“Icons of Music, Then and Now” Pop Art Exhibition at The House of Music

Sources: PRWeb | All Things Michael

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MJ portrait by the late Steve Kaufman

Grado, Italy – American Pop Art, Inc. is proud to present “Icons of Music: Then and Now,” a series of brilliant pop art portraits of the world’s most recognizable musicians, now through September 14, 2014 at The House of Music in Grado, Italy. This exhibition is curated by Serena Bobbo, and organized by the Municipality of Grado, and by Diana Vachier and Alberto Panizzoli of American Pop Art, Inc. and Steve Kaufman Art Licensing, LLC.

“Icons of Music: Then and Now” features original, unique portraits of famous musicians from Mozart to Michael Jackson—all painted by the late Steve Alan Kaufman (SAK), American pop artist and former assistant to Andy Warhol. Steve Kaufman is well known for his lavish use of color, and these crisp, impactful images will captivate people of all ages and restore memories of many songs.

Steve Kaufman’s tremendous passion for art made him look backwards into history before he would proceed forward. He was deeply moved by the great masters of art, music, and literature. And so, Steve Kaufman did a series of paintings during the mid 1990s to show his respect for those who preceded him and greatly influenced his life.

“Icons of Music: Then and Now,” offers visitors a vivid perspective of Mozart, Beethoven, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and even Marilyn Monroe. The artist calls attention to these great figures, these icons that are now part of the collective imagination. These stars became significant reference points of their time—not only in music, but also as legends in television, cinema, and high society events. Steve Kaufman transforms the influence of these personalities into moments of meditation on fame. Kaufman himself wore hand-embellished apparel of the distinguished artist that he had become, but he never forgot the life he had before fame, the people he met along the way, and those who had inspired him.

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Particularly significant among the works of Steve Kaufman, in the context of the exhibition “Icons of Music: Then and Now,” are those who represent Michael Jackson and Mozart. First, these two icons represent of the genius of modernity and the eclectic image. Second, they represent the geniality and immortal revolution of music. Both were child prodigies and stars of the stage in their lifetimes, and both prematurely passed away. Mozart and Michael Jackson, as distinct characters of time and history, become the ‘face’ that is the essence of the homage that Steve Kaufman pays to such “iconicism.”

Steve Kaufman shows us these characters, these ‘icons’ in a fresh, new perspective—Art about art that draws on art, listens, and calls back to the art.

The House of Music in Grado, Italy (Comune Di Grado Casa Della Musica) is located at Piazza Biagio Marin 2, 34073 Grado, Italy. Exhibition hours are from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm daily. For more information about Steve Kaufman, please visit http://www.americanpopartinc.com.

 

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Why are All These Awesome Street Art Images of A Young Michael Jackson Appearing Everywhere?

Sources: Global Graphica | All Things Michael

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We recently started seeing a random few of these wheat-paste street art images of a young, Jackson 5-era Michael Jackson appearing on walls around downtown Manhattan. But then this past weekend, these seemed to multiply exponentially and appear everywhere, from the Lower East Side to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint. In the LES, we counted dozens of the “Young MJs” on Ludlow Street alone. These Young MJ wheat-pastes are the work of a mysterious New York-based “celebrity stylist” and artist who goes by the moniker “UnCasso” (a.k.a., “UnCuttArt”). The “Young MJs” come in a variety of colors . In some cases, as pictured below, a single, larger image is composited with several pieces in different colors. Needless to say, we love ‘em.

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Artist Recreates Amazing Iconic Images Using Old Recycled Tapes

Sources: Metro | MJWN| All Things Michael

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An artist has found an inventive way to create amazing works of art and up-cycle a redundant technology.

Erika Simmons, from Chicago, uses old cassette tape to recreate iconic images of people such as Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain.

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The 30-year old artist has been creating the works by gluing tape from cassettes, VHS tapes and old audio books on white canvases for the past six years.

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The tapes are donated by people from all over the world who don’t want to see their now useless tapes go to waste.

It takes her a few weeks to make each piece and each one can be anywhere between one and three feet tall.

Who knows – maybe one day we will be making sculptures out of our outdated iPhones?

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Colour Me Good Record Sleeves

Source: I Love Mel | All Things Michael

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In the age of digital downloads, we are really missing something, and that thing is album artwork, which normally now appears as a tiny weeny icon next to your song in your media player of choice, or not at all when you’re jogging along with your ipod in your pocket! Who has time to stop and look at the art your favourite musicians have put together for the discerning music listener?

Fear not though; for the lovers of the old ways, and lovers of colouring books, for people who love the big old album sleeves around a vinyl record or just the glossy booklets in the front of a new CD, there’s tonnes of the stuff (as drawn by Mel Elliott) in this fun and cool colouring book. Colour in and celebrate this often over-looked art form by creating your own limited edition versions of your favourite albums!

Featuring record sleeves by:

Nirvana, Jake Bugg, Patti Smith, Blondie, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, The Strokes, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eminem, Grace Jones, Madonna, Lana Del Rey and Simon & Garfunkel.

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A perfect gift for a music aficionado, or anyone who likes colouring in!

This colouring book contains 15 black line drawings by Mel Elliott for you to colour in.

It’s printed on 150g Ecoplex paper, which is made from recycled paper so absolutely no trees were harmed during the making of this book.

Author: Mel Elliott

Publisher: I Love Mel

 

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BEST-SELLING ALBUM COVERS REIMAGINED

Source: Daily Beast | All Things Michael

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In the pop culture world, well-renowned albums have cover art that sometimes become just as timeless as the songs on the record. This contest specifically asked designers to put a new and creative spin to the cover of one of their favorite best- selling albums. DesignCrowd received 87 submissions from around the world, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

The winning submission was U2’s Pop.

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Jeff Koon’s “Michael And Bubbles” Featured At Gorgeous Exhibit

Source: SF Weekly – By Emily Wilson

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For the first time, two major San Francisco museums — the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA — will have a show combining star pieces from their collections. Gorgeous, which opens on June 20, with 72 works of art spanning more than 2,000 years and organized into loose groupings (including “Seduction,” “Fantasy,” and “Danger,”) goes beyond beauty, according to Harding. For thousands of years, there have been academic discourses on beauty. But this show isn’t about that.

“We’re more interested in the outliers,” says Allison Harding, the assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum. “Exaggeration or kitsch have a way of provoking people to think about what their personal boundaries are, and what their assumptions and preconceptions are. That visceral reaction is part of the work.”

To encourage that visceral reaction, the show’s organizers have taken a different approach to the text and panels that go with the exhibit, making it more conversational and less scholarly.

“A lot of times when we go to museum, we glance at the work and really look first at what the curator has to say,” says Harding. “It’s really different for the Asian putting the emphasis less on context and putting it more in the visitor’s camp.”

Gorgeous centers on the viewer, agrees Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA; she also wrote an essay for the show’s catalog entitled “Just Looking.”

“With modern art in conversation with ancient objects, you don’t have to be quite so concerned with cultural context,” adds Haskell. “It’s about letting the work work on you and just engaging with the object.”

Some of those objects include the torso of a female deity from India, Jeff Koons’ Michael Jackson and Bubbles, an elaborate Burmese Buddhist bowl, and a painting by Mark Rothko.

Asian Museum: http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/gorgeous

Read more: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2014/06

THESE CORNFLAKE PORTRAITS OF MUSICIANS WILL ROCK YOUR MORNING SOCKS OFF

Source: Lost State Minor.com – By Low Lai Chow / Via Thrillist

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If you don’t know by now, we love anything that involves a bit of playing with food. Which is why we adore New York-based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado’s cornflake portraits of both dead and alive music personalities. Slash, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Lauryn Hill and Army Winehouse are among those honored by Rosado in the form of cereal — and they don’t look half bad.

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Rihanna

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Amy Winehouse

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John Lennon

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Slash

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Bob Marley

Check out the rest of Sarah’s cereal and non-Corn Flake creations over at her portfolio.

 

Jeff Koons Tells Us The Stories Behind Some Of His Most Famous Works

Source: Details.com – By Laurence Lowe

On the eve of his retrospective at New York’s Whitney Museum, the artist walks us through what he was thinking when he made some of his most iconic pieces of art.

SINCE THE LATE 1970s, Koons has all but erased the line between art and spectacle. Now, at 59, as he readies the biggest show of his career—”Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,” opening June 27 at New York City’s Whitney Museum—the art world’s captain of industry reflects on four of his most iconic pieces.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988)

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“It’s in the form of a Renaissance sculpture, like the Pietà, and has the same pyramid-type structure. [In the 'Banality' series,] I wanted a Christ-like figure, because I felt I was asking people to trust themselves—to not fight the things they like. When you watch a performer today, you feel like they’re connected to a higher being.”

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“In [the series] ‘The New,’ I wanted to have a more direct dialogue with [Marcel] Duchamp’s ready-mades. I have fond memories of when this piece was installed in the window of [New York's] New Museum. The guards complained that people were coming in to buy vacuum cleaners.”

Puppy (1992)

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“I created it for a site-specific exhibition in Bad Arolsen, Germany. There was a huge schloss in the center of town. I envisioned Louis XIV visiting it and thought, ‘If Louis lived there, what would he want to see?’ Maybe he’d wake up in the morning and want to see a sculpture, about 40 feet tall, all made of live flowers, in the shape of a dog. It was that intuitive.”

 

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