April 3, 2013

Everything Under the Sun

Olafur Eliasson and Marc Jacobs

In 2003, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson transformed the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern into an artificial sun-filled space aglow with the light of hundreds of yellow bulbs that formed a semi-circle, the mirrored ceiling is what gave the light installation a full circular appearance. Eliasson’s The ...

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March 26, 2013

Post-Raphaelite

John Everett Millais and Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

As one of the three founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Everett Millais, would create some of the most well known imagery of the Pre-Raphaelites, including Christ In The House Of His Parents and Ophelia. The reform movement looked to Quattrocento or 15th-century Italian art, producing ...

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March 18, 2013

Free as a Bird

M.C. Escher and Alexander McQueen

Dutch artist M. C. Escher’s optical illusions merged art, science and mathematics. By manipulating perspective, playing with mathematical patterns and biological evolutions, Escher’s work defies a visual narrative, fooling the eye with multiple perspectives that has been described as impossible structures. ...

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March 11, 2013

The Year 1000

Monreale Cathedral and Dolce and Gabbana

For Dolce and Gabbana’s FW 2013 collection, the design duo continued to draw inspiration from the island of Sicily. In the Sicilian province of Palermo, the Cathedral in the town of Monreale is considered one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture in the world; the interior of the cathedral is renowned ...

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March 7, 2013

Shop Art

Keith Haring and Nicholas Kirkwood

Keith Haring began his short career in 1978, producing paintings, sculptures and murals in his signature cartoon-like graphics until his premature death in 1990. Haring’s philosophy to heighten the accessibility of his art was reinforced by his Pop Shop, a store which carried Haring memorabilia, home goods and ...

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February 26, 2013

15th-Century Muse

Robert Campin and Alexander McQueen

Robert Campin is often acknowledged as the first of the great Flemish painters, praised for his most-well known work of art, The Mérode Altarpiece, which is housed at The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alexander McQueen looked to Campin’s The Thief to the Left of Christ, in his FW 1997 collection ...

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February 23, 2013

Catch the Wave

Katsushika Hokusai and Christian Dior

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most well-known prints of the Edo Period. The woodblock print (a method also used to print textiles) features a tremendous wave towering over a seemingly minuscule Mount Fuji, a mountain that is traditionally presented as a compositional ...

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February 22, 2013

Fit as a Fiddle

Man Ray and Jean Charles de Castelbajac

A proponent of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Man Ray would build a prolific body of work as an artist and photographer. Inspired by Ingres’s La Grande Baigneuse, Man Ray photographed Alice Ernestine Prin, better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, a social fixture of the bohemian culture of Paris in the 20s (who ...

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February 20, 2013

Head of Holofernes

Gustav Klimt and L'Wren Scott

Viennese Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt’s gold-leafed, kaleidoscopic paintings have been referenced, reinterpreted and looked to for inspiration by countless artists and designers. In Judith and the Head of Holofernes, Klimt presents us with his version of the biblical tale featuring his muse and reported ...

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