Vincent Van Gogh

Illustrater James Gulliver Hancock Collects Famous Artists’ “Detritus” in Single Portraits

Taking a break from his ambitious goal of sketching every building in New York City’s five boroughs — homes to the world’s most sophisticated vinyl-sided façades — Brooklyn-based illustrator James Gulliver Hancock has captured the essence of famous artists through his topographic portraiture of quirks and curious tidbits. In his illustrations, featured on Hyperallergic and soon to be published by Chronicle Books, we see these Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Dreamers turned inside out, featured next to the jumble of events, belongings, ailments, and idiosyncrasies that, alongside their art, helped solidify their icon status. From da Vinci’s penchant for grave-digging to Frida Kahlo’s affair with Trotsky to Yoko Ono’s purchase of Dali’s mustache hair, Hancock’s illustrations attempt to join the scattered puzzle pieces of identity.  … Read More

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10 of the Worst Ads Inspired by Art

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. … Read More

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Famous Paintings to Peruse on Google’s New Indoor Maps Feature

Ever wanted to see the Met’s Impressionist wing without booking a trip to New York? To browse presidential portraits inside the White House? Take in the newest MOMA exhibition from your couch? You can.

While Google Maps may get you to the front door of your destination, its newest feature, “Indoor Maps,” can help you figure out where to go next. Originally a feature exclusive to Android, last week Google expanded Indoor Maps to be available on web browsers, bringing the user inside an assortment of transportation, shopping, and cultural destinations, from airports to malls, casinos to train stations; a full list of locations is available here. … Read More

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Personal Letters From Great Artists to Their Friends and Family

Here at Flavorpill, we’re great fans of artistic ephemera, endlessly fascinated by everything from the journals of creative geniuses to postcards from famous authors. After all, once you’re famous, there’s just no way to keep your private papers out of the hands of the curious masses — not that we’re complaining: sometimes, the best way to learn about someone is to see the way they correspond to those closest to them. To that end, we’ve collected a few beautiful letters from great artists to their friends and family, each one as visually evocative as you’d expect. Take a look after the jump, and if we’ve missed a stellar letter, send it our way in the comments! … Read More

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Famous Works of Art Halloween Costumes

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

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we read an open letter to Rihanna asking her to please use more words. We looked at pictures of Halloween-themed weddings. We appreciated this Lisa Frank-style Romney poster. We listened to a few dads sing songs from Little Mermaid. We dug this … Read More

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Famous Artworks Inspired by Their Creators’ Nervous Breakdowns

Van Gogh cut his ear off. Gauguin had a mid-life crisis and shacked up with frighteningly young Tahitian girls. Munch suffered from hallucinations. It’s a cliché that all great artists are crazy. However, the “tortured artist” stereotype certainly has a basis in fact — many famous artists’ most emotionally resonant works were created during times of emotional turmoil, the result of an all-consuming mental ailment. Not merely aesthetic masterpieces, these pieces offer great insight into an artist’s inner torment. Inspired by the fantastic Yayoi Kusama retrospective that’s currently up at the Whitney Museum, after the jump we look at some of history’s greatest mentally unstable artists and the work that beautifully captures their crises. … Read More

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Reproductions of Famous Paintings Made from Torn Magazines

He has worked with materials ranging from luncheon meat and chocolate to coins and tiny toys. Notably, he once created a piece about sugar cane child laborers out of sugar. But give Sao Paulo-born, Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz a pair of scissors, a stack of magazines, and a camera, and he can recreate some of art history’s most famous paintings, all in surprising detail. It’s a tad gimmicky, but it works. You want to reach out and touch the photo enlargements of his paper collages, even when viewing them on a computer screen.

As New York Times critic Roberta Smith wrote when reviewing his Pictures of Magazines 2 series last fall, “[Muniz] operates with impunity in the Bermuda Triangle bordered by commercial, popular and fine art, which can drive the art world a bit nuts. (He resembles David Hockney in this regard.) But he almost always puts on a good show in terms of sheer showmanship, and his current one is even better than usual. It reminds us that part of the razzle-dazzle of his art stems from physical texture, which almost no photographer has exploited with such optical richness.” Click through to check out a slideshow of the work, currently on display at Galerie Xippas in Paris, which we spotted thanks to Colossal. … Read More

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Watch Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ Recreated in 7,000 Dominoes

We’ve seen lots of re-creations and re-imaginings of classic art over the years, but this is something a little bit unusual and definitely surprising in its beauty — Vincent Van Gogh’s classic painting Starry Night recreated in dominoes. It took domino artist FlippyCat 11 hours and some 7,000-odd dominoes to build the piece, which of course had to be immediately knocked down to achieve the full effect. Watch the creation of this cool project in the video below, and let us know if you had the same a-ha! moment that we did when the blocks came tumbling down. … Read More

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Early Exhibition Reviews of Famous Artists

Picasso visited Paris for the first time in 1900. The city had such a profound effect on him, he returned the following year with 100 paintings in hand, hoping to land a show. The 19-year-old painter was introduced to Ambroise Vollard — the same dealer who sponsored the works of Cezanne and other notable artists — who immediately secured a spot for him at a gallery on the prestigious Rue Laffitte. Picasso was unknown at the time, but the 75 paintings that ranged from moody portraits to representational works featuring landscapes, prostitutes, and society ladies proved he was extremely talented and driven.

This Sunday marks the 111th anniversary of Picasso’s Paris exhibition. The few critics that did attend the show gave him favorable reviews. Years later, the painter’s exhibit in Switzerland drew enormous crowds and the criticisms of some very prominent figures. Find out who after the break, and see what other reviewers had to say about famous artists throughout history during the early part of their careers. … Read More

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