Diane Arbus

Absurd, Uncanny Photos of John Malkovich Recreating Iconic Snapshots

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Everyone’s favorite Siri spokesman John Malkovich has graciously lent his talents to photographer Sandro Miller, who’s given the world the gift of Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters. The idea’s pretty self-explanatory: Miller recreates indelible images, from Andy Warhol’s self-portrait to Diane Arbus’ image of identical twins, with Malkovich replacing the original subjects. The effect’s sometimes eerily exact (with a mustache, Malkovich is sort of a ringer for Albert Einstein) and sometimes hilarious (no amount of makeup is going to hide the fact that Malkovich is not Marilyn Monroe). Click through for the full experience.
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Playful Play-Doh Remakes of Famous Photographs

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Fun, art-friendly Tumblr alert: Eleanor Macnair’s Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh. Famous snaps by Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, William Eggleston, and more get the Play-Doh treatment. Jean-Paul Goude’s iconic image of a sleek Grace Jones in an impossible arabesque (copied by Nicki Minaj in her “Stupid Hoe” video) becomes outsider art when composed with kid’s modeling clay. And what’s not to love about the spaghetti (worm) hair in the remake of Joseph Szabo and Man Ray’s photos? See more Play-Doh creations, which we first glimpsed on Lost at E Minor, below.
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50 Sublime Coffee Table Books for the True Sophisticate

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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

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

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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.
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July’s 10 Must-See Art Shows

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At least one of the deer-hunting shots from I Am Legend, where Will Smith runs through deserted New York streets, takes place in the Chelsea gallery district, mostly likely during the summer. Even on a busy opening night, blocks full of art galleries almost always seem expansive and empty from the outside, and this gets more intense during the summer, when enough major players close up for the season to convince art lovers that there’s nothing to see. It’s worth reminding ourselves that I Am Legend isn’t real, and actually, there are a loads of galleries that are worth visiting during July, for reasons besides their offerings of air conditioning and shade. Here are ten of the best shows opening across the country this month.
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10 of the Best Artworks About Suburbia

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The development of the suburbs changed the social, political, and environmental landscape of America forever. The postwar exodus to a growing suburbia signified possibilities and prosperity, which is far different from our view of the suburbs now. Artists have been examining the conventions of suburban life since the first white picket fence appeared. While we anticipate the Mad Men season finale airing tonight — a series that knows a thing or two about suburban development and the hopes and fears of a country facing great change — let’s take a look at ten artworks that interpret the spirit of the suburbs.
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