Art + Design

Mike Kelley: Thanks for the Repressed Memories

Not everyone wants to travel back into their childhood. For some of us it’s not picket fences and ice cream trucks, and even for those of us with ostensibly idyllic upbringings, revisiting our formative years where we pushed peas around our plates and slung heavy backpacks over our shoulders,...

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Josef Hoflehner: Planes and Paradise

There are few things in this world as relaxing as a day at the beach, and few things more stressful than nearly every single aspect of traveling by plane. The gross juxtaposition of both come together in a beautiful series of black and white photographs found in Josef Hoflehner ‘s book,...

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Cartoons in Chaos: Mélanie Matranga

Recent winner of Frieze London’s inaugural Artist Award, Paris-based Mélanie Matranga’s pen and ink drawings are a lesson in less is more… much, much more. At once overstimulating and sterile, Mantranga’s subjects exist in a minimalist environment that manages to supply the viewer with an almost unexpected claustrophobia, an unbridled...

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Discovering Glamour with Charles James

I’ll be honest. Before I went to the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was a little skeptical. I thought the show was going to be merely a display of ball gowns that were once worn by debutantes or socialites– your basic narcissistic celebration of...

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Kara Walker’s Sugar Baby

Kara Walker is an artist best known for her cut-paper silhouettes and animations based on her explorations through race, gender, identity, history, and power. Most often, her dark cutouts, which are placed starkly against white walls, reflect the harsh truths of slavery in America. Her visions, fantastical in illustration,...

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Walton Ford’s “Watercolors” at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Imagine a world where a gigantic viper swallows hundreds of birds at once, a baboon drunk with power fires a revolver in the air, a gorilla numbed with shock watches the world she knows disappear from her Zeppelin window as she moves to America. Welcome to the imagination of...

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SIXTY Reads: Lee Friedlander’s “The Little Screens”

With the entire proverbial world available on our smartphones, libraries of books housed within thin slabs of metal and LED, it’s easy to forget the era when the television reigned as the dominant medium through which information was handed to us—not conveniently a la carte like today, of course,...

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SIXTY Sees: Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Love On the Left Eye”

Known for his deftly artful erotic photography, Nobuyoshi Araki recently experienced what one imagines to be an artist’s worst nightmare: loss of vision. A retinal artery obstruction back in October claimed sight from his right eye. But one man’s seemingly catastrophic loss is another’s creative gain. In his latest...

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Robert Longo’s “Gang of Cosmos” at Metro Pictures

Robert Longo is a rare commodity in an age where most artists of his stature often become more consumed by the business of art rather than the process of physically making it. Longo epitomizes what a successful artist should be: he is a perfectionist, he executes his art with methodical precision around...

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Tim Barber’s “Relations”

Young New York photographers often find themselves documenting life with a sort of blunt honesty, a creative and compulsory obligation to a city that is, despite the proliferation of Starbucks and Anthropologies, still a gritty enough place. The results are often a grainy, almost forced-upon madness, where kids are...

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