Invader’s New Street Art Brings ‘The Dude’ Back to Los Angeles

Gramercy Pictures
Gramercy Pictures

It’s been 20 years since The Big Lebowski debuted, but The Dude still abides. Most recently, he’s been spotted at a Los Angeles bowling alley in pixelated format—the handiwork of French street artist Invader, according to Artnet.

"His Dudeness" (a reference to the film’s main character, Jeffrey Lebowski, played by actor Jeff Bridges) is one of the 29 new mosaics that Invader unveiled in Los Angeles. One piece depicting an alien from the video game Space Invaders—the artist’s signature symbol—is part of the ongoing street art exhibition “Beyond the Streets.” The rest were scattered throughout the city's streets, left for passersby to discover.

Invader’s rendering of The Dude is more detailed than many of the artist’s earlier works. Bowling is a central theme in The Big Lebowski, and the mosaic was fittingly installed outside the Shatto 39 Lanes bowling alley near Koreatown. The Dude is seen wearing his usual robe, V-neck tee, and sandals, but instead of his preferred White Russian he’s holding a cocktail glass.

Other Invader works spotted throughout the city include a toy soldier, a maneki-neko “beckoning cat,” a ghost, and several invader aliens, including one adorning a post holding up the Hollywood sign.

According to Artnet, this was Invader’s first public installation since he came under fire in February for tagging sacred temples and monasteries in the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. The government removed the mosaics, including one of a levitating monk, in response to complaints.

Invader, whose identity is not publicly known, defended his decision, saying, “My practice tells a story, and I don’t know why I should deprive Bhutan from this story.”

[h/t Artnet]

National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Aretha Franklin With Week-Long Exhibition

Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA
Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA

With the passing of Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018, the world has lost one of its most distinctive voices—and personalities. As celebrities and fans share their memories of the Queen of Soul and what her music meant to them, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will pay tribute to the legendary songstress's life with a week-long exhibition of her portrait.

Throughout her career, Franklin earned some of the music industry's highest accolades, including 18 Grammy Awards. In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nearly 30 years later, in 2015, the National Portrait Gallery fêted Franklin with the Portrait of a Nation Prize, which recognizes "the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection." (Madeline Albright, Spike Lee, and Rita Moreno are among some of its recent recipients.)

Milton Glaser's lithograph of Aretha Franklin, which is displayed at The National Portrait Gallery
© Milton Glaser

Franklin's portrait was the creation of noted graphic designer Milton Glaser, who employed "his characteristic kaleidoscope palette and innovative geometric forms to convey the creative energy of Franklin's performances," according to the Gallery. The colorful lithographic was created in 1968, the very same year that the National Portrait Gallery opened.

Glaser's image will be installed in the "In Memoriam" section of the museum, which is located on the first floor, on Friday, August 17 and will remain on display to the public through August 22, 2018. The Gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and admission is free.

This Wall Chart Shows Almost 130 Species of Shark—All Drawn to Scale

Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

Shark Week may be over, but who says you can’t celebrate sharp-toothed predators year-round? Pop Chart Lab has released a new wall print featuring nearly 130 species of selachimorpha, a taxonomic superorder of fish that includes all sharks.

The shark chart
Pop Chart Lab

Called “The Spectacular Survey of Sharks,” the chart lists each shark by its family classification, order, and superorder. An evolutionary timeline is also included in the top corner to provide some context for how many millions of years old some of these creatures are. The sharks are drawn to scale, from the large but friendly whale shark down to the little ninja lanternsharka species that lives in the deep ocean, glows in the dark, and wasn’t discovered until 2015.

You’ll find the popular great white, of course, as well as rare and elusive species like the megamouth, which has been spotted fewer than 100 times. This is just a sampling, though. According to World Atlas, there are more than 440 known species of shark—plus some that probably haven't been discovered yet.

The wall chart, priced at $29 for an 18” x 24” print, can be pre-ordered on Pop Chart Lab’s website. Shipping begins on August 27.

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