Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Inside Japan's KitKat factory, Hockney's $90 million painting, hidden continents and more

Tavares Strachan and SpaceX Send Art to Space On Monday, 19 November, SpaceX will send its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But, this time the launch will be adorned with a Tavares Strachan sculpture of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, the first African-American NASA-trained astronaut. Sadly, Lawrence Jr never made it to space (he died in a jet crash in 1967) but, thanks to this collaboration, …

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Renaissance Painting-Inspired Collection for Moncler

For Italian luxury skiwear brand Moncler, Valentino’s acclaimed creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli has delivered a capsule collection that harks back to the forms of early-Renaissance paintings. The full-body, lightweight down-filled-nylon pieces—zip-up hooded capes, layered over padded skirts and paired with gloves—are out today. According to Piccioli, it’s “an uttermost expression of my taste and a very personal effort.” To exemplify the inspiration, textile designer and photographer Suzanne Jongmans released an art series that …

Medusa’s Depictions Through History

Medusa—a monster, a gorgon, a dangerous woman—with her snake hair, is an instantly recognizable subject throughout history. In art, fashion and pop culture, she has been portrayed in countless ways, but around 2,000 years ago Medusa got a makeover: “Her androgynous features were increasingly feminized; mustache stubble was replaced by smooth cheeks, fangs concealed by shapely lips.” This monster was transformed from almost comedically hideous …

Famous Paintings Reimagined Without Their Characters

If you’ve ever wonder what the cafe in Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” would look like without the customers, or “American Gothic” without the family, Ymage Works Creative Studio has reimagined many famous paintings without their characters. From “Paris Street; Rainy Day” to “Christina’s World,” these digital recreations play with light and texture while attempting to capture the true landscape or interior essence. It’s a fascinating, well-executed …

Studio Visit: Artist Brandon Lipchik

Exploring the painter's bright, figurative works at the intersection of tactile and digital

It’s been a month now since artist Brandon Lipchik‘s solo debut NYC exhibition, “The Garden.” It was the inaugural offering of Brooklyn’s At Large Gallery and revealed a bright, popish and voyeuristic study of the male-on-male gaze. Here, figurative work— sometimes quite illustrative and other times more emotive—conveyed depths of personality and unexpected beauty. And within each artwork viewers can find a quality both digital …