Posts tagged "art"

Remember Maya Angelou With Four Of Her Most Famous Poems

The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite frankly, exhaustive. The Poetry Foundation has a full list of Angelou's contributions to literature, poetry, theater and film and many her…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Photoshopped Versions Of Famous Paintings Are Kind Of Terrifying

What would Botticelli's Birth of Venus look like if the star of the painting had been airbrushed? If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look. Lauren Wade, photo editor at TakePart, used GIFs to alter the body sizes of some of history's most beautiful portrayals of…
By: Claire Hannum / May 20, 2014

Thanks, I Made It Myself: DIY Wall Art For Non-Artists

As much as my inner Montessori teacher wants to be like, "We are all artists!", I know that many people feel much more comfortable around an angry skunk than a paintbrush. But! Lack of artistic experience or natural aptitude shouldn't keep you from creating some fabulous DIY art for your home. Click through for some seriously easy…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 19, 2014

Kudos To This Portrait Series For Not Erasing LGBTQ Identities While Proving They’re Just Like You

The Self Evident Truths Project is an ambitious undertaking to photograph portraits of 10,000 people who identify as being anywhere on the LGBTQI spectrum, or anyone who isn’t “100% straight.” According to the project’s creator iO Tillett Wright, the point of the project is to “humanize a vast community” through these portraits, with the ultimate goal being to print…
By: The Gloss / May 19, 2014

14 Cool Foreign Words With No Direct English Translation, As Illustrated By Designer Anjana Iyer

"Sure, you can borrow that Junot Diaz book. It's in the tsundoku pile on my desk." As a writer, I'm totally fascinated and obsessed with language, including the absence of specific words from the English language that match fairly common experiences. Like, for example: I have a growing stack of books that I buy and then don't read -- at least…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 17, 2014

Life Dream Status: 1,600 Papier-Maché Pandas

No, Jessica, you're not dreaming. What you're looking at are 1,600 papier-maché pandas meant to symbolize the remaining great bears still alive in the world. Inspired by the World Wildlife Fund, whose symbol is a panda, the 1,600 bears are a project by the French artist Paolo Grangeon. Featuring both adult pandas and babies, they've…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2014

Small Town Confuses Unity Sculpture For Giant Orgy

Art is often, if not always, open to interpretation, but sometimes those interpretations can be wildly off base from the artist's original intent. Such is the case with Mark Chatterley's "Blue Human Condition" sculpture, which was unveiled in Adrian, Michigan, last week as part of the city's public art program. The sculpture, which was originally positioned…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 2, 2014

Creepy Or Romantic? Man Photoshops Himself Into Girlfriend’s Childhood Photos

You can either accept that your significant other had a life before you came around -- or you can be this guy. A Chinese photographer's new series Photoshops images of himself into his girlfriend's childhood photos, which is either hopelessly romantic or extremely awkward, depending on how the relationship pans out. Read…
By: Huffington Post Weird News / April 29, 2014

Who Wants To Sleep Inside A Realistic Brown Bear Sleeping Bag?

Camping is not for me. Mosquitoes. Sunburn. Murderers lurking in the woods. But I might consider sleeping outdoors under the stars (within 20 feet of an outlet for my iPhone, of course) if I could do it in a bear sleeping bag. Artist Eiko Ishizawa is hand-crafting a limited number of brown bear…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2014

Etsy Spotlight: A Lovey Dovey Print For The Bedroom

Hugs and kisses. X and O. All wrapped up in a charming little brush stroke print. Whether you're a hopeless romantic or a tic-tac-toe enthusiast (or both!), this would be a lovely addition to your bedroom decor. [$28.37, Rachillustrates]…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 20, 2014

Banksy’s Latest Takes Aim At Cellphone Addiction

Banksy's latest work sure hits close to home, doesn't it? The painting was posted to the artist's website on Monday, and then the original was finally found by a number of fans in Bristol, England, where he allegedly grew up. The British press has already given the painting the name "Mobile Lovers," but I think…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 17, 2014

These Popsicle Stick Jokes Are Really Depressing

Portland advertising mavens Jason Kreher and Matt Moore wanted to explore the dark subjects that make people laugh, and more specifically, "take something innocent and make it profane." What better way to do that than replacing the usual corny one-liners printed on popsicle sticks with some seriously dark jokes? Their finished product is called…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 12, 2014

What Art Can Learn From Porn

A few months ago, I caught wind of a bit of media flak surrounding the 2013 film Blue is the Warmest Color, a lesbian love story based on the novel by Julie Maroh. While most critics agreed the movie was exceptional (it won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or), the controversy stemmed from director…
By: Huffington Post Weird News / April 6, 2014

Mindf**k: Artist Updates Vintage Ads With Modern Day Celebrities

For the past year, Paris-based art director David Redon has been contributing a few hours a week to a unique hobby: Photoshopping modern celebrities into vintage advertisements. “I like the shift between vintage and modern pop culture," he says, "because these days the border between art and commercial is very small, and artists work their…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 5, 2014

Home Inspiration: 20 Gorgeous Gallery Walls

One of the things I'm most excited about in regards to owning my own home is that I can put as many poorly planned nail holes in the wall as I want, without worrying about disapproving looks from my landlord. The walls of our current house have stayed largely empty (so depressing) because…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 4, 2014

Artist Creates Fembot That Dances To “Blurred Lines” And It’s Exactly As Creepy As You’d Expect

Artist Jordan Wolfson seemingly tapped into the deepest fears of my childhood when he created this dancing doll, which is currently on display at NYC's David Zwirner Art Gallery. The thing that makes the fembot -- which gyrates to a warped version of…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 25, 2014

Millie Brown, “Vomit Artist” Who Barfed On Lady Gaga At SXSW, Says She Was Inspiring Viewers “To Question The Concept Of Classic Beauty & Femininity”

"[Lady Gaga is] the first person I’ve brought directly into a performance. Other artists have wanted me to vomit on them but I said no! I chose her because I knew she understood what it was all about. She appreciates performance art. So doing that stuff live with her, with that kind of energy from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

Photographer Creates Gorgeous Images To Document His Love Of Reading

I've been in such a hibernating, antisocial bookworm mode lately that I barely leave my bed except when it's absolutely necessary. These days (at least until the weather warms up), a stack of books and a hot cup of tea is my idea of a perfect Saturday night. If you share that sentiment, then you'll…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 10, 2014

Etsy Spotlight: The Most Delicious Kind Of Still Life

Scientific studies have shown that looking at original art activates the rewards system in your brain. My personal studies have shown that eating a donut does too. So I can only imagine what kind of happy-making cerebral fireworks would be set off by looking at this 18x24 inch original oil painting of a box of…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 9, 2014

Tired Of People Asking When You’re Going To Get Married And Have Kids? Get A Mannequin Family!

In a move I can only call brilliant, Starz Entertainment Group art director Suzanne Heintz shunned the traditional marriage and family life in favor of something far more unconventional. For the last 14 years, Heintz has been living with her strong but silent husband Chauncey and her…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 6, 2014
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