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 […]

Blurring a line between science fiction art and fine art

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I was doing a Google search for something – I don’t remember what, exactly – when I happened upon a science fiction image that struck me as extremely artistic. I wished I had saved the picture on the spot, but I didn’t – but the thought stuck with me: why can’t fantasy art, or science […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mashup of M.C. Escher and Keith Haring

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I was reading a slightly dated issue of Wired Magazine this morning, and happened upon an illustration by Peter Judson that made an instant visual connection for me … last night I had just added a feature on M.C. Escher’s “Relativity,” and so that image was still fresh in my mind when I saw this […]

Abstract art found via Street View

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Not sure what prompted this tonight, but I was in the mood to take a virtual stroll through some Newark neighborhoods via Google Street View, and see if I could find anything interesting. I did – in my last post, I found a giraffe-patterned building that matched one I saw in the Ironbound (in person) […]