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the walled off hotel

from banksy posted in art and design by pete_nice

Tom Waits also contributed to the player piano at The Walled Off Hotel with an instrumental version of "Innocent When You Dream."

Hear the song and see the interior with captivating artwork here.

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franconia sculpture park

from sculpture posted in art and design by pete_nice

Located northeast of the Twin Cities is the Franconia Sculpture Park, a self-guided sculpture garden/artist-in-residence workshop that's free and open to the public.

From their website: "Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative community arts organization that provides residence and work space to emerging and established artists."

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russek’s department store

from diane arbus posted in art and design by pete_nice

This location is featured in the blog entry, "Diane Arbus: life, photos, locations."

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ferus gallery

from andy warhol, “the cool school” posted in art and design by pete_nice

The Ferus Gallery was a modern art gallery in Los Angeles from 1957 to 1966. At the time, Los Angeles had little in the way of modern art gallery space, and the Ferus was one of the first serious attempts to bring New York and West Coast modern art to the general public. This was the subject of the 2008 documentary The Cool School.

The Ferus Gallery was the first West Coast gallery to show a solo work for Andy Warhol. Five of his Soup Can paintings were sold for $100 a piece. The curator, Irving Blum, thought they should remain a set and purchased them for $1000. One of the prospective buyers that was extremely upset was Dennis Hopper. Today, the Soup Can paintings are worth millions and hang in the MOMA.

Although The Ferus Gallery initially opened across the street (at 736-A North La Cienega Boulevard) in 1957, it remained at this address for the duration of 1958-1966.

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andy warhol’s last residence

from andy warhol posted in art and design by pete_nice

Andy Warhol lived at 57 E. 66th Street from 1974 until his death in 1987.

Warhol purchased the 8,000-sq-ft home for $310,000 in 1974. He hired decorator Jed Johnson, and together they merged their tastes in art deco with primitive contemporary paintings as well as religious emblems.

Warhol lived comfortably here with his pet Dachshunds and Johnson, a constant stream of commissioned work and portraits continuing his profitable career. His main outings would be to Studio 54 to go clubbing, the Plaza Hotel to eat, and Bloomingdale's to shop.

This period saw the production of The Andy Warhol Time Capsules, where he would collect and categorize trinkets from his daily life.

There is now a plaque on the front placed by the Historic Landmark Preservation Center honoring the artist, and the last value for the home (as of three years ago) was $35 million.

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