Art

Artwork From the First-Ever Illustrated Version of Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’

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Last year, the New Republic celebrated the 60th anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita with a selection of mini-essays from women writers. The first of these, from debut novelist Alexandra Kleeman, offers a brilliant close reading of the novel’s first lines. After a fiery opening that seems to be addressed to Lolita, Kleeman writes, our narrator veers off, “leaving the reader uncertain whether he refers to the girl or to himself, or to the latter in the guise of the former.”
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11 Radical Pieces of Yonic Art

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For millennia, the phallus has dominated most of what we call Western society, the infallible power of the patriarchy ever-present in towering skyscrapers, monuments, and even remote controls. That ceaseless worship of the cock was visible in art since before it was “art,” and then in public zones and now, around every corner, in our biggest museums. Well, enough of that. Down with the patriarchy, and down with the artistic phallus.
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‘Weekend with Bernie’: Young Artists Mobilize for Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism

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“Tonight, with what appears to be a record-breaking voter turnout,” Bernie Sanders told an elated crowd in New Hampshire last evening, “because of a yuge voter turnout — and I say ‘yuge’! — we won — because we harnessed the energy and excitement that the Democratic party will need to succeed in November!” Exit polls from the historic primary victory drive home Sanders’ point; Clinton, who has (until recently) campaigned on the strength of the party establishment, was overtaken in nearly every conceivable demographic and political category, even those in which she once held an outsized advantage. Meanwhile, Sanders’ youth numbers are staggering: 83% of voters ages 18-29 chose him over Clinton.
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Incredibly Detailed, Voyeuristic Paintings of Life Inside City Skyscrapers

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Los Angeles-based artist Seth Armstrong, who we discovered on Fubiz, creates photorealistic paintings of cityscapes at night that allow us to peer into the tiny windows of massive buildings and watch the residents within. Armstrong focuses on skyscrapers, painting intricate reflections of city lights and miniature details of apartments and offices that require time and focus to find — such as the clothing hanging in a bedroom closet, a beside stack of books, or a couple having sex in the shadows. The neon lights and voyeuristic views lend an almost noir-ish vibe to the paintings.
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‘Language of the Birds’ Examines a 100-Year History of Occult Art

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Language of the Birds: Occult and Art, on view at New York University’s 80WSE Gallery through February 13, examines the power of an individual’s magical practice, tracing over 100 years in occult art. The show consists of over 60 modern and contemporary artists and is curated by writer Pam Grossman, creator of the blog Phantasmaphile and Associate Editor of Abraxas International Journal of Esoteric Studies.
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Transgender Artist Reclaims Lost Boyhood in New Kids on the Block Paintings

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New Kids on the Block — singers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood — were the boy band heartthrobs who ruled the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with cheesy ballads and pop tracks, many of which had “girl” in the title. Artist Cobi Moules, who is totally not a Danny fan, had a childhood obsession with the group. But as a late-blooming transgender guy, Moules’ childhood perspective was more complicated than the average teen.
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