Italian photographer Giuseppe Palmisano’s photographs are so intriguing! Mannequin-like bodies spread out along the road side, or placed under cushions in a nostalgically retro home. <3
As soon as the human body is used as a lifeless prop I am suddenly very intrigued. Of course, as the art history student that I am, I am well versed in the discussion about male artists portraying the female body as a passive object rather than an active subject. And Palmisano is definitely not one to break away from that problematic legacy.
Nevertheless, the pantyhose clad and otherwise topless female figures really make for an aesthetic prop.
All images are from www.giuseppepalmisano.com
Follow Palmisano on Instagram here!
My nr 1 favourite thing in life is pop culture merged with art history. Especially if it is executed well. So I guess it’s a no-brainer that the Twitter and Instagram account Tabloid Art History makes my mouth water.
Tabloid Art History is run and curated by art history students Elise Bell, Chloe Esslemont and Mayanne Soret. In their Instagram bio, they have written “Because for every pic of Lindsay Lohan falling, there’s a Bernini sculpture begging to be referenced” <3
In an interview with Vox, the trio motivates the relevance of combining pop culture with art history, stating that:
“It’s important that the notion of art history as the bastion for good taste and high class is questioned and critiqued, especially in 2017, when the subject is still predominantly engaging only with a privileged subset of people and radically needs diversifying.”
I could 👏not 👏 have👏 said 👏 it 👏 better 👏 my 👏 self 👏
All images are from Tabloid Art History’s Instagram.
Follow them on Twitter here.
The lead singer of Korean indie rock band Hyukoh has teamed up with underground electronic princess Cifika to create perfect, brilliant visuals in Momom music video.
I really try to mix things up and write about a wide range of artistic forms of expression. I guess the biggest challenge lies in writing about something other than K-pop music videos – but it’s not my fault the Korean music scene is so damn innovative. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Momom is a song by Oh Hyuk, the lead singer in Hyukoh (which I wrote about here), and Cifika, one of my favourite human beings ever. Go ahead and watch the Momom music video below if you wish to get floored by their aesthetic!
Barcelona based artist and art director Carlota Guerrero is in my opinion one of our time’s greatest treasures. Her Instagram is a literal dream and everything she touches turns to aesthetic bliss.
I came across Carlota Guerrero through her art directive work on Solange’s album A Seat at the Table. Since then I’ve been mesmerised by everything she does. It’s all so in tune with nature, politics, history and technology.
Below is a compilation of some of Gurerrero’s recent work. Ugh it’s so beautiful.
All images are from carlotaguerrero.com
Follow Carlota Guerrero on Instagram here.
Thus far I have written zero posts about Swedish artists. This is noteworthy because I am after all Swedish. On that account – meet Swedish artist Malin Gabriella Nordin!
Malin Gabriella Nordin is one of the most talked about artists on the Swedish contemporary art scene. Her paintings and collages are so classic yet modern. You might recognise her work from Lykke Li’s music video, or one of the trillion magazines she’s featured in.
At first I wanted to write that her aesthetic has ‘a certain je ne sais quoi’ but then I took that part out because no cool human being has ever actually used that phrase. It’s still true though.
All images are from www.malingabriella.com
Follow Malin Gabriella Nordin on Instagram here!
Bollywood movies are the epitome of cinematography to me. Since I could not care less about the plot when watching any movie really, I just tune in for the aesthetics. And watching a Bollywood movie is like watching a three hour long music video = <3334ui2oui43i
Padmavati is an epic period drama about the legendary Rajput queen, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie was supposed to be released in December, but due to certain controversies, the release has been postponed to February. And I really cannot wait. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movies are so aesthetic omg. You can watch a clip from Padmavati below!
Oh and since there is plenty of time until Padmavati’s release in February, you have the chance to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s other masterpieces before then, namely Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani. (Omg click those links your life will be so much more fun if you do!!)
Indeed I’ve been a little MIA lately but it’s just because I’ve been busy watching SZA’s SNL performance over and over again. Oh and also writing my bachelor’s thesis. But all will be forgotten once you see these photos of museum visitors matching works of art!!!
Photographer Stefan Draschan has been snapping pictures of museum-goers who just so happened to match their outfits with the museum’s art.
These pictures might seem staged – but in fact Stefan Draschan has spent hours at museums and galleries, waiting around for somebody with a perfect outfit to pass by.
Images via boredpanda.com
K-pop is the best thing since sliced bread and that’s a fact. My friends might think I’m being ironic when I share my love for Korean music, but I don’t know if you watched BTS perform at the American Music Awards this year? Well. Joke’s on you dear friends. International K-pop appreciation is a now a thing.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been anticipating the release of Hyuna’s latest single Lip and Hip. To give you some context, Hyuna debuted as a girl group member at the age of 14, and began her solo career in 2010, at the age of 18. Her first single as a solo artist, Bubble Pop, was a huge success. But the track’s video and performance was deemed “too sexually suggestive” by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), so promotions of the song were brought to a halt. Since then several songs and choreographies by Hyuna have been banned, such as Change and Very Hot, for being too explicit. And just to be clear. By “too explicit” they are referring to the fact that Hyuna does the split in one of the videos.
In a culture where cigarettes and tattoos are blurred out in music videos, and girls who act cute and innocent become more popular (á la Girls’ Generation) – you would think that Hyuna would be discouraged and opt for a less provocative persona. But no! Hyuna breaks just about every social norm for women in Korean society, and is super unapologetic about it. Not to mention the aesthetics of all her music videos! Watch the video for Lip & Hip below!
There are certain things I treasure in life. Art and its ancient history would be one of those things. Celebrity culture another. As much as I appreciate baroque art, I truly live and breathe for all things millennial.
Let me introduce you to internet sensation Caroline Goldfarb. She admins the viral Instagram account OfficalSeanPenn, and hosts the tv-show This Week Had Me Like. Through these channels she highlights crazy things famous people do. Caroline Goldfarb has built an entire brand on the strange psychology of celebrity.
On top of the aforementioned feats, she also creates collages. And there is nothing not to love about them. Everything from a collage of white people wearing cornrows, to a collage paying homage to the greatness that is Drake’s mother. <3 Caroline Goldfarb’s artistry is in my humble opinion an entertaining commentary on the absurdities of contemporary society, communicated through a very millennial aesthetic. Ugly? Yes. Would I still hang this on my wall? Yes, for sure.
All images are from OfficialSeanPenn on Instagram.
The Guardian’s design and architecture critic Oliver Wainwright traveled to North Korea in 2015. Thankfully he brought a camera with him to document the country’s eerie aesthetics!
I had to cancel all push notifications about North Korea this summer because they just gave me too much to worry about. Everything about North Korea is so fascinating yet frightening to me. Perhaps this is why I am so enthralled by Oliver Wainwright’s photographs?
What strikes me the most is how I seem to have the exact same taste in interior design as Kim Jong-un. If I were a dictator, I too would decorate my country like a Wes Anderson-inspired doll house. A marble statue of myself placed in front of a neon pink sunset? *my literal dream*
All images via northkoreaninteriors.tumblr.com