OKCupid Ad Campaign Redefines DTF with W+K and Toiletpaper

Ad agency Wieden + Kennedy New York reached out to artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari, founders of the surreal art magazine Toiletpaper, to work with them to create an ad campaign for dating app OK Cupid. The brightly colored ads play off the DTF acronym (that’s ‘down to fuck’ for those of you living under a rock) by offering other F words as alternatives. Read more

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Scott Listfield’s Astronaut Lands In LA in 1984.

Scott Listfield, “Born In The USA” (2018) Oil on canvas, 10 × 10 inches

Along with several of my quirky passions I have a love of all things astronaut, so it’s no surprise that painter Scott Listfield is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Listfield has a new show featuring some of his most recent work on view at Thinkspace’s 2018 project room. The exhibit, entitled 1984, features paintings of a single astronaut, a recurring them in Scott’s works since 1999, who appears to have landed in Los Angeles. Read more

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The Surreal Sci-Fi Art of Simon Stålenhag Coming To The Big Screen.

Simon Stålenhag, the internationally acclaimed author, concept designer and artist behind Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood recently produced his beautifully illustrated novel, The Electric State, through a Kickstarter campaign and it was just optioned to be a film. Read more

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These! Friendly Animal Plates by Artist Mark Ryden

This year artist Mark Ryden released a special Snow Yak Ornament for Christmas and it was amazing. And, sadly, sold out. However, he also released this special set of six melamine dishes which are still available. And they might just be the coolest plates ever.

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Candy Christmas : Sweet Oil Paintings by Will Cotton

Modern Times, 2015, oil on linen, 60 x 96 inches

Born in Massachusetts and now working out of New York, artist Will Cotton is known for his dreamy and delectable paintings whose landscapes consist of cotton candy clouds, gingerbread houses, candy forests, chocolate rivers and melting ice cream. Some of these landscapes are inhabited by nude or nearly nude pinup-style models as well as celebrities such as Katy Perry and Elle Fanning. But for today’s post, it’s all about his candy canes and gingerbread. 24 paintings of them! Read more

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Mini Sculptures of 16 Great Film Directors: King Cuts

I wish I could afford even one of these Mike Leavitt sculptures. His King Cuts are 18″ tall sculptures made from wood and polymer clay and impressively carved into the likenesses of his 16 favorite film directors of all time (an excellent selection). Humorously and accurately outfitted with props from their films, he has created 16, several of which are still available for purchase. Read more

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Mark Ryden’s Sweet Costumes and Sets for ABT’s “Whipped Cream”

The American Ballet Theater presented the world premiere of its newest ballet, Whipped Cream, about a boy who consumes too many sweets and hallucinates about sugary treats, just last night. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, scored for ballet by Richard Strauss (who also concocted the original libretto), the show features sets and costumes by Pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. Read more

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These 20 Contemporary Art Jigsaw Puzzles Will Rock Your World.

I have a new obsession: Artifact wooden jigsaw puzzles. I wasn’t a “puzzle person” until I saw these. Gorgeously crafted artisanal laser cut wooden jigsaw puzzles that feature the work of some of today’s hippest contemporary artists. Are you ready to see the coolest puzzles ever? Read more

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UNDERBELLY is Back, Better and Showing At Fathom Gallery

What do you get when you put two talented long-time friends with a slightly perverse sense of humor together? You get Underbelly – a collection of witty, insightful and aesthetically compelling single panel comics that reveal the darker side of culture and society. Now turned into paintings, they will be exhibited at Fathom Gallery in Los Angeles. Read more

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Mary Ryden’s Microportfolio 7 – 24 Oversized Postcard Prints

While you may not be able to afford an original piece of art by Mark Ryden, his microportfolios are the next best thing. Printed on heavy card stock and perfect for framing (I speak from experience), Porterhouse Fine Art editions has just released the first printing of his 7th microportfolio featuring 24 images from his exhibition, The Gay 90s. Read more

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