Photo break: Imagine if ads were replaced by classical paintings…
French artist Etienne Lavie tried it.
Painting by Jemima Kirke via New York Times
“This is the daughter of a friend of mine. She is 6 years old and was not in the least bit uncomfortable with me painting her. Most kids aren’t, and naturally, they are actually quite bored by the process. But, what was interesting about Sasha is that she actually seemed to understand why I was painting her. She showed up in a beautiful white dress that she picked out herself, and had a lot of say in how she posed for the painting. She even helped me decide which size canvas. We really worked together on this one and took each other seriously. I was interested in her maturity and her poise.” “Sasha,” 2013
A new series of visual mash-ups proves that in London, history is alive in every corner.
Reddit user shystone recently mashed up paintings of London from the 18th and 19th centuries with their modern-day settings in Google Street View.
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"Northumberland House" (1752), Canaletto
Film critic David Edelstein reviews The Monuments Men, a film co-written and directed by George Clooney. After the Nazis stole art during WWII there was a team responsible for finding it and protecting it—everything from the Mona Lisa to Michelangelo’s David Edelstein says:
"The Monuments Men comes off as more of a, well, monument than a vital work of art. It’s engaging, but a little blah, a little formulaic. It begins with a round-up-the-team sequence that’s only charming because of who the actors are. Matt Damon is plucked from a ladder as he works on a church ceiling and architect Bill Murray from leading a skyscraper tour. Alcoholic curator Hugh Bonneville gets offered a chance to come back from disgrace and redeem himself, heart-warmingly. Jean Dujardin of The Artist is a Frenchman who’s there because he knows the territory. Bob Balaban is the ultra-serious specialist who trades witless insults with Murray. It’s an all-star cast in which the stars are all low-wattage.”
Heather Hansen is a performance artist and painter who uses her entire body to create larger than life kinetic drawings with charcoal. Using concentric patterns with her hands, feet and body; Hansen creates large canvases in her studio and even in front of live audiences (as seen below at the Ochi Gallery in Idaho).
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Inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korean folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia, Lee JeeYoung made this installation by painting paper lotus and flooding the room with fog and carbonic ice in order to create a mystic atmosphere.
Like American artist Sandy Skoglund, JeeYoung Lee creates highly elaborate scenes that require an incredible amount of patience and absolutely no photo manipulation. For weeks and sometimes months, the young Korean artist works in the confines of her small 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio bringing to life worlds that defy all logic. In the middle of the sets you can always find the artist herself, as these are self-portraits but of the unconventional kind. Inspired by either her personal life or old Korean fables, they each have their own backstory, which of course, only adds to the intense drama.
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Louvre and Guggenheim made out of GINGERBREAD.
Dreams come true, guys.