La statue de cire du 45e président des Etats-Unis a été dévoilée mercredi. Les artistes ont passé cinq mois sur sa figure.
Dans musée Madame Tussauds de Londres, Trump a déjà remplacé Obama dans le bureau ovale. À deux jours de sa prise de fonction, le musée a dévoilé sa nouvelle statue de président. Il est vêtu d’un costume bleu marine, une chemise blanche et une cravate rouge.
Des cheveux en poilsde yak
L’équipe du musée a passé cinq mois sur la figure du 45ème président des Etats-Unis. Ses cheveux, faits en poils de yak, ont donné du fil à retordre aux artistes. “Il a une sorte de bob”, explique David Gardner, principal sculpteur, “c’est long devant, et coiffé derrière”. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s go for a joyride in one of these impossibly spherical or cubic Volkswagens created by Indonesian sculptor Ichwan Noor. These awesome sculptures are made from actual vintage VW components.
“Noor carves a spherical polyurethane replica of the vehicle’s body which he then casts in aluminum. A separate spherical interior is then produced to fit the cast exterior. The final result is enhanced with the original car parts provided by the manufacturer.”
Watch this video to get a closer look at one of Noor’s VW Beetle cubes:
Ji Zhenshan has spent the past week drawing portraits of Chinese medalists on wooden eggs using an electric iron.
There’s a Chinese saying that the true masters of art live among the ordinary people – and that aptly describes Ji Zhenshan.
The middle-aged artist in eastern China’s Chiping county, Shandong Province, has spent the past week drawing portraits of Chinese medalists on wooden eggs using an electric iron. He has recorded the cheerful moments of the athletes winning medals in the Rio Games with his pyrography artworks.
Ji’s works include Sun Yang, gold medal winner of men’s 200m freestyle, female shooter Zhang Mengxue, China’s first gold medal winner at the ongoing Games, and China’s longtime diving queen Wu Minxia, among others. Read the rest of this entry »
Deposition of Christ
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
Galleria dell’Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Li Aimin, a 63-year-old farmer from Shandong Province, spent a year sculpting the portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong and various war heroes on eggs to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victory of World War Two.
Li sculpted Chairman Mao on the sides of eggs with more than 20 different kinds of emotions and 249 Chinese founding military officers with clear details of their facial expressions like smiles or serious expressions.
Li is a talented farmer with strong artistic sense, according to a report by Qilu Evening News. In four years, he has engraved more than 1,000 eggs, with everything from plants to animals.
Li has worked as a farmer his entire life, but spends all of his spare time working on his sculptures. He expects to exhibit all of his special egg shell sculptures during the Victory Day.
Boris Karloff Life-Size Sculpture by Mike Hill – often mistaken for a real photo of Boris Karloff behind the scenes of Frankenstein (1931)
Orangutan Strangling a Borneo Savage
by Emmanuel Frémiet, 1895.
Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée, Paris.
Valerio Cioli c. 1564
Tomb of Michelangelo (detail)
A technician works on broken hands from the waxworks of Madame Tussauds, 1950s
Unknown artist, Greek
Aphrodite, 2nd century BCE
Height: 47.3 cm (18 5/8 inches)
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 17, 2014
A hand-cranked sculpture that makes a mean manhattan? Yes please. Come with us inside Instructables’ Kooky Creative Warehouse Workshop.
Uh-oh…Biden’s confused and has wandered off again. pic.twitter.com/8E7g1H5WWa
— Matt (@Matthops82) February 5, 2014
Jaclyn Reiss writes: A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near the center of Wellesley College has created a stir among the women on campus, especially as more than 100 students at the all-women’s college signed a petition asking administrators to remove it.
The statue, called Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit featuring sculptor Tony Matelli at the college’s Davis Museum. The exhibit, New Gravity, features sculptures that are often reversed, upended or atomized.
However, the statue of the sleepwalker — which is hard to miss in a high-traffic area by both pedestrians and drivers near the campus center — has caused outrage among some students in just one day after its Feb. 3 installation. Zoe Magid, a Wellesley College junior majoring in political science, started a petition on Change.org with other students asking college president H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue removed. Read the rest of this entry »
While it’s certainly been a cold winter stateside, our neighbors to the north know what a real chill actually looks like. Reddit user Unspeakablefilth lives in Northwestern Ontario, where the averaged a daytime high was -25 degrees celsius or colder for about a month.
Wire art is certainly nothing new, head down to any local craft fair and you’ll probably find a little wire frog or ostrich overflowing with folksy charm.
Another beautiful item from those lovable nuts at RocketNews24 – Philip Kendall reports: Even the greatest of heroes meet their end eventually, whether they be staff-wielding wizards or portly plumbers. With this incredible sculpture, Polish artist Kordian Lewandowski presents the demise of none other than our favourite 8-bit champion, Super Mario. And as sad as it is, it’s really quite breathtaking.
“Game Over” shows Peach, or Princess Toadstood to her subjects, cradling the limp body of Mario in a pose reminiscent of Michelangelo’s “Pietà“. Rather than carving it out of solid marble, Kordian chose to work with an enormous styrofoam block, but he did create his own masterpiece with something that even the great Michelangelo could never claim to be a competent user of: a chainsaw.
The other day I visited The Oakland Museum, and while I wandered through one of its rooms this scene presented itself to me:
Immediately a thought struck me: This is it — the decline and fall of Western culture is encapsulated perfectly in this one scene.
Let me explain.
In the foreground we have a marble sculpture entitled “California Venus,” in a timeless neo-classical style.
It was carved in 1895 by sculptor Rupert Schmid.
In the background, just a few steps away, we have its companion piece, a sculpture entitled “Pink Lady.”
It was created in 1965 by artist Viola Frey.
In just 80 years, the state of sculpture in America went from beautiful and exquisitely refined to ugly, klutzy and incompetent.
I don’t know whether the curators at the Oakland Museum juxtaposed these two pieces intentionally, or if it was just an accident, but either way they deftly summarized everything that went wrong with 20th century art.
Striving for Beauty — or for Ugliness?
The very goal of art changed radically between 1885 and 1965. Back at the end of the 19th century no one yet questioned the assumption that art was an attempt to capture or create beauty. It had been that way for millennia. Little did anyone know that within just a few decades the very philosophy of art would move away from idealization first toward abstraction, then to realism, and finally to grotesquerie.