Topic: Paintings

Award-Winning Artist Paints Ridiculous Portrait Of Pregnant Kate Middleton–Topless

Award-Winning Artist Paints Ridiculous Portrait Of Pregnant Kate Middleton--Topless

Another day, another weird thing people are doing in the name or image of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. After yet another “Kate likes her own closet entirely too much” scandals, wherein most outlets either critique her or deem her oh-so-relatable simply because she wore a $3K dress three separate times (one for each thousand!), the Duchess is also the subject of another story. One involving her boobs. More »

This ‘Controversial’ Painting Of A Naked Bea Arthur Just Sold For $1.9 Million

This 'Controversial' Painting Of A Naked Bea Arthur Just Sold For $1.9 Million

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 »

‘Alpha Beauties’ Art Series Retouches Classic Paintings To Make Them Fit Modern Beauty Standards

'Alpha Beauties' Art Series Retouches Classic Paintings To Make Them Fit Modern Beauty Standards

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 »

Gallery: Foolish And/Or Heroic Artist Draws Self-Portraits While Under The Influence Of Various Drugs

Gallery: Foolish And/Or Heroic Artist Draws Self-Portraits While Under The Influence Of Various Drugs

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 »

Gallery: How to Color-Block Without Looking like a Mondrian

Gallery: How to Color-Block Without Looking like a Mondrian

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 »