Classic Art Figures Immersed In Modern Day Backgrounds

In classic art, angels with instruments are everywhere, men wear ruffled attire and furs, and curvy women sit around in flowy layers and proper dresses. Those aren’t typical sites in modern day life, but Ukranian artist Alexey Kondakov thought it would be interesting if they did. In his ongoing series, “Art History in Contemporary Life”, Alexey Kondakov places figures from classic art pieces in present day settings and the contrast is quite interesting.

A Gigantic 3D-Printed Zoetrope Based on Ruben’s Gruesome Painting, ‘Massacre of the Innocents’

British artist Mat Collishaw (previously) has built a huge 3D-printed zeotrope called All Things Fall. The highly detailed circular sculpture is populated by 350 different figures, environmental elements and architectural pieces which animate when the carousel is spun in front of a synchronised strobe light. In motion, a shockingly grisly scene is revealed.

This Picasso Just Became the Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

The most expensive painting in the world is no longer Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which Christie’s sold for $142.4 million in 2013. An anonymous buyer has just paid an astounding $179.36 million for Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”), putting it in top position in the world of very expensive artworks. The painting last sold in 1997 for a paltry $31.9 million.

Safe for Consumption: The Gluten Free Museum Removes Bread and Cake from Classic Artworks

Bread has been a main staple of society since prehistoric times, and as soon as art and writing appeared, it was part of it. You’ll find bread featured on the walls of ancient Egyptian pyramids, Dutch paintings hanging in museums, and even a long held place as the main food group on the food pyramid. Now, times are changing. With a new focus on gluten intolerance, many people are leaving conventional bread behind in search of a healthy lifestyle… The Gluten Free Museum is here to re-write history to match.

3 Artists Who Harnessed Inner Turmoil in the Pursuit of Creativity

Creating art is not an easy thing. As I talked about in my review of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, it can be a struggle, a battle even. Pressfield’s book was about overcoming the difficulty of getting down to work, of stopping procrastination and doing the thing you have to do. But there is another kind of creative struggle that many go through – the struggle with one’s self, with one’s inner demons.

Glamourous Cadillac Ads from the Height of The Great Depression

Things couldn’t get much more dismal for auto makers than the year 1931. Unemployment was nearing its all time high during The Great Depression leaving car buyers with empty pockets and manufacturers struggling to make ends meet. Most companies played it safe on expenditures, but Cadillac doubled down with a multitude of sleek models and better advertising than ever. They went to Europe and hired French illustrator Léon Bénigni to create a large collection of ads that were positively dripping with glamour.

Using Stuff From Around The Office, These Hilarious Colleagues Replicated Famous Art Works

While most of us just use gchat or scroll our social feeds while we’re bored at work, these employees had a much more creative idea. At their Squarespace office in NYC, they decided to use objects around the workplace, their imaginations, and themselves to remake famous art pieces. Started by co-workers Francesco Fragomini and Chris Limbrick, they called the project Fools Do Art and have been continually adding to it on their breaks. Now their colleagues have joined in on the fun as they re-enact their own favorite art pieces as well as suggested submissions from all over the Earth.

What Happens When You Remove the People from Classic Paintings?

Our eyes have a special place for the human face and figure. In almost any image we see, that’s where our eyes go first. But what if those eye-catching humans were removed? Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester did that with his series “Hidden spaces” (Espacios occultos), removing all the people from classic paintings to reveal the scene left behind. You’ve never noticed the background like this before.

Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques.

Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) Hilariously Invades Famous Paintings

It would be just like Mr. Bean to accidentally get his portrait painted by a classic master… and that’s a bit what it looks like here. In his half hilarious/half disturbing series, caricaturist Rodney Pike has been inserting the face of Rowan Atkinson into the works of classic masters. The actor suddenly sports the wig of George Washington (and a knowing look) and then becomes Rembrandt looking rather nonplussed. It’s utterly bizarre and fantastic.