Artist Kehinde Wiley Recasts History in His New Brooklyn Show

For his latest series of portraits, "Iconic"—including 2014's King and High Priest (pictured)—Kehinde Wiley handpicked subjects from the streets of New York City to paint in the style of 15th-century Byzantine religious idols. It's a typically poignant act of revisionism by Wiley, whose collectors include Elton John and Alicia Keys. Raised in Los Angeles, Wiley rose to fame with his ongoing "World Stage" series, begun in 2006, in which he borrows from classical European portraiture to elevate marginalized people in various countries (Israel, China, Nigeria). Now the Brooklyn Museum is mounting "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" (opening February 20): Featuring see more

Young Rapper Uses Emoji to Make Celebrity Portraits, Wins the Internet

Seems like all of today's noteworthy bright young things are actually multihyphenate creatives out to change the way we look at relatively commonplace things and ideas. Or at least that's the case with rapper (and artist, and Internet commentator) Yung Jake, who's been filling Twitter and Instagram with portraits of celebrities like Miley Cyrus made entirely from emoji. We wonder how many mushrooms he had to take to create her portrait. Emojis, man—they're everywhere. You can see the full collection on his Tumblr, but we've selected a few notable images for your viewing pleasure below. Kim Kardashian Wiz Khalifa Jerry see more

Remembering the Work of Legendary Photographer Phil Stern

We lost one of the greats this weekend. Phil Stern, a photographer who documented everything from World War II to Hollywood's red carpets, died in Los Angeles at age 95 on Saturday. see more

Photographic Proof That Men Have Been Gross Since the Forties

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's the takeaway from a group of pictures taken in 1946 by Yael Joel from behind a two-way mirror, where he saw guys doing everything from popping zits to picking food out of their teeth. see more

A Gift a Day: An Oversize Domino Set for the Playful Aesthete

It's true—there's no case to be made for saying you need these beautiful, oversize dominoes. But we bet you'll still really want them. Made from wood with a delicate bone inlay, the 4.5-by-20-inch pieces from Scenario Home come in a matching box and will work equally well stacked on your bookshelf or as coasters. Of course, we're not ones to discourage an epic game of dominoes on the living-room floor. see more

Where to Eat, Drink, and Make Deals During Art Basel Miami

There's nothing low-energy about Miami. Not even on its most humid days. But during the first week of December, the city's nonstop pace gets seriously amplified when Art Basel and more than a dozen satellite fairs draw 50,000 fresh faces to this fair city, many of them looking for art, some of them just looking to party. Which means it's easy to get lost in the crowd and succumb to one of those two-for-one drink deals the scantly clad hostess is pushing on you on Ocean Drive. Don't be that guy. Instead, take our advice and follow this handy guide see more

A Guide to Winter's Best Fashion-Themed Art Exhibitions

Just last Tuesday, the temperature in every U.S. state was below 32 degrees (it's true; NPR said it). And while hours bingeing on premium television programming are alluring, there's only so much our brains can take. What better way to get a culture and entertainment fix and stay warm than taking a gander at the best exhibits the season has to offer? The cream of the crop, below. see more

Ignore Winter. Look at These Swim Trunks Instead.

Brrr! Getting chilly out there, eh? Pay it no mind, though. Amuse your bundled-up self with these swim trunks that launched today (yes, today, as in December 1 . . . go figure) from those beach bums over at Orlebar Brown. The real story behind these swim shorts is that their dreamy tropical prints were lifted from photographer Gray Malin, who's known for his bird's-eye-view shots of sunny (in both senses of the word) landscapes. The limited-edition release is set to coincide with the art world's pilgramage to the Magic City for Art Basel Miami (hence the oceanside/poolside images). As see more

How Artists Are Reinventing the Pay Phone, Now That It's Obsolete

This week, New York City announced its plan to replace public pay phones with digital hubs called Links. Starting in 2015, the kiosks will offer free Wi-Fi, phone-charging stations, touchscreens for accessing directions and other services, advertising displays, and yes, free phone calls within the U.S. The disappearance of the pay phone, while inevitable, is also a little sad; it's been part of our streetscape for longer than most of us can remember. And even though smartphones have rendered them almost functionally defunct, over the past few years some New Yorkers have found cool, alternative uses for these outdated public see more

Let's Talk Briefly About the 2015 Pirelli Calendar

What's left to be said about the 2015 Pirelli calendar? Not much. So we won't waste time talking about how this year's photographer, Steven Meisel, is a genius, or that his subjects are some of the most gorgeous women in the world (Gigi Hadid is seen above, but he also photographed modeling heavyweights Joan Smalls, Sasha Luss, Anna Ewers, Carolyn Murphy, Candice Huffine, Cameron Russell, Isabeli Fontana, Adriana Lima, Raquel Zimmerman, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova). And we're not even going to go near the fact that Meisel, his team, and the supermodels depicted in various states of undress did see more
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