Ryan Adams Compares Taylor Swift To Shakespeare

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Ryan Adams, pop musician and Taylor Swift cover artist, compared the blonde-mopped scribe of hits such as “Bad Blood” and “Our Song” to Shakespeare himself. This is sweet of him, and his comparison feels hyperbolic yet utterly genuine; he goes on to emphasize how much her music… »10/25/15 10:30pm10/25/15 10:30pm


Touring Israeli Graffiti, From South Tel Aviv to the Syrian Border

On the second day of my AIFL-sponsored press delegation trip, we went on a graffiti tour of Florentin, the trendy South Tel Aviv neighborhood that was #2 on Thrillist’s “The 10 Most Hipster Neighborhoods On Earth” list last summer. Like many neighborhoods of similar status, Florentin is bordered by somewhat darker … »6/22/15 3:30pm6/22/15 3:30pm

The World's First Art May Have Been Done By Caveladies, Not Cavemen

Dean Snow, an archaeologist at Pennsylvania State University, analyzed hand stencils found in eight caves in France and Spain. He compared finger length to determine that three-quarters of the handprints were from ladies. You see, most of the cave paintings show hands with equal length ring and index fingers, which… »10/09/13 4:30pm10/09/13 4:30pm

Your Morning Happy Cry: 97-Year-Old Grandpa Creates Gorgeous Pixel Art

Meet 97-year-old Hal Lasko — also known as Grandpa because "I'm old and that's what I am" — who was a typographer and graphic artist back in the day, but is now a pro at Microsoft Paint. His grandson set him up with the program 15 years ago, and despite his waning vision, he's a talented and prolific artist, blending… »7/25/13 10:00am7/25/13 10:00am

Here's Patti Smith's Fantastic Advice For Young Artists

"One does their work for the people, and the more people you can touch, the more wonderful it is. You don't make work and say, 'I only want the cool people to read it.' I mean, fuck you! You want everyone to read it [...] Maybe you want to or maybe you want to write scripts for detective shows... it doesn't really… »4/13/13 12:00pm4/13/13 12:00pm

Brave's Female Director Says She Was Hired for First Job Because of Her Lady Parts

Brenda Chapman, the original director of Pixar's Brave »10/23/12 11:55pm10/23/12 11:55pm, claims she got her first job at Disney in 1987, because she's a woman. In fact, she writes that she was told in no uncertain terms that she was hired straight out of CalArts to be their first ever female story artist — it was some . Dang! I think it's rad that…

Chuck Close Photographs Diane von Furstenberg After Ski Accident

Diane von Furstenberg sat for a portrait with Chuck Close six weeks after a skiing accident left her with a broken nose and fractured bones in her face. "I gave up on my looks a long time ago," says the designer. In fact, she wishes Close could have taken this color Polaroid closer to her accident. "I should have come… »4/04/11 1:13pm4/04/11 1:13pm