Art

Postcard-Perfect Paintings of Fashionable Vintage Women

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It would be easy to mistake the paintings of James Rieck for photos from the new season of Mad Men (wishful thinking), but the Maryland/DC-area artist, who we spotted on Fubiz, simply has an affinity for all things vintage and feminine. Combining his past as a muralist, the vintage fashions found in old advertisements, and picture-perfect nature backdrops, Rieck’s hyper-stylized paintings are total eye candy. The poses and mixed colorful separates are all catalogue model, while the backgrounds are all ‘60s postcard. The artist elevates the humor by cropping the women just slightly above their lipstick-slick grins, which calls attention to the cheesy poses and scenarios. And if you’re a fashion bug, Rieck’s picks will delight. Shout out granny panties.
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Stark and Moving Photographs of Post-Recession America

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During the summer of 2013, photographer Noah Emrich embarked upon a 12,000-mile trip around the US, with the goal of capturing the post-recession American landscape. “The towns I visited are the sites of disinvestment; those places exploited in order to support the upward growth of our financial and corporate sectors,” he says in a statement. Bountiful, his new book from Done to Death Projects, is the result of that journey.
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If Presidential Candidates Were Black Metal Bands…

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Black metal is a bloodcurdlingly shrill subgenre of metal music, characterized by indistinguishably shrieked lyrics (as opposed to the baritone belches of death metal). The rare, trained ear that can decipher the human language beneath the deathly wails will find the contents often concern Satanist, pagan, or generally anti-Christian ideologies, blanketing the contemporary societal mores they disdain in the unquenchable flames of their violent vocalizations.
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Otherworldly Aerial Photos of Couples Lounging in Central Park

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Sheep Meadow in Central Park “was originally the home to a flock of pure bred sheep from 1864 until 1934.” Since then, the area has been restored and maintained, becoming the city’s first Quiet Zone. A tiny slice of Zen for sunbathers, picnickers, and families looking for a quick getaway from the rat race, Sheep Meadow is also a draw for photographer Michael Massaia. The artist captures photos of couples lounging on Sheep Meadow from above, presenting them in abstract form, divorced from their surroundings. We’re left with the language of an embrace or a languid pose. Massaia exhibits the photos vertically with a dark background, which makes it seem as though each couple is floating in the ether, an otherworldly space and time.
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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