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1984 Georgia O’Keeffe portrait by Bruce Weber. Image credit: Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York
1984 Georgia O’Keeffe portrait by Bruce Weber. Image credit: Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York

New Exhibition Highlights the Fashion of Georgia O’Keeffe

1984 Georgia O’Keeffe portrait by Bruce Weber. Image credit: Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York
1984 Georgia O’Keeffe portrait by Bruce Weber. Image credit: Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York

When discussing Georgia O’Keeffe, it’s impossible to leave out the colorful florals and southwestern imagery that dominated her work, but a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum puts some of the focus on the less-explored facets of the painter's life. As The Creators Project reports, "Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern" includes portraits of the artist, and, for the first time in an art show, pieces from her wardrobe.

According to the Brooklyn Museum, O’Keeffe used fashion and posed photographs as tools for molding her public persona. The description page says that the exhibition “confirms and explores her determination to be in charge of how the world understood her identity and artistic values.”

The installation includes pieces from the artist’s early years, her time in New York in the 1920s and '30s, and the period in New Mexico that shaped her signature style. Her stark, self-made clothing can be seen both in person and in the portraits selected for the exhibit. Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, and O’Keeffe’s husband, Alfred Stieglitz, are a few of the photographers whose work is on display.

1927 Georgia O'Keeffe portrait by Alfred Stieglitz. Image credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred Stieglitz Collection
Suit circa 1960s. Image credit: Gavin Ashworth

Georgia O'Keeffe portrait by Alfred Stieglitz circa 1920–22. Image credit: Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2003.01.006. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Padded kimono circa 1960s/70s. Image credit: Gavin Ashworth

"Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern" is part of an ongoing program at the Brooklyn Museum titled "A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism." Focusing on the artist’s fashion decisions may seem like an odd move for a feminist art show, but her clothing choices helped O’Keeffe communicate power in a male-dominated field. Her androgynous style made a bold statement in the early 20th century, and modern designers like Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham, and Céline continue to cite the icon as inspiration today. The exhibition opens March 3 and runs until July 23; discounted tickets go on sale January 24.

[h/t The Creators Project]

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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