Art

10 Transformational Billboard Installation Artworks

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From cave art to billboards, we’ve been using a wall to convey messages to one another since the beginning of time. The modern-day billboard was an invention of advertising, taking the posters and prints announcing goods and services out of the lithography studio and hoisting them into the sky.
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Unexpected Black-and-White Portraits of Pole Dancers in Domestic Settings

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We’ve come a long way, but there are still many misconceptions about women who pole dance. What most naysayers don’t realize is that pole dancing has been traced back to ancient sports, gymnastics, and ‘20s sideshows. Pole dancing studios like Bobbi’s in Sydney (part of a 3,000-strong community in the city) are full of women whose families do support their interests in pole dancing for fun, fitness, and personal expression.
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Charming Portraits Created from Lush Botanicals and Fresh Food

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If you’re reading this, then you survived your post-Thanksgiving food coma. Brooklyn-based editorial and portrait photographer Emily Dryden has some creative ideas for the leftovers you’ll be feasting on for the next few days. Her Fresh Faces series, created with prop stylist and actress Zahydé Pietri, finds the faces in vibrant fruits, veggies, and botanicals. The whimsical, sculptural portraits prove that greens, beets, grapes, and flowers are full of personality. The photos are reminiscent of the ornamental Green Man artworks often found in architecture.
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An Amazing ‘Twin Peaks’ Tarot Deck

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When most people think of the tarot, the Rider-Waite deck springs to mind. Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith (with input from academic and mystic A. E. Waite), the deck’s iconic line drawings contain magical/occult symbols that were a departure from previous cards with largely Christian iconography. We’ve seen numerous pop-culture adaptations of the mystical cards, but illustrator Benjamin Mackey’s Twin Peaks tarot has to be our favorite.
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From Weimar to Nazism: Tracing Berlin’s History Through Its Art

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Last month, the Neue Galerie in New York City opened the exhibition Berlin Metropolis: 1918–1933, which featured more than 300 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, architecture, and film. The exhibition, which is still ongoing, aims to “cover the city [of Berlin] from various perspectives in order to demonstrate the dramatic changes that occurred at this time” — primarily the Weimar years.
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Convincing Posters That Cast Classic Stars in Contemporary Films

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If you worship cinema’s holy trinity of “Davids,” which includes David Lynch, David Fincher, and David Cronenberg, you’ll adore graphic designer Peter Stults’ What If: Movies Reimagined for Another Time and Place poster series. The New York-based artist trades contemporary actors with classic stars (and directors) on the posters for modern films. In this volume of his one-sheet remakes, which we learned about on Booooooom, Stults tackles the filmographies of the three Davids — along with other movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy (with Michael Jackson in the lead role, which suddenly makes complete sense).
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