Pop Art and Impressionism Meet At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Monet's Garden Goes Pop Exhibit

Florida’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are featuring their latest immersive exhibition “Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!” at their Downtown Sarasota, FL campus from February 13 through June 27, 2021. In addition to sharing some of the Pop Artist’s interpretations of the French impressionists works, the grounds have been turned into a living homage to them both. Read more

Gina Minichino’s Oil Paintings of Iconic Candy and Comfort Food.

A few years back we introduced you to the work of Margaret Morrison, an artist who paints childhood toys and nostalgic candies photo-realistically in oils. Now meet Gina Minichino, another talented artist who works in oils to depict classic American comfort foods and iconic candy and treats. Read more

Swedish Landscapes: Paintings of an IKEA Experience.

Anyone who has ever shopped at an IKEA knows that it’s not merely a trip to the store, but a trip into the Twilight Zone. That’s one reason why I’m so smitten with these oil paintings by Rikki Niehaus. Her ongoing series, Swedish Landscapes, are paintings of a single subject inside Swedish retailer IKEA that capture the surreal experience. Read more

It’s A Hirschfeld Holiday At Henri Bendel. The Al Hirschfeld Spectacular Window And Store Decorations.

Woody Allen, Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Bernadette Peters are appearing as three-dimensional Al Hirschfeld drawings enjoying a festive dinner party in the New York Flagship Henri Bendel store window this holiday.

Visitors will see the main window of the Henri Bendel flagship store transformed into the resplendent formal dining room of a classic New York townhouse in the midst of a holiday party.

The celebrated party guests — all Al Hirschfeld’s line drawings translated into three dimensions — include: Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, and Woody Allen.

I have placed all of the 3D sculptures in the window next to the original Hirschfeld drawings for you. Woody Allen is at the top of this post.

Carol Channing is as Hirschfeld drew her in “Hello Dolly!”:

Sarah Jessica Parker appears as she was drawn in “Sex And The City”by Hirschfeld:

Matthew Broderick, SJP’s hubby, looks just as he did in Hirschfeld’s drawing of him in his role in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying:

Audrey Hepburn steps out of Hirschfeld’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” right into Bendel’s window:

Bernadette Peters is executed as she appeared in Hirschfeld’s drawing of her from Sunday In the Park With George:

Whoopie Goldberg is the likeness from Hirschfeld’s 1992 drawing of the actress:

The one and only Liza Minelli looks just like Al’s wonderful 1999 portrait of her:

Jerry Stiller is at the center of the table with the birthday cake, his image taken from Hirschfeld’s drawing of him in King of Queens:

Marilyn Monroe is reproduced just like Hirschfeld’s illustration, only without the parasol:

At the right is the artist himself, Al Hirschfeld, brought into three dimensions from his most famous self-portrait. We see Hirschfeld working away at his drawing table, seated in his famed barber’s chair:

At the center of the window hangs a large gold-plated chandelier sparkling with Swarovski Elements:

The “Hirschfeld Spectacular” is a tribute to the late illustrator who is considered by many to be the greatest line artist of the modern era. In addition to the sculptures created from Hirschfeld drawings for the window scene, Al Hirschfeld’s original line art is featured throughout Henri Bendel, including a two-story-high presentation of illustrations.

Framed drawings by Hirshfeld are found throughout the store as well:

The centerpiece of the atrium is Henri Bendel’s iconic two-story tree, covered in malachite and punctuated with 15 Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers:

Atop the tree is Al Hirschfeld’s Charlie Chaplin, also sculpted in three dimensions, looking down at all who enter the store:

For more than 75 years Hirschfeld drew luminaries from Broadway and Hollywood for “The New York Times” and almost every other notable publication. Full of wit and verve, in distinctively bold and often intricate lines, Hirschfeld captured the greats with his pen. Actors, singers, dancers, producers, directors, and playwrights, classical musicians and rock bands-from the 1920’s on, being “Hirschfelded” signified that you had arrived. Famously, Hirschfeld drew while seated in a barber’s chair in his New York City studio. Hirschfeld continued to work daily until his death in 2003.

Henri Bendel has worked hand-in-hand with Hirschfeld’s exclusive gallery, the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd., New York, to create a truly unique presentation of the late illustrator’s work for their holiday windows.

The displays in the window and throughout the store were hand sculpted by Tom Carroll Scenery, with the art direction and assistance of Henri Bendel Assistant VP of Visual, Gilberto Santana.

above: The HIRSCHFELD SPECTACULAR! Poster (Size: 37″h x 28″w) is available for purchase. Until January 2, 2014, the price is $135 (includes shipping, packed flat). OR, Collect the Poster with our Compliments, our Gift to you with the purchase of a Hirschfeld Drawing, Lithograph, or Etching. Purchase by calling the MARGO FEIDEN GALLERIES LTD at 212.677.5330

Where: Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street

When: The Hirschfeld Spectacular will be on display throughout the Henri Bendel flagship store until January 2, 2014.

Why: Until January 2, 2014, when you collect a Hirschfeld Spectacular Poster at the Henri Bendel flagship store, 20% of your purchase will support The Actors Fund’s Al Hirschfeld Free Clinic and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

images courtesy of Zimbio

Henri Bendel

Body Painting Artist Emma Hack Goes Pop!

pop art body painting

This is my third post on the jaw-dropping work of Australian body artist, Emma Hack . Read more

Drunk With Talent. The Fin Bec Winery Invites 8 Artists To Paint Special Labels.

Fin Bec Winery Invites 8 Artists To Paint Special Labels


On a beautiful sunny day in Sion, the wine region of southern Switzerland, eight graffiti and street artists from all over the world gathered for a fun project. Each artist was given a “canvas” made up of 84 wooden wine cases and asked to create an artful interpretation of any wine out of the myFINBEC collection. The final images produced by each of the eight artists are featured on the label of the bottles of their choosing which are sold by the half-case. Read more

The Rock Has Landed. Levitated Mass, A 340 Ton Boulder by Michael Heizer, Hits LACMA.

Levitated Mass at LACMA

Levitated Mass by artist Michael Heizer, considered one of the last great ‘land artists’, is composed of a 456-foot-long slot constructed on LACMA‘s campus, over which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith. At 340 tons, the boulder is one of the largest megaliths moved since ancient times. Read more

An Art Exhibit 100 Feet Below Sea Level. Life Below The Surface by Andreas Franke.

100 feet Below Sea level – The Exhibition
One Year after Andreas Franke’s visit to the Vandenberg his images of the wreck were filled with charming stories and now they are exhibited on the most relevant place possible, where the project began.

Since August 4th 2011 divers can benefit from a very special experience and find a package of 12 images placed on the hulk of the artificial reef General Hoyt S. Vandenberg located 100 feet below sealevel and approximately seven miles south of Key West.

Andreas Franke’s exhibition contains the twelve works below, showing everyday scenes from past times. The stage of those scenes is the very place the pictures are now exhibited, on the Vandenberg.

The 12 Photographs:

The images are encased between sheets of Plexiglas with a stainless steel frame. A silicone seal keeps out the water. The images are attached to the ship by strong magnets which grants a damage free removing after the end of the exhibition.

Andreas says that the images are “Mystified scenes of the past that play in a fictional space. Dreamworlds, where you can get lost or you can identify with. This makes a new and unexpected atmosphere.”

Visiting the exhibition with chartered Boats is possible out of Key West.

About The Ship:
The Vandenberg – From Troop Transporter to Art Gallery

The ship later known as General Hoyt S. Vandenberg was launchend in 1943. Initially it was named USSGeneral Harry Tayler and acquired by US Navy as a troop transport ship for WW II.

In 1961 the ship was transferred to US Air Force, converted to a missile range instrumentation ship and renamed to Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. In this function the Vandenberg served US Air Force and US Navy till its military retirement in 1983.

The Vandenberg Its second career started in 1998, when the ship became the stage for the science-fiction movie “Virus”. It substituted the Russian vessel Akademik Vladislav Volkov. Some of the cyrillic lettering is still visible on the hull today.

In 2008 a group of investors auctioned the Vandenberg. The vessel was transferred to Key West to get sunk and convert to an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In 2009 all necessary preparations were done and finally the Vandenberg got sunk on 27th May 2009. The 523 feet long ship is the second largest artificial reef in the world. More information at www.bigshipwrecks.com

In 2010 was Andreas Frankes first visit to the Vandenberg. He did several dives and shot loads of pictures which should give new food to his thoughts. This was the beginning of “Life Below The Surface” and Vandenbergs last conversion so far, the conversion to an underwater art gallery.

About The Photographer:

Andreas Franke is in business for more than 20 years and nowadays one of worlds most respected advertising photographers. For Luerzer’s Archive he is listed several times in “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide” and his work is honoured with the most important awards in business. Andreas Franke in Key WestClienst like Ben&Jerry’s, Coca Cola, Ford, Heineken, Visa or Nike are just a few of global brands which trust on his abilities.

Additionally to his commercial work Andreas worked on several personal projects. “Life Below The Surface” is his freshest and most sensational.

Andreas Franke on his work “In my photography I try to construct illusionistic worlds. I like to see things from a different angle and I try to create new kind of views. Thereby taking images of a sunk ship and bringing life back to the ship by filling these images with stories was always very interesting for me. By diving the Vandenberg I finally found the perfect stage and the last obstacle to realise my idea was removed.

My work is always based on a strict concept, which is photographically and technically perfectly implemented. Every little detail is part of a precisely arranged production. There is no space left for fortuity.”

images and information courtesy of the artist and KeyNews