Edward Hopper

Artist Credit: David Hamilton

Clever Mash-ups of ‘Star Wars’ Characters and Iconic Works of Art

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It feels, at times, like the Star Wars universe has invaded all elements of popular culture: movies (obviously), television, books, comics, toys, the Internet. But there hasn’t been much overlap between the Force and the art world — until now. Artist and longtime Star Wars fan David Hamilton wondered, “What if art had been painted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?” And then he went about remaking some of the most iconic works of art (Vermeer, Hopper, Munch, Cezane, Monet, and more) with the addition of characters and elements from the Galactic Empire. “Just consider these ‘Special Editions,’” he writes to his fellow Jedi. “I know how much you value those.”
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10 of the Worst Ads Inspired by Art

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The advertising and marketing world hasn’t always been kind to the fine art world (unless you’re Andy Warhol). The line between tasteful and careless is a delicate one. Many would even call it sacrilege to shill a product by ruthlessly mining art history and changing the context of the world’s most important works. Advertising has evolved into its own art form, but there have been several instances when the union of commodity culture and fine art failed miserably. We’ve spotlighted a few of those disastrous ads past the break.
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Photographic Meditations on the Paintings of Edward Hopper [NSFW]

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These arresting images from the artist Richard Tuschman’s series, Hopper Meditations compose a startling and powerful response to Edward Hopper’s paintings. Tuschman’s project (which we spotted via This Isn’t Happiness) was born of the artist’s great appreciation for Hopper’s work. “I have always loved the way his paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address the mysteries and complexities of the human condition,” Lenscratch quotes the artist as saying. Above all, Tuschman seems to value the theatrical quality of Hopper’s art, casting his subjects as actors emulating the painter’s enigmatic characters. Tuschman’s project itself is also performative, insofar as his work seeks to mimic Hopper’s, thus dismantling the “fourth wall” of the earlier artist’s paintings to put us in the frame. Blowing the dust off the originals with his own series of intimate yet reserved scenes, Tuschman poses new mysteries in addition to those Hopper left for us to untangle.
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10 Great Works of Literature and the Famous Artworks That Should Illustrate Them

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Literature and art often work best together. Walk into the New York Public Library and you’ll find a heaven of books amid decadent paintings. Frank O’Hara’s 1957 poem, “Why I Am Not a Painter,” is best read alongside Michael Goldberg’s painting, Sardines. More recently, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs came up with Bookcam, a sculpture that, as its title suggests, is a working camera made out of books. And The Book Lovers, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts‘ current exhibition, which features novels by Carl Andre, Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol, is all about the relationship between books and art. The show inspired us to explore that relationship further by matching artworks to our favorite pieces of literature – we think these would make fantastic illustrations.
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11 Artful Fashion Shoots Inspired by Famous Paintings

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Fashion month is in full swing! To capitalize on the runway spectacles that are happening in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, tons of museums — from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania — are opening exhibitions related to la mode. Art and fashion have had a long relationship, with major glossies inviting artists from Salvador Dalí to Barbara Kruger to direct or shoot their editorial content. But by far the most fun art-fashion fusions are the dozens of photo shoots replicating famous paintings by the likes of Klimt, Vermeer, and Lichtenstein. Here are 11 hilarious, odd, and sometimes even magical examples of fashion editorials inspired by art.
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The ‘Simpsons’ Guide to Art History

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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.
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Amazing Whiteboard Remakes of Famous Paintings

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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.
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Cover Art: Surprising Recreations of Famous Paintings

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The most iconic paintings of eras past can’t escape traveling the world economy class, as cheap Monet posters taped up on dorm-room walls and off-brand Rothko reproductions hanging in the living rooms of the gullible. But who said knockoffs couldn’t be creative? Some of our favorite songs are covers and mashups — just like the reimaginations of famous paintings after the jump. The “cover” artists featured below used everything from coffee to balloons to celebrities — everything but paint, really — to pay homage to the classic artworks that inspired them.
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Everything You Need to Know About Art History in Six Panels

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There are certain famous artists who most of us could easily describe in shorthand, and in many cases it would have nothing at all to do with their well-known work. Bushy unibrow? Frida Kahlo. Missing an ear? Vincent Van Gogh. Raging Napoleon complex? Pablo Picasso. Running with this idea, the talented Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has put everything that you really need to know about art history in one comic, and as an added bonus, he even made it rhyme. Adorable!
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