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“I Could Have Painted That” – This “Children’s Book” is a Perfect Satire of Modern Art

Friday 02.28.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing in need of good satire, it’s the modern art museum. Thankfully writer and artist Miriam Elia was up for the task, and she’s created an absolute gem. Her book, We Go to the Gallery, mirrors the famous Ladybird Book line published as children’s books in Britain from the ‘40s to the ‘70s… but this edition might be a little more suited for adults… [Read more...]

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Boba Fett Goes to the Ball: Geeky Additions To Thrift Store Paintings

Monday 02.17.2014 , Posted by
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Wandering through the aisles of your local thrift store can be a great time. From finding stylish vintage threads, to rummaging through piles of books to find that hidden gem, there’s always a lot to see… but there’s often an overlooked pile of old paintings too. Those amateur works of art haven’t escaped the eye of New York artist Dave Pollot – or his paintbrush for that matter. He’s been giving old paintings a truly geeky makeover, adding characters like ‘Bender’ from Futurama and the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’ from Ghostbusters to the recycled canvases. As he puts it, his work is “art with a sense of humor.” [Read more...]

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A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more...]

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Beauty: Classic Paintings Spring Into Motion in This Stunning Film About Life

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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What do we do when standing before the classic paintings of years past? For many of us, as we gaze at the beautiful flourishes of paint that make up icons like Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia or William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus, the aim is making them real in our minds eye. However fantastic the scene, can we believe that these images are real? This recent film called Beauty is helping us to realize that yearning, bringing the paintings of old into an entirely new light by putting them into stunning motion. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: RIP Peter O’Toole

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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Peter O’Toole, one of the great figures of stage and screen died in December at the age of 81. Most famous for his turn in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, as well as his strong performances in such classics as Beckett and The Lion in Winter, O’Toole has often been called one of the greatest actors of his generation. [Read more...]

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Santa Claus Invades 24 Classic Paintings

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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That jolly old elf Santa Claus is up to some art history shattering shenanigans this christmas. With some assistance from his little helper, photographer Ed Wheeler, Santa has found himself riding Napoleon’s horse across the alps, crossing the Delaware river, decorating one of Mondrian’s paintings with a wreath and even becoming God. [Read more...]

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155 Years Before the GIF: The First Looping Animations Created for the Phenakistoscope

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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A little while ago we covered the technology that went into Japanese band SOUR’s music video animated on spinning CDs… but that’s just the most recent in a long line of spinning disk animations. Almost 155 years before CompuServe launched their first animated GIF in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau created the Phenakistoscope – commonly regarded as the first device to display a true animation. [Read more...]

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What if Leonardo da Vinci Had a Smart Phone? Modern Mobile Devices in Classic Paintings

Friday 11.29.2013 , Posted by

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With the holidays upon us, it’s now a common sight: instead of circling around the glow of the fireplace, people are huddling in front of their glowing smart phones, tablets and computers. Lamenting this technological, and sometimes antisocial shift, there is talk of changing the wifi password to kick people off the net… or else conversations are probably revolving around Youtube videos and Facebook posts going viral. But as we know, it hasn’t always been this way. Kim Dong-Kyu, a Korean illustrator and graphic artist, has been imagining what classic paintings would have looked like if modern technology had been so ingrained in the lives of the past. [Read more...]

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Superheroes Drop In to Classic Pieces of Fine Art

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

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The Renaissance classics are great, but they lack one thing: superpowers. For their most recent photoshopping contest, Worth1000 invited digital artists to insert superheroes into their favorite works of classic fine art. A baby Spiderman becomes the cherubic star of Caravaggio’s Amor Vincit Omnia. Venus slips into a sexy Wonder Woman costume with thigh highs as angels look on. Jacques-Louis David’s Male Nude known as Hector looks much different with a Captain America uniform on. See some of our favorite superheroes in a much different era. [Read more...]

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A Thinly Sliced Citroën DS by the Legendary Gabriel Orozco

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie, and we don’t mean just the car. This work of conceptual art comes from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who back in 1993 sliced a classic (no, legendary) Citroën DS in two and perfectly narrowed the car into a single seater. The resulting work is so convincingly normal from the side, yet so bizarrely narrow from the front or rear. The piece predates recent ‘car warping’ sculptures like those of Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor (whose Volkswagen Beetle’s are formed into a surprisingly perfect sphere and cube). Orozco’s work keeps the car far more intact, leaving people to wonder at its functionality, how it was done, and whether they are seeing clearly. [Read more...]

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