We don’t blame our pals at Buzzfeed for saying Nicki Minaj looks like a Juggalo on the cover of V. We can definitely see the resemblance. But, despite Juggalos’ ubiquity these days, we were actually reminded of a whole lot of other face-painted cultural touchstones. After the jump, five other characters the cover brought to mind. … Read More
There’s something about the unmitigated joy in Keith Haring’s pop art that always puts a smile on our face; his letter to Michael, an aspiring young artist/fan who had written to him asking for some career advice, has the same effect. “Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself,” Haring writes. “Don’t do it for anyone else.” How warm fuzzy inducing is that? Plus, we’re in love with his custom letterhead. Click through to check out it out. … Read More
Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami danced down Broadway yesterday in a furry flower costume atop a small float decorated with jellyfish eyes and skulls as his signature anime characters, Kaikai and Kiki, hovered overhead in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Earlier this week, the artist told the New York Times the characters “represent the aesthetic philosophy behind my work. They are cute yet fearsome modern and yet connected to the past. They embody eccentric beauty.” … Read More
Documenting artists, snowboarders, musicians, and skateboarders, photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos takes a lively, anthropological approach to art.
Starting out in NYC’s downtown art and music scene, Marcopoulos got insider shots of Warhol, Haring, and Basquiat, as well as LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. Discovering skateboard culture, he captured the dynamism of that world, before heading west to turn his lens on the developing snowboard scene and his own growing family. … Read More
Best of friends during their lifetimes, artist Keith Haring and photographer Tseng Kwong Chi are currently being commemorated in two New York exhibitions. Keith Haring 20th Anniversary, which runs through April 10 at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, offers a wide array of Haring’s energetic paintings, sculptures, and works on paper,… Read More
As Andy Warhol famously declared, “Good business is the best art.” Taking Warhol and his maxim as its point of departure, Pop Life: Art in a Material World presents a selection of international artists who have followed in his footsteps. Organized by London’s Tate Modern and co-curated by Artforum editor-at-large Jack Bankowsky, François Pinault Collection curator Alison Gingeras, and Tate Modern curator Catherine Wood, Pop Life explores the relationship between art, commerce, and celebrity in the post-Pop era. … Read More
Photographer Dean Chamberlain’s image-making process employs dramatic color and movement to create surreal landscapes, portraits, and videos.
Chamberlain uses hours-long exposures and kinetic, richly colored light to capture lush, dreamlike images without computer manipulation. His best known work is an iconic portrait of his longtime friend Timothy Leary, but his portrait of David Bowie and video for Duran Duran’s “Missing” are evidence of his equal presence in the music world. … Read More
Artist Kenny Scharf‘s work screams for fun. Embracing the color and vivacity of everyday objects, especially confectionery foodstuffs, his pieces incorporate TV and consumer culture iconography to transporting effect. The gorgeous, hefty new monograph chronicles the artist’s work from the late ’70s, when he was new to the Lower East Side, palling around with compatriots Basquiat and Keith Haring, through his astronomical climb in the ’80s, to the present resurgence in the popularity of his work.
Flavorpill’s Jane McCarthy recently gave Scharf a call to hear about his love for donuts, futurism, and face paint and to get his take on the perennial New York/LA… Read More