Living and working in Baku, Azerbaijan, artist Faig Ahmed distorts and deconstructs the patterns and shapes of traditional Azerbaijani rugs, incorporating modern motifs — glitches, melts, spikes — to create mesmerizing optical illusions. A graduate of sculpture from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art, Ahmed and his merging of traditional and experimental textiles are a very real carpet ride.
In 1942, after publishing his first cartoon a year earlier, The New Yorker sponsored Saul Steinberg's entry into the United States from an increasingly anti-Semitic Italy. Thus began his lifelong relationship with the publication as cartoonist and illustrator, creating over 90 covers and 1200 illustrations in the six decades thereafter. He also exhibited drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculptures in galleries and museums around the world.
"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty" blared the Daily News in 1950. George Jorgensen, a quiet Bronx native, shocked the nation by returning from a trip to Denmark transformed into Christine. While not the first American to undergo sex-reassignment surgery, Christine was the country's first trans-celebrity.
An obsession with pale skin among young Vietnamese, as seen across electronic media and virtually all advertising, has given rise to vibrant displays of scooter fashion. These 'cover up' styles, as they're known, emphasize bright colors and colorful patterns.
French artist Coco Fronsac finds sepia-toned vintage portraits and enhances them in various ways, primarily by painting over their faces with bright tribal masks. In this way, her characters become frozen in their elegant, shamanic finery, an unlikely meeting producing a magical veneer.
Every nation needs a flag, even (or especially) the ten refugees competing at the Rio Olympics under the aegis of Refugee Nation. So the Syrian artist and refugee Yara Said set about designing the team's new flag, characterized by allover safety orange and a single black stripe — inspired by that symbol of many asylum-seekers' harrowing journey, the lifejacket.
Of the many minority ethnic groups laced among the 1.3 billion people of China, the Longhorn Miao (or Changjiao Miao), located in the mountains in the south, is one of the more unusual. It was only in 1994, with the building of a highway, that the Miao and their elaborate headpieces were revealed to the world.
Over the weekend, London men's designer Craig Green unveiled the campaign for his enigmatic fall collection. Tapping into the same darkly ambiguous vibe, it shows models haphazardly strewn about a black-sand beach, seemingly washed ashore. Just as remarkable, it appears to be the first campaign shot entirely by drone.