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
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Infinity Mirrored Room

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DOTermination 2

Chandelier of Grief

Chandelier of Grief

The Personal Recipes of Pablo Picasso

Food, much like painting, is a form of art. There is time, dedication, and pride that go into the making of an exquisite meal that is not lost on famous artists. Pablo Picasso has released some of his personal recipes in an interview with Vouge. He is one of many artists that have a knack for cooking, among Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, etc. While Dali and Pollock have released their own cookbooks, Picasso’s recipes went into the Modern Art Cookbook which features recipes of the famous artists of the 2oth century.

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The Modern Cookbook by Mary Ann Caws

Once, Picasso had lunch with Alice B. Toklas who decided to serve a dish that included her dressing up a bass with cream, herbs, and a red mayonnaise sauce. She decorated the serving platter with her boiled eggs, a tomato paste, and truffles in a way that she believed would impress Picasso. Upon seeing the platter, Picasso remarked in the beauty of the dish. This was not the only time that the look of the dish presented to him was complimented. Another time his wife, Jaqueline, made him an eel stew and impressed by its beauty Picasso decided to paint it rather than eat it.

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Picasso sees beauty in everything, even the seemingly random. He manipulates what he is looking at so that he is proud of his work and it fits into his personal style. By believing that you should have a sense of pride in all that you do, Pablo Picasso mastered a few of his own recipes in that he enjoyed serving to others as well as eating himself. Feeling confident about his art was carried over into his work in the kitchen and to his palate when savoring a meal. He would never serve something that he wasn’t satisfied with.

Some of Picasso’s famous recipes include:

Picasso’s Omelette Tortilla Niçoise

6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion
4 peppers, red and green
3 tomatoes
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
8 eggs
Salt and pepper

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Polychrome Bird, Pablo Picasso,1947

Picasso’s Eel Stew

6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons butter
12 small white onions
1 teaspoon sugar
2 yellow onions, chopped
12 mushrooms
⅓ pound salt pork, cubed
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eels of about 1 pound each, cut into four- to five-inch sections
1 bottle of good red wine
1 tablespoon flour
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Bouquet garni: thyme, bay leaf, parsley, fennel, and a small branch of celery

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Poisson de Chine, Pablo Picasso, 1952

Picasso’s Herb Soup

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

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Visage dans un carré, Pablo Picasso, 1956

 

 

12 Studios of Famous 20th Century Artists

A studio is meant to be not only to be a place of work, but a place of inspiration, a sacred space. These artists studios, their creative spaces, are almost like physical and spacial representations of their creativity.

Looking at these studios, you almost feel like you were there when some of the greatest works of the 20th century were being made! If you find this interesting, head over to Bored Panda  for an extensive list of artists and their studios.

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5 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Artist

If you love…

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat

 

© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Algonquin Books (March 8, 2016)

Algonquin Books (March 8, 2016)

We Love You Charlie Freeman is a book that tackles race and language, much like Basquiat’s work which developed from his poetic street art of NYC. Kaitlyn Greenidge writes about an african american family asked to raise and teach sign language to a chimpanzee at a New England Research Institute whose dark history challenges readers. This novel explores heavy topics with a graceful humor and contemplation.

 

 

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí Lobster Telephone, 1938 West Dean College - part of The Edward James Foundation Group © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2015

Salvador Dalí
Lobster Telephone, 1938
West Dean College – part of The Edward James Foundation Group
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2015

Riverhead Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2015)

Riverhead Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2015)

 

Master of the unconscious mind, Dali’s work was heavily based on symbolism and dreams, trying to understand the surreal elements of what we call reality. If you enjoy his mind-bending art, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is for you. Filled with mythological elements and a psychologically sharp take on domesticity, this is one book bound to leave you wanting more.

 

Claude Monet

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

 

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2011) Elizabeth Bard

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2011)
Elizabeth Bard

If you like Monet’s soft but deconstructed landscapes then Elizabeth Bard’s Lunch in Paris is a must read for you. A humorous memoir filled with the romance of paris and being abroad all the while tackling real life issues, like not knowing where you fit in the world. This book is separated into chapters by recipes that Bard collected (or created) herself and is sure to inspire as much as entertain.

 

Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632 - 1675 ), Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664, oil on canvas, Widener Collection 1942.9.97

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632 – 1675 ), Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664, oil on canvas, Widener Collection 1942.9.97

Back Bay Books (April 7, 2015), Donna Tartt

Back Bay Books (April 7, 2015), Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch tells the story of a young man’s life growing up in New York City- filled with love, loss, thievery, and Dutch paintings, this book will keep you entranced just like Vermeer’s beautiful paintings do. It is a smartly done and meticulous book that will keep readers turning pages, grieving and laughing alongside characters; This book will not disappoint.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Louvre, Leonardo Da Vinci

The Louvre, Leonardo Da Vinci

Pocket Books; Reissue edition (August 25, 2015)

Pocket Books; Reissue edition (August 25, 2015)

If you like Da Vinci’s methodical and calculated artworks then Kathy Reich’s Deja Dead is the book you’ll want to read. Written by a forensic anthropologist, this hit novel from the 90’s is smart and full of surprises. The novel (plus the many more after this one in the series) follows a forensic anthropologist on her quest to solve a case that becomes personal. It is captivating and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.