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With its underground music, bohemian cafes, galleries and rare pockets of quiet, New York City has served as a demanding and mercurial muse to some of the most renowned artists in America. It continues this role today and likely will for decades to come. 

A new show at Opera Gallery called “Muses: The City & The Artist” underscores that point with a star-studded gallery show featuring work by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Michalene Thomas, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley and many more. The show’s on view now through December 7 at Opera Gallery (Madison Avenue and 67th Street) on the Upper East Side.

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The exhibition begins with a quote by designer Le Corbusier: “A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.”

Andy Warhol, Multicolored Retrospective (Reversal Series), 1979
Photograph: On White Wall/Opera Gallery | Andy Warhol, Multicolored Retrospective (Reversal Series), 1979

Across from the quote, an oversized map of Manhattan showcases key destinations in the arts, from schools and studios to bars and attractions. The Central Park Zoo is highlighted, for example, as a spot where Alexander Calder loved to sketch in the 1920s. The East Harlem location of Keith Haring’s “Crack is Wack” mural is noted; he painted the artwork in 1986 at a handball court and was arrested soon thereafter. Another notation points out Yayoi Kusama’s former loft space on Spring Street where she worked adjacent to Donald Judd.

While New York City’s artistic prowess is nothing new, seeing so many iconic locations grouped together on a map is fascinating. This graphic representation serves as a reminder of how often we walk

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In the realm of artistic expression, creativity knows no bounds. Many famous artists, known for their mastery in traditional mediums, have often ventured into uncharted territories, giving rise to a diverse array of captivating and unexpectedly beautiful creations. From intricately designed doors to wearable art in the form of dresses, these unconventional masterpieces redefine the boundaries of artistic innovation. In this exploration, we ‘ll unveil ten extraordinary and oddly beautiful creations from the portfolios of celebrated artists, each a testament to the limitless potential of human imagination.

Image Credit: harimaolee / Masterworks.com.

1. Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Lips Sofa

In 1935, Salvador Dalí, widely regarded as the foremost Surrealist artist of his time, crossed paths with the British collector and poet Edward James, a kindred spirit in their shared passion for Surrealist art. James was the leading advocate for the Surrealist movement in Britain. Their connection deepened into a profound friendship, with James becoming an ardent collector of Dalí’s masterpieces. In 1936, Dalí sojourned at James’ London residence, an occasion that sparked a flurry of creative brainstorming sessions for Surrealist objects and furnishings. It was James who proposed the audacious idea of crafting a sofa inspired by Dalí’s work, “Mae West’s Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment” (1934 – 35). This extraordinary piece envisaged the vivid scarlet lips of Hollywood luminary Mae West transformed into seating for an otherworldly room arrangement.

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Image Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

2. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Reclaimed Doors

Basquiat’s painted doors serve as a testament to his ability to infuse even the most mundane objects with profound meaning, transcending their utilitarian origins. His use of vivid colors, dynamic brushstrokes, and enigmatic symbols creates a dialogue between the

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