Artists Aid the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

With a resolution to the Syrian humanitarian crisis still far afield, resources for refugees—financial, medical and more—constantly need replenishment. Charity organization Gotham Cares debuted last night with an inaugural gathering, and thanks to contributions from artists like Andre Saraiva, Lucien Smith, and photographer Ben Watts, money was raised for both Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and the International Rescue Committee—and the thousands of people …

Slow Factory’s “We Are Home” Collection

Funding an education initiative that supports 1.5 million Syrian refugees

From one of our favorite NYC brands, 100% fair-trade accessories maker Slow Factory, the lovely We Are Home collection isn’t just pretty, it’s important. Regarding design, most scarves use satellite images by NASA—from cloud vortices near the South Pacific’s Heard Island to the Outer Aleutian Islands to dusty deserts—which make for truly compelling visual statements. With regard to its greater impact, a portion of proceeds …

2015’s Biggest Art News Stories

While 2015 saw auction house art prices soar to record-breaking levels, the year in art wasn’t all about commerce. As Artsy notes, some of the most important art stories touched upon political and social occurrences globally. Appropriation artists continued to draw legal attention over shifting definitions of plagiarism, and freedom of (artistic) speech was called into question more than once in many nations. But perhaps …