Tag Archives: Art and design

Where machismo meets tiny gold pants: the bodybuilding art of Alix Marie

With her show Shredded, full of bulging bodies sweating under bright lights, the artist lays bare the fascinating, surreal world of inflatable musclemen As you enter Roman Road Gallery in London’s East End, the noise from a pair of speakers in the foyer is almost overwhelming: grunts, exhalations and the thud of heavy metal weights landing on the floor. Recorded …

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Jean-Paul Goude’s best photograph: an androgynous Grace Jones

People thought she looked outrageous, alien even. I wanted them to be intimidated. It was a slap in the face to the entertainment of the day The first time I saw Grace was at a show at Les Mouches, a gay bar in New York, in 1974 or 1975. I already knew of Grace as a model, but I didn’t …

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Frida Kahlo’s great-niece calls for Barbie doll to be redesigned

The doll should have to match what the artist really was, says lawyer for late Mexican artists great niece The toymaker Mattel is in a dispute with a distant relative of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo over rights to a Frida Barbie doll released as part of the company’s Inspiring Women series. Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo said …

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‘I’m screaming to the choir’ – behind Robert Longo’s anti-Trump art

The New York artists storied career has led him to an incendiary new exhibition called Amerika which takes direct aim at the president and his party It wasn’t too long ago that the New York artist Robert Longo was seated at a boxing match with his son at Madison Square Garden. Longo described his latest exhibition, Amerika, which has just …

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Triumph of truth: brand-new museum upends ‘great denial’ of African American history

The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture is a tour de force of more than 3,000 artifacts with a mission to tell the unvarnished truth Jesse Jackson sauntered through galleries recounting African Americans enslavement, long struggle for freedom and achievements in culture, discipline, boast and politics. I wish Dr King were here today, the veteran civil right activist …

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Venice Biennale: Putin has a red-hot time as jig gives to orgasmic chills and S& M taboos

Marie Chouinards sexually charged introduction programme appreciates dancers locked up like zoo animals then loosed, while Vladimir Putin is taunted with flogs and made to dance with a Nubian Queen A naked dame perforates her body repeatedly against a wall, her saying hide by the dark autumn of whisker comprising her face. A pallid, serious youth jigs a solitary route …

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Venice Biennale: Putin has a hot year as dance surrenders to orgasmic shudders and S& M taboos

Marie Chouinards sexually accused introduction program insures dancers locked up like zoo animals then released, while Vladimir Putin is razzed with flogs and made to dance with a Nubian Queen A naked female perforates her body repeatedly against a wall, her face obscured by the dark drop of whisker reporting her face. A pale, serious youth dances a solitary path …

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