The Polka Dot Princess’s Fear of the Phallus

The retrospective exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork currently on display at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum showcases a 6-decade career hallmarked by obsessive, mind-bending repetitions of patterns and immersive viewer experiences. The exhibition has turned into a social media sensation. An Instagram selfie in a Kusama infinity room such as “Phalli’s Field” is a status symbol,…

Doll Part Art: Visual Feasts Made of Plastic Bodies

Barbie body harvesters are turning your favorite childhood toys into unnerving and unforgettable works of art. Dolls placed into scenes of sin and sexuality create disarming juxtapositions. Detached, neatly contoured limbs and severed, big-eyed heads make an uncanny valley torture chamber. Scroll down and feast your eyes on the depravity of Mattel-perfect bodies dragged into…

10 Holiday Songs You’ll Never Hear at the Mall

In this season of music sweet enough to rot your teeth, here’s a medley of truly bizarre holiday songs wholly inappropriate for your family gatherings and office parties. Ramones – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” Spotlight lyrics: Snowball fighting, it’s so exciting baby. Though undoubtedly pioneers of punk, the Ramones couldn’t escape the trappings of…

Constructing New Realities: The Unique Vision of Artists with Schizophrenia

As English artist Louis Wain’s schizophrenia worsened, his adorable anthropomorphic cat drawings turned into psychedelic pet portraits full of bright colors and repeating patterns. All of a sudden, his calendar-ready artwork twisted into something uncomfortable and otherworldly. The change in Wain’s work is profound and brings into question how much his illness influenced his art.  …