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Haze, 2003, Plastic Straws The materials an artist uses clearly says something about their aesthetic, but at the same time a material can be neutral enough to be transformative. Such is the case with Tara Donovan, who, by using humble, everyday materials such as plastic cups and straws, manages to create ephemeral spaces in which the viewer gets tricked. I say tricked because by utilizing utilitarian materials, Donovan provides the viewer with a passage into the ... Read More
  Worlds collide! Jay-Z's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is a hat tip to the contemporary art scene. As if being married to the Queen art historian herself wasn't enough, Mr. Carter is releasing six pieces of his own art to accompany his record. The video for his new song “Picasso Baby” seems to be the first. For the vid, Jay stared into the eyes of famed performance artist Marina Abramovic in Chelsea's Pace Gallery ... Read More
In my world, wearing someone's flannels and ripped jeans is usually the before or after of getting laid. Standard fair, to be honest. I never had any of my love interests to do the same and commit to the whole 4-inch heels and ruffled mini-dress thing though. One of them put on my camisole as a joke, but nobody ever immerses themselves in the full Mary Grace experience.  Maybe for the best. With all this said, there are two things I'm certain of: I really, ... Read More
Here's another thought-provoking, complex series of photos that challenge gender roles in relationships. Remember that kickass "Made Up" project where couples switched makeup routines? Well, this photographer took that idea to another level. Spanish artist Jon Uriarte wanted to do the shoot after talking with some dude friends about how different relationships between men and women today are from the way they were during his parents' generation. This sparked his ... Read More
  As an artist and frequenter of the contemporary art world, I have yet to be as impressed with painting as I am with the works of Iris Grace Halmshaw. Iris Grace is a 3 year-old from England and she is autistic. She has trouble expressing herself through words and social interactions - instead, she's incredibly in tune with the language of color, movement and rhythm. She can pick up a brush and go for hours, only stopping to squeal with excitement. The ... Read More
'Menstruate with Pride' You know that feeling you get when you listen to a song and you feel like the lyrics were written for you? Or when you read a book and think the words could have been ripped from your journal? Or when you see a bangin’ piece of art and think, “I wish I could express my frustration towards patriarchal systems like that!"  Okay, maybe you haven’t thought that last one yet, but you will after you see artwork by Sarah ... Read More
  Miranda July wants to give you something. She’s got these cool, creative friends, and her friends have email accounts just brimming with interesting private messages that she thinks your eyes should sneak a peek at. Which friends? Oh, just Lena Dunham, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kirsten Dunst, writers Sheila Heti and Etgar Keret, artists Catherine Opie and Danh Vo, physicist Lee Smolin, and Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy (!). Together, plus you, ... Read More
  Holy Mother of Blue Ivy, this is genius. Ever find yourself staring into the depths of a gorgeous, iconic painting, only to wonder: "what the hell does this mean?" Unless you've studied works by everyone from Hyacinthe Rigaud to Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (uhh, nope), it can be really hard to puzzle out the messages behind their masterpieces. Queen B knows your pain. Or at least Leigh Silver does - she's carefully curated an impressive collection ... Read More
  What do you see? A mess, maybe. But to photographer Sarah Anne Ward, these stains run deeper. Her art aims to fill them with politics, pain, and all of menstruation's cosmic complexities. Sarah finds periods “FASCINATING” with a capital everything, and her analysis of them might make you feel the same. “This series was mainly prompted with my struggle to accept PMS,” she says. “Being a feminist, I never wanted to accept ... Read More
Who knew our favorite feminist author was so into DIY culture? Woolf collab'd with her newphews, Julian and Quentin Bell, to create a self-published family newspaper. What started as charming words and illustrations developed into The Charleston Bulletin, a series of publications about happenings and events in the household. They mainly consisted of stories and sketches that use wit and a critical eye to talk about the goings-on within the family. The ... Read More