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) […]

Mysterious giraffe pattern buildings in Newark

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Does anyone know anything about the mysterious giraffe-like pattern painted on the exterior of these two buildings in Newark? The top building is a Baptist church located at 606 Bergen Street, and the bottom building is (at the time of this picture) an empty commercial space at 63 Bruen Street. They’re about 2 miles apart […]

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 […]

Having famous artists over for Thanksgiving?

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Hannah Rothstein is a conceptual artist and painter who has a fun series of photographs based on the idea of how famous artists might serve up their own plate for a Thanksgiving meal. Here’s a few of our favorites from this series, clockwise from top left: Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and a cubist […]