Art

Revealing Close-Up Photos of Creatives’ Pencils

Most people reach for their laptops or iPads when giving shape to their ideas. But for all our conveniences, there are some things that a computer just can’t do like the humble pencil. In a new photo series by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, first spotted on Photojojo, the duo captures close-up images of the pencils used by artists, designers, writers, and tastemakers. Most of the subjects are British, and we would love to see more women involved with the project, but you needn’t be familiar with those featured to appreciate how unique their tools are and the way tiny details reveal personality traits. Browse the series in our gallery, and get to know the secret life of the pencil. … Read More

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Nothing Is Embarrassing: On Kim Kardashian’s Strangely Liberating Book of Selfies

Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s new 445-page book of selfies, is a bit of a party trick. Pull out the compact, three-pound art book at a social function, and people clamor to flip through the hundreds of near-identical selfies that chart Kim’s evolution both as a human and as a brand (is there a difference?). Some took a meta selfie with the book, Kim’s damp bosom and dewy face overshadowing their own smiles in the foreground. … Read More

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2015 Turner Prize Shortlist Includes an Opera About Cartoon Violence and a Transformed Housing Estate

Sometimes it feels like art exists just so we can ask the obvious questions: What is art? Is this… Read More

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Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” Becomes the Most Expensive Piece Sold at Auction

Pablo Picasso will likely never cease to break new art-historical records, despite having died in 1973: his painting “Women of Algiers… Read More

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Sculptor and Performance Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

Performance/installation artist and sculptor Chris Burden died yesterday, at 69, in his Topanga Canyon home, Burden wasn’t always known… Read More

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The Ethereal Beauty of Drowned Flowers

Sydney-based photographer Lisa Sorgini’s has a penchant for flowers. The artist, who we discovered on Fubiz, captures their natural beauty in her series Flotsam, which finds colorful blooms drowned in water. Tiny air bubbles create the illusion that these petals are Shakespeare’s Ophelia, reborn. Sorgini’s bouquets are water flowers, sturdy emergent plants, but the photographer depicts them as vulnerable in their own environment when encountering the human touch. … Read More

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Breathtaking Sand Paintings Adorning the Beaches of California

The beaches of Northern California are transformed into swirling artworks and stunning geometric designs after Andres Amador uses a rake and rope on them. The San Francisco-born artist’s organic “beach murals” take about two hours to create during low tide and can measure 90,000 square feet and beyond. “There is an esoteric fractal quality of being within the pattern that is being made — it feels to have relevance in other aspects of my life, of building a larger pattern from the inside, not fully knowing what is resulting,” writes Amador. While the artist connects with each sand painting during the process, he fully accepts when nature erases his masterpiece: “Ultimately, when it is finished, I let it go. For me the energy and draw is around the act of creation.” See more of Amador’s beautiful sandscapes, which we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, below. … Read More

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Violent, Erotic Illustrations for Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

When we think of the Brothers Grimm, we often think of their fairy tales as children’s stories — and, to be fair, the stories were labeled as such early and often. But the original narratives, the unsanitized versions of the tales, featured explicit representations of violence and sexuality. It was only in the later editions that the stories were fumigated in the suffocating gas of morality. … Read More

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“Pleasure Is the Ultimate Rebellion”: Lydia Lunch on Making Poetry Out of Horror, Uncompromising Self-Love, and Her First Major Retrospective

Lydia Lunch, no wave queen and teenage runaway turned Teenage Jesus, is back in New York City, where it all started for her in the 1970s. Lydia Lunch: So Real It Hurts, her first major retrospective, opens at Howl! Happening May 8 and surveys her photography series The War Is Never Over, the provocative installation You Are Not Safe in Your Own Home, and the many letters, posters, and ephemera from her incredible, nearly 40-year career. Performances and live events accompany the exhibit, which runs through June 5. A contrarian, hysterian, and hedonist, Lunch’s song lyrics, writings, photography, and spoken word performances peel back the skin and peer deep into the chasm of contemporary culture. While she searches for a home for her archives, readies for a new release from her band Retrovirus, preps to teach at a university summer writing program, and sees a vinyl reissue of the powerful Conspiracy of Women on Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People, the iconoclast shared her views on how to be the ultimate confrontationist. … Read More

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