“For many years in my life, I always felt like painting was something I wanted to do, but I never got a chance to do it,” begins Snoop Dogg at the opening of a promotional video for his collaboration with Swedish company Happy Socks, due out on November 1. As part of their “Art of Inspiration” series, the company asked the hip hop legend to, in his words, “do my thing with canvas, paint, see what we come up with.” (Note: Yes, this absolutely means high-end socks with pot leaves on them.) Though the collaboration was teased shortly thereafter, today the full video has been released via Dazed in all its just-under-4-minute glory, providing invaluable insights into Snoop’s creative process.
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If you happen to follow Mykki Blanco on Twitter or Instagram, then you know that the rapper-cum-performance artist has been on tour for the better part of two years now, breezing through an impressive list of countries in Europe and Southeast Asia — from a particularly controversial stop in Portugal to a gig in Hanoi’s sole hipster bar. And given her* change of handle on both social media sites, you’re probably also aware of “Gay Dog Food,” the Kathleen Hanna–featuring alter ego album set to drop on October 28, which represents, according to Blanco, “where I hope to go creatively and commercially” — i.e., harder, grimier, genre-bending “creative punk.” What you may not yet know, however, is that Blanco will be back in New York City at long last on October 30 to perform as part of fashion house Hood by Air’s first-ever non-runway presentation, hosted by MoMA’s PopRally.
In case you hadn’t heard, musician Neil Young is fond of cars — from his 2009 album “Fork in the Road,” inspired by his retooled Lincoln Continental (or, “Lincvolt”), to his memoir “Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars,” the title of which is pretty self-explanatory. Apparently, though, neither music nor the written word was quite sufficient to express the full extent of his affection, so Young took up a paintbrush. Now, Young’s watercolor automobiles set to debut at LA’s Robert Berman Gallery on November 3, marking his first-ever West Coast art show.
John Waters’ performance of “This Filthy World” at the opening weekend of Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial was full of useful information: that “blouse” can be gay male slang for “a feminine top,” that “blossom” is something you never want to Google without your Safe Search on, that what appears to be a shot of Divine’s genitalia in “Female Trouble” is actually a stand-in. But amid the behind-the-scenes stories and Ansel Adams digs was a nugget of wisdom directly applicable to young filmmakers and photographers alike. Waters extolled the virtues of always having a unit photographer — that is, someone on set to take pictures of the filmmaking process — because, as he pointed out, that iconic shot of Divine from “Pink Flamingos,” gun brandished, was never actually in the movie. “You remember the stills,” he said, citing also the “From Here to Eternity” beach scene.
First, David Bowie took over the MCA Chicago with every artifact he may once have sneezed near — and now, Fleetwood Mac singer (and everyone’s favorite witchy godmother) Stevie Nicks is poised to make her Chelsea debut with a recently unearthed shoebox of her old Polaroid self-portraits. Taken with a shutter release cable, the images show a young Nicks in a variety of poses — some dolled-up backstage shots, many almost painterly in their staging. “I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise, like a vampire,” Nicks said in a statement, describing her process (and reaffirming suspicions that she is an occult goddess). “I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures.” And yet, they will, at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery beginning on October 10.
If you remember one scene from 1999’s “Being John Malkovich,” there’s a good chance it’s the one in which the actor is confronted with a restaurant full of people who all bear his face, a sea of bald pates casually dining, including a gown-clad jazz singer crooning “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich.” Now, 15 years later, that thrice-repeated surname is the title of a new photoseries by Sandro Miller, which embarks upon a similar project: to recreate 35 iconic images from photographic history, in which the subjects are replaced by none other than John Malkovich. The series opens at Chicago’s Catherine Edelman Gallery on November 7.
After four decades of acquiring African American art, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are loaning their once-private collection to the Smithsonian this fall. Featuring more than 300 heretofore unexhibited artworks (save, apparently, for one), Cosby’s collection will be on view alongside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in an exhibition titled “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” which will open on November 9 and remain through early 2016. Notable names in Cosby’s collection reportedly include Faith Ringgold, Augusta Savage, Beauford Delaney, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Jacob Lawrence.
Imagine you’re a high-profile chef and you’ve been given the task of creating a menu themed on David Bowie, an artist with decades of iconic persona-swapping and hundreds of song titles just waiting to be riffed on. Is it too much to hope that your brain would immediately fizz over with puns — “Cracked Peppercorn Actor,” “Heathen (The Fries),” “Teenage Wildfowl,” even a simple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Soup-n-salad”? Apparently so, if you’re Wolfgang Puck: To accompany the MCA Chicago’s upcoming “David Bowie Is” exhibition, opening on September 23, the museum’s outpost of Puck’s Café released a special theme menu that is just one glaring missed opportunity after another.