SHUNGA – EROTIC ART FROM JAPAN

One of the most unabashedly erotic images to ever grace the pages of an art history book came from the woodblock of iconic Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Widely known for his G-rated, Edo-era prints like “The Great Wave at Kanagawa,” the celebrated ukiyo-e painter and printmaker famously depicted a titillating love scene between a few…

Onegin

Eugene Onegin is a novel in verse written by Alexander Pushkin. It is a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes. The story tells of mousy Tatiana, who falls in love with Onegin, a wealthy young poseur, and is cruelly spurned by…

The Importance of Being Earnest,by Oscar Wilde

    One of the most interesting aspects of this play is the total absence of either virtue or evil. In earlier Wilde plays, like Lady Windermere’s Fan and An Ideal Husband, he includes acts of kindness—usually on the part of the dandy, who steps in and saves the hero and heroine from some looming…

The Happy Show 

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s exhibition documenting his psychological and substance-related explorations into happiness has taken up residence at the MAK museum in Vienna. Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free…