Rex’s Final Oscar Predictions

Our resident expert Rex Okpodu has sifted through all the clues and come up with his annual Academy Award predictions. The closest major race is Best Actor: Rex picks Denzel and I pick Casey. Otherwise, I agree with his choices. The Oscars will be held this Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel as the host. Read more »

Exhibit: Peace, Penises, Pumpkins

Washington’s Hirshhorn Museum has corralled six Infinity Mirror Room installations by Yayoi Kusama as part of a terrific retrospective generating insane buzz before it even opens.

The Painter Of Continuous Motion

Jana Prikryl writes: ‘Elliott Green’s paintings appear to be in continuous motion, the way animals, plants, and ultimately rocks and mountains are in continuous motion, even when our human vision fails to apprehend it. Placing great thick gestures of paint amid minute intricacies and vice versa, his compositions demonstrate the movement of the universe on both the macro and the micro scales. They might seem analogous to the Read more »

Michelangelo’s “Nude Christ”: A History

The New York Times tells us: ‘It might seem odd that a nearly seven-foot-tall statue of Christ by Michelangelo — and a nude one at that — would go unnoticed for centuries. But that’s what happened to “Risen Christ,” a monumental figure that was transferred to a country church about 35 miles from Rome in the 17th century and that fell into oblivion until 1997, when scholars attributed it to the Renaissance master.’

“King Arthur” Channels “GoT”

Except for the Led Zep, this trailer for the May 12th release “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” looks, how shall we say, derivative. The “Game of Thrones” influence is omnipresent. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Calvin, Frank, Migos: New Song

Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Migos have come together for a new song, “Slide.” It will mark Ocean’s first piece of new music since the release of “Blonde”; while there is no concrete release date for the full track, Harris has been teasing the new song on his Snapchat account, and shared details about the song on his Twitter account. Harris, Ocean, Offset, and Quavo are listed as writers on the new song. Listen to a snippet from “Slide” here.

Installation To Re-Imagine Lenin’s Tomb

Visitors to the 57th Venice Biennale (13 May-26 November) this summer can see a sculptural rendering of Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum housed inside a 3D version of Kasimir Malevich’s famous black square. The project is known as Object Number#1, the enigmatic title given by Russian officials to Lenin’s body in 1924 after the Bolshevik leader had died. The project aims to highlight “potency of symbols in post-truth world.” The initiative, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, is a collaboration between the London-based cultural institution Grad (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design); Madrid’s Factum Arte, described as a “digital mediation company”; and the London-based architects Skene Catling de la Peña.