This food artist in the town of Gujo, Japan demonstrates how to make tempura and other foods using layers of colored wax and other materials. The first part with shrimp tempura is fun, but the realism in the head of lettuce is astounding. Definitely worth a watch all the way through. (via Metafi

food for thought!

Established in 1994 in memory of actress Lillian Gish (the First Lady of American cinema), the prize recognizes highly accomplished artists who have pushed the boundaries of their art forms, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation. Past winners include Frank Gehry, Bob Dylan, Merce Cunningham and Spike Lee.

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a civil rights-themed performance by Dread Scott under the Manhattan Bridge; an edit-a-thon of Wikipedia entries on museum architecture at the Guggenheim; a lecture at the New Museum by Miranda July; a gallery talk by a polar scientist at the International Center of Photography; and a workshop on the I Ching in the Queens Museum’s panorama of New York City.

As we disperse for fall break, take a note on what’s going on in the art world!

The artist Kara Walker, known for her silhouettes invoking history, race and power, has created a mammoth art installation for a soon-to-be-demolished building in Brooklyn.

New Exhibition of James Franco’s Photography at Pace Gallery, New York

James Franco is more than the actor you saw in Pineapple Express and This Is The End - he’s also a PhD candidate at Yale and, oh yeah, a compelling photographer. See some photos from his show at Pace Gallery (Jared Leto isn’t the only actor who can pull off drag).

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Read more about the show here.

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A new exhibit at the Winterthur Estate in Greenville, Delaware showcases memorable costumes from the hit Masterpiece series. Not only does the exhibit provide more information about what it takes to produce costumes for a period drama, but also shows what “aristocratic” life was like on the other side of the pond, featuring objects from DuPont family collections.

"Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25.”

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The world’s first selfie? General Colin Powell’s selfie is over 60 years old, while Ellen’s star-studded selfie is less than a month. Read more from NPR here

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