art: August 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg You might not see Hells Angels' sporting these crazy helmets any time soon, but if Borat took up biking, you might see a walnut speeding down the motorway.

That's because tennis balls, haircuts and a globe are the latest in bicycle helmet fashion designs to come out of Kazakhstan.

The wacky helmets are the creation of a marketing agency who admit the initially created them as a laugh… but now they're set to go into production.

Designers say they were inundated by would-be customers wanting the wear the off-beat headwear and they should be on shelves (and shoulders) by 2011.

275x250.jpgThe largest-ever painting by Pablo Picasso - measuring 10.4m by 11.7m - has gone on show in London for the first time.

Picasso created the monstrous cloth for a one-act ballet "Le train bleu"  by the Ballets Russes in 1924.

However, while he designed and signed the piece himself, it was actually finished by seven other artists.

The Victoria and Albert Museum snapped up the cloth in 1968 but have kept it in storage since then.

It's now going on show at the as part of a exhibition dedicated to the Russian ballet company and you can't miss it… quite literally.

275x250.jpgA US family who were facing having their home repossessed have been saved after finding a rare Superman comic in their basement.

The comic - a rare Action Comics No. 1 which features the first appearance of Superman - was only uncovered as they were packing up their home.

The unnamed family were facing foreclosure on their home and unable to come up with the cash to save it, were looking in their basement for boxes.

Realising it could be worth something the contacted comic book auction experts who said the comic could sell for $250,000.

The bank have agreed to wait until the sale on August 27… to see if Superman really can fly in and save the day at the last moment.

A US artist says she produces her artwork using an unusual method -- covering her 38DD boobs in paint and pressing them against the canvas.

Kira Ayn Varszegi says she first started breast painting almost ten years ago and that her works can sell for £600 each.

The 24-year-old from Connecticut creates each painting by coating her breasts with various coloured paints and then pressing and dragging them on the canvas.

She admits she was initially surprised by the level of commercial interest in the abstract breast works, and that she's now created and sold hundreds of painting.

However, not all of her fans are only interested in the final result… she admits she's constantly being besieged with requests for photos of the 'creative process'.

275x250.jpgArtist John O’Hearn has created an odd-looking portrait of Lady Gaga -- by using thousands of BB gun pellets.

The sculptor from Florida says can recreate any image using the odd medium which involves lining up red, green, blue, black and white balls in a grid formation.

His Lady Gaga creation measures 4 feet high and is 8 feet wide and contains a whopping 61,509 Airsoft BB pellets.

The image - which has been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! - took a month to complete.

But it won't be the oddest portrait on show, there's also a President Obama made from gumballs, an Elvis made from M&M and a  Marilyn Monroe of gummy bears.




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