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November 27, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Thanksgiving Dinner Reimagined

Piet Mondrian by Hannah Rothstein

From Time.com: Turkey, gravy and stuffing get a complete makeover in this series by a California-based artist. Hannah Rothstein decided to create 10 versions of a similar meal, all in the styles of famous artists. But Rothstein, who makes everything from paintings and illustrations to jewelry and murals, had never worked with food before, so this idea was totally new for her.

René Magritte by Hannah Rothstein

“It was kind of one of those out of the blue moments, like a lot of moments of inspiration and creativity,” Rothstein tells TIME. She initially planned to do a series of illustrations imitating different artists’ brushstrokes, but realized that was “incredibly boring” and not particularly creative. But soon, a better idea came to her. “Thanksgiving had been on my mind, so that popped into my head, and I thought, ‘Oh! Thanksgiving food!’”

Mark Rothko by Hannah Rothstein

Rothstein settled on 10 artists who all had distinct and recognizable styles – like Piet Mondrian, pictured above. Some artists’ styles were fairly straightforward to recreate, but others, like Georges Seurat, who’s best known for his use of pointillism, required incredibly fastidious work, Rothstein said.

Vincent van Gogh by Hannah Rothstein

Rothstein is selling 25 signed prints of each photo and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the SF-Marin Food Bank.

Pablo Picasso by Hannah Rothstein

“I really love making art and I think bringing beauty into the world is important, but in many ways I find art to be a selfish act,” Rothstein says. “So for this, it made sense to donate to the food bank to help people who couldn’t afford their own Thanksgiving meals to have one.”

Jackson Pollack by Hannah Rothstein

Check out all the plates – including an especially surprising one at the end.

Julian Schnabel by Hannah Rothstein

Georges Seurat by Hannah Rothstein

Andy Warhol by Hannah Rothstein

Cindy Sherman by Hannah Rothstein

November 25, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Color of the Year Predictions

Which color will dominate everything from runways to living room walls come 2015? Well, according to Huffington Post, it depends who you ask. According to Benjamin Moore, “a neutral that’s natural” will dominate, as in the sage-meets-chartreuse hue called Guilford Green that the brand picked for Color of the Year 2015.

Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year – Guilford Green HC-116, a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles in a seamless manner.

Over at Pantone, color is trending toward more “nature-like neutrals,” as well, Apartment Therapy reports. And while the folks at Sherwin-Williams also got the memo about designers moving toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum, its prediction is decidedly more… pink. Behold, Sherwin-Williams’ 2015 Color Of The Year – Coral Reef:

image via Huffington Post

According to Sherwin-Williams, Coral Reef is “the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red… reminiscent of vintage floral patterns and inspired by the trend for green urban spaces.” It’s been on the color trend radar before. A similar hue called Burnt Sienna made Pantone’s earthy ’70s palette – a grouping of colors brought on by the recession and the country’s environmental movement – while Sunkist Coral topped color expert Diana Hathaway Timmons’ 2015 colors-to -watch list earlier this year. Coral Reef’s likeness to spring peonies makes it an instant HuffPost Home fave.

Elle Decor’s sneak peak of the Pantone colors we’ll see a lot of in 2015.

Meanwhile, according to D Home Magazine, interior design giant Robert Allen made their own decision, and after polling interior designers and industry experts, the results are in: 2015 will be all about Calypso Blue:

Calypso Blue

If you Google Color of the Year 2015 you’ll find many predictions and discussions on the topic. Where do you think or hope color trends are heading in the year to come?

November 20, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Famous Art School Dropouts

From ArtnetNews:

Some people want the mortarboard; others want the skateboard. Read this list to see who was too groovy to graduate from college. And truth is, famous college dropouts in the art world are deep on the ground.

Dovina With Elephants – Dress by Dior by Richard Avedon August 1955, Paris

1. Richard Avedon, Columbia University
A onetime student of philosophy at Columbia University, Avedon grew up in New York City, where he studied philosophy for two years before leaving to be a photographer for the Merchant Marine. Avedon, who was a contemporary of James Baldwin, eventually found his own fame as a photographer for Vogue Magazine and later drew praise from post-structuralist philosopher Roland Barthes.

John Cage | Déreau, 1982, #22 from a series of 38 related color etchings with aquatint, engraving, photoetching and drypoint, Paper Size: 18-1/2 x 24-1/2″

2. John Cage, Pomona College
Cage studied a variety of subjects over two years at Pomona but failed to see the value in completing his education and left for Europe where he would begin to experiment in music composition. His “silent” musical composition 4’33” (In Proportional Notation) (1952/53) should not be confused, numerically speaking, with his 1982 etching Déreau No. 33.

Three Flags by Jasper Johns, 1958 Whitney Museum of American Art

3. Jasper Johns, The University of South Carolina
Johns, whose work is often cited as an influence for many of the significant movements in art after 1965, was actually encouraged by his professors at the University of South Carolina to move to New York and begin his career, which he eventually did without his degree in 1948 after three semesters at the school.

Arising, an ongoing exhibit by Yoko Ono

4. Yoko Ono, Sarah Lawrence
Shortly after dropping out of Sarah Lawrence College, Yoko Ono became heavily involved in the New York City downtown art scene as a key member of the performance group Fluxus. She has also won two Grammys, one as an artist and producer in 1981 and one as a video producer in 2000.

(Radiant Baby from Icons series), 1990 by Keith Haring

5. Keith Haring, Ivy School of Professional Art and School of Visual Arts
Known for his street murals and subway graffiti as much as his social contacts, Haring left school in Pittsburgh after realizing that he had no interest in making commercial art and moved to New York, where he briefly enrolled in SVA before dropping out to run the streets with the likes of Madonna, who dropped out of the University of Michigan, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who never finished high school.

Robert Hughes Photograph: Najlah Feanny/Corbis

6. Robert Hughes, The University of Sydney
As an undergraduate, Hughes was a key figure in the ‘Sydney PUSH’ movement–a group that included Clive James and was made up predominately of Hughes’ classmates at the University of Sydney. But he left the university without graduating and went on to become one of the greatest art critics of the 20th century. Hughes “never wrote a bad sentence” and was the author of several influential books. He considered himself a painter first and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, despite his lack of scholastic credentials.

Harmony Korine at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

7. Harmony Korine, New York University
The producer and screenwriter, whose paintings were on view this spring at the Park Avenue Gagosian Gallery, attended NYU for one semester before dropping out to focus on skateboarding. Korine’s fortune soon changed after director Larry Clark discovered him skateboarding in Washington Square Park and, taken by the young Korine, challenged him to write a script for what would eventually become Kids.

John Waters photo by Greg Gorman

8. John Waters, New York University
Before becoming one of the most innovate filmmakers of his (or any) generation, Waters, who is currently represented by Marianne Boesky, attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts “for about five minutes” in the fall of 1964. For his part, he claims he has no ill will toward the university, saying, “It wasn’t NYU’s fault, I don’t blame them. I was out of my mind. I never went to class. Back then I was on LSD, Speed, and diet pills. I was up a lot. I had to see four movies a day; I couldn’t be going to class except to steal textbooks and then go sell them back so I had money to go to the movies.”

November 18, 2014 | Posted by | 2 Comments

The Art of Abstracts

Abstract art is a consistently popular category in contemporary art. With so many abstract works out there to choose from, it helps to narrow down the search.

Looking for a structured, linear abstract? Whether you are seeking a repetition of pattern or a minimalist slant, these linear abstracts can provide order to a space:

Surface IV by Erin Galvez on Zatista.com

Feeling: Cultured by Christina Massey on Zatista.com

Shrine by Rebecca Crowell on Zatista.com

Introduction by Jan and Jo Moore on Zatista.com

If it is simply a burst of color that you are seeking, abstracts come in all hues. These vibrant works exude warmth and brightness wherever they are placed:

Steadfast by Elizabeth Chapman on Zatista.com

Monica #9 by Tracy Burke on Zatista.com

The Motion of Orange by Will Patlove on Zatista.com

Banana Tree by Cherry Brewer on Zatista.com

Not seeking a brilliant statement piece? If your needs lie with something more muted, monochromatic abstracts abound. These neutral palates can bring simple harmony to a space.

Untitled 3 by Melissa McGill on Zatista.com

Zipper 8 by Amber George on Zatista.com

Less IS More by Martha Braun on Zatista.com

Neutrino Red by Simon Fairless on Zatista.com

Whatever you are seeking in the original art category, Zatista’s got something for you. Go ahead – check out our on-line gallery!

November 13, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Stay Green

Now that fall is here that means Winter is just around the corner, and for most of us that means Nature will be unleashing a palate of grey, brown and white for a few months. Plan ahead to stave off those winter blues with some bright original artwork to remind you of Spring/Summer and keep your spirits lifted!

Spring – Flowers are the epitome of Spring. From photographs to paintings, these lovely florals will keep a smile on your face.

Hello by Katina Desmond on Zatista.com

Lavender Field by Linda Yurgensen on Zatista.com

Purple Zebra by Frank DeSantis on Zatista.com

Blue Nebula by Michael Filonow on Zatista.com

April Flowers by Franck De Las Mercedes on Zatista.com

Three Red Tulips by Thurston Howes on Zatista.com

Summer – Nothing reminds us of summer like the beach. These original works should have tropical breezes wafting through your mind in no time!

Seaside Glow by Timon Sloane on Zatista.com

Palm Boogie by Roxene Sloate on Zatista.com

Santa Monica Beach Lifeguard Stand by Warren Keating on Zatista.com

Shangri-La by William London on Zatista.com

Colorful works of art not only brighten up a room, but they can also brighten your mood. With good art, there’s no need to suffer through those Winter blues!

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