Jerry Lewis, Picasso, and Big Eyes Keane

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It wasn’t long ago that I saw the movie “Big Eyes,” about the life and marriage of Margaret and Walter Keane, with Margaret being the real artist behind the big-eyed children, and Walter being the fraud who took credit as being the artist himself. It was a good movie – quite interesting – and I […]

Disassembling farm equipment and making it into art

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I received a press release from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, regarding an upcoming exhibition featuring the work of David Brooks. The show is titled “Continuous Service Altered Daily,” and the artist has taken apart a 1976 John Deere 3300 series combine harvester and displays every part – electrical wiring, nuts, […]

Famous photographs recreated with Play-Doh and photographed again

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I recently happened upon the work of Eleanor Macnair, who has been re-creating famous photographs in Play-Doh for the past few years. Part of her drive in making these artworks is to make art historical images more accessible to the general public, and the use of Play-Doh helps demystify the art and make it feel […]

Alexander Calder: Black Flag, with multiple views

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I don’t get a chance to see large-scale Alexander Calder sculptures very often, but when I do, I appreciate the fact that they take on multiple appearances, depending on the angle at which one sees it. I’ve discussed this a bit in the past, with the feature on Calder’s large “stabile” sculpture titled “L’Homme,” which […]

Hipstory: imagining U.S. Presidents as hipsters

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I recently happened upon the work of artist Amit Shimoni and his series titled “Hipstory,” in which he imagines figures from history (including U.S. Presidents, among others) as “hipsters.” I liked these 4 Presidents, so I wanted to share them here. Clockwise, from top left: John F. Kennedy (with a Johnny Depp look), Donald Trump […]

Sabine Marcelis: in search of magical moments

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I saw a little blurb on Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis in the NY Times’ T Magazine, and was curious to learn more. On her website, she explains that she’s “forever in search of magical moments within materiality and manufacturing processes to create unexpected experiences.” Sounds like a good mission statement to me! Here’s a somewhat […]

Hey, there’s cows being herded in that Basquiat painting!

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I saw this painting titled “LNAPRK,” 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Whitney Museum’s exhibition “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s,” hanging on top of a reproduction of a Keith Haring mural. When I looked closer, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before: a collage element featuring a photograph of a cowboy on his horse, […]