Keith Haring's Elementary School Mural Removed and Preserved Writing a letter to a celebrity is often like throwing dust in the wind, but you never know when it might grow into something significant. More than 30 years ago, elementary art teacher Colleen Ernst wrote to artist Keith Haring and told him how her students at Ernest Horn Elementary School in Iowa City, Iowa, were fascinated with his work. Haring responded, and began a correspondence with Ernst and her students. Haring then visited the school in 1984, but it wouldn't be his last visit. In 1989, Haring went to see Ernst's art students again, this time collaborating with them on the design of a mural, which he painted on a library wall at the school. Haring died nine months later. The mural stayed up and became an iconic part of the school. Eventually a renovation was necessary, but the mural had to be saved. It was painted on plaster atop wooden panels that were bolted to the wall. To preserve the art, the entire cinder block wall was removed in one piece. Then the blocks were removed one by one and the painting was taken to the University of Iowa’s Stanley Museum of Art. The mural has gone on display at a new exhibition at the museum running through January. Read the story of Keith Haring and his relationship with elementary art students in Iowa at Smithsonian.
The History of Art in EmojisND Stevenson found himself a new hobby. When he discovered that Instagram Stories gives you the ability to resize emojis, he realized the emojis themselves could be used as an art medium. Since then, he's been recreating famous paintings with nothing but emojis with the goal of making them recognizable to all of us. You don't have to be an art student to recognize The Kiss by Gustav Klimt or A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.
King Charles' Official Portrait is Very RedBuckingham Palace has unveiled the first official portrait of King Charles commissioned since his coronation. The artist is Jonathan Yeo. The king is wearing his Welsh Guard uniform and holding a sword. It was Charles' idea to have a butterfly looking to land on his shoulder- a nod to Charles' environmental work. But what everyone else saw was red. The portrait stands out against most royal portraits for its bright reds, pinks, and oranges. The oil painting has been likened to a "poster for a horror film." People have posted on social media that the red makes it look demonic.The portrait has also been compared to the painting of Viggo the Carpathian in the movie Ghostbusters II. An art critic noted that the red evokes either flames or blood, and that the king's contrasting head appears to be floating as if he were decapitated. The queen likes it, though.
From a Janitor's Hidden Studio to the SmithsonianThe definition of art will vary depending on who is defining it, but when someone pours their heart and soul into creating something astonishing and thought-provoking, that's art no matter what it's made of. That was the case when James Hampton's hidden treasure was discovered after his death in 1964. Hampton was a reclusive man who never married and worked as a janitor at the General Services Administration in Washington, DC. He rented a garage that he used as his art studio, but no one knew what he built in there until the landlord unlocked it after Hampton died. It contained his magnum opus, a construction made of found objects gilded with foil titled The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly. There was a throne, altars, a crown, and other religious icons. The art was accompanied by volumes of text written in code that has yet to be deciphered. Read about James Hampton and how his art posthumously made its way into the Smithsonian Institution at Messy Nessy Chic.(Image source: Smithsonian) 
Corset Full of EyesI can find little information about Li Ro Jae, aside from the fact that she lives in New York City. But it would appear that the unifying motif of her corpus is a horror-filled bodily dysmorphia as the soul is constrained and then torn from and through the flesh. It is almost a counter-gnostic rumination upon the linkage between the body and spirit which cannot be separated without the loss of self.Also, if you see a woman wearing this corset, remember your manners and look her in the eyes.-via Ugly Design​
Salvador Dalí Explains His MustacheSaturday, May 11, will be the 120th anniversary of the birth of Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The artist is one of the few who even today is recognized instantly in photographs, mainly because of his mustache, which may be described as Surrealist on its own. Dalí began wearing facial hair as a young man, although it was a thin, garden variety mustache until his career took off. Then it grew year by year as a branding exercise, until it became iconic. Today, just two strokes of a pen evokes Dalí's image in the minds of all who see it, so that branding exercise proved as durable as the Nike swoosh or the McDonald's arches. In 1955, Dalí gave an interview with Malcolm Muggeridge for the BBC show Panorama. The intent was to discuss Dalí's art, but Muggeridge was so intrigued by seeing Dalí's long, upturned mustache in person that they had to talk about it first. Dalí was very much open to revealing his mustache secrets, including the fact that he cleaned it at night and let the long ends hang down while he slept. Read how Dalí took care of his iconic mustache and what it meant to him at BBC Culture. -via Damn Interesting​(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)