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50 Sublime Coffee Table Books for the True Sophisticate

Let’s face it: the coffee table book is not just a book; it’s an item designed to indicate the relative level of sophistication of its owner. It’s a fetish object which ideally turns the sophistication dial up to “high.” Displaying coffee table books is, thus, essentially an invitation to people to judge you. A lot of people go wrong there, in my opinion. So here are 50 books that should be populating your coffee table instead of the latest collection of Vanity Fair‘s photo… Read More

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The Fascinating FBI Files of 10 Cultural Icons

The Internet is a surveillance state. We’re steadily finding out that there are more people tracking our whereabouts than we ever thought possible. For celebrities and cultural icons, this invasion of privacy isn’t anything new. The FBI has investigated the lives of popular personalities and great thinkers for decades, often without reason. These famous files are filled with intimate and absurd details that often read like the headlines of a gossip column. Click through to see what dirt the Bureau has dished up over the… Read More

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10 Essential Martin Amis Cultural Essays

When Martin Amis spoke to GQ about his 60th birthday, he seemed defeated, noting: “It all ends in dissolution and chaos and indignity and tears.” We can only imagine what he’s thinking today, on his 64th birthday. While the British novelist ponders mortality with cranky resignation, we’ve gathered a few of Amis’ must-read cultural reviews and essays on literature, art, film, porn, and politics. … Read More

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Who’s Lady Gaga Ripping Off This Time? A Catalog of “Applause” Video Influences

This morning saw the premiere of the official video for “Applause,” the first single off Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP. The video follows the art/pop theme, alluding to high art and pop culture alike. Gaga’s never been shy about, ahem, borrowing from other artists, of course, and this video is packed with pieces of imagery that are either clever references or blatant rip-offs, depending on your point of view. Click through to check out whose work Gaga’s been “inspired” by this time around, and let us know if you can spot any more. … Read More

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A Whistlestop Tour of Famous New York City Artists’ Studios and Homes

If you’ve got a spare $650, you can apparently rent one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s old studios for a night on Airbnb. Investigating artists’ places of work has always fascinated the Flavorwire crew, and there are few better places to do so that NYC (even if you can’t actually get into all of them). The city is dotted with the locations of legendary studios — you just have to know where to look. … Read More

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Peek Inside the Homes of 10 Counterculture Icons

If you’ve ever wanted to be Steve McQueen, you might just be a little closer to that goal — or at least, you can now be yourself in his old home. Recently, HiConsumption posted photos of McQueen’s “Pioneer Moon Ranch,” which is now up for sale — but more importantly, this glimpse into the homestead of “The King of Cool” inspired your intrepid Flavorwire editors to get to snooping into a few more of the homes of some of our greatest counterculture… Read More

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30 Cultural Icons on Motorcycles

Motorcycles have long been symbols of freedom and adventure, so it’s not surprising that many cultural icons have owned and enjoyed bikes. Few hobbies or passions can capture the comparable thrill of the spotlight than motorcycles, though we imagine many have taken to the open road for a stretch of solitude and highway zen. Check out the cultural icons who became road warriors, below. … Read More

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From Collaboration to Theft: What Happens When Art and Advertising Collide

Last week, the Texas Department of Transportation ordered the removal of a new large-scale sculpture designed by contemporary artist Richard Phillips for Playboy Enterprises, on the grounds that Playboy had not solicited a permit for a public advertisement. Titled Playboy Marfa, the work sits along a stretch of US Highway 90 outside of Marfa, Texas, and is comprised of a 1972 Dodge Charger sitting on a plinth next to a giant neon rendering of the Playboy logo. … Read More

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The 10 Most Memorable Artist Collaborations

For her contribution to the Manchester International Festival, Tracey Emin has announced plans for a collaboration with Louise Bourgeois, who she describes as her “hero” in a recent Guardian op-ed. To get past the hurdle of Bourgeois no longer being alive, Emin will employ a close reading of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 2004 tome Do It, in which 165 venerated artists provided instructions on how to reproduce their work. Even though the results will fit the definition of collaboration narrowly — a far cry from the genuine two-woman jobs that Hauser & Wirth exhibited in 2011 —  the idea of seeing both minds at work is intriguing, and, given the tone of Emin’s op-ed, pretty damn poignant. … Read More

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10 Photographs That Defined the ’60s

Bert Stern, the fashion and art photographer known for his pictures in Vogue and Look magazines in the 1950s and ’60s, died at his home in New York on Tuesday at the age of 83. While celebrated for his skills as a compelling ad man and a master portraitist of major Hollywood film stars, Stern was perhaps best known for shooting the famous “last sitting” of Marilyn Monroe, at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, two months before the actress passed away.  … Read More

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