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No Photoshop Required: Artist JeeYoung Lee Crafts Stunning Fantastical Landscapes In Tiny Studio

Dec 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you automatically assumed that these images were photoshopped in some way, you are 100 percent wrong. Korean artist JeeYoung Lee actually creates these landscapes within her small studio in Seoul (which is about 12 x 13 x 8 feet), not letting the size of her canvas determine the breadth of her creative vision. ... Read More

Origami Masks You Won't Believe Are Actually Paper

Dec 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

I used to make origami cranes out of Starburst wrappers during university lectures, and by the end of the class I would have a row of tiny colorful birds to leave behind for the next group of tired students. I used to think that was pretty cool, but after seeing Joel Cooper's origami masks I realized that I may want to leave paper folding to the pros.... Read More

Promo Poster for Fellini's La Dolce Vita is Star of Movie-Memorabilia Auction That Fetched $1.8M+

Dec 19, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Heritage Auctions sold more than $1.8M worth of entertainment-related artifacts at their Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction in Dallas, Texas (which ended on November 17). Among the pieces of film memorabilia and collectibles that sold, the star lot — and the most expensive at $41,825 — is a one-sheet for the Federico Fellini 1960 film La Dolce Vita.... Read More

Japanese Artist Turns Designer Shopping Bags Into Miniature Forests

Dec 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

One of my favorite types of art is when something completely commonplace is turned into something unexpected and beautiful. In this case, Japanese artist Yuken Teruya takes disposable paper bags and turns them into tiny forests — calling the ongoing project Notice — Forest. ... Read More

Yayoi Kusama Brings the Cosmos to You With I Who Have Arrived In Heaven New York Exhibit

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Work is never over for famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and despite being 84, she never seems to rest and always has some type of exhibit on display. Last year she had two at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and now she has one at David Zwirner, entitled I Who Have Arrived In Heaven.... Read More

The Fragility of Mankind Told Through Steel and Concrete Sculptures

Dec 16, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You don't have to be an art expert to appreciate something beautiful, whether it be a painting or a sculpture — you just have to feel it. Now, that may sound cheesy, but it's true. Award-winning sculptor Regardt van der Meulen crafts such stunning pieces that we challenge anyone not to feel moved by them, or at the very least be impressed by the skill it must take to achieve.... Read More

Getting to Know the Dragon Smaug AKA Benedict Cumberbatch

Dec 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has finally been released and thankfully, it's far better than the first (which didn't get to the good stuff until the very end). Though the cast is huge and plenty of familiar characters were finally given some excellent screen time (I'm looking at you Thranduil), it's safe to say that people are going to be the most excited to finally meet Smaug.... Read More

Skulls, Elephants & Snowglobes: 6 Standout Installations From Art Basel Miami Beach

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Another Art Basel Miami Beach has come and gone, showing off tons of new artworks for fans and collectors to drool over. From sculpture and photography to film installations and performance pieces, the art world converged on the city in an overwhelming display of talent. ... Read More

Play Santa With Andy Warhol at Christie's: A Christmas Thing

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Christie’s online-only opportunities featuring the works of Andy Warhol continues through the holiday season, ending on December 11. The high-end auctioneer kicks off the online shopping season with Andy Warhol at Christie’s: A Christmas Thing, which includes 99 original holiday-themed renderings by the iconic artist.... Read More

Art Miami: The Evolving Liaison Between Significant Real Estate & Art Collecting

Dec 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

I have written three articles before on passion investing, a type of investing and purchase based on passionate interests as well as a desire to have an investment accrue in value over time. It is an investment of the heart as well as of the... Read More

LIKEarchitects Installs Socially Conscious Art Exhibits Outside of the Box

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Porto, Portugal-based LIKEarchitects is an award-winning firm that specializes in ephemeral-architectural art exhibits with a social conscience. Most recently the firm presented The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum, which took place in a shopping center in Lisbon, Portugal, featuring 1,500 metal paint cans that created the walls of a walk-through maze. Warhol’s artwork was displayed throughout the walkway on the can “walls.” ... Read More

Photographer Chronicles Bruce Springsteen's Iconic Musical History in New Book

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Few people exemplify the American spirit with more heart and conviction than Bruce Springsteen. The iconic singer, songwriter, and spokesperson for the common man is bigger than life, yet remains an intensely private man. But award-winning photographer Debra Rothenberg is one of the lucky few who have had a close-up view of Springsteen for nearly four decades, and she’s collected the best of her deep portfolio for Bruce Springsteen in Focus 1980-2012.... Read More

Ten Reasons Why We Love Jennifer Lawrence More Than Our Own Grandmothers

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The world's love affair with Jennifer Lawrence continues on with no end in sight — literally, I would follow her anywhere. We all have reasons for loving her, whether because she gives a proud voice to our obsession with food without ever giving in to Hollywood's beauty standard or because she keeps it real and talks to the camera like we do our best friend.... Read More

Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes With Captain America

Nov 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When I called Judianna Makovsky for a chat, Gary Ross happened to be on the other line — no big deal. Nominated for three Oscars, the costume designer has had a long run in the movie business without ever limiting herself to any one specific genre. Sure, she's worked with Ross several times (from 1988's Big to 2003's Seabiscuit to their most recent Peter Pan project), but that's because her decision to work on a film is hugely influenced by the people backing it.... Read More

Giacometti Painting Nets $33M During Auction of Impressionist & Modern Art

Nov 19, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Artist Alberto Giacometti’s 1954 portrait of his brother, Diego en chemise ecossaise, sold for $32.6M during a weeklong series of sales of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s. The price set a world record for a painting by Giacometti, as the previous most expensive rendering for the artist was Portrait de Caroline.... Read More

Park Seung-Mo's Intricately Layered Wire Sculptures Are Unbelievable

Nov 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

I must admit, I'm often flabbergasted as to how sculptures actually pull off their art pieces, but sometimes someone comes along that makes me believe in wizardry. Magic is clearly the only explanation for what Park Seung-Mo does with wire. ... Read More

Rare Photographs From Rock Paper Photo Will Make Incredibly Unique Gifts

Nov 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Giving the perfect gift can be a serious problem. You don't want anything predictable or trite; you want to think of something that will blow the recipient's mind. Let me help you and introduce you to Rock Paper Photo. ... Read More

Grab a VIP Pass For Next Year's Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas

Nov 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

After a fun-filled weekend, Downtown Las Vegas has returned to normal as after workers tore down nine stages, a multitude of kiosks and booths, along with art installations that included everything from an enormous “wall” signed by any attendee with a Sharpie to a truck–sized metal praying mantis that shot balls of fire out of its antennae.... Read More

The New York Times Distributes Blank Pages For The Book Thief Advertisement

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you picked up a copy of The New York Times today, you probably noticed that pages nine and ten are completely blank, save for a URL at the very bottom. Before you wonder if Banksy got ahold of the famous paper for today's New York takeover art piece, it wasn't him and it wasn't a mistake — it's actually a pretty fantastic ad for 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief.... Read More

Rock Paper Photo CEO Mark Halpern Talks Procuring Some of the World's Most Iconic Entertainment Photography

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

There are few jobs out there that I would nearly kill for, but Mark Halpern's is one of them. As the CEO of Rock Paper Photo, Mark spends his days hunting for rare and unseen photos of all your favorite iconic rock stars, actors, and authors. Nowadays with the internet, you can see hundreds of photos of whoever you want, but Google isn't going to get inside that shoe box filled with negatives under a photographer's bed — Mark and his team will, and that's where it gets interesting.... Read More

Christie's Collection of Anthony Hail and Charles Posey Nets Over $1.9M

Oct 21, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Christie’s auction titled Arbiters of Style: The Collection of Anthony Hail and Charles Posey took place in New York City on October 8, 2013. The event, which included more than 230 lots, realized $1,927,875 — with 99 percent sold by lot and 99 percent by value. ... Read More

Inflatable Ark Nova Symphony Hall Brings Happiness to Tsunami-Ravaged Japan

Oct 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Not only is music great when you need to cut loose after a long day at work, it has the unbelievable ability to transcend societal boundaries and actually make you feel better on a chemical level. When terrible things happen, listening to music will get your brain to release dopamine (the feel-good chemical) and cause your blood vessels to actually relax — among a myriad of other effects.... Read More

Banksy Anonymously Sells Original Artwork in NYC For Only $60

Oct 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

In case you weren't already infatuated with every move Banksy makes, get ready to feel an extreme surge of sadness, jealously, and admiration. In case you didn't know, the sneaky British artist has been living in New York for the past month creating installations all over the city as part of his Better Out Than In exhibition — including a slaughterhouse delivery truck filled with stuffed animals, a concrete confessional in Manhattan, war horses wearing goggles, and a beaver stenciled on a Brooklyn wall.... Read More

Standout Pieces from Affordable Art Fair New York

Oct 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

The Affordable Art Fair is an international series that brings would-be art collectors and art fans the opportunity to purchase original pieces at various price points. Having just wrapped up yesterday in New York City, the fair brought arts patrons of every income bracket and social sphere to the Waterfront Tunnel in West Chelsea, to view artworks priced from $100 to $10,000.... Read More

The Spider Webbed Art Experience of Tomás Saraceno's In Orbit

Oct 3, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

A massive interactive art exhibit by Tomás Saraceno called In Orbit has been assembled under a vast glass dome ceiling at the K21 Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany. Planned to remain on display until fall 2014, the installation is made using steel wire mesh and transparent orbits which come together in a surreal landscape reminiscent of a sea of clouds [...]... Read More

What's Next for Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston, and the Breaking Bad Cast?

Oct 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Breaking Bad is over. I know you're grieving and may even be going through the five stages of loss, but just because the show has ended doesn't have to mean you have to say goodbye to the people behind your favorite characters. Not only do Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have plenty of new projects on the way, the rest of the cast has some titles lined up too.... Read More

Photographer Tony Kelly On Keeping His Creative Identity While Working With Celebrities

Sep 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Dublin-born photographer Tony Kelly has a problem — he's got the perfect life. I may have called him early in the morning for our interview, but even when pulling himself from the haze of sleepiness, Tony exudes charm and likability (which may have been due in part to his accent or possibly because he was awaking at 7 a.m. in Waikiki).... Read More

Before You See Don Jon, Find Out What Makes Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tick

Sep 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Who doesn't love Joseph Gordon-Levitt lately? Seriously, go outside and try to find someone — I'll wait. You had a tough time, didn't you? Between his romantic offerings like (500) Days of Summer and his gun-toting Bruce Willis flicks like Looper (not to mention his playing the coolest Robin Gotham City has had since…well, since ever), JGL has an all-around appeal Hollywood doesn't snatch up very often.... Read More

18 Facts You Need to Know About the Phenomenal Peter Dinklage

Sep 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Peter Dinklage is almost overwhelming in his talent. Watching him play Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones is an experience beyond compare, which is an opinion shared by the entire world if his fame is anything to go by. He's gone from being an indie actor in features like The Station Agent to being a household name, defying society's preconceived notions regarding dwarf actors.... Read More

Who Should and Who Will Win at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

Sep 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The 2013 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are nearly here! Come Sunday night, countless actors and actresses will be sitting in Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, vying for the same awards while you cross your fingers in hopes that your favorite will win.... Read More

Christie's to Hold First Auction and Cultural Gala in Shanghai

Sep 19, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Christie’s is gearing up for their inaugural auction in Mainland China, which will be held in Shanghai on September 26, 2013 at the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel. Additionally, a three-day cultural gala will take place from September 24 to 26.... Read More

Avoid Hollywood at These 9 Underrated Film Festivals Across America

Sep 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There's nothing quite like the excitement buzzing around a film festival. From the movies to the celebrity panels, guests are among the few who get to check out feature-length flicks before anyone else. Now, we all know about the big guns, like Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival, but there are fantastic festivals all across America that you might be missing out on.... Read More

Missing Van Gogh Painting Pulled From Norwegian Attic

Sep 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam unveiled a newly discovered Van Gogh painting Sunset at Montmajour (1888) on Monday, which will be on display in their current "Van Gogh at Work" exhibition (ending January 12, 2014). The authenticity process took two years to complete because not only is this a major discovery [...]... Read More

Standing Ovations For 6 Toronto Film Festival Premieres

Sep 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As a movie obsessive, I'm pretty heartbroken to not be at the Toronto Film Festival this year, especially since the lineup just may be the most impressive I've ever seen. With 366 movies on the schedule (including feature-length and shorts), I wouldn't be surprised if you're feeling a little overwhelmed by your choices.... Read More

Tyler Shields Funds Outlaw By Selling $500K Photograph to Gilmore Girls Star

Sep 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Never one to do anything by convention, photographer Tyler Shields raised $500K for his new film Outlaw by selling a single photo. Bought by Scott Patterson — of Gilmore Girls fame — the photo titled Leap of Faith marks the first time a feature film has been entirely funded by a photo sale (well, Shields hopes so anyhow).... Read More

5 Favorite Features That Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival

Sep 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

With the 2013 Toronto Film Festival officially underway (it runs until the 15th), dozens of movies are getting ready for their big debuts and hoping to get some positive feedback — titles like Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and 12 Years a Slave are already garnering pre-awards season buzz.... Read More

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore: 9 Favorite Comedic Actors Who Went Dramatic

Sep 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There is a pervading theory among some circles that being a comedic actor doesn't take much talent (even though it's actually more difficult to get someone to genuinely laugh than cry). It's also not a secret that to get some respect from mainstream critics — especially from the Academy Awards, who tend to treat comedians like a beggar they won't look in the eye — and avoid being pigeon-holed (can you imagine if Chris Farley had been given the chance to show his range?) comedians often turn to more dramatic roles to prove themselves in big ways.... Read More

Here's Johnny! Our 10 Favorite Jack Nicholson Movies

Sep 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

You may want to be sitting for this — I'm glad I was — but Jack Nicholson has decided to retire from the acting business. Just kidding! Rumors started swirling like wildfire yesterday that the 76-year-old actor was stepping away quietly from the film business.... Read More

Vintage Photography Shines in Project B's Rare Vernacular Prints

Aug 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sometimes a vintage vernacular photograph is more interesting than one attributed to a specific artist. The mysterious shot allows you to wonder, to play guessing games and create an entire history for the person behind the lens.... Read More

Miley Cyrus' Provocative MTV VMA Performance Blows Up Twitter

Aug 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The internet is practically exploding with Miley Cyrus chatter because of her performance at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. The 20-year-old pop star sang her hit song We Can't Stop while wearing a strange teddy bear leotard that came straight from an anime nightmare, complete with her wayward tongue hanging from her mouth.... Read More

From Bradley Cooper to Judi Dench: 12 Actors Applauded on Broadway

Aug 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Many of us have a solid list of our favorite actors, whether it be because they're particularly dreamy (I'm looking at you Daniel Craig) or because they're incredibly talented (still looking at you Craig), and many of those names are best known for specific onscreen works.... Read More

There's More Where That Came From: Alex Isn't the Only (Hot) Skarsg?rd

Aug 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There's no denying that Alexander Skarsg?rd is the most famous one in the Skarsg?rd family right now, what with his surprise full frontal nudity in the season finale of True Blood, but you shouldn't forget the rest of the talented troupe — all seven of them. First, we have Stellan, the poppa of this strange Swedish Brady Bunch.... Read More

Backstreet's Back: The Boys and Tyler Shields Collaborate on Photo Collection

Aug 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you came of age in the 90s there's a good chance you swore your allegiance to at least one boy band, whether it was the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, or 98 Degrees, and an even better chance that you now keep that fact hidden. Thanks to famed photographer Tyler Shields, you don't have to temper your love anymore, because the music group has just moved into the art realm with a series of 15 photographs snapped in beautiful California locations.... Read More

Help Marina Abramović Create a Modern Day Warhol Factory for Performance Art

Aug 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Iconic Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović has turned to Kickstarter to get her vision of the Marina Abramović Institute built and ready for opening. Known for her controversial and oftentimes dangerous performance pieces (in one she passively allowed an audience to inflict whatever pleasures or pain they chose), Abramović is completely dedicated to the preservation and presentation of long durational work. She hopes this new institute (MAI) will provide an open place to host a number of various workshops, lectures, and research, ultimately enabling society to open a dialogue about what art is and how it works alongside science, technology, and spirituality.... Read More

The 12th Doctor is Revealed: Say Hello to Peter Capaldi!

Aug 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It's official, BBC has announced the 12th Doctor and this fan couldn't be happier. Get ready for a world to fall in love with you, Peter Capaldi! As one of the best kept secrets in recent television, the reveal was made yesterday during the Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which featured guests and pre-recorded appearances from past and present Doctors and companions (including Matt Smith himself).... Read More

Smithsonian Wants Trayvon Martin's Sweatshirt for New Museum

Aug 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Even though the legal proceedings surrounding the Trayvon Martin case are not entirely wrapped up, and have the potential for continuing for quite some time, there's already a discussion brewing in regards to who might ultimately want to take possession of his sweatshirt. Once the evidence is released back to the Sanford Police Department, Martin's family can collect it and decide what to do with it, but there is also a notable institution eying it for display — the Smithsonian.... Read More

Face Time with 'Spacetime,' Artist Jay Mark Johnson

Jul 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

It is one thing to meet an artist at an opening or read an article describing their work. It’s even more insightful to enter their studio and workspace. An invitation into an artist’s home on the other hand reveals that much more in terms of where the individual is coming from…and going.... Read More

On Eric Roberts' Perfect Summer: Surfing, Life Lessons and Broccoli

Jul 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

When Eric Roberts was cast in his latest movie, the filming location was familiar, but the role was not. Accustomed to playing thugs, murderers, druggies, hotheads and just plain bad guys in dozens of films -- including “The Dark K... Read More

Dave Koz and Friends Smooth Summer Sounds

Jul 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Dave Koz is bringing saxy back. The Grammy®-nominated saxophonist is everywhere this summer, taking his smooth jazz sounds on the road, across the seas, and to the top of the charts.... Read More

Bible Notated by Einstein Auctions for $68,500, Far Exceeds Pre-Sale Estimates

Jul 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

Since Gutenberg first printed the Bible, there have been hundreds of millions of copies sold. The exact numbers are impossible to tell, but, it may very well be the most popular book in the history of humanity. So how much could one copy possibly be worth? That depends on who it belonged to, and this copy was the property of one of the leading minds in modern history; Albert Einstein.... Read More

Original Batman Cover Art Projected to Sell for $500K at Auction

Jul 9, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Two Batman pieces will be the main attractions at Heritage Auctions’ Comic and Comic Art Signature Auction in early August — with each of the two graded pieces expected to net around $500,000. The two pieces consist of the highest-graded copy of Batman #1, ever certified in 9.2 grade, and Frank Miller’s original cover art for The Dark Knight Returns #2, 1986. As projected by the auctioneer, the dynamic duo will fetch a half-million each. Heritage Auctions points out that this is a worthy follow-up to its groundbreaking Dark Knight series offered by Heritage in the last year.... Read More

Johnny Depp's 9 Best Underrated Films

Jul 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  3 Comments

Whether or not he's comfortable with it yet, Johnny Depp is a megastar and he will be until the day he dies. The 50-year-old actor (yes, he's 50) has starred in so many fantastic films that it can be tough to keep track of them all.... Read More

The Coolest Stars Under 21: From Dakota Fanning to Josh Hutcherson

Jun 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Some of the best actors and actresses out there are incredibly young, each one striving to break big and be the next Natalie Portman. Some of these names had been acting for years before scoring their breakthrough role and a few struck gold with their very first paid gig, but all of them are impressing critics and fans alike. From the record-setting Quvenzhané Wallis to the multi-talented Ezra Miller, these stars all have one thing in common, they're all under 21.... Read More

Inside The East With Filmmakers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

Jun 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The East is an engaging eco-terrorism espionage thriller that has everything going for it: a fantastic cast, thought-provoking script, and most importantly, a beating heart at the core. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij wrote the film together (in which Marling stars and Batmanglij directs), using their own experiences and societal concerns to drive the mystery towards its conclusion. Full of poetry and nuance, The East imbues our societal breakdown with hope just as much as they do with accountability, forcing us to question the world we complacently live in.... Read More

The Unluckiest Man in Hollywood: What You Don't Know About Superman Henry Cavill

Jun 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

30-year-old actor Henry Cavill is going to be seeing a rise in popularity due to his role as Superman in the upcoming Zach Snyder film Man of Steel (which is being released June 14). Though the actor popped up on radars after his work in the Showtime series The Tudors, in which he played Charles Brandon (1st Duke of Suffolk), there's nothing quite like a big-budget action film that demands skin-tight clothing and intense brooding to make a man everyone's new crush.... Read More

Stories of Old Hollywood: Behind the Scenes With Legendary Photographer Sid Avery

Jun 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The late Sid Avery was a famous American photographer who is best known for capturing rare moments of Hollywood's biggest stars during the Golden Age. Avery had the uncanny knack of getting those around him to relax and open up, capturing a side to famous names like James Dean, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor that no one had seen before. In a world before pushy paparazzi, the lives of celebrities were kept behind closed doors, making it a big deal when someone was allowed in.... Read More

Tyler Shields Raffles Photo and Raises Money for Tornado Torn Oklahoma Families

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Popular photographer Tyler Shields always has a new project on the horizon, oftentimes making headlines for being controversial, but this time he's using his star power for a good cause. Two days after the Oklahoma tornado left many devastated last month, with at least 91 killed and countless homes destroyed, Shields decided to take a drive to Moore to seek out humanity's enduring spirit. The photographic results of his trip are being raffled off to benefit the American Red Cross Oklahoma Tornado Relief on CrowdRise.... Read More

Doctor Who Casting Call: 12 Dream Picks for the 12th Doctor

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The British science fiction show Doctor Who first aired in 1963, telling the story of a time-traveling humanoid alien Time Lord who goes on adventures in his TARDIS (a sentient ship that can travel through space and time) with various companions by his side. While it originally went off the air in 1989, it was brought back in 2005 by Russell T. Davies and found itself becoming a national treasure with Christopher Eccleston — and soon after David Tennant — giving the Doctor a new life.... Read More

9 Things You Didn't Know About Game of Thrones Star Richard Madden

Jun 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

If you haven't seen the new Games of Thrones episode yet and don't want anything spoiled for you, this article is pretty safe — though the episode was ruined for me by simply entering Richard Madden's name in a search engine, so be warned. Aside from his role as Robb Stark on HBO's hit series, Madden has a pretty straight-forward professional background, which has been steadily changing since Games of Thrones first aired in 2011. Considering he's still a relative newcomer to the screen, here are a few things you may not have known about our favorite "King in the North."... Read More

Don't Miss These 10 Standouts From Cannes Film Festival

May 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest film event you could ever hope to attend, from the lineup to the parties, and is now officially underway. Year after year Cannes brings us some of the most exciting films being made by unique and interesting filmmakers. If you're lucky enough to be attending this year — or waiting at home for distribution — you're probably so wrapped up in the hype of each film that it may be hard to figure out what you really shouldn't miss. To help with the confusion, here's my list of the best and hottest films at Cannes this year.... Read More

Naked Portrait of Bea Arthur May Collect Millions at Auction

May 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you grew up on The Golden Girls and worshipped Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, this auction item may be for you — or it may horrify you. Christie's will be auctioning off John Currin's 1991 painting, Bea Arthur Naked, in their Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale tonight in New York. In case the title isn't obvious enough for you, yes, she's naked. We cropped the main image for sensitive eyes but if you want to see the full picture, scroll down.... Read More

An Interview with Grammy Award Winning Musician Omar Akram

May 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Omar Akram creates music influenced by his own personal background and life experiences — which is usually fairly common, except there is nothing common about Omar. Raised all over the world as the child of a United Nations diplomat and coming from a multicultural viewpoint, Omar is the first Afghan-American to win a Grammy (awarded for his fourth album, "Echoes of Love"). His music has been called, "a marriage of passion and grace, of adventure and relaxation, of beauty and raw earthiness," evoking hints of his personal past and looking forward to his future.... Read More

Vocalist Mario Frangoulis is "the Sex and the Symphony" of Concert Halls

May 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

Award-winning operatic tenor Mario Frangoulis will once again grace us with his presence this spring on the highly anticipated concert tour for his new album “Beautiful Things.” The gifted vocalist kicks off the North American tour May 11th in Pasadena, California where he will share his “Beautiful Things” in emotionally powerful songs so true to his being. “You have to express the hopes of your soul, and that’s what my music is about,” explains Frangoulis in a recent interview. “That is the number one thing I do.”... Read More

Hollywood's Latest Darling: How Carey Mulligan Rose to Fame

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Starring as Daisy Buchanan may be throwing Carey Mulligan in the spotlight but the British actress has been deserving of the attention for years, playing one standout role after another. Whether you've been a fan of hers since you first saw her in 2005's Pride & Prejudice (where she played Kitty Bennet to Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet) or since you saw her in 2009's An Education, it doesn't really matter because once The Great Gatsby is released, everyone is going to be claiming love dating years back.... Read More

The Story Behind The Great Gatsby Film Adaptations: Then and Now

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  2 Comments

"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness…" F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is possibly America's finest literary offering, chronicling the "Jazz Age" in a way that's both indicting and glamorous. Fitzgerald presents the 1920's through a soaring economy with bootleggers making a killing from prohibition and consumers creating an underground world of excess. Considering this was after WWI, it should be no surprise that the public overcompensated, turning their shock and fear to extravagant showmanship.... Read More

The Opulent Eye's Inaugural New York Sale Generates Over $4Mil

Apr 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Famous auction house Christie's presented the inaugural sale of The Opulent Eye collection in New York on April 18. This collection filled 350 lots and was comprised of 19th century furniture, sculpture, and porcelain art pieces, raking in a sales total (including buyer's premium) of $4,050,062. Over 60 of the lots were from the estates of Dr. Milton and Marilyn Myers, featuring works by François Linke, Henry Dasson and Alfred Beurdeley, with the top selling item being a large Roman micromosaic tabletop with a mahogany base ($231,750).... Read More

Nevada Art Exhibit Aims to Shed Light on Van Gogh Painting Mystery

Apr 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As one of the most revered artists in history, it would be a pretty big deal if a new painting was discovered to have been the work of Vincent Van Gogh. The possibility of just that is the focal point of the Nevada Museum of Art's newest exhibition, A Real Van Gogh? An Unsolved Art World Mystery (which will be on view from April 13 through August 15, 2013).... Read More

Tyler Shields Defies Gravity With New Series Suspense

Apr 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Controversial photographer Tyler Shields is known for photographing celebrities in a way that exposes the darkness of Hollywood (from overexposure to depression and addiction), using anything from raw meat to blood to get his point across. He's been around long enough now that his work is no longer new, per se, but it still makes an impact and legions of fans constantly await his newest shots. Wait no longer because Shields is back with Suspense, his newest series which will debut at the Guy Hepner Gallery on April 28 in Los Angeles.... Read More

Vegas Mogul Puts Elbow Through Picasso's Le Reve & Sells it for Record Sum

Apr 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Picasso is one of the world's most revered artists so it's not really a surprise that his Le R?ve has been sold to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen for $155 million, the highest price a US collector has ever paid for a piece of art, making it the priciest Picasso ever sold. What is surprising — at least to me — is that Le Reve (The Dream) was sold for this crazy price after the seller, hotelier Steve Wynn, accidentally put his elbow through it. How does someone accidentally jab his elbow through a Picasso, causing a six-inch tear in the canvas? Guess you'll have to form your own opinion, but I'm going to assume alcohol was involved.... Read More

Celebrating Ireland: 10 Talented Irish Stars We Love

Mar 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ireland is known for its rolling green hills, rambunctious pubs, and welcoming residents, but the area has also given the art world some pretty talented people. From poets and painters to actors and musicians, many greats have once called Ireland home. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I decided to pick my favorite Irish imports, from the names nearly everyone knows of to those everyone should know of.... Read More

First Andy Warhol @ Christie's Online Auction a Success at $2.3M

Mar 8, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

The first Andy Warhol @ Christie's online-only auction was a success with sales of $2,297,375. Taking place from February 26 to March 5, the results ended up being twice the amount anticipated by the high-end auction house.... Read More

Andreas Franke's Underwater Gallery Channels Ghosts of the Titanic

Mar 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Alright, so we know that the Rococo movement was a century prior to the Titanic's ill-fated voyage but come on, you know that was your first thought when looking at these images too, now wasn't it? While that was probably not the point of Andreas Franke's latest fine art exhibit, the display is certainly one meant to get people talking.... Read More

Oracle Billionaire Larry Ellison's Art Collection to be Exhibited this Summer

Feb 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison is set to have a busy summer. In addition to prepping his Oracle Team USA yacht to defend the America’s Cup in San Francisco, the software mogul is set to exhibit his rarely seen, world-class collection of Japanese art and artifacts at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.... Read More

Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis Breaks Records and Seth MacFarlane's Ode to Boobs

Feb 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The 85th Academy Awards are officially over for another year; the gold statues have been handed out, the speeches recited and the gracious losing faces put to good use. This year's awards was hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, known for his sharp humor and across-the-board mockery, which probably put a few people on the edges of their seats with worry as to what he would say. His turn as host was actually pretty tame (for him anyway), save for a couple jokes that got people laughing nervously (guess it's still too soon to joke about Lincoln's assassination).... Read More

Stolen Banksy Street Art to be Sold at Miami Auction House

Feb 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Where art and commerce meet is a tricky intersection, especially when putting a price on street art which espouses social and political theory. Banksy, a British artist whose work speaks of these issues, is usually very elusive, but we would like to hear his opinion regarding an upcoming auction of one of his wall murals.... Read More

La Belle Vie: Multimedia Art by Slade Project Celebrates the Good Life

Feb 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Family often plays a part in life's most meaningful moments, with common bonds and experiences reinforcing love shared. These dynamics might play a hand in the complexity of the art pieces produced by Slade Project. The artistic team is comprised of a mother and her two sons, bringing their talents together to collaborate on mixed-media imagery that commemorates or tells the “story” of an individual(s), through photos and memorabilia. Although a fine art collection is always prized, creating some personal pieces for a home and for future generations can be more valuable than any Monet.... Read More

Henry Richardson's Artistic Genius: Creating Spheres From Sheets of Glass

Feb 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When Henry Richardson decided to be an artist, he opted out of art school and decided to take a more direct route delving right in. Self-taught, he started as a painter and eventually worked his way up to his current passion, glass sculpture. While many glass art is done by blowing or casting, Richardson instead fuses glass sheets together to create amazing orbs and towers. His method involves cutting arcs of glass that form rings, layering them to eventually form a perfect sphere.... Read More

On Location: Beautiful Creatures' Beautiful Costumes, Beautiful World

Feb 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

5 minutesIn the film Beautiful Creatures, Gatlin, South Carolina might seem like a sleepy Southern town where nothing ever happens, but beneath the surface, there are strange and magical forces, rooted in the past, that are about to re-emerge in ways the townspeople can't even begin to imagine.... Read More

11 Films We Can't Wait to See in 2013

Feb 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  2 Comments

There are plenty of reasons to get excited over a new year but for me, there's nothing better than a whole slew of brand new movies that I cannot wait to see. I look forward to disappearing within a good flick about as much as some look forward to taking their new Bugatti Veyron for a test drive on a desert road. From the Sundance Film Festival's premiers to the many award shows, the beginning of every new year is filled with anticipation. Without further ado, here are the titles (in no particular order) that I'm having a hard time waiting for.... Read More

Bacon and Basquiat Top Half Billion-Dollar London Art Auctions

Feb 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Over half a billion dollars in fine art will be sold in London this month as the major auction houses stage landmark sales of contemporary, modern and impressionist art. Topping the list are multimillion-dollar works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Germany’s Gerhard Richter (the world’s top selling living artist).... Read More

Inside Sundance | Must-See Films, Celeb Swag and Hot Topics

Jan 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ending on Sunday, the Sundance Film Festival is underway and if you're not one of the lucky ones to be in attendance, the best you can hope for is some news of all the great films and celebrity attendees. With so many films getting some great early buzz and all the famous faces running around Park City, Utah, here's some of the news so far!... Read More

How Superdealer Larry Gagosian Changed the Art World

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

For a man who started his art career selling posters on the sidewalk, Larry Gagosian has come a long way. He has made the best of the international economy, by pushing both production and prices up for young artists. According to Eric Konigsberg of Vulture.com, what formerly put dealers and artists at risk of flooding the market, has become common practice in today’s globalized art market.... Read More

Modernity of French Luxury in Istanbul at Festival Colbert

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

Today marks the end of the first Festival Colbert in Istanbul during which twenty-six companies of the prestigious Comité Colbert of France presented their own take on modernity to the public.... Read More

Say Bonjour to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Set to Open in 2015

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari  |  1 Comment

Abu Dhabi is home to an array of luxurious attractions, impressive structures and a shopaholic’s dream of malls and extravagant shopping centers, and it now has fine art to add to the list, as it will be the home for the second Louvre Museum.... Read More

Guess Who Won Best Director at the 70th Annual Golden Globes

Jan 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you missed out on the 70th Annual Golden Globes last night, don't worry because you can find it anywhere on the internet…although there is something to be said for watching the hijinks live. With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's witty turns as hosts, the awards show was given a breath of much-needed fresh air, flinging jokes that are bitingly funny without being alienating.... Read More

The Most Expensive Street Art | From Basquiat to Banksy

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Street art has officially entered the world of fine art, regardless of your opinion on the matter. When once it may have been thought of as mere graffiti, street art has found a place within art galleries, museums, and on the walls of art collectors and aficionados. From the ever-elusive Banksy to the iconic work of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, street artists and their work have been fetching top dollar prices at famed auction houses for years, breaking down the hazy line between high and low art. Hopefully, other relevant and talented street artists, like Blu, JR, Swoon, Vhils, Space Invader, and Roa, will be seeing some top dollar action soon. In the meantime, here are some of the most expensive sales seen yet!... Read More

The National Gallery of Australia Hosts Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & The Moulin Rouge

Jan 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Though the career of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec spanned less than 20 years (he died young at the age of 36) he will forever be remembered as one of the most provocative and influential artists of the Post-impressionist period.... Read More

 
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