hotties of art history

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“Van Gogh: Painted With Words”

An interesting documentary about Van Gogh, with the stunning Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the painter. Pretty high quality details of paintings, portraits, drawings, photographs, etc. to look at, and all the dialogue is drawn from Van Gogh’s letters or testimony from others who knew him. Here’s part 1 of 6, and you can watch the rest on Youtube as well. Have at it.

Marina Abramović, is a New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art.” Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. 

Mercedes Matter, an American  Abstract Expressionist painter and draughtswoman.

She and her husband Herbert Matter, the Swiss graphic designer and photographer, were active in the emerging mid-century New York art scene. Close friends included Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Alexander Calder and Willem de Kooning. What a sexy circle of sexy art friends.

She founded the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, and wrote articles on artists and the text for her the book of her husband’s photographs of Alberto Giacometti.

Salvador Dalí, a Spanish Surrealist painter. Super well-known. If you dig facial hair, his mustache is pretty iconic.

Often drew attention for his eccentric behavior. Everyone knows imaginative people are fun to be around.

Apparently when he had a falling out with the Surrealists over politics and his behavior, he was quoted as saying “Surrealism is me”. The balls on this man.

ancient to contemporary

Two hotties for you, spanning the breadth of the canon:

Caracalla was a brute, and a seriously hot one at that. Just look at his scruff! Me-ow.

And Ed Ruscha just makes me melt in this killer photograph (by Dennis Hopper in 1964!):

THAT ED RUSCHA. You have caused me to spit my drink.