What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were amused that it took a team of MIT scientists to get ketchup out of a bottle. We read what the Walkmen had to say about their latest, Heaven. We saw new Banksy. We got up to speed on Facebook’s phone graveyard. We… Read More

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10 Controversial Works of Art Using Live Animals

If you salivate at the sight of bacon, would you be OK with watching a squirming pig being tattooed? If the thought of eating animal flesh sickens you, do you hate the very idea of using live animals in art, or can you justify it if the art is good? Do you feel more sympathy for a horse, a dog, or a goldfish? Some calls are easier to make than others, but there’s a bit of an ethical grey area when it comes to live animals in art. Check out our brief survey of works and the creatures that made them possible, and find your own gradient of sensitivity. Where do you stand? … Read More

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The ‘Simpsons’ Guide to Art History

The Simpsons have been on air since 1989. Just think about that for a second. Over 500 episodes chock-full of pop culture references, current event bits, film allusions, and art history homages, so very many art history homages. Ay caramba!

Alright. Let’s approach this the only way one can — with conspicuous subjectivity. From Bosch’s hell to Warhol’s wrath to Dalí’s delights, behold: Our ten favorite art history moments from The Simpsons, selected for their authenticity, context, visual loyalty, and utter ridiculousness. Feel free to argue. Really, do. … Read More

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The Art World Redefined Through Contemporary Slang

A recent article in The Guardian brought attention to Urban Dictionary entries that redefine the giants of literature through contemporary slang. They range from the stupid (JK Rowling: being under the effects of cannabis (J) and ketamine (K)), to the sublime (Kerouac: to wander aimlessly for the giddy thrill). The New York Daily News cited the entries as being a “history of literature as seen by millions of 17-year-olds today,” but as The Guardian points out, some familiarity with the writer’s canon is required to make the quips successful — which means there has to be some literacy at play here.

We wanted to see if the same rules applied to the art world, so we clung to our brain cells (just in case) and went digging through Urban Dictionary’s website for slang versions of famous artists and related works. See what we found past the break, and let us know if you have your own redefinitions to contribute. (Diebenkorn, for instance, is just screaming for appropriation.) … Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned about a lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. We demanded more hilarious French cat videos. We imagined what the History Channel’s first reality-based fiction series about vikings would be like. We enjoyed the best Google Maps satellite imagery around the world. We wondered if … Read More

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10 Artists Who Also Make Movies

Fans of the “Frivolous Prince” will be happy to know that the diversely talented Jean Cocteau is the subject of a new museum, dedicated to his numerous creative pursuits. The Cocteau museum in France showcases 990 artworks from the bohemian and will also feature clips of his film works — particularly the unforgettable and gorgeously dreamy fairy tale, La belle et la bête. Cocteau defied categorization, pursuing theater, literature, cinema, and more — which is why we thought it would be appropriate to look at several other artists that wear multiple hats. We’ve chosen a variety of artist-directors, who like Cocteau had large-scale vision. Some of these filmmakers have yet to set their cinematic eye beyond a debut feature, a few have been able to successfully balance a career in both endeavors, and some are better know on the big screen. See who we chose below, and fill us in on your favorites. … Read More

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Amazing Whiteboard Remakes of Famous Paintings

Office cubicles aren’t known for inspiring creativity. In fact, they have a reputation for doing just the opposite. But working in a confined space doesn’t always have to be stifling. Meet Bill Taylor, a data manager in Durham, North Carolina who recreates iconic works of art on a whiteboard in his cube. He spends only two to five minutes per day on his drawings, taking roughly six weeks to finish each piece — and then he leave it up for a day or two, photographs the finished product, wipes the board clean, and gets to work on his next masterpiece. “[T]here’s something about doing it this way that forces me to be patient, something I could always use more practice with,” Taylor told the Telegraph. Click through to see some of our favorite whiteboard paintings, and then visit Taylor’s website to peruse the entire collection. … Read More

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Is This the Russian Banksy?

A Moscow street artist has been recently noticed by the press and dubbed “The Russian Banksy” or “Bankski.” While some of his work reminds us of Banksy’s style and humor, we’re not sure if the comparison is really fair yet. Until now, the work of 183 wasn’t much known outside of Moscow or the Russian LiveJournal community. He’s not a celebrity, so he can do things that Banksy wouldn’t — like set his graffiti mural of a rioter on fire so it looks like he’s torching an underside of a major bridge. The 183 oeuvre is quite varied, with concrete ruins spray-painted as giant Russian chocolate bars, portrait projections on smoke, hidden mixed media installations and, of course, the Banksy-esque stencils that got him a mini-wave of publicity. Since Banksy may have switched his focus to traditional sculpture, is there a new original street art prankster in town or this just another wannabe? Check out a few of our favorite 183 pieces and decide for yourself. … Read More

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Required Viewing: Essential Documentaries About Famous Artists

We’re happy if our previous roundup of feature films about artists inspired or rejuvenated any of your artistic or bohemian impulses. That said, pull up a chair. Let’s get real. Here you will find some of our favorite documentaries about artists, many of them current and some even freshly made. Dig out the heart of Louise Bourgeois’ gigantic spiders. Go behind Pablo Picasso’s brushstrokes. Wonder eternally if Banksy’s fooling you. Rebels, superstars, activists, eccentrics, con artists — they’re all here and they’re ready to tell you their story. … Read More

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20 Amazing Artist-Inspired Tattoos

[Editor’s note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we’re revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published February 16, 2011.] If we’re being honest, most of us will never own a work of art by a famous artist. And while back in college, it might have been okay to pay homage to one of the greats with a poster print from the museum, these days when it comes to the artwork that hangs on our walls, we tend to opt for original pieces by emerging (read: more affordable) talents. A few enterprising souls have found a way to sidestep the issue completely by displaying famous works of art directly on their bodies. Click through for some of our favorite examples, and if you happen to have an art-inspired tattoo, be sure to tell us about it in the comments. … Read More

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