Art

Pop Artist Ashley Longshore to Debut Satirical Fashion Portraits at NYFW

Watch out, Anna Wintour. New Orleans pop artist and no-filter Instagram legend Ashley Longshore is bringing a new collection of satirical fashion portraits to New York Fashion Week, NY Daily News has learned. The works, titled "The Fashion Empire Strikes Back," "She Took a Xanax, Stole His Amex and Bought Everything," "Bitchopotomus," and "Audrey Hepburn With Bryant Park Hotel Headdress," will be unveiled in a dedicated suite at the Bryant Park Hotel. It will be the first time the hotel has collaborated with an artist. Staff are apparently "thrilled." Longshore's large-scale fashion portraits—her favorite subjects include Kate Moss and see more
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Finally, Handmade, One-of-a-Kind Rugs You Can Order Online

When was the last time you went shopping for rugs? It's a piece of decor that every home needs at least one or two of, but prices (unless you get some ugly mass-produced junk from a chain store) are always through the roof. If you wanted to go handmade and one-of-a-kind, the kind of piece you'll have forever, you're almost always looking at costs in the five figures. Well, until now. Solo Rugs is a new e-commerce start-up that's (overused buzzword alert!) disrupting the space. Their skilled artisans and weavers hand-knot every rug individually, taking up to a year see more
Art

Artist Uses Food to Create Amazing Miniatures on Spoons

Most architects work with things that are large, like houses and offices and other things intended to be occupied by humans. I'm guessing Romanian architect Iona Vanc does this too, but she also creates intricate artworks using tiny pieces of food. Instead of being presented on a plate, spoons are made the canvas. Subjects range from fashion heroes like Karl Lagerfeld and Iris Apfel to tiny animals and safari landscapes. Vanc's fruity depiction of Kermit the Frog is not the most complicated one but it is still perfect: Kermit the #frog í ¿í°¿ made of #pear and #apple #in_a_spoon A see more
Travel

Mesmerizing Photos of Italy's Beaches Captured From Above

If you get a borderline-peverse kick out of meticulously organized things—suitcases, fridges, outfits—you're not alone. There are entire Instagram accounts and Tumblr blogs dedicated to creating order in this confusing, unpredictable world we live in. Bernhard Lange's aerial photographs of Italy's summer resort beaches also look purposefully arranged into their mesmerizing rows of vivid color. However there's nothing contrived about the layouts. We've just never seen them from this angle. To get the shots, Lange hired a plane to circle the beaches between Ravenna and Rimini. He then leaned out of the plane window, as you do, somehow managing see more
Art

A Lamp That Makes Your Living Room Into a Year-Round Beach

The Sanremo lamp from the Italian Archizoom Associati was designed by Dario Bartolini and stands in stark contrast to the white-walled, sheepskin-strewn, sparsely furnished Scandinavian aesthetic that dominates these days. The Sanremo is a bit of winking kitsch among the poker-faced austerity. Bartolini originally designed this lamp, in 1968, as an engagement present for his future wife and it has become a much-studied object since. "Since we were supposed to be practicing architects, many people couldn't grasp what we were up to. In reality many of our objects were created for reasons other than that of architecture: an engagement see more
Art

This Ain't Your Grandma's Rocking Chair

Two Spanish industrial designers—Irene Chercoles Mercader and Andrea Mauri Carbonell—have taken on the humble rocking chair in a recent collaboration fittingly named the NAP. Their take (seen here) is made of aluminum, woven nylon tape and rubber, giving the piece an uber-modern feel. The plan is to place them around Barcelona to give the city a bright urban boost. Get ready for a lot of extra siestas. see more
Books

12 Independent Book Stores You Should Follow on Instagram

You might not expect a bookstore to have a beautiful Instagram account—the two entities appear to have diverging priorities. Yet anyone who scrolls through my Instagram feed—passing pictures of a young and sunken-eyed Jamie King from Nan Goldin's Naked New York or Kyoichi Tsuzuki's photographs of bursting-at-the-seams Japanese apartments in Tokyo Style--is witness to quite the opposite. These images, and more, many of which you've probably never have seen before, appear on the Instagram accounts of savvy booksellers who are turning the social platform into a global billboard to showcase their goods. The result is eye—and brain—candy." see more
Art

Banksy Presents the Unhappiest Place on Earth

Banksy's oeuvre is a master class in satire. The British artist has made a career of lampooning the everyday and the expected with his preposterously on-point productions. His most recent work—a response to the manufactured happiness found at amusement parks, its grandest perpetrator being Disneyland—is aptly called Dismal Land (or Dismaland—it doesn't seem like the spelling matters much to Mr. Banksy), reports Milkmade. The family-unfriendly attraction is open tomorrow through September 27 in the resort town of Weston-super-Mare, outside of Somerset, England. Billed as "The UK's most disappointing new visitor attraction!" Dismaland occupies the the site of a formerly see more
Tech

Guggenheim's New iPad App Gives You Access to 1,600 Works of Art

Need a culture fix but not quite feeling like leaving the apartment? Lucky for you, the Guggenheim just released a new iPad app, giving you the best of its collection without even leaving the couch. The app pulls from both current exhibitions and the museum's archives, giving you access to over 1,600 works of art, all just a tap and a scroll away. If you feel like more of an education, you can also check out more than 100 out-of-print titles from the Guggenheim's publishing arm—so you can name-check everyone from James Turrell to Jenny Holzer with confidence on your see more
Fashion

Marc Jacobs: Rehab Changed How I See Art

My pal Marc Jacobs tells me how collecting art is better than doing drugs, how his fascination with artists appropriating fashion created a lasting legacy, and the time he saw Basquiat fall asleep in a bowl of soup at Gagosian.com/NOW. @themarcjacobs in front of Ed Ruscha's 'She Gets Angry At Him' (1974) at his house in New York. A photo posted by Derek Blasberg (@derekblasberg) on Aug 13, 2015 at 5:55am PDT see more
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