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Incredible Photos Of Celebrities Partying @ Studio 54

Getting into Studio 54 in the 1970s was a nearly impossible endeavor.
Marc Benecke, doorman for the disco club, would stand on a stepping stool and select club candidates from the crowd.
He compared this process to “mixing a salad.” Nevertheless, “54″ lured celebrities, socialites, athletes, and artists from around the globe.
Andy Warhol once said, “The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it’s a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.”
For the 40th anniversary of the club’s opening, giving you a peek at the lucky few (celebrities, of course) who actually made it inside.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol and his stuffed bear make an appearance at Studio 54. Mr. Warhol was a frequent visitor of the nightclub, as he enjoyed the eclectic atmosphere. “People weren’t particularly interested in seeing me,” he said, “they were interested in seeing each other. They came to see who came.”

Mick Jagger

The rock n’ roll superstar having way too much fun at his sister’s birthday party.

Cher and Liza Minnelli

Best buds Cher and Liza Minnelli take on the dance floor at Studio 54. Cher still made it out that night, even though earlier that day she choked on a vitamin pill and was dragged to the hospital.

Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone

Mr. Stallone and his wife, Sasha, sharing a moment on one of the Studio’s couches.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner shares a laugh with famous fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo.

Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein

Here Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein pose for a photo with the club owner, Steve Rubell.

Stevie Wonder and Steven Stills

Mr. Wonder and Mr. Stills playing for 300 guests at a birthday party.

Woody Allen and Michael Jackson

Studio 54′s iconic disco scene naturally brought in the likes of Michael Jackson… and Woody Allen?

Grace Jones

Actress and singer Grace Jones comes fully prepared to party in a crazy purple getup.


Paintbrush Portraits by Rebecca Szeto

These works play with notions of re-forming beauty and value. I use humble, end-of-life materials inspired by my experience as a faux finisher and love for art history. The paintbrush is self-referential, acting as subject, object and action.

The slow and repetitive pace of whittling allows me time to reflect more directly on the idiosyncrasies of each individual brush. The action of whittling serves as a metaphor for reducing something to its core value or essence. These works pay homage to a sensibility and vitality found in Old Masters’ works.

My latest edition of Paintbrush Portraits highlighting lost, obscure and powerful stories of women across history and geography. These lady-like portraits are a playful strategy I use to draw the viewer into a more refined conversation about the nature of the work – in slowing down and observing the ordinary, however small, the most profound things are discovered. Rebecca Szeto

The Magic Of Paper Sculpture: Papernoodle

South Korean-born Cheong-ah Hwang makes “paper sculptures” from carefully layered cutouts that measure less than an inch deep, but appear to float within their frames.
Shadows cast by the shapes give these storybook images depth and dimension.
In Little Red Riding Hood, for instance, the jagged edges of the wolf’s teeth and fur are sharp and clear against a white ground of birch trees.

Cheong-ah Hwang lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, where she shows in galleries and leads workshops in paper arts.
She maintains an Etsy shop, where she sells original paper sculptures — with costs that reflect their time consuming process — and giclee prints of her bas relief images.



So much is known of the great painter, artist, filmmaker, sculptor, designer, writer autobiographical exponent of Surrealism, which has made this movement a vision of life and, with his great imagination, he lived his life with extravagant attitudes and choices to the limits of absurdity that attracted the attention on himself. Many were the occasions to know the style applied to the arts, through the various exhibitions that were dedicated to him. And ‘one of the artists of the twentieth century’s most famous and most celebrated.

Everyone knows those long hair, sideburns … To say nothing of his mustache waxed and upturned, perhaps the most famous in the world.

“His is an aesthetic manic, talking about his mustache, Dali says it undertook to keep them at every opportunity” sharp, imperialist, ultra-rationalists and pointed toward the sky as the vertical mysticism. ”

We want to talk about Salvador Dalì, since his art is more connected to the world of fashion, than you might think. As already mentioned, she loved dressing in an eccentric manner, provocative. Indosava often long socks and knickers .. He loved the excess and the clothes he had found a way to express it in the newspaper. This extravagant dandy believed, in fact, that dressing was a form of expression of its own I, the living manifest a subversion. The most visible manifestation of desires and most intimate dreams.

But Dalí was not only attracted the fashion he wore, but also by what he helped create with such great names of haute couture in an explosive blend of surrealist art and fashion. To make a few notable examples, famous is the collaboration between the artist and Elsa Schiaparelli, for which he created the ” white dress with a lobster print ”

and ‘the skeleton dress “, the result of a particular technique of quilted fabric that forms with its volumes ribs, spine, tibia, hips, ribcage.

Even for her designs the famous “hat-shoe” and a pink belt with lip-shaped buckle.

For Christian Dior in 1950 he created the famous “dress for 2045 years.”

As the skeleton, lips, even more, are an element that recurs almost obsessively in his art. We see them reproduced in the famous portrait of Mae West, hollywood diva, for the Americans icon and muse for Dali, struck by her for her provocative and extravagant femininity and sensuality to the limits of indecency.

To her, that he loved so much, in 1935 dedicated a portrait that is a room, which became one of the symbols of surrealist art! “Your face is a dream turn into a living” “complete with a sofa in the shape of lips and other items of furniture which, in ‘together, reproduce the very face.”

This portrait was installed at the center of the lips sofa-West, an element that returns obsessively Dali surrealist art

and that we find reproduced in the series of lipsticks

and jewelry that the artist himself in later years has created.

The jewelry collection is inspired by natural elements and anthropomorphic and fleeting by definition, set out in the act of transformation.



The 160 emojis are based on the iconic artist, her works and writings about her tumultuous life.

An Instagram project that previously brought the likes of Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama into the contemporary realm of emojis has brought out a full set of FridaMojis – inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Kahlo created 55 self-portraits in her lifetime, so why not take inspiration from her soul-baring works to bring her art into the digital age.

“Frida was just perfect for the project,” Sam Cantor, of the LA-based Canter Fine Art gallery and designer of the Fridamoji told Artsy. “She conveyed her emotions so honestly and openly in her work. What better artist to translate into emoji, which we use to express emotion today?”

Cantor said that when he created the first Instagram project, he took suggestons from the public: this led him to immortalise Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent Van Gogh and more in emoji form. He said that his Kahlo creation was “the most successful”.

The gallerist engaged with the Frida Kahlo Corporation to keep the vision informed and true to the artist. What was important, he related, was creating images that go beyond identifying Kahlo by her unibrow and floral headwear. Cantor travelled to Mexico City to study some of her paintings in real life, including Las Dos Fridas (1939), her double portrait created after her relationship ended with Diego Rivera. “The intensity of the emotions on their faces, and how many ways they could be read or stretched to tell different stories, really struck me,” he said. “That was a turning point.”

Of the 400 emojis made, 160 were chosen. These include one based on Kahlo dressed as a man with her hair cut in Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair (1940) and Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943).

FridaMoji is now available on the App Store.

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Theater of Life

Theater of Life is the documentary about the Refettorio Ambrosiano, an extraordinary soup kitchen conceived by renowned chef Massimo Bottura in a socio-culinary experiment conducted during the Milan 2015 World’s Fair and designed to answer one simple question: “What if food waste could feed the hungry?”

The adventures behind Bottura’s experimental pop up kitchen are chronicled by film director Peter Svatek and the journey he took last year, along with 60 of his peers and colleagues from around the world, including the likes of René Redzepi, Daniel Humm, Gastón Acurio, Alain Ducasse and Virgilio Martinez. All took leave of their world class restaurants to join the visionary chef of Osteria Francescana, the best restaurant in the world, and support him in his quest to cook meals for refugees and the homeless of Milan using waste food from the world EXPO.

The film takes its name from the soup kitchen venue, an abandoned theatre in Greco, Milan, where the stage became the kitchen for some of the best chefs in the world and the auditorium the dining room for refugees and the homeless to be served gourmet food made from waste.

The documentary has already been screened in Spain and Canada and comes to Australia in November in collaboration with the charity OzHarvest, an Australian food aid charity. In keeping with the philanthropic intention of the original kitchen, each ticket sold will provide 14 meals to those in need around Australia as well as supporting a nutrition education program NEST and hospitality training course for less fortunate youth in Nourish.

“Massimo Bottura’s global star status within the food industry brings much-needed focus on the issue of eliminating hunger and food waste,” says Kahn. “This film showcases Massimo’s extraordinary leadership on global issues which we hope will inspire chefs as well as home cooks to take meaningful action on the social challenges that we face today,” reported

Here’s Massimo offering up some tips on how to save producing waste food at home, including taking just 20 minutes out of your day every few days to shop locally.

The refettoria has since unfolded in Brazil, with its next stop planned for The Bronx, New York in 2017 with Robert de Niro.



Konsta Punkka is a wildlife photographer from Finland who captures the everyday lives of some of Earth’s most skittish forest creatures.
Armed with a camera, a calm demeanor, and a pocket full of peanuts, Punkka takes to the woods in search of grazing fawn, foraging squirrels, curious foxes and more. Aided by his patience and finesse, the portraits that Punkka captures of these majestic creatures are absolutely breathtaking.

“The feeding thing in my photographs is more like a thing I want to show to the people, that the animals trust me and they allow me to get really close to them. I don’t feed these guys much, just a few peanuts to get them stay close to me to take the shots,” said Punkka in an interview.


Frida Kahlo’s Declarations of Love

Who? “I will love you from the landscape that you see, from the mountains, the oceans and the clouds, from the most subtle of smiles and sometimes from the most profound desperation, from your creative sleep, from your deep or fleeting pleasure, from your own shadow and your own blood. I will look through the window of your eyes to see you.” Frida Kahlo’s love for Spanish painter José Bartoli was heartbreakingly poetic and intense. Although Kahlo and her husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, had a famously open marriage – she was known to have sapphic tendencies, while he had an affair with his wife’s younger sister – Kahlo wanted to keep her lesser-known yet incredibly passionate correspondence with the Catalan artist secret. In order to mislead her husband, Kahlo told her lover to address her in his letters as Sonja. The two had met while 39-year-old Kahlo was recovering from spinal surgery in New York, and their romantic relationship continued after she returned home to Mexico City.

What? Kahlo and Bartoli’s long-distance love affair inspired 100 pages of adoring, sensual letterings. Jealously kept in a chest by Bartoli and found by his family only after his death in 1995, the 25 letters – alongside a number of keepsakes including sketches, pressed flowers and photographs dating back to the late 1940s – are now being exhibited for the first time at Doyle auction house in New York City, before going up for auction tomorrow. While a record of Kahlo’s physical agony, loneliness and frustration, their correspondence is filled with hope and passion. In a photograph sent to Bartoli in 1946, for instance, Kahlo is pictured sitting in the patio of her Blue House in Coyoacan, South of Mexico City, the words on the picture reading ‘tree of hope keep firm’ – the line was a reference to a song that she and Bartoli loved, but Tree of Hope was also Kahlo’s nickname for her lover. In another letter, Kahlo wishes for a child with Bartoli and tells him that if she was not “in the condition I am in now and if it were a reality, nothing in my life would give me more joy. Can you imagine a little Bartoli or a Mara?” – many of her letters were signed off as Mara, short for ‘maravillosa’ (Spanish for ‘marvelous’), which was what Bartoli called Kahlo in his letters to her.

Why? Described by Kahlo’s biographer Hayden Herrera as “steamy with unbridled sensuality and, like Kahlo’s paintings, extraordinarily direct and physical”, the letters are a beautiful, handwritten testimony of the Mexican painter’s most private life, from the misery of physical pain that Kahlo endured throughout her existence to the longing for health and vitality and the desire for her lover. Expected to fetch up to $120,000 (£81,400), the display at Doyle’s Manhattan gallery is a one-off opportunity to discover a very intimate side of one of the world’s most celebrated artists, while seeing the previously unpublished letters to “my Bartoli”.

Jack o Lantern Trash Bags Win Japan GOOD DESIGN Award

Halloween in tokyo — especially in the Shibuya and Shinjuku neighborhoods — has become a not-to-be-missed attraction for people all over the world. But its popularity and high attendance rates has brought with it a litter problem once the celebrations are over. In order to help tokyo’s garbage problem after halloween, designers tsudou honda, emika minaga, toshichi kaono and hiro misaegusa have designed the jack-o’-lantern trash bag to keep the city clean after the celebrations.

The ‘trash bag of jack-o’ lantern’ aims to make people want to pick up the rubish. Different volunteer organizations handed out the bags at the main train stations, encouraging people to use it and then toss it at designated collection points. Once filled, the bags collected and filled with trash decorated the streets with pumpkin motives. 550 people volunteered resulting in an activity that became festive and courteous; and that gave both the helpers and the people who saw them a big smile on their faces.

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10 Art Exhibitions You Need to Check Out This Month

For many of us, the basic human desire for knowledge, stimulation, understanding, pleasure and enlightenment is fed by our engagement with the arts. Did you know that being distracted by art actually boosts productivity, lowers stress levels and increases overall well-being? It’s true: it’s in your best interests to be more engaged with the arts, and we’re making it easier for you than ever.
There’s plenty to stimulate you art-wise this month. Arguably the world’s greatest art fair Frieze is around the corner, a future Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective has just been announced by the Barbican and there are exciting exhibitions happening all across the globe, at this very minute.
While it’s impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the amazing art and exhibitions taking place all over the world, the following is a selection of the top 10 must-see art exhibitions to check out this month.

Chris Johanson, “Imperfect Reality with Figures and Challenging Abstraction,” Berlin

With Berlin’s autumn sky looking increasingly ominous, walking into Chris Johanson’s current show at The Conversation feels like the first day of a permanent vacation. His unschooled and playful style radiates the room with an exuberant sense of color that immediately gives you a lift.
A keen observer of contemporary life, his poetic practice is an exploration of the universe that surrounds him and the place within it in which he exists. Both abstract and figurative, his work expresses the artist‘s strong beliefs in environmentalism, compassion and peaceful co-existence.
His immersive installations depict the hope and despair of contemporary life as we deal with the crushing conformity of modern existence. In Johanson’s words, “The human structures that we have made are at odds with the organic nature of the world. This causes conflict.”
The Conversation, running until December 3

Daniel Richter, “Lonely Old Slogans,” Copenhagen

Daniel Richter, “Lonely Old Slogans,” Copenhagen
Daniel Richter is a storyteller whose style transcends the traditional boundaries of his genre. Recognizable narratives that are all too relevant today are illuminated through surreal and strongly colored paintings.
Tarifa, 2001, depicts huddled refugees, their race reconfigured with the artist’s vibrant eye for color. Horses, dogs, demonstrators, musicians, young people in ecstasy; all appear in his poster-like scenes and continue his task of questioning German identity. This political aspect has its resonance in the artist’s involvement with the punk movement in Hamburg as a youth. At the center of both the music scene and local activism his attention demanding past lies like a watermark underneath his practice.
Often described as “a kind of new history painting” – works that capture the spirit of the time rather than reproducing particular historical events – “Lonely Old Slogans” is a mid-career retrospective made up of forty-five oils. This is an artist who has an agenda, and you are unlikely to emerge unaffected from the rooms in Louisiana’s exhibition.
Louisiana, running until January 8

Slavs and Tatars, “Afteur Pasteur,” NYC

Slavs and Tatars are an Eastern European art collective who describe themselves as “a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China” – in other words, a place where Eastern and Western identities merge. Humor is a key component of their practice, which includes publications and performances, as well as installations and other works of art.
“Afteur Pasteur” is a playful exploration of this cultural and political geography. Challenging our understanding of the self, their focus is bacteria and the microbe; the original “foreign object.” Spanning both floors of the gallery, a fermented milk bar, sculptures and two-dimensional works mesh hidden histories with humanity’s global impact on the Earth’s geology.
Tongue firmly in cheek, their newest cycle of research, “Pickle Politics,” turns to fermentation and souring in order to mine questions about the limits of human knowledge.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, running until October 22

Willa Nasatir, LA

Willa Nasatir’s intricate sculptural landscapes wouldn’t look out of place hung on the walls of the Tyrell Corporation building in Blade Runner. Her surreal and opulent palette emanates a futuristic ’80s atmosphere that feels dark and elusive. This otherworldliness is a key component to her work’s seductive nature.
Based in New York, Nasatir’s complex compositions involve a process of constructing detailed subjects, photographing, re-working, re-printing and photographing again. The resulting productions challenge the eye’s hierarchy and create a puzzling psychological space.
Her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles contains seven new compositions, unframed and tacked to the wall. Commanding the space, the towering photographs confront her medium with aggression and grace, addressing its history and legacy while challenging its constraints.
Ghebaly Gallery, running until October 29

Nicolas Party, “Three Cats,” Glasgow

At first glance of Nicolas Party’s work, it’s hard to imagine his classical and clever paintings have early foundations in a decade spent as a graffiti artist. As contradictory as both outputs are, his unconventional approach to exhibiting, which sees him completely transform his venues, owes much to his teenage pastime of graffiti bombing entire trains. Thankfully, this youthful practice uniquely complements his schooling as a classical painter.
The faux-classical setting is the perfect environment to present the Swiss artist’s body of portraiture, still lives and landscapes. Party likens his compositions to a group of performers on stage, with his wall paintings posing as theatrical sets.
Coffee pots, bowls of fruit and androgynous figures are simple, everyday objects turned non-naturalistic, seductive and upbeat. Set against the precise patterning of the backdrops, which add depth and detail, his work and the exhibition overall is both beautiful and romantic.
The Modern Institute, running until October 29

Jannis Kounellis, “DODECAFONIA,” Rome

Jannis Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936, but moved to Rome in 1956, where he still lives and works. His art is characterized by the juxtaposition of elements, including ready-made objects such as bed frames, doors and shelves and raw materials such as stone, cotton, wool, coal, fire and soot.
His solo show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise is no different. Sant Andrea De Scaphis, an 18th century church, hosts the artist’s recurring focus with charcoal stones, ropes and metal ladders warping the traditional surroundings.
Blurring the borders between the artwork and space, “DODECAFONIA” is an iconic and powerful exhibition ready to impose itself on anyone who visits.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, running until November 30

Harold Ancart, “Grand Flâneur,” LA

Whilst taking in Harold Ancart’s singular piece of work, you soon realize his monumental mural challenges your sense of dimension and discipline. Confronting the viewer with a vast image that dominates the field of view, the 14ft tall and 37ft wide object can be viewed as a painting, sculpture and installation.
This fluidity of final forms suggests that the role of the artist can be compared to that of a wanderer. The freshness of his impressions and his ability to generate images possessed of visceral intensity help guide the eye, with each work pointing the way to the next.
Grand Flâneur is a reminder that drawings and paintings don’t need to adhere to the traditions of galleries and museums by hanging on the walls. Inspired by Mexican muralism and the important role murals have played in the development of public art in post-war Los Angeles, Ancart engages with the history of image-making as a social phenomenon.

Paolo Gioli, “On the Edge Of (New) Media,” London

Over the course of a four-decade career, Paolo Gioli has produced works that constantly push the limits of a given medium. This exhibition focuses on a particularly intense moment of experimentation in the 1970s.
After discovering photosensitive materials could be used to produce and manipulate images in an artisanal manner, the artist was drawn to working with film. Like a solitary painter, he then went on to spend many hours in his darkroom developing a range of new processes.
Using hand-made cameras, also on display, Gioli’s investigative approach to material and content was an exploration into the origins of images and the genesis of form. His resulting work, shown here at Wilkinson, includes a combination of films, photographs and paintings.
Wilkinson Gallery, running until November 13

Jean Tinguely, “Machine Spectacle,” Amsterdam

Seeking to emphasize play and experimentation, Jean Tinguely created his work as a rejection of the static, conventional art world. Art was not about standing in a sterile white space, distantly gazing at a silent painting, so he produced kinetic sculptures that animated the boundary between his passion and life.
With over a hundred machine sculptures paired with films, photos, drawings and archive materials, the exhibition takes you on a chronological and thematic journey of his artistic development, from his love of absurd playfulness to his fascination for destruction and ephemerality.
As well as his early wire sculptures, works in which Tinguely imitated and animated the abstract paintings of artists such as Malevich, Miró and Klee are also featured. Interactive drawing machines and wild dancing installations constructed from salvaged metal, waste materials and discarded clothing top off this dynamic show.
Stedelijk Museum, running until March 1

Despina Stoukou, “SHOUT!”, NYC

SHOUT! continues Despina Stokou’s exploration of popular culture and political debate as mediated (and distorted) by contemporary public forums. As an artist, curator and writer her work is concerned with the expression of language in its variety of forms, from blog posts and Twitter comments to press releases and drug prescriptions.
Probing the depths of the internet, Stokou critically examines the fusion of history with trending topics, and the effects of these shifting forms of communication in the physical world. Online conversations dominate the public narrative, yet large numbers of the population still struggle to have their voices heard in meaningful ways.
SHOUT! is a call to action, a new form of call-and-response to the reality of anger sweeping through the United States and the rest of the world. What will come out on the other side at a time when everybody is paying attention, and the chorus of voices is growing louder?
Derek Eller Gallery, running from October 14 until November 13


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