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Playwright-performer Sarah Jones "plays with the spaces between" questions about self-creation for her one-woman shows, Surface Transit (2000), Tony award-winning Bridge & Tunnel (2004, produced by Meryl Streep), and Sell/Buy/Date (2016). Jones slips seamlessly into character during her shows, donning their props and accents: elderly Jewish Lorraine; soft-spoken Lakota Gary; fast-talking feminist Bella; and many others.Her most recent play, Sell/Buy/Date, came about in part due to experiences she had performing for audiences that weren't her "usual well-heeled Broadway" crowd, and which caused her to think...
Julia Mamaea, the first official Empress of the Roman Empire The Metropolitan Museum of Art can sometimes be a little overwhelming. With so much to see, it's hard to know where to look, and harder still to get the full story behind a piece. The Met can also be somewhat dude-heavy. The Met has never had a female director; meanwhile Guerilla Girls, a group of anonymous feminist activist artists, contrasts the number of women artists against the number of female nudes on display, and the numbers are depressing...
It’s rather unremarkable for me to begin this feature by claiming that the art world is a world that exists in a universe that’s anything other than considerably exclusionary. I think that, with that sentiment, I’m simply stating the obvious. The world of art, as well as every other cultural crevice of society, lends itself to habitual sexism, racism, classism, etc. You get it. I’m referring to the infinite list of the “isms” with which you’re familiar if you’re reading BUST. Whether you’ve taken an...
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews Vancouver-based documentary and portrait photographer Jackie Dives. Jackie Dives is a documentary and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, B.C. She is drawn to photographing emotionally intense situations. Her work has tackled such diverse topics as abortion, menstruation, drug addiction, and polygamist cults. Working in digital and film, her current series includes a decade-long project, which aims to tell a personal story of living with depression.  from 'Menstruation'  Can you tell the readers of BUST...

You've probably heard the phrase 'For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,' a paraphrase of a Virginia Woolf line from A Room Of One's Own. Artist Patty Caroll explores a similar idea in her series Anonymous Women. Now collected into a book of the same title published by Daylight Books, these haunting images explore the way women's lives have been defined by gender roles around femininity and domesticity. As Carroll writes: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain," commanded the Wizard of Oz, a small, ordinary...
Artist Marilyn Minter's work finds the line between gorgeous and unsettling — and stays there, making for a fascinating experience. In the first retrospective of her work, titled Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, the Brooklyn Museum shows over four decades' worth of Minter's work. Their description puts it best: Marilyn Minter's sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. She trains a critical eye on the power of desire, questioning the fashion industry's commercialization of sex and the...
  I’ve been following Valfre on Instagram for years, so it was really exciting to be able to speak with the illustrator behind adorable (and feminist) designs such as these:   Born in Mexico, Ilse Valfre has lived in the U.S for five years. She began drawing her cartoon girls back in 2010, when fashion blogs were at their peak of popularity. Interested in fashion, she wanted to participate in the trend but didn’t want to just take photos of herself in clothes, like everyone else. So instead,...
If you haven't studied art, you may not have heard of Alice Neel. Now's your time to catch up. Born in 1900, Neel moved to New York with her husband, Cuban painter Carlos Enriquez, in the late 1920s and lived there for most of the rest of her life, until her death at age 84. Neel was known for her portraits of family, friends, writers, poets, artists, and everyday people, and her art often engaged with social and political issues. Now, a new exhibit and book...
I love Mad Men — I love the clothes and the cars and the way in which Don Draper navigates New York City, but mostly I love it because it's fascinating to explore an era that feels distant from today. These days, however, it is feeling a lot less distant. With our president making overtly sexist comments —  pussygate being the crown jewel of his various lewd remarks — Mad Men era advertisements feel particularly poignant, or so feels Saint Hoax, an anonymous artist working in...
If you like coloring and curse words, then we've got the book for you! You can finally partake in a healthy hobby while blowing off steam with the Fucking Awesome Coloring Book by Calligraphuck. Its publisher Chronicle Books invites adults "to color their f*cking stress away" and even recommends it as a Mother's or Father's day gift. The author and founder of Calligraphuck is Linus Boman, a graphic designer and 'sometimes standup comedian' based in London. He's made a name for himself in the art of stylized...