Posts tagged "art"

Bill Clinton’s National Portrait Includes A Spiteful Lewinsky Reference

You know what they say: hell hath no fury like a presidential national portrait painter who strongly condemns your extramarital affair. Good ol' boy William Jefferson Clinton learned this the hard way however, after Philadelphia painter Nelson Shanks revealed this week that his 2006 portrait of Clinton includes a multi-layered reference to the…
By: Beejoli Shah / March 2, 2015

This Giant Gilded Clitoris Is A Work of Art, And I Don’t Mean Metaphorically

The Nashville Scene reported a delightful little story today, possibly even better than any llama car chase (one woman's opinion): a giant golden statue of a clitoris is now residing at a Tennessee university. The Scene's Arts Editor Laura Hutson wrote this most excellent description of the scene: Nashville may be It City, but Sewanee is closing…
By: Beejoli Shah / February 27, 2015

Plastic Jesus Wins The Oscars!

Which film is going to win Best Picture this year? Who cares when you have Plastic Jesus as your resident-shocking subversive installation artist! Banksy is SO 2014. If you're like me, you hold a contradictory position towards Hollywood and the Oscars. On the one hand, I LOVE the red carpet fashions, the beauty and…
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

Melt Your Stress Away With This Enchanting Little Film

Designer Shunsuke Umiyama's latest creation is the bamboo copTer, a mobile made from a classic toy. These tiny helicopters, also known as taketambo or bamboo copters, lift into the air when spun. In Umiyama's mobile, they spin gently in the breeze, lulling the viewer's mind into forgetting the world for just a moment. If you're feeling…
By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2015

Jerry Saltz’s Interview About “Street Art Throwdown” Is Exactly Why You Should Know And Love Jerry Saltz

ArtNet published an interview with Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York magazine and former judge on the reality TV art competition "Work of Art," about the newly-premiered Oxygen reality show "Street Art Throwdown." His responses were predictably hilarious and on-point, because Jerry Saltz is almost always hilarious and on-point. Some highlights: His advice…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 6, 2015

Thanks, I Made It Myself: 21 Chalkboard Paint Crafts To Art Up Your Home

Chalkboard paint solves a lot of different problems at once: It’s a cheap and easy way to decorate, it allows you to re-decorate with the swipe of a cloth, and it can any object or space more practical or more useful. Check out these chalkboard paint tutorials for inpiration and instructions on how to make…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 2, 2015

Of Course Art Can Change The World, If Only The Art World Wanted It To

VICE wrote up a cool panel discussion at Bard on the subject of politically engaged art today, but it was lacking an answer to the question it posed: Can art be a form of political activism? The obvious answer is, well, yes, of course. I mean, look at Jacques-Louis David’s “The Death…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 12, 2015

Sia’s Video Collaboration With Shia LaBeouf For “Elastic Heart” Is Damn Good Art, And Most Of The Internet Agrees

A few people on the internet think that Sia’s video for the song “Elastic Heart,” starring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler, depicts pedophilia. Why? I don’t know. Well, I do, but it would be mean to say, so I’ll just think it. Anyway, case in point:…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 9, 2015

How Did Dr. Seuss Create Green Eggs And Ham?

Ever wondered what corner of Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s brain Green Eggs and Ham came from? As it turns out, it came from the part that takes dares. The iconic book was conceived after a dare to write a book containing 50 words or less (it comes in at 50 exactly). In this video, the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 8, 2015

Two More Women Are Suing Bill Cosby For Defamation

Two women have joined alleged rape victim Tamara Green in her defamation suit against Bill Cosby and his lawyer. [Death and Taxes] What lies do you believe about your vagina? [Daily Dot] More vagina news: Read about how to embrace your vagina as you age. [VICE]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 6, 2015

“Barbie Blad” Photo Series Shows America’s Favorite Beauty Queen In A Harsher Light

We've all heard the criticism that Barbie dolls warp young girls' beauty ideals, but what if those little girls got to see a Barbie with a less than perfect appearance? Paris photographer Hamid Blad wanted to take a deeper look at Barbie's beauty (or lack thereof), so he put together his "Barbie Blad" series, which…
By: Claire Hannum / January 5, 2015

The Year In Year-End Roundups: Everything The Blogosphere Thought Was Important In 2014

So many year-end lists, so little time, so we've rounded up the best of 2014's year-end roundups just for you...
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 30, 2014

Obsessed: Artist Erin M. Riley Weaves Sexy Selfies

Weaving in general is my obsession and in addition to spending most of my free time at the loom, I also search Instagram for other weavers in hopes of finding inspiration and new techniques. There's plenty of great work,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 22, 2014

This Artist Painted Kim Kardashian’s Paper Mag Cover … With His Penis

Kim Kardashian‘s butt is not done breaking the Internet. While Paper, Kim Kardashian, and photographer Jean-Paul Goude think the photo of Kardashian’s shiny, oiled butt is art with a capital-A in its own right, one Danish dude decided that to qualify as art it really should be painted in oil … with his dick.
By: The Gloss / December 12, 2014

Emma Sulkowicz’s Anti-Rape Performance Artwork Carry That Weight Has Topped Vulture’s List Of 2014’s Best Art Shows

Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz’s art performance, Carry That Weight, has topped Vulture’s list of 2014’s best art shows -- beating out even Kara Walker’s widely acclaimed A Subtletly. Sulkowicz has been carrying a mattress identical to the one on which she was raped everywhere she goes, by herself or with others, since September to…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

The New Zelda, The Future Of Video Games, And Empathy

Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them -- I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Award…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

I Want To Go To There: “Light Is Time” Art Installation Features 80,000 Shiny Watch Parts

"Light Is Time," an art installation that consists of 80,000 watch parts, made its debut at this year's Milan Design Week in April and was on display (in a slightly scaled down form) at Tokyo's SPIRAL Gallery last month. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be on view elsewhere soon (cough…
By: Claire Hannum / December 11, 2014

This Pen Lets You Doodle On Your Food, So Now You Can Make Latte Art At Home

Ever wish your food had a bit more flair? Man, me too. I find myself longing for a home-brewed cup of coffee that's artfully presented, say topped off with a doodle of a mouse or something. The CinniBird -- "the world's first and only spice pen" -- might be the answer. The pen lets you…
By: Huffington Post Weird News / December 8, 2014

Pomplamoose: A Band At The Unholy Crossroads Of Art And Capitalism [UPDATED]

Indie band Pomplamoose shared their recent tour’s financial information with their fans last week, and, um, it was … Not so good. They’d like everyone to believe that it was good, but it was not good. The band took in $97,519 in ticket sales for a 28-day tour, which is insane. That is a…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 2, 2014

Faith In Humanity In A Revolutionary Age

Faith in humanity is the only faith I have. As in, I don’t have faith in a god or anything particularly spiritual. I’m not going to waffle over that and say that there’s a possibility that a god, in fact, does exist, or that I could be wrong. I am certain that I’m not wrong.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 1, 2014
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