AOL Artists

We commission, curate, coax and encourage talented artists worldwide to create original works of art for AOL and, in turn, the world.

"Art isn’t easy." - Stephen Sondheim

So we created a platform to help original works of art get made. And seen.

msmachina: The incredible work of Sabrina Ratte 

DECADE Theme Preview: L.A. Angels
Work 3: Liz Larner’s 2001, 2001
Liz Larner’s large-scale fiberglass and steel geometric sculpture 2001 is coated in automotive paint, giving the work an iridescent quality that makes it appear to change color from green to purple, depending on the angle at which it is viewed. Larner is part of a group of Los Angeles–based artists who use elements of dark humor in their creations. Some viewers are unsure how to feel about this sculpture, with its part-playful, part-foreboding, and slightly sinister qualities.
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Liz Larner
— Reblog: AOL Artists Guest Curator: Kathleen Massara 

DECADE Theme Preview: L.A. Angels

Work 3: Liz Larner’s 2001, 2001

Liz Larner’s large-scale fiberglass and steel geometric sculpture 2001 is coated in automotive paint, giving the work an iridescent quality that makes it appear to change color from green to purple, depending on the angle at which it is viewed. Larner is part of a group of Los Angeles–based artists who use elements of dark humor in their creations. Some viewers are unsure how to feel about this sculpture, with its part-playful, part-foreboding, and slightly sinister qualities.

Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Liz Larner

— Reblog: AOL Artists Guest Curator: Kathleen Massara 

(Source: albrightknox, via publicartfund)

Check out this awesome gift from AOL Artists @ConfettiSystem!

Check out this awesome gift from AOL Artists @ConfettiSystem!

Newtown High School Students Use Creativity for a Cause

                         

Reporting from Davis Dunavin at Patch, Newton, CT — As soon as they got out from lockdown Friday, Newtown High School students Taylor Varga and Amy Martin wondered what they could do to help.

By Friday night, they had teamed with a family friend to print bumper stickers for Newtown students (see above.) Working with J.R. Shine, who organized the charity Angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, they distributed the stickers to Newtown High School students, then to other schools, then began reaching into the community. They’ve been to Dunkin Donuts and Caraluzzi’s.

"It’s been an incredible outreach that this town’s had," said Varga. "Everybody’s doing something … We didn’t know how big it was going to be at first."

They’ve had requests from New York and Boston, says Varga, and to date they’ve raised about $13,000. All money will go to families, says Varga, and will be distributed through Angels of Sandy Hook Elementary.

For more information, reach Taylor Varga at taylorvarga@gmail.com. Buy stickers through their online purchase form.

AOL Artists Introduces Kathleen Massara of Huffpost Arts as the Next Guest Curator

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For the second installment of the AOL Artists Guest Curator program, it is no surprise that we stayed close to home. Kathleen Massara, editor of The Huffington Post Arts & Culture, has curated a collection of five existing AOL Canvases by Cate Parr, Dave White, Josh Cochran, Mike Leavitt, and Rebeca Raney.

The Guest Curator program rotates on a monthly basis, featuring leaders in art and technology. Each contributor curates a collection of existing AOL Canvases, lends their voice to AOL Artists’ social media channels, and guest blogs for the AOL Artists Tumblr. The program brings new and respected perspectives to the artists we have worked with and the pieces we have commissioned. 

In November, we kicked off with Annie Werner, Tumblr’s Arts Evangelist. Her collection featured AOL Canvases by Aakash Nihalani, Dee & Ricky, Jen Stark, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and more. We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen as our next Guest Curator. Her posts have become one of our main sources for Arts & Culture.

newyorkartdepartment:

NEW YORK ART DEPARTMENT’S #NYANCATCITY ON AOL ARTISTS:
New York Art Department and AOL are working together to raise funding for the digitization of Printed Matter’s archive. Hurricane Sandy flooded Printed Matter’s basement, destroying thousands of books and severely damaging archives dating back to 1978. Although the damaged collection has been freeze-dried as a temporary solution, the archive must be digitized for future generation’s enjoyment. For one day, on December 14, 2012, New York Art Department curated a zine fair and group exhibition of Nyan Cat-inspired artworks, all raffled off at The Hole, as part of #NYANCATCITY’s cultural programming. A digital version of the exhibition will live on AOL Artists, raising awareness for Printed Matter, and bringing the work to anyone that missed the show!
A commemorative zine featuring all the raffled artworks, as well as artworks made day-of during the Luck You Collective zine workshop, will be produced at a later date and made available exclusively at The Hole Shop as the second phase of our fundraising effort for Printed Matter.

newyorkartdepartment:

NEW YORK ART DEPARTMENT’S #NYANCATCITY ON AOL ARTISTS:

New York Art Department and AOL are working together to raise funding for the digitization of Printed Matter’s archive. Hurricane Sandy flooded Printed Matter’s basement, destroying thousands of books and severely damaging archives dating back to 1978. Although the damaged collection has been freeze-dried as a temporary solution, the archive must be digitized for future generation’s enjoyment. For one day, on December 14, 2012, New York Art Department curated a zine fair and group exhibition of Nyan Cat-inspired artworks, all raffled off at The Hole, as part of #NYANCATCITY’s cultural programming. A digital version of the exhibition will live on AOL Artists, raising awareness for Printed Matter, and bringing the work to anyone that missed the show!

A commemorative zine featuring all the raffled artworks, as well as artworks made day-of during the Luck You Collective zine workshop, will be produced at a later date and made available exclusively at The Hole Shop as the second phase of our fundraising effort for Printed Matter.

(via craigsjunkdrawer)

Sam Martineau at @NADAArtFair!

Sam Martineau at @NADAArtFair!