Monthly Archives: January 2017

Amazing Ratings By Super Bowl LI

The Patriots epic come back did not make for the most-watched Super Bowl ever.

Super Bowl LI drew an average audience of 111.3 million viewers for Fox, which is slightly down from last year’s 111.9 million according to CNN. The previous time the Patriots were in the Super Bowl in 2015, it was the largest audience in history with an average of 114.4 million viewers.

The 111.3 million this years makes Super Bowl LI the fourth-most-watched broadcast in history.

The lower numbers could be a result of the game play and a lopsided first half.

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This year’s Super Bowl seemed like it was trending towards a blowout for most of the game. The Falcons led by 28-3 at one point in the third quarter, but New England would score 31 straight points to win their fifth Super Bowl in overtime, 34-28.

While the viewers might be down from last year, Fox is also reporting it had an additional 1.72 million viewers who used online streaming to watch the telecast and an average of 650,000 on its Fox Deportes channel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

When you take these into account, it bumps up the audience number to an average of 113.7 million.

However, it’s difficult to get an exact number of people who watched the game when you take into account people watching at parties or bars.

Can’t Breathe Properly After Having 50 Plastic Surgeries, Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves

Barbie’s Dreamhouse has become a nightmare.

While appearing on the British TV talk show “This Morning,” “Human Ken Doll” Rodrigo Alves revealed that simply taking in air has become problematic thanks to his numerous plastic surgeries.

“July of last year I had my nose reconstructed with a piece of cartilage from my ribs,” said Alves, who has had eight nose jobs alone. “That helped, but I still can’t breathe 100%.”

With much of his income reportedly thanks to properties he inherited from his grandparents, Alves has spent nearly half a million dollars on everything from chest silicone implants to a fake six pack and stem cell injections into his face and hair.

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With his sandy blonde hair and sanded down features, he has since gained notoriety for resembling Barbie’s longtime love interest Ken.

“It was never my intention to look like the Ken doll, but apparently I look like a doll,” he admitted. “I personally don’t think I look like a doll.”

Asked by the hosts why he continues to get surgeries if he can’t even breathe properly, Alves described his many rhinoplasties as having a “domino effect” that require repair.

“Now I can’t breathe so I have to do another surgery to repair my breathing,” he said. “It’s just like when you start dyeing your hair.”

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The hosts continued to express concern over the 33-year-old’s fondness for these operations, but Alves waved off the suggestion that he could possibly be hooked on the knife.

“No one can get addicted to plastic surgery,” he said. “There’s no such thing.”

Resurfaces For First Time Since Hospitalization Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton was spotted out and about, with a mystery man, less than two weeks since she checked into rehab.

The “OC” actress was photographed walking next to an unidentified male outside of Catch restaurant in West Hollywood over the weekend.

Barton’s outing marked the first time she’s been seen in public since she sought medical help for a mental evaluation.

Barton was taken to a West Hollywood hospital on January 26 after police were called to her home. It was reported that the actress, 31, had been ranting about a number of bizarre things, including her mother being a witch and the world shattering.

Mischa Barton falls amid incoherent rant before hospitalization
In a statement following her release, Barton claimed she had been slipped GHB, a date-rape drug, while she was out celebrating her birthday.

“While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours,” she explained to People magazine. “I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB.”

Barton then issued a warning to young women.

“Be aware of your surroundings,” she said.

Mischa Barton says she was dosed with date-rape drug
The former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant addressed her hospitalization on Twitter, thanking fans for all their love and support.

“It means the world to me,” she tweeted. “There is too much going on in the world so I appreciate this more than ever. From the bottom of my heart. We shall over come.”

This is How To Win An Oscar, According To One Study

The biggest Oscar bait of all: being from the good old U.S. of A.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences favors Americans starring in films about American culture when it doles out Best Actor and Best Actress trophies, researchers from the University of Queensland claimed in a new report published in the British Journal of Psychology.

The same holds true for British actors who won BAFTA Awards — the UK equivalent of the Oscars — according to the analysis of 908 Oscar and BAFTA winners between 1967, when the London-based organization began awarding honors, and 2015.

“Our results demonstrate that the recognition of creative output is strongly conditioned by the degree of shared social group membership between perceivers and performers,” the authors wrote.

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“A creation is most likely to be regarded as outstanding when artists are seen by perceivers to be ‘one of us’ — something that becomes even more true as the identity-related stakes get higher.”

Though a majority of prizes at both awards ceremonies went to Americans, the researchers found a “significant relationship” between the awarding organization and nationality of nominated or award-winning actors.
What’s more, the authors found a significant relationship between actors’ “social group membership” and the “culture” — coded based on a film’s plot and its main characters’ nationality — portrayed in their films.

“A US actor in a movie about US culture was 21 times more likely to have received an Oscar merit prize than a US actor in a movie about non-US culture,” they wrote.

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Likewise, a British actor whose movie depicted British culture was 20 times likelier to win a BAFTA prize than a British actor starring in a movie about a different culture.

This year’s best actress nominees of American nationality are Natalie Portman (who has dual Israeli-American citizenship), Emma Stone and Meryl Streep; Isabelle Huppert is French, and Ruth Negga is Ethiopian-Irish. American best actor contenders include Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington. Ryan Gosling, nominated for the Los Angeles love letter “La La Land,” is Canadian.

May the best actor win — though some may have inherently better odds.

The Tweets About Trump Deleted By Kanye West

Kanye West’s support for President Trump appears to have faded away.

The hip-hop star — who made waves last year when he sat down with the President at Trump Tower — deleted every tweet he posted after their meeting because he’s displeased with the commander-in-chief’s actions since taking office, TMZ reported.

West, 39, reportedly decided to cleanse his page of anything Trump-related since he’s unhappy with several of the billionaire’s moves thus far — including his controversial immigration ban.

The apparent change of heart comes less than two months after the “Fade” rapper stopped by Manhattan’s glitzy Trump Tower to meet with the President for 15 minutes.

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Neither Trump nor West disclosed the purpose of the meeting when they appeared in the building’s golden lobby afterward, but the rapper tweeted later in the day that he wanted to “discuss multicultural issues.”
“These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago,” he continued on Twitter. “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”

West concluded the Twitter missive with the hashtag #2024, apparently announcing his decision to push back his much-promised run for president by four years.

All of those tweets from West are now gone, as is one displaying a signed copy of President Trump’s latest Time magazine cover.

Kanye West meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower
West had previously voiced his support for Trump at a concert during his “Saint Pablo Tour” by revealing he would’ve voted for the billionaire had he actually bothered to cast a ballot.
The rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian, supported Hillary Clinton in last year’s election.

President Trump’s travel ban — which temporarily bars refugees and the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States — has been met with criticism from multiple celebrities, including Ashton Kutcher and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at last month’s SAG Awards.

Amazing And Multidisciplinary Artwork of Aurélie Beer

Aurélie Beer, a multidisciplinary artist, linguaphile, and global traveler, was born in Belgium but moved to London to study fashion design at Middlesex University. After graduating, she pursued a fashion career in Paris and China, living in the latter for many years. In this period of her life, she trained to become a doula, assisting women before, during, and after childbirth. She was also certified as an expressive art therapist. Now living in Peru, Beer has managed to channel the diversity of her life experience into a number of mediums, predominantly working with photography and painting, but also exploring ceramics and woodwork.

Beer’s photography, which alternates between portraiture and digital collage, features women of all kinds, from real-world migrants to phantasmal characters cloaked in paint. She believes that art creates a balanced life, establishing relationships and fostering a safe community. “I’ve been traveling the world as an artist for the last fifteen years, searching for other ways of learning and living life,” Beer says. “I searched for and nurtured my heart.”

Aurélie Beer currently lives and works in Lima, Peru.

Exhibition Dates: January 21, 2017 – February 10, 2017

Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Aurelie_Beer.aspx

Featured Artists:

Plurality of Expression

Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo | George Struikelblok | Robert Thiebaud | Aurélie Beer | Kate Wilson | Mimi Moylan | Falcan Iulia-Lavinia

About the Exhibition

The Many Worlds in “Plurality of Expression”

Agora Gallery is pleased to present Plurality of Expression, a new group exhibition highlighting the incredible diversity of visual language that the human mind is capable of creating. Seven artists are featured, among them painters, sculptors, photographers, and interdisciplinary artists. The group hails from a wide range of places including Peru, Romania, and Canada, and their far-flung origins influence their work in unexpected ways. Instead of any one artist creating pieces in a traditional or characteristic style of their home, this group represents the ever-increasing globalization of our world. Each artist shows knowledge of old and new techniques, and local and foreign aesthetics. Influences are cherished, but they are also interrogated and pushed further. Information travels quickly in the art world.

The strength of Plurality of Expression lies in just how different its featured artists are. One painter creates meticulously realistic tableaux of utterly fantastic landscapes – a road floating over an endless sky, or an egg that has sprouted its own feather. Another artist creates digital photographs exploring the nature of femininity through wondrously tactile liquids and fabrics. Yet another makes jewel-toned paintings of flat, serpentine figuresPsychology Articles, and another makes infinitely layered visions of the cosmos.

Gorgeous Illusion Paintings of Alejandro Alexati Carrillo

Born in Mexico City, Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo turned to art as a means of capturing the beauty in his life. Later, it became a refuge when the surrounding world became dark or dull. Carrillo is primarily a figurative painter drawing on art nouveau and art decon influences. Most evident is his appreciation of Tamara de Lempicka’s work, which echoes through his own paintings. Carrillo also turns to other painters for inspiration: to the delicacy of Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun’s figures and to the wildness of Dali and Kahlo, as well as to photographers Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin for the glamorous approach they take with their work.

Working with oils, Carrillo achieves smooth skin tones accented by strategically placed colors. Wrapped in rich, red gowns and furs, adorned with makeup, never more than an arm’s reach from a cocktail or glass of champagne, Carrillo’s figures represent the epitome of luxurious existence. However, this glamor is shallow, he warns. “It is the illusion some of us like to keep in our minds, to be able to keep standing in the world and have a goal.”

Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo works from a studio in Condesa, Mexico City.

Exhibition Dates: January 21, 2017 – February 10, 2017

Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Alejandro_(Alexati)_Carrillo.aspx

Featured Artists:

Plurality of Expression

Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo | George Struikelblok | Robert Thiebaud | Aurélie Beer | Kate Wilson | Mimi Moylan | Falcan Iulia-Lavinia

About the Exhibition

The Many Worlds in “Plurality of Expression”

Agora Gallery is pleased to present Plurality of Expression, a new group exhibition highlighting the incredible diversity of visual language that the human mind is capable of creating. Seven artists are featured, among them painters, sculptors, photographers, and interdisciplinary artists. The group hails from a wide range of places including Peru, Romania, and Canada, and their far-flung origins influence their work in unexpected ways. Instead of any one artist creating pieces in a traditional or characteristic style of their home, this group represents the ever-increasing globalization of our world. Each artist shows knowledge of old and new techniques, and local and foreign aesthetics. Influences are cherished, but they are also interrogated and pushed further. Information travels quickly in the art world.

The strength of Plurality of Expression lies in just how different its featured artists are. One painter creates meticulously realistic tableaux of utterly fantastic landscapes – a road floating over an endless sky, or an egg that has sprouted its own feather. Another artist creates digital photographs exploring the nature of femininity through wondrously tactile liquids and fabrics. Yet another makes jewel-toned paintings of flat, serpentine figuresFeature Articles, and another makes infinitely layered visions of the cosmos.

Meditative Contrasts By Mimi Moylan’s

Mimi Moylan uses acrylic paint and woodburning techniques to build sharp, graphic images ranging from mandalas to landscapes. Often using a range of blues, from serene to vibrant, overlaid with solid black, Moylan’s high contrast images play with space and focus. The colorful textured areas serve as the backdrops for fine darker patterns. This trend continues with wood burned designs, which similarly balance dark, flat graphic imagery with rough, organic texture. This balance of intricate detail and a natural quality runs through all of Moylan’s work. Each painting has large, broad brush and palette knife strokes, creating a multi-toned sea or sky on which the designs sit. Moylan faithfully represents elephants and natural scenes, but adds motiefs to each design to create images balanced between realism and geometric design. Each image ranges from shining white to deep cerulean blue and even to deep velvety black.

Moylan lives and works in British Columbia, where she also practices as a yoga instructor. Meditation informs the galaxy element in her paintings. Similarly, sacred geometry feeds into the patterns Moylan puts into her work.

Exhibition Dates: January 21, 2017 – February 10, 2017

Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Mimi_Moylan.aspx

Featured Artists:

Plurality of Expression

Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo | George Struikelblok | Robert Thiebaud | Aurélie Beer | Kate Wilson | Mimi Moylan | Falcan Iulia-Lavinia

About the Exhibition

The Many Worlds in “Plurality of Expression”

Agora Gallery is pleased to present Plurality of Expression, a new group exhibition highlighting the incredible diversity of visual language that the human mind is capable of creating. Seven artists are featured, among them painters, sculptors, photographers, and interdisciplinary artists. The group hails from a wide range of places including Peru, Romania, and Canada, and their far-flung origins influence their work in unexpected ways. Instead of any one artist creating pieces in a traditional or characteristic style of their home, this group represents the ever-increasing globalization of our world. Each artist shows knowledge of old and new techniques, and local and foreign aesthetics. Influences are cherished, but they are also interrogated and pushed further. Information travels quickly in the art world.

The strength of Plurality of Expression lies in just how different its featured artists are. One painter creates meticulously realistic tableaux of utterly fantastic landscapes – a road floating over an endless sky, or an egg that has sprouted its own feather. Another artist creates digital photographs exploring the nature of femininity through wondrously tactile liquids and fabrics. Yet another makes jewel-toned paintings of flat, serpentine figuresFree Reprint Articles, and another makes infinitely layered visions of the cosmos.