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.
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!
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.
Swoosh Art is the type of art I am here af for. I truly believe masters wanted the Nike logo incorporated into their art when painting their Madonnas and goddesses. They just did’t know it yet.
Swoosh Art is a tumblr page run by award-winning fashion film director Davide Bedoni. In his words Swoosh Art “is what I do when I am bored.”
Placing the so-called Nike ‘swoosh’ in 18th and 19th century masterpieces may seem like a way to emphasise the absurdities of commercialism. But to me this is about creating a connection between visual propaganda of the past with visual propaganda of today. Although these paintings might seem like harmless decorations, they were more often than not commissioned to propagate the message of a social, political or religious conviction.
And besides, who knew that Jacques-Louis David’s iconography would be such an aesthetic match with Carolyn Davidson’s logo-design?
All images are from swooshart.tumblr.com
In an alternate universe, I would wake up to five large, canvas-shaped presents under the Christmas tree this year.
I would proceed to ripping those presents open real quick to find that Santa very generously gave me paintings by 23-year-old, London-based artist George Rouy. Preferably paintings from Rouy’s In Dirty Water series. Too bad his paintings sell out so fast Santa doesn’t stand a chance against all the art investors out there. Maybe next year.
Images via itsnicethat and id.
Follow George Rouy on Instagram here.
Growing up as a die hard Destiny’s Child fan, you bet I’ve had my eyes on Solange since the days of her sister Beyonce’s girl group. I distinctly remember staying tuned on MTV just to watch Solange’s music video to Feelin’ You. And listening to I Decided while biking to and from school every day. Although I loved everything Solange did from day one – little did I know she would become one of her generation’s most forward-thinking artists.
Of course if you’re reading this you have already watched the music videos to Don’t Touch My Hair and Cranes in the Sky… because otherwise you would be in jail by now. Jail for people I don’t like. Rather than writing about the aforementioned videos, I wish to spotlight Solange’s live performances.
In 2016 Solange channeled the message of her album A Seat at the Table through a performance piece titled An Ode To, at the Guggenheim Museum. She requested that the audience come dressed in white, and banned usage of all phones and electronic devices. Hence there being very little documentation of this event.
The message that Solange communicates through her music is clear: it’s all an intelligent commentary on racism, and a celebration of blackness. After the standing ovation, Solange gave a speech regarding her role as a black artist in a predominantly white art world : “inclusion is not enough”. It’s time to enter institutions and tear “the fucking walls down.”
Solange has some of the best curated aesthetics out there. But most importantly – Solange turns the idea of museum exhibitions as we know them, into a safe space for activism through creative expression.
Images above via Solange’s Instagram.
On top of her Guggenheim performance, Solange has also performed at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Menil Collection. You can also view an online interactive for the Tate Modern, titled Seventy States here.
Since there is no decent footage from any of Solange’s museum performances I thought I’d add a clip from her Jimmy Fallon performance instead. It’s phenomenal.
CONTEMPORARY ART YOU GUYS <3333
The term ~ contemporary art ~ is often synonymous to weird art. Just to be clear, ‘contemporary’ just means that the artwork was made fairly recently.
Anyway. Artist Christopher Chiappa‘s installation of 7,000 fried egg miniature statues in the Kate Werble Gallery is definitely just as weird as it is contemporary. Nevertheless… I’m a big fan of fried egg statues.
The Kate Werble Gallery describes the exhibition as follows: “Chiappa’s fried eggs operate squarely within the uncomfortable intersection of two symbolic legacies, mining the darkly humorous vein where perfection and failure meet.”
Haha operate squarely who?!? Uncomfortable intersection whatttt? Darkly humorous vein whom??? This is literally gibberish to me. EITHER WAY. I’M A BIG FAN OF EGG STATUES.
Images via designboom.com
British artist Danny Fox has really been poppin’ off on the art market lately. His paintings are (what people in the art world call) naive, yet super confident.
Danny Fox grew up in a small town in the British country side. He lived a hard knock life in London for a few years until he relocated to Los Angeles as his career took off. Now he and his famous tattoo artist wife, Tati Compton, are the ultimate LA hipster couple.
Danny Fox’s naive painting style almost becomes iconoclastic in the context of Sotheby’s prestigious auctions. The one with boxers and birds is my favourite :)))
All images are from http://www.white-cake.com/
Romanian artist Dan Cretu creates photomontages of classical statues in contemporary environments. Like Venus de Milo taking the subway. Or Michelangelo’s David having a nosebleed. <333
I am once again obsessed with art that combines the past with the present. So I guess it comes as no surprise that the playful work by Dan Cretu is just my cup of tea.
Images via trendland.
Follow Dan Certu on Instagram here.
LA expressionist Paul Juno’s macro art photographs are so aesthetically pleasing!
Paul Juno has developed a technique where he basically plays around with paint until a composition presents itself. In his so-called ‘Agate Series’, Juno relies on chaos theory for the result.
All images are from http://www.pauljunoart.com/