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A Tom Hanks Tribute Show Highlighting the Actor’s ’80s and ’90s Best

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An everyman who made it to the A-list, star Tom Hanks captures a nerdy charm, earnest heart, and an occasional quiet sexiness in his characters. Los Angeles pop culture purveyors Gallery 1988 have dedicated an entire exhibition to the actor, No Sad Stuff — inspired by his films between 1984 and 1994, Hanks’ golden years. Big, Splash, Turner and Hooch, The Burbs, A League of Their Own, and Forrest Gump make the cut. The group show is on view through June 20, but you can see a preview of the Hanks homage in our gallery.
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Flavorwire Exclusive: Fascinating Storyboards and Amazing Behind-the-Scenes Images From ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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One of the real joys of the summer movie season has been watching everyone lose their collective minds over Mad Max: Fury Road — its style, its politics, its history, its energy, and its look. And those particularly taken by the latter element would be wise to pick up The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road, the jaw-dropping coffee-table book companion to George Miller’s action masterpiece. The decades-in-the-making picture has already entered modern movie lore for its eschewing of the conventional screenplay, with Miller working instead from an intricate series of storyboards. Many of those images, in both early draft and final color form, are included in the book, as are character designs, set concepts, and stunning behind-the-scenes images from the shoot. Flavorwire is lucky enough to share these exclusive images from The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road.
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Writers’ Stunning Photos of the Places That Inspire Them and Make Them Think

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Inspiration isn’t easy to tap into in our plugged-in, oversaturated world. Writers and other creative people often crave solitude, peace, or a place to recharge so they can commit to their work — whether that place is a window on a stunning natural environment, a quiet desk in the middle of urban bustle, a beautiful temple to art, or a cozy chair or kitchen table. We asked 13 fiction writers with books either coming soon or just published to send us a photo of their favorite places to work, get inspired, or welcome the muse — whether they’re crafting YA page-turners or drafting slow short… Read More

Photo credit: William Gedney

A Single Frame on Myrtle Avenue: William Gedney Chronicles the Passage of Time in Brooklyn

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If photography is the art of capturing a moment, then this series of images by the late William Gedney (which we spotted at Burned Shoes) takes the concept to the extreme. They represent the evolution of a single scene, namely the view from Gedney’s window on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. As the frames tick by, the weather changes from winter to summer and back again, and the elevated subway is dismantled (which places the pictures in the 1950s, if our highly scientific Wikipedia research is correct). And all the while, people flit in and out of the frame — running for the train, working, or just hanging out. The result is both a fascinating document of New York City and a meditation on the passing of time.
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Mary J. Blige. Damaia Portugal.

Image credit: Sergio Odeith

Odeith, the Artist of Famously Mind-Bending 3D Graffiti, Is Also a Masterful Portraitist

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Portuguese graffiti artist Sergio Odeith (or simply “Odeith”) mesmerized the Internet last year when his mind-bending “anamorphic” graffiti went viral. (He’s actually been creating the 3D-like pieces, using the same distinctive perspective technique, since 2005.) By painting on 90-degree corners, Odeith manipulates the eye, creating the optical illusion — with freaky realism — that the work is suspended in midair. But he is also accomplished in creating more conventional graffiti, with a particular flair for portraiture.
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photo by Holger Talinski, from "What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches"

Five Years Chronicling the Teaches of Peaches: Photos From Her New Book

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“Sucking on my titties like you wanted me/ Calling me, all the time like Blondie/ Check out my Chrissie be-Hynde/ It’s fine, all of the time.” These were the first words many heard from Peaches, on her 2000 single “Fuck the Pain Away.” Fifteen years later, it seems like a relatively tame opening statement from the transgressive cult provocateur born Merrill… Read More

Artist Credit: Becky Cloonan (Original)
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Cool ‘Jurassic Park’-Inspired Art From Mondo’s New Gallery Show

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The jury is still out on Jurassic World, the third sequel (and the first in 14 years) of the Jurassic Park franchise. But one thing’s for certain: the release of the new film has given everyone a chance to reflect on how much they loved the original. And we’re not just talking about the surplus of writers penning appreciations of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1993 adventure movie; the fine folks at Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas have put together When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, a “dino-sized gallery show” of artworks and screen prints celebrating the Jurassic iconography. The show doesn’t open until Friday, but our friends at Mondo were kind enough to give us a peek at some preview images — including a handful exclusive to Flavorwire.
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Vile Comments Are the Most Important Part of Emma Sulkowicz’s Graphic New Video

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The power of Emma Sulkowicz’s Carry That Weight mattress performance art/protest project is undeniable, even to critics who derided the artist as Mattress Girl — her work spawned dozens of news items, profiles, and imitation protests, both clever and ill-informed, across American campuses. Last week, just after graduating and carrying her mattress across the Columbia stage on the way to receive a diploma, Sulkowicz released her next art project: a website, video, and comment section called Ceci N’est Pas un Viol (or This Is Not a… Read More

Photo credit: Andrew Boyle

Exclusive Photo Gallery: St. Vincent, Tame Impala, and More Play Governors Ball 2015

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This weekend saw the return of what’s becoming a traditional way for white 20-somethings in NYC to welcome the summer: shuffling through endless crowds in the hope of seeing something to justify the effort of attending, getting very drunk in the process, and hoping it doesn’t rain. But enough about Bushwick Open Studios; Governors Ball also happened, and… Read More

Image credit: Horace Panter

A Clever Painted Ode to Vintage Americana Signs

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English artist Horace Panter, whose name you probably recognize as the bassist from band The Specials, honors the kitsch and quirk across the pond in his paintings. Panter’s bold signs, restaurants, storefronts, and desertscapes, which we spotted on Jealous Curator, are painted with a realistic eye and the humor of a punk(ass). Panter makes the ordinary extraordinary by simply shining a spotlight on the weird and wonderful one might find on a road trip across Route 66. It’s not hard to see the influence of some of his favorite artists: “Peter Blake; for his draughtsmanship and his use of colour, Andy Warhol; for his attitude and his Pop Art mantra of ‘elevating the mundane’ and Kurt Schwitters; for his inclusion of anything in his collages.” The paintings are devoid of people, but we can imagine the clientele of an establishment like Circus Liquor, Hot Dog Stick, and the Reno Royal. Take a trip through Panter’s American landscape in our gallery.
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