Aug
7
2014

Happy (belated) Birthday Andy Warhol!

Pop Artist Andy Warhol would have been 86 this year

Today we (belatedly) celebrate Andy Warhol and his life. His birthday was actually yesterday, August 6th but we will have to celebrate it one day late.

 

Andy Warhol revolutionized what we call Pop Art stylized by challenging traditional fine art by glorifying imagery taken from everyday advertisements, 50s culture and even from comic books.

Andy Warhol himself, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928-February 22, 1987), focused his art in multiple areas of media including sketches and drawings, paintings, silk screening, sculpture, film and even printmaking. Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh before graduating from the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor's degree in pictoral design. He worked in commercial design before making it as a professional artist. On top of experimenting with film, painting, sculpting, printmaking, drawing and more, he even authored numerous books. Warhol even coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame", so today, lets give him 15 more with this selection of his work:

Famous Works:

 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962)

 

 

Marilyn Diptych (1962)

 

 

 

Green Coca-Cola Bottles (1962) 

 

 

Eight Elvises (1963)

 

 

Camouflage Self-Portrait (1986)

 

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Happy Birthday Andy! 

Aug
5
2014

Burning Man 2014 Scheduled Art

Get Ready for Some of the Craziest and Most Inventive Art in the Country

Every year, Burning Man, a weeklong event happening out in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada takes place from the last Monday in August to the the first Monday in September (Labor Day). Each festival is a major hub for some of the weirdest and most inventive art in the USA only on show one week of the year, before half of it gets burned like the eponymous Structure that Burning Man gets its name from. While this annual festival is far from the norm, it's an art lover's fever dream and can be one of the year's greatest (and often interactive) art exhibits.

 

This year's Burning Man

The theme for this year's Burning Man Art is "Caravansary", so expect much of the art and art themed cars to be reminiscent of ancient traders and nomads who would travel around the East. Considering that heavily decorated and modified "Art Cars" are a staple of every Burning Man, you can expect to see a lot more decorated cars, just like these:

 

Yes, these are all cars.

 

Here is some of the featured art you can expect to see this year:

 

Embrace by Matt Schultz

 

This 72-foot sculpture reminds us all to spend time with those that you love.

 

The Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood.

This relaxing retreat provides both physical retreat from the harsh sun and a mental getaway.

 

Squared by Charles Gadeken

 This 50-foot tall sculpture is made entirely of LED light cubes connected to steel tubing forming a giant and eerie tree to light up the night.

 

Minaret by Bryan Tedrick

 

This giant totem is fully accessible to be climbed and enjoyed. 

 

The Wheels of Zoroaster by Anton Viditz-Ward

This wheel is completely human powered and was inspired by Burning Man's fire dancers. Be careful with this one. 

 

Burning Man is still a few weeks away. Have you experienced any art at Burning Man? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Aug
3
2014

Need a Cheap Vacation, Try Spain's Genalguacil

The Small Spanish Village is offering free stay to Artists who will leave a sculpture!

 

A small village in Southern Spain is offering free residency for more than two weeks to any artists willing to create a sculpture there and leave it as art for the town.

It all started in the 1990s when the local mayor of this sleepy Andalucian village was looking for new ways to turn his sleepy little town into a tourist attractive locale. He came up with the idea to provide artists free stay and all of the necessary tools for artists to create beautiful and interesting works to decorate and adorn the town with during a two week "Art Encounters" festival taking place every other year.

The festival is meant to attract artists to gain inspiration from both the beautiful small town and the artwork left from previous festivals and for artists to contribute their own work.

Here are a few examples of previous festival's works (via CNN.com):

 

 

This year's festival runs from July 31st to August 14th where visitors can see works of art throughout the streets. Not a bad vacation in this blogger's opinion.

 

 

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