Movie props have ‘undeniable charm.’ A new Disney+ series spotlights the fading art

A scene from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" episode of "Prop Culture." <span class="copyright">(Mitch Haaseth / Disney+)</span>
A scene from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” episode of “Prop Culture.” (Mitch Haaseth / Disney+)

In Disney’s 1989 classic “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” two pairs of siblings learn that the backyard is a dangerous place when you’ve accidentally been zapped by a shrink ray.

The four miniaturized kids ride insects, climb flowers, sleep in Lego bricks and splash around in a bowl of cereal on the journey to reach their parents. It’s a magical adventure, made possible by special effects, that has captivated many over the years.

“It’s sort of a universal kids fantasy,” director Joe Johnston told The Times during a recent phone call. “Here’s your backyard that you know like the back of your hand, and yet when you’re a quarter-inch tall, it’s a completely alien environment. I think that was one of the things that was appealing to the kids.”

“Honey, I Shrunk the

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Victor Glemaud Celebrates Body Positivity With a New Size-Inclusive Collection


When Ashley Graham appeared at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards in 2017, it was nothing short of a bombshell fashion moment. The dress, a dazzling white floor-length knit with cheeky peekaboo cutouts at the shoulder, cemented the model’s reputation as a red carpet force to be reckoned with. “The reaction to that look was just phenomenal,” said Victor Glemaud, then a finalist of the competition who took Graham as his date that night and custom designed the dress. “It made me realize that size inclusivity was something that came so naturally to me.” Having collaborated on a capsule with 11 Honoré, the luxury e-retailer specializing in extended sizing, Glemaud is now taking the idea a step further. Available for preorder on his newly relaunched website comes a new collection offering curve sizing for the first time.

To mark the occasion, Glemaud gathered some of his most beloved

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Inside the Art-Filled Dhaka Home of Mega Collectors Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani


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On a late Friday afternoon in February, Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani—the mega art-collecting couple based in Dhaka, Bangladesh—had just placed their Haegue Yang commission, a tall, almost Seussian-looking sculpture titled North of the Mountain, by a floor-to-ceiling window on the fifth floor of their six-story house in the capital’s fashionable Gulshan neighborhood. The Berlin-based artist’s joyful piece, which invites viewers to join the fun by giving it a gentle push, thereby ringing its hundreds of tiny gold-colored bells, is the newest jewel in their growing cutting-edge modern and contemporary collection, which totals around 2,000 artworks. “You can try it later,” Rajeeb promises with a broad smile.

The Samdanis situated the sound work next to a second piece with a musical theme: a copper, granite and coal sculpture of long tubes that lead to what looks like the flared bell of a trumpet

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our guide to this week’s best online art shows

A Garry Winogrand photograph of an opening party at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1969, part of Fraenkel Gallery's 'Dancing in the Street' exhibition. - © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
A Garry Winogrand photograph of an opening party at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1969, part of Fraenkel Gallery’s ‘Dancing in the Street’ exhibition. – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has released the largest and most detailed photograph to date of Rembrandt’s 1642 painting The Night Watch. The 44.8-gigapixel image, which was created from a total of 528 exposures, allows you to zoom in on individual brushstrokes and even particles of pigment.

As Italy cautiously reopens from lockdown, David Zwirner’s podcast series, Dialogues, releases a meditation on Venice and Rome from the acclaimed poet and New Yorker writer Cynthia Zarin. (Excerpts from her forthcoming book, Two Cities, are available via the gallery’s website as well.) iTunes

The American artist Allan McCollum has amassed 1,200 screengrabs from film and television which, when the subtitles are displayed, 

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