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Everyone hates the Yugo, except these people who love it

Shortly after the Yugo was introduced in 1985 by then-Yugoslav corporation Zastava Automobiles, it became the most hated car in history. Consumer Reports thrashed the vehicle, writing that the engine "struggled and strained to climb highway grades in high gear," the upholstery was "cloth that resembles towel material," and "our 0-60 mph run took 18.5 seconds." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Design, News, Cars, Automobiles, Zastava, Yugo


Winners of Kids Ocean Day inaugural art contest announced

The 27th annual Kids Ocean Day has found a winner for the program’s inaugural art contest. Sixth grader Tracy N., from Garden Grove, was awarded first place for her piece, along with a $100 gift card to a craft store, and was featured as the main image of an online mosaic that was compiled with artwork from every other submission. Second place went to seventh grader Liana S. in McKinleyville; and third grader Sophia M., in Tarzana, received third place. The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Ed...
Tags: Art, News, California, Environment, Sport, Soccer, Tracy, Pacific Ocean, Southern California, Garcia, Los Angeles County, Tarzana, Sophia, Garden Grove, Dockweiler State Beach, McKinleyville


Jeans that look like you're wearing a glitch in the matrix

South Korean designers LEJE created these curious jeans that look like you're wearing a glitch in the matrix. The style above are called "Slash" Jeans while the below are dubbed "L" Pants. It is not cheap to wear designer glitch garments though. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Fashion, Design, News, Style, Optical Illusions, LEJE


Tribeca Film Festival and Chanel Celebrate Art and New York City

The Tribeca Film Festival and Chanel have teamed to present Art Is New York/New York Is Art. The program invited more than 60 artists to contribute original sketches inspired by the relationship between art and New York City. The works will be posted on vacated storefronts throughout lower Manhattan. Contributing artists include Julian Schnabel, Kiki […]
Tags: Design, News, New York City, Festivals, Artists, Manhattan, Chanel, New York New York, Tribeca Film Festival, Julian Schnabel Kiki


invisible sculpture for sale

From the department of “you are not going to believe this”, there’s an Italian artist named Salvatore Garau who recently auctioned a sculpture that does not actually exist and someone paid $18,300 for it! Literally, there is nothing but a certificate of authenticity and some instructions for how to display it. He calls it an […]
Tags: Art, News, In the News, Sculpture, Humor, Silly, Satire, Statue, Modern Art, Random, Invisible, Salvatore Garau


"In" is a gorgeous graphic novel about trying to find genuine human connections

I miss people. I like being around people, but I'm not always great at actually socializing with them. I hover around the edges of the room, unsure of what to do, heart racing with every missed opportunity for a conversational entrance. — Read the rest
Tags: Reviews, Art, Post, News, Book Reviews, Book Review, Graphic Novels, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Graphic Design, Visual Art, Watercolor, Graphic Novel, Will McPhail, Great Graphic Novels


Watch: The magic of a Sisyphus Table

from oddlysatisfying Usually used to create kinetic sand art, this clever Reddit user decided to utilize their Sisyphus Table for a more Van Gogh-esque purpose by using the table's hidden magnetic system to create a hypnotic, spiraling painting. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Magnets, Reddit, Van Gogh, Spirals, Kinetic Sand, Sand art, Sisyphus Table


Siteless is a book of architectural inspiration

One of my friends gave me a copy of the book, Siteless: 1001 Building Forms by François Blanciak as a gift a few years ago, and I use it often for reference images and inspiration for my drawings. Although I'm not an architect and this is an architecture-inspired book, the forms in it are great for drawing inspiration, creature parts, or just fun eye candy. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Design, News, Art and design, François Blanciak


Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum open again as pandemic eases

PASADENA >> There she was. Still hanging around on Friday, May 28, after a year and a half of a pandemic: “Woman with a Book,” Pablo Picasso’s 1932 oil on canvas. Inside her bold black lines, vibrant colors that beckoned on a wall inside a spacious gallery hall at the Norton Simon Museum. Picasso’s famous abstract wasn’t the only one welcoming back the masses at the Colorado Boulevard museum during its first full week of reopening after being closed during the coronavirus crisis. You know the ca...
Tags: Art, News, Sport, Rome, Things To Do, Soccer, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, John, Pasadena, Basel, Ontario, Christine, Denise, St Peter, Vincent Van Gogh


For sale: Darth Vader helmet house in Houston

When Dr. Jean Cukier decided to build his dream house in Houston, Texas, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew it himself. Cukier loved Star Wars so he took architectural inspiration from Darth Vader's helmet. The 7,000 square-foot, four bedroom/five bath home is now for sale for $4.3 million. — Read the rest
Tags: Star Wars, Post, Real Estate, Design, News, Homes, Darth Vader, Houston, Houston Texas, Cukier, Jean Cukier


This artist is turning guns used in crimes into pieces of art in Los Angeles County

After a gun is used in a crime and in the hands of authorities, the firearm is often melted down to metal and repurposed into something else, such as construction material. That recycled piece of once-destructive metal is then forgotten, often sitting between drywall, Los Angeles-based artist Lin Evola said Friday, May 21. “No one knows that it’s there, it doesn’t help,” she said. “It’s metal that gets recycled, but there’s no message to it.” Evola plans to turn those materials into something me...
Tags: Art, Texas, Crime, News, Guns, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, CHP, Nra, Los Angeles County, Ryan, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Manhattan New York, Sheriff s Department


Religious artifacts returned to Thailand in LA repatriation ceremony

LOS ANGELES >>Two stolen 1,500-pound hand-carved religious relics which were originally part of ancient temples in Thailand were returned to that country at a repatriation ceremony on Tuesday, May 25. The religiously significant lintels were exported from Thailand in violation of Thai law more than 50 years ago and thereafter were donated to San Francisco and displayed at its Asian Art Museum. The repatriation ceremony, which included Thai dancers and prayers, was held in Los Angeles because the...
Tags: Art, News, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Thailand, Soccer, United States, Community, Getty, Customs, state Senate, LA County, Homeland Security Investigations


Normal life is indeed returning: The Getty has reopened

The Getty Center, the pastoral artistic hub of Los Angeles County, reopened Tuesday, May 25, after being shuttered since March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Getty’s older, more ornate sister museum, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, opened a month ago. White granite and blue skies greet visitors at the Getty which re-opened to the public on Tuesday. The museum is allowing a reduced number of visitors each day, however, tickets are still free and can be reserved at https://tickets.gett...
Tags: Health, Art, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Community, Getty, Van Gogh, Los Angeles County, Brentwood, Lucretia, Losangeles, Potts


For sale: Odd and fantastic San Francisco octagonal home designed by phrenologist

The magnificent Feusier Octagon House in San Francisco is for sale for $8.6 million. Its curious shape was informed by a popular book of the 1850s, "A Home for All; Or, The Gravel Wall and Octagon Mode of Building" by Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist who according to SFGATE, "argued that eight-sided homes were better for one's well-being, in part because it meant every room in the house would get sunlight at one point during the day." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Design, News, San Francisco, Homes, Quackery, SFGATE, Feusier Octagon House, Orson Squire Fowler


Performers rally in support of state Senate bill aiding small arts organizations

Actor Danny Glovers speaks at a rally to support SB 805 Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles. The bill, sponsored by state senator Susan Rubio, will help assist small performing arts companies in Los Angeles. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Actors and supporters of SB 805 Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles. The bill, sponsored by state senator Susan Rubio, will help assist small performing arts companies in Los Ang...
Tags: Art, News, Arts, California, Government, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Theater, Rubio, Stewart, Los Angeles County, state Senate, San Fernando


LA County report highlights racial pay disparities in nonprofit arts groups

LOS ANGELES >>  Arts organizations in Los Angeles County pay entry-level employees who are white more than Black, Indigenous and other employees of color, according to a newly released report. “What this report reveals on income disparities cutting along racial lines is not surprising,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hilda Solis said. “We know that arts and culture play a critical role in the economic and social resiliency of Los Angeles County, and as we build our ecosystem back, we mu...
Tags: Art, News, Government, Los Angeles, Diversity, Sport, Soccer, Community, Los Angeles County, Neil, LA County, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda Solis, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze


Hergé's heirs lose legal battle with Tintin parody artist

Xavier Marabout painted an amusing yet exquisitely detailed series of works depicting Tintin, the overwhelmingly decent and heroic journalist, hanging out with women—a rare creature in the works of Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Moulsinart S.A., the company that holds the right's to Hergé's work, sued for infringement over the depictions and has lost big. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Parody, Copyright, Trademark, Tintin, Hergé, Xavier Marabout, Hergé Moulsinart


San Fernando student’s award-winning art captures a masked moment of joy during a rotten year

Kathia Hernandez, 17, poses in Sylmar on Thursday, May 13, 2021 with her painting “Skating Summer Days,” a selfie with her friends, which is headed to the U.S. Capitol after she won a Congressional Art Competition. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Because the year 2020 wasn’t turning out to be the very best for 17-year-old Kathia Hernandez, she wanted to capture one of the happiest moments of the pandemic in an art piece that won first place in a local congressional a...
Tags: Health, Art, New York, News, Education, Congress, California, Mexico, Government, America, Sport, Soccer, Washington Dc, House, Community, Bangladesh


What suit would George Washington wear if he were in office now?

The New York Times reports on . His is not the first effort to go viral, but the first so good that it has people arguing about the appropriateness of sartorial choices instead of pixel-peeping his chops. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Fashion, News, New York Times, George Washington, Shoop, Anachronism


This 1953 painting of the inside of an artist's skull has fascinated me for years

The Maze (1953) by William Kurelek (March 3, 1927 – November 3, 1977) is one of my favorite paintings. I discovered it inside of a fascinating book called The Mind from Life Science Library, written by John Rowan Wilson in 1964. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, William Kurelek, Life Science Library, John Rowan Wilson


Wisdom Tree holds your books' place

Avid readers, forget bookmarks*. Here's a classy way to hold your place in the books you're reading. It's called the "Wisdom Tree" and it's also a lamp. This wood nightstand topper stacks up to five books separately. Pre-order now from Bookniture for an early August ship date ($69). — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Design, News, Lamp, Reading, Real things you can actually buy, Wisdom Tree, Book rest, Thoughtful design


The former chairman of Valentino just sold a Basquiat skull painting at auction for $93.1 million - $40 million more than it was expected to go for

A woman looks at Jean-Michel Basquiat's "In This Case" during a press preview on May 3, 2021 for a Christie's sale New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images The cofounder of Valentino just sold a Basquiat painting at auction for $93.1 million, per Bloomberg. The 1983 painting, titled "In This Case," was expected to sell for around $50 million, Christie's auction house said. It's the second-most expensive Basquiat ever sold at auction; the priciest sold for $110.5 mill...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, New York, News, Trends, Bloomberg, Paris, Retail, Manhattan, David Hockney, Picasso, Christie, Valentino, Gagosian, Architectural Digest, Jean Michel Basquiat


49 dead trees "planted" in Madison Square Park

Maya Lin installed 49 dead Atlantic White Cedar trees in a park in New York City to warn of climate change, reports Reuters. "They're called, 'Ghost Forests,' so I wanted to bring a ghost forest to raise awareness about this phenomenon," she added, noting that more than 50% of Atlantic Cedars on the U.S. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Climate Change, New York City, Trees, Reuters, Madison Square Park, Maya Lin, Dead Wood, Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic Cedars


This small Leonardo da Vinci sketch of a bear expected to sell for $16 million

One of eight sketches by Leonardo da Vinci still privately owned, this 8-inch square sketch of a bear will go up for auction next month. It's expected to sell for between $11 and $16 million. That's twice the price that the most expensive Leonardo sketch sold for twenty years ago—"Horse and Rider" for $11.2 million. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Auctions, Artists, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci


A tarot deck from the age of corona

Steve Speer, the creator of some very out-there, psychedelic animations from the early 1990s, brings us the magical CoronaTarot. Speer collaborated with occultist Ami Lahoff and Pantheist Lena Strayhorn to create this one-of-a-kind deck. Images relating to the current politics, media, and memes of the pandemic-era make up the 78 unique illustrations; A masked person looking nervously into the mirror with a reflection of a skeleton staring back (Lovers), a naked woman crouching over a river, w...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Tarot, Steve Speer, CoronaTarot Speer, Ami Lahoff, Lena Strayhorn


This 508-page collection of found art is a happy mutant's delight

I'm always on the hunt for books and zines of obscure, free-associative imagery. I got my hands on a copy of Glenn Bray's Scrap Book this week and it'\]s contents exceed everything I could have hoped for in a book full of found content. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Scrapbooks, Glenn Bray, Ephmemera, No Sense Makes Sense


Nirvana sued over thirty-year-old t-shirt design featuring a 1949 illustration

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC


Nirvana sued over t-shirt artwork dating back to 1989

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC


Check out these MacPaint masterpieces from the 1980s

I came across this awesome Historical Gallery and Archive of MacPaint art from the '80s. I love the old-school digital aesthetic to these images, and feel inspired to play around on MacPaint myself after looking through the archive. Bill Atkinson's MacPaint was developed by Apple Computer and released in 1984 with The original Macintosh personal computer. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Macintosh, Apple Computer, Bill Atkinson, 1-bit Aesthetic, 1-bit Art


The stunning book design behind the new Philip Dick collection

The Folio Society is releasing a limited edition collection of all 118* short stories written by Philip K. Dick — and like a lot of the Folio Society's work, the graphic design is absolutely stunning. Check out the video for more about the process: This limited edition of Philip K. — Read the rest
Tags: Books, Video, Design, News, Book, Designers, Graphic Design, Design Fiction, Philip K Dick, PKD, Folio Society, Science Fiction Design, Philip Dick, Philip K Read



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