Inspiration: Pop Art

13 April, 2010 at 23:55 | Posted in Art, Inspiration | 1 Comment
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This content is long overdue, but still worth posting. I wanted to recognize the work of pop artists who have been the inspiration for two of today’s biggest pop musicians.

In February Rihanna released a video for Rude Boy referencing Keith Haring…

and Andy Warhol.

In March came GaGa’s Telephone video with Beyonce. There’s a copious amount of pop culture references buried in those nine minutes but I thought the visual nods to David LaChapelle were most obvious. The use of bright saturated colour is his trademark.

Other scenes could be interpreted as referencing Lichenstein…

and Jasper Johns.

Despite the delay this post remains somewhat topical; both singles are still in the Canadian charts.


Art: Exhibit Bits [Warhol Edition]

6 April, 2010 at 02:22 | Posted in Art, Exhibit Bits, Photography | Leave a comment
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The world’s most famous pop artist continues to extend his 15 minutes of fame.

The Brooklyn Museum will host a major exhibition of his mature works this summer in Andy Warhol: The Last Decade.

Elsewhere in the five boroughs, Chelsea’s Steven Kasher Gallery is currently displaying over 70 previously unseen Warhol photographs. The photos were chosen by Warhol to appear in a book, but it was cancelled in 1979. The project  has been revived and will be published this year as Andy Warhol: Unexposed Exposures.

Back in Pittsburgh, the Warhol Museum is hosting Playboy Redux: Contemporary Artists Interpret the Iconic Playboy Bunny. The exhibit is part of ongoing events celebrating the magazine’s 50th anniversary.


Art: of Absolut

24 March, 2010 at 21:10 | Posted in Art, Photography | Leave a comment
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Absolut vodka has long been admired for its visual branding. After decades spent focusing on print campaigns, the company has begun to explore digital communications. It collaborated on two digital films; a Spike Jonze short entitled I’m Here, and NY-Z, a documentary featuring Jay-Z.

Absolut has a distinguished history of artistic collaboration, beginning with Andy Warhol in 1985. Since then it has continued to recognize the varied talents of contemporary artists.

I found one ad attributed to Jeff Koons, although this may have been created by a fan.

The limited-edition Absolut Vancouver bottle was the work of Canadian designer Douglas Fraser.

And the classic ad photography was done by Steven Bronstein. These conjure up fond memories of the ’90s spent reading my parents’ GQ and Glamour magazines

And just what inspired that iconic shape? Medicine bottles mass-produced in the company’s native Sweden.


Art: Exhibit Bits [Olympic Edition]

5 February, 2010 at 22:25 | Posted in Art, Exhibit Bits, Photography, Portrait | Leave a comment
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The Royal Canadian Mint has created an exhibit to be displayed in Vancouver during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will feature the 2010 medals, special edition circulation coins and a solid gold bar. The display runs the length of the Games.

Wayne Gretzky #99 by Andy Warhol

Portraits on the Street will line Vancouver’s Railspur Alley with images of athletes from January 28 to March 22. The location is just steps from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

The nation’s capital will also be getting in on the action. In lieu of a permanent venue for the Portrait Gallery of Canada, [sigh] Portraits on the Ice will display images to entertain skaters on the Rideau Canal.


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