Art

The Otherworldly, Neon Landscape of Nevada Casinos

The flashy casinos of Las Vegas and other gambling haunts are a mind-bending experience. Between the artificial lights and constant aural stimulation, it’s easy to feel disconnected from reality and lose all sense of time. Of course, that’s what casino owners are hoping for so that you keep spending your money. … Read More

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Can You Guess the Movies Behind These Stripped-Down Posters?

We always appreciate a good guessing game, which is why French artist Madani Bendjellal’s series of retouched movie posters without their titles rates high on our quiz list this week. Bendjellal, whose work we discovered on Fubiz, leaves just a few clues for film poster fans to figure out the name of these iconic movies, based simply on the artwork. It’s a great way to highlight the illustration and photography of each poster’s design. For the advanced visual guessing gamer, some of these will be easy to uncover, but Bendjellal has thrown in a few head-scratchers for good measure. Test your inner movie geek, and guess the identity of these untitled posters. … Read More

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50 Inspiring and Revolutionary Quotes From Avant-Garde Artists

A key figure in the New German Cinema movement, Wim Wenders is also an accomplished playwright, author, and photographer. His analytical essays, collected in volumes like Emotion Pictures: Reflections on Cinema and experimental documentaries such as Room 666, confirm Wenders’ status as a questing, medium-blurring artist. Wenders is in that sense an avant-garde icon. In time for the Museum of Modern Art’s exhaustive retrospective of his film work, we’ve compiled a series of quotes on art, process, and philosophy from like-minded boundary-leveling… Read More

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Otherworldly Aerial Photos of Blue Salt Fields in Australia

As far as landscapes that look like they’re from another planet entirely go, Australia is right up there with Iceland and parts of South America. Still, despite being a native of Australia, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like these remarkable images from photographer Simon Butterworth, which we spotted at Russian culture site Look at Me. They’re aerial photos of salt fields in the country’s north, and they look more like abstract photos of crystals than they do like a landscape. There’s more of Butterworth’s work at his website. … Read More

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Björk-Inspired Tumblr Showcases Female Electronic Artists at Work

“I spend 80% of the writing process of my albums on my own…The 20% of the album process when I bring in the string orchestras, the extras, that’s documented more. That’s the side people see. When I met M.I.A., she was moaning about this, and I told her, ‘Just photograph yourself in front of the mixing desk in the studio, and people will go, ‘Oh, OK! A woman with a tool, like a man with a guitar.'” So Björk told Pitchfork this January; Female Pressure is a response to that advice. The network of female electronic artists posts images of its members in the studio on its Tumblr, and we’ve collected some of our favorites here, along with the artists’ names and a link to their music. Click through and check out the images of women at work. … Read More

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Fantastic Cosmic Vistas Created With Food and Household Goods

Food, the final frontier? It’s one of the great wonders of the universe that structures that exist on a cosmic scale tender to resemble those that exist on a microscopic one (compare and contrast this map of galactic superclusters and this one of synapses in the human brain, for instance). Still, you might be taken aback to know that the sci-fi scenes depicted in the work of Brooklyn photographer Navid Baraty (which we spied at Faith Is Torment) are created entirely from the contents of his pantry. In Baraty’s hands, a glass of coconut milk becomes a planet, and baking soda and curry powder combine to form a galaxy. It’s a neat trick, and surprisingly effective. Click through to see some of our favorites, and check out Baraty’s Behance page for plenty more. … Read More

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Revealed: The Connection Between Classical Art and Hip Hop

If you’ve never considered the nexus between classical art and the world of hip hop, well, OK, you’re not the only one. Happily, though, the creators of a Tumblr called B4-XVI have the vision that many of us lack, and their blog is a series of composite images that draw parallels between prominent rappers and art dating from the 16th century and before. It’s as excellent as it sounds, and we’ve collected some of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. (There are plenty more to be seen here.) … Read More

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Björk’s MoMA Retrospective: When Technology Fails Innovation

Tuesday morning, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, I found myself standing a few feet away from someone clad in a black cactus costume. Its face was covered, and thus it took me a minute to realize the cactus was Björk. Situated in a room custom-designed for the occasion (6,000 soundproofing cones covered the walls and ceiling),the Icelandic icon introduced her new MoMA-commissioned piece, the short film “Black Lake.” “I’m very grateful that Klaus [Biesenbach] convinced me to do this exhibition,” Björk timidly announced, referencing the 12 years it took MoMA’s curator at large to snag her for an exhibition. “It’s been quite a journey, and a close relationship that I’m really grateful… Read More

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WORDLESS! Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston on the Birth of the Graphic Novel

On March 13, The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University will present WORDLESS!, a performance by artist, theorist, and historian Art Spiegelman, and American composer Phillip Johnston. The show combines a score composed and performed by Johnston with images curated and discussed by Spiegelman, who will present a tour of early “graphic novels” by artists like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross. WORDLESS! will also feature new work by Spiegelman made specifically for this project. … Read More

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