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There was never any doubt about Kurt Vonnegut's sense of humor and ironic view of life and the living. But his drawings reveal a new depth to his thinking. His own inimitable comment about the drawings will not surprise you: "The making of pictures is to writing what laughing gas is to the Asian influenza". His daughter Nanette is publishing a new book with 145 of his drawings. She has written: "I see my father at age four, forty, and eighty-four doodling his heart out".

He was born Paolo Caliari, but we know him better as Veronese. Born in 1528, he signed one of his early pieces Paullo spezapreda, Paolo the stonecutter. This site shows you four of his masterworks currently on exhibit, although it fails to identify the location of the show.

Zaha Hadid has turned her considerable talents to the design of furniture. Here we see a curvaceous two-seater shown at Milan design week 2014. Hadid describes her views on volume and space, as an additional treat. She has also produced a TV documentary on Kazimir Malevich, Russian leader of geometric abstractions, for the BBC.

Designboom brings us the Top of Milan Design Week 2014, showing the best of furnishings from that show. Be sure to scroll down and see the "cloud" chair designed out of layered felt. Also noteworthy is the kinetic sculpture chandelier and the use of mirrored planters for potted trees.

So Young Park Studios presents some elaborately designed and organic-looking bracelets, necklaces and other personal adornments that you won't see elsewhere. Park grew up in Southern Korea near the ocean shore, and her experiences with tides and shells are evident in her work. Elements of life and death are also present, as are forms that seem bursting with growth.

Amy Sillman paints abstractions that include skepticism and lopsidedness. Her comments about painting are equally pungent. "You have to have a doubt sandwich", she claims. "If you have doubt at the front, you won't do it, and if you have doubt at the end you're probably going to kill yourself". Her exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston is titled "Amy Sillman: one lump or two". Sillman says she is more interested in ugliness than beauty; if a piece in process appears too beautiful she will often wreck it, giving her the nickname of The Wrecking Ball.

If you are not familiar with a dance form called Flex you are missing a treat. Self-expression is its core, perhaps making it the dance equivalent of the current obsession with selfies. Whatever its roots, the movements shown here are remarkable for their ingenuity and agility.

Homosexuality is against the law in Senegal, so it is courageous for a Senegalese gallery to hold an exhibition about gay art. The show is called "Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness" and will be presented in Dakar as part of Dak'Art 2014, the 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art.

You may not have heard of a technique called Voxel-based morphometry, but a small study using this process tells us that artists' brains are structurally different from that of non-artists. The results indicate that artists do in fact see the world differently. It is apparently not a question of right brain versus left brain but rather of increased neural matter on both sides of the brain.

Another artist who uses jewelry as her canvas is Victoire de Castellane, here showing work at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City. Referring to thoughts as disparate as a Vietnamese jungle clearing and the embers of a glowing joint, de Castellane's whimsical and fanciful creations are meant to exist as art ojects on their own when not being worn as jewelry.

A new trend appearing in Japan is called Zentai. Zentai is a form of costuming that embraces freedom from criticism, obsession with superheroes, a sense of touch - all expressed with spandex body outfits. Some groups espousing this trend have names like "zentai addict", "zentai ninjas", and "zentai Pokemon". What's involved basically is complete covering of the head and body so that the individual can be transformed into something else.

A similar trend out of Japan is being explored by Laurie Simmons. Simmons explains that she has moved on from working with latex dolls to addressing human scale. Her newest project is centered on cosplay, meaning "costume play", with a sub-genre called Kigurumi. Once again masks and body suits form the basis for pretending to be specific ideas or characters.

Phyllida Barlow says that she loves to create bad art. What she produces are enormous constructions that may be hung from the ceiling and glory in messiness, absurdity and chance. She favors forms like lumps and blobs, and dislikes the instant fame sought by young art school graduates. The proliferation of monuments being torn down has inspired her, as well as a joyful sense of play. It is well nigh impossible to be bored when meeting one of her giant sculptures.

Treat yourself to a few minutes of joy as you watch a master artist perform. Samuel L. Jackson reads/performs "Boy Meets World", a slam poem, on the Tonight Show and we are treated to a video of it. Spectacular seems an understatement.

Tom Chambers has been experimenting with the work of Kasimir Malevich and Suprematism. Within the format of the black square, Chambers uses movie trailers and sound tracks to create contemporary experiences in vision and listening. The work is unusual, and the skill involved in creating it exceptional.

c.Corinne Whitaker 2014