Bea Arthur was a pretty cool lady. She played one of TV’s first feminist characters on All In The Family, and of course, she captured our hearts as Dorothy Zbornak on Golden Girls. She was also pretty foxy. Hence, it stands to reason that when an iconic painting of not only Bea Arthur, but Bea Arthur topless goes up for auction, the bidding war would be high stakes and fierce. More
Will we ever get tired of looking at classic paintings of beautiful women Photoshopped to look fashion model thin? I don’t think so! In a similar vein to Anna Utopia Giordano‘s nifty series of photoshopped paintings, artist Nazareno Crea has produced a series called “Alpha Beauties” for which he retouched the subjects of the great paintings of yore to fit our modern standards of beauty: high cheekbones, big eyes, narrow hips, and skinny, skinny, skinny. Looking through them, I find the effect to be downright uncanny, so I’m judging his work to be effective. I realize it’s not a new practice to point out how arbitrary our cultural standards of beauty are; feminist artists have been doing it since the 1970s. But as those standards continue to hammer us every day, it’s still nice to have a reminder once in a while. Look through these side-by-side comparisons of his images with the original paintings and see if you don’t agree; there are lots more to be found on Crea’s website. More
Ten years ago, a Washington, D.C. based artist named Bryan Lewis Saunders undertook the foolish and heroic task of painting self-portraits while under the influence of pretty much every drug you can name, and probably a few you can’t. He’s since stopped doing so many drugs, but he did feel the need to try bath salts when they came onto the scene, so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. Most of these self-portraits aren’t new, but they’re nifty, and I bet you haven’t seen them before. They will either make you really want to do drugs or really not want to do drugs, depending on your constitution. Personally, I find some of the portraits pretty appealing and others vaguely terrifying. Drugs! More
Somewhat NSFW, if your work finds nipples in a painting unsafe. So basically, CLICK THRU FOR NIPPLES. More
Spring is finally upon us, and I know I’m not alone in my desire to slough off the black-on-grey-on-black look that has defined my wardrobe for the past few months. However, I’m not willing to fall into the ubiquitous “florals for spring” trap yet again; something new needs to happen. One thing that attacked the runway this season was head-to-toe bright, monochromatic color. Although this might seem too extreme to translate into your closet, there are definitely ways to make it look fierce and innovative. Be careful though, lest you wind up looking like a remnant of the Cubist movement.
The Dutch painter Piet Mondrian may have been a pioneer in non-representational art in Paris in the early 20th century. But far too often, his influence is terribly visible in wardrobes today. Although his work is art, Mondrian’s work should hang on your walls, not your body. Just say no to neo-plasticism. More
You know how they say that people have big hair because it’s full of secrets? Oh, come on, sure you do. You’ve seen Mean Girls. I believe that women have big hair because they’re aliens and hatching alien children inside … More
Our Tim Gunn art mostly comes in the form of comic books, but this painting looks as though it should be hanging on the wall of Miss Havisham’s country house. We like it. – Lucky Jackson More
The picture is a print by artist Lauren DiCiccio, and its title is “Vogue May 2010: pg 70 (List of Contributors).” Here’s what DiCiccio has to say about her work: Fashion magazines are the source materials for my series color … More
Jerry Hall is selling some of her private art collection at Sotheby’s next week. I guess this is what rich people do instead of sell their clothes at consignment stores. Also, all the art appears to be paintings of Jerry.