Drake, Mark Flood

Mark Flood For much of his career, the Houston artist Mark Flood, 58, has taken swipes at the art establishment. When he was a musician in the underground ’80s punk band Culturcide, he also made provocative paintings and collages that critiqued media brainwashing. Around that time, when a painting of his that read eat human flesh ended up in the custody of the Houston police following a drug raid, the burst of notoriety spurred Flood to sell ad space on his canvases. Flood shot to art world prominence in 2000 with his “Lace” paintings—colorful acrylic pieces richly patterned with traces of torn fabric—but before that, he had barely sold any work. His day jobs, however, provided plenty of source material for his art. When he was an assistant in the records department at Texaco, he says, he would spend all day delving into files on industrial literature and advertising and making collages at his desk. At Houston’s Menil Collection, where he was an exhibitions assistant for 18 years, he made miniatures of artworks for the museum’s scale model, which the curators would use to plan shows. Flood’s current exhibition at Stuart Shave/Modern Art gallery, in London, through November 14, introduces his “Rothko Derivatives,” computer-generated paintings inspired by the Mark Rothko canvases Flood saw daily at the Menil. In 2016, a survey of the past 15 years of Flood’s raucous output opens at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Over the years, Flood has made collages dealing with celebrity culture, reassembling iconic images to absurd effect. This assignment allowed him to explore the nature of a famous face firsthand. “I said to Drake, ‘I want to see how much we can put in shadow or distort and still have it be you.’ ” Flood snapped Drake through a lattice of fabrics in an effort to obscure him. “What’s intriguing to me about our obsession with celebrity is how ancient it is,” Flood says. “Whether it’s Zeus staring at you from a Greek temple 2,000 years ago or Drake gazing at you from the cover of a magazine, there’s this continuity in our hunger for images of people who stare back at us.” Artwork by Mark Flood; Photography assistant: Ryan Morris.

Snapchat Threw A $4 Million Company New Year's Eve Party, Complete With A Performance From Drake

Snapchat may have lost $443 million last quarter but that had no effect on the company's holiday party plans, which just happened to have included Drake. The rapper was tapped to perform for more than 5,000 employees of the social media platform, as well as their guest0,s in a lavish celebration that cost more than $4 million, as The Daily Beast reports. So what goes into a $4 million party, besides Drake? Apparently renting out Microsoft Theater, where the Grammy Awards and the People's Choice Awards are typically held, as well as the surrounding establishments like Katsuya, Lucky Strike, Tom's Urban, Conga Room and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. The party also featured a DJ set from Diplo atop 105-foot DJ tower with a built-in countdown clock. Of course.

Drake, however, seemed to offer the most reflection on the evening as well as just life — fitting as he played songs from his recent "playlist" More Life. "356 days is a very long time," Drake sagely told the crowd, adding that anyone "even a half or even a fourth of the health that you want" should be grateful, according to The Daily Beast.

While Snapchat employees were banned from sharing photos and video clips from the event on Snapchat, that didn't stop footage from trickling out. Currently, there's a handful of videos from Drake's performance that can be viewed on Twitter.

While 2018 started on a high note for Snapchat CEO and husband of Miranda Kerr, Evan Spiegel, last year wasn't a bad one either. The pair's wedding, where Kerr wore a custom couture gown by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior, made it onto W's most photogenic weddings of the year list. Plus, six months after they exchanged nuptials, Kerr announced that she was expecting her first child with Spiegel and her second, as she and her ex-husband Orlando Bloom have a six-year-old son named Flynn. "Miranda, Evan and Flynn are looking forward to welcoming the newest member of their family," a rep confirmed.

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