How To Fake Your Knowledge Of Art History

How To Fake Your Knowledge Of Art History

From Willem de Kooning to KAWS.

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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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.


One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

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8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

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