What happens when pop culture icons meet some of the most famous artworks in the world?
Art Zoom is a new video series that invites you on a guided tour of some of the world’s best-known masterpieces. Taking cues from ASMR, each video is narrated by a famous creative voice full of personal insight.
To kick off the series, the dulcet tones of American pop artist Maggie Rogers describe the psychedelic nature of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which celebrates its 130th anniversary; British musician and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker delves into the hustle and bustle of Monet’s La Gare Saint Lazare; and Canadian singer-songwriter Feist slowly unpicks the story behind Bruegel’s The Tower of Babel.
Each painting explored has been captured with Art Camera, which captures paintings in ultra-high resolution, “gigapixel” images, allowing you to discover paintings inch by inch.
So sit back, relax, and take a personal tour of some of the world’s greatest masterpieces.
Maggie Rogers: The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Maggie Rogers is an American musician and singer-songwriter hailing from Maryland, USA. She rose to fame in 2016 after her song Alaska was played to Pharrell Williams during a masterclass at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Since then, Rogers has played Coachella, appeared on Saturday Night Live and in 2019, dropped her major debut album Heard It In A Past Life.
Listen to Rogers talk about the dramatic contrasts in Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the way his painted stars look like eyes when you zoom in close, and why this particular artwork makes her think of David Bowie’s music.
Jarvis Cocker: La Gare Saint Lazare by Claude Monet
Jarvis Cocker is a British musician. He is best known as being the founder and frontman of the Britpop band Pulp. In between creating music with Pulp, Cocker has also released music as a solo artist, had his own radio show and directed multiple music videos.
Discover why Cocker compares Claude Monet’s La Gare Saint Lazare to an 80s horror movie and an ACDC concert, and listen to him explain why Impressionism is called what it is.
Feist: The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Leslie Feist is a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter. On top of being a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene, the artist has also forged her own solo career. Since 1999, she has released five studio albums, received four Grammy award nominations and released a documentary film about her process called Look at What the Light Did Now.
As well as telling us the story behind Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Tower of Babel, discover why Feist compares the renaissance artist and his contemporaries to indie folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience and singer, songwriter and activist, Chance the Rapper.