Love him or hate him (and his balloon sculptures), Jeff Koons had a pretty fantastic birthday cake this year, courtesy of his wife, fellow artist Justine Wheeler. “My Picasso ‘Kiss’ birthday cake baked by Justine. My favorite birthday cake ever!” he Tweeted earlier this week. The 1969 painting hangs in Koons’ bedroom (natch). “I think it’s about his conquests in life, his artistic and sexual conquests,” he said in a 2010 interview. (Flashbacks to Koons’ Made in Heaven series.) With a hunger for frosting and sweet, spongy layers of yumminess, we searched for other incredible cakes inspired by the art world. … Read More
New episodes of USA Network’s White Collar — our favorite series that follows the exploits of a con man’s (Matt Bomer) adjunct assignment with an FBI Special Agent (Tim DeKay) — are right around the corner. To get in the mood for more forgeries and billion-dollar heists, we devised our own cheat sheet to help you fake it with the best of them. If you can’t tell your Post-Impressionist painters from classical Greek sculpture, you can master the art of deception with our guide to the classics. Fake your way through the world’s greatest museums, meet the first Renaissance men, and find out the difference between Monet and Manet after the jump. … Read More
In an economy like ours, just about every college major can seem pointless. But which ones are actually most likely to doom a graduate to failure? With the help of some data from Georgetown University and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the 13 most useless fields of… Read More
Soner Ön is a born-and-bred Brooklynite who’s equally at home drawing inspiration from back issues of Richie Rich comics or Ottoman treasures in his family’s native Turkey. Ön works in collage, photography, printmaking, and paint to channel everything from the grit of his Flatbush youth to the furthest reaches of outer space. We caught up with Ön in Istanbul, where his series on MC Hammer’s gratuitous wardrobe, 5 of 10,000, is currently on… Read More
We’re a little bummed that this is part of a campaign for, erm, Arby’s, but STILL. It’s pretty rad. And a bit stomach-turning, too. Plus, the artist, Phil Hansen — despite the unfortunate faux-hawk — is legit. Check out more of his creations on his site.