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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

George Santayana

This week’s post is about Pop Art: we have to choose one artist and one or more paintings/sculptures that he did and relate them with our blog’s theme.

I’ve chosen Claes Oldenburg and hereafter you’ll see a brief biography and the analysis of some of his works mixed with some of my points of view.


  • Name: Claes Thure Oldenburg
  • Born: January 28, 1929 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Field: Sculpture, Public Art
  • He lived in New York, Oslo, Chicago
  • He trained in the Latin School of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University
  • In 1976 he began working with Coosje van Bruggen (a sculptor, art historian, and critic), whom he married in 1977
  • He used as his subject matter common and commercial objects in his urban surroundings (one of the principles of pop art and this way he was contributing to its expansion in America)
The use of everyday objects is a mean of expression. By using them in many of his works, Claes is criticizing people and also how they can transform in their minds such simple objects like for example an umbrella or an ice cream in something so needed, so big.
That’s why his works are all in large scale: he portrays what happens in the mind of the consumerist.
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The work I’ve chosen was the Hat in Three Stages of Landing 

Sculpture’s description: three identical sculptures with a single abstract hat form, perforated by holes to suggest a colander and let the sky through it to pattern the shadow below. Formed of aluminum and set at three elevations 80 feet apart on top of double stanchions.

Local: The site chosen by the Salinas Outdoor Sculpture Advisory Committee was a park area in front of a new auditorium and community center at the edge of town, a setting with tall eucalyptus trees edged with stables, adjoining the stands of the California Rodeo.

Salinas is a place where hats are essential because of the many works out-of-doors.

The subject of a hat fit well into this approach. It could be seen as if thrown from the Rodeo stands, descending in stages like a balloon or small plane landing on the grounds of the park.


The appearance of our Hat was controversial because we turned the curve of the brim over, facing it down to suggest a saddle and also placed the crease in the Hat crosswise to its path, liberties we defended in writing to the committee with success. 

Claes Thure Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

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From my point of view, besides giving an interesting detail to the landscape, these three hats are pretty useful in the hot sunny days:

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So why I have chosen Claes Oldenburg?

His works, besides being “simple” (the use of daily objects in very large scale), are very original and a soft critic to society and its obsession with consumerism. If some people look at his works and say something like “omg there’s nothing more ordinary and simple thing” and “I can’t believe it, they could have occupied this place with something more useful” well it’ll only show their lack of depth view and they’ll see that they were criticizing themselves because they buy all these “simple”, “ordinary” and “useless” things. 

This way he glorifies the insignificant, while playing with it.

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The fashion besides the art

The famous cowboy (/cowgirl) style doesn’t exist only in the old west movies. It was the choice of some famous brands such as Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana in very recent years: 2010 and 2011.

Characterized by the cowboy hat, with a light shirt and jeans combined with the typical cowboy boots.

It’s original and, if well combined with the clothes, this hat gives an elegant style. 

The boots are kinda interesting but I think that only combine well with all the other cowboy clothes. 

However I need to say that it isn’t such a light style to use every day. 

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Fashion 2010:

I love both these styles, besides thinking that in the right picture the boots could be in other style. 

Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 Collection presents Cowgirl Fashion:

If honestly I don’t like to much these clothes… The coat reminds me an old bed sheet. 

It’s more a safari style than properly cowboy…

From Elle España:

I love these clothes and I do not mind having equal 🙂

Adam Kimmel – Spring/Summer 2010 – Collection Cowboy:

It was missing a more masculine and less teenage clothes in the fashion world.

To finish this post I selected a very elegant and popular celebrity with a cowgirl style: Kate Middleton

I love it! The white fits well on her. She don’t need to be always with dresses to look elegant like a princess.

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claes_Oldenburg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coosje_van_Bruggen
http://poparthistory.webs.com/claesoldenburg.htm
http://ficpopart.blogspot.pt/search/label/Claes%20Oldenburg
http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com/cowgirls01/cowgirl01_m.jpg
http://img.alibaba.com/photo/315598404/princess_cowgirl_hat_BSH_0372_.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Xd2tr8jvrfw/TDFq6oR_IHI/AAAAAAAAB6c/J0Owk1FpPeA/s400/Reba+Cowgirl+Hat.jpg
http://www.fashion-stylist.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/image/Gant_pre-fall_collection.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8pZbCBP6KeE/Sd-rLqj_VMI/AAAAAAAAAmA/psso4DuWIr4/s400/cowgirl+chic.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5LPyMfqKW_A/TY-LVQr_qyI/AAAAAAAAAhY/AbdE1Rfz84Q/s1600/RalphLauren-cowgirl.jpg
http://www.southmoltonststyle.com/2011/04/key-look-cowgirl.html
http://fashioninyear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/picture-of-kate-middleton-cowgirl-look-Kate-Middleton-with-Cowgirl-Fashion.jpeg
http://dudicas.blogspot.pt/2009/06/cowboy-fashion.html

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Imagine yourself traveling back in time … going to the post World War II (to the 1947 more or less)! You would see that the point of view of the people of those times, when it comes to fashion (specially the women’s fashion), is all about comfort and simplicity:

As you can see, it is a continuation of the fashion of the 40s. Women seemed to have their cloths inspired in the men ones or in the military and civilian uniforms. It was a little bit heavy, rough and dark (with no bright colors) since it was a period during and after the war.

You, a futuristic person, with a more eccentric spirit and a more diversified imagination, of course will be expecting something more sophisticated, more luxurious, more feminine!

And this is when appears a person who, despite not coming from the future, had really great and evolved ideas. I am talking about the genius: Christian Dior!

For the “fashion beginners”, who didn’t know, here you have briefly who was Christian Dior: 

Image

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Dior

Dior was able to give to women a different way of being seen by the society, a different way of being themselves, Dior gave to women a New Look!

New Look

This was the name given to the first Christian Dior’s collection, launched in the Spring of 1947.

I wanted my dresses to be constructed, molded upon the curves of the feminine body, whose sweep they would stylize. 

-Christian Dior

Featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and very full skirt, the New Look celebrated ultra-femininity and opulence in women’s fashion. Dior offered not merely a new look but a new outlook.

After the WWII was needed a rebirth of everything, including fashion. Everybody wanted to forget all the bad things which occurred during that war and so Dior selected the best time to introduce to the world how a real and modern lady should be like.

The “New Look” was based in some Victorian fashion details and was characterized by:

  • Sloping Shoulders

square vs sloping

Inspired by pre-Civil War fashions, the sloping shoulders give a more soft and feminine look.

  • Tiny Waists

A tiny waist (with the help of corsets) is an essential part to outline the women’s figure.

  • Full Hips

All Dior’s designs require some sort of added fullness to the hip area.

This highlighted even more an “8” figure to the women’s body.

  • Full Busts

Most women wearing The Look also used push-up bras to help fill out their bust line.

As we can see, the race to the “perfect forms” had begun!

  • Full Skirts

These skirts were twelve inches or less from the ground.

Another important clothing of The New Look was the petticoat, reminiscent of early Victorian petticoats.

New Look fashion followers also favored petticoats in brightly colored shades (especially red and green) just like their Victorian ancestors.

The model that became the symbol of the “New Look” was the “tailleur Bar”, a coat of beige silk with tiny waist, natural shoulders and a wide pleated black skirt almost at the ankles.
Gloves, high heels and hats completed the outfit in an impeccable way. With this image of glamor was set the standard for the 50s fashion.

Paris, which had fallen from its position as the capital of the fashion world after WWII, regained its esteemed position due in part to the attention it gained from Dior’s New Look. The New Look was quickly adopted by women from everyplace in the world and this way this look had marked the 50s’ fashion and persists till nowadays as being a very luxurious look.

We went off of the war, uniforms, soldier women, the square shoulders and boxer structures time. I design femmes-fleurs, with sweet shoulders, soft busts, marked waists and skirts which explode in volume and layers.
I want to build my clothes, shaping them over the curves of the body. The woman herself will define the contours and style.

-Christian Dior

http://almanaque.folha.uol.com.br/christiandior.htm

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Bibliography:

text and ideas based on: 

http://winifredandbance.com/1940s-fashion/
http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/vintage_style_files/tag/1940-fashion/
http://almanaque.folha.uol.com.br/christiandior.htm
http://www.vintageconnection.net/NewLook.htm
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dior/hd_dior.htm
http://secretfantasybolsaseacessorios.blogspot.pt/2011/03/panorama-da-moda-atraves-dos-tempos.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Dior_S.A.

pictures:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_gA22PqQOrwU/THcvyE3-xAI/AAAAAAAABJs/gqQLDqtiexA/s1600/andrews-sisters-wwii1.jpg
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQUg4L5Wgtvh5q-5FbCqhkDPALsk1F8Bo9S4HOkR6uIxZqE7HcbNKuBfXwnVA
http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg104/scaled.php?server=104&filename=6lxa8.jpg&res=landing
http://fuzzylizzie.com/myPictures/mangone/mangonefeb1945.jpg
http://www.costumes.org/History/20thcent/1940s/sews4victory/c1945pattern.JPG
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rrIjCzqJzi4/TBqnlMGEhOI/AAAAAAAAAUU/lcTueH3YicY/s1600/V-line+suit+1944.JPG
http://www.thewhitecabinet.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/photos/1940s/antoinette.jpg&maxx=300&maxy=0
http://blackingoutthefiction.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/133676147_8ebc6d0249.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kNo1dXol7a4/SpKKWATeKYI/AAAAAAAAAwg/MBfk0pjwc2w/s400/1940s.62134810_large.jpg
http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/vintage_style_files/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/1940fallfashion3.jpg
http://www.operagloves.com/Fashion/20s30s40sFashion/1940sfashion-vogue03011945.jpg
http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/vintage_style_files/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/1940allfashion2.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uH3QR9gVApI/TpXZ3KAKRbI/AAAAAAAADEY/2i8JB_rW-us/s1600/christian_dior.jpg
http://www.mutoworld.com/_uimages/NewLook.jpg
http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/.a/6a01156f47abbe970c0134862faf51970c-800wi
http://i2.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo_images/590/draft_lens13721781module122492421photo_12857100351940s-womens-jacket.jpg
http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/58137-large.jpg

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This is my selection of the best dressed celebrities in the 84th Academy Awards:

Jessica Chastain - Michelle Williams - Angelina Jolie

Stacy Keibler - Penélope Cruz

Octavia Spencer - Milla Jovovich

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Jessica Chastain – I love all the clothes from Alexander McQueen and this dress isn’t exception! Jessica is very very beautiful with it.

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Michelle Williams – she was really one of the most highlighted celebrities that night! The interesting coral Louis Vuitton gown gave her a unique look.

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Angelina Jolie – besides the pallid skin tone, Jolie was stunning in a long black Versace Atlelier gown on the red carpet.

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Stacy Keibler – I don’t like too much this dress, but in Stacy it looks awesome!

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Penélope Cruz – I love really very much this dress!! It’s simple but at the same time very gorgeous! The color was also very well-chosen.

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Octavia Spencer – they simply have said it all:

Spencer clearly knows how to dress in a way that flatters her perfectly.

-http://theredcarpetreport.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/octavia-spencer-looks-perfect-as-usual/

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Milla Jovovich – an elegant ivory Ellie Saab dress doing a harmonious combination with the bag, jewelry and her hair. 

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And I also liked these ones:

Esperanza Spalding - Glenn Close - Louise Roe

They were all pretty, weren’t they?

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Bibliography: 

http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2012/02/26/239490-jessica-chastain-oscars-2012.jpg
http://fashion4fun.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jessica-chastain-oscar-2012-e1330373769828.jpg
http://divadiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Penelope-Cruz-Oscar-2012.jpg
http://www.thefashionpolice.net/2012/02/penelope-cruz-2012-oscars-armani-prive.html
http://redcfa.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Stacy-Kiebler-In-Marchesa-2012-Oscars.jpg
http://www.barfitoarea.ro/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Michelle-Williams-pe-covorul-rosu-la-Premiile-Oscar-2012.jpg
http://clubebatom.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Milla-Jovovich-2012-Oscars.jpg
http://hotpinklist.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/angelina-jolie-on-oscars-2012-red-carpet-in-versace-atlelier/
http://theredcarpetreport.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/octavia-spencer-looks-perfect-as-usual/

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Here are my opinions about the not so well dressed celebrities who passed through the red carpet last sunday:

Jennifer Lopez - Rooney Mara - Sherri Shepherd

Shailene Woodley - Busy Phillips - Sandra Bullock

Shailene Woodley - Busy Phillips - Sandra Bullock

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Jennifer Lopez – I don’t like the neckline and, if viewed from the back, the dress make her look fat. I also don’t like the combination of colors in this pattern.

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Rooney Mara – if she wore a different color it might be better; dresses need to give some elegance and charm to the women, which isn’t the case.

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Sherri Shepherd – the royal blue color is very beautiful, but the exaggerated neckline was unnecessary.

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Shailene Woodley – it shows the elegance of Shailene but the dress itself isn’t pretty; heavy cloth.

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Busy Phillips – if viewed closer it is somehow nice, but if seen from far the dress reminds me a curtain

Dress – kind of grey color; Earrings – blue; High heels – pink.

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Sandra Bullock – it isn’t so bad, but it also isn’t the best. I dislike the white top and the contrast black-white used here. In other galas she was better…

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Bibliography: 

http://www.anapassos.art.br/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Ana-Passos-Joias-Joias-do-Oscar-2012-27-Busy-Phillips.jpg
http://static1.puretrend.com.br/articles/1/38/21/@/31331-oscar-2012-busy-phillips-veste-um-637x0-4.jpg
http://latimesphoto.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/oscars-arrivals26_m012k1pd.jpg
http://redcfa.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Sandra-Bullock-In-Marchesa-2012-Oscars.jpg
http://static1.puretrend.com.br/articles/4/38/44/@/31568-a-atriz-rooney-mara-no-oscar-2012-637x0-3.jpg
http://fashion4fun.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/rooney-mara-oscar-2012.pg_-600x900.jpg
http://i2.cdnds.net/12/09/618x827/wenn5801927.jpg
http://cdn03.cdn.gofugyourself.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/140014131.jpg

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Now talking about the looks of some celebrities…

Viola Davis – green Vera Wang gown

I like the color, it matches with her hair and skin tone. However, observing the dress closer, the material doesn’t look so amazing and I don’t like the bust part when viewed from the front. Despite it, Viola still looks wonderful and very highlighted among the other celebrities.

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Giuliana Rancic – Tony Ward’s gown

I love the sleeves, the back and how this dress is when we see it in profile.

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Emma Stone – fuschia Giambattista Valli gown

In my opinion, the dress could be more elegant if it hadn’t the bow and the collar.

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Gwyneth Paltrow – Tom Ford

Simple, “clean” and interesting. I liked the cover, gives a special look to the dress.

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Maria Menounos – Maria Lucia Hohan

I love the color (pale sea foam green) and she looks amazing with it.

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Cameron Diaz – Gucci

Love the bottom and the color is nice on her.

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Bérénice Bejo – Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture gown

She wore a very unique mint long sleeved Elie Saab dress with matching emerald earrings.

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Meryl Streep – Lanvin

In gold, such as the golden statuette she received. The dress itself may not be so beautiful, but on Meryl it looks wonderful.

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I know these two women haven’t costumes for such a great gala, but I also liked them.

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Bibliography:

http://drewski6i9.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/viola-stunning-in-green/
http://www.pennylanebridal.com.au/blog/
http://hotpinklist.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/emma-stone-oscars-2012-red-carpet/
http://hotpinklist.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/gwyneth-paltrow-at-oscars-2012-red-carpet/
http://hotpinklist.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/cameron-diaz-on-oscars-2012-red-carpet-in-gucci/
http://www.thefashion-court.com/2012/02/maria-menounos-in-maria-lucia-hohan-2012-oscars/
http://www.celebrityviplounge.com/oscars-2012-red-carpet-arrivals-fashion-flops/
http://2chicgurls.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/oscars/
http://cdn.babble.com/famecrawler/files/2012/02/AES-063726.jpg
http://blog.angara.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/BereniceBejoEarringsat2012OscarAward.jpg
http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/02/26/berenice-bejo-in-elie-saab-couture-2012-oscars/

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