Current day homage to 1985 Warhol and Basquiat Boxing Poster

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On my recent trip to Minnesota, I took a few hours on Tuesday morning to wander around the arts district in NE Minneapolis. One of the buildings that I explored was the Northrup King Building, which is home to over 200 creative tenants, including art studios for over 190 artists, as well as spaces for […]

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 […]

Photograph of Mexican migrants brings to mind some famous paintings

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This photograph of a former migrant worker and his wife back home in Mexico was taken by Brett Gundlock for a story about visa disputes in the New York Times recently. Between the bowls of fruit and especially the textured blue wall behind the figures, it brought to mind several famous paintings, including some from […]

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 […]

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 […]