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Selfie Exhibition Opens in London

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Depending on your definition of a “selfie,” people have been taking them since long before the smartphone was invented. Now, a new exhibition from art retailer King and McGaw titled “The Art of the Selfie” is exploring the cultural impact of the self-indulgent art form. 

Opened in the tunnels of London’s Old Street Station on November 4, the pop-up gallery showcases everything from contemporary selfies to classical self-portraiture. Iconic works from artists like Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo will be on display, and in keeping with the theme, visitors will have the opportunity to create selfies of their own. One interactive area generates atomized self-portraits in real time, while another uses a series of reflective strips to capture 180-degree views of your face.

The gallery is also hosting events, including a charcoal self-portrait class and an Instagram technique workshop. The exhibition runs until November 14, and even if you can’t make it to London to see the art in person you can Tweet or Instagram them your favorite selfies using the hashtag #artoftheselfie. Whoever submits the best photo will receive £500 (a little over $750) and a special edition print of their masterpiece.

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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