Art

Famous Modern Artists’ Work Transformed Into Stunning Architecture

You can stare at a beautiful house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the same way you get lost in a painting or looking at a sculpture. Graphic artist Federico Babina understands that, so he combined architecture with some of the most well-known works from some of the most famous artists from the last century. Archibet is the result, and it’s difficult to not be wowed. Get one of these on your wall immediately. … Read More

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10 Kissing Performances That Are Actually Art

Sorry Internet, that viral video called First Kiss that features strangers awkwardly and adorably making out on camera for the first time was actually part of an ad. We discussed its place in the relentlessly positive Upworthy landscape, and we shared the parodies that have popped up since its debut. Now, we take a look at similar performance works (live or captured on film and in photos) that are actually art. Head past the break for one big arty make out sesh. … Read More

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The Provocative and Disturbing World of ‘Second Life’ Photography

The Internet has forever changed our media landscape, and the collision of pop culture and art continues to evolve. Artists looking at this cultural complexity are being featured in a current exhibition at Aran Cravey Gallery in Los Angeles until April 12, called Raster Raster — which we learned about on Co.Design. “The title for Raster Raster riffs the artists’ lyrical and enthusiastic (‘faster faster!’) approach while also invoking the graphic design term associated with preparing an image for presentation.” Curator Marisa Olson calls the work “Postinternet art” — that which “simultaneously enjoys and critiques the Internet, responding to and incorporating its tropes, memes, cultural politics, and visual language into forms that may or may not live online.”

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Vivian Kubrick’s Photos Captured on the Sets of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead). She also made appearances in several films, including Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems clear that father and daughter shared a deep creative bond. Vivian recently took to Twitter to share a wonderful series of photos that she captured while hanging out on the set of her father’s famous films. It’s like seeing Kubrick’s movies with a new pair of eyes. The rare images include Vivian lounging in the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, playing with a baby chimp during the making of 2001, and more. An incredibly touching photo of father and daughter together reveals the special relationship they shared. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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Terry Richardson Gaslights Accusers, Blames Internet in New Open Letter

In a lot of ways, the only surprising thing about Terry Richardson’s open letter to “correct” the “rumors” about his conduct over the years is that it’s taken him this long to write it. There’s certainly nothing surprising about its content — it’s exactly the sort of combination of gaslighting and nebulous whinging one might expect from a man who wants to salvage his reputation without actually addressing the allegations against him (the latest of which surfaced this week). … Read More

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Haunting Photos of Modern-Day Ruins

There’s something particularly resonant about the shuttered buildings captured in Canadian photographer Susan Dobson’s series Sense of an Ending — they call to mind the giant decaying monument to hubris in Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Queen of Versailles, evoking how all our works eventually return to dust. As per Faith is Torment, where we first saw these, the artist herself describes this series as an exploration of “how photographs have the ability to sit outside of any definitive time period, and to feel dislocated in time… for me, the series evokes images I have in my mind of the ruins from WWII that were still evident in Germany when I lived there as a child.” Either way, the images are dramatic and striking; you can see more of Dobson’s work at her website. … Read More

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Amazing Historical Tattoo Photos From Taschen’s 25th Anniversary Edition of ’1000 Tattoos’

In the 25th anniversary edition of Taschen’s 1000 Tattoos, art historian Burkhard Riemschneider and Amsterdam-based tattoo-world legend Henk Schiffmacher (who also runs the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum) explore the history, lives, and stories behind tattoos. It’s a grand tour through what tattoos have meant to us through the ages, from tribal body art to bikers and circus ladies. Here are some of our favorite photos from the book of tattoo… Read More

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Delicious Maps of Countries Around the World Created From Native Foods

To anyone who considers macaroni art a kindergarten habit, prepare to eat your words — and feel an urge to eat more than just that. Artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves might have been preschool Picassos (this claim is totally unsubstantiated, but probably true, right?), but they’ve since graduated into veritable artists, shaping and photographing art created from their favored medium: food. … Read More

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‘Fountains of the Deep’: Artwork Inspired by Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ [NSFW]

According to the Book of Genesis, there once lived a 600-year-young patriarch named Noah who saved the world’s animals — including humans — from a titanic flood on a boat handmade from gopher wood.
Interpreted by the 50 artists Darren Aronofsky solicited to contribute to an exhibit supplementing his film Noah, splinters of the biblical story debuted as Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood at the storefront 462 West Broadway gallery on March 6 to a crowd of common and legendary faces. … Read More

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These Portraits of Scotch-Taped Faces Might Make Your Own Face Hurt

Comedian and national treasure Amy Sedaris used to do a character she called “Piglet,” which she’d create, quite physically, by running a long piece of Scotch tape from her nose to her forehead, making her nose look upturned like a pig’s snout. Naturally, that’s what I immediately thought of when I saw Wes Namen‘s series Scotch Tape at Feature Shoot. Using the popular adhesive tape to skew the faces of his models into horrifying, zombie-like beings, Namen’s series is hilarious and creepy — and it makes my face hurt. … Read More

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