(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

21 January 2012

Olaf Brzeski, Dream – Spontaneous combustion (2008)

Olaf Brzeski, Polish sculptor exhibited Dream - Spontaneous combustion (2008) at BOZAR Centre For Fine Arts, Brussels in the show The Power of Fantasy: Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland. A resin sculpture of a column of rising black smoke is accompanied by the physically charred walls and ceiling of the gallery itself.

20 January 2012

Oh, That's Nasty!

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Aneta Bartos & Nick Weber: Jack & Jill: Curated by Anne Huntington

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Rodarte: Fra Angelico Collection Channels the Italian Renaissance at LACMA

[PRESS RELEASE]RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection, presented in the museum's Italian Renaissance gallery, features a group of extraordinary gowns by Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The collection is inspired by Italian art, specifically the Renaissance frescoes in the monastery of San Marco by Fra Angelico in Florence, Italy, as well as the Baroque sculpture, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) in Rome. Rodarte’s signature dressmaking techniques and sculptural details can be seen in each of the gowns. Silk fabrics (including chiffon, georgette, lamé, organza, satin, taffeta, and tulle) are draped and manipulated to give form, texture, and tonal variety to the color palette inspired by the frescoes. The gowns are customized utilizing a variety of materials such as feathers, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, sequins, and custom-made silk flowers. Hand-forged gold metallic accessories such as a headpiece, breastplate, and belts dramatically complete the look of several key gowns.

Boticelli, La Primavera

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19 January 2012

The Complete History of Art References in The Simpsons

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Below are my favorite of the art references in the long-running sitcom, The Simpsons, which is in its twenty-third season.
"The Death of Marat" by Jacques Louis David 

"Relativity" by M.C. Escher

"Portrait of a Young Man" by Raphael
"Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper
Pablo Picasso Reference 
"Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth 
"The Sleep" by Salvador Dali

Liu Xia, Censored Chinese Artist, Getting Exhibit In New York

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NEW YORK — Photographs by Chinese artist Liu Xia (lee-OW' zah) will be shown at Columbia University next month. She's the wife of imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo (Lee-OW' Zawh-BOH').The photos were smuggled out of China just before Liu was placed under house arrest after her husband won the Nobel.The exhibition runs from Feb. 9 to March 1 on the New York City campus. It's the only U.S. location where it'll be held.

Liu's works are censored in her native country.The series of 25 photos depict life-like dolls in various settings. One shows her husband holding a doll. In another, a tied-up doll sits in front of an open book.The Boulogne (boo-LOHN'-yu) Museum outside Paris exhibited them in the fall.Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned in 2009 to 11years for urging democratic reform.

15 January 2012

Natalia Fabia: Punk Rock Rainbow Sparkle @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

“Punk rock is one of my true loves. Punk to me is an attitude, a lifestyle. Punk is a middle finger, punk is do-it-yourself, do what you want. It’s a kind of freedom. I’m attracted to my subjects for having that quality. This attitude is what I wanted to convey in this series. My models (many of which are friends) are all tough, independent, strong, fun, hard working, talented, tattooed and stylishly dressed. I look at punk rock as being dirty and rough, yet sparkly and enticing at the same time, and that’s the theme of my paintings.” - Natalia Fabia