Art

The Ridiculous Mistakes Artists Make When They Try to Draw the U.S. From Memory

Cy Twombly left out New Mexico "because otherwise the map would look like underpants."

A Block-by-Block Map of Brooklyn, in Garbage

No, Jennifer Maravillas is not crazy. But she does walk the streets picking up interesting pieces of trash.

Les Lalanne and Paul Kasmin Gallery

Manhattan Has a Gas Station That's Also an Art Gallery

For its inaugural exhibit, the Getty station in Chelsea will be filled with metal sheep.

Randy Hage

The Secret Life of New York Storefronts, in Miniature

How Randy Hage creates dioramas of the city as it once was.

Can You Spot the Wild Animals Hidden Behind Brooklyn's Windows and Grates?

The borough appears to have suffered a zoo break, with gorillas, chimps, and even an iguana inside building ventilation shafts.

orionpozo / Flickr

Science Explains Why It's So Easy to Hate 'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade

Inside a team of researchers' quest to see what happens to people when they're exposed repeatedly to Kinkade's saccharine artworks.

Artist Turns London's Garbage Piles Into Bizarre Monsters

With bright paint and an eye out for the police, Francisco de Pájaro transforms street rubbish into hilarious googly-eyed freaks.

Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture

Behold the Sears Tower deconstructed into flaccid tubes, a Mies van der Rohe building sunk in Lake Michigan, and other incredible concepts.

Nobutaka Aozaki

Meet the Man Trying to Save the Lost Art of Hand-Drawn Maps

Conceptual artist Nobutaka Aozaki asks New York tourists for directions scribbled on a napkin, receipt, or stray piece of paper.

Atlantic Cities

A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

A Museum Show of Broken Umbrellas and Old Coffee Cups

A new exhibition transforms the "utterly ordinary" parts of New York City life into urban icons.

137 World Landmarks in One Picture, and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

The Bay Area's Jenny Odell creates maddeningly complex sets of similar structures, like stadiums, nuclear plants and cargo ships.

Junnie Shah/Corcoran Gallery of Art

Why Aliens Will Love Visiting D.C. Once All the Humans Are Gone

Ellen Harvey looks into the future and sees extraterrestrials amid neo-classical ruins.

Lynn Kloythanomsup/Architectural Black

Suburbia in Sand: Choose Your Own Metaphor

An art installation on San Francisco's China Beach examines the tract home as a symbol for the American Dream.

Brian Foo/Continuous City

Fantasy Versions of New York, Continuously Scrambled

Multimedia artist Brian Foo's latest project explores how urban forms shapes our lives.

Cosmo Wenman

Art Museums Better Hurry Up and Get Ready for the Future of 3D Printing

Rodin, meet Napster.

Reuters

Hamburg's 'Unwanted' Humans, Caged and on Display

Single mothers, former criminals, homeless people and punks at a "human zoo."

Matthew Picton

These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.

Detroit Institute of Art

Under Threat of Municipal Bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts Readies for a Fight

The museum is threatening to play hardball if it's ordered to auction off its assets to help the city pay off its massive debt.