Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Woman with a Parasol

Monet painted his wife Camille and their son Jean out for a stroll in 1875. The original is found in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. This LEGO version by Katie Prill was on display at Bricks Cascade earlier this year.



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Venus de Milo

The Venus de Milo is a Greek sculpture, presumably of Aphrodite, dating to between 100 and 130 BC. It was discovered on the island of Milos and now resides in the Louvre. As a very famous piece, she's been depicted in LEGO form many times, including these:

Dirk VH


Brian Kescenovitz


Constant Concepts


Nathan Sawaya




Sunday, December 13, 2015

Louvre

21024 - The Louvre is an official set released in the Architecture line of microscale landmarks. The Louvre, of course, is one of the most famous art museums in the world. It was originally a palace of the royal family of France, but now houses such famous artworks as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Yoko Ono

Most of us think of Yoko Ono in terms of her connection to John Lennon, but he is an artist in her own right (I believe they met at one of her exhibitions, but I'm basing that on a TV biopic of their life so might be wrong). She had a show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this summer, and was celebrated in LEGO form by Veronica Watson (previously blogged here) along with her piece Apple, a real apple which ripens and then decays over the course of the exhibit.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Welcome to Gaza

Earlier this year, Banksy went to Gaza, creating a series of works highlighting destruction and the lives of the Palestinians, including this kitten recreated in LEGO by TheBrickAvenger



Monday, September 7, 2015

Picasso does Geisha

Let's finish up our little Picasso retrospective with some humor with Graham Minchin's Picasso does Geisha.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Girl with Red Beret

Girl with Red Beret is another Picasso work, from around 1911. Bill Vollbrecht made this LEGO version when he worked at Legoland California.



Saturday, September 5, 2015

Don Quixote

Arthur Gugick made two versions of the 1955 Picasso sketch Don Quixote using different LEGO mosaic techniques.



Friday, September 4, 2015

Woman with a Book

Woman with a Book by Pablo Picasso is a portrait of his mistress, Marie-Therèse Walter. Dave Ware made this LEGO version.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guernica

On April 26, 1937, the German air force carried out a bomb raid on the civilian population of the village of Basque town of Guernica at the behest of the nationalist government of Spain. In response to this Pablo Picasso painted his anti-war painting Guernica, which has become a symbol of the horrors of war around the world and especially of civilian casualties. The original painting, which is over three meters tall and 7 meters wide, can be seen in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. However, you can see a LEGO rendition by Veronica Watson at the Legoland Discovery Center at the Ridge Hill megamall in Westchester, New York. In describing her LEGO work, she said:
“I was familiar with ‘Guernica’ before recreating it in Lego,” Watson tells Hyperallergic. “It is probably my favorite of Picasso’s Cubist works. This style used to represent the chaotic subject matter of the Spanish Civil War makes it an incredibly powerful piece in 1937 and in 2014. The most difficult aspect of making the Lego version was deciding how much detail to include. There is a lot going on in the painting. Rather than explicitly recreating every detail, I worked at suggesting the right forms so that the painting would be instantly recognizable.”