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What Made The Subway Drawings of Keith Hairing So Iconic?


Unless you happen to live in a bustling metropolitan area or near art centers, it would be a safe bet that your biggest exposure to art may be through graffiti scrawled on train cars, if not the internet. Art has become an incredibly public medium, and it is commonplace now for promotional art foundations to install public works to be viewed and enjoyed by all. This is a huge leap from art’s origins as a luxury whose consumption was reserved exclusively for the wealthy and elite. This, of course, has reversed over the years, and art is now more public than ever—but elitism continues to underscore art today.

It was the reversal of this idea that fascinated Keith Haring so much, who was interested in art from a young age. Upon graduating high school according to his foundation’s website haring.com, he enrolled in a post-secondary institution which focused specifically on the education of art for commercial purposes. Haring, however, became disillusioned with the idea of becoming a professional graphic designer—the most legitimate job around for an aspiring artist—and dropped out after completing just one full academic year. He later re-enrolled in a different visual arts school in New York City and became involved in an art bubble similar to that of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Paris in the 1920s, befriending Kenny Scharf and even the now-legend Jean-Michel Basquiat.

During his time in New York City, Keith Haring saw art booming in a way he had never seen before: art being presented as intertwined with life and in participatory circumstances, proclamations that artists were everywhere and that it was a unique language inherently shared by all humans. Haring set out to create art that was uniquely public.



Pop art was a movement in the art world that started in around the 1950s and peaked in the 1960s in the United States. It began with a realization that the majority of people could not relate to then-modern art. Pop art emerged to meet the need of those who felt that art was only for a sphere of people within a certain wealth class or certain stories of civilization, but not for the people living in a lifestyle born from the industrial age, who saw art in advertisements and propaganda. Pop art became the bridge between pop culture and traditional art, and no longer were museums stuffy preservations of historical relics irrelevant to everyday life.

It also served as the first artistic representation of the facts of life enforced by late-stage capitalism, which imposed new definitions of classes and social systems compared to the pervasive systems at play previously. Pop art is characterized by bright colors and simple designs, so that it is both eye-catching and simple.

Pop art tended to draw inspiration from the art of advertisements and propaganda, even if it wasn’t always promoting the consumption of a product or a government-backed ideology. For example, Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Tomato Juice Box which can be found herepictures a box of Campbell’s tomato soup cans, but it is not an advertisement for the product. Pop art also embraced more mediums than art did previously, with a number of famous pop artists utilizing new printing technologies—the aforementioned work Campbell’s Tomato Juice Box, for example, was made using silkscreen printing.

Life of Keith Haring

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Haring’s art reflects well his experiences as an artist in New York City. He was swept up into the pop and contemporary art scene, eventually reaching a level of success where he was able to open up his own store focused on making his art more available to the public outside of museums and art shows. He called it the Pop Shop—a play on his pop art style–where he sold T-Shirts, posters, and other goods that displayed his art. His shop was so successful that he was able to open up another sister store in Tokyo. He hand-painted the inside of both stores himself to make the experience of shopping in them more immersive for customers. These shops unfortunately do not exist in a physical form today, as each location was eventually closed, but the shop still exists today as an online store.

Throughout Haring’s career, he completed works that could be viewed and enjoyed by anyone who happened to pass by through making murals, including the Mural of Milwaukee, Andy Mouse, and his most iconic, the Crack is Wack mural located in Harlem, New York. The latter was actually inspired by the heartbreaking story of Keith Haring’s assistant, Benny, who sadly became addicted to crack. Haring even completed a mural on the Berlin wall, fascinated with using his contemporary, bright, and simple art to convey complex ideas about worldwide institutions and prevalent social problems.

Haring’s commitment to the accessibility of his art extends beyond his murals and independent shop. Haring noticed during his commutes in New York City that advertisements would sometimes be covered up with black paper. He quickly saw an opportunity and started drawing on them with chalk. The practice quickly became part of his daily routine, eventually creating about 2,000 total drawings in the span of his career. These drawings quickly became the inspiration for later Keith Haring artworks, as they allowed him to quickly experiment with new shapes and messages. Even better, they were another way for Haring to extend the reach and accessibility of his art by making them so public.

Haring’s dedication in showcasing social problems on a mass scale, however, unfortunately foreshadowed his succumbing to one of the biggest social problems of the 1980s: the AIDS epidemic. Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, a diagnosis which at the time was a death sentence. A year later, he established a foundation with the purpose of extending his reach as an artist past his death, which still exists today and runs his pop shop online and helps others through financial grants to needy children and those diagnosed with or affected by AIDS or its precursor HIV.

Virtual Fiels Trips

Virtual Field Trips Are Democratising Access to Art

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), ran a wonderful and informative piece how virtual school programs have broken down the barriers that have historically prevented students from accessing great art, and music and seeing zoo animals.

The piece begins by taking a look at the work of spoken word and music tandem, I.M.F. (In My Feelings) and Raffiki, who took part in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) Black History Month commemorations.

According to I.M.F., being able to watch spoken word artists and musicians gave her the confidence she needed to believe that she could make a career out of her passion.

The duo commemorated Black History Month by creating and performing works inspired by the gallery’s extensive art connection. Each recording session was live-streamed and lasted half an hour. The sessions were interspersed with chats with students who were streaming the sessions.

Through sessions such as these, AGO is able to reach a bigger audience than before, and perhaps even inspire some of them to take up the creative mantle and become artists and musicians. Artists and musicians have been able to engage with students to discuss vital artistic questions and the importance of Black artists and musicians.

Events such as these are important given that the coronavirus pandemic has prevented schools from sending or their students on field trips, as well as prevented guests from visiting schools. Virtual events of this kind have been held by various cultural institutions so that students don’t miss out on cultural experiences.

Participants have widely applauded the use of virtual field trips. They have been hailed for the connections they have created, the possibilities of reaching out beyond a traditional audience and the exciting way that events unfold in virtual space.

AGO worked to create the magic of in-person visits when they designed their Virtual Schools Program. They wanted to have that same spontaneity and energy that students have when they are learning something new about a work of art, from an educator. AGO also worked to include a wellness component to their digital experiences. At the end of each 30-minute live-streamed virtual field trip, students are asked to participate in an art activity. This adds to the connectivity of the program and bridges the divide that working online sometimes creates.

Being live-streamed is a huge part of the energy of a virtual field trip. It allows for conversations, and spontaneity that makes each virtual field trip as close to an in-person visit as possible. This is important because virtual field trips soon to democratise access to art and institutions like zoos.

Calgary Zoo is an example of a zoo that has gone digital. The zoo offers virtual visits that go a long way towards recreating the experience of an in-person visit to the zoo. Indeed, going virtual offers advantages that an in-person visit can’t match: a single person with a camera can get very close to a penguin’s chicks, or a Komodo dragon, something which a group wouldn’t be able to do without frightening three animals. As with AGO, the Calgary Zoo has a robust chat room experience to help bridge the physical divide. This keeps visitors more engaged, instead of having them watch passively.

Before embarking on a virtual field trip, it’s important to make sure you look good. How facial appearance has stories been more important than during this era when we spend so much of our time in virtual space. Visiting a spa like dermani Medspa, will ensure that you head off into your virtual field trip looking like your best self.


Is Sculpture Still Relevant?

Self-expression is a fundamental part of our human experience. Positive Psychology mentions that self-expression is one of the most critical journeys in our society. Sculpture as a form of art and self-expression has been around since time immemorial. Art using materials that outlast humans allows us to appreciate the past in a brand-new way. Yet sculpture is at least today, a seemingly dying pursuit. Artists are finding easier ways to express themselves, relegating sculpture to the history books. In the twenty-first century, can we consider sculpture to be still relevant to artistic expression?

Turning to the Arts

The world around us is going through severe upheaval. Society is changing, and art has to adapt to it. In times of great crisis such as these, art provides a way to deal with it. But today’s art is more along the lines of aesthetic beauty and not sculpture. Today’s artistic minded individuals prefer seeing designs in Legacy Countertops as opposed to three-dimensional sculpted structures. The problems with sculpture as artistic expression comes from seeing how it attains its goals.

Traditional Sculpture vs. Modern Iterations

The classical discipline of sculpture was simplistic in what it tried to do. The classical masters took what existed and wanted to capture it in the material they had at hand. The level of detail of some of the older classical sculptures would leave a connoisseur breathless with delight. Today’s sculptors still produce some of these kinds of works, but their interpretations are vastly different. Many artists of today opt for a more post-modern or abstract look for their art. From a critic’s perspective, it seems as though many of these pieces lack purpose or direction. They want to tell a story, but the story is left mostly buried when the piece is finished.

An Expression of Hope

Sculpture, at its heart, is a human expression of hope. It’s a method of connecting with generations past and building a shared future from what we’ve learned and done before. The materials one uses to sculpt are the very earth itself, like the most ancient of artists before us. From these greys and reds, and browns, we turn the earth that bears us into a form of self-expression that is both deeply introspective and stunning in its presence. Sculpture of today needs to recover this bond with the past to find itself or risk losing its direction in human society.

A Lack of Argument

Despite what the art world sees in the steady decline of the discipline, there is seldom any argument about retaining the pursuit’s core concepts. While art critics chide new approaches to art, there’s very rarely any in-depth discussion about what makes for deep sculpture. The future of sculpture relies on determining what sculptors want to say and how they intend to say it. Most modern sculptors don’t practice the same level of skill and discipline that the masters of old used to. Whether it will doom sculpting as an irrelevant artistic pursuit isn’t something anyone can say just yet.

A Guide to the Street Art of Valparaiso

Valparaíso is known for its colourful street art

One of the most colourful cities in the world, Valparaíso is a technicolour collection of rainbow houses scattered over the rocky coastal hills that overlook the vast Pacific Ocean. Characterised by its impressive street art, laid-back vibes and population of artists, writers, painters, poets, and philosophers, the vibrant city is a melting pot of bohemian culture and stunning vistas.

While it might seem somewhat dusty and ragtag on first glance, it’s not hard to find the vivid colours and artistic brilliance that the city has become so famous for. Poetry and art decorate almost every wall, pulling your gaze in several different directions at once. Though it is only a short two-hour journey from Santiago, Valparaíso feels a whole world away from the bustling capital. So, how did street art become such a fixture in this colourful conurbation?

History of Valparaíso

Once one of the richest cities in South America, Valparaíso was a regular stop-off point for shipping vessels en route to the USA. It wasn’t long before Spanish and French architecture began to pop up all over the city, earning it the nickname “Little San Francisco”. However, everything changed when the Panama Canal opened in 1914, enabling trade ships to take a much faster route to the States.

Following the collapse of the port, Valparaíso suffered an extremely hard economic decline which would last for many years. With all of the wealthier residents relocating elsewhere, the city needed to move in a different direction if it were to survive. Then along came the 1940s and everything changed forever.

Valparaíso is a hub of creativity

The rise of Pablo Neruda

In 1940 a diplomat named Pablo Neruda was posted in Mexico City as Chilean Consul General. He was enamoured of the art scene there, in awe of the colour, freedom of expression, and artistic licence that was so readily embraced. He made it his mission to introduce a similar movement to Valparaíso, and on the return to his home city he invited Mexican artists to come and breathe life into the art scene.

At the time, unlike many of the famous pieces of street art of today, street art was not a celebrated medium and had to be practised in secret. Luckily the narrow, cobbled streets and winding backroads of Valparaíso provided the perfect cover for artists who would hastily paint their murals before making a swift exit. In 1973 a military dictatorship banned all forms of political art, making it even harder for artists to express themselves.

Legalisation of street art

Chile returned to a peaceful democracy in 1990, at which time the government of Valparaíso legalised street art and directly supported artists in the creation of new works. Valparaíso is the only place in Chile that allows street art to blossom in this way; everywhere else requires artists to work within strict commissions.

The street art of Valparaiso has come a long way since its legalisation. Now considered an essential part of the fabric of the city, the colourful murals and explosions of paint mean that Valparaíso is widely thought of as the artistic capital of Chile according to some guides. Not only do the streets glow with beauty during the day, they also come alive at night, with artists and musicians creating a cosmopolitan nightlife that draws crowds from all over the world.

It is possible to explore the art scene by taking guided walking tours through which you can take in the colourful works of art by street artists such as Sammy Espinoza, Cynthia Aguilera, Cuellimangui, and Inti.

Visiting Valparaíso

If you’re planning on paying a visit to this unforgettable city, there are a few things worth remembering before you go:

  • Valparaíso is made up of at least 40 hills. Take comfortable walking shoes and get into the habit of using the funiculars when your feet start to get tired.
  • There are free walking tours if you are on a budget.
  • Make a list of the street art you would like to see before you go.
  • Pay a visit to the quirky home of Pablo Neruda to get an insight into his life as a writer.
  • Don’t forget to try the ice cream!

Visiting Valparaíso is an experience of a lifetime, just make sure you remember to take your camera!

How To Choose Right Size Of Oil Painting

Are you making your mind work hard about what size would do justice with your painting? With the wide range of size charts available on the market— from too big, too small and ‘just right’, picking up the one that best fits your art-canvas size cannot only be tricky but also be highly subjective.

No matter if you’re a minimalist who likes to keep it small and sleek, someone who likes it Jackson Pollock Jumbo-style, or maybe an idealist, who favors something in between, here’s our basic guide to choosing the right size of oil painting.

Don’t know yet what you want, worry not, you can experiment with either of the following options and find out what works and feels the best for your oil painting reproduction:

First know the Common Canvas Sizes:

Common Canvas Sizes

Typically, Oil painting canvas sizes are expressed in inches, and you can find a few basic sizes! While the uncommon sizes can either be custom made or availed online from specialty store, here we shall primarily focus on the most common sizes so a layman can easily understand the ‘size-basics’ of oil paintings.

Mini Canvas: Add that extra detail ANYwhere

While these canvases are quite small in size, they make an excellent piece of decoration to bolster the overall visual appeal little of your living rooms. From sitting smartly on a shelf to forming a part of the photo collage set up on the wall, mini canvases are great to add that extra touch and detail to your rooms.

The following are some of the most common sizes of mini canvases:

  • 5 by 7 inches
  • 6 by 6 inches
  • 6 by 8 inches

Small Canvas Sizes: Perfect for hallways, Inlets, small walls & rooms.

Small Canvas Sizes

The second smallest of all the standard sizes of Oil Painting, small canvases closely resemble the typical size of printing papers. It is largely used for portraying a single person as there is lesser possibility of adding more faces.

But wait, small canvases make the best size for nooks and crannies of your house including the ornate hallways, inlets, in addition to being the best fit for your bookshelf, study table, and coffee table, etc. All in all, small art canvas size can be accommodated anywhere without taking up much space— and thus being the picture-perfect souvenir for your dear ones.

The following are some of the most common sizes of small sized canvases:

  • 8 by 10 inches
  • 11 by 14 inches
  • 9 by 12 inches

Medium Sized Canvas – Best for Washrooms, Kids bedroom & dens

Medium Sized Canvas

Here’s the classic oil painting resolution size that can easily fit in one or two people into the frame. Even better, it also offers sufficient space for the artist to add an extraordinary background to bolster the overall appeal of the portrait.

While there’s no second opinion that the medium artwork canvases do make a lasting statement, they often need to be placed on a wall supported with other art, which makes them a perfect fit for placing on a thinner wall or in a smaller room like that of a child’s.  Also, it makes a great fit for small art galleries where it can be framed and kept with other art pieces.

The following are some of the most common oil painting sizes of medium artwork canvases:

  • 16 by 20 inches
  • 20 by 20 inches
  • 20 by 24 inches
  • 24 by 24 inches

Large Sized Canvas: Perfect fit for large rooms, master bedrooms, and game rooms:

Large Sized Canvas

Here comes the second largest portrait size on our size chart that can accommodate as many as four to five people, and can also go beyond as per your preference and requirements. While this size of portraits is ideal for bigger rooms such as the living room and master bedroom, they make beautiful centerpieces fixed above the couch or the bed. What’s more; this size is most usually recommended for family portraits as they command attention in the room as nothing else!

The following are some of the most common sizes of large canvas:

  • 24 by 30 inches
  • 24 by 48 inches
  • 30 by 40 inches
  • 36 by 36 inches

The Statement Sized Canvas Sizes:

The Statement Sized Canvas

While the statement sized canvas is the largest of all sizes on the list, it goes an extra mile to accommodate 6-7 people within one frame and can be accommodated for more as per your choices. Not only is it the premium size of Oil Paintings if you want to give an unexpected surprise to someone, the jumbo size portraits are super fun, and perfect fit for larger spaces aligned with higher ceilings.

P.S. These statement sized canvases are sure to make the mega impact in a room, while promising a definite wow factor!

The following are some of the most common sizes of Extra-large canvases:

  • 36 by 48 inches
  • 48 by 48 inches
  • 60 by 40 inches
  • 72 by 36 inches
  • 72 by 48 inches


So, it was all about the basics of different sizes of oil paintings. Remember that choosing the right size of portrait largely depends on the purpose of the painting.  No matter if you’re going to use it as a show piece the table or the central attraction of your living room, before you order your perfect oil painting always make sure what purpose would the painting serve!

A Casual Date to An Art Museum Can Increase Chances of Sex?

I read with great pleasure an article about taking a date to an art gallery or museum, but had no idea that some savvy men were thinking with their “other heads” when they planned this venture.  Apparently, according to an article, men who take women to an art gallery are scoring culture points which could lead to trust, which could indeed lead to sex.  Today I share my take on this topic and try to put some clarity behind why this line of thinking is probably true.

Why Visiting an Art Gallery is a Great First Date Idea

Most men are into sports, which means that they can talk statistics, trends, and recap the game with just about anyone.  Naturally, this leads men to wanting to go on dates to a bar, a sporting event, or a watch party whenever there is a big game.  Having common ground on something of knowledge creates and easy dialogue and it makes things very comfortable on a first date.

However, when men want to score major points, an art gallery visit is a solid date idea.  Just ask “The King of Casual Sex,” a man who goes by Casual Sex Calvin, a famous blogger who writes about a lot of erotic topics as they pertain to dating and getting in bed with women.

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The first thing a man will have to do is his homework.  You’ll want to look into the exhibits and make sure you will see something that will draw oohs and ahhs out of your date, and it’s always smart if you do some due diligence on your curator or actual artists you’ll be seeing.  This will allow you to speak intelligently and sound a bit more worldly, even if you would much rather be belching tap beers or eating greasy french fries while watching your team on the big screen in a loud bar!

Some of the places that would be an absolute smash destination hit would be one that is local to me, would be the Art Basel, which I attended in 2018.

If your date is the fun and trending type, she may be into the art galleries that are in Miami at the new trending Wynwood District.  There are many works of art, some even by famous graffiti artist Alec Monopoly, who is usually at the trending Miami restaurants with his gorgeous girlfriend, Alexa Dellanos.  Monopoly has many cartoonish, monopoly-style takes on making money, and his pieces have made him one of the hottest names in art over the past few years.

Dating isn’t always a lay-up, and the results are always different.  What I can promise you, if you are a man, is that you will score major points by showing an artistic side to you by even remotely considering doing a date that will share culture, conversation, and hopefully an appreciation for the exhibit, gallery, or artist.

Women, I think we can all agree that off the wall date ideas like this one are always a great idea, am I right?  Of course, everything could be enhanced with a glass of good champagne!

Tamara de Lempicka

When it comes to style, whether it be fashion, decor, or art, everything old eventually becomes new again. Even the iconic mirror ball, in all its tacky, glitzy glory, had a renaissance decades after its 70s heydey, popping up in newly refreshed rooms in many a home decorating magazine for a short time. But art deco is one of the few styles that has stood the test of time and never gone completely out of fashion. A big reason for that is the artists who helped keep art deco fresh and in the public eye, especially the tempestuous Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka.

Tamara de Lempicka Bio

Tamara de Lempicka was born Tamara Rozalia Gurwik-Gorska in Warsaw, Poland on May 16, 1898 to Boris Gurwik-Gorsk, an attorney of Russian Jewish descent, and the Polish socialite Malwina Decler. The two met at a spa and eventually married and had two daughters, including de Lempicka’s sister Adrienne Gorsk. Adrienne would grow up to become famous in her own right as an architect, as she was one of the first women to earn a university degree in this discipline.

Early Life

At the tender age of 10, de Lempicka’s mother commissioned a local artist to create a portrait of her. When it was completed, de Lempicka did not like it and instead created her own portrait, using her sister Adrienne to complete it and showing her penchant for taking things into her own hands that would be on full display throughout her life.

In 1911, de Lempicka was sent to boarding school in Switzerland, but she would eventually feign illness so she could leave. It was after this that her grandmother took her to Italy, where all the paintings she saw left an indelible impression on her and gave de Lempicka her initial interest in art.

Tadeusz Lempicki

One year later, she traveled to St. Petersburg to spend time with an aunt. Here she met Tadeusz Lempicki, a lawyer living there who was originally from Poland. Five years later and after de Lempicka’s family offered Tadeusz a rather large dowry, the two married. They lived comfortably and had their only child, a daughter named Maria Krystyna Lempicka, who they called Kizette.

The Russian Revolution

Unfortunately, the quiet, comfortable life of the Lempicki family would not last. In 1917 the Russian Revolution began, and soon after Tadeusz was arrested by the secret police. Without knowing where the police had taken him, de Lempicka searched far and wide, finally offering favors to the Swedish consul to assist her in finding him. Once Tadeusz was located, the family fled to Copenhagen, then London. They eventually settled in France, which would change the entire course of de Lempicka’s life.

Les Nabis and Cubism

While in Paris, de Lempicka fell under the tutelage of French painter Maurice Denis, who taught at the famous Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Here, he influenced a group of students called ‘les nabis’ who made post-impressionist art. This was her first and only foray into formal art education.

Andree Lhote and Cubism

Another one of her mentors during this period was Andree Lhote, who was famous for his Cubism creations. Though artists such as Picasso were far more famous for their cubist creations, Denis was famous for adding bourgeoises elements to his work that made them infinitely collectible because they were far more accessible to the masses in ways that Piccaso’s more abstract art was not.

It was Lhote who had the greater influence on de Lempicka, as she too added upscale imagery such as expensive cars to her paintings, which set them apart from other art deco pieces. It was during these years that the Tamara de Lempicka art deco style came to be.

Personal Upheaval and Rise to Fame

During this period, de Lempicka sold her first paintings, which heavily featured her daughter Kizette, through the Galerie Colette-Weil. In the early 1920s, she began to have solo shows in local galleries, increasing interest in her art among collectors.

The International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts (from which the term ‘art deco’ was derived) would give her multiple exhibitions, increasing her fame. She also showed some of her work in Italy and her native Poland, winning prizes in competitions.

Unfortunately, her marriage was crumbling during this time, and she and Tadeusz divorced in 1931, just as her star was truly on the rise.

The 1930s

The 1930s marked what is arguably the best decade for Tamara de Lempicka art. She was invited to paint portraits of Queen Elizabeth of Greece and King Alfonso XIII of Spain, both great honors for any artist. She traveled to the United States for exhibitions, showing her work in Chicago and New York City. Galleries sought her work for their own collectors all around the world, thanks in large part to her twist on art deco that set her apart from other artists of her time.

Despite the fact that the entire globe was in the middle of the Great Depression, de Lempicka’s career soared as she amassed wealth painting portraits of the wealthy. She attended many parties and had affairs with both men and women, and became known for her bisexuality and high libido, both of which were scandalous for the time.

Baron Raoul Kuffner

It turns out that the 1930s was a great decade for her personal life too. After an initial bad start to the decade after her divorce, de Lempicka bounced back when she met Baron Raoul Kuffner later the same year. Though the Baron was married, he was carrying on an affair with Nana de Herrera, a Spanish dancer, and commissioned de Lempicka to paint her portrait.

By the time the purposely unflattering portrait was finished, de Lempicka had replaced de Herrera as the Baron’s mistress. After his wife died in 1933, the two were married.

Moving to the United States

By the late 1930s, de Lempicka was becoming increasingly scared of the rise of the Nazis in Europe and persuaded her husband to move to Los Angeles and later to Beverly Hills. In 1941, her daughter Kizette joined her in California after she escaped from France, which was by then being occupied by the Germans. Two years later, de Lempicka and the Baron relocated to New York City.


During this time, de Lempicka had many showings across the country, but her success in Europe simply did not translate across the Atlantic. After the war, she would have showings again in Europe, but even those could not revive her once vibrant career.

After her husband died of a heart attack in 1961, she decided to move to Houston to be with Kizette, who had married a geologist from Texas, effectively retiring. Three years later, she moved to Cuernavaca, in the Mexican state of Morelos where she would repaint some of her most famous works, temporarily reviving her career.


No Tamara de Lempicka bio would be complete without talking about her death in March 1980. She died peacefully in her sleep with Kizette, who had moved to Cuernavaca to take care of her, by her side.

In true de Lempicka form, she ordered her body cremated and her ashes spread over the volcano Popocatepetl. Her death may have been quiet and peaceful, but her final resting place was anything but.

Today, de Lempicka’s paintings are still highly sought after, and famous collectors include pop singer Madonna, Jack Nicholson, and Barbara Streisand among others.

Art Collector Patrick Drahi to Purchase Sotheby’s Auction House

In a whopping $3.7 billion sale approved by shareholders of the auction house Sotheby’s, billionaire telecoms exec and collector of fine art Patrick Drahi is set to acquire the auction house after getting 91% of the approval from share holders.  The sale was completed at a special meeting in New York, and of course this is subject to the legal dotting of the I’s and crossing of the T’s that get done in transactions of this nature.  The sale should complete in the fourth quarter of this year.

Outstanding auctions this year are to be held in Hong Kong in addition to having contemporary art sales that will take place in the recently renovated Bond Street space in London.

Patrick Drahi to Buy Sotheby’s Auction House

It was reported on FT.com, and apparently there was some pushback reported from UK-based fund manager RWC Partners, which is one of the largest shareholders of Sotheby’s, with a stake of 2.5 percent of the company under it’s ownership.  The agreed upon price per share is $57.

I’m just going to go on record and say that I hope to one day witness a Sotheby’s auction.  Just to sit in the room with that much wealth has to be an amazing feeling.  One day, hopefully my art blogging efforts will afford me that opportunity.  


How Alec Monopoly Girlfriend Alexa Dellanos Makes Money on Instagram

Artist Alec Monopoly leads quite the life these days.  In addition to making an insane amount of money on his art, he travels the world with his lovely girlfriend, Alexa Dellanos, posting pictures of themselves in exotic places, doing crazy things, and literally having the times of their lives.  I did some homework on Alexa Dellanos and found out she is an Instagram “Influencer,” and today I’ll share with you how she makes some great money to add to the power couple’s wealth.

Alexa Dellanos Instagram Earnings

Alexa Dellanos has 1.4 million followers on Instagram, and she’s doing a great job at making sure those followers have some awesome content to look at.  The most impressive part of her Instagram account is that she charges a minimum of $5,000 for an Instagram promo, even though she has yet to disclose that these indeed are advertisements.  Last year alone, she earned over $60,000 doing promotional posts on the popular social media platform, all while galavanting across the world in private jets, yachts, and living a life of luxury with her boyfriend, artist Alec Monopoly.

Alex Dellanos

Dellanos is a catalog model as well as an influencer, and she mainly works with clothing companies, skin care brands, hotels, and makeup brands.

She told Insider:

I don’t take every brand that comes to me, I prefer to pick and choose my favorites; that way my social media is not a page filled with ads.  My work is a representation of me as a person, and for that reason I only post things I would want to share with my followers even if I wasn’t being paid.



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She often tags brands and locations, but again, does not identify which posts are sponsored, so it’s hard to tell an ad from her just enjoying life.

Alexa Dellanos Plastic Surgery

She’s also been very open about her plastic surgery, and she actually credits the surgeries to helping her grow her massive Instagram following.  It was published that her treatments have exceeded $17,000 in total.

“I had about 200,000 followers on Instagram before my cosmetic procedures and before I started working out regularly,”

-Dellanos told Insider.

She went on to say that her breast augmentation was done in 2018 for a cost of $15,000.  Additionally, she did lip fillers for around $2,000.  Lastly, she said “I also enhanced my booty a little,” and added that she’ll talk about that on her YouTube channel one day.

While it all looks great on the outside, she did say that there are some downsides about being so famous online.  The lavish lifestyle has led to strangers sending dick pics (gross) all the way to being a victim of online trolling and harassment.  There’s even been flowers sent to her home along with a marriage proposal!  (Hey, I’d take the flowers any day!)

You can follow her Instagram account by clicking on the following link:  https://www.instagram.com/alexadellanos/

Terry Crews Art

Updated July of 2019 with new information!  It almost seems like a common occurrence now for celebrities to come out with a whole other talent than what they are originally known for. First, we had Jim Carey come out with a new profound hobby or “journey” – as he would call it – in the realm of the art world. Now, out of the blue, we have the former NFL player and current actor Terry Crews coming out of the art closet. What’s next? Next week, The Rock will come out with a new profound gift in tap dancing. Nonetheless, the guy if pretty talented in art, which is a bit unfair for the rest of us. First, he was a top-notch athlete, then a successful actor and now he’s putting Picasso against the wall; he must’ve been dipped in the same pool Achilles was way back when.

The Story of Terry Crews Artwork

Born on July 30, 1968, Terry Crews grew up in a strict Christian household accompanied by an abusive alcoholic father and his mother, whom was the main parent that took care of him. TerryTerry Crews on Canvas earned his high school diploma from Flint Southwestern and received a Chrysler-sponsored art scholarship at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. After in which, he obtained an Art Excellence scholarship and a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at the Western Michigan University located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Afterwards, he became a defensive end for the WMU Broncos in which he had earned All-Conference honors with the 1988 Mid-American Conference Championship. Terry was then drafted into the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and later played for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. His entire football career lasted between 1991-1997 and began his acting career that we’re all familiar with in 1999.

Jimmy Kimmel Interview

During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Terry Crews describes that earlier in his life he had no desire to become an actor, nor did it even present itself within his mind. He said that he would always try to humble himself whenever he succeeded in everything, considering how good he was at football and everything else, you would actually almost hope that he would be a bit arrogant for there to be some room for character flaws; but you can’t have that either. Before he had done anything, including football, his passion and hobby was focused on art. Crews describes later in the interview about how his very first job within the “entertainment industry” was to sketch courtroom sketches for “the worst murder case” within Michigan.

Taking a look at his portfolio, you would be a nut-job to not conclude that his art ability is over the top. During the presentation of his paintings depicting sports players, it is hard to distinguish whether the piece is either a photograph or a painting; which is unfair for the rest of us trying to correctly portray the lines of a stick-figure head.

If you like this art, you may be into some of the 2pac Shakur Art for sale on Amazon.  I’ve picked up a couple pieces for my workout room!

Terry Crews Art Instagram:  Follow Terry Here.

Whether you’re a fan of art or not, the existence of his talents within art are hard to ignore and are definitely something to admire.

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