Art

Gorgeous Photo Mash-ups Bring Classic Paintings to Life in 21st-Century Kiev

Great art is constantly reminding us that the past was not so different from the present — that even as human circumstances change, human emotions and interactions remain largely the same. The Ukrainian designer Alexey Kondakov provides visual proof of that observation in his lovely series 2 Reality, which seamlessly places the subjects of classic paintings in present-day Kiev. Angels serenade Mary and baby Jesus on the subway. A group of dancers in various states of Classical undress become a pack of party-goers about to catch the last train home. And the work of such artists as Caravaggio and Holbein is given a stunning new life. Click through for some highlights from 2 Reality, which we spotted via Faith is Torment, and visit Kondakov’s Facebook page to see more. … Read More

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Brooding Portraits of Nameless Women Warriors

If they’re depicted at all, heroines in pop culture generally tend to be more Lara Croft than Brienne of Tarth — they’re pneumatic, idealized Amazons, able to lazily decapitate puny men (or steal their loot), all the while remaining perfectly made up and depilated. The general lack of three-dimensional heroines makes these paintings by German artist Martin Eder, which we spotted via Beautiful Decay, all the more fascinating. These nameless women are clearly the product of fantasy, being as they’re wielding massive broadswords and all (and, in one case, apparently transforming into a swan), but they’re also deeply human — they’re bruised and tired, searching within for the energy to fight another day. You can see more of Eder’s work at his website. … Read More

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Photos of a Bizarre College-Age Fan Club That Worships Putin as a Pinup

Most Americans seem to know Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, from the controversial, anti-Putin Pussy Riot protests and the many GIFs that mock his absurd attempts at establishing a hyper-masculine image in the media. But there is a segment of the Russian population that idolizes the political figure, including a group of teens and 20-somethings who look at Putin as a kind of pinup. … Read More

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Revealing Close-Up Photos of Creatives’ Pencils

Most people reach for their laptops or iPads when giving shape to their ideas. But for all our conveniences, there are some things that a computer just can’t do like the humble pencil. In a new photo series by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, first spotted on Photojojo, the duo captures close-up images of the pencils used by artists, designers, writers, and tastemakers. Most of the subjects are British, and we would love to see more women involved with the project, but you needn’t be familiar with those featured to appreciate how unique their tools are and the way tiny details reveal personality traits. Browse the series in our gallery, and get to know the secret life of the pencil. … Read More

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Nothing Is Embarrassing: On Kim Kardashian’s Strangely Liberating Book of Selfies

Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s new 445-page book of selfies, is a bit of a party trick. Pull out the compact, three-pound art book at a social function, and people clamor to flip through the hundreds of near-identical selfies that chart Kim’s evolution both as a human and as a brand (is there a difference?). Some took a meta selfie with the book, Kim’s damp bosom and dewy face overshadowing their own smiles in the foreground. … Read More

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2015 Turner Prize Shortlist Includes an Opera About Cartoon Violence and a Transformed Housing Estate

Sometimes it feels like art exists just so we can ask the obvious questions: What is art? Is this… Read More

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Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” Becomes the Most Expensive Piece Sold at Auction

Pablo Picasso will likely never cease to break new art-historical records, despite having died in 1973: his painting “Women of Algiers… Read More

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Sculptor and Performance Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

Performance/installation artist and sculptor Chris Burden died yesterday, at 69, in his Topanga Canyon home, Burden wasn’t always known… Read More

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