Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer travel season, and while some of us may prefer to travel by car, others are currently printing out boarding passes and heading to the airport for a exciting journey to an exotic place. Since summer invites the discovery of cultural capitals and exploration of distant sites, we’ve assembled a lively mix of art about airplanes — ranging from Andy Warhol’s painting of a newspaper headline of a plane crash in France and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s expressionistic canvas of a plane flying over a city skyline to Hiraki Sawa’s video still of miniature jets flying around his apartment and Tom Sachs’ DIY reconstruction of a complete airplane lavatory — to help you overcome any possible fears of flying and to get you planning where the next walk through airport security will take you. Enjoy! … Read More
We’ve seen quite a bit of recycled MetroCard art recently, from the Metrobench to an entire show of cards transformed into tiny paintings. But we are especially fond of Guatemalan-born, New York-based artist Juan Carlos Pinto’s beautifully detailed MetroCard mosaics, which include portraits of cultural icons including Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and many more. And, although subway-card art is certainly trendy, there is a purpose behind Pinto’s use of the medium: repurposing materials that would otherwise be garbage supports his commitment to environmentalism. Check out a gallery of Pinto’s celebrity images after the jump, and visit his website to see more of the artist’s work. If you’re in New York, you can see Pinto’s work in person tomorrow night, April 28. … Read More
From a strange, sexy, mechanical shrine that occupied Marcel Duchamp for the last two decades of his life to Vincent van Gogh’s and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s disputed paintings — final works of famous artists are always something of a curiosity. What were their near-death obsessions? What was that artist’s last artistic hurrah? From a loving tribute to Stalin to the act of dying itself, find the controversial, surprising and affirming end chapter pieces from art history’s heroes in our gallery. … Read More
In many cases, a visual artist’s fashion choices can’t hold a candle to his or her work. The word boring comes to mind. But for others, clothing becomes an extension of the canvas, a way to convey their aesthetic to the world outside of a gallery’s walls. In recent times, there are those few who have become almost as recognizable for their stylistic sensibilities as for their artistic skills. After the jump, check out ten great artists with equally distinctive personal styles. … Read More
Christopher Walken played him in the movie Basquiat, but the creative life of Marc H. Miller transcends that singular moment via his website, 98 Bowery.
Landing a loft on NYC’s infamous Bowery in the late ’60s, Miller blossomed as an artist, curator, journalist, and publisher. After organizing the very first punk art exhibition in 1978, he migrated to Amsterdam and shot Polaroid portraits in the red-light district, before returning to the Bowery to make videos about artists, write a column for the East Village Eye, and organize museum shows — a lifestyle that’s now amusingly and thoroughly documented online. … Read More
Chronicling the rapid rise and fall of celebrated painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tamra Davis’ compelling documentary moves to a spirited soundtrack by Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad Rock.
Using early film footage that she shot of her artist friend as a point of departure, Davis interviews art-world players who knew the troubled Basquiat from the time he was tagging the streets and putting his first marks on canvas through his days collaborating with Andy Warhol and his untimely death at 27. … Read More