Lukasz Wierzbowski vs. Alia Jensen

Lukasz Wierzbowski

Lukasz Wierzbowski, ‘Untitled’, 2012

Alia Jensen, 'Jungle Woman' from the Captiva Suite, 2013

Alia Jensen, ‘Jungle Woman’ from the Captiva Suite, 2013

Sherman on Franco

Detail from James Franco's New Untitled Film Still 21 (2013); detail from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still 21 (1978)

Detail from James Franco’s ‘New Untitled Film Still 21′ 2013 (left) and detail from Cindy Sherman’s ‘Untitled Film Still 21′ 1978 (right)

Art world darling (and certified creep) James Franco recently launched a new and appallingly bad photo series at Pace Gallery, New York, that riffs on Cindy Sherman’s iconic film stills. “Cindy is an artist who used cinema as a source for her work; she ‘played’ at being an actress” says Franco. “I am an actor who inserts himself into his work. I am fully embedded in Hollywood, but these photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood. I am at the same time actor, critic, artist, and character.” Hmm. When asked about Franco’s appropriations last week, Sherman said: “I was flattered, I can only be flattered. I don’t know that I can say it’s art, but I think it’s weirder that Pace would show them than that he would make them.” Not exactly a glowing endorsement then…

Hot Photo Friday – Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone, from the series 'Body Language', 2009

Matthew Stone, from the series ‘Body Language’, 2009

Some work by Etel Adnan

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Slavoj Zizek on the Horror of Tulips

McCartney & Hume

A collaboration with Gary Hume from Stella McCartney's latest collection

Drawings by Gary Hume feature in Stella McCartney’s latest collection

Stella McCartney’s latest pre-Fall range includes a collaboration with English painter Gary Hume, who created a series of graphic drawings that were then embroidered onto sweaters and the coat above, amongst other things. You can view more from the range here.

Two Dead Cows

Sidney Nolan, 'Untitled (calf carcass in tree)’, 1952

Sidney Nolan, ‘Untitled (calf carcass in tree)’, 1952

Peter Peryer, 'Dead Steer', 1987

Peter Peryer, ‘Dead Steer’, 1987