Blake Lively Has Terrible Taste In Art

Artlog recently took a peak inside the ever-churning mind of the storied patron of the arts that is Blake Lively, and it was funnier than anything in an art magazine has any right to be. As it turns out, Ms. Lively is quite the collector, buying pieces from artists far and wide and “even a few prints from Urban Outfitters.” That’s right, she admitted to shopping for art at Urban Outfitters. (A quick glance at their website reveals they employ the same rules for creating art as they do for their garments and accessories.) Is she trying to beat us to the joke?

When asked what she looks for in a piece of art, Lively sounded surprisingly like an angsty teenager who has just discovered the Johnny The Homicidal Maniac comics:

I’ve found that I’m often drawn to pieces that portray a childish imagination with a malevolent undertone, like the moment on the boat in Willy Wonka when all the fantasy turns on itself into the unexpected. In every piece I own there is a sense of celebration, whether in image, context, or color.

I’m pretty sure that’s the same concept that underpinned Marilyn Manson‘s seminal 1994 masterpiece Portrait Of An American Family. I hear he makes art; Blake should buy some.

And in case there was any doubt in your mind as to whether Blake Lively has a butterfly room in her house…duh, people:

There are many different ways you can collect and display art. I normally start with one piece in a room and build a theme or story around it. I have an entire room that’s butterfly inspired. I applied 3D butterfly cutouts to my wall as a continuation of one of the Sage paintings.

I feel a little bit bad for mocking her, as collecting art is certainly a better activity for a celebrity to devote her free time to than, say, getting photographed exiting cars with no underwear on, but it’s hard to take her seriously when her favorite pieces include things like these:

Of course, taste is ultimately subjective and Lively should buy whatever makes her happy, but if all your art looks like it came from Hot Topic (and/or Urban Outfitters, which is not an insult because it is literally true), it might be best to keep it a truly private collection. Points for use of big vocab words, though.

(Via Artlog)

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    • dilla

      Don’t know much about art, do you? She has surprisingly good taste.

      • Olivia

        I hope this is sarcasm dear god

    • Nancy

      I like the first one! And the third one’s kind of cool, too, though not my thing. She’s right about what they’re like though. They remind me of some fairy-tale gone wrong kind of scenario; like Alice in Wonderland or Peter the Rabbit on crack, in some kind of Coraline alternate mirror universe…. if you know what I mean. Haha. Gives me that weird, disturbing, fantastical feeling like a Neil Gaiman novel….. But that’s just me! Haven’t studied a lot of art, though. But I do really the first one.

      • Jamie Peck

        See, that’s what I don’t like about them. Those books were fun for me to read in high school but I don’t think they should form the founding theory for a grown woman’s art collection. I do think it’s kind of cute she’s attracted to things like that, though…it makes me wonder if she’s secretly a Goth when she’s not out in public.

      • alexandra

        I think she might be a little secretly goth. After all, she is BFFs with gods-and-destruction Florence Welch. That always confused me a little.

        Mostly my impression of B. Lively’s personality is that she is sort of a super weirdo who by being super attractive and good at acting has become a little more famous than she knows what to do with. Oh well, at least she’s mad cute. My taste in art sucks too

    • Jessica

      aaaaaand high school continues. blonde bombshell must be stupid, gotta find a way to make everything she says look stupid. i cant believe a blog like thegloss would let this kind of worthless article even be posted.

      • Jamie Peck

        I MUST BE JEALS JEALS JELLY oh give it a rest. Are you seriously going to defend buying art at urban outfitters as being utterly above mockery? If she had better art I’d certainly give her props. She put her collection online for people to comment on, and I did. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that I’m showing Blake Lively respect by not softening my standards for her just because she’s a blonde bombshell and (contrary to popular belief) I do not want her to be stupid.

      • Olivia

        You fucking go, Jamie.
        I think the problem is that she takes it so seriously, if she appeared to have a sense of levity about buying prints that look like they were designed for tee shirts, I’d be cool.

      • superjack

        @Olivia: this is love. you and me.

    • Nicky

      Wow, this is a really petty post. I expect more from TheGloss.. No one should ever be ridiculed for expressing themselves. I would much rather see someone surrounding themselves with things they find beautiful than have them waste their money on art that they don’t understand just so some cool kid art snobs think they have ‘good taste’.

      • superjack

        I don’t think it’s petty if her taste is actually shit. And (no surprises here) it is!

    • Yammy

      The pieces shown (and the concept of a butterfly room) do seem a bit young, but she is young. Perhaps she’ll get lucky and achieve the author’s level of sophistication once she gets a bit older.

      This piece does beg the question, what’s on Jamie Peck’s walls? I’m picturing a velvet Elvis (he’s looking at me!) and dogs playing poker.

    • Katrina

      I believe that no one should ever say that another person’s taste in art is subpar. The fact that you don’t like it or understand why someone would, does not give the right to mock it. Art is whatever the viewer wants it to be – even if it did come from Urban Outfitters. She should be able create what each image means to her without judgement.

      • Pam

        exactly

    • EarthToNichole

      “I’ve found that I’m often drawn to pieces that portray a childish imagination with a malevolent undertone, like the moment on the boat in Willy Wonka when all the fantasy turns on itself into the unexpected. In every piece I own there is a sense of celebration, whether in image, context, or color.”

      I have no opinion of Blake Lively as a person, but I feel like she eloquently and intelligently described her taste in art. The tone of this article was a little too “Mean Girls” for my liking.

    • G

      Someone really has to piss me off to make me waste my precious time to actually comment on shit like this. Like a LOT of the comments, I agree that this post is offensive and petty and extremely judgmental, blah blah blah. You, Jamie Peck, could get a huge hard on for Thomas Kinkade, or, god forbid, abstract modern art, but you don’t see any of these fine people posting blog articles ripping on your poor, uninspired taste.

      And that’s not even what set me off the most. Lots of dumb people feel the need to spout their uninformed, unsolicited opinions, that’s nothing original. But YOU, special friend, took it to the next level and GOT PETTY IN YOUR OWN COMMENTS SECTION like a miffed 7th grade girl compulsively watching to see who comments on her latest status update about who the fuck cares, immediately defriending anyone who says anything bad and then flushing their matching “best friends 4eva” bracelet down the toilet.

      If you’re going to say controversial things (which obviously was your intention), expect that half of the people who read this are not going to like it; i.e. the “controversial” part. So don’t get surprised when people DON’T LIKE IT and express their right to spout their opinions just as you did. I mean, really, that takes childish pettiness to soaring new heights, something that even a (clearly) well-respected, award-winning, world-changing, seasoned “journalist” like yourself should be ashamed of.

      Let’s be honest, trashing someone for their taste in art is something that a mustache-donning, aztec print-wear, vegan hipster who buys their artwork from Urban Outfitters would do. And we all know that you’re above that.

    • A.S.H. Brown II

      taste in art is certainly dualistic. the idea of “good” “taste” is…laughable.
      Snobs like you paralyze people when it comes to chosing what they actually like and make them feel ashamed and resort to labeling them “guilty”.

      I find it all funny that the critics lie in two arenas usually. Vehement art-snobby-artists (usually who hail from ivy-league art colleges, which are essentially bootcamps for creative people), or “collectors” who seem to think that valuable and lovely art has to literally be valuable (or end up being so).

      I’ve seen some art that was visually provocative, but I didn’t necessarily feel resonation–I didn’t relate to it. Rarely have I seen anything I’d say “sucks”, that is unless it was made using methods anyone could use on say, photoshop.

      I give “props” to anyone who collects and actually MAKES their art with a clear (-or for some artists, like myself-) purposed, muddled, anfractuous idea of what they like. That’s having “good” “taste”. Not just eating the soup of the day at one of the top 100 places.

      I will say, as far as you, Jamie, go. Whatever you collect, thats cool–for YOU. If you want to be a pedantic, arrogant snob, go ahead. But broadcasting this narrow view of what’s aesthetically “good” or “bad”, you should really know better. Keep it to yourself.
      I thank you in advance.

      • Pam

        Well said. What a “sh*thead indeed!

    • Melanie

      I like these pieces, but I would never pay for them. I would use these as a desktop wallpaper, where it is usually rotated out within a week. But enough to frame and display for all to see and use to deduce their subjections on my tastes in art? No thanks. These are way too flat for me. But, do I write a detailed post about how I think she has crappy taste? No, I wouldn’t do that either. Too flat and boring. I was interested more to see what somebody considers crappy art, when art is the most undefined and subjective topic of any discussions.