How To Fake Your Knowledge Of Art History

How To Fake Your Knowledge Of Art History

From Willem de Kooning to KAWS.
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Art History is one of the most valuable and interesting intellectual pursuits. It vividly depicts the evolution consciousness and experience over thousands of years. It is also an incredibly useful thing to know for business or for dinner table conversation. For those of you that are too lazy or unwilling to learn more in depth about Art History, I have created a crash course to give you the basics, so you are not the odd one out at your next luncheon or business dinner. Today most people today talk about more recent artists, so here are a few to know something about:

Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997)

Willem de Kooning is probably the foremost Abstract Expressionist artist. He is primarily known for his painting, drawing and prints, but also created unique and incredible sculptures. Of his vast and diverse collection four pieces of his to know are: Excavation, Woman I and Rider (Untitled VII) [scroll down to the bottom for Rider.

For more information on Willem de Kooning go to The Willem de Kooning Foundation's website.

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987)

Andy Warhol is probably the most famous artist of the Pop Art Movement. Warhol dabbled in many different mediums including:painting, printmaking, drawing photography, music, sculpture, film, and silk screening. He is mostly celebrated for his silk screen works. His most famous paintings include: Gold Marilyn Monroe, Campbell's Soup Cans, and Mao.

For more information visit The Andy Warhol Museum website.

Jeff Koons (Born January 21, 1955)

Jeff Koons mostly known for his reproductive works of banal objects in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. His "Koons's Baloon Dog (Orange)" set the world record for auction price for a work by a living artist going for $58.4 million. He is a very controversial artist as well and many critics are divided on him. There are those that view his works as innovative and those that view it as kitschy.

For more information, visit his website or the website of his recent retrospective at The Whitney.

KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly (Born 1974)

KAWS is a New York artist and designer of clothing and limited-edition clothes. He was born with the name Brian Donnelly. He began his career as a graffiti artist, but has since branched out to paintings, sculptures and prints. Some of his earliest supporters are Nigo of a Bathing Ape fame and Pharrell Williams.

For more information on his work and chronology check out the article about him in Complex Magazine.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

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I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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