Penises Are Ancient Theme In Art

A mosaic of a young man holding his erect penis has been found in a Roman toilet in Turkey. But portraying the male member is a tradition that stretches much further back in human history. Details.

Hopper Painting Sells For $91.9 Million

A painting by American realist painter Edward Hopper sold for $91.9 million, with fees, at Christie’s on Tuesday night, setting a new record for not only the artist but the entire category of American art. The 1929 painting “Chop Suey” was the last major Hopper painting from the 1920s still in private hands, and it went for more than double the painter’s previous high of $40.4 million in 2012. The work, which depicts two young women sitting in a Chinese restaurant, was the priciest of 91 works offered from the estate of American art collector Barney A. Ebsworth, who passed away in April. The painting was estimated at between Read more »

Trumps Again To Skip Kennedy Honors

Frankly, it’s just as well that Donald and Melania won’t attend the Kennedy Center honors again this year. I mean, who wants to see the honorees — including Cher and Lin-Manuel Miranda — scowl the whole time? Yes, I know that Cher getting in the President’s face for real, instead of during their usual Twitter wars, could be a kick. But only for a moment.

How “A Star Is Born” Might Have Ended


While adapting the nearly century-old tale, Bradley Cooper mulled a variety of ways to re-do a pivotal scene of the film’s dramatic climax. Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich revealed some of them here.

5 Takeaways From Aretha Movie


46 years after its recording, Aretha’s great gospel movie is finally being released. Here’s what you need to know.

South African Dance Craze: U.S. Next?


A new dance craze has gripped South Africa just ahead of the silly season – and it isn’t entirely safe. Limpopo-born musician King Monada’s hit song Malwedhe, which means “illness” in the Bolobedu dialect of the Sepedi language, has inspired a dance unlike anything we’ve seen before. The dance sees fans falling to the ground at the chorus and words: ke na le bolwedhe bao idibala (I have an illness of fainting).

An Artist’s Menagerie

Huguette Martel writes: ‘It was the summer of 1947; the war had ended only two years earlier and food was still fairly scarce. My adoptive parents brought me to a farm on an isolated mountaintop of the Morvan region in the center of France. I was nine, pale, and as skinny as a rail. Madame Durand, the farmer, was a wonderful woman. She would take me along when she milked her favorite cow, Blanchette, and she let me drink the milk fresh from the pail, warm, sweet, and foamy. Blanchette’s milk was more delicious than anything I had ever tasted.’ More artwork here.