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An image of Baxter. (Photo: M.I.T. Technology Review)

Robot Revolution

Baxter, a robot capable of reading brain signals, has been developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Baxter reads signals captured by electroencephalography (EEG) machines, and is able to use the data to correct his course of actions.
[University Herald]

Protesters inside the Louvre. (Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images, via Artnet)

Slight at the Museum

In an attempt to persuade the institution to drop the sponsorship of an oil company, activists protested at Paris’s Louvre Museum on Sunday. “It took six years and 16 performances of art-activism to end the partnership between London’s Tate Gallery and BP. If we have to come to the Louvre for six years, we will,” said Nicolas Haeringer, head of campaign of France.

The finale of Stella McCartney’s fall/winter 2017 show. (Photo: Alessandro Garofalo /, via Vogue Runway)

Touching Tributes

At Paris Fashion Week, Stella McCartney capped off the fall/winter 2017 show of her eponymous collection with a touching tribute to George Michael, and Pharrell Williams received a French culture award.
[The Washington Post]

Jenny Holzer in her studio. (Photo: Kyle Dorosz for Surface)

Picked for the Palace

Jenny Holzer will be the first female artist to create an installation for the U.K.’s Blenheim Palace. “The work always engages with the present moment, yet has a proverbial timelessness about it. I am confident that Jenny will rise to the challenge of showing at Blenheim which—let’s face it—is not your typical white cube,” said Michael Frahm, director of the Blenheim Art Foundation.
[The Guardian]

A poster from the WPA, circa 1939. (Photo: Wikimedia)

WPA Artists Remembered

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a booklet of stamps that celebrate the posters designed as a part of the Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project. The 20 images on the stamps come from the Library of Congress’s collection.

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