POLKA DOTS ARE THE NEW BLACK
Contrary to what readers of this column might have assumed, the most popular living artist is not Kanye West, but Yayoi Kusama. This week, the Japanese artist known for her collab with Louis Vuitton and her polka dot infected works, was named the most popular living artist today by the Art Newspaper. Her traveling retrospective, INFINITE OBSESSION, attracted the biggest global audience last year, attracting an average of 9,000 people a day.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DEMON
David Robert Mitchell has put a frightening spin on losing one’s virginity in his supernatural thriller It Follows. Maika Monroe—the indie scream queen—plays the heroine of the film: a faceless slow-moving demon summoned after characters have sex. Fittingly, the film also features a soundtrack by video game score producer, Rich Vreeland, since watching the movie already feels like being in a ‘90s survival video game. Now playing in theaters.
ART: 1, PRIVACY: 0
Privacy and the agency of the subject has long been an issue in photography. One of the classic examples of this in the past few years, has been Arne Svenson’s series THE NEIGHBORS, which, after opening in 2013, immediately inundated the artist with lawsuits. The voyeuristic series features photos of New York residents inside their apartments- photos that Svenson took without the residents’ knowledge or permission. However, a Supreme Court ruling yesterday dismissed the citizens’ case against Svenson, although one of the judges did call the work “disturbing.” What good art isn’t, though?
A MEDIUM WITHOUT A MESSAGE
What’s an advertisement without its message? Artist Hank Willis Thomas explores this question with a new exhibition opening today titled UNBRANDED: A CENTURY OF WHITE WOMEN, 1915-2015. The show strips advertisements of their text, leaving images that showcase gender ideals over the past 100 years. Through unbranding the advertisements, Thomas lays bare the subtext that companies use to sell products—subtext that is often made up of deeply ingrained sexism, racism, and beauty ideals. The opening reception will be held tonight at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, the show runs through May 23rd.
SAYIN’ EVERYTHING TIMES TWO
For those trying to pimp more than just a butterfly, MOCA is running Double Conscience—m.A.A.d director Kahlil Joseph's split-screen short film, featuring Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d City as its soundtrack. The film documents lifestyle in predominantly black Los Angeles neighborhoods to the beats of vintage Lamar. It is a celebratory, surreal reflection on an often marginalized group. Double Conscience runs through August 16.
FROM KOOKIES TO KODING
Karlie Kloss—supermodel, ballerina, and philanthropic cookie-entrepreneur—can now add coding to her long list of enterprises. The 22-year-old is partnering with the Flatiron School in New York to provide the first “Kode with Karlie Scholarship,” which will award twenty young women free tuition to the school’s Introduction to Software Engineering Course this summer.
TAKE A PEEK INTO MY MIND
Earlier this week, Tyler, The Creator launched his highly anticipated Golf Media app, along with the video premiere of two new singles from his upcoming album Cherry Bomb. “Golf Media is basically my brain in one place. It does just about everything except cure asthma. If you find an app that cures asthma, definitely let me know,” said Tyler. Word, we will.
LET’S TAKE THOSE LOAFERS OUT FOR A SPIN
Six years after Tom Ford's directorial debut, he's reportedly back for more. And what’s hotter than Ford on cinema? Tom Ford and George Clooney on cinema. Ford is reportedly working on a movie called Nocturnal Animals, a "postmodern noir thriller" based on the Austin Wright book Tony and Susan, with George Clooney signed on as producer. This better be more than just a rumor. For those who don’t remember the Ford film of six years ago, take a look at A Single Man.
ONE QUESTION AND ONE QUESTION ONLY
Coinciding nicely with Women’s History Month, Rizzoli Publications releases Snapshots of Dangerous Women, a collection of photographs gathered by art collector Peter J. Cohen, depicting adventurous and rebellious women during the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s who visually pushed the boundaries of acceptable behavior for women in their time. The images, collected by Cohen over a span of 25 years, are all black and white snapshots that he found around the world.
LIKE EYES FOR BUTTONS
Tomoo Gokita, known for his mixed media black and white gouache canvases, will be showing his latest collection of works, BÉSAME MUCHO, at the Honor Fraser Gallery starting tomorrow. The artist uses sourced material like postcards, magazines, and classic movie stills to form collage-like works that recollect classic portraiture in an eerie, disconcerting way. The show runs through May 16th.
WHERE DO YOU WANT ME
In line with the seemingly neverending trend of bodily fluids being used as art mediums, artist Faith Holland is holding an open call for cum shots. The multimedia artist will be using the shots as part of her latest work, OOKIE CANVASES, and says she will accept any submissions that include “fluid emitted as the result of an orgasm.” Ready to be a muse? Submit your photos here.
Yesterday, e-retailer ModCloth opened up a physical store in downtown L.A. The pop-up shop will only be in existence for three days. Its purpose is apparently to allow customers to try on clothing so as to inform their next online purchase. ModCloth CEO Matthew Kaness described 2015 as an “experimental” year for the brand. Who knows what’ll be next!
PUT HER IN A HEART SHAPED BOX
Seth Casteel--the artist behind Underwater Puppies--has found more cute subjects to photograph underwater: babies! His new book, Underwater Babies features wide-eyed little ones—with eerily similar expressions to the dogs in his previous aquatic collection—curiously navigating the natatorial environs below the waterline. The artist hopes to inform readers about drowning, and encourage parents to send children to swimming classes. A worthy, if macabre, goal.
Curated by Addison Richley & Elaina Ransford.