Posts tagged "art"

“The Female Gaze” Art Exhibit Looks Pretty Sweet

If you live in New York City, or even if you don’t, we think you should head to Manhattan gallery Cheim & Read and check out “The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women.” This art exhibit tries to get away from the stereotype of women as passive and sexy. The ladies depicted in this art…

By: Nikki Dowling / August 3, 2009

Artist Manages To Make Chocolate Unappetizing

Artist Stephen J Shanabrook’s work may be the best diet out there. He molds yummy things like chocolate and cotton candy into such unappetizing sculptures we shudder when we think about putting these “treats” in our mouths. Shanabrook sculpts chocolate into body parts, like ugly ears and fat fingers. He also makes chocolate scars and…

By: Nikki Dowling / August 2, 2009

From MTV To Art: “The Hills” In Pastels

Vancouver-based artist Karin Bubaš was watching “The Hills” last year when she realized the range of emotions shown by the characters on the MTV reality show would make for good art, especially since so many of us are familiar with the drama depicted, so she decided to recreate some of the show’s epic moments using…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 31, 2009

Get Excited, Tim Burton Is Coming To the Museum Of Modern Art

If you haven’t been to a museum in a while, we have one very good reason why, come fall, you should. From November to April 2010, never-before-seen art by Tim Burton will be on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit will feature 700 works, including 14 films, as well as puppets,…

By: Nikki Dowling / July 30, 2009

One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s … Shrunken Head?

Paris-born artist Junior Fritz Jacquet has figured out a unique way to give new life to old toilet paper rolls. In an effort to keep the cardboard cores from clogging landfills, Jacquet turns them into eco-art through a series of intricate origami-like folds, enhanced with layers of richly colored paint and varnish. The result i…

By: Wendy Atterberry / July 30, 2009

Cats Are Funny!

A lot of people up here in this website are dog people. Me? I’m a cat person. (RIP Kurtis!) I love this animated series, “Simon’s Cat,” in which a guy named Simon suffers the various hijinks of his feline friend. The cartoons are created by Simon Tofield, a British animator who has three…

By: Susannah Breslin / July 27, 2009

Is Fashion Art? (Margiela Couture Makes Us Wonder)

LA Times blogger Elizabeth Snead has a bone to pick with Maison Martin Margiela’s couturiers. She writes:”The oceans are dying, children are suffering around the world, the ozone is disappearing, and the polar ice caps are melting, and this is the best idea you can come with up for us to wear in a few…

By: Erin Flaherty / July 8, 2009

Boys Make Passes At Girls Who Wear Glasses (And Look Like This)

There are many old adages that say guys don’t like girls who wear glasses, that having four eyes is simply not attractive, and that nerds get no play. New Zealand photographer/illustrator Kelly Thompson proves everyone wrong with her mixed media exhibit “Bookworms Never Go To Bed Alone,” on display at the Gorker Gallery in Melbourne,…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 7, 2009

Quick Pic: Chocolate Covered Fashion

Mmm…shoes. Parsons graduate Jamie Chung’s work embodies how we sometimes feel upon seeing an unattainable pair of expensive shoes, of wanting something so perfect, that the desire makes you ravenous. Her ring with a piece of gum for a rock, however, elicits the opposite reaction, making us imagine how we’d feel if someone proposed with…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 30, 2009

“Tan The Man” Makes A Burning Impression

Looking at this work of “art” by Janine Rewell is painful. Using the body as a canvas, Rewell created “Tan the Man,” by strategically placing customized vinyl stickers on the poor dude, and banishing him to the solarium until he was burned to a crisp. An interesting reminder that skin is a photosensitive material, but…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 18, 2009

The Merging Of Two American Icons: Marilyn Monroe And Mickey Mouse

Pop artist Ron English and vinyl toy manufacturer Garage Works teamed up to create “Marilyn Mickies,” limited-edition fiberglass statues of Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse’s face as her breasts. If art is meant to be interpreted, what the heck do you think this means? [Garage Works Industries via Highsnobiety]…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 16, 2009

Artist Paints Sarah Jessica As A Horse: Funny Or Mean?

E! Online recently asked readers if this painting of Sarah Jessica Parker, an equine rendition of her Covet perfume ad, is too mean. The overwhelming response: hells yeah.

But honestly, I’m not at all offended. I love Carrie Bradshaw as much as the next girl, but I actually chuckled when I saw thi…

By: Daniela Guernica / June 11, 2009

Quick Pic: Madonna Never Looked So Good (Snicker)

This controversial painting of a naked Madonna and Guy Ritchie, by Peter Howson, is going up for auction at McTear’s Auctioneers and Valuers in Glasgow. It’s expected to make between £15,000 and £22,000. Doesn’t it look as if Guy is trying to get at Madonna’s goods, but she has her mega arm and fist ready…

By: Annika Harris / May 27, 2009

Leftover Pad Thai Is High Art? Photographer Mark Menjivar Thinks So

You’ve seen “Cribs,” right? Each week, cameras capture a celeb’s master bedroom, backyard pool, and refrigerator full of perfectly organized rows of Fiji water or Diet Coke cans. Well, think of Mark Menjivar’s collection of photographs, entitled “You are what you eat,” the high-brow version of the peeping-tom show.

Menjivar sees an open fridge…

By: Nina Carbone / May 18, 2009

World’s Oldest Erotic Sculpture Found

Yesterday, archaeologists unveiled a 35,000-year-old ivory sculpture of a rather buxom woman that was discovered in a German cave. The sculpture depicts a woman with large breasts, curvy thighs, and a full belly, but she has no feet or head. The archaeologists believe it to be the oldest known carving of the human form. The…

By: Annika Harris / May 14, 2009

When Life Gives You A Breakup, Make Art

Writers often turn their relationships — failed and successful — into stories and novels. But they’re not the only creative types spinning exes into gold. Recently, a few visual and performance artists have used dating and breakups as a starting point for their work. At least some people are finding uses for their relationship failures.

By: Catherine Strawn / May 12, 2009

The Guerrilla Girls Go Down In History

The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous activists whose mission is to fight discrimination against female and minority artists in the art world, have sold a bunch of documents, letters, and artwork to the Getty Research Institute for an undisclosed sum. This is kind of ironic because the Guerrilla Girls have protested against the art…

By: Catherine Strawn / April 9, 2009

Presidential Pornography

Painter Justine Lai’s series of erotic oil paintings depicting the artist banging it out with U.S. Presidents massage two nerdy pleasure centers: history and sex. Are you reading this, History Channel? Less Nazis, more Presidential pegging please! The artist’s intent is to break down the mythological idea of the President, expose their inherent humanity and…

By: John DeVore / March 27, 2009

The World’s Tiniest Brothel

Leanne Eisen is a Toronto-based artist who creates dollhouse scenes that depict the human condition. One of her most intriguing photo-based series is “Play,” for which Eisen built miniature replicas of brothel interiors. While most dollhouses contain scenes of perfect domesticity, Eisen’s rooms allow viewers a downsized peek inside the mostly hidden world of prostitution.

By: Susannah Breslin / March 20, 2009

Is This Ad Misogynist?

The Museo Tamayo in Mexico City has created some shock-advertising that has left some viewers scratching their heads and some suggesting misogyny. In the ad, a woman stands in what one can assume is the museum, her finger on her chin as if contemplating a work of art hanging on the wall in front of…

By: Susannah Breslin / March 11, 2009
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