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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]