Happy Mother's Day - first proper

Happy Mother's Day - first proper feature in nearly 1.5 years! An update on life, our latest new project in the making, and a few things i couldn't have survived pregnancy without... and a peek at things to come. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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Mooki Mello Posse Stool! Saddle shaped stools...

Mooki Mello Posse Stool! Saddle shaped stools made of recycled paper pulp that is "light enough for kids to carry around but strong enough for a 220 lb adult to sit on it." They are the official chair of NYC Design Pavilion in Times Square for NYC Design Week 2019. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Times Square, Submitted, Mooki Mello Posse Stool Saddle, NYC Design Pavilion

AO Auction Preview – New York: Impressionist/Modern and Post-War/Contemporary Evening Sales, May 13th -16th, 2019

Robert Rauschenberg, Buffalo II (1964), via Christie’s The show previews, VIP openings and special presentations of the 58th Venice Biennale are now in the bag, and the art world has returned to business as usual this week, returning to New York for a string of auction sales that will offer a grounding take on the market, and a look at how the […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Robert Rauschenberg, Christie, AO Auction Preview, 58th Venice Biennale

How Should We Deal With Actors Who Appeared In Racist Movies?

Lillian Gish appeared in more than 100 movies, but one stands out as a dangerous, racist movie that inspired the spread of the Ku Klux Klan – The Birth of a Nation. And she never seemed to get what the problem was. So “the trustees of a student union in Ohio have voted unanimously to remove the name of Gish and her sister Dorothy from a university cinema” – with an explanatory display explaining the reasons for the change. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Ohio, Dorothy, Ku Klux, Lillian Gish, Gish, 05.10.19

Game of Thrones Chess

Wooden chess set features characters from the Game of Thrones TV show. Game of Thrones chess pieces hand-carved out of wood by Chesslania. Also check out: Paper Game of Thrones
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Is There A ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ Book For Literally Every Person On The Planet?

The series became a juggernaut in the 1990s, but it’s not over by any means. As the years have gone on, “the books have continued to multiply, to such an extent that the titles are now, by necessity, quite specific” including, for instance, Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, Chicken Soup, 05.10.19

Audrey Kawasaki "Clair de Lune’ print will be...

Audrey Kawasaki "Clair de Lune’ print will be available for 48 hours beginning Sunday May 19th 2pm PST on Static Medium as part of the online Sofa-Con 2019! Happy Mother's Day! (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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AO On-Site – Venice – Adrian Ghenie: “The Battle Between Carnival and Feast” at the Palazzo Cini Through November 18th, 2019

Adrian Ghenie, The Wall (2019), via Art Observed Marking the 2019 seasonal opening of the Palazzo Mini gallery in Venice, artist Adrian Ghenie and Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery have brought a selection of new paintings to show in the space. Marking a new step in the artist’s continued exploration of the nuances of power, masculinity and […]
Tags: Art, Show, Venice, Art News, Featured Post, Adrian Ghenie, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery

Prizewinners at the 128th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

One of my recurrent themes in recent years has been about how art societies really need to get their acts together and highlight those artists and paintings that win prizes - while the exhibition is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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'Fearless Living': Jean-Philippe Demeyer's Clarion Call for Audacious Interiors

If there’s one thing that Belgian interior designer Jean-Philippe Demeyer dislikes more than anything else it’s the colour grey. “I want happy interiors so that will never work”, he recently explained to Yatzer when asked about his affinity for vivid colours and striking contrasts.
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Are Sitcoms Doomed At The Networks?

Whew, Friday’s cancellation news was intense, so bad that Vulture called it a “bloodbath.” What’s left? Fresh Off the Boat got renewed – but star Constance Wu flat-out stated that was nothing to be happy about. So everything’s great right now in sitcom land. – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Constance Wu, 05.10.19

Yes, We Should Dismantle Facebook – But That Might Not Be Enough

Yes, Chris Hughes’ argument that Facebook needs to be broken up is strong. But it may simply be too late. “In effect, all media lives downstream of a large attention river where Facebook has dammed the flow, only to sell your water back to you—water that you used to receive naturally.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Facebook, Chris Hughes, Issues, 05.10.19

Las Vegas Has Become A Literary Hub

Yes, Las Vegas: “The Strip is still, and ever shall be, as Joan Didion described it, ‘bizarre and beautiful in its venality and in its devotion to immediate gratification.’ But a recent infusion of money, people and The Believer, a literary magazine, have kindled an already present bookish community into a steadier flame.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Joan Didion, Words, 05.11.19

What To Read When You Want To Rethink Motherhood

Happy, or something, Mother’s Day, from The Rumpus. “Mother’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, and often the celebrations it inspires reinforce our static and outdated ideas of what it means to be a mother and to have a mother rather than pushing against those antiquated stereotypes.” – The Rumpus
Tags: Art, Words, 05.10.19

As Penguin Random House Buys A Big Spanish Publisher, Its True Rivals Are The Big Three

Penguin Random House acquired Salamandra on May 3, and some see it as the start of a large rivalry with multimedia firm and publisher Grupo Planeta – but the real rivals to both publishing companies are Amazon, Apple, and Google. – El Pais (Spain)
Tags: Art, Words, Penguin Random House, Grupo Planeta, Amazon Apple, 05.11.19, Salamandra, Google El Pais

How To Listen To Music That You’re Pretty Sure Is By A Predator

Ann Powers re-listens to all of Michael Jackson’s work in the wake of Leaving Neverland. “If culture builds itself through revelations, explorations, secrets and lies, any response that doesn’t claim the contradictions gets it wrong.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Michael Jackson, Ann Powers, 05.11.19

The Cost Of Being A Ballerina

As 43-year-old ballerina Crystal Brothers prepares to retire from Ballet Memphis, here’s what she has been doing each day to keep her body going in the brutal sport, er, art, of dance: She sleeps in therapy boots all night to reduce leg cramping, and then … “I ice my feet, I take at least three baths a day, I have heating pads attached to my body with elastic bands and thera-bands, and I’m, you know, shoving a heating pad down my pants for my lower back.” – WKNO (Tennessee)
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.09.19, Crystal Brothers, Ballet Memphis

At The Venice Biennale, Lithuania Wins The Top Prize

Three Lithuanian artists won the prize for an opera performance piece “on an artificial beach, in which swimsuited performers break from sunbathing to sing warnings of ecological disaster.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.11.19, Venice Biennale Lithuania

Broadband In The US Is Still Slow And Expensive, But Companies Are Racing To Change That – From Space

OK, from low orbit, anyway. Still, potentially cool (and creepy? All at once?): First of all, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a plan for something called “Starlink,” and now, “government filings have indicated Amazon is preparing a constellation of 3,236 satellites as the backbone of its own planned service currently dubbed ‘Project Kuiper.'” – Vice
Tags: Amazon, Art, Spacex, Elon Musk, US, Ideas, StarLink, 05.10.19

How To Turn Kids Into Bookworms

It’s not magic. But it does require some effort (& also, do read Frog and Toad aloud): “Children have never been famed for taking sensible advice, but are superb at following a poor example. So if a parent spends most of their own time peering at screens, they can scarcely expect anything different from their offspring. … Maybe you can’t dump your phone, but at least give them that one half-hour in the day totally uninterrupted.” –
Tags: Art, Words, 05.11.19

Rare Vintage Photos Of Dwellers Of The Russian North Over A Century Ago

The author of this unique photo collection is a Russian photo artist Nikolay A. Shabunin (1866-1907) who dedicated all his life to the ethnography of his native region – the Mezen country and its outskirts. h/t: englishrussia Nikolay was obsessed by the Russian north, he saw how age-old traditions receded into the past and he wanted to capture the life of those people who could be called “the... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Life, Russia, History, Retro, Ethnography, Native, Nikolay, Dwellers, Shabunin, Nikolay A Shabunin, Mezen

In the Studio With an Artist Who Makes Giant Woman-Shaped Vases

Ruby Neri’s voluptuous ceramic sculptures depict female figures as they dance, talk and ride horses.
Tags: Art, News, Sculpture, Women and Girls, Ruby Neri

Moody And Cinematic Street Photography By Alex Fernández

Stunning street shots by Alex Fernández, a talented 21-years old photographer, filmmaker, and urban explorer from Madrid, Spain who currently based in New York City. Alex focuses mainly on urban and street photography. More: Alex Fernández, Instagram h/t: Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Urban, Night, Madrid Spain, Street, Moody, Alex Fernandez, New York City Alex, Alex Fernández Instagram

Bringing Brooklyn Back To BAM

Shamel Pitts, who grew up in Bed-Stuy and danced in The Ailey School and at Juilliard before leaving to dance with an Israeli group he saw at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, has moved back home – and is dancing his own creation in BAM, based on (but altered from) the Israeli dance called Gaga. – The Undefeated
Tags: Art, Dance, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Juilliard, 05.09.19, Shamel Pitts, Ailey School

The Chill And Retro Motion Pixel Art Of Motocross Saito

Pixel artist, designer, DJ and track maker Motocross Saito creates memorable GIF animations in a retro style, channeling ’80s and ’90s culture and music, with a focus on hip hop. Although he has been introduced internationally as the “loneliness GIF” artist, as Motocross Saito explains in this interview with CNN Japan, what he is really aiming for in his animated GIF pixel... Source
Tags: Japan, Design, Gif, Motion, Inspirations, Pixelart, Motocross Saito

Alvin Sargent, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Of ‘Julia’ And ‘Ordinary People,’ Has Died At 92

Sargent was the master of the adapted screenplay. “One of Hollywood’s most versatile writers, Mr. Sargent, who adapted screenplays from books and stories, wrote or collaborated on scores of television and film scripts over six decades: comedies, dramas, westerns, romances, even Spider-Man adventures.” (As a matter of fact, many outlets headlined his obit as “Spider-Man Writer.”)  – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Sargent, Julia, 05.11.19, Alvin Sargent Oscar

The Estate Of Robert Indiana Sues To Stop Sales For Reproductions Of ‘LOVE’ And ‘HOPE’

Wow, ugh, and this sure messes with those trying to remember Indiana a year after he died. “The complex legal battle surrounding the estate of Indiana began the day before he died at his home on Vinalhaven, when the Morgan Art Foundation filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York accusing McKenzie and Jamie Thomas, Indiana’s caretaker, of fraud and elder abuse. Indiana also was named in the suit. In fall 2018, Morgan also sued the Indiana estate alleging breach ...
Tags: Art, Indiana, Visual, Morgan, U S District Court, McKenzie, Southern District of New York, Robert Indiana, Vinalhaven, Morgan Art Foundation, 05.10.19, Jamie Thomas Indiana

Streaming Is The Talk Of The Media, But Advertisers Are Apparently Eager To Give Money To Traditional Channels

This seems … weird: The fewer people watch, the more money comes in from ads? But OK: “A strong economy has sustained robust ad spending in recent years. But another reason the upfront pot keeps growing, analysts say, is that shrinking ratings drive up the price of reaching viewers who still watch the networks the old-fashioned way — now known in the industry as ‘linear television.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 05.11.19

“Dancing With Sharks”: Incredible Underwater Photography By Juan Oliphant

Spectacular underwater shots by Juan Oliphant, a multi-talented photographer, and ocean diver based in Haleiwa, Hawaii, United States. Juan focuses mainly on the ocean and underwater photography. He received his degree in fine art and photography at BYUH in Laie Hawaii. Oliphant is also co-owner of One Ocean Diving and co-founder of Water Inspired Conservation Group. “Photography is a tool... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Daredevil, Sharks, Underwater, Juan Oliphant, Ocean Diving, BYUH, Haleiwa Hawaii United States Juan, Laie Hawaii Oliphant, Water Inspired Conservation Group Photography

Listen Up

From electropop to zouk, some of our favorite songs from the week Jonah Yano + BADBADNOTGOOD: Nervous Japan-born, Toronto-based Jonah Yano connects with BADBADNOTGOOD on a track that’s a delightful and seamless combination of their styles. Yano’s raw and relatable lyrics float comfortably atop BBNG’s rainy instrumental—one that employs acid jazz and blues. “Cigarettes make me nervous,” Yano proclaims. And it all burns smoothly until …
Tags: Music, Japan, Design, Music Videos, Toronto, Pop, Jazz, Carly Rae Jepsen, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Psychedelic, Calypso, Yano, Zouk, BBNG

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