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Leaked Document Exposes Obama's Climate Strategy

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Confidential memo outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey at UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

The Guardian has published the text a leaked document revealing the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. The document was left on a European hotel computer and passed to the British newspaper. The text unveils the Obama's administration's hardline, "take it or leave it" approach to the agreement, signaling that the US intends......read more

Chris Ballantyne: Paintings

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Desolate depictions of the American landscape.

With a deft hand and a quirky sense of humor, Brooklyn-based artist Chris Ballantyne highlights the desolate emptiness of American landscapes. In his paintings and murals, graphically rendered structures are isolated on flat fields of color, underscoring the anti-social effects of our built environment. “Growing up in a military family and moving to different parts of the country, there was a......read more

Giant Urban Murals by Rimon Guimaraes

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Brazilian artist goes big in the streets

25-year-old Brazilian artist Rimon Guimarães is gaining legions of fans for his massive, multicolored murals popping up in cities around South America, Europe, Africa, and beyond. One quick glance through these photos and it's easy to see why. With inspiration ranging from nature to comics, botanical illustration to primitive art, the self-taught artist depicts organic forms and bold......read more

Weeds: Public Murals by Mona Caron

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Beautiful wall paintings celebrate unlikely plant heroes

Weeds are rarely viewed as things to celebrate, but this ongoing series from artist Mona Caron gives pest plants their day in the sun. Taking as her subjects common weeds like dandelions and stinging nettles, Caron paints intricate studies of the plants on outdoor walls, in what she describes as "a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan,......read more

Lost Banksy Mural Uncovered in Berlin

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Gallery discovers early work under layers of paint

After painstakingly stripping away layers of wall paint, an art gallery in Berlin has uncovered a 2003 piece by Banksy, the much-ballyhooed street art pranskter whose politically-charged stencil work now sells for six figures. The piece, which features five soldiers with angel wings and smiley faces, was revealed when the wall was stripped away as part of an installation by Brad Downey, a......read more

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