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them almost functionally defunct, over the past few years some New Yorkers have found cool, alternative uses for these outdated public see more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

Rich People Spent a Truckload of Money on Art Last Night

Now this is what we call holiday shopping. Last night, a group of art collectors spent close to $853 million on famous works by Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Roy Lichtenstein, just to name a few. see more

A Controversial Nineties Artist Comes of Age

Chris Ofili, Ovid-Desire, 2011-12 see more

Watch: Following the World's Most Elusive Artist, Banksy

Last year, Banksy, the influential and mysterious English artist, held a monthlong residency (of sorts) in New York City that at some times appeared more like a treasure hunt or a wild-goose chase. Social media and clues on his website allowed the artist to turn all of New York into his roving, constantly evolving exhibition, complete with graffiti, performance, and sculpture. Anything and everything could become the next ephemeral work. see more

How a Camera Malfunction Became Fractured, a New Photo Book

Photographer Jeremy Kost has become known for his moody, sexually-charged photos that document chiseled models and habitués of the downtown New York club scene, images which were compiled into the books We Were All Innocent Once and It's Always Darkest Before Dawn. His latest outing, Fractured, builds upon a career that has focused on the male form, but, thanks to a happy accident, suffuses it with a meditative, dreamlike energy. see more

How Not to Ruin Your Art with a Crappy Frame

Clear acrylic, A.K.A. Plexiglas, has been a framer's tool since at least the eighties. But it's come a long way since then, when magnets awkwardly held together two blocks of plastic. Thanks to recent technological innovations, Plexiglas is far more elegant, and museums and fashion insiders prefer it over glass to showcase artwork. "It's the optimal way to frame, especially for photography and prints," says Maria Brito, an art adviser who's consulted for Gwyneth Paltrow and Sean Combs and designed the offices of the online gallery Artspace. Beyond aesthetics—it's a ghost frame, there but not really there—the appeal of see more

Meet David Kordansky, the Gallerist Who's Shaping the Los Angeles Art Scene

Sam Gilliam, From a Model to a Rainbow, 2011 Of all the gallerists who've helped turn Los Angeles into a white-hot art scene, none have proved as consistently prescient as David Kordansky. So it's only natural that the 37-year-old will cut the ribbon on his new 20,000-square-foot, Kulapat Yantrasast–designed Culver City space (below) with a show by an artist he helped put on the map: New York City–based Rashid Johnson, whose photographs, sculptures, and films challenge depictions of African-American icons—while fetching six-figure prices. Kordansky launched his first eponymous gallery in Chinatown in 2003, exhibiting fellow CalArts grads (like Israeli-American conceptual see more

Petit h Creates Masterpieces From Hermès' Cutting-Room Floor

As a little girl hanging around her family's workshop, Pascale Mussard—a sixth-generation Hermès—couldn't help but notice all the scraps of silk, strips of croc, and slightly bent silver spoons littering the floors. Now, as artistic director of Petit h, a line she launched in 2010, Mussard works with a team of 10 craftsmen to repurpose such castoffs, transforming them into leather clocks, life-size animal sculptures, and unique coin trays (like the one pictured above). Some 4,000 pieces hit the West Coast for the first time June 13 through 29 at a pop-up shop at Hermès' South Coast Plaza store in see more

4 Questions for Photographer William Wegman on Using His Famous Dogs as Fashion Models for Acne and Trussardi

Pictured, from left: Wegman's Weimaraner for Acne, a greyhound photographed for the Trussardi spring/summer 2014 campaign. see more
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