Cindy Sherman

15 Famous Art-Influenced Album Covers

Is it odd when an ’80s New Wave band recreates an 1860s pre-Impressionist painting? Nah. Here you will find album covers that pay homage/allude to/imitate/rip-off famous works of art and iconic photographs, from almost near replicas to stealthy appropriations of the work’s key elements to tributes to specific artists’ very definitive styles. From the White Stripes’ very De Stijl De Stijl to Joni Mitchell in Van Gogh drag to Rembrandt à la Rammstein, see fifteen of our picks here. We’re sure there are many, many more. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments! … Read More

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Early 20th-Century Photos of the Real Paris

While the massive Cindy Sherman retrospective might be getting all the buzz, the work of another incredibly talented photographer, Eugène Atget, is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art as well. Unlike Sherman, Atget rarely captured images of people in his work, which he humbly intended for other artists to use as source material. Instead, he spent his 30-year career snapping photos in the streets of Paris, focusing his lens on the architectural details of building facades, carefully-composed window displays, and abandoned parks.

Looking at these romantic images, made even dreamier thanks to his use of long exposures, you get the sense that the French photographer would have enjoyed commiserating over un café with Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris. Check out Atget’s work in person at the MoMA through April 9th; click through to preview a selection of the images on display in our slideshow, spotted thanks to PDN. … Read More

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Who Is the Real Cindy Sherman?

For 35 years, artist Cindy Sherman has played “dress-up,” only, it’s much more than that. With an exuberant array of costumes, make-up, wigs, and giant pendulum breast prosthetics, she’s been a schoolgirl, a playboy, a partying heiress, a Leonardo da Vinci boy muse, and a tattooed seductress. “I really don’t think that they are about me,” Sherman told New York Magazine back in 2008, speaking specifically of the work in her famous Film Stills series. “It’s maybe about me maybe not wanting to be me and wanting to be all these other characters. Or at least try them on.” Sherman’s career retrospective opens this Sunday at MoMA and for the occasion, we’d like to introduce you to a few Cindy Shermans. … Read More

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Behind the Curtain: Gorgeous Vintage Photo Booth Art

Originally meant for official photographs and souvenir snapshots, the photo booth quickly became a beloved tool and source of inspiration for artists everywhere, who played with the concept of automatic portraiture and pushed the format as far as it could go. Our friends at Design Boom tipped us off to Behind the Curtain – the Aesthetics of the Photobooth, an exhibit of photo booth photography that opened yesterday at Swiss photography museum Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne. The exhibit explores photo booth photographs from artists like Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and André Breton, representing the medium’s presence not only in the Surrealist and Fluxus movements but across the aesthetic spectrum.  Click through to see a few wonderful pieces from the exhibit, and if you find yourself in the area, be sure to check out the full show, running until May 20th. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Starchitect Rem Koolhaus has signed a deal to design and construct Marina Abramovic’s Center for the Preservation of Performance Art. The $8 million space in Hudson, New York will be devoted to showcasing performance art pieces of “six hours minimum.” [via Vulture]

2. While Whitney Houston’s funeral, which takes place this Saturday… 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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The Famous Artworks Matchmaking Game

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and some of us here at Flavorpill are feeling silly. Or, you know, nauseated and glum. Sigh. So, what are we going to do? We’re going to play the Famous Artworks Matchmaking Game! Yay! Remember when you were kid and you’d smack your Barbie and Gumby together and pretend they were a couple? It’s like that. We’re pairing up the classic, contemporary, and pop culture works of art — and their subjects — that we think should go on a date and have a nice time together. Feel free to rain on our silly love parade in the comments section. We realize that it could be quite cathartic this time of year. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s 10 Most Anticipated Art Exhibits of 2012

If one your New Year’s resolutions was to see more art shows, then you should find this guide quite handy. From east coast to west coast and over the pond, we’re in for an exciting year of ambitious retrospectives and thematic group shows. Explore the seedy underbelly of ’30s and ’40s New York with Weegee’s intense crime scene photography. Take a trip into the intimate dreamworld of female Surrealists. Meet Keith Haring before he was a superstar. Be other people with Cindy Sherman. Here are just some of the exhibits that we’re most looking forward to in 2012. … Read More

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Portraits of Famous Artists and Photographers by Other Artists

What happens when an artist drops his brush or a photographer lowers his camera to pose for a portrait by a colleague? We investigated and found a snap of a young Nan Goldin, pre-fame and sans blouse, Francis Bacon’s face deconstructed by the strokes of Lucian Freud, and Picasso romping around in a big blond wig for Brassaï. Often starkly casual peeks, these portraits are brimming with a friendly intimacy and professional camaraderie. Take a look at some of our favorite cultural figures as models in the slide show. … Read More

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This Is Now the World’s Most Expensive Photograph

Remember back in May of this year, when we told you that at $3.89 million, Cindy Sherman’s 1981 self-portrait Untitled #96 was the most expensive photo in the world (a record that was previously held by Andreas Gursky’s 99 Cent II Diptychon, which went for $3.35 million back in 2006)? Well, sorry Sherman.… Read More

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