Don’t “get” modern art? Apparently none of us do, because while we were off contemplating Jackson Pollack’s splatter paintings in the Museum of Modern Art, the Central Intelligence Agency was using Pollack and his pals as “weapons” during the Cold War. A new report reveals that the CIA promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world in order to show that American art was more creative than art produced under Communist Russian rule.
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In a new project called “I’m Not A Look-Alike!”, Canadian photographer François Brunelle brought together unrelated strangers who could be twins. He invited these pairs of dopplesträngers (I’m coining that term by the way) to his studio and photographed them together. These pictures are kind of blowing my mind. Click through to see more people who totally look like they should be related but aren’t. [Design Taxi]
There’s no such thing as “too perfect” in the age of Photoshop. Reconstruct eyes, mouths, noses, cheekbones, entire faces? Turn real, blemished human skin into smooth sculpted porcelain? Make full thighs slender, small breasts large, protruding bellies flat? Well, if you can do it, then why not? We’re so accustomed to the image of widespread flawlessness that permeates our pop culture-consumed social climate that our own physical errs seem, frankly, unnatural. If we could apply digital image-altering tools to our flesh-and-bone beings, would we ― and how? “Photoshop in Real Life,” a photo series by Hungarian artist Flóra Borsi, uses satire to explore the darker implications of vanity insofar as we vie to alter ourselves to meet unattainable standards. Check out the rest of the photos after the jump, and more of Flora’s work at her Facebook page. [PetaPixel] Keep reading »
“Pride” takes on a whole new meaning at Manbar, a London gay bar that just got its own shirtless Prince Harry mural — our royalty is more bangable than your royalty, Swedes. Manbar commissioned artist Mike Bliss to put a shirtless Hot Ginge outside its Charing Cross pub and surprise, surprise, it’s quite popular with the ladies … and gentlemen. [BuzzFeed, London Evening Standard]
When I was a kid, my family drove to upstate Connecticut once a year to visit friends. On the long, dark drive through the woods on the way home, my older sisters and brothers (and mom — thanks, Mom) had me convinced boogeymen were in the trees, just waiting to drop on our minivan. I was legit terrified. Whole new generations of small children who live in Big Foot Country and Loch Ness will now be freaked out by these six faux vintage travel ads marketing the local monsters. Artist Fernando Reza bases his ads on classic TWA designs of the “Mad Men” era. You can purchase each print for $35, if you feel like convincing friends you really did battle alligators in the subways of NYC. [Flavorwire]
”[Lucian Freud] told me about when he was in the navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing.’ And he went, ‘I can do you one. What would you like? Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?’ I mean, it’s an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million? … If it all goes horribly wrong I could get a skin graft and sell it! It’s probably the only one on skin that’s still around, because when he was in the navy he was about 19. Can you imagine?”
— Considering the late, great artist‘s nude painting of Kate Moss sold for £3.9 million (Sienna Miller could learn a thing or two from Kate’s choice in pregnant portraiture), which equates to approximately $6.2 million, the morbid fact of the matter is that his etching of two swallows on the supermodel’s lower back would likely be worth exponentially more. (If people actually did that stuff, that is. Do they? Don’t tell me.) That is one fancy tramp stamp. [Huffington Post]