Topic: Art history

In Defense Of #Selfies

In Defense Of #Selfies

Much has been made, on this website and others, of the colossal amount of vanity it takes to constantly take and share “selfies.” Why, just last week, I used this platform to mock those who thought a fucking funeral was a good time to take one, because seriously people, that’s fucked up. But is there ever a time when the social media self-portrait can be a healthy mode of expression, particularly for the young women who make up the vast majority of its practitioners? One need only look at the selfie with which I have illustrated this article to know I must answer “yes” to that question or risk being a total hypocrite. More »

Airplane Bathroom Portraits “In The Flemish Style” Are Fantastic

Airplane Bathroom Portraits "In The Flemish Style" Are Fantastic

We’re late on this but it is delightful. Wonderfully inventive goofball Nina Katchadourian slips into airplane restrooms and adorns herself with all manner of available accessories–namely paper towels and inflatable neck-supporting pillows–to create portraits of herself “in the Flemish style.” All the photos are taken in-flight using a camera phone and lit only by the stall’s shitty overhead lights. The results are so much greater than the sum of their parts. More »

Portraits Of Extreme Plastic Surgery Ask: “Can Humans Create A New Kind Of Beauty?”

Portraits Of Extreme Plastic Surgery Ask: "Can Humans Create A New Kind Of Beauty?"

Photographer Philip Toledano‘s series “A New Kind of Beauty” raises some interesting questions about the relationship between plastic surgery and beauty–questions we’ve wrestled with on this very blog. Can altering oneself cosmetically be a form of self-expression? Or is it always, at least in part, determined by prevailing opinions about beauty? Opinions, of course, that are often sexist, racist, classist and all kinds of barbaric. Toledano’s strange, unsettling images concern those who have taken plastic surgery to extremes, but depicts them in classical portraiture. More »

Someone Photoshopped Women In Masterpieces To Look Thinner

Someone Photoshopped Women In Masterpieces To Look Thinner

Have you ever looked at a classic work of art and thought to yourself, “I really like the Birth of Venus, but it looks like she’s still packing on that baby weight, if you know what I mean…” or perhaps even, “Odalisque? More like OdaBESE…”? If so, you are a gigantic asshole but kind of charming anyway? Because you’re so erudite? Anyway, madcap genius Anna Utopia Giordano decided to digitally slim and tone some of history’s most beautiful nude subjects. See the strange changes to Botticelli, Gentileschi and Bouguereau ahead. More »

Party Favors: Johnny Weir On Your Face

Party Favors: Johnny Weir On Your Face

Johnny Weir is collaborating with an unexpected brand. -Refinery29

Pixar got itself a female lead. -Double X

Click on the dog to discover its mission… in art!  -The Hairpin

Men want relationships more than women. -MyDaily

Morning sex is apparently the best sex. -YourTango

Diane Keaton would like you to purchase her mugs. -ShelterPop

This Etsy-fanatic may surprise you. Or it may not. One or the other. -Styleite

Carine Roitfeld looked chic and a little goth in Fall 2011 Givenchy. -StyleList

Norma Kamali (designer of much adored swimsuits and more) launched her own flash sale site. -The High Low

Healthy eater… or eating disorder? -Betty Confidential

8 pieces under $20: attend a summer wedding. -College Candy

And 8 sex injuries to watch out for. -The Frisky

Party Favors: See Sally Draper’s Immaculate Closet

Party Favors: See Sally Draper's Immaculate Closet

Mad Man‘s 11-year-old Kiernan Shipka is remarkably organized. -ShelterPop

Paintings of women with books their not reading. -The Hairpin

Ryan Reynolds + Blake Lively, Ryan Gosling + Emma Stone… Boycotting the Hollywood age gap. -Double X

Slather your left side in sunscreen: driving a car probably gives you skin cancer. -MyDaily

The best and worst careers for meeting single dudes and so forth. -YourTango

Bare feet spotted out and about in north Brooklyn. Truly gross. -The Frisky

John Galliano will attend his trial. -Styleite

Terrifying trend: technicolor hair. As seen on Katy Perry and Rihanna. -Betty Confidential

Could the shopping mall make a comeback? -The High Low

ANTM’s plus-size winner Whitney Thompson talks about the “totally illogical” modeling industry. -Wetpaint

Beauty tips (for inner beauty too) from a yogi. -Birchbox

Cool, versatile trend: sailor stripes. -StyleList