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 […]

Tim Okamura’s Rosie the Riveter

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I saw this painting by Tim Okamura at the VOLTA Art Fair, below left. It’s titled “Rosie,” and it’s an obvious reference to the J. Howard Miller poster of “Rosie the Riveter” (below right) which was commissioned by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee in 1942. Okamura is a Canadian-born artist who has lived […]

Video Preview of “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim”

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Opening today at the Guggenheim is Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, an exhibition featuring over 170 modern works from the Guggenheim’s collection. More specifically, the exhibition focuses on six pioneering collectors and patrons, including museum founder Solomon R. Guggenheim, German‑born artist Hilla Rebay, artist and curator Katherine S. Dreier, German art dealers Justin K. Thannhauser […]

Agan Harahap’s revisionist history

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Indonesian artist Agan Harahap has created a series of images where he imagines how historical events might have transpired if superheroes really existed. Here’s a pair where World War II events get a boost from some of our favorite comic book characters: at left, Superman assists the Allies with recovering art stolen by the Nazis […]

Having famous artists over for Thanksgiving?

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Hannah Rothstein is a conceptual artist and painter who has a fun series of photographs based on the idea of how famous artists might serve up their own plate for a Thanksgiving meal. Here’s a few of our favorites from this series, clockwise from top left: Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and a cubist […]