The Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film

Unless you’re a cinephile or recovering film student, it’s unlikely that going into Oscar season you’re able to catch all of the nominated films. One category, however, may make the entire program more accessible: Popular Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will introduce the category in advance of next year’s airing. And the rules and eligibility regulations are still forthcoming. It’s understandable that this …

The Delightful History of the Lawn Flamingo

Don Featherstone might not be a household name, but his life’s work is wildly famous worldwide. Featherstone, just after graduating art school in 1957, created the pink plastic flamingo—undeniably one of the world’s most popular lawn ornaments. Reproduced over 20 million times, Phoenicopterus ruber plasticus (as its creator called it) is more than a kitsch decoration, as Artsy’s Alexxa Gotthardt writes, it’s “a barometer of …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Medusa's makeover, an album stored in DNA, Michael Jackson's "impossible" dance move and more

1. Bill Gold’s Seminal Film Posters While many might not be immediately familiar with the name Bill Gold, his work will be recognizable to just about any film enthusiast. The creative passed away yesterday at 97 years old, but his artwork lives one in his countless seminal film posters. The mind behind iconic movie posters for legendary films like A Clockwork Orange, Casablanca, Barbarella, The …

Medusa’s Depictions Through History

Medusa—a monster, a gorgon, a dangerous woman—with her snake hair, is an instantly recognizable subject throughout history. In art, fashion and pop culture, she has been portrayed in countless ways, but around 2,000 years ago Medusa got a makeover: “Her androgynous features were increasingly feminized; mustache stubble was replaced by smooth cheeks, fangs concealed by shapely lips.” This monster was transformed from almost comedically hideous …

Incredible Hollywood Memorabilia Auction

Later this month (26 September), an incredible collection of Hollywood costumes, props and memorabilia will be up for auction thanks to Prop Store in London. The auction, which features some 600 items, isn’t exactly affordable for many to participate in but it’s fascinating to browse the goods nonetheless. From Indiana Jones’ whip, to Marty McFly’s 2015 Nike Hyperadapts, Jack Nicholson’s Joker costume and more, there …