Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Art Corner: Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud - Girl in White Boots
Wayne Thiebaud - Supine Woman

Fashion and art often cross paths. Street-art was featured on the catwalk in Milan during the Prada Spring 2014 show. Prada commissioned six street artist whose art was featured on the walls of the shows venue and on the clothes themselves. Marc Jacobs regularly cites artist as inspiration for his fashion shows. Jacobs collaborated with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for his eponymous fall 2013 show. Eliasson created a giant glowing orb for the show which covered both the guests and clothes on the runway in a sepia light. Think live Instagram filter. The orb was taken from Eliasson's installation titled "The Weather Project."

Wayne Thiebaud is an artist who is known for colorfully depicting commonplace objects. Thiebaud often chooses cakes and candy as his subjects as well as urban scenes. Thiebaud's colorful portrayal of his subjects brings a vibrant, kinetic energy to his paintings. 

These two paintings are probably a little less colorful than his usual paintings, but I like both looks. There is a tease of a bit of Thiebaud's flair for color in the glowing blue shadow around the Supine Woman's head. Painted in the 1960s, the looks are unsurprisingly 60s, with mod boots and a turtle neck.

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