paintings.  The poetry of Nikki Giovani will also be featured throughout the exhibit.  D.C. area artists have been commissioned to design several murals to be placed within the gallery as well.  So, if you have an urge to explore the best in contemporary Hip Hop art make your way down to the Smithsonian and catch this monumental exhibit.  For more details click HERE