The mother of a suspected art thief is thought to have burned numerous irreplaceable paintings from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. SourceFed reports.
DNA extracted from cigarette butts and bubble gum found on the streets of Brooklyn is being used by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg to create realistic portraits of anonymous New Yorkers. The artist says her project is designed to spark debate about the use – or potential misuse – of DNA profiling in society. Ben Gruber reports for Reuters.
Sarah DiNardo doesn’t like calling herself an artist, but her creations — rolled from countless yards of tape — evoke everything from barnacles to bones. Boston-based DiNardo talks of her enduring love of tape in this video by Gnarly Bay Productions, a Rhode Island filmmaking team led by Dan Riordan and Dana Saint. “There’s nothing like a fresh sticker when you pull it off of something,” she says, “and as soon as it loses that crispness, I can’t be bothered with it … Everyone has their vice, and I guess my vice just happens to be rolling tape.” H/T Mercedes Buck
A 28-year-old woman associated with the 9/11 Truther movement has defaced Eugene Delacroix’s painting “Liberty Leading the People.” The iconic 1830 work, commemorating the French Revolution, is believed to have served as the inspiration for the Statue of Liberty.
The woman struck while the painting was on loan to the Louvre-Lens Museum, an art museum in northern France that often displays works from the Louvre’s collection. She used a red permanent marker to scrawl a Truther message on the painting. Police apprehended her, but prosecutors have yet to release her identity.
Jail time is too cushy for this vandal. She should be airdropped into the Sahara, wherever the Jihadi insurgents are now holed up, and forced to fend for herself among her own kind.
Leonardo painted the most famous face in the world — the Mona Lisa. But what did the 16th century artist look like? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.
The most incisive and iconoclastic art critic of our time, Camille Paglia, sits down with InstaVision‘s Glenn Reynolds to discuss her new book Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars. Among the topics covered:
Paglia is always entertaining as well as provocative, so even if you’re a cultural boob, there are some real nuggets of thought to glean from this interview. H/T PJTV
She’s called The Lady of the Sand. Her name: Kseniya Simonova. Born in the city of Evpatoriya on the Crimean Peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea, Simonova is considered a national treasure in her Ukrainian homeland.
Her talent: She’s a performance artist who creates magical “sand stories.” She does this at a lightning speed, faster than any known artist working with sand anywhere else in the world. She has such an intuitive mastery of the medium that she can create her stories while blindfolded. River sand and beach sand aren’t the right consistency for her work, so she uses rare and expensive volcanic sands.
How best to describe her work? Imagine a Navajo sand painting that springs to life, becoming animated — the scenes constantly shifting and evolving. All told, she has created more than 200 sand stories, the first of which she revealed to the public in 2009, when she won Ukraine’s You’ve Got Talent competition and its $110,000 prize money. Her winning sand story, You Are Always Nearby, has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube, making it the most popular YouTube submission ever from anywhere in the former USSR.
Here, we present Simonova’s Endangered Species, a collaboration with American jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding. You can find more than 90 other sand stories by Simonova by visiting her website at Simonova.TV or her YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SimonovaTV?feature=watch
In 1919, the Surrealist Marcel Duchamp shocked the art world by drawing a mustache and beard on a cheap postcard reproduction of the Mona Lisa, and then appending the title “L.H.O.O.Q.” The latter blasphemy was a wicked pun, meant to evoke the French expression, “Elle a chaud au cul,” which translates as “She has a hot ass.”
Now, a Buenos Aires advertising agency has combined some larger-than-life Surrealist imagery with the everyday fantasy of making like Chuck Norris and kicking some serious ass. It might sound like a recipe for disaster or deviancy, but happiness ensues, and it’s all for a good cause — to market Diesel sneakers. H/T culturepub
Highly opinionated, always readable, wildly loved and reviled, the Australian-born art critic with a dash of the street punk in him, Robert Hughes, has died. The Telegraph‘s tribute captures Hughes’ contradictory qualities, labeling him “obnoxious, flawed, incomparable.”
Hughes once famously said that being a critic was “like being a piano-player in a whorehouse; you don’t have any control over the action going on upstairs.” He’s perhaps best known for his book The Shock of the New, a provocative account on the evolution of modern art. He spun off a 1980 BBC TV series from the book, and we present the first episode, The Mechanical Paradise. You can find many other episodes on YouTube, offering a crash-course on 20th-century art. H/T Five Feet of Fury fivefeetoffury.com