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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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It took Michelangelo four years to create his masterpiece murals that cover the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. A Manhattan artist believes he can recreate the soaring images in just two months on the ceiling of his cramped studio apartment.  Alex Gardega is a NYC based artist with an international following. His media of choice: oil painting, watercolors and glass.

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Gustav_klimt_July_14_1862_-February_6_1918Gustav Klimt

July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His major works include paintings, mural, sketches, and other art objects. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism—nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings in pencil.

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San Francisco graphic designer Brian Pollett, aka Pixel-Pusha, pusha-ed himself to the limit by doing a new drug every day for twenty days and making art.


Day 1 - Butylone

"The Binge project is inspired by my early explorations with psychedelics and electronic music parties," Pollet explained. "At this point in my life I desire to express what I've learned from psychedelics, the creative process, and electronic music." 

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In an effort to heal their neighborhood, residents of the 10th Arrondissement invited street and graffiti artists to paint on a blocklong wall near two cafes that were attacked. Below are some of the artworks and the stories behind them."I was really afraid, and I felt all alone," Diana Kami, an artist who lives in the 10th Arrondissement with her daughter, said of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, many in her neighborhood. The next Monday, after dropping her daughter at school, she was overwhelmed by a desire to make art. Almost instinctively, she said, she began to paint on a wall along rue Alibert that is often used as a canvas for local street artists – and is just steps from Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon, two cafes targeted in the attacks.


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All artists use tools, but Bosnian sculptor Jasenko Đorđević turns tools into art. Born in Tulza, Bosnia, Đorđević uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel to carve detailed pencil-tip sculptures. The result resembles something made from stone or charred wood. Đorđević was first inspired to carve pencils after seeing the work of Dalton Ghetti.


Graphite or "black lead" is Đorđević's material of choice, "since it is hard and fragile at the same time. One has to be very careful when working with black lead, as the smallest lack of attention can lead to its cracking."