David Barsalou Uncovers The Original Comics Roy Lichtenstein Appropriated For His Art

Did you know that artist Roy Lichtenstein, world-renowned for his tongue-in-cheek Ben-Day dotted paintings, was one of the art world’s biggest copycats? Albeit several artists work is inspired by other artworks, Lichtenstein’s ‘comic strip’ art was predominantly taken directly, including much of the text, from the work of several popular and prolific comic book artists such as Arthur Peddy, Tony Abruzzo, Ted Galindo, Jack Kirby, John Romita, Mike Sekowsky and Jim Pike. None of whom he ever credited.

Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein is an exhaustive, three decade long project by Art Historian David Barsalou in which he has located the original source material for much of the famous Pop Artist’s work. Read more

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Artist Kozyndan Celebrates The Year of The Dog with 141 Pups and 1 Dolphin

In honor of the 2018 Chinese New Year, The Year of The Dog, artist Kozyndan has released a limited edition archival print featuring 141 beautifully illustrated dogs belonging to her Facebook friends and, in her whimsical fashion, one dolphin. Read more

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The Obama Presidential Portraits By Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

Former US President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, like those before them, have had their portraits formally painted to hang at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The two refreshingly contemporary depictions of the Obamas were unveiled this morning. Read more

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The Extraordinary Cuckoo Clocks of Stefan Strumbel.

I always feel a little guilty when I write about an artist’s older work in lieu of their latest. And this post is laden with guilt. Great photo after photo of it. I’m talking about the fact that instead of featuring the über talented Stefan Strumbel’s latest bronze sculptures, I’m sharing with you his cuckoo clocks and related art which he created between 2005 – 2015. Read more

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Romantic Ceramic Dorotea Dinnerware by Carolina Silva

Seattle-based artist Carolina Silva’s Dorotea Collection of ceramic tableware is crafted from stoneware, hand-painted with lead-free glazes and is both dishwasher and microwave safe. Read more

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A Visit To The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles

The Museum of Failure is the brainchild of Swedish clinical psychologist and self-described “innovation researcher” Dr. Samuel West. Brought to Los Angeles last December for an initial two-month run, the temporary museum exhibition consists of a 100+ marketing failures from some of the world’s best known brands and companies such as Mattel, Apple and Nabisco. Read more

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Films of The Coen Brothers Honored by 50 Artists

If you’re a lover of movies, you are undoubtedly aware of the writing, directing and producing duo known as The Coen Brothers. American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have made 17 films in their 32 years of working together. The brothers have been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards together, individually for one award each, winning Best Original Screenplay for Fargo and Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for No Country for Old Men. The duo also won the Palme d’Or for Barton Fink (1991) and were nominated for Fargo.

O Coen, Where Art Thou? is a tribute to films of the Coen Brothers on view at SPOKE Art for the month of February, opening tomorrow. Over 50 artists, inspired by Coen Brothers movies celebrate the American filmmakers with painting, sculpture, prints and more. Read more

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Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and Steve Aoki Get Their Own Belaire Bottles

After shilling for Luc Belaire for months as celebrity ambassadors, hip hop icon Rick Ross, global hitmaker DJ Khaled and Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki finally get their own faces on bottles of premium sparkling wines for the Belaire brand. Read more

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Joseph Ford & Nina Dodd: Knitted Camouflage Collaboration

Take the talent of knitter The Duke of Woollington (aka Nina Dodd) and combine it with British photographer Joseph Ford and you get a Knitted Camouflage collaboration. Take a look at these great photos of people donning hand knit sweaters that blend into the backgrounds. Read more

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