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Fairy Tale Fashion

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Power. Vanity. Greed. Innocence. Truth. Strength. These are all characteristics of our fictional fairy tale friends and enemies. And their clothes – from magnificent velvet capes and long pointed nails to sad little dresses in tatters – are representative of exactly what the characters are like within. (If only people were that transparent everyday.) The Museum at FIT celebrates these traits with an entire exhibit dedicated to how fairy tales have influenced designer fashion, Fairy Tale Fashion. It is like a witch’s gingerbread house – sickly sweet with an undercurrent of evil.

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Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner

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If you’ve been to the New York City Ballet recently, you will have seen Marcel Dzama’s amazing illustrations and dioramas throughout the lobby. Plus the oh-so-rude polka-dotting of the normally sedate, buxom marble sculptures. This is just Dzama’s month, because he also has an exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery that he did in partnership with Raymond Pettibon called Forgetting the Hand.

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Alex Nero

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Alex Nero is a Ukrainian artist living in New York City. He experiments with the physical dynamics of paint when put inside vessels of water. So while he works with paint, his actual product is digital photography, not painting. I love this idiosyncrasy and of course, also love the way the paints curve and bloom. They also retain their colors, instead of melding into a mush of gray and browns.

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Art Garments

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I’ve fallen in love with a new Instagram account, and I’ve been meaning to share it here on the blog for a few weeks. So I’m very excited to share with you @artgarments!  Continue Reading

Belle Bird Handmade: Baubles from the Other Side of the World

Copper Polymer Necklace

I am so charmed by the coppers and neutrals in the handmade jewelry created by Belle Bird Handmade. These designs are created in Launceston, Tasmania (Tasmania!) and include custom creations with feathers, polymer clay, and my favorite – little hand painted pieces of china. I oohed and ached for some time over her Instagram feed before realizing they that are totally affordable! Most of the sweet pieces are under $50. Which means, of course, that a package is on its way to me right now from the other side of the world.

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New York City Ballet: The Most Incredible Thing

Ah, the New York City Ballet Art Series. I mean. In life, there’s Christmas, and then there’s Villanova basketball, and then there’s the New York City Ballet Art Series. Good grief, it never disappoints. This year’s featured artist is Marcel Dzama, an illustrator/film producer/costume designer/sculptor/watercolorist/renaissance man. He created the costumes for the premiere of Justin Peck’s newest ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, with music by Bryce Dessner of The National. In addition, he filled the lobby theater with enormous movie screens featuring Amy Sedaris dancing freakishly with a painted eyeball on her forehead.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Sea of Buddha

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I can’t recall the first time I saw Hiroshi Sugimoto. It was possibly at the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC in 2006 when he took life-size portraits of wax figures of the Tudors. What I really love is his overexposed Theaters series, but I can’t even remember if I’ve seen them in person, or if I’ve read my coffee table book so many times that I feel like I have. One time while in line at the Guggenheim gift shop, I overheard a woman with long gray waves talking about how she had the opportunity to buy a Hiroshi Sugimoto Seascape for $5,000 when she was in her 20s. But then, $5,000 was far too expensive because she was a struggling artist. I don’t know if she’s still struggling, or still an artist, but she can definitely afford that Seascape now and has regretted her art purchasing decision, or lack thereof, for years.

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Paintbrush Portraits by Rebecca Szeto

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Rebecca Szeto is an artist with a love for art history and for the humble, dirty old paintbrush on its last leg. With her paintbrush portraits, she is referring to the history of painting by using its own tool. She whittles the handle of the brush in order to make a canvas. By whittling, she is “reducing the brush to its core value or essence.” In this series of ladylike portraits, she celebrates lost, obscure women across history and geography.

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The Whitney as an Artful Accessory

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Before it even opened, Renzo Piano’s new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art, a nine-story structure of asymmetrically stacked glass and steel became a hot spot for stylistas. So it’s not surprising that the structure has generated its own fashion statement. Italy’s Max Mara has collaborated with the architect’s studio, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, on the Whitney Bag.

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Remember the Titanosaurs

The Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever displayed at the American Museum of Natural History, is unveiled at a news conference January 14, 2016 in New York. The dinosaur was discovered in 2014, in Argentinas Patagonia region. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week the Museum of Natural History in New York unveiled the most major paleontological find in years. The biggest dinosaur ever unearthed, the titanosaur, was discovered in the Patagonian desert of Argentina.

It’s femur is the size of a sofa; its teeth aren’t sharp but they perform like big rakes for foliage; and while its being referred to as one of the titanosaur group, it’s so new that it still hasn’t been given a name. The skeleton fills an entire room of the museum and is still so big that the curators playfully have his huge head peeking out from the doorway entrance.

Check it out now at the American Museum of Natural History on the dinosaur floor through January 2020.

Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

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