The Different Dimensions of Art

The Different Dimensions of Art

Art takes on different dimensions and meaning. Each artist is unique and expresses their art in different ways. Like Lichtenstein with his pop art photos, many artists choose to explore canvas as their first medium. Canvas is not the sole form of two dimensional art, and three dimensional is also a popular form.

Art in 2-D form means that it is flat. Art in this form can be drawn or painted on canvas and many other surfaces. Some artists prefer to sketch on various types of thin paper as their chosen medium. Others prefer using different types of paints on canvas. Surfaces such as flat walls or wood can be a 2-D surface that an artist chooses to use to relay their ideas.

Three dimensional art is a completely different animal from its flat counterpart. This type of art takes its form from various materials. The materials are usually put together in the form of a sculpture. Sculptures represent what the artist is thinking and feeling at the time of creation of the work. Many contain a message through their design.

No matter what form art will take, it has an objective to relay a thought, a message or feelings. Often this message is cultural, spiritual or political. The art is designed to imitate life; sometimes, with life in turn imitating it. It provokes thoughts and feelings of those who view it. Therefore, one can say that art really has no bounds or no dimensions, since human thought cannot be quantified.

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Video Feed of Andy Warhol’s Grave: Art or Not

Video Feed of Andy Warhol’s Grave: Art or Not

Andy Warhol was a prominent artist of the pop art movement. His works are featured in many museums around the world, with most of the world knowing who he was through some of his most popular paintings, like his Campbell’s Soup can or the portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Warhol died on February 22, 1987, leaving his legacy.

With his death, the fascination of his life and art did not die. His art remains some of the most valuable, according to collectors of modern art. Many recent auctions have seen prints of his fetch millions of dollars per painting. In August of 2013, live feed of his grave appeared at the Andy Warhol Museum.

The question the live feed left is simply: is this considered art? True fans of Warhol’s work would more than likely say yes, it is. However, critics say no. Even when Warhol was alive, his art was often criticized. Critics disputed his art as real art and instead considered it mere copies.

Fans rejoiced in this project. In a collaborative project, his grave at the St. John the Baptist’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA was recorded on live feed. This started on Monday nights during August via the EarthCam Network, marking Warhol’s 85th birthday.

Visitors were able to pay their respects in real time. Fans left mementos at the site, including Campbell’s Soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles. But, those who could not view the site were able to watch the live feeds. This gave Warhol a global audience, like no other he experienced while still alive.

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Damien Hirst and His Mickey

Damien Hirst and His Mickey

On January 8, 2014, artist Damien Hirst unveiled his new painting, “Mickey.” It is a simple spot painting based on the popular Disney character. The spot type paintings are reminiscent of the pop art movement, as is the depiction of the famous mouse, first captured by Warhol and Lichtenstein.

Of the painting, Hirst stated, “Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid…” This thought inspired him to complete the work. Instead of a more recognizable approach, he reduced the character down to its basic elements. He plans to auction it off to raise money for Kids Company, a children’s charity.

Hirst first started the spot paintings in 1986. There are now over 1,000 paintings in the series, ranging from simple, random spots on a canvas, to works similar in composition to “Mickey.” Art historians feel that this addition to the Mickey depictions is significant, that the combination of the simple spots and the cartoon icon that make up the painting is profound.

Hirst is also well known for his Pharmaceutical series. The series consists of multiple canvases painted with randomly colored circles. They are considered to be his best work. This is in part due to the fact that much of his other works of art are highly controversial.

Currently, Hirst is one of England’s highest-earning artists, and one of the most successful. One of his more popular themes is death, for which he is famous for displaying dead animals preserved in formaldehyde. One of his most famous works on death — or life, depending on perspective — is “A Thousand Years.” It featured a white box filled with maggots, which turned into flies, that later fed on a severed cow’s head in a clear glass vitrine.

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American Pop Culture and Its Effect on Pop Art

American Pop Culture and Its Effect on Pop Art

Pop culture refers to the popular culture that was a part of the American culture in the late 20th century and the early 21st. Mass media is heavily represented in everyday life, especially with the spread of the Internet and social media. Even before the Internet, pop culture was still around and embedded into daily American life with the advent of print, and then later, televisions. Pop art is an art movement based on the over-abundance of television and print advertising, as well as a satirical view of media in general.

Products and celebrities are very popular subjects in this art form, as is patriotism and American culture. You will see an over-exaggeration of images and bright colors to go with it within the different artists’ mediums. This movement started in the late 1950s, but took until the 60s to be popular in the States. Considering the events at the time, with the social and political issues, it is not surprising that this art movement gained in momentum as fast as it did. The big players, such as Warhol and Lichtenstein, used everyday items, movies or comics in their art, inspiring others to do so, too.

Even after 60 years, the art movement is still going strong. Consumerism has become even more ingrained in American culture, so much so, that even ads are a satire of everyday life. Pop art is now prevalent in film, the music industry and advertisement. Also, a walk into any art museum will yield a large display of this popular art movement.

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Lady Gaga and Pop Art, Influenced or Influencer?

Lady Gaga and Pop Art, Influenced or Influencer?

There is no denying that Lady Gaga is an exposé of pop culture and pop art. She imitates art in her fashions and others follow suit. To say that everything she does is not influenced by an artist would be incorrect. A majority of her costumes are influenced by either an artist, designer or even an event. The same goes for most of the content in her music videos.

You would not go too far to call her an artist, with her medium often being her body. In a way, she exhibits a pop art approach, but you could also consider her art part of the Dadaism movement. It is a collective rejection of the prevailing standards of art and fashion. With that said, her approach to art and fashion is very different.

She has many influences, and has named a few:

  • Jeffrey Koons
  • Madonna
  • Elton John
  • David Bowie
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Terry Richardson

Suffice it to say that she is heavily influenced by other artists in art, music and fashion. Not only do her fashion choices and props get attention, but so do her videos. Her recent “Applause” video showcased many different artists and designers. In the video there are nods to the likes of Andy Warhol, Botticelli and John Galliano. Aside from the nods, actual sculptures are used in the video as well.

In the world of musical artists, there is a lot of give and take. Many artists influence others, and the others follow. Lady Gaga is one of these followers, but she also brings her unique style and quirks to the mix.

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The Pope and Pop Art

Pop art pictures often depict people and important figures. Recently, the Pope was one of these figures. This art genre often depicts satires of famous figures in the news and culture. Many of these satires are a result of consumerism and Hollywood, but this one is something different. It is a sign of change and admiration.

The art was graffiti located on the side of a building on a Roman street near the Vatican. The painting itself depicted a flying Pope Francis in his white garb with a fist in the air holding a bag titled “valores” (values) in Spanish. A red and blue scarf trailed from the bag, the colors of his football club of his hometown, San Lorenzo in Argentina.

The work received approval by the Vatican: their communications office tweeted a picture of it. The picture came with the caption: “We share with you a graffiti found in a Roman street near the Vatican.”

Pop artist Maupal was responsible for the painting. This comes as Pope Francis was the first Pope to ever be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.  He is seen as a heroic figure for vowing to eliminate corruption and injustice within the Vatican.

Maupal, short for Mauro Pallotta, said the “Super Pope” was inspired by the Marvel Comics. He discussed the similarities between the Pope and a super hero, and how the Pope uses his power for the good. Though Maupal, a print and sculpture artist, is not known for street art, after this image went viral, he might just consider it.

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Joe Tilson, a Forgotten Pop Art Master

Joe Tilson was one of the founding figures of the pop art genre back in the early 1960s in England. He is often dubbed as the “forgotten king of British pop art.” This is because many of the early British artists within the movement were eclipsed by the more popular American artists.

He was born in 1928 and later served in the Royal Air Force. His art studies included the St. Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Right after finishing his studies, he received the Rome Prize, a highly coveted award given to up-and-coming artists.

He was a lifelong printmaker. This helped him in his art by allowing him to easily create multiple prints of his works. He was known for his pop art pictures, prints, paintings and reliefs. Many of the prints were hand-painted, while many of the paintings were created using print-making techniques he learned through his trade.

His early work was optimistic and reflected heavily on hedonism. After a move to Italy in the 1970s, his work largely reflected Greek and Roman mythology. The land, layout and beliefs coming out of the region remained his focus, even in his most recent works.

Tilson was a big player in the early days of the pop art movement. He is not talked about often outside of England. This is mainly due to the popularity of artists like Warhol, who came out of America during this same time period. However, some of his work is often showcased in various exhibits around the world.

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The Pop Art Movement Is Still Alive and Kicking in Design

The Pop Art Movement Is Still Alive and Kicking in Design

Many art movements lost speed, over time, and became less popular. These movements are now considered to be “classic.” The pop art movement, however, has not. It has become ever more popular in pop culture and art, and in design. Look at Lady Gaga, who has dubbed her album ARTPOP as a “reverse Warholian expedition.”

Where this art movement has really excelled is in design. Each year, design becomes more modern and more contemporary, grabbing a lot of inspiration of abstract art and pop art. Many people do not realize this connection, since it is generally not talked about or displayed.

Recently, London’s Barbican Gallery created an exhibition that showcases this relationship of design and pop art. In the exhibition, there are over 200 works by more than 70 artists within the movement. They offer works from all of the big names, and many up-and-coming artists.

It is the only place that you will see design and art side by side. Bold and playful designs cover items ranging from couches and lamps, to clothing and linens. Even pictures of a fantastical swimming pool created by Verner Panton is on display.

When considering the relationship between the art movement and design, you only need to look at what is popular now. Everything from furniture to clothing is bright and colorful. Walk into any store and take a look at the clothes offered. It is guaranteed that there is something within that section of the store based upon pop art. The same goes with furniture and other décor items.

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The Latest Display of Pop Art at the Boca Raton Museum

Pop art was an art movement started in the late 1950s that has lasted the generations since then. If anything, it has spread and become something more in the last 60 or so years. The art showcases popular and familiar imagery, which is why so many identify with it. People like common objects and brands, and they also like satire. Hence, pop art is still being made today.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art offers up a large collection of art from the “Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” The collection will be visible through April 23, 2014. It contains some of the most influential artists of the genre. There you will see how many artists describe the human condition through their eyes.

Some of the popular artists displayed are:

  • Andy Warhol
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Keith Haring
  • Blake Boyd
  • James Rosenquist
  • Tom Wesselmann
  • Yayoi Kusama

The more than 100 pieces of art are grouped into categories and also arranged by date. When walking through the exhibit, you will be taking a tour of the genre from the 1950s through today. Some of the art was painted as recently as 2013, making this exhibit truly unique.

The display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art contains more than just paintings. There are also sculptures and other painted items. Included in the exhibit is the pink motorcycle that Haring and Angel Ortiz collaborated on together. Thus, this detail of the last 60 years of pop art is unique and different from other displays that are commonplace in art museums.

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Pop Art Is the New Leading Inspiration for Fashion

The saying that art imitates life and that life imitates art is true. We all take inspiration from many different things in life. The fashion industry does, too, but in an over-the-top sort of way. Recently, art has become a reoccurring theme in the fashion world, especially from the top designers.

Chanel started the trend with a gallery of works by Karl Lagerfield. Since then many of the top designers used artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Klimt as the inspiration for their clothing lines. Each season has gotten more abstract, and also brighter. Lately, it seems the muted and dark colors of the past couple of years have given way to bright hues and pastels.

More recently, pop art has seemed to cause a trickledown effect that is becoming more and more deeply rooted in society. This has created the basis for much of the new fashion lines, where bright, bold designs are taking the center stage. Popular culture icons have exploded onto the fashion scene with printed leggings, faces on shirts, and so much more.

Where there is political unrest and pressure on society, satire is born. Much of the designs on the clothing we wear is a satire of popular society. In art form, this is considered pop art. This movement has not died. If anything, it has become more and more popular over time. You can find the bright designs on everything from shoes to curtains, and almost anything else. High fashion may have started the trend, but now it has spread much beyond the catwalk.

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