Ernie Barnes: the overlooked legacy of the athlete turned celebrity artist

The work of the football player who became a painter is finally being celebrated, from his Olympics artwork to his Marvin Gaye album cover Historically noted as the first professional American athlete to become a painter, the artistic legacy of football player Ernie Barnes still remains overlooked. But now, as part of a long overdue survey, his art is on view in Bridget R collection of world flags, in a piece titled The Rhythmic Gymnast from 1984. One of his paintings called neo-mannerist. Barnes with his 1984 Olympics artwork. Photograph: Chan Bush He was ignored by the mainstream art world, said Cooks, the author of a book called his paintings for their albums, including the cover of jazz trumpeter Donald …

‘This piece is San Francisco’: the massive digital mural capturing the city’s humanity

French artist JRs massive digital artwork showcases every stratum of society in the city San Francisco has been getting a bad rap lately. You dont have to live here to know that homelessness brushes up against wealth and shiny technology, construction cranes are a staple in the landscape and articles citing cultural collapse duel on social media with love letters to this city by the bay. All of which is to say that there are lot of opinionated perspectives in this dynamic metropolis. The French artist JR has captured 1,206 of them in The Chronicles of San Francisco, a massive digital mural he began in 2018. The crowd-depicting panorama is a technical marvel that captures the range of humanity seen …

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured Americas most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years and the time she set fire to Patti Smith AHenri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghostly grey picture of the Seine crossing. Leibovitzs homage to the great French photographer did not stop there. Her latest exhibition President Nixons inglorious departure from the White House by helicopter in 1974, to the extraordinary Democratic convention two years before, in which sessions lasted until sunrise. The landmark event, which took place in Miami, was the basis for Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, the political classic by Rolling Stones resident gonzo journalist Andy Warhol to Ansel Adams to that ambush shot …