Art

Character-Filled Portraits of Famous Comedians

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Sketched Comedy is a series of portraits of famous comedians by Cleveland artist and gallery owner Alex Kelly (which we first spotted on AV Club). He started the project in 2013, illustrating the mugs of comedians, actors, writers, podcasters, and others on a daily basis. Kelly pays homage to everyone from Sasheer Zamata and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live, to vets like Bobcat Goldthwait and George Carlin. His style is full of texture and fantastic linework, and he really captures the character of each comedian. Kelly updates his Instagram regularly and also has work for sale if you’ve been looking for a portrait of your favorite funny person. See more in our gallery.
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Voyeuristic Paintings of Quiet Moments on a City Subway

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Artist Gerard Boersma, who hails from the Netherlands, paints city subway scenes — but seems most interested in observing those quiet moments passengers lose themselves in a newspaper or peer between the seats to watch the people around them. The realistic portraits of strangers on a European metro have a voyeuristic perspective, each subject unaware they’re being studied as they study others. Boersma’s paintings bring to mind those fleeting moments you share with a fellow passenger on the train, imagining what their life and world are like based on the book they’re carrying, the packages in their lap, and the expression on their face.
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Exuberant Posters Celebrate the Songs of David Bowie

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When David Bowie ascended to a higher plane of existence on January 10 of this year, the world exhaled a collective cry of mourning. What followed for most was a nostalgic revisiting of Bowie’s best work, a heightened appreciation for his last work, and just simply coming to terms with a world without Bowie. For NYC-based artist and graphic designer Maia Valenzuela, that process was a creative one.
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Newly Discovered Artworks from Provocative Performance Artist and New York City Art-World Icon Colette

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Before Madonna and Lady Gaga were exploring the boundaries of gender and adopting fashionable personas for the stage, pioneering performance artist Colette, aka Colette Justine, had established herself as a New York art-world icon doing just that. In her 1973 debut, Colette “used stuff like ruched parachute silk to turn her living space into a walk-in artwork.” Colette is the subject of a new online exhibition at Gallery 98, which features a group of rediscovered works from the provocative artist, unearthed from her old storage spaces in Germany — where Colette currently resides (and lived/worked for a time during the 1980s).
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An Argentinian Artist’s Staged Perfect Insta Life Fools Her Followers

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Excellences & Perfections is a five-month Instagram art experiment that pranked Argentinian artist Amalia Ulman’s 96,000 followers. Taking on the persona of the ultimate Insta 20-something, Ulman used her account to portray the perfect life of a young woman who moves to Los Angeles, gets breast implants (the procedure was faked), dines on pretentious food, wears designer clothing, and lives a lavish lifestyle. She even changed her appearance to fit the character.
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