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If A Famous Artist Decorated Your Thanksgiving Plate

Artist Hannah Rothstein broke the “don’t play with your food” rule and got innovative with how she did it too. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Rothstein used traditional food items like roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes etc. to create this series on how these famous artist would dress you plate this Thanksgiving.

You can buy the limited edition signed prints here.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving tomorrow and maybe have some fun with what is on your plate these holidays!

 

Julian Schnabel

Inspired by Julian Schnabel

 

Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

Inspired by Jackson Pollack

Inspired by Jackson Pollack

Inspired by Piet Mondarin

Inspired by Piet Mondarin

Inspired by Andy Warhol

Inspired by Andy Warhol

Inspired by Pablo Picasso

Inspired by Pablo Picasso

Inspired by Rene Magritte

Inspired by Rene Magritte

Inspired by George Seurat

Inspired by George Seurat

Inspired by Mark Rothko

Inspired by Mark Rothko

 

Inspired by Cindy Sherman

Inspired by Cindy Sherman

 

 

 

Happy 86th Birthday Mickey Mouse

He is one of the most well-known and beloved characters around the globe, surely surpassing the Easter bunny and Santa Clause and today we celebrate his 86th birthday! Mickey Mouse alongside Minnie Mouse made their official debut in “Steamboat Willie”.

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Mickey Mouse Turns 86 today and there is not one grey hair on him, sure he has been wearing the same outfit for decades and his falsetto voice has not changed over the years, but I am sure the audience would be surprised to know that Mickey first started out as a rabbit. Yes a Rabbit, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created by Walt Disney for film producer Charles Mintz. The resemblance is striking; although his ears were long like a rabbit and his feet were shoeless it is unmistakable that Mickey’s iconic look derived from Oswald. Being that Universal legally owned Oswald, Mintz refused to give Disney Brothers Studios more money and took ownership of the character. Adamant about not blundering again, Walt never again gave up the rights to any of his creations. Many do say it might have been a “blessing in disguise” because soon after returning to the drawing board Mickey was created. A few shorts were produced that did not get much recognition but once Steamboat Willie premiered in 1928 all that changed.


Steamboat Willie, named after Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, and inspired by the first “talkie” The Jazz Singer, was the first cartoon with synchronized sound. This was the beginning of a fad that has not ended and has also made its way into history books. Mickey did not say his first words which were “Hot dogs! Hot Dogs!” until he was 1, in 1929’s The Carnival Kid. January of 1930 the legendary “Mickey Mouse Club” was created and within a few months 60 theaters were hosting clubs across America. Two years later there were over two million members. Some Famous members include; Annette Funicell, Keri Russel, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

Mickey quickly became a star; merchandise with his face on it was sold everywhere. He was a comforting character to have at home, surely the only comforting mouse in many households. In 1932 Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar for creating Mickey, he won three more honorary awards including 22 competitive “typical” Oscars which makes Walt Disney a record holder for the one person whom hold the most nominations and wins, ever.

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To this day, we continue to invite Mickey Mouse into our home; the lovable cartoon rodent has had an impressive career ranging from TV, movies, books, theme parks and even video games. His biggest success is being able to warm the hearts of children ranging from all ages; even a fellow 86 year old who may be celebrating his/her birthday with Mickey today.

Here at The Dina Collection we are fortunate to have original Drawings of Mickey Mouse and many other well known Disney Characters!

Auguste Rodin “Pioneer of Modern Sculpture”

French sculptor Auguste Rodin is known for creating several iconic works, he surpassed a turbulent and discouraging beginning and is now considered one of the “Pioneers” of modern sculpture .

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Because of poor vision, Rodin had trouble seeing figures drawn on the blackboard in school and struggled to follow lesson especially in the more academic courses, this excluded him greatly. Being that he was nearsighted, Rodin developed an evident talent as an artist after finding comfort in drawing. Discouraged and doubtful after receiving little validation and encouragement from instructors and classmates, his disappointed continued after being denied twice at the prestigious art school in Paris; Ecole Des Beaux-Arts. Feeling rejected and having to earn a living, Rodin began working as a decorative bricklayer.

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Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin

Two decades later, Rodin made the bold decision to embark in an artistic career. Soon after “The Vanquished”, which was later named “The Age of Bronze”, was completed. Although this piece earned Rodin some recognition, it was not until he was in his early 40’s that he was established for his distinctive style as a sculptor. A Bronze sculpture “The Brurghers of Calais,” depicting the war during the Hundred Years war between France and England was made a public monument. This was one of many commissioned pieces that Rodin made. Sadly, Rodin did not live to finish “The Gates of Hell”, an intricate monument which consisted of various figures, including “The Thinker” (1880) and “the Kiss” (1886) but he did live to see that his talents were greatly appreciated. Considered a pioneer of modern sculpture, Rodin’s work continues to be studied and admired by scholars, artist, students and the “average joe.”

Here at The Dina Collection we are fortunate to have one of his timeless pieces “The Eternal Spring”. Rodin Strongly believed in being one with nature, this philosophy can be seen through many of his works.

"Eternal Spring"

“Eternal Spring”

“There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.”

Celebrating Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

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On November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the most influential American Novelist of the twentieth century and one of the great Humanist of his time was born. “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishments after you are dead.” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr exerted this energy and you can see this sort of selflessness and light attitude throughout his works and his life.

Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army while attending Cornell University, majoring in Chemistry, the army transferred him to Carnegie Institute of Technology and later to the University of Tennessee. During this time his mother, whom many claim, is to be the only women he truly ever loved, committed suicide the night before Mother’s Day. This is only the beginning of his compelling life.  Once World War II came around he was reassigned to a combat because of lack of man power. Vonnegut was imprisoned in Dresden where he was captured. Fortunately, he was part of a group of American prisoners whom survived the bombing in an underground slaughterhouse where he was being sheltered which the Germans called Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five). Having to witness the allied firebombing of the city and complete devastation of its outcome, these experiences inspired his famous novel Slaughterhouse-Five. He would not write this novel for another 20 years or so. He notes “I thought it would be easy for me to write about the destruction of Dresden, since all I would have to do would be to report what I had seen,” He claimed this work to be a “failure” but it is clear that the audience disagrees, it quickly became a bestseller and helped recognize Vonnegut as an exceptional writer.

Report on the Barnhouse Effect was Vonneguts first published short story, around the same time he moved to Cape Cod to fully dedicate his time to writing. His first Novel Player Piano (1952) depicting a dystopian era in which human workers are replaced by machines, an ironically relevant theme in our current society, is also theme that has makes a constant appearance in all his works. The Sirens of Titans(1959), Cat’s Cradle(1963) as well as various other short stories shortly followed. When the 1960’s came around his style of writing started to morph and had more autobiographical approach. This is when Slaughterhouse-Five came along as well as other renowned works like Breakfast for Champions (1973) which also became a best-selling novel.

Vonnegut distinct and persuasive writing style combined satire, humor and science fiction to create some of his best works. His novels were celebrated and even closely studied; various universities had courses that analyzed Vonnegut’s writing in depth. Little do his fans know but he too had a career as a graphic artist beginning this career with the illustrations for Slaughterhouse-five and continued to develop with Breakfast for champions.  Some of his other works were exhibited at the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd in New York. Nanette Vonnegut, Vonnegut’s daughter, published a book of her father’s drawings in May of 2014 entitled Kurt Vonnegut’s Drawings.

Also recognized for his political views, Kurt Vonnegut was a lifetime member of the American Civil Liberties Union and was known to frequently address many moral issues. In 1968 he signed the “Writers and Editors war Tax Protest” pledge which vowed to refuse tax payment in protest against the Vietnam War. He was also not shy in voicing his opinion which did cause controversy at times. Isn’t this what we love about Vonnegut though, his true to self comments.

Vonnegut’s influence extends beyond literature, his wit and artistic bohemianism accompanied by his political point of view have made the audience recognize him as a strong intellectual character that abandons social conventions and although has gone through hardships he has been able to stay optimistic and true to his beliefs and craft.

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut and thank you for your influences

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut and thank you for your influences

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning to do afterward.” — Kurt Vonnegut

And in Celebration of Veterans day or in his case Armistice day, here is a quote from Breakfast of Champions.

“So this book is a sidewalk strewn with junk, trash which I throw over my shoulders as I travel in time back to November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

And all music is.”

– Breakfast of Champions (1973)

Artist James Clar sues Rihanna for plagiarism

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Pop and art are not the same. In fact, pop is far from art as pop is about one thing – money and art is about everything, art is here to evoke a range of emotions, positive or negative or both, while pop wants to evoke only positive emotions, pop needs positive emotions so it’ll appeal to the masses and turn into sales.

Popart wants to appeal to the masses too but it’s here to say something about pop culture, it’s about open the masses eyes to the the pop culture they live in. The idea is to use the system to protest against it. That is probably the reason why American artist James Clar started a legal battle with pop singer Rihanna, accusing her of plagiarism in her video for ROCKSTAR 101

Clar works a lot with neon on his art works, in his 2006 piece he placed neon tubes spelling “you” to the ceiling and more tubes spelling “me” hanged from those. Rihanna’s video starts with something similar but the words are “rock” and “star” instead, very nuvo-reach and vapid, let alone unoriginal!

Rihanna James ClarWhen you look at the two pictures above, try to compare the feelings you get when looking at each one of them, the emotions you get when looking at  James Clar’s picture are probably deeper than those you feel from looking at Rihanna’s one.

Apparently, it’s not the first time an artist want to take Rihanna to court for copying his art, it was David LaChapelle back in 2011 and it was settled privately.

PETER MAX United we stand

Peter Max, born 9.19.1937 in Germany, has inspired Americans for more than four decades with bright colorful paintings, illustrations and mixed media pieces of mainly well known figures and subjects.

As part of the pop art movement, Max uses strong bright colors. In his brush strokes and color use there is “movement” – a flow – unlike the color blocks of Roy Lichtenstein and Warhol. His influence comes from the underground psychedelic concert posters and album art of the sixties, and the pioneer works of Heinz Edelmann (who made the Beatles “yellow submarine” art) and Milton Glaser (who is responsible for the well known “I heart NY”).

The big scale art is something that still surprise us these days when it is really not that innovative anymore, but it started with artists such as Pollock who used big scale canvasses as big as a one bedroom apartment. The pop artists continued with the big scale medium, made it even bigger and popular – Max went even further with the big scale art and made art on a Continental Airlines super jet as canvas, a 40,000 sq foot Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship, and more!

Peter Max continental

Peter Max continental

There is something great about highly successful living working artists. The fact that they know how sought after their works are, they are still here to understand what’s hot and what not, they can do whatever they want, so every new work from them is very interesting. Think how things would have look like if Picasso was still alive and working or Andy Warhol. Peter Max is one of those artists that are still with us, commenting on current affairs through their art.

One of his well known works is called “United we stand” and it  was made after the 9.11 twin towers terror act. Getting one is very difficult  but we did and now we have one of the originals for sale!

It’s mixed media with acrylic over lithograph, the work is framed (size 31 X 38 inches with the frame)and the artist’s signature on the bottom right of the piece. Click here to see it on our shop.

Peter Max united we stand

Peter Max united we stand