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Taylor Swift Is Not Your Mom, But She May Be Your “Aunt Becky”: Links You Need to See

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If you’ve been jonesing for worldwide fame and recognition, right now is your chance: Game of Thrones is looking to cast some unknowns for season six. If you fit the bill of “Priestess,” “Pirate,” or “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros,” drop out of medical school or whatever else you’re doing this instant and go to the casting call. Or, you can just forever keep being an Ordinary Person (OP), only remembered in old family photos or in unflattering, hyperreal sculptures by Duane Hanson like these other OPs. Look, when you’re famous (like Lena Dunham), you can post photos of yourself in your lingerie on Instagram and get almost 100,000 likes. Just like that. So what are you waiting for?
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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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Illustrater James Gulliver Hancock Collects Famous Artists’ “Detritus” in Single Portraits

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

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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.
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Personal Letters From Great Artists to Their Friends and Family

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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!
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Famous Works of Art Halloween Costumes

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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.
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Famous Artworks Inspired by Their Creators’ Nervous Breakdowns

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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.
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Reproductions of Famous Paintings Made from Torn Magazines

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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.
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