I Walk a Lonely Road….

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The New Fall TV Season. And surprise, surprise visual art once again has its place in the pantheon. Last season, a lot of talk was dedicated to the abundance of Kehinde Wiley and Basquiat work showcased on Empire. But the Lyons family isn’t the only hip hop obsessed family with an eye for art. It turns out Fresh Off the Boat has also been making it’s own statements. Both season one and season two features American art classics reimagined with the Asian American cast for the promos.

The first season channeled American Gothic.

Fresh of the Boat Season 1 Poster. Source: Angry Asian Man

Fresh of the Boat Season 1 Poster. Source: Angry Asian Man

Season 2’s art work is a bit more modern and takes on Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, painted in 1942.

Fresh off the Boat Season 2 Art, Source: Angry Asian Man

Fresh off the Boat Season 2 Poster Source: Angry Asian Man

Because Nighthawks is so accessible it has been used in pop culture often, in everything from The Simpsons to The Tick. Fresh off the Boat’s take is unique because of the explicitness and details of the characters:  a multigenerational Asian American family. While I love this take on the painting, I have to admit my favorite version has always been Gottfried Helnwein’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Perhaps it was being able to easily identify characters that I did not identify with that allowed me to connect with this pop culture infusion of the work.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams Helnwein, 1984

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Helnwein, 1984 Source: Pinterest

Thanks Hopper for the gift of art that keeps on giving.

artnet’s 30 Art-Writing Clichés to Ditch in the New Year

Untitled, Keith Haring 1982 Source: www.haring.com

Untitled, Keith Haring 1982 Source: http://www.haring.com

This great list makes ever so much sense, especially when speaking to the casual art lover.

Number 9 is so at the heart of Art is Now Pop:

9) famous
There are artworks, artists, and art things that are legitimately “famous” (as in, you might find news of them in a non-art publication), like Michelangelo’s David or Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage. Most often, what the author really means here is “talked about among art people.”

Because, it’s true. Some things are pop culture. Some are just art.

The Only Christopher We Acknowledge is Wallace

Also posted at: http://www.kimberlythinks.com/2014/10/the-only-christopher-we-acknowledge-is.html

When we think about all that Jay-Z has contributed to society, this line from  “Oceans” will stand out  as part of contemporary anti-Columbus Day mottos prone to be distributed across social media.  This year, it also became the title of a tribute exhibit for The Notorious B.I.G. at The Bishop on Bedford in Brooklyn.

Check the art chat podcast below.

A Wardrobe: Coming Soon To A Museum Near You

Met Costume Institue

It’s not just in Old Navy Ads that fashion is being eyed as art. The Cut (the fashion section of New York Magazine ) has a great article and slide show on how fashion has taken over the museum scene and populated exhibits everywhere.

And why not? On an aesthetic level, fashion is one of the few places that most people have a choice in creating a personal statement of their own on a daily basis. This holds true even when you think about how much influence fashion labels and magazines exert on the average person.

Let Miranda Priestly break that down.

Several aspects of fashion turn it into wearable art:  the cuts of clothing, the color choices, the intersection of graphics with material type and volume and social consciousness . The aesthetic and politics that informed Charles James is definitely different from the aesthetic and politics of a Vivienne Westwood. So why not view it in the way that one would take in a Rembrandt or a Pollack.

So, art is not dead. Not in the least. Especially not when you curate an entire exhibit based on shoes. Check out the article here.