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Johnny Depp revealed his skills as an artist in this weekend’s issue of Madame Figaro, guest-edited by longtime partner Vanessa Paradis. Besides this portrait of Vanessa, the magazine ran his renderings of Marlon Brando, Keith Richards, and Julian Schnabel. Do you think Johnny is as talented a visual artist as he is an actor? [The Fashion Spot via SassyBella] Keep reading »
Photographer Holly Norris says on her website, “Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’” To combat that perception, Norris has chosen to spoof the highly identifiable American Apparel ads, which the company claims feature “real women,” though only real women who fit a very specific look — young, thin, and uber-sexual. In her series “American Able,” Norris has photographed Jes, a disabled woman, in American Apparel clothes and in the style of AA ads, in order to “reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are invisibilized in advertising and mass media.” Norris’ photographs are beautiful and I love the positive and forward-thinking mission of the work, which doesn’t just criticize mass market thinking but also presents an alternative. As for Jes? Her photographs have more personality than all the AA ads I’ve ever seen put together. Take that, Dov Charney.
We’ve always been a little skeptical about the idea of making “art” out of garbage. Ribbon and a headband? Yes. A bit of old chain and the brooch your grandma gave you? Definitely. Two-day-old coffee filters and a sandwich wrapper? Maybe not. That said, we’ve got to give props to the guy who realized that disposable coffee cup lids and a few pieces of cardstock would look really cool together. Cop his style by saving your next dozen or so lids, picking up some of this paper and going to town. All you have to do is cut uniform squares slightly larger than your largest lid, hot glue the lids in the center of the squares you’ve cut and mount them at an even distance on a larger piece of colored cardboard backing. Mount that bitch on your wall and immediately become craftier than your friends. [Advertising Is Good For You] Keep reading »
Even though artists have been paying homage to the human form since the beginning, nudity and sex in art still cause a major commotion. Two works of art — one newish and one really old — are getting a lot of attention lately and making some people a little uncomfortable.
On “The View,” Barbara Walters described her trip to see one of Marina Abramovic‘s performance art pieces at MoMA over the weekend. The gist of it is that two people, sometimes male, sometimes female, stand in the nude facing one another. Patrons can walk through the two individuals if they’d like, and Barbara described her trouble getting past them without touching something in the video above, acknowledging that one of the men was more endowed than the other. Keep reading »
Urban Outfitters, your favorite mass retailer of faux-culture, has just gotten a bit more artsy-fartsy with the launch of its new Print Shop. After teaming up with Society6, “an international artist community representing more than 70 countries worldwide,” Urban has selected works from their favorite artist members, and now presents you with a gallery of rad images that can either be purchased as a wall print, laptop skin, or iPhone/iPod sticker. The good news: these curated prints will only run you $25-$55 (depending on size), and skins are $15-$30. Check out a few of our favorite artists after the jump! [Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Black is the whore of the fashion world. It gets passed around from group to group like nobody’s business. See: Mourners, too-chic for school chicks, little dresses, beatniks, Goths, robbers. A shared cultural and fashion phenomenon, the color (or non-color, if you’re really picky) definitely merits some analysis, which is what you get at Antwerp’s Mode Museum. In a new exhibition titled “Black: Masters of Black in Fashion and Costume”, the museum presents a historical look at black’s function through clothing from designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, Chanel, and Gareth Pugh. It also gives consideration to how it’s been used throughout the years in texture, fur, and leather and lace (of course).
One thing we want to know: Do they have a section in there on Hot Topic? Because those kids definitely think they’re important (and hey, the goth look is coming back, or so we hear). [Cool Hunting] Keep reading »
- Australian photographer Gemma Rose-Turnbull says a Facebook administrator removed two of her photographs from the site’s “Photos” section because they depicted exposed breasts. One photograph showed a baby being breastfed, while the other showed a topless middle-age woman. Turnbull also had “sexy” photographs, such as from a wet T-shirt contest, which were left up by administrators. “I’ve spent five years doing this project and it really has validated it for me that mainstream media says that young, sexualized breasts are okay and that breasts that fall outside those dimensions are not okay,” Turnbull said. “So we don’t want to see old breasts. We don’t want to see breasts being used to feed babies.” [ABC.net.au]
- An Illinois judge lifted a restraining order on a “parental notification” law yesterday. “Parental notification” require the parents of a teenage girl to be notified about her abortion within 48 hours of the procedure. Although the judge lifted the restraining order, he approved a grace period for appeals to the law to be worked through in court. [AP]
- Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill yesterday forbidding insurance companies on the individual insurance market to charge higher rates to women than men. Ritter said gender discrimination has allowed insurance companies to charge women rates 60 percent higher than those for men. [New York Times]
Since I’m trying to get my home together, I’ve been on the hunt for cool things to frame so I can rid my apartment of its bare walls. My inner nerd loves gemstone prints and bookplates like the one above, which go for less than $75 on Etsy and eBay (and often cost around 20 bucks). They remind me of the rock collection I kept as a kid, and it’s fun to grab a piece of history — they’re usually from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The fashion world has been inspired by gems lately, too, covering clothes with faceted stone prints. Keep reading to see more gemstone inspiration for both your home and your closet. Keep reading »