They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. And what’s the other saying? Ah, yes – ’There’s nothing new under the sun.’ Whichever of these you choose, there’s no denying that this type of artistic doppelganger or visual adoration is showing up everywhere as evidenced in this photo set.

Although one of these comparisons is really a poke …

The Tumblr Who Wore It Better compiles these as part of an “ongoing visual research project presenting associations and common practices in contemporary art to promote a formal and conceptual dialogue over originality.”

If you’re looking for a primer to Contemporary and Modern Art, Who Wore it Better is a great place to start. You can grab a cliff notes visual version of info on some of the art world’s heavy hitters. And if you linger on a particular one – take a little time to do some research on the artist – knowledge is infectious. 



 Mario Sorrenti Raquel Zimmermann for Self Service :: Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for Toilet Paper


 Jeff Koons Balloon Dog :: Paul McCarthy Balloon Dog


 Yayoi KusamaTender Are the Stairs to Heaven :: Ivan Navarro Impenetrable Shout)


 Tilda Swinton The Maybe :: Robert Barta Me


Olaf Nicolai Considering a multiplicity of appearances in light of a particular aspect of relevance. Or: Can art be concrete?  ::  Tauba Auerbach RGB Colorspace Atlas


 Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2013 collection show :: Olafur Eliasson The Weather Project


 Janelle Monae Still From the Music Video of Q.U.E.E.N :: William Klein Still From Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?


Robert Heinecken Waking Up in News America  ::  Jon Rafman Chuck Close Bathroom


*Thanks to Steve Streisguth for hipping us to this site.

We actually submitted one ourselves…

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Anna di Prospero Latina  ::  Andrew Wyeth Christina’s World  

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA as Performance Art

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA

Tilda Swinton is accomplishing what I’d love to do on the average day – take a nap at work. The actress best known for her androgynous looks has been on display at MoMa in a performance piece she calls, “The Maybe”.

Museum goers were surprised to find Swinton supposedly sleeping inside an enclosed glass box, furnished with only a white mattress, pillow, carafe of water and a glass. She sleeps during the museums open hours – some have said they’ve only seen her move or turn but never rouse.

“The Maybe” has been scheduled for six more performances throughout the year, though no one seems to know exactly when. Swinton has performed this piece in earlier years: 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery and 1996 at Museo Barracco in Rome.

photo by (Jen Chung / Gothamist)



Musings on fame, healthy doses of Androgyny… all the good things we’ve come to expect from Bowie are here on display in this short film/video for ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’. Bowie and actress, Tilda Swinton play a suburban couple whose life is intruded upon and taken over by celebrity couple: Saskia De Brauw and Andrej Pejic.

Directed by Floria Sigismondi.