National Academy: Beyond the Classical

The National Academy Museum & School has put on a rather EXCEPTIONAL show: Beyond the Classical. What I was thinking what the should would be composed of … well let’s just say I was ABSOLUTELY wrong. I was thinking I would be looking at Ancient Greek Sculptures contrasted with contemporary versions. That was not the case. AT ALL.

What I saw before me was INCREDIBLE. A FASCINATING mix of MODERN and CONTEMPORARY works that draw on classical works and themes. This show is a MUST SEE. From Rauschenberg to Duchamp, to Kiki Smith, Mickalene Thomas and more… the list goes on and on. And the works you are presented works are not necessarily typical for what you would normally associate with each artist (especially Mickalene Thomas).

Check out a few snaps of works below that are in the show… but we did not include them all because we ENCOURAGE you all to go and check it out! (Images from Top to Bottom: Yinka Shonibare, “Fake Death Picture,” 2011 – Susan Solano, “Memoria,” 1992-93 – Marcel Duchamp, “L.H.O.O.Q.,” 1964 – Mickalene Thomas, “Carmen: Standing Reaching, Standing Twisting, Standing with Back to Artist,” 2011.)

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XX,

CHC

@CultureHeARTs

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Party Rock through Art History

The girl who made this video for her AP Art History class has got TALENT. What better way to learn about history? Watch and see why I think this is genius. Now when you come across these ICONIC paintings/sculptures in a museum, you will now know who they are!! LOVE IT!!!

Enjoy my friends.

XX, DP

The 5 Year Old Art Critic: Sunday Funday Verdicts on Art – It’s Weird

To sum up what a five year old sees in art: William de Kooning’s work looks like a man with boobs. Picasso’s Dora Maar looks like HE’s wearing a mask. Pollock’s work looks like graphic drawing. Munch’s The Scream head looks weird. Chagall’s work is too complex for this five year old. And Mona Lisa – well this munchkin is really searching deep. At least her parents are having her learn how to look at art from an early age! You go girl!!!!

XX, DP (@dpayt – Instagram and twitter)

Barbie Re-Vamped – For Better or For Worse

Barbie, a classic female figure of our century has taken a twist. Whether it is Barbie as Mona Lisa, Barbie as Starry Night, or Barbie as Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer – Barbie has been taken to a whole new level.

Here is an example of Manet’s Olympia being recreated. And Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

But people have not only been recreating Barbie’s into masterpiece’s – people have taken their own artistic freedom and turned Barbie into a rather promiscuous, and often drug addicted figurine. Is this the Barbie that we want to remember? This plastic doll who we all played with, brings back childhood memories. I don’t think the images below are reminiscent of my youth – please correct me if I am wrong. But I am not. I assure you.

These new images make it seem like Barbie needs to go to rehab! Any recommendations Lindsay?

What ever happened to innocence?

xx, DP