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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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/
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.
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. Terry 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.
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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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Yes, it is true, Ace Ventura creates art. Just like the famous Terry Crews, many Hollywood celebrities are into art.
Half of you may have been wondering, or none of you have been wondering (if you have a life) where Jim Carrey has been all this time. Suspecting that he has found a new cave to crawl into and grow a caveman-beard is not such a far-fetched thought considering what we know about the guy. Not-so-surprisingly, he has found an unexpected hobby, or passion as he likes to refer to it. Jim Carrey has recently released an interview/documentary that can answer most of your questions about his whereabouts. Splashing paint at a blank canvas in some corner within his mansion, he has grown fond of the abstract arts and spirituality. It is an intriguing and exciting thought to wonder what kind of abstract art can come out of his mind.
Mostly politically motivated with metaphorical depictions of politicians, he spends his time on a floor doodling colors together to create a new sense of what he thought he always was meant to be, an artist. When looking at the pieces, there is definitely a sense of pleasantness given the amount of bright and vibrant colors used within them. During an interview, Jim Carrey has stated that the inspiration behind his artwork was motivated simply by “needing more color” in his life. He has explained his frustrations with the current aspects of our society and describes a sense of enlightenment after a long time spent alone to ponder within his own thoughts. This is of course what he would say, given how out of touch most celebrities may become from the realities of the everyday life as an average Joe.
His paintings are very familiar to Alec Monopoly’s cartoonist and satirical portrayals, and reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s focus on celebrities and popular figures. Understandably, this is a very fitting method of illustration for whom most would consider, a very abstract, goofy and eccentric actor. Pictures of Jim Carrey in the act show him in a very free-like state of mind and demeanor, with simple clothes and the cliché art-guru oil coloring paint on his beard.
Jim Carrey has been drawing and painting since he was a child. Also, for quite a long while now, Carrey has been making artwork that is as expressive and emotive as his work as an on-screen character. When he isn’t working on new film content,he spends most of his time in his New York art studio cooking up a color storm.
A portion of his work has been shared on Twitter, however much has never been seen; which isn’t much of a surprise as he has been known to be very secretive about his private affairs. Not much is known about the quirky, strange and lively actor, but he has continued to be an icon of nostalgia within America.
Jim Carrey’s artwork can be seen at Wyland Galleries Beachwalk – Waikiki, Hawaii and Wyland Galleries Lake Tahoe, California where he is a permanent artist.
With the current and prior media-buzz about the conspiracies and allegations surrounding Pizzagate, it is not uncommon for those within the art community to become curious upon what it’s all about if they do not already.
Pizzagate is in reference to the alleged conspiracy in connection to the original restaurant (that ignited it all) Comet Ping Pong. A pizzeria and concert venue located at 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW in Wachington, D.C’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. The restaurant was founded in 2006 by Alefantis and Carole Greenwood, and consists of artwork along the inside of the walls and the exterior of the restaurant.
At first, Comet Ping Pong confronted challenges: supporters whined that the pizzas were excessively costly and that its serving of mixed greens selection was too small. The eatery changed its menu and would discover a specialty in the gourmet pizza marketwithin the D.C. territory. Greenwood filled in as the gourmet pizza chef of the two restaurants; she left her position as official cook and co-proprietor in 2009 referring to critical family matters and other individual interests. The Washington City Paper’s Tim Carman in 2009 felt that both Comet and Buck’s Fishing and Camping had figured out how to prevail without Greenwood.
The artwork affiliated with Pizzagate can be at times very explicit, including depictions of naked people in a colorful and juvenile way. The artwork presented in mural form around the exterior and interior of Comet Ping Pong is considered by the masses to be a “haven for weirdos” and often depicts what some would consider to be disturbing portrayal of infantile figures.
The conspiracy theory had arisen during the firefight between the two candidacies in the 2016 United States Presidential election. On October 30, 2016, a Twitter account included a claim in display of the New York City Police Department discovering the existence of a pedophilia ring linked to members of the Democratic Party. Not long after, the allegations spread around the entire internet after a post on Reddit several days before the 2016 US presidential election.
In Turkey, the conspiracy was reported by pro-government newspapers. Some of the Pizzagate’s proponents have evolved the conspiracy into a much broader government spectrum called “Pedogate”.
Since early November, many people associated with Comet Ping Pong, and also the proprietors and staff of close-by organizations, have gotten endless passing dangers and a torrent of online provocation, all propelled by the Pizzagate conspiracy. Beginning from 4chan, asserting that Hillary Clinton and her previous crusade seat, John Podesta, run a tyke trafficking ring based at the eatery. (In a related claim, a similar message asserted that Clinton and Podesta took an interest in Satanic ceremonies with Marina Abramović.)
On December 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, strolled into the eatery with a self-loading rifle, and discharged three rounds inside the building before being captured; nobody was harmed. Notwithstanding the AR-15 style rifle, police grabbed a Colt .38-gauge handgun, a shotgun, and a collapsing blade from Welch’s automobile and person. Welch advised police that he wanted to “self-examine” the paranoid notion, and was accused of assault with an unlawful weapon, conveying a gun without a permit, unlawful discharge of a gun, and carrying a rifle or shotgun outside the home or business. On June 22, 2017, he was condemned to four years in jail.
Worth over $2.4 billion and ranked as the 279th wealthiest American, Steve Wynn has more than enough money to spend on essentially whatever he pleases. One commodity that he loves to throw his green at, is none other than fine art including notable pieces from Picasso and Claude Monet. Most of the pieces within his extensive art collection can be seen at his current and former resorts. While he’s not the type to purchase art online, you’ll find him obtaining these pieces at the most luxurious auction houses.
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Shopping for any kind of artwork can present a difficult task if you are new to or unaware of what to look for. In this article, we will address the attributes of Saatchi Art to make your life a little easier.
Taking a first glance at the website is decently gratifying; with a relatively simple and clean-cut approach in it’s design, Saatchiart.com allows for even the most computer illiterate of the pack to be able to know where everything is (yes, including those that still type with one finger). The home page includes a menu directory consisting of: ‘Paintings’, ‘Photography’, ‘Drawings’, ‘Sculpture’, ‘Prints’, ‘Limited’, ‘Features’, ‘Blog’ and ‘Art Advisory’.
Right when you arrive at the home page, you’ll be greeted by an image that breaks down the art offered for sale by price point. Making it easy to purchase art within certain budgets makes this a great place to shop.
Under each menu heading, an easy to use descriptive sub-menu appears upon contact from your mouse pointer, elaborating in more detail upon the main menu subject. The website also includes an easy to use search bar located to the right of the main menu, for those who like to cut to the chase. After a main category has been selected, the user may proceed in selecting filtering options located at the left side of the screen. These sub filters include options such as selecting a range of ‘Style’, ‘Subject’, ‘Medium’, ‘Material’, ‘Price’, ‘Size’, ‘Orientation’, ‘Artist Country’ and last but not least, ‘Prints for Sale’. The website also includes any outstanding current promotions and deals at the top of page, if there are to be any at the time. At the bottom of the page, you will be able to find an assortment of customer reviews derived from ‘TRUSTPILOT’ in which at the time of this article, sum to 2,418 reviews.
Saatchiart.com also includes a large range of options to contact or follow their activity via most forms of social media platforms at the bottom of the page including: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube. If you would like to follow them more closely, then they also include the option to signup to their newsletter to “Discover new art and collections added weekly”, which is of course wonderful if you are obsessive about art and full of cash. For Apple users, the option to access their content on the fly is enabled via their Apple App linked at the bottom left of the page. Lastly, more info about the website and it’s operators is located at the bottom including ‘For Buyers’, ‘For Artists’, ‘About Us’, ‘Saatchi Art’ and ‘Top Categories’.
Overall, the website’s design is very informational, useful and won’t make you cry while looking at it; respectfully, the website is as artistic as it’s commodities.
About the Company
Founded in May 1st of 2006 by multi-millionaire art obsessed guru Charles Saatchi, Saatchi Online is dedicated to the distribution of “curator-selected” artists. While this is the case, Saatchi Online has also been pushing to lift off and support “up-and-coming artists” in more recent years. Saatchi Online, head-quartered in Los Angeles, California, is operated under it’s parent organization ‘Leaf Group’ and has remained very successful within the art industry to date. With the success, the recent augmentation of Saatchiart.com has become an important part of the entirety of operations within the ‘Saatchi Gallery’ located in Chelsea, London-UK. With over 1 million visitors in 2016 alone, it is needless to state the significance of Saatchi Gallery, with such stature, the incorporating website has played no-less than a large role in art distribution around the world.
Born 9 June 1943, Charles Saatchi, an Iraqi-British businessman, began his business ventures in the advertising industry during his earlier life; co-founding with his brother Maurice Saatchi the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Alongside Saatchi’s advertising business ventures, he was an avid lover of the arts, known for his personal collections, sponsoring of the ‘Young British Artists (YBAs)’ and later, his gallery Saatchi Gallery. In 1969, at the age of 26, Saatchi bought his first piece of art by Sol LeWitt, a New York minimalist. From that point on, he only increased his involvement within the art world. During the 1980s, Saatchi purchased a 30,000 sq ft cement-floored and steel-girded warehouse at 98A Boundary Road within the residential London suburb of St. John’s Wood. He had then transformed the building into the Saatchi Gallery, which was then opened to the public in February 1985 to display the art that Saatchi had collected.
His appetite had changed from American abstraction and minimalism to the Young British Artists (YBAs), whose art he first observed at Goldsmith’s Art School. During the 1990 Gambler exhibition, he purchased Damian Hirst’s first major ‘animal’ piece, ‘A Thousand Years’. In 1991, he obtained pieces by Hirst and Marc Quinn, subsequently being an initial factor for launching their strong careers. His presence became a larger print when part of his collection was shown at the Royal Academy titled the Sensation, which went from Berlin to New York creating headlines and some negativity (e.g. to the families of children murdered by Myra Hindley, who was portrayed in one of the works), and solidifying the position of Hirst, Emin and other YBAs.
The Saatchi Gallery has been featured in a list of the most visited art museums in the world, derived from an attendance survey in 2014, compiled by The Art Newspaper, summing to 1,505,608 visitors. Within the same survey, the gallery has been shown to have hosted 15 of the 20 most visited exhibitions inside London over the last 5 years.
What is Sold on Saatchiart.com
Given the role of the website as an augmentation to the Saatchi Gallery, the site includes art submitted by freelancer artists; with all of these pieces, the option to purchase “prints” rather than the original copies at a significantly reduced price is a very convenient addition to the not-so-deep-pocketed art nerds looking to brighten up their living quarters. As stated above, the website also works as a direct-to-consumer medium between artists and their respective fans. Looking to explore more artwork, one will not be disappointed by any means considering the vastness of selections available on the website. Artists from all over the world are able to sign and sell on Saatchiart.com. Scamming is of no concern, considering the in-depth signup process that Saatchiart.com make their artists go through.
Being as prominent and prestigious as Saatchi art is, a significant price tag must naturally follow such a unique commodity that is art; and art that is from such a filtered and reviewed source. Prices for physical original pieces of artwork usually sore well above the thousand-dollar mark. Albeit, as stated before, the option to purchase a non-original copy or “print” reduces the cost to a much lower $80-$200 range.
For the most part, if you are not made of green, then you should steer elsewhere from Saatchiart.com. However, if you are indeed the owner of a large wallet and a lover of the fine arts, then there is not much more opportunity elsewhere to obtain the best of the best within the realm of the eye-pleasing industry.
As stated earlier, reviews can be accessed via the website’s directory, which will point you towards submissions within Trustpilot. However, Trustpilot has been noted on several occasions to be biased at times, including deleting negative reviews based upon their own discretions and reasoning. That being said, one cannot dismiss all of the overwhelming positive reviews of Saatchiart.com. Presented with the websites notable history and company information, it should be safe to assume that you will receive service equivalent to any other multi-million-dollar corporation. From a buyer’s standpoint, the reviews remain supportive of a satisfying customer experience amongst their services, however, after some investigations into reviews, there have been artists elaborating on negative cases with their involvement in the Saatchi Online’s artist program. Including but not limited to not receiving payments or including complications with signups. On the flip side, their have been artists that have professed to the website’s significance in their careers. As one would imagine, there are a lot of people who douse onto art within the website, which of course increases the possibility of gaining a sell. At the end of it, there are no alarming reviews in which are any case of concern if you are considering purchasing or becoming an artist with Saatchi Online.
Is the Website for You?
If you live and breathe artwork, Saatchiart.com is not to be dismissed. Though the price ranges can sore in the clouds, the affordability factor is not neglected with their options to purchase prints. Overall, any art enthusiast would have this website at the tip of their tongue when presented with an inquiry on which online outlet to visit for beautiful artwork. Given the nature of the company’s success, standards and history, one can be assured that the pieces available will be selected rigorously as to be highly appealing. If you are an artist, then you would be mistaken to dismiss the potential possibilities that may be unveiled by using the website’s services. Whatever your decision may be, it wouldn’t hurt to give saatchiart.com a test run.