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Nobody’s Better Than You - 99U 2018-08-18 23:41

Mike Sager’s mom was right when she told him, “Nobody’s better than you.” Just be yourself and everything else with fall into place.

“All that should matter is the piece of work that sits before you. There is you. There is your art. At the elemental level, nothing else matters.” - Mike Sage...

99U Photo 2018-08-16 21:58

Joel Beckermen, founder of Man Made Music, is proving that the branding power of sound can impact any experience.

“We don’t necessarily realize it, but every moment of our lives is scored with music and sound. Some of it is human manufactured and some of it is just ambient—it comes with ...

A Business Built to Last as Long as Bronze Sculpture

Current owner of Brooklyn Bronze factory Bedi-Makky Art Foundry, Bill Makky carries on his father’s legacy.

“It used to be that just doing the job was hard. Now, I say, ‘Thank God I’m doing it.’”- Bill Makky, owner of Bedi-Makky Art Foundry

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Creative Careers Demand Reinvention - 99U 2018-08-10 23:37

The constant reinvention of self for those in the creative industry can be just as rewarding as it is exhausting.

“On TV talk shows, you always hear Hollywood people telling the host how ‘It’s all about the work.’ It sounds dippy, but it’s true. To create art is to become a god. After that,...

Todd Yellin: Create a Culture of Iconoclasts

“You want to lean so far forward that sometimes you fall on your face.”

Hear how Netflix VP of Product Todd Yellin empowers his team to make decisions (and mistakes) by being an “enabler of iconoclasts”.

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At a Time of Upheaval and Crisis, Creative Expression Takes on New Urgency

Struggling to stay motivated? Mike Sager offers advice on how to turn creative frustration into a tool for change.

“I became an artist at the age of 13, when a tear gas canister careened off the cracked asphalt of Reade Street in downtown Baltimore and skidded toward my feet, billowing gr...

How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling

How can creatives combat feelings of self-doubt? Imposter Syndrome can cause individuals to worry that their success stems from luck rather than creative talent.

“Approximately 70 percent of us will experience a period of self-doubt at least once in our lives. Rebuild your confidence using t...

The Danger of Making a Backup Plan - 99U 2018-08-04 16:29

Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania are studying the adverse effects of the backup plan.

Does having an emotional safety net sap motivation?

“The very act of devising this secondary plan could make it more likely that your primary goal will ...

Adam J. Kurtz: Perfect Isn’t Better - 99U 2018-08-04 00:12

“My visual voice, the handwriting that I use, is emotive and disarming. It allows me to tackle difficult topics.”

Hear how artist + author Adam J. Kurtz uses honesty to combat the pressures of creative perfection.

Watch his #99UConf talk here👇

Get Noticed in a Crowded Marketplace By Challenging the Design Tropes

Designers like Marco Vincit talk about making your brand stand out in a crowded marketplace.

We look specifically to beer branding for the answer.

“I sought to go against the tide of the visual standard applied by breweries, valuing the concept and simplicity.” - Marco Vincit

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Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Successful?

Be humble. Be gracious. Be resilient.

Why having a big ego won’t make you successful and having humility won’t make you weak.

“Humility is the way to build confidence, and ego is hugely dangerous in this sport, because if you’re running on ego you aren’t running on good clean emotion...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ