Feeling grateful for Royal de Luxe

With all the hardship, pain, and enraging absurdity in the news of late (or should that read 'always'?), sometimes what you need most is to be reminded that there are people on this planet making great big, intensely moving, awe-inspiring, wondrous things for the sheer joy of it. The Atlantic just shared a heartening series …

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Oracular Creatures and Arcane Spaces: The Enigmatic Art of Jenna Barton

I'm not sure how I've only just discovered the work of American illustrator and designer Jenna Barton, but better now than never at all and rest assured I'm paying close attention now. I have a particular fondness for visual art that invites the viewer to construct their own narratives about what they're seeing. Barton's cryptic …

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Fossil and Inner Strength: Pejac Beautifies Brooklyn and Manhattan

Do you remember the first time you saw something painted, drawn, or pasted onto an outside wall, or perhaps a utility pole or street sign, and recognized that you were seeing street art? I'm trying to do that right now and I'm struggling. I feel as though I've simply always been aware of it, starting …

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Welcome to King Country: A Tribute to Stephen King by Jordan Monsell

In King Country everyone can hear you scream... but do they care? Behold the monstrous glory that is "King Country," a visual tribute to the career of legendary author Stephen King created by Los Angeles-based illustrator and humorist Jordan Monsell. With 56 novels and over 200 short stories under his belt (to say nothing of all the non-fiction, …

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Interoception: Miles Johnston at Last Rites Gallery

If you're in New York, please do us both a favor and head over to the Last Rites Gallery between now and April 21st to experience Interoception, the debut solo exhibition of oil on linen paintings and graphite on paper drawings by UK-born, Sweden-based artist Miles Johnston. “Interoception” is the essence of our internal states of thought and feeling, covering …

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Skurk: Beware the Urban Anglerfish…

“Beware the urban Anglerfish, my son!       The jaws that bite, the fangs that catch! Beware the Jubjub squid, and shun       The frumious Bandersnatch!” This gargantuan deep-sea fish looks unsettlingly at home out of the water and waiting for prey on an urban stairwell. The hungry deep-sea beastie was created by Norway-based artist Skurk, who incorporated the …

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A Corporeal Garden of Earthly Delights by Agnieszka Nienartowicz

The art of tattooing grows more impressive all the time. This stunning back piece depicting part of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is an outstanding example. That is, until you learn that it's actually a stunning oil painting created by Polish artist Agnieszka Nienartowicz depicting a person with a portion of the central panel …

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