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Art History’s Best Mustaches: All Movember 2013’s Facial Hair in One Place

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Once again, by way of marking the end of our month-long series combing through art history’s best mustaches — in honor of the male cancer awareness campaign Movember — we’ve gathered the 19 artworks highlighted over the last four weeks into one handy place. Working backwards, we begin with Catherine Opie’s 1991 portrait series “Being and Having,” which includes the photograph above titled “Jake.” (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Catherine Opie’s Fantastic “Being and Having” Series

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Today’s selection will be the final installment in our month-long series highlighting the best mustaches from art history — in observance of the male cancer awareness campaign Movember — and it happens to be a series in its own right: Catherine Opie’s breakout “Being and Having” photo portraits from 1991. The works marked Opie’s solo gallery debut when they were shown at 494 Gallery in New York that year. The 13-image series riffs on classical portraiture, with each subject donning a fake facial hairstyle — from a classic imperial mustache to an extreme goatee — and staring directly into the camera while posing against a bright yellow backdrop. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Thomas Nast’s ‘Stache-Tastic Caricature of Italy’s King

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While there have been plenty of comic and stylized mustaches in our series on the facial hairstyle’s most memorable appearances in art history — in observance of the male cancer awareness campaign Movember — there have not been any all-out caricatures, until now. Behold this spectacular 1866 black-and-white oil painting of Italian king Victor Emmanuel II, who did in fact have quite the terrific mustache, by legendary American caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast — whose mustache was nothing to sneer at either. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Julio González’s Bronze Beard and ‘Stache

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After an overabundance of drawings, paintings, and photographs in this month’s series on art history’s greatest mustaches — which we’ve undertaken in observance of the male cancer awareness campaign Movember — today’s pick may be the most sculptural mustache sculpture we’ve ever highlighted. Julio González’s bronze work “Barbe et moustache” (“Beard and Mustache”) from 1933-34 comes from the Barcelona-born, Paris-based master welder’s most prolific decade. The eight-inch-tall work, with its simplified geometric forms, shows the dual influence of two of his Parisian contemporaries and friends, Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brancusi, both of whom he González helped execute technically complex sculptures. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: That Time Christo Wrapped a Da Vinci-Duchamp-Dali Mashup

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We’ve had plenty of celebrity cameos in our ongoing series chronicling art history’s best mustaches — in observance of the male cancer awareness initiative Movember — from James Joyce and Groucho Marx to Auguste Rodin and Jesus, but today’s entry packs a quadruple dose of fame. Christo’s 1963 work “Der Speigel Magazine Wrapped” features an image of Salvador Dali, posing in an apparent homage to Marcel Duchamp’s “L.H.O.O.Q.” (a past Movember honoree), as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Gustave Courbet’s Devilish Gambler Has a Dali ‘Stache

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Today’s entry in our series on art history’s most excellent mustaches — our way of participating in the male cancer awareness campaign Movember — portrays a man who most scholars of art history would describe as a “baller.” The 1857 painting, which Gustave Courbet showed in that year’s Salon, actually portrays a boisterous character played by the tenor Louis Gueymard in the title role of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera “Robert le diable” (or “Robert the Devil”). He is wearing a fittingly sinister mustache and chin puff, which only bolster his bad-ass demeanor. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Léonard Limosin’s Miniature Portrait of a Furry French Count

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We’ve seen mustaches in all shapes and styles over the course of our series chronicling art history’s best mustaches, in observance of the male cancer awareness campaign Movember, but today we may very well have reached the pinnacle of mustacheness. This 1550 enamel-on-copper miniature portrait by Léonard Limosin (sometimes spelled Limousin), which was acquired by the Louvre in 1828, portrays Jean-Philippe, the count palatine of the Rhine, who sports an extremely extreme version of a facial hairstyle known, appropriately enough, as a French fork. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Robert Mapplethorpe’s Chain- and Leather-Clad Couple

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Inexplicably, as we near the end of our second annual month-long series highlighting art history’s best mustaches in observance of the male cancer awareness campaign Movember, we have yet to feature an intensely sexual mustache — not to diminish how improbably awesome Adrian Piper looks sporting a ’stache. By way of compensating for this lack, today’s entry is a very sexually charged yet extremely funny and playful Robert Mapplethorpe portrait of Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter in full leather gear complete with a chains, shackles, and a whip. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Huda Lutfi’s Bespectacled and Mustachioed Self-Portrait

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After a string of more or less ancient art historical mustaches from our month-long series in honor of male cancer awareness campaign Movember, we decided to start the week off contemporary with this mixed-media sculpture by Cairo artist Huda Lutfi, who melds elements of photography, sculpture, collage and found object installation in her conceptual practice. Titled “Lipstick and Mustache” (2010), the sculptural diptych features two busts cast from her own head, one made masculine with a mustache, the other feminized with bright red lipstick (see below). Both sport sunglasses whose lenses have been replaced with images of soldiers. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Rudolph II Rocks a Bok Choy ‘Stache in Famous Arcimboldo Portrait

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As we reach the midway point in our month-long series highlighting exceptional art historical mustaches — in observance of the male cancer awareness initiative Movember — it occurs to us that we’ve never highlighted the work of biomorphic still life master Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an oversight we decided to rectify immediately. Luckily one of Arcimboldo’s most famous paintings, his 1590 portrait of Rudolf II of Hapsburg, the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, as a handsome pile of comestibles, features a rather elegant little bullet head mustache made of what we can only surmise is some kind of 16th century precursor to bok choy. (more…)