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Kanye got Kim a bag of butts for Christmas

Kanye West and his ever-evolving children’s art project, Kim Kardashian, have welcomed a new member to their family — and it’s way bigger than their baby! It’s a custom-painted Hermès handbag featuring a surrealist nude portrait by George Condo (the same artist who did the covers for West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).

This thing is so hideous it’s hilarious. You have to see it. You don’t. You shouldn’t. It’s your call.

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Chris Messina dancing to Aaliyah on 'The Mindy Project' is the ultimate Secret Santa gift -- VIDEO

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If at first you don’t succeed at Secret Santa-ing, do like Danny: Dust yourself off and try again!*

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Painter (and former president) George W. Bush sells Christmas ornament featuring his art

Move over Banksy, there’s a new popular artist in town — former President George W. Bush! The George W. Bush Presidential Center is selling a Christmas ornament featuring Bush’s original painting of a cardinal. Priced at $29.98, the ornament serves as the first time a print of former President Bush’s artwork has been available to the public. READ FULL STORY

George W. Bush made a pretty good painting of Jay Leno -- VIDEO

Tuesday night’s edition of The Tonight Show welcomed former president George W. Bush. Sorry — make that former president, current painter. (You may remember Bush’s work from earlier this year, when a hacker obtained images of three “in progress” pieces from the president’s personal email account.)

Forty-three explained that he’s been taking painting lessons in Dallas before Leno showed off a pair of the president’s pieces, including a painting of the Bush family’s late Scottish Terrier Barney — star of numerous White House Christmas videos — and one of his cat, Bob. (Bob is so named so that Bush “can remember how to spell it when I get older,” he said.)

And then Dubya pulled out his trump card: A portrait of a smirking Jay Leno, complete with American flag pin and the Los Angeles skyline behind him. When receiving the painting, Leno seemed truly impressed and touched.

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Banksy watch, week 4: The end

For his final week, Banksy went back to basics, putting up stenciled graffiti every day, with a few cheeky messages and moves in between.

The street artist tagged a truck last Saturday with the sentence, “The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet,” and followed that up with what he grumpily claims is a rejected column for The New York Times. In it, he criticizes the new One World Trade Center tower as “something they would build in Canada.” (Hey Banksy, every city’s got something people call an eyesore.) He goes on to say that the building fails to represent New York. “Nobody comes to New York to bathe in your well-mannered common sense,” he writes. We’re here for the spirit and audacity. Of which One World Trade has none… One World Trade declares the glory days of New York are gone.”

(…Okay, we’ll let him have this one, considering how much of his work’s been tampered with — a few thieves even attempted to snatch the final New York residency piece , an inflatable piece sporting Banky’s name.)

On his website, Banksy accompanied the final piece with the message, “And that’s it. Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye.” He added a “souvenir T shirt” design to his final post, urging fans to take the jpeg “to a copy store and make it yourself,” leaving one last bold line for fans to interpret.

So that’s that — since Banksy’s final “installment,” New Yorkers and art enthusiasts have been left to take a look back at his month-long “residency.” Is he an act, or is he art? Is he a jerk, or is he a genius? If Banksy never reveals his identity, we may never know. (And it’s not like there’ll be an Exit Through the Gift Shop 2 coming out anytime soon.)

In the meantime, though, take a look back at his final week’s pieces. (For superfans, consider getting a tattoo.) Last week’s pieces can be seen here.
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Artist Shepard Fairey surprises USC class for MTVu

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Students at USC are used to seeing celebrities at school: This year alone the campus has hosted Elton John, Steven Spielberg, and many other bold-faced names. But usually tickets to those events are hard to come by, even for students, and the guest speaker is announced months in advance. So it was a real treat for one small digital media class Wednesday when artist and activist Shepard Fairey, sporting a Sex Pistols t-shirt and black leather  jacket,  made his way into their lecture hall, surprising the students who’d studied his work with a talk that spanned the influence of the Internet and technology on art, the Occupy movement, President Obama, and a new series he’s executive producing for MTV, Rebel Music.

“The age of being an artist and only being in galleries is not particularly relevant anymore,” Fairey told students. “You need to figure out ways to engage people, taking into account there’s potentially a very short attention span.” Fairey held up some of his most famous prints, including his now nearly 25-year-old Andre the Giant “Obey” poster, the Obama “Hope” poster, and more recent prints like one created for the Occupy movement of “The Protester” (which was featured on the cover of Time), and one made to raise funds for the Japan tsunami victims.

As for that most controversial Obama poster, Fairey had a few things to say about the current administration.

“I have plenty of reservations about everything Obama’s doing now – I’m not so into domestic drones, I’m not so into spying,” Fairey said, acknowledging that his famous image was representative of a certain time in history and in his own life.

Check out an exclusive clip from the event, which will air as part of MTVu, below:
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Banksy Watch, Week 3: An ant-hill, an art class, and a 'sphinx'

Looks like Banksy can’t go a full week during his New York “residency” without posting something outside his usual stenciled and sculpted work.

This week, he posted a video of ants crawling in and out of an ant-hill before the camera zooms out and it looks more like a, well, you can see for yourself. On Wednesday, the street artist posted an image with the sentence, “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity.” Is that a joke, Banksy, or a warning or some sort?

Whatever the meaning, it meant New Yorkers got one fewer art piece to gawk at and argue over — a trend that has only grown since Banksy started his tour of the city. New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz even hosted an impromptu art class after seeing the public reaction around Sunday’s stencil, while a team quickly dismantled Banksy’s “sphinx” sculpture, disappointing dozens of fans.

Revisit last week’s Banksys here.

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Banksy watch, week 2: Stencils -- and tussles

U.K. street artist Banksy tackled New York this week with a stall selling his work for $60 in Central Park, a mobile sculpture with “a real live boy,” and a poignant stencil commemorating 9/11 with a flower. Though his graffiti is seemingly harmless, his pieces have become hot sites not only for tagging, but also for fights between his fans and wannabe vandals.

When the artist drew a stencil of the World Trade Center overlooking the Brooklyn Heights promenade, the piece first got peed on by what must be a street art-hating dog, then was power-washed away by the Parks Department. In response, Banksy later unveiled a similar graffiti in TriBeCa. Take that, New York!

The following day led to more drama when a crowd of fans dragged a vandal away from Banksy’s stencil. The artist responded by posting an image on his site of the New York Post‘s story about the NYPD’s efforts to track him down, along with the comment, “I don’t read what i believe in the papers.”

Below, we’ve compiled his latest pieces from the week. Revisit last week’s work here.

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Banksy watch: The street artist's latest works -- and defacements

Street artist Banksy continued his tour of New York this week with stencils, mobile installations, including a delivery truck converted into a garden, and a video called “Rebel rocket attack” the artist claims stopped him from posting new art because of its “shocking footage.”

Like last week’s work, New York’s graffiti artists refused to leave the U.K. import’s pieces alone by tagging multiple stencils. One exhibit — Banksy’s Day 10 piece in East New York depicting his signature rat stencil — prompted four local residents to cover the artwork with garbage bags and cardboard and charging viewers to see the piece underneath.

The elusive Banksy hasn’t commented about the frequent taggings and manipulations of his work on his site or his Instagram, but the artist did post a photo of a tracking device he found under his mobile garden along with the comment, “If you’re the person who stuck a tracking device on the garden truck you’re now following a car service in Queens.” Don’t mess with Banksy, New York.

We’ve compiled his work below, and you can revisit last week’s pieces here. READ FULL STORY

Banksy hits New York with daily street art

Welcome to New York, Banksy.

Or not.

The notorious U.K. street artist (and Exit Through the Gift Shop subject) hit the walls of NYC this week with a new month-long “exhibit,” his first work in the city since 2010. After announcing the show Tuesday, his first piece — a stencil depicting a boy grabbing a can of spray paint from a sign saying “Graffiti Is A Crime” while standing on another boy’s back — appeared in the Lower East Side and was painted over less than a day later. The second has also been removed.

So far, the disappearances haven’t deterred the artist, who continues to post a piece a day along with an accompanying audio clip on his website that’s meant to “enhance your enjoyment.”

While we’re waiting for his next pieces to appear, we’re keeping track of what he’s done so far. Below are the images Banksy has posted, and tell us, PopWatchers, will you be following the elusive artist along for his show? READ FULL STORY

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