Thursday, July 27, 2017


PHOTO: A 2000s Pop Culture Museum, a Rare Andy Warhol Silkscreen, & More Intriguing Art Stories You Need to See

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Art can be really strange, but that’s usually a good thing. For example, the debut of Salvador Dalí’s surrealist paintings initially shocked critics, but in time, audiences have grown fond of his dreamlike portrayals no matter how disturbing the subjects may be. What’s even more bizarre is recent news of Dalí’s excavated corpse in Spain. After it was exhumed, fans of the painter were elated to learn that his mustache is still intact 28 years after his death. Surreal, but true.
This week’s art roundup focuses on a handful of peculiar stories that have surfaced in the art world over the past few days. From a Brooklyn pop museum inspired by Paris Hilton’s celeb-filled nights of debauchery to a Buddhist temple in Tokyo packed with thousands of cat statues, here is a list of intriguing art-focused news that you should check out.

A 2000s Pop Culture Museum Will Open in NYC

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A group of Brooklyn-based artists is teaming up with the nostalgic Instagram page, @PopCultureDiedin2009, to launch an exhibition packed with early 2000s celebrity fauna. Dubbed “Welcome to Nicole Richie’s Memorial Day BBQ,” the ’00s-inspired showcase will feature Richie’s infamous invite to the aforesaid BBQ alongside a slew of tabloid-worthy moments. Not to be missed, revisit the days of Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton’s outlandish club outings and Naomi Campbell doing community service in a Dolce & Gabbana gown.
The exhibit will spotlight artwork from Laura Collins, Derek Covington Smith, Tiny Stitchers, Lila Freeman, Randy G, Natassha Kwb, and more. The presentation is set to officially launch on July 29 and will last until August 11 at The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum.
The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum
1436 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Alice Cooper Discovers Rare Andy Warhol Little Electric Chair Silkscreen

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Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper never knew he owned a $10 million USD Andy Warhol silkscreen. According to The Guardian, the legendary rock star recently discovered the rare artwork rolled up in a tube “where it lay forgotten for more than 40 years” in his storage unit. The aforesaid artwork is one of several Little Electric Chair silk screen iterations from Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series. Cooper’s girlfriend at the time had purchased the artwork as a gift for Cooper at approximately $2,500 USD back in the early 1970s. Head over to The Guardian for more details regarding the discovery.

Salvador Dalí’s Body Exhumed, Mustache Still Intact

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Last week, great surrealist artist Salvador Dalí‘s corpse was exhumed in Figueres, Spain. The story only gets more surreal when forensic examiners proclaimed that the luminary’s iconic mustache was still intact 28 years after his death. What’s with the exhumation? Well, a 61-year-old tarot card reader named Pilar Abel has claimed she is Dalí’s daughter—though the artist never had any children with his wife, Gala Dalí. Miraculously, a Spanish judge ordered DNA testing on Dalí’s body resulting in the exhumation. Experts have extracted DNA samples from his teeth, nails, as well as hair roots. Paternity test results are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo Is Filled With Porcelain Cat Statues

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If you’re planning on visiting Japan, you may want to add the Gotokuji Temple to your list of must-see spots. The Buddhist temple is right by the Gotokuji stop on the Odakyu line in Tokyo and it’s a sizable shrine for thousands of maneki neko—cat statues that are said to bring great fortune to its owners. All cat sculptures were meticulously handcrafted and painted white alongside red and gold accents.
Gotokuji Temple
2-24-7 Gotokuji
Tokyo 154-0021

Sajjad Musa’s “Break Bread” Exhibition in NYC

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Sajjad Musa
Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Sajjad Musa is set to launch his new “Break Bread” weekend exhibit. The showcase will feature an extensive array of artwork from his currency collage art series. Musa has an affinity for collecting paper bills from all around the world to create intricate artwork that reflects “society’s view of money as a Dystopian catalyst of division and separation among people,” said the artist in a statement.
If you’re in the area be sure to check it out starting July 27. Head over to Musa’s official website to view more projects.
“Break Bread” Weekend Pop-up Show
127 Tompkins Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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ART: Thrasher’s “Skateboard Hieroglyphics” Is a Wacky Guide to Shredding in Ancient Egypt

James Callahan of Barf Comics and Nowhere Skateboards has created an amusing series of illustrations for Thrasher Magazine, depicting what skateboarding culture would be like in Ancient Egypt. Aptly dubbed Skateboard Hieroglyphics, the ridiculous artwork is filled with famous Egyptian gods, figures and tropes alongside references from today’s millennial generation.
From a papyrus Tinder match to a gang of skaters shredding King Tut’s tomb, take a look at the illustrations above. If there ever was a guide to skateboarding Ancient Egypt, this should be it.
Image CreditJames Callahan/Thrasher
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  • Dapper Dan to Mentor VFILES Runway Designers

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    Last month, Gucci acknowledged the influence of the legendary Dapper Dan on the Italian luxury brand’s latest major collection. Now, a more recently-established fashion industry power player has linked up with the veteran innovator to help mentor some of its own runway designers. Continuing to utilize creative methods to build its team, VFILES has reached out to Dapper Dan to aid in the evolution of its most vital creators. Joining a lineage that includes influential industry figures such like Virgil Abloh and Pat McGrath, Dapper Dan has been selected to aid in the mentoring of VFILES’ runway architects.
    “One of the biggest things about street style now is that there is a lot of gender fluidity,” Dapper Dan explains in a newly-released statement. “People are taking more risks, especially with color choices and silhouettes, which is really exciting because it allows for more possibilities and it is much different than the way things used to be… I like that, I like that whole scene and what’s taking place right now — the way it’s emerging, the way it’s developing. My mission with fashion is to help take it there!”
    With Art + Commerce’s founder and managing director by his side, Dapper Dan will begin mentoring VFILES runway designers in the immediate future. To showcase the knowledge and artistic tools they have learned from the pair, the lucky designers will conduct a special VFILES runway show on September 6 at New York Fashion Week.
    Earlier this month, VFILES collaborated with Billionaire Boys Club for a vibrant run of graphic t-shirts.


    In theaters November 2017

    Thor: Ragnarok to hit theaters November 3.

    From Executive Producers, J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld returns in 2018.

    It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. Season 2 premieres October 27, 2017.

    STYLE: Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid Buddy Up in Ochirly’s 2017 Fall Campaign / Kylie Jenner Is the Star of Balmain x Beats by Dre Headphone Collection

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  • Kendall Jenner just led Fendi’s 2017 fall/winter campaign alongside Gigi Hadid, but now she joins her sister Bella for another gig. The pair front the 2017 fall/winter campaign, lensed by Mario Sorrenti, for Ochirly. Founded in 1999, the Chinese brand’s name is derived from “ou shili” and means “European fashion charm” — the two models ooze Euro-cool by way of layering in trendy looks styled by Brandon Maxwell. Scroll through their photos above, and watch them on set below.

    Image CreditOchirly

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    It’s no secret that Kylie Jenner and Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, are close — the youngest Jenner has fronted a campaign for the luxury brand and is frequently spotted wearing their show-stopping pieces whilst partying with Rousteing. So it comes as no surprise that the designer selected Kylie to front the campaign for his collaboration with Beats By Dre.
    The Balmain x Beats By Dre headphone collection itself is just as luxurious as you would expect. With a khaki and metallic gold color palette that represents a “dreamlike urban safari,” the two sets of headphones available — the Powerbeats3 Wireless and Beats Studio Wireless — have a rechargeable 12-hour battery and come complete with a complementary suede case that features a Balmain plaque and coin zipper pull. Browse the campaign images above, and  you can cop these extravagant headphones now at, with prices starting from $250 USD.
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    HIGH STYLE: COS’ 2017 Fall/Winter Campaign Is All-Black-Everything

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  • We’re not exactly sure what Goth-CEO actually is, but the COS 2017 fall/winter campaign has certainly prompted us to coin the term. For the Scandinavian brand’s latest lookbook shot at Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, a striking backdrop of red and white accentuates the sumptuously minimal collection painted with the darkest shades of black and burgundy. Featuring a selection of blazers, long skirts, sweaters, trousers, sleeveless shirts and more, the program speaks to all the bad gals out there who just can’t seem to move away from all-black-everything. Rounding off the range is a lineup of accessories, including a must-have disc-shaped purse.
    You can shop the COS 2017 fall/winter collection when it drops this autumn. In the meantime, you can head over to to see more.
    PhotographerZoë Ghertner
    StylistJonathan Kaye
    ModelAmber Witcomb