The Internet is loaded with mashup art, but we rarely see anyone joining pop culture, art, and philosophy the way Renée Jorgensen Bolinger does. The philosophy graduate student at the University of Southern California created a series of portraits, using philosophers like Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, and Philippa Foot as her subjects. She paints them in the style of like-minded artists — equally famous figures such as Mondrian, Picasso, and Toulouse-Lautrec. See more of Bolinger’s clever series past the break, and visit her shop to purchase prints. … Read More
Celebrating 100 years since the original Armory Show brought avant-garde art to American audiences, the 2013 edition of the modern and contemporary art fair opens to the public today. “The fair looks fantastic this year,” Armory Show executive director Noah Horowitz told Flavorwire at the preview. “I think it’s a real improvement over last year, which was already a significant improvement on the previous year. There’s a lot of energy. There’s been huge support from the American collectors, as well as international collectors. The uniform feeling is that the fair looks different and feels stronger and much more sophisticated.”
We got a first look at artworks by some 1000 artists at more than 200 gallery booths on the expansive Piers 92 and 94, and played the roles of consultant and collector, selecting ten pieces — both big and small, expensive and affordable — that we would like to take home. … Read More
From suburb-bound hipsters to Beyoncé and Girls, and the aftermath of terrible Valentine’s Days, we rounded up the best of the weekend’s cultural writings. Weigh in on the most talked-about pieces of the past few days and tell us what else you’ve been reading in the comments. … Read More
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. … Read More
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it.” An interesting concept, but does it necessarily hold true centuries later? With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most inspiring ateliers of some of the world’s most famous artists. From Picasso’s spacious studio on the French Riviera that was both his home and the hub of his social life to Georgia O’Keeffe’s beloved Ghost Ranch in New Mexico where she could work both inside and out, click through to check out some of the most spectacular creative spaces in the world. Let us know in the comments which you’d most love to work in! … Read More
Halloween is right around the corner, party people! When it comes to costumes, are you one of those perfectionists who will settle for nothing short of a handmade masterpiece? If yes, this one’s for you. If you’re still searching for some Halloween “masterpiece” costume inspiration, why not just dress like an actual masterpiece? After the jump, you’ll find a smorgasbord of art costumes from the realms of surrealism, post-impressionism, symbolism, pop art, and more. Check ’em out, and hit the comments to add your artsy and/or spooky tips for those who might actually try to execute these suckers. … Read More
If ever we needed a healthy dose of inspiration, it’s late on a Thursday afternoon when that unbearable yearning for the weekend descends on us and everyone else. It’s a time when we usually find ourselves poking around the Internet, carefully considering which creative endeavor to pursue in anticipation of our hallowed free time.
The eternally inspiring design duo Charles and Ray Eames never put their talents in a box. Quite the opposite, their work crossed boundaries and disciplines. They made major contributions to architecture and design, but also dabbled in fine art and film, among other things. In honor of never limiting your dormant creative self, we’ve taken a look at world famous artists who also expressed their vision in a seemingly unexpected format: furniture. From Salvador Dalí’s stunning designs to a practical, playful hammock by the American sculptor who invented the mobile, Alexander Calder, click through and be inspired by artists who refused to be pigeonholed. … Read More
In this 1966 video featuring American pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein, the artist explains his approach to creating his comic strip paintings and other works that not only parodied a commercial style, but were also created in that style. By joining flat areas of color and pulp-inspired Ben-Day dots, Lichtenstein alluded to “modern industrial textures,” removing all nostalgia and reference to European and American painting up to his time.
The National Gallery of Art is honoring the artist’s work in a major retrospective that will include more than 100 paintings from various points in Lichtenstein’s career. Works include his early pop art masterpieces like Look Mickey — which pioneered the style Lichtenstein is now famous for — to his, perhaps, lesser known Chinese landscapes, drawings, and sculptures.
The show marks the first major exhibition since Lichtenstein’s death in 1997 — a period during which the painter was focused on nude portraits — and gives visitors a chance to get close to some rarely seen pieces. While Lichtenstein’s best has been mined for card shop collectibles, umbrellas, and t-shirts — alongside fellow pop art star Andy Warhol — the NGA aims to shed light on the 20th-century artist in a broader context.
The museum was kind enough to share a preview of Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective with us, which we’ve featured past the break. Visit the National Gallery of Art from October 14 through January 13 to see more great artworks. … Read More
“It looks like a polka-dotted chicken.” “I don’t like the blue. It’s too much eye shadow.” This isn’t your mother’s art criticism — which totally makes sense because it comes straight from the mouths of children. “MoMA Unadulterated” is a series of clips created by Audio Tour Hacks that capture the thoughts of kids aged three through ten on a slew of masterpieces from the museum’s collection. As you might imagine, the youngsters’ critiques are equal parts funny, cute, and insightful. Click through to see the trailer for the alternate audio tour and a few of our favorite quotes about Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and more, then visit Audio Tour Hacks to stream the segments or download the whole thing in preparation for your next MoMA trip. … Read More
We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like some fine art with a geeky pop culture twist to make us smile at the beginning of the week. Last year, we swooned over artist Megan Lara‘s geeky-cool art nouveau-inspired posters of the men of Firefly, and now i09 has brought a new series of her work to our attention: your favorite Battlestar Galactica heroines (and anti-heroines) as they might have been painted if Klimt, Bouguereau, and Lichtenstein had had the good fortune to be around to capture their portraits. Click through to see fine art and fine television mashed together, and then be sure to head over to Lara’s website to check out more of her work. And if you must have one of these prints for your very own, poster versions (minus the Lichtenstein, which will be sold separately) are currently available to preorder as a set from Quantum Mechanix. So say we all. … Read More