When Art Becomes Self-Help
Jerry Saltz’s new book gives a series of short instructions or prompts, some banal and others provocative, on both looking at and making art, for audiences of any level of art fluency. The appetite for this kind of advice has only increased in the past decade, as the art world has become more visible to the wider public.
José Morbán Paints Important Moments From His Country’s Past
According to José Morbán, the Dominican dream is the longing to emigrate north to the US in search of a better life. His series Dominican Dreams is made up of paintings of moments from the country’s past. Subdued in color, they have a vintage feel to them, yet without the wear and tear of older imagery, they have a crispness that appears fresh and new.
Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, And It’s A Great Way To Launder Money
More and more rich people are buying art and stashing it in strange places. According to infamous scammers, it’s not even close to legit. In some respects, it mirrors the giant pools of money sloshing around in Manhattan or London real estate—funds that are relatively concentrated in a few hands spending it in a few places.
The French Burglar Who Pulled Off His Generation’s Biggest Art Heist
The skilled climber and thief Vjeran Tomic, whom the French press referred to as Spider-Man, has described robbery as an act of imagination. He was driven partly by aesthetic desire. “Certain paintings can provoke me like an emotional shock,” he said.
Copenhagen Commuters Get A Big, Slithering Surprise
Forget snakes on a plane. Copenhagen has snakes, really big ones, on a bus. Crushing the entire bus, in fact. Bates Y&R art director Peder Schack squeezed the award-winning idea out of his brain to “make the most possible impact for a very small budget.”
Drone Photos Capture A Fresh Take On Tuscany’s Iconic Landscapes
Photographer Gabor Nagy took his new drone with him on an adventure to Tuscany, to see if he could capture this instantly-recognizable Italian landscape from a different perspective. The result was a beautiful series of eye-catching aerial photos called “Tuscany from Above.”
The Imperfect Picture That Transformed 20th-Century Photography
It’s called ‘San Francisco’, and it was taken in Alamo Square Park in 1956. It is an unruly and liberating photograph, both loaded and elusive, and quite unlike any picture that had ever been published before, at least in an art setting.
Human Anatomy Baked Into Polymer Desserts By QimmyShimmy
Singapore-based mixed media artist QimmyShimmy uses polymer clay to craft baby figures and sugary treats that blend fantasy and reality in interesting and often disturbing ways.
Art Detectives Go Deep Inside The Criminal Underworld On Hunt For Stolen Van Gogh
When a thief stole a multimillion-dollar painting by Vincent van Gogh from a small museum in the Netherlands, Octave Durham almost immediately found himself a person of interest. “It’s not a coincidence, because most of the time I did it. But now I’m retired.”
A Street Artist Creates Giant Mural In A Maximum Security Prison In California
JR’s latest project is one of his best of the year, a massive “mural” within the walls of California Correctional Institution: Tehachapi in Southern California. The mural depicts the current and former incarcerated men, as well as some of the prison staff, on the ground within the prison.
Urban Miniatures: Over Forty Artists Create A Mini Village Of Contemporary Art
Artists Pam Glew and Emily Paxton joined forces to curate Urban Miniatures, a unique pop-up exhibition focused on a subversive model village entirely “bombed” by well-known artists from the urban contemporary art scene.
How To Find New Music You’ll Actually Like
Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Others are perfectly content with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are some ideas.
These Pics Are Composed Of As Many Pixels As There Are Animals Still Alive In These Species
A brilliant 2008 campaign by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been resurfacing. The campaign, called WWF Japan – Population by pixel, was created by the agency Hakuhodo C&D / Tokyo. Inspired by their work, Imgurian JJSmooth44 made a follow-up to their project and it’s just as powerful as the original.
What Makes A Masterpiece?
What do we mean when we call an artwork a masterpiece? Who gets to decide what becomes one? Who makes them? And is it still a constructive label to dole out when we talk about art? What Makes a Masterpiece?
Italian Artist Peeta Blends Graffiti And Abstract Forms Into Optical Illusion Murals
Italian artist Peeta combines elements of graffiti and abstract art to paint murals that appear to morph and dissolve architectural structures. Abstract shapes swirl around and cut into walls to form M.C. Escher-like scenes that play tricks on the eyes and change depending on the viewing angle.
Turn Your Friends’ Faces Into Temporary Tattoos
French artist Lise Grossmann has created a humorous way to keep your favorite people close. She creates custom temporary tattoos of peoples’ faces that you can wear on your own skin. She has created over 10,800 portraits for people all over the world.
The Secret Life Of A Professional Statue
For several years in my 20s, off and on, I was a professional statue. Statue was both a noun and a verb. I was a statue; statuing was what I did. My job was, basically, not to react. Unless one of the tourists gave me what I wanted — a tip in the plastic lemonade pitcher at my feet — I gave them nothing.
Artist Builds Installations in Big-Box Stores Without Permission
Mass is a site specific installation project by Carson Davis Brown about creating visual disruptions in places of mass. At an intersection between Street Art and Land Art, installations are made without permission, using found materials within the retail landscape.
Crumpled, Highly Realistic Drawings By Bella McGoldrick
Bella McGoldrick has a series of hyper-realistic drawings, using crumpled bags, boxes, and concert tickets as subject matter. The wrinkled, smashed, and folded material presents a complex web of shadows and reflections, making the drawings all the more difficult to compose.
The Unsolved Case Of The Most Mysterious Song On The Internet
In 2012, a catchy New Wave anthem appeared on the internet with no information about who wrote or recorded it. Amateur detectives have spent thousands of hours since trying to figure out where it came from — with little luck. Inside the question that’s been driving the internet crazy for years.
Photoprovocations By Russian Sergey Chilikov
Photography wasn’t given credence as a legitimate art form and even classic Soviet photography wasn’t included in museum exhibitions. In order to get their work seen, photographers started their own clubs, exchanging work with other clubs and organizing their own exhibitions and festivals.