Modernized Classic Works of Art

Plastic Post-Impressionism

In Running the Numbers II: Portraits of Global Mass Culture, artist Chris Jordan recreates beloved masterworks with unconventional materials. Each unique, upcycled creation comments on the excessive pollution and waste produced across the globe today. For his spot-on reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Jordan used 50,000 brightly colored lighters as an inventive alternative to the artist’s signature brushstrokes.

Moving Pictures

Sometimes, all an old painting needs in order to be modernized is a bit of animation. Specializing in video art, Italian artist Rino Stefano Tagliafierro transforms static works of art into moving masterpieces—a trick that somehow manages to make Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus even more ethereal and Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath even darker!

Hopper Gets an Instagram

While, during Edward Hopper’s life, the world was decades away from social media shares and outlandish emojis, artist Nastya Ptichek proves that his melancholic painting, Sunday, still somehow captures the emotions of the digital age. This cleverly edited image is part of Ptichek’s Emoji-nation series.

Rococo Deconstructed

Inspired by the work of French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, artist Yinka Shonibare has inventively recreated his most famous piece, The SwingThe Swing (After Fragonard)  Rococo painting, reimagining it as a minimalist and deconstructed installation.

Madonna and Child on the Metro

Ukrainian artist and art director Alexey Kondakov seamlessly superimposes figures from iconic paintings, like Bouguereau’s Song of the Angels, into mundane scenes of daily life, turning contemporary Kiev into a real-life classical canvas.