The New Classic: Reimagining Fine Art Through Collage

Say what you will about the Internet, but you have to admit, it’s a gold mine for inspiration. We are constantly scouring the depths for new #artcrushes to keep the wheels turning and the ideas flowing, and lately, we can’t get enough of two collage artists that are skillfully re-imagining classic fine art through a modern and proactive lens. The resulting reconstructed pieces are colorful and multi-faceted, seamlessly blending old vs. new with a tongue in cheek attitude that feels both fresh and timeless, intriguing and thought-provoking.

Brazilian artist Rodrigo Pinheiro is blowing up on Instagram for his Classic vs. New collage series, which features classic artwork (Girl with a Pearl Earring, the Mona Lisa, etc) superimposed cheekily against elements of modern pop culture, from athleisure clothing to iced coffee to Pokemon Go. The resulting collage pieces are bright  and intoxicatingly dynamic, poking lighthearted fun at the trends of modern culture while also creating a platform that connects our current culture with the classic art that inspired it, that reminds us where we came from and how we got here.

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Brooklyn-based creative Elise R. Peterson is also making waves with her collage series, #blackfolk. The series features prolific contemporary and cultural black icons artfully melded into the foregrounds of fine art, typically Matisse, reworking and rewriting the traditional fine art narrative that has historically excluded black people. The resulting collages take on an energetic and multi-faceted depth and act as a powerful visual feast. Her work is both a colorful celebration and a thought-provoking challenge, opening up an important dialogue about the representation of gender, identity, sexuality, and blackness in all aspects of art and culture.

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A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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