15 Salacious Facts About John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X
Today, John Singer Sargent's 'Portrait of Madame X' is regarded as a brilliant and tasteful depiction of classical beauty and femininity. So it might shock you to learn that when the American artist first unveiled this painting in 1884, all hell broke loose.
How to Be Creative on Demand
Strategies for coming up with good ideas when you need them.
Labia and Lotuses: Who is Feminist Artist Judy Chicago?
Here, we go beyond the famous work "The Dinner Party" to look into the life and work of Judy Chicago for a primer on one of the most significant feminist artists in art history.
Khaore’s New Jute Bags Were Inspired by Forms Found Inside the Noguchi Museum
They are wearable pieces of art.
The Shed, a Rare New Arts Center on the Hudson, Is Set to Open
For its first season, beginning in April, the Shed has commissioned more than a dozen exhibitions, performances and lectures across disciplines.
Henri Cole, The Art of Poetry No. 98
In Nags Head, North Carolina, 1978. Henri Cole lives alone in a small, bright apartment on the top floor of a five-story building in the South End neighborhood of Boston. He works in solitude many hours a day. Cole comes from a family of five children, raised in Virginia. His older brother...
Artist Creates Replica of Parthenon from 100,000 Banned Books
With her 'The Parthenon of Books' installation for Documenta 14, artist Marta Minujín creates a replica of the Parthenon from 100,000 banned books.
The Return of Handwriting
As holiday shoppers browse the handmade notecards out front, a group assembles in the back of a bright, old-fashioned letterpress shop near Harvard University. The dozen strangers, from their 20s to…
Banksy Self-Destructs Painting Moments After Its $1.4 Million Auction
Street artist hides shredder in frame of “Girl With Balloon,” activates prank after painting sold to highest bidder
The First Avant Garde Animation: Watch Walter Ruttmann’s Lichtspiel Opus 1 (1921)
Most visual art forms, like painting, sculpture, or still photography, take a while to get from representation to abstraction, but cinema had a head start, thanks in large part to the groundbreaking efforts of a German filmmaker named Walter Ruttmann.
Conspiracy Theory for Art Nerds: Find the Eerie Easter Eggs Hidden in 6 Old Master Paintings
Art historians and conspiracy theorists alike have found some pretty eerie easter eggs—from music notes to end-of-world predictions—in some of the greatest old master paintings by Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and others.
Willem Dafoe on painting Van Gogh's shoes: "It's his attempt to paint the soul of something"
Salon talks to the acclaimed actor about his astonishing performance as the impressionist in "At Eternity's Gate"
In Bed: The Mattress as Art
Larissa Pham's new monthly column, Devil in the Details, will focus on single objects throughout art history. In this installment, she looks at beds through the lens of Sarah Lucas's exhibition "Au Naturel," at the New Museum.
Hyper Realistic Paintings By Mike Dargas
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Modern Art Was Used As a Torture Technique in Prison Cells During the Spanish Civil War
We've all got those friends or family members who consider 'modern art' a form of torture.
People Won’t Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen
From rust being washed off some old pots to dirt removed from crevices between tiles, watching something return to its previous state is oddly satisfying and art pieces are no exception to that principle. Not too long ago we shared a video of art expert Philip Mould removing the old varnish off a 400-year-old painting, which since then has gone viral.
Artist Turns Vintage Portraits Into Heroes Of Pop Culture
Alex Gross is a full-time artist who is absolutely fascinated by old photos and vintage pictures, especially those with strong hints of Victorian Era - a time period in which the artist confesses he would like to have lived himself. There is just something intrinsically beautiful about Vintage, and Alex Gross has surely done full justice to these old photographs from the 1870s. Using oil and acrylic the artist has breathed a new life into them, transforming the people of yesterday into incredible vintage superheroes and characters of pop culture.
Unraveling Frida Kahlo's Life Story
Born on July 6, 1907, in La Casa Azul, in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Frida Kahlo was a gifted Mexican artist who would articulate her life experiences into some of the most haunting images of the twentieth century.
Watch: 17 Creative Photography Poses For Couples In Under Two Minutes
Whether you’re a photographer, a couple, or a third wheel, you might find inspiration in this tutorial showing striking poses for lovebirds.
Photographer Turns Naked Models Into ‘Star Wars’ Characters Using Milk (NSFW)
If these photos by Barcelona-based photographer Manu Cabañero remind you of Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz's sexy pinup-inspired photos of girls...