Art

Hidden Picasso Painting Discovered Underneath Early Masterpiece ‘The Blue Room’

As technological advances thrust us into the future, they can also illuminate the past: new infrared technology helped scientists and… Read More

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Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator? Both, Most Likely

Last week, word got out that New York magazine was working on a cover story about Terry Richardson. This wasn’t remarkable news in and of itself, given that Richardson is rarely out of the headlines these days, but the word on the street (or, at least, the Gawker network) was that the story was pro-Richardson, allegedly setting out to absolve the photographer of all the accusations against him. As it turns out, the story doesn’t go quite that far, but it does provide a startlingly sympathetic portrait of a man who’s basically toxic these days. As an insight into Terryworld, it’s a fascinating read. As a piece of journalism dealing with the allegations against Richardson… well, not so much. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Striking Photos of Brooklyn as Seen From Elevated Subway Lines

I’m always riding the subway around Brooklyn to do photo expeditions in one location or another, and it’s often occurred to me that some of my favorite views of New York City can be seen from the subway itself. The problem is, shooting photos from an elevated train means shooting through warped, scratched, and filthy plastic windows. Or maybe that’s not a problem after all? One day this past February, with the city blanketed in snow and illuminated by amazing winter light, I decided to toss my perfectionism aside for a month and make a virtue of necessity, shooting a series of warts-and-all landscape photos from Brooklyn’s elevated subway lines — called, naturally, Elevated Landscapes. Since there’s no other way to capture these particular shots, aside from possibly renting a helicopter, it seemed a shame to let them get away. And I think the smudges and distortion add a certain quality that I’d never have been able to achieve in Photoshop. … Read More

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Delightfully Minimalist Movie Posters

In the battle between minimalist movie poster designers, we suspect Spanish studio atipo would win the war. Their Papers for Characters series, first spotted on A.V. Club, transforms iconic movies such as Rear Window and Jaws by simplifying them to the extreme, in poster form. In some cases, the one sheets have simply been cut or crumpled. Other poster adaptations use various textures and colors to mimic flesh, water, and more. They’re a refreshing and playful twist on the minimalist trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. … Read More

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Fantastic Photos Capturing New York City’s Most Fashionable Grandpas

Armed with a GoPro camera and an eagle eye for style, fashion PR exec Christina Belcher (who we learned about on Design Taxi) takes to the New York City streets looking for the most fashionable men, who also happen to be silver foxes. Her Instagram account @fashionablegrandpas is a colorful catalogue of elderly style mavens who have even inspired Belcher’s own fashion sense. Swathed in cashmere, cutting-edge cardigans, and luxe shoes we wouldn’t dare dream of slipping our inexperienced feet into, these glamorous granddads are total trendsetters — but their classic choices also prove that some things never go out of style. … Read More

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“Art Is Magic Interspersed Within Everyday Minutes”: Rachel Feinstein on Her Madison Square Park Installation, ‘Folly’

In 2008, I was lucky enough to view Rachel Feinstein’s solo show at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. There I admired what is perhaps her best-known sculpture, Puritan’s Delight, a gorgeous, glossy black carriage with a single light burning inside of it, as well as several of her paintings and other sculpture works in wood and clay. Feinstein does a sly kind of translation in her sculptural works, taking an image and then making and re-making it until it’s brand new, a version-of-a-version of the original inspiration. … Read More

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“I Preen for Satan”: Hilarious Portraits of Troubled Birds

Birds: they’re just like us! Temperamental, ornery, prone to violent outbursts. At least that’s what Matt Adrian, AKA The Mincing Mockingbird, asserts with his new book Guide to Troubled Birds, which was released this week. A lovely and hilarious tome, the guidebook features humorous portraits of disturbed and agitated featured creatures, as well as brief stories dedicated to each one. To get a taste of this guide to avian torment, check out the brief collection of Adrian’s portraits after the jump.  … Read More

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Iconic Film and TV Vehicles Get a Playful Reimagining in ‘Greatest Rides’

Can you possibly imagine Back to the Future without the DeLorean? Or The Dukes of Hazzard without the General Lee? In certain television shows and movies, the iconic vehicles the main characters cruise around in are so instantly recognizable that they’ve become as culturally important as their drivers. Illustrator Ido Yehimovitz plays around with this idea in the series Greatest Rides (spotted via Faith is Torment), in which some of the most famous vehicles in recent pop culture history get a playful, cartoon-like revamp. Take a look at Yehimovitz’s series after the jump, which features rides ranging from the Blues Brothers’ police car to the souped-up ambulance driven by the Ghostbusters.  … Read More

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Intricate Portraits of ‘Twin Peaks’ Characters Drawn on Postcards

Few shows inspire as much devotion as Twin Peaks, and with devotion comes fan art. The latest visual ode to David Lynch’s delightfully odd murder mystery/small-town soap opera is a series of illustrated postcards from artist Paul Willoughby, created for a 20th-anniversary exhibition of Twin Peaks-releated art at London’s Menier Gallery, which we spotted at Dangerous Minds. Willoughby depicts the series’ distinctive main characters on the back of postcards showing off the Pacific Northwest landscape that gave Twin Peaks its unique look. Click through for Willoughby’s versions of Special Agent Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer — dead and alive — and all the rest. … Read More

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Jimmy De Sana’s Black-and-White Photos of Blank Generation Punks, Poets, and Royalty

Looking at any single Jimmy De Sana photograph transports you back to an evening you may or may not have spent somewhere below 14th Street in Manhattan in the late 1970s, doing things you probably can’t talk about, meeting fascinating people, seeing a band like Television or Blondie playing at the height of their powers, then having to walk through the dangerous streets of a city that hardly resembles the place it has now become. … Read More

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