Waterfall, by M.C. Escher (1961)
Art is lost upon America. The elitism and exclusivity of the art world and its seasoned patrons leaves young, aspiring connoisseurs feeling infinitely unenlightened and inferior. The art snobs among us make it a sterling point to establish their superior insight into the works of Cézanne or Chagall — as if they truly know better.
People who read our two-sentence Twitter bio often ask us what the phrase “democratizing art” means. To us, the democratization of art is predicated entirely on freedom—the freedom to appreciate, create and engage art in every facet of life. It has as much to do with encouraging individual tastes and preferences as it does with increasing access to art. By virtue of its traditional definition, ‘democracy’ affords people the luxury of making choices for themselves. Yet, in many realms, we are often uncomfortable standing by our choice of aesthetic expression. We’ve unwittingly learned to look to the standards set by an esoteric elite — namely our beloved celebrities and socialites — for clues on what to appreciate.
The democratization of art is also about coming up with ways to observe the art that already exists around us. It’s striking how complacent and conditioned we are about not seeking beauty in daily life. Art transcends all forms of media — one doesn’t need to frequent galleries or museums to find it. It’s hardly beholden to the walls of the MoMA or the stage of an opera house. There’s art in our homes, our workspaces and the products we use. There’s art in relationships, in business. There’s art in the way of doing things. These manifestations, too, are real and worthy of appreciation and reflection.
Super cool street art by @jayshells, who puts up location-specific rap quotes on the streets of New York.
Abrar and Amaan taking in a Rothko (No. 14) at a reception for the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, hosted at the SF MoMA.
15,000 Volts by Melanie Hoff.
For Successful Living.
A remarkably clever take on a moment best memorialized in high school-level history textbooks. It is, as any great creative idea is, provocative…but only momentarily.
"…there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away."
- Sarah Kay
a while ago i mentioned i had some anatomical drawings and some people requested them but i forgot to upload them until now!
- DOWNLOAD HERE: http://www.mediafire.com/?o1tdax14yrar4hr
included are roughly 100 anatomical drawings, all of them 300 DPI. someone on /ic/ posted these a couple years ago so i take no credit for acquiring or scanning them, only sharing them.
these are really useful for artists studying anatomy or medical buffs looking for cool stuff to look at. enjoy!
These are just beautiful. They don’t make anatomical drawings like they used to.