Flooding, Anti-Vaxxers, Museums: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Flooding in Pakistan has stranded hundreds of thousands of people, an anti-vaccination movement trending in L.A.'s most affluent neighborhoods is causing a whooping cough epidemic, and one broken air conditioner could destroy Rome's most priceless art. Hope you're comfortable, this week's What's Ruining Our Cities is… » 9/14/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

Cool disintegrating cars photos make me feel like a little kid

Fabian Oefner is a man of many talents—and great patience. Investigator, artist, photographer, his images are always precisely crafted and beautiful. His disintegrating car series are a great example. I just spent 20 minutes exploring them. He explains how he (painstakingly) made them here: » 9/11/14 9:41pm Thursday 9:41pm

A Clever Front-Loading Picture Frame Makes Swapping Artwork Easy

Have you ever spent a few maddening hours trying to get a photo perfectly centered behind a matboard in a frame? It's made all the more difficult because you have to blindly arrange the upside-down pieces from the back of the frame. So why has it taken this long for someone to come up with a picture frame that easily… » 9/09/14 5:00pm Tuesday 5:00pm

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen—and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator. » 9/09/14 11:15am Tuesday 11:15am

This Classical Venetian Palazzo Is Like a Chill Portal to the Afterlife

If Hollywood has taught us anything about death on Earth—and goodness knows it has—it's that we'll be welcomed to the afterlife by an eye-squintingly bright white void. For his latest site-specific exhibition, artist Doug Wheeler has transformed the classical architecture of Palazzo Grassi building in Venice into… » 9/05/14 4:12pm 9/05/14 4:12pm

Inside the Fantastic World of Disney's Most Famous Art Director

Walt Disney, for all his vision, was not an artist at heart; he was smart enough to surround himself with talented people. The look that we associate with Disney art came largely from one woman he hired: Mary Blair, the designer and illustrator behind animated films like Alice in Wonderland and the ride it's a small… » 9/04/14 6:23pm 9/04/14 6:23pm

Chalk Markers Let Kids Tag the World Without Breaking the Law

If you're a well-known street artist who wants your legacy to live on through your kids, you're going to want to get them comfortable with graffiti at a young age. Except that handing a three-year-old a can of spray paint or a thick indelible marker is a terrible idea. They need to hone their skills with something… » 9/03/14 5:00pm 9/03/14 5:00pm

See an Entire Muddy River Bed Transplanted Inside an Art Museum

If you've ever been to the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, you know it's one of the most dramatic museum locations around: Perched on a rocky cliff above Øresund, looking out over the ocean, it's easy to find yourself staring out to sea instead of at the art. Now, Olafur Eliasson has brought the landscape inside the… » 8/21/14 6:16pm 8/21/14 6:16pm

Artist speed paints a painting you can't see until the very last second

Speed painting can be purposefully misleading but it's always fun to have your brain pump in that delayed "Ohhhh" reaction once you realize what's going on. You feel like a complete idiot with your mouth open until you see it. And even then, you're not completely sure it's not sorcery. » 8/20/14 12:31am 8/20/14 12:31am

These Trippy Cross-Section Portraits Were Made Without Photoshop

Berlin-based artist Michael Lamoller uses analogue editing techniques to create super trippy timelapse portraits of people in a series called "Tatochronos." The portraits are collaged upon one another from several printed images, cut up, and then layered. The look results in a cutaway-style collage of a person. » 8/19/14 2:35pm 8/19/14 2:35pm