Wearing a farmers’ market on your head

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I found these two unusual watercolor illustrations on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Collections” page, and they’re described as “Fantastic Hairdresses with Fruit and Vegetable Motifs.” They’re both by an unknown 18th Century French artist. It’s hard to imagine what these drawings were for, other than fantasy images, since the way they’re depicted suggests an […]

French fashion from the 1830s inspires the Rescue Heroes?

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I was looking through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collections when I noticed this anonymous 19th Century French fashion drawing, below left. The exaggerated body type of the man: massive shoulders, tiny waist and legs, and big feet instantly brought back memories of the Rescue Heroes action figures that my kids used to play […]

Giant ants taking over the art gallery

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There’s a fascinating – and beautiful – show at two of Paul Kasmin’s galleries in NYC right now titled “Naturalia.” The exhibition is a collaboration with Sotheby’s Old Masters Department, allowing Kasmin to mix contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Walton Ford, Damien Hirst and many others alongside Old Masters such as Jan Brueghel the […]

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 […]