Perfume, Somerset House, photo Peter MacDiarmid

Shallow Not Stupid

When I grow up, I want to be a professional nose. Sniffing away until the nose on my face, which is big enough for a family of five to move in up there with their furniture, invents a perfume like Vilhelm's The Oud Affair, inspired by Ava Gardner and her bullfighter boyfriend.

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Aug 16, 2017 17:08:00
Salvador Dalí (1939), photo Carl Van Vechten

Salvador Dalí's Body to Be Exhumed

As part of a lengthy paternity suit, the entombed remains of Salvador Dalí will be exhumed in his hometown of Figueres, Spain, at 9:30 am on July 20, 2017. Morbid, perhaps, but unearthing the body appears to be the only way, as ordered by a judge, to definitively determine whether or not the artist is the biological father of Pilar Abel Martinez.

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Jul 18, 2017 12:50:00
Caravaggio's Bacchus

The Orange Furball Stalking Great Art

Suddenly fat cats are everywhere. They're hissing at the have-nots, kneading dubious trade deals, and clawing democratic governments to their will.

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Jul 17, 2017 18:11:00
Ryan Burke

The Extreme Face Art of Ryan Burke

Meet Ryan Burke, the makeup artist (and self-portraitist) from small-town Virginia who's blowing up big in New York as an ambassador for the legendary UK makeup artist Pat McGrath.

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Jun 30, 2017 20:37:00
Jessica Harrison

Delightfully Disturbing Porcelain Carnage

In a kind of haute carnage, Jessica Harrison takes found porcelain dolls and alters them in ghastly, macabre ways, painting on blood splatters and adding internal organs to the exterior.

One figurine looks as if she's plunged her hand into her chest and pulled out her own heart as a kind of sacrifice, while another holds her eyeballs after ripping them from their sockets.

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Jun 30, 2017 09:19:00
Bill Murray as Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic

Life Imitates Wes Anderson

Remember the retro sneakers Bill Murray's character Steve Zissou wore in The Life Aquatic, the blue-striped ones that were so identifiably Adidas? Now, thirteen years since Wes Anderson's cult classic, Adidas has quietly produced the Zissou shoe, complete with a two-tone blue Three Stripe, yellow laces, a contrast blue heel tab, and "Zissou" emblazoned on the side.

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Jun 28, 2017 13:26:00
Beloved Wear political swimsuits

Getting Political with Swimsuits

Slapping political faces, double chins and all, onto swimsuits might be the only way to get through the horror show that is this presidency. If that's the case, hats off to Beloved Wear for bringing a dose of levity to the resistance, for what it's worth.

For the more apolitical of beach-goers, there are plenty of traditional sight-gags — Borat, Nicholas Cage, pizza — to keep you giggling until the midterms.

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Jun 27, 2017 19:59:00
Barbette

A Moment for Barbette

Barbette — born Vander Clyde Broadway in 1898 — was a drag pioneer, circus acrobat, toast of Paris, friend of Josephine Baker, muse (and lover, briefly) of Jean Cocteau, and frequent subject of Man Ray's lens.

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Jun 20, 2017 10:19:00
Mechano-therapy by Dr. Zander

When Victorians Hit the Gym

Here's something to think about the next time you strap on your crusty gym clothes and curse "whoever invented exercise." Swedish physician and said inventor Gustav Zander pioneered mechano-therapy — i.e. fitness through manually operated contraptions — in the late 19th century, circa industrialization, when hard labor wasn't a choice for most.

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Jun 17, 2017 18:36:00

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