Art

Patti Smith Lights Up Old New York With Cowboy Mouth Play Revival

Built shortly before the turn of the 20th century, the legendary Hotel Chelsea has become shorthand for the New York bohemia of yesteryear, Manhattan's answer to the Chateau Marmont. The days that Patti Smith chronicled in Just Kids, the days that so many people—transplants or otherwise—yearn to find embedded within the New York of today, if just to say they've shared space with their heroes. It's a promise the city readily peddles but finds increasingly difficult to deliver. For 10 days, starting tonight, the opportunity to share in that history comes to life with Cowboy Mouth: Young Artists at the see more
Art

Hermann Zapf, Revered Font Designer of Palatino and Zapf Dingbats, Dies at 96

Hermann Zapf, a German-born font designer and calligrapher, passed away at the age of 96 last Thursday, reports the New York Times. The influential designer created over 200 different typefaces used in various languages, including the widely used fonts Palatino, Zapf DIngbats, and Optima. While most people may not know him by name or face, they've certainly come across his work. Palatino is currently used for the Abercrombie & Fitch logo, his Optima design is used on packaging for Esteé Lauder and on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., his Melior was used at The Village Voice, and see more
Books

Mouthfeel Is a Sexy Food Magazine With a Hard-core Edge

Seemingly out of nowhere, the foodie-zine-from-a-gay-punk-perspective Mouthfeel made waves when it launched earlier this month. With a mission statement to "explore the complexities of food and the characters involved" and aimed at "people with unrestrained appetites for food, men, music and humor," the magazine disrupted the mainstream mix of overhead photographs of perfectly curated tablescapes and jaunty recipes. As a newcomer to the world of print magazines, founder and editor Mac Malikowski seems an unlikely person to cause such a disruption, but, during a phone call from Los Angeles (where he is currently researching stories for his next issue, see more
Books

A Guide to San Francisco, Courtesy of Menswear Boutique Unionmade

For Todd Barket and Carl Chiara, founders of San Francisco-based menswear boutique Unionmade, their brand filter boils down to a simple formula: quality first, then timelessness. "So much of fashion now is fast and cheap," says Barket. "We believe the best things in our wardrobes get better with age. If you're going to spend more on a garment, we want you to wear it years from now and still realize how nice it is. We may not be of-the-moment, but we believe in being authentic and effortless." From Japanese Kapital scarves to Levi's Vintage to Golden Bear varsity jackets, it's see more
Art

Picasso Painting Breaks World Record at Auction

Picasso is such a legend that he's breaking records from beyond the grave. Last night, the famed artist's abstract masterpiece Les Femmes d'Alger, Version O was sold for a whopping $179.4 million by the illustrious auction house Christie's, reports Bloomberg. The 1955 work, which depicts a group of courtesans, broke the previous record holder for a painting sold at auction, a Francis Bacon triptych that went for $142 million in 2013. Picasso wasn't the only one to make news last night: Alberto Giacometti's L'homme au doigt fetched an admirable sum as well, at $141.3 million. Just a note to see more
Art

Drake Attends Sotheby's Art Exhibit He Helped Create

#ILikeItLikeThis A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on May 7, 2015 at 4:06pm PDT Well this was a beautiful blend of art and commerce. Last night Drake attended an event to promote Sotheby's latest auction, I Like it Like This, for which he created a soundtrack. The show is selling work by contemporary black artists including Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Drake was charged with pairing each work with a piece of music. (A Kehinde Wiley painting, for example, teamed up with a song by A$AP Rocky.) You can see all the pieces for sale on see more
Art

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
Celebrity

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
Art

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
Grooming

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
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