Faig Ahmed

Fun with Rugs

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.

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Aug 24, 2016 19:55:00
Saul Steinberg + Inge Morath

The Best Paper-Bag Masks Happened 50 Years Ago

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.

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Aug 22, 2016 16:48:00
Christine Jorgensen with Divine

A Moment for Christine Jorgensen

"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.

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Aug 19, 2016 14:30:00
Monia Lippi

Vietnamese Scooter Fashion

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.

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Aug 18, 2016 18:21:00
Coco Fronsac

Tribe Called Sepia

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.

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Aug 18, 2016 13:35:00
Refugee Nation flag

Refugees Are Flag-less No More

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.

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Aug 15, 2016 15:51:00
Long-horn Miao

Hair Today, Still Hair Tomorrow

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.

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Aug 15, 2016 12:16:00
Craig Green fall 2016

Drone as Photographer

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.

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Aug 14, 2016 19:51:00
Fantich & Young

Shoes with Bite

Mariana Fantich (Ukraine) and Dominic Young (UK) are East London-based artists who, since 2008, have been known as Fantich & Young.

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Aug 13, 2016 16:10:00

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