NASA’s rovers spin in place to explore the red planet; sometimes hilarious drawings of penises result. We knew “John Carter” was a flop for Disney, and now we know why. Perhaps the action sci-fi movie about a Martian war needed less phallic images if we’re to believe our…
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Brooklyn-based cartoonist Aaron Diaz is getting a lot of attention on Tumblr for his drawings of The Legend of Zelda’s damsel in distress taking on the hero’s role.“For a long time I’ve been conscious of the fact that female protagonists are in short supply in the gaming industry, but beyond making entirely new properties, I didn’t think much could be done to rectify it,” Diaz told the Daily Dot in an email.After watching pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian’s new series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games however, Diaz was inspired to draw concept art for a possible video game called The Legend of Zelda: Clockwork Empire.Continue Reading… … Read More
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PARIS — As I’ve been wandering the streets of Paris this week, one artist seems to be haunting my path with his dark and elegant street art. Fred le Chevalier, as he signs his work, has paste up drawings of red-lipped pale women posed with strange creatures like owls, large cats, and anthropomorphic suns. Each has its own identity while being immediately recognizable for their hand-drawn details and illustration style. And they’re prolific. I’ve come upon them all over the Marais, Bastille, and Montmartre neighborhoods, each work blending in with Paris’ own identity of beauty, but one that is often dark and strange, with its long twists of history winding through its alluring streets.Paste ups by Fred le ChevalierContinue Reading… … Read More
Artists’ estates have their jobs cut out for them. The organizations have to manage artists’ legacies, watching out for forgeries, validating works, and preserving their reputations while organizing the physical detritus artists inevitably leave behind — collections, unfinished works, studios, and homes. As the New York Times reports, painter Cy Twombly’s estate has run into some financial troubles as its board members have been accused of misappropriating funds.Two people who run the Cy Twombly Foundation are the targets of a lawsuit filed on Wednesday claiming that they took “more than $300,000 in unauthorized fees” for services rendered to the foundation. Those accused include art-world lawyer Ralph E. Lerner and Thomas H. Saliba; the two were accused by the Twombly Foundation president Nicola Del Roscio and vide president Julie Sylvester. Lerner and Saliba are administrators of Twombly’s trust, which includes paintings, drawings, and millions of dollars in cash.Continue Reading… … Read More
Rutherford Chang, “We Buy White Albums” at Recess gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
The record store experience currently inhabiting Recess gallery’s Soho space feels like any other vinyl hub: bins of albums to flip through in the center, staff picks on the walls, a turntable rotating with scratchy music. Yet this one has a surreal twist: the only thing in stock here is the Beatles’s White Album, and the store doesn’t sell any of them, it only acquires more.
A project of New York and Shanghai-based Rutherford Chang, We Buy White Albums includes nearly 700 copies of the 1968 double-LP first edition of the White Album, all the personal collection of Chang. Each album is marked with a distinct serial number on the bottom corner of the starkly designed cover by Richard Hamilton, a totally white cover that’s readily attracted the wandering drawings of (possibly stoned) listeners, the visible stains of coffee cups, and some mold.
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