One hundred and two canvases all with similar composition but different colors hung edge-to-edge make up the totality of Andy Warhol's painting called "Shadows" currently on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.
With the season of backyard barbecues upon us, we thought you could use a history lesson on everyone's favorite lawn ornament. From the plastic bird's birth to its modern perch atop the pyramid of campy Americana, here's the quick-and-dirty on the hot pink queen of kitsch.
Jason Sapan, as his birth certificate calls him, is sort of like a laser Doc Brown, and his cluttered New York studio-laboratory (replete with devoted interns) feels something like a time machine, a living ode to a seemingly obsolete art. But listen to him tell his story, take a look around his space, and you might agree that there's no more accurate way of representing the world than with holography.
What is the internet for? Some think of it as the marketing opportunity of a lifetime. Others, a shining repository for boundless information. And some, like the folks at "Avenue Q," assert that it's for porn.
Editta Sherman has celebrated more than half a century's worth of new years in her palatial studio apartment above New York's Carnegie Hall. But it's unlikely the celebrated portrait photographer will be raising her glass there next year.
A few years ago, the artist known as Banksy was just another anonymous graffiti punk plastering his work on London city streets. Today, Sotheby's auctions off his art for six figures, and early collectors are taking their Banksys to the bank.
Robert Thompson, head of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University, hates the phrase "famous for being famous." You can't be famous for your celebrity, he says; you have to somehow achieve fame in the first place.
In popular imaginations, artists are a passionate bunch, driven by basic needs such as throaty French cigarettes, inexpensive hooch and, as they fly in the face of society's constraints, plenty of ... well, you know what.
Hedge fund managers are using their fortunes to become a major force in the art world, and the leader in that trend is Steven A. Cohen, who has paid top dollar for a collection that includes works by artists from Jackson Pollock, to Edouard Manet to Andy Warhol, according to a published report.
Of course the art is the draw. But visitors to the redesigned Museum of Modern Art in New York this week can be forgiven for looking between the frames, reading between the lines, to glimpse the subtle effects that architect Yoshio Taniguchi's work may have on their experience.
Some films aren't meant to succeed. Whether too quirky for the mainstream, poorly marketed, or too cheaply made to warrant a major release, these films eventually dissolve away into the world of home video where they are either devoured by the throng of similar titles or revealed to be diamonds in the rough -- otherwise known as cult classics.
A pair of auctions in Manhattan grossed close to $170 million Wednesday night, a record evening for modern art sales that also established record prices for a number of American artists, including abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.