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  Why is it so intriguing to peek into the past? Think about how much time you spend flipping through old family albums, vintage pictures in shops or garage sales, or - dare I say - Facebook albums of yesteryear. To me it’s clear: old photos are magic. There's some universal connective tissue between our world and the world before us, and photos are a fast way into the past. In these photographs from Life Magazine, you find hints of places ... Read More
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
  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
After 30 years,  photographer and professor Christine Osinski has finally discovered a way to print the gorgeous images she shot back on Staten Island. She photographed in NYC in the 1970s and 80s until she and her husband got pushed out of their lower Manhattan apartment so the landlord could flip it (sound familiar?). Osinski was looking to buy a place so this wouldn't happen again, which inspired their move to Staten Island. Osinski attributes Staten ... Read More
Remember Dilek Baykara's dreamy, steamy illustrations? Here's the deal: mysterious, illusory, and undeniably haunting, the work of Dilek Baykara is multifaceted and expansive. She's a Brooklyn-based grad of the School of Visual Arts, and she's got a solo show launching this Thursday right here in New York City. You're invited! Here's a peek at her latest work:   The girl's subject matter is often dark, exploring decay and horror in new ways, with ... Read More
Meet your newest art crush! Dilek Baykara is a New Jersey native now living and working in Brooklyn.  Her illustrations are part fairytale and part art nouveau, with intricate detailing and a few pop culture references tossed in. Some look like they belong in the childrens’ books of your dreams: flappers in feathers, celestial moonscapes, Bowie in the sky with diamonds. Check out these Gatsby-esque numbers:     If you like what you see ... Read More
MACROCK is the perfect way to see tons of great bands, check out a bunch of cool crafts and artwork, engage in discussions about the music industry, eat delicious cheap food, and chill out in Virginia's friendliest city. Harrisonburg, VA (AKA "the Friendly City") hosts MACROCK every spring, and this year it'll be this weekend, April 5th and 6th. The fest is run by a small group of volunteers and MACROCK 16 will host over 80 bands at several downtown venues. In ... Read More
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