Pieter Hugo X Hood By Air

Respect for Jamaica's Underclass

Turns out photographer Pieter Hugo's fantastic images of Jamaican porn actors, sex workers, and assorted 'gully queens' — so named for the large drain underneath the city of Kingston in which they live — wearing archival pieces by Hood By Air were just the beginning.

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Dec 07, 2016 20:10:00

Hello, Man Coif

Move over, man bun. The 70s man coif, a tonsorial triumph, is making its heroic return. Or at least we'd like it to. Can it please, men?... 

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Dec 07, 2016 13:26:00
Barbie as Virgin Mary

Holy Parody

The Virgin Mary and Barbie are both constructed fantasies, differing slightly in that one is immaculate and the other is impeccable.

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Dec 06, 2016 20:10:00

Epic Santa Fails

The creepiest of the creepy, as explained by the wailing and/or unamused children on Santa's lap. Because kids know...

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Dec 06, 2016 10:11:00
Alexey Kondakov

Art History in Today's Kiev

In a mesmerizing transcendence of time and place, Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov photoshops characters from mythology and antiquity into ordinary scenes of modern Kiev.

Incongruous though they are, clearly, there's something rather apropos about Bouguereau's Virgin Mary and child riding a bleak subway or Caravaggio's depiction of David and Goliath played out in a shadowy alley.

This is art without borders, pastiche in the digital age.

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Dec 05, 2016 20:19:00
Anohni, Chelsea Manning

Anohni Calls Out President Obama

Chelsea Manning is America’s number one political prisoner, a soldier and trans-woman who's been locked in solitary confinement since 2013 for leaking the drone killing of a journalist, among other classified documents. She's attempted suicide at least once and is believed to be undergoing a hunger strike currently.

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Dec 05, 2016 15:54:00
Igor Mukhin

Anarchy in the USSR

Between 1985 and 1991, when the Cold War was beginning to thaw, photographer Igor Mukhin documented Moscow's nascent punk rock scene, loosely interpreted from the images and sounds that were trickling in from the West.

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Dec 04, 2016 18:23:00
Vintage men's underwear ads

Where the Underthings Are

Hilarious and ridiculous, sure, but some of these vintage men's underwear ads are downright hunky — they just take a little adjusting...

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Dec 02, 2016 18:18:00

The Muse and the Feminist

In her first major museum exhibition, Between Tongue and Teeth, Angela Fraleigh reimagines the feminine role in art history by transposing women — some of them well-known activists, artists, designers — into fragments of Old Master works or in nebulae of gold and silver leaf. By jumbling references and periods, thus merging the muse and the feminist, Fraleigh liberates these marginalized figures, and she does so in the thoroughly modern I.M. Pei-designed Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, an area synonymous with women's emancipation.

Born in South Carolina and raised in rural New York, Fraleigh creates fleshy environments that at once beckon and reject the viewer’s gaze, challenging the roles women have traditionally held within the artistic arena. To wit, those extraordinary paintings in gold and silver leaf are a nod to the tireless work of Candace Wheeler, a leading figure in the decorative arts who advocated for women in the workforce, particularly the field of interior and textile design, in the late 1800s.

Another abstract series took inspiration from the 18th-century ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro, depicting the various stages of silk production (which mainly employed women), from the gathering of silkworms to the weaving process. These sit in in beautiful contrast to another series based on the American suffragette movement, which has its roots in central New York State, specifically Seneca Falls. These portraits, informed by Fraleigh's research into the role that local suffragettes played on the national stage, include Matilda Joslyn Gage, Hester C. Jeffrey, Lucretia Mott, a Quaker, and a young Iroquois woman named Pretty Flower, opening an other turbulent and storied chapter in American history.

Between Tongue and Teeth, Angela Fraleigh, through December 31, 2016, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Nov 28, 2016 15:23:00

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