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why van gogh cut ear off discovered
Via: CNN
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Everyone knows that Vincent van Gogh cut his own ear off, but until recently, no one really knew why. The mystery has been the subject of much conversation, which has been, admittedly, just so much fun to talk about and reference. Why would anyone want to spoil it?

Well, author Martin Bailey does, and he thinks that he stumbled on the inciting incident while doing research for his new book, Studio of the South: Van Gogh in Provence. He believes that on Christmas eve in 1888, after finding out that his brother Theo was getting married, Van Gogh took a razor to the head. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Van Gogh was livid that he would lose his closest companion, making the mystery behind this horrific act less fun than it used to be.

He was equally worried that his brother might withdraw the financial support which had enabled him to devote his life to art,” said Bailey. “All this was threatened by the unexpected appearance of a fiancée.”

There goes Bailey, ruining our fun times by uncovering the reason why one of the most important figures of all time cut his ear off. Look at this gif. Is this even fun anymore?

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This theory came about when Bailey learned of a letter from Theo to Vincent dated just days before the act of self-mutilation occurred. The letter was received on December 23, 1888. Bailey simply put two and two together.

“We don’t have that letter," Bailey told CNN. "But in another one Van Gogh sends in January, he mentions receiving money from his brother on the 23rd of December. It was fear that pulled the trigger and led to the breakdown. Fear of being abandoned in both an emotional and financial way.”

I guess that just puts an end to all the fun of why one of history’s great artist cut his own ear off. Yeesh. This is us, rn:

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trending twitter video news banksy art theft exhibit australia
Via: Banksy
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In a move as bold as one Banksy would make himself, his former agent (and current enemy), Steve Lazarides, is holding a Banksy exhibition in a car park in Melbourne, Australia from Oct. 7 through Jan. 22, showcasing over 80 works from different private collections.

BANKSY. MELBOURNE. From 7th October - bit.ly/Banksy-Melbourne #Banksy #ArtOfBanksy #banksymelbourne

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Lazarides likes to do sh*t for shock value even though that's a juvenile way to do art. He and Banksy haven't spoken in ages, including at a recent Massive Attack concert in March when they kept their distance from each other.


Art by Banksy

They are mainly hyping the exhibit as rare, in that the works are privately-owned so it's unlikely to know when they will be shown publicly again, but the bottom line is that Banksy isn't going to benefit from this exhibit, as he explicitly states on his own website (pictured below) that he has no connection with Lazarides.



So if you want to support the artist then you should try to fund public art all over the place, so that people like Banksy can make a decent living.


Art by Banksy


trending news australia melbourne freaky baby horror art
Via: SBS
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Melbourne's Federation Square has been taken over by an 11-and-a-half metre (37.5-foot) baby named 'Ping Pong' made by Australian artist Felipe Reynolds:



The artist wanted the baby to "incorporate everybody in it," he said, "I wanted it to not be white, not be black, not be female, not be male - just be as inclusive as possible, so everybody can relate to it."

According to the Fed website:

"Interaction is key to experiencing this unique inflatable. Through a camera rigged to The Atrium screen (operating between 7am – 10pm) members of the public will find themselves part of the installation. Upon interaction the frame will be flipped horizontally, so it looks like the baby is sitting on the ground and the visitors become the human mobile. On weekdays from 10am – 4pm, during the school holidays, play with the baby via 4 giant rattles (1.5 meters) based beneath the inflatable."



Well, I think we can all relate to it being creepy, if nothing else.


trending food kickstarter soy shapes art
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Ever eaten your sushi and been saddened that you WEREN'T seeing 3D shapes in your soy sauce? Well rejoice!



Duncan Shotton has created "Soy Shapes" on Kickstarter and used creativity where it hasn't been used before... in your soy sauce containers! Just check out this fun way to dip your salmon rolls:




You can back him here.


trending news high school seniors painting parking spot art
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In a new trend, High School Seniors are Tweeting about their painted parking spaces. With designs from pop culture, to motivational messages, to favorite sports teams, this is a trend we wished were around when we were in high school! Check out the awesome skills representin' below:



With all this awesomeness, we hope there are a lot more Mr. Nourses out there.

image art prank Visitors to an Art Gallery Were Trolled by Strategically Placed Glasses
Via: @TJCruda
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What is modern art, anyway? If you ask these open-minded gallery attendees, it could be just about anything. Maybe even something as simple as a regular pair of glasses placed on the floor by a nearby prankster. 

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