Coming from a family of artists, French artist Coco Fronsac culls sepia-toned vintage portraits from flea markets 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.
Leave it to French students of the 1960s to incorporate sexual liberty in their list of demands for social change. In an article in Le Monde in 1968, the author Pierre Viansson-Ponté wrote that, in France, student uprisings "are mostly concerned that the girls...should be able to visit the bedrooms of the boys." The right of young adults to have sex in their dorm rooms did in fact morph into the widespread student demonstrations of May 1968.
In what's become an Oscar tradition, L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus has unveiled a new life-size Oscar statue on Hollywood Boulevard. Standing slightly over seven feet tall, including a platform with a sign reading "False Idol" in old English font, the gold-painted sculpture is none other than Kanye West as Jesus.
Update 3/1/2017: FOAM in Amsterdam is currently exhibiting a survey of Ren Hang's work. Launched in January, the exhibition is not in response to the photographer's recent death, however mourners are encouraged to view the work in person through March 12, 2017.
A month shy of 30, Chinese photographer Ren Hang has taken his own life, according to friends and colleagues. Though unconfirmed, depression is likely the root cause.
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.