Chuck Close

The 10 Most Memorable Artist Collaborations

For her contribution to the Manchester International Festival, Tracey Emin has announced plans for a collaboration with Louise Bourgeois, who she describes as her “hero” in a recent Guardian op-ed. To get past the hurdle of Bourgeois no longer being alive, Emin will employ a close reading of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 2004 tome Do It, in which 165 venerated artists provided instructions on how to reproduce their work. Even though the results will fit the definition of collaboration narrowly — a far cry from the genuine two-woman jobs that Hauser & Wirth exhibited in 2011 —  the idea of seeing both minds at work is intriguing, and, given the tone of Emin’s op-ed, pretty damn poignant. … Read More

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10 Painters Whose Work Looks Like Photographs

The French word hyperréalisme was coined by Belgian art dealer Isy Brachot for an exhibition of work by an international group of Photorealists in Brussels in 1973, and… Hello? Are you still there? Want to see something cool? Here are 10 painters whose works’ immaculate brushstrokes sum up to a spitting image of a high definition photographic image, only instead of a click of a shutter, they were created through tedious careful labor. Proceed to slideshow. Gawk. Be amazed. … Read More

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Chuck Close to Create Art for New York’s Second Avenue Subway Line

New Yorkers don’t hear much news about progress on the MTA’s Second Avenue Subway (SAS), which has only been in the works for 75 years and was most recently resumed in 2007 — although we hear it’s no fun living east of Third Ave. on the Upper East Side these days. But there have been… Read More

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Famous Portrait Recreated with 5,500 Toy Soldiers

Famed photojournalist Robert Capa set out to capture shots of the Sino-Japanese War in 1938. While in the city of Hankow, the photographer happened upon a parade commemorating revolutionist first provisional president, Sun Yat-Sen. There, he photographed the portrait of a 15-year-old Chinese Nationalist soldier, which would become one of Life Magazine’s most memorable covers.

Artist Joe Black used Capa’s image as the basis for his work, Made in China, which is built from over 5,500 colorful toy soldiers. Gluing the plastic figures to a vertical surface, Black was able to create a pointillist portrait that’s right in line with his other creations that use Legos, buttons, and more. Hit the jump for a closer look at Black’s toy army art and other eccentric works. … 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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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Rocketjuice and The Moon, Damon Albarn’s recently-launched supergroup with Flea and Tony Allen from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have posted seven live tracks online, with a debut album planned for release some time next year. [via NME]

2. It looks like Chinese authorities are after Ai Weiwei again, this time serving… Read More

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Self-Portraiture: An Incomplete Visual History

Given that yesterday was what would have been famous portraitist (and self-portraitist) Andy Warhol‘s 83 birthday, we’ve been thinking a little bit about the long history of self-portraiture. Many artists’ first subjects are themselves, which makes some sense, considering the proximity and availability of one’s own face. Often artists’ self portraits differ greatly from the rest of their work, but some trade almost exclusively in the form. Like anything else, the mediums and methods vary widely, but all are fascinating in that they attempt to show an inner part of the artist more directly than any representation of an outside subject could. With that in mind, click through for our very incomplete (how could it not be?) visual history of self-portraiture, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite pieces in the comments! … Read More

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The 10 Most Interesting Paintings of US Presidents

Government buildings and presidential libraries around the country are full of official portraits of our presidents. While some of them are noteworthy, most are boring pictures painted by hacks. With President’s Day just around the corner, we dug deep to find an inventive, amusing mix of images of our leaders, both past and present. From contemporary masters Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Chuck Close to outsider and street artists Reverend Howard Finster and Robbie Conal, we found works that truly provide an alternative view of the White House. … Read More

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Explore Joe Fig’s Mini Recreations of Artist Studios

Nearly ten years ago, in an effort to explore the working methods of artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Brooklyn artist Joe Fig began constructing a series of diorama-like mini reproductions of their studios. The research ultimately led to Fig’s book, Inside the Painter’s Studio, which includes interviews with Chuck Close, Mary Heilmann, Ryan McGinness, Steve Mumford, Alexis Rockman, and others about their creative process, alongside photos snapped in their studio spaces. Click through to check out a gallery of Fig’s work, and if you live in New York, be sure to check out his upcoming public lecture at SVA on February 3 at 7pm. … Read More

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New York City Taxis Get an Arty Makeover

Exciting news for New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers who will be riding in an NYC cab anytime soon: For the second year running, John Amato, president of Show Media (a company which sells the ad space on many of the city’s taxis), is donating 500 spots to showcase artwork — specifically pieces by Chuck Close… Read More

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