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You Can Download 200 Art Books Free From the Guggenheim

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Screenshot via Internet Archive

Too stingy for expensive art books? The Guggenheim has you covered. Since 2012, the museum has been slowly digitizing its collection of monographs, catalogs, and other art books. Now, it's up to 205 books, all available to download for free from the Internet Archive, as Vice's Creators reports.

Roy Lichtenstein's Preparedness
American Pop Icons // Guggenheim Museum

The collection includes books by legendary artists like Wassily Kandinsky, analyses of artistic movements like Futurism and German Expressionism, and monographs on everyone from Jenny Holzer to Picasso.

spread from Picasso and the War Years with a crayon sketch on the left and an oil painting on the right, both of Cubist women
Picasso and the War Years: 1937-1945 // Guggenheim Museum

Seriously, if you want to know anything about Kandinsky, the Guggenheim’s digitized collection is the place to go—there are 12 works in the digitized archive that are either by or about the Russian abstract artist. (The museum has one of the largest collections of Kandinsky’s works in the world, via the personal collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim himself.)

book spread of two Kandinksy works, Red Oval and In the Black Square
Kandinsky // Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim isn’t the only museum making its archives more accessible online. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has hundreds of its own books available online. The Getty’s virtual library launched in 2014 with 250 titles published by the museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute.

[h/t Creators]

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George Washington’s Incredible Hair Routine

America's Founding Fathers had some truly defining locks, but we tend to think of those well-coiffed white curls—with their black ribbon hair ties and perfectly-managed frizz—as being wigs. Not so in the case of the main man himself, George Washington.

As Robert Krulwich reported at National Geographic, a 2010 biography on our first president—Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow—reveals that the man “never wore a wig.” In fact, his signature style was simply the result of an elaborately constructed coiffure that far surpasses most morning hair routines, and even some “fancy” hair routines.

The style Washington was sporting was actually a tough look for his day. In the late 18th century, such a hairdo would have been worn by military men.

While the hair itself was all real, the color was not. Washington’s true hue was a reddish brown color, which he powdered in a fashion that’s truly delightful to imagine. George would (likely) don a powdering robe, dip a puff made of silk strips into his powder of choice (there are a few options for what he might have used), bend his head over, and shake the puff out over his scalp in a big cloud.

To achieve the actual ‘do, Washington kept his hair long and would then pull it back into a tight braid or simply tie it at the back. This helped to showcase the forehead, which was very in vogue at the time. On occasion, he—or an attendant—would bunch the slack into a black silk bag at the nape of the neck, perhaps to help protect his clothing from the powder. Then he would fluff the hair on each side of his head to make “wings” and secure the look with pomade or good old natural oils.

To get a better sense of the play-by-play, check out the awesome illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that accompany Krulwich’s post.

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"American Mall," Bloomberg
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Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]

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