Category Archives: United States

sports-logo-featured

Sports Can Be Artistic Too: The Art Behind Sports Logos

Sports are an essential part of our day-to-day experience. Even if you don’t like sports, you can’t help but hear others talking about them. They play a huge role in the media we consume and are a source of enjoyment and pride for millions of people all over the world. Sporting events like the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and the Olympics are some of the most watched and followed affairs of the year. Yet there is one aspect of our lives that sports don’t really touch: art.

From an early age, a distinction is drawn between those who like art and those who play sports. One is considered a more personal and introspective activity, while the other is portrayed as more interdependent and extroverted. As we become older, this gap grows wider and wider until both parties are completely incompatible with one another.

baseballlink.com

However, one glance at the multitude of sports logos out there is enough to convince us that the distinctions made between sports and art are unfounded. To simply see logos as commercial brands concerned only with the sell of merchandise is to miss the true spirit of sports. A great logo not only brands a team, it encompasses its whole history. They are symbols for everything the team has lost and accomplished over its long history. Consider the intertwined “N” and “Y” made famous by the New York Yankees. This is by far one of the most recognizable images in all of sports, not because of the success of its team, but because its simple aesthetic captured the soul of an entire enterprise.

In a way, sports logos are the bridge between sports and the arts. After all, they share many similarities with the art you see in museums and private galleries. They not only have to conform to the goals of their franchises and benefactors, but they have to capture the interest and imagination of their highly critical fans. Both traditional pieces of arts and sports logos strive to achieve that special, universal quality that will immortalize them for future generations. As Todd Radom, a graphic designer responsible for many American sports logos, put it in an interview at bizofbaseball.com: “sports logos are utilized in a staggering variety of ways, and need to be constructed in such a way that they can translate seamlessly across every conceivable platform.”

pinterest.com

So the next time you’re watching a football game or sending your kid off to Little League, take a moment to appreciate the incredible amount of work and artistry that goes into them. And if you want to learn more about sports logo art and test your knowledge on it, try this game on for size.

Featured image via sodahead.com

keith-haring-featured

‘Art Is for Everybody': The Life and Work of Keith Haring

It’s hard to think of a contemporary artist who’s had more of an impact on American culture than Keith Haring. Born on May 4th, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Haring’s artistic skill was evident from a very early age. He was captivated by the drawings of illustrators like Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney, and these influences can be seen in a great deal of his adult work. Although simple and cartoonish, his drawings were often highly symbolic and imbued with deep political meaning, tackling issues pertaining to race, sexuality, class, and drug culture.

via subwayartblog.com

However, his art was never inaccessible; he wanted his work to communicate with everyone, not just the stuffy art crowds, and it’s easy to see this desire in his bold, youthful style. Throughout his short career, Haring devoted much of his time to cultivating a truly “public” art. From 1982 to 1989 he produced more than 50 public artworks in dozens of cities around the world. He famously tagged images all over the NYC subway system after moving there in 1978.

Haring used these spaces to contend with the difficult and taboo issues of the 80s, such as sexuality. Much of his work featured human forms in strange and twisted positions and explored how the human body was enriched, threatened, and manipulated by sex and desire. Another big focus of Haring’s work was the AIDS crisis. As an openly gay man, Haring had a vested interest in the rights of the LGBT community, and some of his best work directly confronted the repression AIDS victims suffered in the 1980s. “Silence=Death” is perhaps the most well-known of these pieces.

via flickr.com

 

Unfortunately, Haring succumbed to the same illness he spoke out for in 1990. Although he died far too young, Haring’s work has gone on to have a rich and diverse afterlife, one that continues to nurture and inspire artists today.

Featured image via pcpmedia.us

land-art-featured

Robert Smithson and the 1970s Land Art Movement

The early 1970s bore witness to one of the more fascinating and revolutionary movements in contemporary art: Land Art, or “Earthworks”. Land art was a direct response to the more artificial and plastic art installations of the 1960s. Artists no longer wanted their works to exist in the commercial and sterile space of the museum. Instead, land artists worked with the environment, using natural materials such as bed rock, water, soil, and other organic media to transform physical landscapes into works of art.

The beauty of these pieces lied in their ephemeral nature. Unlike works of art enclosed in museums, land sculptures were completely subject to the changes and fluctuations of their environment. Some of them, especially those composed in desert ecosystems, no longer exist due to the effects of erosion. Those that still exist today have changed a great deal since their inception. Years and years of wind, rain, and fluctuations in temperature have caused these sculptures to not only morph into new designs, but become part and parcel of their ecosystems.

Sylvain Meyer via inhabitat.com

Of the land artists, no one was more popular or influential than Robert Smithson. A New Jersey native, Robert Smithson was one of the foremost leaders of the land art movement and he worked tirelessly to promote its many virtues. His fascination with New Jersey’s urban decay and industrial areas led him to question the dynamic relationship between human beings and the spaces they inhabit. In his art, Smithson took these dilapidated industrial sites and used organic materials to create massive, archetypal sculptures that were infused with historical meaning, such as spirals, mounds, and circles.

Smithson’s most famous work of art was the Spiral Jetty, a 1,500-foot-long coil of mud, basalt rocks, salt crystals, and water located on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, in Utah. There are many times of the year when the sculpture cannot be seen because it is submerged in water. It took about 6 days for Smithson to construct.

Spiral Jetty, via robertsmithson.com

Unfortunately, Smithson died in 1973 from injuries sustained during a plane crash. His death was a huge loss for the land art movement, and the absence of his influence and presence led to the decline of public interest in land art. Although the movement may have faded away in the 1970s, it has recently experienced a growth in interest and popularity as global climate changes and growing commercialism force us to meditate on the ways in which we interact with the world around us.

Featured image via Wikipedia.org

museum-network-feature

Artists that Define the ’80s

Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol were pioneers in the Pop Art and Neo-expressionism movements of the 80’s. Both Basquiat and Warhol single-handedly revolutionized the art world, and are in the constant thoughts of many who love the 80’s and art.

Jean Michel Basquiat was a Brooklyn born artist that began his career in art by spray painting graffiti around New York City streets. Basquiat’s art centered around power structures, racism, class struggles, and many other social and moral in-justices. His art revolutionized a movement in the 80’s that left a massive foot print on the 80s.

Even after Jean Michel Basquiat’s death in 1988, his art defined not only the decade of the 80’s, but continues to be a major influence in today’s world of painting and art.

Andy Warhol is no stranger to Jean Michel Basquiat. The two were such good friends that when Andy Warhol died, Basquiat went into a whirl of depression, and subsequently overdosed on heroin.

Warhol is another iconic figure who’s art defined the 80’s. Between his work of Marilyn Monroe and the infamous Campbell’s Soup work, Andy Warhol’s work and his memorable quotes that go with it like “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,” or “I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”

It is because of both Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol that we remember not just the incredible work they did in the 80’s, but how their work continues to remind us of that great decade, and how it continues to inspire.

And now there is an app game that reminds us about the 80’s, too! Guess the 80’s is here to bring back that loving feeling the 80’s gave you! And here you will find the best Guess the 80’s cheats!

cityascanvas3

The Museum of the City of New York- “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection”

Originally born in San Francisco, Martin Wong moved to New York City in the late 1970s during the big graffiti boom. He was both a graffiti art collector and an artist himself, painting in the East Village art scene. Though he passed away 15 years ago, he endowed his extensive collection to the Museum of the City of New York in 1994, with work from prominent artists in this movement including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000.

The exhibition will run through August 24th, displaying close to 150 original drawings, paintings and sketchbooks, as well as photographs of works that have long been removed from the streets of New York City. These pieces come from one of the largest collections of New York street art, each speaking their own story in a electrifying way, uniquely cultivated by the conditions from which it was created.

Though mainstream New York’s fascination of graffiti faded with time, James Wong’s passion for this art form persisted and in 1989, he opened his own Museum of American Graffiti on Bond Street. Although this endeavor of his remained open for just a short 6 months, the resurgence of Wong’s collection in the Museum of the City of New York today speaks to the vivacious resilience of the nature of graffiti.

[one_half]

A-One, “Untitled” (1984)

[/one_half]

[one_half_last]

Lady Pink, “The Death of Graffiti” (1982)

[/one_half_last]

Lee Quiñones, “Howard the Duck” (1988)

Featured image by Zephyr, “Untitled” (1984)
All images courtesy The Museum of the City of New York
the-warhol

90’s Museum – The Warhol

The 90’s was an iconic decade! There is no arguing that! So many memorable moments that happened, which helped to shape that decade! One aspect has stuck with us for decades–and will probably stay with us until the end of time. And that is the art work of Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol’s work had started well before the 90s, but The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA opened its doors in 1994. Allowing people who idolized and loved Andy Warhol, his work, and the style he helped create and influence! The Warhol showcases a genre of art that began in the 80s, and expanded and helped to shape much of the 90s! A gallery filled with old and new pieces that help to shape a generation and a decade. That is The Warhol.

And just like The Warhol, Totally 90’s has all of your favorite TV shows, characters, movies, food, cars, and other memorable 90s fads and moments never left; they’ve been brought back to life by Totally-90s! Just like the way people visit The Warhol to be inspired, reminisce and indulge, Totally 90’s will wash you over with a feeling of nostalgia, as you feast your eyes on all of the best moments the 90s had to offer.

A true web-gallery with all of the most well-known, forgotten, and obscure moments and fads the 90s had to offer. Too often we let the world of now takeover, and never take a step-back to see the world that we once lived in not so long ago. So sit back, relax, and click here to laugh and enjoy all the best 90’s moments!

the-power-of-poison-ad-art-no-copy

American Museum of Natural History – The Power of Poison Exhibit Now Open Nov 16 – Aug 10

The Power of Poison exhibit is currently running at the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibit covers different kinds of poisons and how these lethal substances are used in nature, in storytelling and in human history.

Explore the exhibit before it closes on Aug 10, 2014. You’ll find a surprising number of poisonous species in the wildlife section, from plants to insects and reptiles. Learn about the different ways animals use poisons as a crucial tool to protect and feed themselves.

There will also be a plethora of information around dissecting myths and legends surrounding poison. Find out if there is any truth to these fascinating tall tales. There will also be a selection of curious cases of poisoning – many of which remain mysteries to this day.

Finally, Power of Poison will go into the secrets of poison and how they are being used in modern medicine and science. You’ll be shocked to know how much we can learn about our body, our cells and healing and regeneration, just by studying the toxic effects of the world’s many poisons.

james charles

Breaking – The Met’s Inagurila Costume Institute Event: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) has recently announced that it will showcase an exhibit of the late Charles James’ work in fashion design. Charles James: Beyond Fashion will showcase on May 8th, which will also be the inaugural exhibition of the newly restructured Costume Institute. Museum paramours and fashion-addicts can observe the illustrious career of Charles James (1906-1978) until August 10th, 2014.

James began designing in London, where he was born and raised. He moved to Paris where he continued to perfect his craft and hone—before arriving in New York City in 1940. James had no formal training, but is now regarded as one of the greatest and most influential designers in the style of Houte Couture. His infatuation with complex cuts and odd seaming led to the birth of many key design elements, which were updated throughout his life – Figure-eight skirts, Ribbon Capes and dresses, and Poufs are some of the many few pioneering cuts James sculpted.

Much of the exhibition will focus and explore many of Charles James’ designs, his process, the focus and craftsmanship he put into each design, the science behind it, and the advance mathematical approach that went into constructing ball gowns that not only innovated—but revolutionized today’s gowns.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion will be presented and shown in two different locations – The New Costume Institute, and Special Exhibition Galleries on the Museum’s main first floor. The first-floor will spotlight the allure and magnificent architecture of James’ ball gowns—from the 1930s to the 1950s, including his most iconic gowns – “Tree,” “Swan,” “Diamond,” and “Butterfly.”

The New Costume Institute’s Lizze and Jonathan Tish Gallery will showcase the technology and elasticity to emphasize James’ life via sketches, pattern types, and his partially completed work from his last studio, which happen to be his final resting spot – The Chelsea Hotel in New York City.

Both exhibition locations will have video animations to help elucidate the creative process that went into each and every dress, which ultimately redefined the female body and figure.

Charles James – A man so great that he was given two first names. And after seeing Charles James: Beyond Fashion, you’ll understand his greatness.

metropolitan museum of art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Name: Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Address: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 535-7710

Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/

Hours:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1