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BUST loves female comedians. Specifically, we love women who can stand up on a stage and strongly speak the truth in a straightforward, funny, and accessible way, and not be afraid to push boundaries, take chances, and be vulnerable or sexy or simply themselves. And we laugh with them because on some level we identify with the truth of their words and worldviews. No matter how strange or bizarre their stories can be, there is a level of reality that we can look at ... Read More
  On first glance, the art of Jessica Harrison may appear to fit in with any number of sweet miniatures- perhaps you’ll see a tiny, plush chair, old-fashioned baby carriage, or waltzing lady. On closer inspection, we see a thick red tongue protruding from the pram, the fleshy chair sprouting hair, and the lady holding her brain in her hands. Like a good Victorian ghost story (or one by those more modern masters, Angela Carter or Kelly Link), Harrison ... Read More
I am of the opinion that comic and cartoon art is very much a form of "fine art." It is the one medium where anything you can imagine can become possible. If you dream it, you can realize it with a pen and a piece of paper. Now more than ever women are using the comic medium to express smart, creative, and even sexy stories. A few months back we did blog on webcomics by-women-for-women. Here are a few more suggested reads and artists for all you girly comic and ... Read More
To celebrate the 100th birthday of perhaps the most iconic burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, the New York Public Library has planned an event that is sure to be spectacular.  Karen Abbott, author of the acclaimed biography American Rose, A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE at the New York Public Library will be holding a conversation about the life and times of the beloved ... Read More
I met Jodee Knowles in Perth last year and completely fell in love with her. Our mutual friend informed me she was an artist and showed me her portraits on Facebook. We would stare at them, and marvel. I saw her characters as drug raddled fashion types—like she was mocking everything around her, or what she might be perceived as. I decided to check in with Jodie, to see how her work has evolved and find out what she had to say about it.  1. What ... Read More
“She was a Socialist, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. She wore a men's jacket, men's shoes and a large hat most of the time. She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn't show anyone.” (John Maloof, via http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/) It is the classic tale of the unknown talent. Vivian Maier has been described as perhaps one of the best street ... Read More

Fave Calendars of 2011

BY Gabi in Artsy |

  I love calendars. One of the things I consider when choosing one is if there's space to write in it. I'm the type of person who uses their calendar as a planner, so when I look at my wall I have my schedule right there! Brooklyn artist, Caroline Pequita has a perfect calendar for this. She hand-drew all the images, and printed them herself on light paper that you can write on. The calendar is full of the adorable creatures she calls Womanimals and other ... Read More
Inspired by, and in celebration of MoMA’s Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures exhibition, PopRally invites you to your own sixty seconds of fame on Thursday, January 20th, at 8:00 pm. Following an exclusive viewing of the exhibition, guests will be given the opportunity to record their own “screen test,” directed by the artist Conrad Ventur.  Warhol is renowned for his wide variety of mediums, particularly his paintings, screen prints, and ... Read More
Cancer impacts everyone at some point in their life. This is a cause I'm very passionate about! In May of this year, I lost my mother to a 22 year battle with Breast Cancer.  That event has changed my life.  After her death, I was finding a need to do something, help the cause in some way, the fight against cancer.  I looked for ways to become involved in a local community where my efforts could directly and immediately help those who are ... Read More
  Holiday Greetings from Bust! For many of us, dealing with our families is awkward enough. Imagine if it were documented for the whole world to see! If dealing with your family is too much to deal with, take a glance at this website and you'll instantly be able to pity yourself a little less. If you're still looking for last-minute gifts for your awkward cousin, you're in luck! Awkward Family Photos has a book out, and several other items with disturbing ... Read More
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