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Nicolas Ferrando “covers” Diane Arbus’ Twins

July 17th, 2014

Below left we have Diane Arbus’ iconic image titled Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, from 1967. And below right, we’ve got Nicolas Ferrando re-creating the image, but with a twist – the twins’ faces are covered with paper bags. Ferrando explains: “The effect of the paper bag is, not to protect the models’ identity but to signify to the audience that this is a stage as opposed to real life. The paper bags are more important than the individuals. They are the characters, a construction.”

Diane Arbus Twins compared to Nicolas Ferrando Twins with paper bags


Easter Island and Stonehenge explained … finally!

July 16th, 2014

Two of Earth’s long-standing mysteries – Easter Island and Stonehenge – have finally been explained, due to an x-ray view of the earth. Glad we got that cleared up!

Easter Island Heads and Stonehenge


Street art showdown: Fumero family vs. the Huge Skull

July 16th, 2014

It’s every family’s worst nightmare, right? Sit down for a nice dinner when all of a sudden a huge skull shows up and devours the entire family. Street art family by Fumero, and skull by (unknown artist), seen in NYC.

street art by Fumero


Traffic signs for gelato in Little Italy

July 15th, 2014

I was walking around on Mott Street in Little Italy last weekend, and noticed this funny homemade “traffic sign” hanging from a tree in front of a gelato joint. I didn’t notice the name of the place – a Google search seems like “Ciao Bella” would be the place, but I’m seeing other indications that it closed, so maybe this is a new venture in the old Ciao Bella space? At any rate, as I turned to look around some more, I noticed this “ice cream guy” painted on their other door … I know it’s not a perfect match, but this one does kind of remind me of street artist “Buff Monster’s” ice cream guys in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I was actually in search of pizza at the time I was walking down this stretch of Mott Street, so I’m sorry to say I didn’t stop to get some chocolate gelato (which would have been my choice!).

slow down, kids eating gelato in NYC - funny sign in Little Italy


Hip Hop meets the Art World

July 14th, 2014

In some alternative universe, “Run-D.P.V.” is a rap trio consisting of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh, and their hit song is “Tougher Than Canvas.”

If Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh had been into rap


Which of these is NOT a Warhol Polaroid?

July 14th, 2014

I was flipping through a New York Magazine at the doctor’s office the other day when I happened upon a story about the actress Maya Rudolph, formerly of Saturday Night Live fame. The first thought I had when I saw the pictures was that “these are done in the style of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid photographs from the 1970’s!” As I learned more about the photographer, Lucas Michael, I found out he’s an Argentinian photographer who uses the same Polaroid “Bigshot” camera that Warhol used to take commissioned portraits at the Factory. I thought that Polaroid had stopped making instant film, but a Google search seems to find that it can still be found out there. It was noted, however, that Michael is using Fuji Instant film. To see more Lucas Michael portraits, check out this page on his website.

polaroid photographs of women celebrities by Andy Warhol and Lucas Michael


An unofficial graffiti welcome to New York

July 14th, 2014

I saw this street art piece pasted on a door on the Lower East Side last weekend and thought it was pretty funny. The “Welcome to New York” posse includes a pair of cockroaches, a rat, and a pigeon. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to incorporate some of this imagery into the official signs (see below), so that people entering the state know that there’s more to New York than just the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls.

cockroaches, rats and pigeons welcome to New York sign

Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty as official symbols of New York state


Even the graffiti likes to go to the beach in the summer

July 14th, 2014

I saw this in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station the other night … it would seem that in NYC, even the graffiti likes to go to the beach in the summer!

sticker graffiti in the Broadway Lafayette subway station


Flowers, Beards, and Arcimboldo

July 14th, 2014

A friend posted a link on Facebook to a story about a “trend” of guys putting flowers in their beards and then posting the pictures on Tumblr, and I have one example from this story, below left. I’m not sure if this is some sort of Brooklyn hipster thing or what, but the first thing it made me think of is this: these guys have nothing on Guiseppe Arcimboldo, whose painting titled “Spring” from 1573 is shown below right.

Guiseppe Arcimboldo Spring 1573 and Brooklyn hipster with flowers in beard


Architectural details in Harlem on a school building bursting with creative alumni

July 10th, 2014

I saw these carved guys on the exterior of the A.P. Randolph Campus High School on 135th Street in Harlem, and was curious to learn a little more about this building. It was designed and built in 1924 by William H. Gompert, the Architect and Superintendent of School Buildings for the New York City Board of Education, to house the New York Training School for Teachers. In his nearly five years as school architect, Gompert was credited with overseeing the design and construction of some 170 new schools and additions! That’s a lot of architectural activity in only five years!

After its origin as a training school, the building was later the home of The High School of Music & Art, which existed from 1936 until 1984. The school was made up of three departments: Art, Instrumental Music, and Vocal Music, and some of its notable alumni include the jazz musicians Nat Adderley Jr., Don Byron, Eddie Gomez, Omar Hakim, and Marcus Miller, among many others. Some of the artist alumni include Mary Frank, Milton Glaser, Wolf Kahn, Allan Kaprow, and Audrey Flack, among others. And lets not overlook a few other notable alumni: Eartha Kitt, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Aniston, Al Pacino, Billy Dee Williams, Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Suzanne Vega, Slick Rick, and last but not least … Paul Stanley of KISS. Talk about an incredible incubator of creativity!

architectural details designed by William H. Gompert,


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