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Celebrating the Irrational with Artist Zeren Badar

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Turkish-born New York-based artist Zeren Badar recreates classical work with a pop-worthy irreverence. His “Accident Series”–aptly named, given its genesis, but we’ll get to that later–became something of an Internet sensation last year, when the image doyens at Tumblr scooped up one of his...

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From Van Gogh to Kandinsky to Now

“I heard it once said that in order to see…good French one has to go to Germany.” This quote is placed on the wall above Pierre Bonnard’s The Mirror in the Green Room, 1908, an oil on canvas featuring a nude woman bathing and another, sitting, through the reflection...

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The Weekender: June 26

Weekenders! June is almost over, which means retrograde is almost over, which means I’m about to breathe one massive sigh of relief. It’s been a whirlybird kind of month… full of stops and starts, acceleration and deceleration, lots of imposing forces of physics. Do you know what I mean?...

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SIXTY Listens: Jack White’s Throwback to the Future

If you missed Jack White perform on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, take a look here at of one of its amazing hoedown moments. If you didn’t, you know that this is one for the books. Besides releasing Lazaretto, White’s second solo album as a CD, he’s recruited...

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Michel Gondry Takes on Love and Boozy Pianos

Reason enough for it to be included as one of our most anticipated indie pictures coming soon. Michel Gondry’s latest film debuts July 18 in both New York (at the Sunshine Cinema) and Los Angeles (to be determined). “Visually enthralling fantasia,” as The New York Times previewed it, we’re...

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The Weekender: June 18

Weekenders, it’s that time of year! Can you say sun-inclinating semi-axis planetary tilt? Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a tall order, but come on, it’s the summer solstice! Such occasion calls for some real appreciation of the solar system, because this Saturday marks the offish kick-off of to...

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The Weekender: May 15th

So, you ask, what’s good? A Massive Party  Talk about riding the leading edge! This Saturday, downtown legends Melissa Burns and Oscar Sanchez present the first of what appears to be a possibly weekly, maybe monthly, perchance bi-monthly event. It’s all so sudden, so new, so refreshing! The night...

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Rae Morris “Do You Even Know?”

The beautifully affected, hyper-stylized video for Rae Morris’ “Do You Even Know?” brings to mind the fashionably awkward (though less ’80s gauche) posturing of Guy Bourdin. Directed by Nadia Marquard Otzen, previously responsible for Niki and the Dove’s excellent video for “Tomorrow,” the shoot conveys the paralyzing discomfort of being...

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The Underground: Kalen Hollomon’s Guide To People Watching

Using a combination of collage, photography, and a little bit of Photoshop, Hollomon creates mixed media images rife with a wicked sense of humor, tongue always planted firmly in cheek. Despite its irreverence, the goal goes deeper. “I am always concerned with what lies beneath the surface. I hope...

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Queen of the Night: Let’s Get Personal

For the timid (or, I suppose, for the happily not-so-timid) cocktails greet you as you enter the dark, wallpapered stairway of the recently resurrected Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, once a glittering, feather-covered spectacle for Times Square showgirls in the ‘40s. After it closed in 1951, it briefly reopened, serving as...

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