Today would have been Georgia O’Keeffe’s 124th birthday. As one of the first women to break into the male dominated scene, her contributions to 20th century art history are unquestionable. She mesmerized with her gorgeously surreal New Mexico landscapes and stark New York cityscapes, but, somehow, her name has become synonymous with vaginal flowers. This they were not. How unfortunate. To celebrate the misunderstood artist and her woes, we’ve rounded up a few incidents of misinterpretation from the lives of famed big shots, elder greats, and new, spunky contemporaries. Find out what Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers truly mean, why Francis Bacon really thrust a syringe into his subject’s arm, and why people who don’t get James Franco are “morons.” … Read More
These are not just pictures on a wall. These are not some set pieces in the corner. There are certain artworks in film that are as vital as its characters. Of course, it helps when a character happens to bludgeon someone to death with a certain rude-shaped sculpture or a painting casts an evil spell of eternal youth on a heartless protagonist. Whether it’s famous artists creating work for fictional ones or directors commissioning well-crafted fakes to take the place of what they can’t acquire, most of these memorable artworks come with a little background story. Here are ten (mostly) great films and the tales of origin behind their most central art pieces. … Read More
Brooklyn-born artist, musician, and filmmaker Robert Longo is celebrated for his bold drawings, experimental sounds, and adventurous films and videos.
Exploring themes of power and authority, Longo has featured guns, atomic bombs, contorted businessmen, monster waves, and sharks in his massive black-and-white drawings. Changing hats, he directed the cyberpunk film classic Johnny Mnemonic and videos for New Order and R.E.M., while still finding time to play guitar. … Read More
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first primarily multimedia historical survey, The Pictures Generation, takes its title from the moniker that sprung up for a group of artists working in New York during the late-’70s and early-’80s. This unofficial movement was encapsulated by the 1977 exhibition Pictures at alternative gallery Artists Space, which debuted work from the incubators of Buffalo’s Hallwalls and conceptual artist John Baldessari‘s classes at CalArts, outside of LA. … Read More