Category: Get Art

From a Pineapple to a Six-Pack, 23 Buildings that Resemble the Things They Sell

Hyperallergic

A combination of roadside attraction novelty and greater architectural freedom resulted in some very strange 20th-century buildings. Claire Voon recently covered the saga of the Longaberger Company basket building, shaped like a seven-story version of the company’s maple picnic basket.

‘From a Pineapple to a Six-Pack, 23 Buildings that Resemble the Things They Sell’
Hyperallergic | July 26, 2016 | Allison Meier

Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid

Colossal

In his ongoing series of relief sculptures titled “Wallwave Vibrations,” artist Loris Cecchini appears to liquify the walls of art galleries by turning them into pools of undulating waves caused by sound.

‘Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid’
Colossal | Christopher Jobson | July 26, 2016

Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid

Colossal

In his ongoing series of relief sculptures titled “Wallwave Vibrations,” artist Loris Cecchini appears to liquify the walls of art galleries by turning them into pools of undulating waves caused by sound.

‘Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid’
Colossal | Christopher Jobson | July 26, 2016

Artist Makes Graffiti Legible By Rewriting It In Plain Text

Twisted Shifter

Mathieu Tremblin is an artist currently living and working in Strasbourg, France. Born in Le Mans in 1980, Tremblin graduated with a degree in fine arts and is a founding member of the duo Les Frères Ripoulain (2006) and BIP (Bureau d’investigation photographique) collective (2005-2015).

‘Artist Makes Graffiti Legible By Rewriting It In Plain Text’
Twisted Sifter | July 25, 2016

See Le Corbusier’s Iconic Marseille Building Transformed by Stunning Installation

Artnet

Paris-based Swiss artist Felice Varini has created a new art installation titled “À Ciel Ouvert” (Open Air) on top of late world-renowned architect Le Corbusier’s 1952 building La Cité Radieuse in Marseille.

‘See Le Corbusier’s Iconic Marseille Building Transformed by Stunning Installation’
Artnet | Carol Civre | July 13, 2016

China’s 12-Story ‘Toilet’ Building Defies ‘Weird’ Architecture Ban

Artnet

A building that resembles a 12-story “toilet” was unveiled in Henan province recently, despite a ban by the Chinese government, announced this past February, on structures that are “oversized,” “xenocentric,” or “weird,” according to a brief report in The Independent.

‘China’s 12-Story ‘Toilet’ Building Defies ‘Weird’ Architecture Ban’
Artnet | Eileen Kinsella | July 13, 2016

A Frank Gehry–Designed Malibu Beach House Can Be Yours for Just $33.9 Million

Artnet

A Frank Gehry house that is being billed as an “architectural connoisseur’s dream” and that sits on prime Malibu beachfront property is back on the market with an asking price of $33.9 million.

‘A Frank Gehry–Designed Malibu Beach House Can Be Yours for Just $33.9 Million’
Artnet | Eileen Kinsella | July 11, 2016

3,200 naked volunteers turn the streets of Hull blue in Spencer Tunick’s ‘Sea of Hull’ installation

Independent

On Saturday morning, the streets of Hull were taken over by a dazzling crowd of 3,200 naked people covered head-to-toe in blue paint in what has been hailed as the UK’s largest ever art installation.

‘3,200 naked volunteers turn the streets of Hull blue in Spencer Tunick’s ‘Sea of Hull’ installation’
Independent | July 9, 2016 | Harry Cockburn

Collecting Street Art: Have Room on Your Wall for a Wall?

NY Times

IN what was billed as a monthlong residency in New York City, the British street artist Banksy worked at night putting stencils on walls around the city. In the morning, he posted images online that sent fans hunting to find them before they were painted over.

‘Collecting Street Art: Have Room on Your Wall for a Wall?’
NY Times | July 8, 2016 | PAUL SULLIVAN

See the Most Bizarre Photos of Tony Matelli’s High Line Sleepwalker

Artnet

Strategically placed in one of the most popular tourist sites in New York, many passersby on the High Line have lined up to take pictures with a half-naked man sporting sagging Hanes underwear, who appears to lurch forward with closed eyes.

‘See the Most Bizarre Photos of Tony Matelli’s High Line Sleepwalker’
Artnet | Daniela Rios | July 8, 2016

The Stories behind Some of the Most Striking Sports Photographs of the Last Century

Artsy

Athletes have long held a mythical foothold in the public imagination as superhumans with quick instincts, confidence, and grace. And since nearly the dawn of photography, we’ve taken to immortalizing their images.

‘The Stories behind Some of the Most Striking Sports Photographs of the Last Century’
ARTSY | CASEY LESSER | JUL 7TH, 2016

London floors: sebastian erras and pixartprinting unveil the city’s hidden treasures

Designboom

German photographer sebastian erras has uncovered a patchwork of different floors from around the world – including paris, venice and barcelona. his latest venture in collaboration withpixartprinting, brought him to london where he discovered an exciting landscape of different colors and textures, all found beneath the tip of his toes.

‘London floors: sebastian erras and pixartprinting unveil the city’s hidden treasures’
Designboom | July 6, 2016 | Hollie Smith

Icons of Design: Shenzhen’s Monumental Building Projects

Architizer

Few cities have undergone radical urban transformation like Shenzhen. Designated as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, this market town of 30,000 people experienced an explosive population increase to 10,000,000 inhabitants over the last 30 years.

‘Icons of Design: Shenzhen’s Monumental Building Projects’
Architizer | July 6, 2016 | Eric Baldwin

Inside the mysterious world of witch tattoo art

dazed

The best word to describe Noel’le Longhaul’s tattoos is “primeval.” Even when freshly inked and uploaded onto her Instagram, they look like illustrations from an ancient grimoire or a book of disappeared folk tales, passed through the generations and probably bound in human skin.

‘Inside the mysterious world of witch tattoo art’
Dazed | July 5, 2016 | Evelyn Wang

INDEPENDENCE DAY ART THAT CONVEYS SYMBOLS OF FREEDOM

Widewalls

Today we are celebrating some of the Independence Day art pieces. We know that there is no need to explain why, on the day of the 4th July, we will present to you various images showcasing the American flag, political speeches, and ceremonies, the Founding Fathers, fireworks, barbeques, family gatherings, baseball games, and parades.

‘INDEPENDENCE DAY ART THAT CONVEYS SYMBOLS OF FREEDOM’
Widewalls | July 4, 2016 | Silka P

From a Bank Vault to a Deli, These Young London Gallerists Are Finding Room for Art Where You’d Least Expect It

Artsy

“It only lasted 10 days; we had to run generators off the roof, and it was incredibly cold,” says the young curator Alex Meurice, who works under the moniker Slate Projects. He’s describing the revelatory project, staged in an abandoned villa opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum, through which he uncovered the untapped potential for showing art in West London’s empty mansions.

‘From a Bank Vault to a Deli, These Young London Gallerists Are Finding Room for Art Where You’d Least Expect It’
ARTSY | LAURA PURSEGLOVE | JUL 4TH, 2016

AMERICANA – THE CULTURAL PHENOMENON

Widewalls

It is considered that the famous saying “ Mom, apple pie, hot dogs, baseball, and Chevrolet ” sums up the feel of America’s charm. The artifacts of America’s history and the reference to the cultural heart and traditional roots of the United States, be it in folk art, pop culture, music, literature, even tattoo art, all of this makes up the Americana spirit.

‘AMERICANA – THE CULTURAL PHENOMENON’
Widewalls | July 3, 2016

Optical Illusion Graffiti Creates Portal to a Parallel Universe on the Side of a Building’

My Modern Met

Parisian graffiti artist Astro contorts flat architectural facades into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. His painted patterns combine smooth, swirling curves and calligraphy with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own; and, as if to suck his viewers farther into each piece, he adds the appearance of dark, receding chasms, tunneling deep into the walls.

‘Optical Illusion Graffiti Creates Portal to a Parallel Universe on the Side of a Building’
My Modern Met | July 2, 2016 | Leah Pellegrini

Spectacular Winning Entries From the 2016 Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition

My Modern Met

Just last month, we unveiled a number of compelling short-listed photographs from the international 2016 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition. The remarkable images—from both amateur and professional photographers—are environmentally-focused subjects that inspire us to think about our world in a different way.

‘Spectacular Winning Entries From the 2016 Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition’
My Modern Met | July 1, 2016 | Sara Barnes

The Beauty of Finland & Iceland Captured Through Multiple Exposure Landscapes

Colossal

Spending an entire evening under the stars in near pitch darkness, photographer Mikko Lagerstedt(previously) captures spectacular landscapes of frozen tundra and misty mornings of Iceland and his native Finland.

‘The Beauty of Finland & Iceland Captured Through Multiple Exposure Landscapes by Mikko Lagerstedt’
Colossal | Christopher Jobson | July 1, 2016

Picasso and Matisse Trade Blows in a Cubism vs. Fauvism Bar Brawl

Hyperallergic

Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were the 20th century’s greatest artistic frenemies. When Gertrude Stein introduced them in 1906, Matisse said he and Picasso were “as different as the north pole is from the south pole.

‘Picasso and Matisse Trade Blows in a Cubism vs. Fauvism Bar Brawl’
Hyperallergic | Carey Dunne | June 30, 2016

A Luminescent Installation Responds to Twitter Users’ Mood Swings

Hyperallergic

What are the mechanisms of control that operate in society today? In the Orwellian fantasy of a dystopian world, cities are filled with surveillance cameras and robots that monitor human activities around the clock — and modern life is not too far from that.

‘A Luminescent Installation Responds to Twitter Users’ Mood Swings’
Hyperallergic | Ari Akkermans | June 30, 2016

REVEALING THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF YEMENI WOMEN

Feature Shoot

Frustrated by the constant questions about her experience as a woman in the Middle East, Yemeni Egyptian American photographer Yumna Al-Arashi wanted to show another side of wearing the hijab in her project Northern Yemen; one that conveys Yemeni women’s power, grace and beauty without showing their skin or face.

‘REVEALING THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF YEMENI WOMEN’
Feature Shoot | June 29, 2016 | Elizabeth Sulis Gear

Why Does Japan Have Such Great Art Porn?

Artspace

After more than piquing our interest in historical Japanese erotica, we’re taking a second, more intimate look at the history and influences behind these unique, beautiful, and evocative prints (called shunga, or “images of spring”) and the hedonistic ukiyo-e (meaning “Floating World”) they depict.

‘Why Does Japan Have Such Great Art Porn? A Short & Steamy History of Japanese Erotica’
Artspace | JUNE 29, 2016

NYC Mural by Graffiti Artist Unveiled at Ascenzi Square in Williamsburg

UntappedCities

This month was the unveiling of a new QUEEN ANDREA (a.k.a. Andrea von Bujdoss) mural at Ascenzi Square, located in the triangle formed by North Fourth Street, Roebling Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.

‘NYC Mural by Graffiti Artist Unveiled at Ascenzi Square in Williamsburg’
Untapped Cities | June 29, 2016 | Jarrett Lyons

Russian Family Poses for Sweet and Surreal Photos with a Real Bear in the Woods

My Modern Met

The last time we saw this 1,400-pound furry subject, he was posing amid feminine fashion models against snowy fairytale-inspired surroundings. Now, Stepan the bear is back, courtesy of Russian photographer Olga Barantseva—but this time, he’s peacefully playing with a family in the forest, as if they’re all part of the same pack.

‘Russian Family Poses for Sweet and Surreal Photos with a Real Bear in the Woods’
My Modern Met | June 28, 2016 | Leah Pellegrini

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE ?

Widewalls

Concrete monstrosity, the architecture we love to hate – that’s how people used to describe brutalist architecture. There was probably not a single architectural style (and whether it is a style or not is yet to be discussed) that was demonized and hated as much as Brutalism, especially during the 70’s, the 80’s and even in the 90’s as well.

‘WHAT DO WE MEAN BY BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE ?’
Widewalls | June 26, 2016 | Natalie P

ANTI-DESIGN MOVEMENT – AESTHETICISM OF THE MODERN ERA

Widewalls

The 20th-century design was greatly dominated by the modernist philosophy and ideas. That was up until a new approach to design took a stance against everything modernism stood for – it was the so-called Anti-design movement that emerged in Italy during the 1960s.

‘ANTI-DESIGN MOVEMENT – AESTHETICISM OF THE MODERN ERA’
Widewalls | June 25, 2016 | Elena Martinique

4,200-Year-Old Egyptian Temple Discovered to Have Remarkably Well Preserved Artwork

My Modern Met

Scattered throughout modern Egypt are many ancient temples which are famous for their splendor and historical significance. The perfect example of one of these breathtaking displays of luxury is the Temple of Hathor.

‘4,200-Year-Old Egyptian Temple Discovered to Have Remarkably Well Preserved Artwork’
My Modern Met | June 23, 2016 | Kristine Mitchell

Gorgeous Gowns Are Unconventional Canvases Covered in Classical Paintings

My Modern Met

A glamorous dress can act as an unconventional canvas for a gorgeous work of art. This idea is beautifully highlighted in Paint Me Over, a photography series by Marina Danilova that features a model donning extravagant gowns painted with stunning depictions of landscapes and architecture.

‘Gorgeous Gowns Are Unconventional Canvases Covered in Classical Paintings’
My Modern Met | June 22, 2016 | Sara Barnes

Vibrant Photos Pay Homage to Slavic Folklore through High-Fashion Portraits

My Modern Met

Vibrant images with a distinctive blend of stylistic influences are the modus operandi of Moscow-based photographer Andrey Yakovlev and art director Lili Aleeva (a duo known simply as Yakovlev and Aleeva).

‘Vibrant Photos Pay Homage to Slavic Folklore through High-Fashion Portraits’
My Modern Met | June 22, 2016 | Kristine Mitchell

Christo’s Newest Project: Walking on Water

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PILZONE, Italy — It was a long-held dream, but finally, this week, the conceptual artist Christo walked on water.

On Thursday, he tried out his latest project, “The Floating Piers,” a walkway stretching three kilometers, or nearly two miles, that connects two small islands in Lake Iseo, in Italy’s Lombardy region, to each other and to the mainland.

‘Christo’s Newest Project: Walking on Water’
New York Times | June 16, 2016 | Elisabetta Povoledo

Conjuring Up van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in a Bowl of Water

Hyperallergic

Recreating Vincent van Gogh paintings in unexpected mediums has become something of a trend in recent years: We’ve seen everything from “Starry Night” drawn with bacteria in a petri dish to “Olive Trees” rendered as crop art.

‘Conjuring Up van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in a Bowl of Water’
Hyperallergic | Carey Dunne | June 17, 2016

Designer Kia Utzon-Frank Is Changing the Way We See (and Eat) Cake

Artsy

Google the term “designer cake” and you’ll quickly uncover a pastel-hued army of bespoke 3D teddy bears baked for toddlers’ birthday parties or imitation Chanel handbags painstakingly constructed to charm the most discerning of fashionistas.

‘Designer Kia Utzon-Frank Is Changing the Way We See (and Eat) Cake’
ARTSY | JUNE 17, 2016 | ALI GITLOW

A Million Photos Were Used to Create This Dazzling Three-Year Time-Lapse of Singapore

My Modern Met

Over the span of three years (500 days of shooting), photographer Keith Loutit has made one monumentally impressive time-lapse portrait of the ever-shifting city of Singapore.

‘A Million Photos Were Used to Create This Dazzling Three-Year Time-Lapse of Singapore’
My Modern Met | June 14, 2016 | Leah Pellegrini

CITY PHOTOGRAPHY – THE ALLURING BEATS OF THE URBAN LIFE

Widewalls

It was early one morning in either 1838 or 1839 when the world got its first example of city photography. We all know the story ofthe oldest photograph ever taken, a rooftop scenery captured by inventor Nicéphore Niépce, but this particular image is believed to be the first ever to feature a human figure as well.

‘CITY PHOTOGRAPHY – THE ALLURING BEATS OF THE URBAN LIFE’
Widewalls | June 9, 2016 | Angie Kordic

Joseph ford sets a mind-bending match of tennis in an abandoned swimming pool

Designboom

Inside a derelict swimming pool in glasgow, photographer joseph ford worked with seven assistants, two anamorphosis artists, two parkour athletes and 2.5 kilometers of blue tape to make one mind-bending match of tennis.

‘Joseph ford sets a mind-bending match of tennis in an abandoned swimming pool’
Designboom | June 3, 2016 | Nina Azzarello

Awesome Architecture GIFs Channel Tetris And Bend Reality

The Creators Project

A large prismatic column plummets to the ground, lining up perfectly with surrounding cubes, which vanish in an instant to make room for more, an unending cycle of creation and destruction. While that sounds like an overwrought description of the classic arcade game Tetris, it also summarizes the beauty of Mirador Building, an art GIF created by French architecture student Axel de Stampa in a series called Architecture Animée.

‘Awesome Architecture GIFs Channel Tetris And Bend Reality’
The Creators Project | June 2, 2016 | Beckett Mufson

Evening Photos Explore the Peaceful Side of Tokyo’s Rarely Empty Streets

My Modern Met

Franck Bohbot’s cinematographic shots depict the streets of Tokyo awash in a uniquely peaceful light. Tokyo Murmurings speaks to the night wanderer, exposing the empty façades of arcades, shops, and bars that remain when most of the city has gone to sleep.

‘Evening Photos Explore the Peaceful Side of Tokyo’s Rarely Empty Streets’
My Modern Met | May 27, 2016 | Kristine Mitchell

Top 20 Black and White Photos on 500px So Far This Year

500pix

At the end of every year, we do a “Best of *inset year here*” series, where we count down the Top 10 most popular photos in every single category on 500px. From Urban Exploration to Nature; from Underwater to Food; from Performing Arts to the City and Architecture category. These are some of the community’s favorite posts, raising the bar as they point out the best of the best (or at the least most popular…) images shared on 500px from the past year. But why wait for December to check in with the categories? Let’s see how the community is doing now that we’re a few months into 2016 and really rolling.

‘Top 20 Black and White Photos on 500px So Far This Year’
500pix | May 22, 2016

Girls: Luo Yang’s insightful portraits reveal a new generation of Chinese women

Creative Boom

In her series Girls, Beijing-based photographer Luo Yang reveals a side to contemporary China that is rarely seen in the West. Her portraits depict an emerging generation of women who defy traditional stereotypes. Instead of being simply shy and reserved as one might expect, these Chinese women are also bold, self-aware and painfully cool.

‘Girls: Luo Yang’s insightful portraits reveal a new generation of Chinese women’
Creative Boom | May 22, 2016

Great Photorealistic Paintings of NYC

Fubiz

The art of handling a paintbrush and managing that real life and and the result are as alike as two peas in a pod seems to be the strong point of the American painter Richard Estes. Living in the Big Apple since many years, his working method first consists in taking a picture of an urban scene before reproducing it on his canvas. A resemblance that is both misleading and impressive.

‘Great Photorealistic Paintings of NYC’
Fubiz | May 21, 2016

WHERE IS ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY IN CONTEMPORARY ART?

Widewalls

Regardless of the graphic form it took, in ancient times writing was considered a dominant symbol of supernatural power and divinity. In the Islamic tradition, the development of point to the line, of light to movement and of the Aleph (the first letter of the Arabic alphabet) to the rest of the letters, symbolizes the story of creation itself. The importance of the Arabic calligraphy, not only used for the writing of the sacred texts, but also as a point from which many artists take their inspiration from, is seen to influence many urban and street art, graphic and design work, and is visible as a reference in many of the contemporary artworks today.

‘WHERE IS ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY IN CONTEMPORARY ART?’
Widewalls | May 21, 2016