Pablo Picasso’s Herb Soup

Try this secret recipe created by the famous abstract painter Pablo Picasso at home! Enjoy the soup and start painting.

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2 bunches radishes

2 handfuls chervil

1 bunch sorrel

2 cloves garlic

2 soupspoons olive oil

1 egg yolk

6 slices toast (optional)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Remove the green from the radishes and wash them with the chervil and sorrel leaves, draining off the liquid. Put the radishes aside to serve them with salt later. After having reserved 20 chervil stalks, chop finely all the greens. Peel the garlic cloves.

Heat the oil over very slow heat in a  stewing pan to reduce the garlic cloves, and then the greens, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add 2.5 litres of water, salt and pepper. Let it simmer uncovered for 35 minutes. Taste the soup, season if necessary, and pour in a mixer, then put it through a sieve.

In the soup tureen, beat the egg yolk and pour over it the soup, still beating. Scatter the chervil over it, and serve with the toast.

 

–from “The Modern Art Cookbook

Halloween Costumes Inspired by Artists

Halloween is coming up this month and you may find yourself struggling on what to wear. Look no farther because this year you can impress your friends by wearing a unique costume based on your favorite artists! Read on to get inspired:

Van Gogh

If Van Gogh is your favorite artist a costume inspired by him can’t Gogh wrong (too cheesy?). With his creativity and moving imagery that everybody loves, you can bet that a costume related to Van Gogh will get you compliments all night long. You could be a painting such as Starry Night:

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This outfit is great because there’s already a lot of dresses/jackets out there that have already been made for you! All you need now is a little bit of makeup or paint to swirl around your body and your look is complete!

Or if you wanted to get dressed up with a friend you can always go as the artist and the artwork:

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Or you could always just go as Van Gogh himself:

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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt has an extremely distinct style that would be extremely fun to play with as a costume. Cover yourself in rich colors and golden fabrics and draw designs and patterns on your body to emulate this artist’s most famous style of paintings. His most famous painting (The Kiss) is perfect if you’re looking for a great couples costume!

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Roy Lichtenstein

If make up is your forte than this pop art style would be more than fun to create a costume around. Amaze your friends with your creativity and inventive costume making skills and show off the Benday dot style that Lichtenstein is so famous for!

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Grant Wood

American Gothic is a classic costume that is perfect for couples and is recognizable to many. You’ll get props on your creativity for a relatively easy costume to pull off.

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Picasso

If you’re a person who loves color and getting really creative with your costumes than Picasso is the artist for you. You can paint your face in fun, cubist and abstract ways and allow yourself creative reign over your costume.

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Johannes Vermeer

The classic image of The Girl With the Pearl Earring is a painting that many people know and love. Bring this painting to life with a  fairly simple costume that will still get you creativity points amongst your friends!

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Banksy

A fairly easy but still inventive costume takes after the works of unknown street artist Banksy. This costume shouldn’t require anything that you might not already have around your house but you’ll still look more creative than all the people that showed up as cats to the Halloween party. tumblr_maynr9z5ae1qmf3rso1_1280 screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-12-25-33-pm 1c7f1dfd5c3c7391cdafb1b1c28149f3There are so many other costumes out there that can be inspired by your favorite artists/works of art so don’t be afraid to get creative with it and create a wholly unique costume that suits your personality! Let us know what your favorite costume ideas were and if you actually try them out, tag us on Instagram (@aarongallery_dc)!

3 Minute Art History Lesson: Yayoi Kusama

Dates: 1929-Present

Location: Japan

Medium: Avant-Garde Sculptor, Painter, and Novelist

“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement…Polka dots are a way to infinity.”

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Yayoi Kusama is an acclaimed contemporary artist who has worked in a variety of media such as painting, collage, sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations. Her thematic interests are in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. She is acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan and an important voice of the avant-garde.

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Fast Facts:

  • Kusama’s work is based in conceptual art and shows attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art and abstract expressionism. Her work is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.
  • Kusama was a fixture of the New York avant-garde and had her works exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and George Segal during the early 60’s where she became associated with the pop art movement.
  • Polka dots are a trademark of her work. The vast fields of polka dots or “infinity nets”  were taken directly from her hallucinations.
  • Kusama was greatly involved in the New York art scene and staged many “happenings” in which she would gather people in conspicuous spots like Central Park and would often involve nudity to protest the Vietnam war.
  • She has complex installations of mirror/infinity rooms. These are purpose-built rooms lined with mirrors that often contains water and flickering lights. The viewer stands inside a small platform and light is repeatedly reflected off of the mirrors to create the illusion of a never-ending space. These rooms suggest a pattern of life and death.
  • In 1977 Kusama checked herself into the Seika Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and is where she continues to reside. 1129861

Timeline:

  • 1957-Came to the United States and showed large paintings, soft sculptures and environmental sculptures using mirrors and electric lights
  • Late  1960s-Staged many happenings such as body painting festivals, fashion shows, and anti-war demonstrations
  • 1968-The Film “Kusama’s Self-Obliteration” which Kusama produced and starred in won various awards.
  • 1973-Returned to Japan where she continued to produce art but she also issued a number of novels and anthologies, one of which won a literary award.
  • 1986-Held solo exhibitions at the Musee Municipal, Dole, and the Musee des Beaus Arts de Calais
  • 1994-Began to create open-air sculptures.
  • 1996-Began to show works mainly at galleries in New York
  • 1998-1999-A major retrospective of Kusama’s work was shown first at LACMA and traveled around the world
  • 2004-Her solo exhibition “Kusamatrix” drew a total of 520,000 people.
  • 2006-Received a Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2008-Her Documentary film “Yayoi Kusama, I adore myself” released in Japan and screened at international film festivals and museums.
  • 2015-Artsy named Kusama one of the Top Living Artists of 2015.

yayoi_kusama_jamie_green_victoria_miro_pumpkinsssWhere can I see her works?

  • The Broad, Los Angeles “Infinity Mirrored Room” Permanent collection
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York “From the Collection: 1960-1969” March 26, 2016-March 12, 2017
  • The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut “Narcissus Garden” May 1-November 30, 2016
  • Long Museum, Shanghai “She: International Women Artists Exhibition” July 23-October 30, 2016
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston “First Light:  A Decade of Collecting at the ICA” August 17, 2016-January 16, 2017
  • Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates “Dots Obsession” October 1, 2016-January 9, 2017
  • Helsinki Art Museum “In Infinity” October 7, 2016-January 22, 2017
  • Upcoming traveling exhibition: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC “Infinity Mirrors” February 23-May 14, 2017
Infinity Mirrored Room

Infinity Mirrored Room

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DOTermination 2

Chandelier of Grief

Chandelier of Grief