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

For New Year’s Eve, The Party Hat In Art. 40 Festive Examples.

Party Hats in Art

With New Year’s Eve tonight and a new year of birthdays coming up, I was inspired by the notion of ‘Party Hats’ and wanted to see what was out there in terms of fine art that incorporated the classic pointed hat. I was not disappointed and I hope you won’t be either. Read more

A Brush With Talent: The Charity Artist Brush Auction


above: many of the brushes have illustrated images by the artists who used them

The Rotofugi gallery, a designer toy store and gallery located in Chicago, Illinois, had this wonderful idea of auctioning off the actual used (and signed) art brushes of some of today’s hippest lowbrow surrealist, and underground artists and illustrators on ebay to benefit Gigi’s Playhouse. Read more

Bunny Bonanza: In Art. In Books. In Movies. As Brands. And Just Big. (Over 80 pics!)

Bunnies in art
Dieter Roth, Shit Hare, 1975

Happy Easter, Happy Bunny Day, Happy Christ Resurrection, Jesus Zombie Day and all that. In honor of the holiday, I’m going to share with you a bunch o’ bunnies. Bunnies in art, in literature, in movies, as brands and some of the biggest bunnies in the world. I had to really cull down this post or by the time you finished reading it, it’d be Christmas. Read more