Featuring Judd Apatow, Alan Cumming & Marina Abramović
I can safely say that I am not ready for this new Jay Z/performance art/Alan Cumming- all-up-in-his-videos-movement. This Picasso Baby video really does look like it’s gonna be… different! Which is awesome. A little while back we got to see a bunch of Vines and photos from Jay Z‘s live, 6-hour performance of the new single off Magna Carta Holy Grail, and now the video has a teaser trailer. Although, I think we should stop calling it a “video,” as it’s now been dubbed a performance art film. Judd Apatow, Marina Abramović, and other stars will appear in the film and I’m really looking forward to seeing the final product.
Picasso Baby debuts on HBO Friday, August 2 at 11PM.
Marina Abramovic & Jeff Koons Are On Board
It’s been a fairly quiet year for Lady Gaga but that’s all about to change. Back in September she announced that her new album ARTPOP would be an interactive experience, with an app and everything. Since then we’ve seen Jay-Z do something similar with Magna Carta Holy Grail, and that’s not the only thing these two have in common. Remember yesterday when we saw footage of Jay-Z performing at Pace Gallery with renowned performance artist Marina Abramović? Well, in the announcement posted on her website last night, Gaga revealed that she too has worked with Abramović, and ARTPOP will also include exhibits featuring her collaborations with Jeff Koons, Inez & Vinoodh (who I love) and Robert Wilson. Art pop indeed! Click inside for more!
Posted under: 'ARTPOP', Lady Gaga
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a really fun day … my friends and I made our way to an art gallery in Echo Park for a bit of unsophisticated fun and then we made our way out for dinner and drinks. It had been ages since I got to hang out with Ollie and Caleb so I wanted us to do something really special … so we all went for a swim in a life-size reproduction of Scrooge McDuck‘s treasure vault from Ducktales. No, seriously. A new Ducktales video game is on the way and to promote it, a life-size treasure vault was installed inside the iam8bit art gallery in Echo Park … so we decided to check it out and go for a swim! More »
These Are INCREDIBLE!
Ages and ages ago I shared some really awesome self-portraits taken by a couple of teenage photographers, and we also checked out the brilliant work of Kimiko Yoshido a while back. Some folks out here really know how to take an amazing self portrait, and 14 year-old Zev Hoover from Natick, Massachusetts is one of them. I came across these photos a while back and have been meaning to share– they are so surreal and beautiful, I just love, love, love. Zev (who goes by fiddle oak) manipulates these brilliant photos, many of which capture the natural elements, and incorporates his own small body into them. I love how the tiny, tiny self is juxtaposed against the grandness and grandeur of nature and the rest of the world. His sister Nellie (who’s 17) is his collaborator and you can see more of his work HERE. Also, artists and photographers will appreciate his blog, which details some of his creative processes.
The TV Guide
Because I had an entire day to play yesterday, I decided that I wanted to do something that was fun but also nurturing. I’ve been in desperate need of inspiration lately so what better place to refill my soul than at an art museum. I can’t say that I consider myself a patron of the arts but I do like to purchase museum memberships so that I can feel like I am supporting access to the world’s most amazing artists and their artwork. When I lived in Michigan, I was a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts. For the last few years, I’ve been a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The LACMA is exhibiting a retrospective of Stanley Kubrick‘s work and it seems like everyone I know has already seen it. Yesterday was my day to finally check out the exhibit and spend some time roaming the galleries at the LACMA. More »
One man's trash ...
Back in July of 2010, I blogged about an artist named Jason Mecier who created a series of celebrity portraits out of licorice. Today we get to check in on Mercier and see what his latest creation is. Jason decided to create a portrait of trainwreck Lindsay Lohan using articles of trash as varied as cigarette butts, prescription pill bottles, Band-Aids, tampons and more! As gross as these materials sound, I must admit, the final product looks really amazing. Click below to see Mercier‘s Lohan portrait and watch a time lapse video of its creation. I really think you’re going to be impressed with the man’s artistic talent. More »
The work of my good friend Tamar Levine is featured in the new issue of Bello magazine and I am THRILLED to be able to share some of the photographs with all y’all. Tam showed me photos from this shoot a couple of months ago and I’ve been counting down the days until they were published so that I can feature them on my site as well. Tam collaborated with an artist named Anastacia Goodin on the project that marries photography and hand drawn sketches to create one of the most inventive and stylistically inventive shoots I’ve seen in a very long time. Bello magazine is the lucky publication that got to feature these photos … and YOU are among the lucky first folks who get to see them. Click thru the gallery to see some of the photos from this spread. You can see more images in the new issue of Bello magazine (available now) and more still (including tastefully NSFW images) at Tamar‘s official website HERE. I think you’ll like these photos as much as I do. Enjoy!
It’s unclear if Madonna is planning the release of new music this year (unlikely) or if she is planning the release of some sort of movie/video project (more likely) but she has unleashed upon the world a short teaser trailer that is only referred to as a “secret project”. Madonna has been hinting at this “secret project” for some weeks now (she posted the following message on her official Instagram profile a couple of weeks ago “#secret project. I want to start a revolution! Are you with me?”) and only now has released a video trailer … to further tease whatever it is that she’s promoting. The only information provided in the creepy video above is that photographer and longtime Madonna collaborator Steven Klein is involved. My first reaction is that this “secret project” will be some sort of art piece but … who knows. Check it out, see what you think. We should learn soon what Maddy‘s got up her sleeve.
Posted under: #SecretProject, Madonna
The Exhibit Is Called 'The Maybe, In Which'
Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton is always doing things to catch my eye. I most recently saw her in Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom (and she’s already been cast in his next movie), but I have big plans to sit down one day and watch her performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, which made big waves on the indie scene back in 2011. Anywho, I was excited to learn that she was a part of a performance art piece at the Museum Of Modern Art, strange as that performance may sound. Click inside to learn more about the glass box in which Tilda will be sleeping on various days throughout the year.
Posted under: Tilda Swinton