In anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday, the MFA Boston (mfaboston) posted this historical piece to remind us of Sam Adams’s well-documented sports allegiance. GO PATS! (Who are we kidding, we forgot that the Super Bowl was this week until we Googled it just now.)
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Long before Instagram filters and American Apparel ads, Larry Clark envisioned a lo-fi tawny-toned teenagedom full of washed jean and lens flare, populated by the likes of Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Michael Pitt, and Brad Renfro (RIP) — see: 1995’s “Kids,” 2001’s “Bully,” 2002’s “Ken Park,” and 2005’s “Wassup Rockers.” And now, for the comparatively low price of $100, a piece of that hyper-hip history could be yours. Starting today and continuing through February 4, the third Clark pop-up shop opens in LA at independent art/bookstore Ooga Booga with stacks upon stacks of the director’s unique 5-by-7 photographs, most developed in pharmacies and one-hour photos, on sale for $100 apiece. Or in the artist’s own words: “All the kids that come to my shows in thousands and could never afford 10 to 15 thousand dollars for a print … this is a pay back to all the skate rats and collectors who would like a souvenir so I can die happy.”
Hey you! Quit illegally downloading music for a second and check out this unique artist’s residency opportunity at London’s Flashback Records. You’ve got until February 5 to apply for what is either a great opportunity for creative exposure or a crass attempt by a shop to trick an artist into creating a cheap, highbrow window display (we haven’t quite decided which it is yet). “Do you have an interest in music, its subcultures or ephemera?” wonders the residency’s promotional materials. “Does your work engage these topics or deal with issues relevant to the record store context such as consumerism, value or systems of exchange? We are looking for an ambitious, three-dimensional art practitioner who is interested in developing a new artwork for Flashback Records on Bethnal Green Road – someone who can innovatively respond to the positive constraints and unique circumstances of this record store environment.”
If you’re keen on campy ’70s-style battles against ninjas, Nixon, and Bill Cosby, or phrases like “special appearance by Erykah Badu,” then you should probably tune in to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim this Saturday for the premiere of ”The Wizard of Watts.” A special musical episode of the animated series sprung from 2009’s blaxploitation spoof “Black Dynamite,” “Watts” threads its political commentary through a parody of the “Wizard of Oz,” as its title suggests (see: the plight of the oppressed “Rodney Munchkings”). And while some of its images feel especially topical in today’s “I Can’t Breathe” climate — for example, the anthropomorphized pig in riot gear who melts in the face of camcorder footage, wailing “Oh, no! Not an irrefutable visual record of my illegal actions!” that would seem as direct a response as any to the lack of indictment for Daniel Pantaleo — given that the film took two years to produce, its recall is more a matter of fortuitous timing. “I take pride in tackling things with my gloves off, but animation takes such a long time to produce that you usually don’t end up being all that current,” creator Carl Jones told the New York Times.
This week, by far our favorite Instagram discovery has got to be the beautiful geniuses over at FoolsDoArt, two Squarespace employees who spend their free time recreating classic artworks with office supplies and raw determination. If we had our druthers, we’d just do an entire thread of their works — “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” are especially priceless — but we’ve got a whole seven days of phone-snapped artistry to catalogue, and holiday-ish artistry at that. See, below. (And meanwhile, thank you, Washington Post, for devoting virtual column inches to this well worthy phenomenon.)
“Portlandia” returns for its fourth season on January 8th, and though you may well have heard from some other source — friends, Tumblr, artisanal semaphore — we got our news courtesy of photographer Catherine Opie. Opie, who was first and perhaps best known for her no-holds-barred portraits of the queer and kink communities in the 90s, chose to photograph starring duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein first in a more subdued, classical style (below), then also played on the idea of Portland’s worldliness rather literally with an electric-blue globe-themed shot. “My portraits are so quiet and so still, and they’re also really serious, that I was a little bit surprised at first that they wanted to go for my style,” said Opie in a video interview, noting she’s been a “Porlandia” fan since Season 1. “But they wanted that style actually because as a comedian, you don’t need to make comic-looking images.” Check out the full posters, below — and join us in crossing our fingers that next the “Portlandia” marketing team commissions a commercial from Kenneth Anger.