Obama portraits are unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery

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The official presidential portraits of Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC yesterday. President Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley, and Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Amy Sherald. Not only are the Obamas the first African-American presidential couple, but Wiley and […]

Sneaker art: unicorn soles for Kristaps Porzingis

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Since I made a comparison between basketball imagery and art history yesterday, I thought I’d throw another basketball-related art item your way today: check out these new “Addidas Crazy Explosive” sneakers with the custom unicorn art on the bottom of the soles. They were made exclusively for Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks, who […]

Images from South Sudan and Piet Mondrian

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The New York Times recently had a photo feature by Canadian documentary photographer Sara Hylton with pictures from Juba, in South Sudan. This picture of basketball players (below left) caught my attention for a couple reasons: #1, I’m a big fan of the sport of basketball, but more importantly, #2, it reminds me of Piet […]

Chattyfeet Giveaway with Artsology

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We have a ChattyFeet #giveaway going on now! For a chance to win the “Famous Artists Socks Gift Set,” please follow these instructions: 1. Like @theartsologist and @chattyfeet pages on Facebook. 2. Reply to the Facebook post about the giveaway with who is your favorite artist from this gift set and why. The characters include: […]

Art history references in the fashion of Kansai Yamamoto

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I saw a brief write-up in the NY Times about “Fashion’s Ultimate Fantasist” Kansai Yamamoto, and the pictures in the article were pretty striking in the bold designs depicted there. They referenced this style as a Japanese concept of “basara,” which means a love of color and flamboyance. I was curious to see more of […]

Picasso: Encounters at The Clark

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I was at The Clark Art Institute the other day, and saw the exhibition “Picasso: Encounters,” which featured 35 prints along with three paintings. One of the interesting things I learned was that during one period of his life, Picasso had established a routine where he worked on printmaking projects each day and whichever printmaker […]

Fashion and art similarities 400 years apart

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I really enjoyed a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Saturday, and as I’m looking through the pictures I took of favorite art works, I’m finding some interesting comparisons between wildly different objects, such as the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger next to a baseball card, as I noted in my last […]