Agan Harahap’s revisionist history

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Indonesian artist Agan Harahap has created a series of images where he imagines how historical events might have transpired if superheroes really existed. Here’s a pair where World War II events get a boost from some of our favorite comic book characters: at left, Superman assists the Allies with recovering art stolen by the Nazis […]

If Star Wars characters were crossed with classical sculpture

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There’s a French artist who goes by the pseudonym “Travis Durden,” who has an interesting series of sculptures made out of faux-marble. He makes copies of statues found in the Louvre, but replaces the original head with the head of a Star Wars character. He doesn’t list the original source material (as far as the […]

Artsology referenced as “further reading” on a book about Death and Dying

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I was a bit surprised to find out today that Artsology’s feature on How Artists Portray Death in Art is referenced as a source for “further reading” in a book titled “The A–Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects.” The book is edited by Michael John Brennan, who is an associate professor […]

Magritte “Son of Man” in Legos

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“The Son of Man,” 1946 (below right), is one of Rene Magritte’s most-familiar paintings. The ad agency “Geometry Global Hong Kong” recreated Magritte’s painting using only Lego pieces for use in a Lego poster in 2015. The message was: “In an era when kids lean towards digital devices and follow preconceived storylines, Lego wanted to […]

Paul Klee and Zao Wou-Ki

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When I was reading up on Zao Wou-Ki yesterday, I was surprised to see a number of paintings that looked very similar to Paul Klee’s paintings. There is mention of Zao being inspired by Klee’s work, which he saw in person when he went to Paris in 1948. However, biographical details often mention that Zao […]

John Glenn and Astronaut Art

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With today’s news of the passing of astronaut and senator John Glenn, it got me thinking: what kind of “astronaut” or “space exploration” art is there out there? Granted, there’s LOTS of outer space art, but what about within the confines of art history? Here’s our first two obvious selections: Andy Warhol’s “Moonwalk” from 1987 […]

Ai Weiwei wallpaper and Greek black figure painting

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The first thing one notices when entering the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Lisson Gallery on 24th Street in NYC is the collection of large cast-iron tree trunks, nearly sixteen feet in length, and a series of iron root sculptures that cover the floor, as you can see below. But in this case, I found […]

A collector’s tableau at the Newark Museum

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I saw this installation in the permanent collection galleries at the Newark Museum this past weekend. I thought it was an interesting way for the curator to present three items from the collection, because they’re set up in a tableau as if they were being viewed in a collector’s home rather than in a museum. […]