Everybody knows Picasso, his name precedes his art. But what exactly are we looking at when we look at a Picasso painting? Are we marveling at how wild his work was? Questioning him for cubism? Wondering about his blue period? Thinking if we could paint some wonky pieces and have it considered art? Nerdwriter breaks…
You know that feeling, we’ve all had it. You’re walking in a museum and stumble upon something you think is so simple, a piece that is so ridiculous that you look at it and then look at the people around you and are like, “Oh my god, I could totally do this. How is this art?!” You might even wave your arms in an…
There’s nothing more fun than looking at paintings and other artworks showing our favorite characters from science fiction. Except maybe... when they’re paintings on black velvet? Meet Bruce White, who depicts your favorite characters with the vibrance and luster of velvet Elvises.
Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family was finished in 1660. Now that it’s 2015 and hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my favorite museum in New York, it was in need of a little bit of, um, reviving. The Met guides us through as it restores the giant piece of art and shows the steps the…
Artist Joe Mangrum has creating temporary artworks with sacks of colored sand since 2006. He’s made short-lived masterpieces all over the world, on streets and inside contemporary museums and galleries. He has completed nearly 1000 paintings, and here are some of his best.
The long saga of two giant, colonial-era paintings — stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 and unwittingly purchased in 2003 by New York collectors, who discovered they were stolen after loaning them for a 2013 exhibit — came full circle yesterday when they were unveiled at the government palace in La Paz.
I always used Playmobil figurines to reenact my favorite movies, but artist Pierre-Adrien Sollier recreates famous works of art with Playmobil shapes, painting images of the plastic toys in the place of people and animals.
Hey, "Dog's Playing Poker," you're great and all, but "Dogs Playing Dungeons and Dragons" is the best dog painting in the history of all dog paintings. The end.
There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies.
In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, and to celebrate 50 years of female astronauts, artist Ciaran Duffy has painted a series dedicated to these space pioneers.
You'll never ride a lightcycle, or compete on the Game Grid. But the most dazzling "light paintings" use slow shutter speeds and other tricks to create light trails, giving the illusion that the real world has become a luminous virtual space. Here are the greatest light paintings of the past and present.
Morgan O'Brien's water color and coloring pencil dinosaur pieces are not only gorgeous, they show the beasts in interesting confrontations. There are whole stories to be read into each one.
Most of the space porn we come across is constructed from recorded images of objects in space. But painter Erik Olson prefers to interpret our solar system through his own lens, rendering our celestial neighbors with oil on canvas.
Clouds are clearly the stars of Michelle Manley's landscape paintings. By exaggerating their peaks and curves, and pulling from the full spectrum of cloudy colors, Manley creates ominous scenes of looming, almost monstrous storms.
Jeff Christensen paints oil portraits from a more macabre dimension, spotlighting fearsome gods, tortured monsters, and animals engaged in vicious magic. They would serve as fabulous concept art for a surreal horror fantasy film.
We can't get enough of Hillary White's mashups of classic fine arts with pop culture. In her latest series, she turns her wily brush to portraitures, with monsters, Muppets, villains, and superheroes as her subjects.
The NASA astronaut who stars in Scott Listfield's ever-growing series of paintings explores a world much like our own, but with a fantastical twist. It's a planet Earth where crop circles appear in the streets, where Star Wars droids shill for Coca-Cola, where every pop culture apocalypse is happening at the same time.
Who's in the mood for aesthetics? Okay, we see a few hands. Now, who's in the mood for aesthetics involving an entire football club populated by the same Starfleet officer? Whoa, we've never witnessed such a veritable hydra of arms!
Upper class Victorians had a great affection for pets, from fashionable lap dogs to canaries, and even the occasional monkey. But Travis Louie envisions some far more fanciful companions for his proper gents and ladies, who keep squids and giant spiders as beloved family pets.