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"Researchers found that participants were more likely to prefer choices in situations in which they had previously received positive performance feedback or felt competent because of prior experience. The results provided evidence of a r...
"Researchers found that participants were more likely to prefer choices in situations in which they had previously received positive performance feedback or felt competent because of prior experience. The results provided evidence of a relationship between competence and choice."...
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"Ranging from as iconic a site as the St. Louis Arch to an overlooked mask-making tradition in Hong Kong to the entire country of Syria, the sites include landscapes, religious structures, and vernacular structures along with architectur...
"Ranging from as iconic a site as the St. Louis Arch to an overlooked mask-making tradition in Hong Kong to the entire country of Syria, the sites include landscapes, religious structures, and vernacular structures along with architectural sites, each selected from 248 nominations"...
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"It's hard to deny that in its quest for instant accessibility, contemporary art has lost something of the sense of purpose that it enjoyed when it was genuinely pushing at the boundaries of moral and social consensus. It is no surprise ...
"It's hard to deny that in its quest for instant accessibility, contemporary art has lost something of the sense of purpose that it enjoyed when it was genuinely pushing at the boundaries of moral and social consensus. It is no surprise that art is so popular these days, when it is so easily consumed and digested."...
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"When Google's robot told us, in so many words, that what we so naively took for literature was actually something closer to porn, we wondered, naturally, what AdSense's aesthetic standards were."...
"When Google's robot told us, in so many words, that what we so naively took for literature was actually something closer to porn, we wondered, naturally, what AdSense's aesthetic standards were."...
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"We expect the performance to be quite compelling once the dancers become accustomed to working with the snake. That may take a little coaching."...
"We expect the performance to be quite compelling once the dancers become accustomed to working with the snake. That may take a little coaching."...
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"There is no danger that it will die out, but we are failing to nurture it in important ways. In particular, we are turning into people who listen but do not play a note."...
"There is no danger that it will die out, but we are failing to nurture it in important ways. In particular, we are turning into people who listen but do not play a note."...
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VIDEO: Marilyn Monroe's Rare X-Rays up for AuctionA physician's notes on Marilyn Monroe that indicate that the Hollywood sex symbol had undergone cosmetic surgery will be up for sale next month along with a set of her X-rays, an auc...
VIDEO: Marilyn Monroe's Rare X-Rays up for AuctionA physician's notes on Marilyn Monroe that indicate that the Hollywood sex symbol had undergone cosmetic surgery will be up for sale next month along with a set of her X-rays, an auction house said on Tuesday. The set of six X-rays and a file of doctors' notes that offer a partial medical history of the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" actress from 1950 to 1962, are expected to fetch between $15,000 and $30,000 at auction on November 9-10, said Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The notes written by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin appear to confirm speculation that Monroe, who epitomized glamour and set a standard of movie star beauty during the latter part of Hollywood's golden era, went under the knife for cosmetic reasons. The seller, who is so far unnamed, received the items as a gift from Gurdin. "Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation - did she or didn't she?" said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions. "They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn't want to believe." Gurdin's notes include references to a 1950 cartilage implant in Monroe's chin, which he observed to have slowly begun to dissolve. Monroe's biggest films, such as 1953's "How to Marry a Millionaire," 1955's "The Seven Year Itch" and 1959's "Some Like It Hot," were all shot after 1950. "Also at that time, going back to the 1950s, people didn't go for plastic surgery procedures," Nolan added. "This is very, very new." THE BROKEN NOSE MYSTERY The X-rays are dated June 7, 1962, after Monroe saw Gurdin following a late night fall and two months before the actress would die at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates. The death was ruled a probable suicide. Monroe would also be fired by studio 20th Century Fox from the unfinished film "Something's Got to Give" the following day for her constant absences. The X-rays include Monroe's frontal facial bones, a composite right and left X-ray of the sides of her nasal bones and dental X-rays of the roof of her mouth. A set of three chest X-rays of Monroe from 1954 sold for $45,000 at a 2010 auction. A self-published memoir by Beverly HIlls plastic surgeon Norman Leaf in 2010 claimed that Monroe underwent cosmetic surgery on her chin in 1950, citing the same notes made by Gurdin, Leaf's medical partner. Leaf also states in his memoir that Monroe underwent a slight rhinoplasty procedure on the tip of her nose. A radiologist's notes included in the lot determined that there was no damage to Monroe's nose from the fall, but a recent evaluation of the X-rays found a minute fracture, the auction house said. Doctors used the name "Joan Newman" as Monroe's alias on the X-rays which list her height as 5 feet, 6 inches and her weight as 115 lb (52 kg). Gurdin's notes were first drawn up in 1958 when the actress complained about a "chin deformity" and the note listed her married name, Marilyn Miller. She was married to playwright Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961. The notes also indicate that Monroe suffered from neutropenia, a low level of a white blood cell type, in 1956 while in England and had an ectopic pregnancy in 1957. Published: October 9, 2013
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Sale of the Week:Picasso Ceramics at Christie'sChristie’s continues its push into the virtual sales realm with the announcement of its most recent online only auction, roughly 80 lots of Picasso ceramics, launching October 15 and co...
Sale of the Week:Picasso Ceramics at Christie'sChristie’s continues its push into the virtual sales realm with the announcement of its most recent online only auction, roughly 80 lots of Picasso ceramics, launching October 15 and continuing until October 29. Picasso always intended for his ceramics to be accessible, said Christie’s specialists Michelle McMullan and Keith Gill, who are overseeing the sale. A highlight of the sale is a complete set of 13 plates from the “Service Visage Noir,” circa 1948, a rare and early set of Picasso plates estimated at £40,000 to £70,000. (Another set was given to Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan as a wedding gift in 1949 by the town of Vallauris, where Picasso produced many of his ceramics.) “There were only 100 editions ever produced and very few sets remain intact having been split and sold separately during the 80s and 90s,” said McMullan. Other expected top sellers include Picasso’s “Vase deux anses haute” from 1952, a partially glazed and engraved ceramic vase (est. £12,000–£18,000), and “Arène,” 1958, a partially glazed vase that is estimated at £10,000 to £15,000. “With the market for Picasso ceramics continually strengthening, we anticipate interest in this sale from all corners of the globe,” according to the specialists. Christie’s has achieved success with the online-only format of auction offering an eclectic mix of material including fashion-themed artworks by Andy Warhol, photographs by Norman Seeff, and a print sale entitled "Neon Dreams," among other categories.   Published: October 9, 2013
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A successful jazz singer is swept away by classical music -- and with excitement for changing how classical music works.... - Sandow
A successful jazz singer is swept away by classical music -- and with excitement for changing how classical music works.... - Sandow
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VIDEO: Banksy Uses New York City as His Canvas British graffiti artist Banksy revealed Tuesday his first work in what he described as an exhibition on walls throughout New York City this month - a painting of boys disobeying prohibitions...
VIDEO: Banksy Uses New York City as His Canvas British graffiti artist Banksy revealed Tuesday his first work in what he described as an exhibition on walls throughout New York City this month - a painting of boys disobeying prohibitions on graffiti. Banksy, a pseudonym for the elusive artist who first emerged in the streets of Bristol, England and whose real identity is unknown, announced the "Better Out Than In" show along with new artwork in Manhattan on his website along with a caption saying: "The street is in play." His first New York piece shows two boys with pageboy caps, one standing on the other's back, reaching for a spray can and a sign that says, "Graffiti is a crime." The exact location of the artwork was not revealed. Banksy has become a coveted contemporary painter in the art world, known for his trademark spray-paint stencils on buildings that offer social commentary. The artist appeared in and directed the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" with his face and voice obscured. The artist's website said that people can access an audio guide of Banksy's attempted New York street exhibition via mobile phone to get more information about the graffiti works. Earlier this year, two spray-painted murals by Banksy were pulled from an auction in Miami, including one entitled "Slave Labour," after questions arose about the ownership of the works and how the auction house obtained them. "Slave Labour" eventually sold at a private auction in London for $1.1 million in June. Another Banksy mural, the "Flower Girl" found painted on the wall of a Los Angeles gas station in 2008, is up for auction in December in Beverly Hills, and estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $300,000. Published: October 9, 2013
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