B E A U T Y.
"A path of sighs through the emotions of life. A tribute to the art
and her disarming beauty." A short video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro
. [Via, possibly nsfw]
"When laid open, the Waynai Bible
measures 43.5 inches tall and 98 inches wide. Closed, the spine is 34 inches thick. The book has 8,048 pages and weighs in at 1,094 pounds." [more inside]
At first glance, you might think The Incredibles
is just a fun superhero movie. But remove the capes and tights and you're left with an in-depth architectural narrative
with its own beginning and end.
The sale of Glenn Brown's "Ornamental Despair (Painting For Ian Curtis) Copied from the Stars Like Dust, 1986 by Chris Foss" (1994)
for roughly $5.7 million
has again raised questions over whether copying something but larger and slapping your name on it constitutes art and how it can sell for so much. Here's why it does
. Just don't talk about Shia LaBeouf
It was not the first time that Adam Magyar has had to explain his work to mystified observers. Born in Hungary in 1972, Magyar began taking pictures in his late twenties, roaming the streets of Asian cities and capturing images of Indian street vendors, Hindu holy men, and Himalayan students. His work evolved rapidly from conventional documentary photography to surreal, radically experimental imagery that reflects his obsession with finding innovative new uses for digital technology. A self-taught engineer and software designer who assembled his first computer while in his teens, Magyar captures his images using some of the world’s most sophisticated photographic equipment, modified with software he writes himself. Additional code, also of his own design, removes nearly all distortion, or “noise,” from his data, producing images of remarkable clarity. [more inside]
Take a stroll through French artist Vincent Fournier‘s
] gallery of animal photographs, and you’re likely to come across some creatures you’ve never seen before. Like, for instance, a jellyfish that is capable of electronically transmitting data across the Abyssal depths of the ocean. Or, perhaps, a scorpion that can perform semi-automated surgery on humans.
“These creatures come from the future—an imagined future, based loosely on current research on synthetic biology and genetic engineering,” says Fournier, of his project Post-Natural History, a series of digitally-altered photos of animals that do not yet exist. “The idea is that these are living species, reprogrammed by mankind to better fit our environment as well as to adapt to new human desires.”
A new pointless diagram
Have you ever wished that you had an array of reaction gifs featuring hilarious medieval art? u don't say. Previously.
Each of Historian Barbara Wells Sarudy's six blogs contains a wealth of esoteric treasures:
"President John Adams declared, “History is not the Province of the Ladies.” Oh well, I'll give it a try." [more inside]
Birds of the West Indies.
Artist Taryn Simon (previously
) has a work of photographs of James Bond's gadgets, guns, cars, and women. The work is currently showing at this year's Carnegie International
, and has an accompanying book. Info at the main link, and a more thorough gallery here.
NYTimes: "The paleontologist Richard Leakey has called their removal a “sacrilege.”
Kenyan villagers have said their theft led to crop failure and ailing livestock. It is little wonder, then, that the long, slender wooden East African memorial totems known as vigango are creating a spiritual crisis of sorts for American museums." [more inside]
"700 years ago, a monk needed parchment for a new prayer book. He pulled the copy of Archimedes' book off the shelf, cut the pages in half, rotated them 90 degrees, and scraped the surface to remove the ink, creating a palimpsest—fresh writing material made by clearing away older text. Then he wrote his prayers on the nearly-clean pages."
- A Prayer for Archimedes
The Best of L.A. Taco
: L.A. Taco
looks back at the best tacos, art, music and people celebrating the taco lifestyle. [more inside]
If it weren't for the 1976 Copyright Act, copyright on work would expire after 56 years - which would have meant that Kerouac's On The Road, the original 12 Angry Men, and Elvis's All Shook Up would be public domain by today.
came to art late in his life, and with an unusual tool. At age 60, he was inspired by graphs he saw, and started using Microsoft Excel to make art in the style of traditional Japanese scenes
. See more on Spoon & Tamago
and Bored Panda
Painstakingly assembled insect sculptures
by Edouard Martinet
(more images on his Press
Is perfume art? Could it be? Or is it something else: a craft, a commercial product, an ornament, a luxury, a prosthetic, an aphrodisiac, a love letter, a prayer, a con? Why does it matter? [more inside]
David Briggs' The Dimensions of Colour,
a comprehensive online explanation of traditional (what you've probably been taught) and modern colour theory, and its applications to visual art. Invaluable for artists and non-artists alike. (The answer: probably some kind of brown.
Yes, your kindergarten teachers fed you lies.)
" is a fake trailer, for a movie that, for now, is not going to be made, about the incredible power of its characters to defy the physics of the world they live in, almost as if they were cheating a videogame.
Designer/Artist Phil Jones decided to do something to both honor and play with those ubiquitous real estate ads on bus benches seen in cities by recreating every photo of a realtor with a picture of himself, then pasting it over the originals
. It's odd, amazing and Buzzfeed of all people has some followup with the artist
San Diego Study #3: Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Car Color
All it takes is a regular mirror, a two-way mirror and some LED lights and BAM! you have yourself an Infinity Mirror
. Chances are you've seen one or two before at science museums, but you can make one of your own
). Then there is Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (previously
), who has done a series of "Infinity Room" art projects
over the years. The latest of which can be found at the David Zwirner gallery
in New York City (but hurry! The show ends this Saturday).
In September, Italian archaeologists removed a slab door in Tarquinia and entered an untouched, newly discovered Etruscan tomb (Slideshow: Entry to Tomb, Pictures of Contents
) There was much excitement to find the intact tomb of a high-status man - a warrior, a prince, a man of importance, with a lance, grave goods, and the remains of his wife. Or so it was trumpeted by the discovering team and the media. A month later … the figure on the wider slab with the lance turns out to be the female, and the man was on the other slab. Whoops! Judith Weingarten writes about the assumptions made before and after the osteological analysis
(and Part II
). [more inside]
The Sculpture on the Moon.
"Scandals and conflicts obscured one of the most extraordinary achievements
of the Space Age."
"My subject is a barren one – the world of nature, or in other words life; and that subject in its least elevated department, and employing either rustic terms or foreign, nay barbarian words that actually have to be introduced with an apology. Moreover, the path is not a beaten highway of authorship, nor one in which the mind is eager to range: there is not one of us who has made the same venture, nor yet one Roman who has tackled single-handed all departments of the subject."Naturalis Historia
was written by Pliny the Elder
between 77 and 79 CE and was meant to serve as a kind of proto-encyclopedia discussing all of the ancient knowledge available to him, covered in enough depth and breadth to make it by a reasonable margin the largest work to survive to the modern day from the Roman era. The work includes discussions on astronomy, meteorology, geography, mineralogy, zoology and botany organized along Aristotelian divisions of nature but also includes essays on human inventions and institutions. It is dedicated to the Emperor Titus in its epistle to the Emperor Vespasian
, a close friend of Pliny who relied on his extensive knowledge, and its unusually careful citations of sources as well as its index makes it a precursor to modern scholarly works. It was Pliny's last work, as well as sadly his sole surviving one, and was published not long before his death attempting to save a friend from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum
, famously recounted by Pliny's eponymous nephew Pliny the Younger
Here is a reasonable translation that is freely available to download from archive.org for your edification. [more inside]
"These are not trophies to have on one’s mantel; they are truly sacred works for the Native Americans. They do not belong in auction houses or private collections."
by the US Embassy
on behalf of the Hopi
and San Carlos Apache
, a Paris auction house continued with the sale of twenty-five katsinam
, the US based Annenberg Foundation
bought twenty-four of them for $530,000 to return
to the tribes. (Previously on a similar auction
Think you're an alcoholic?
Not by the standards of great artists and writers! "As for Balzac, he was definitely a coffee kind of guy – he sank 60 cups a day. Samuel Beckett slurped red wine every night til 5am. Pablo Picasso liked opium (he claimed opium has the “least stupid smell in the world”). Across Paris, Jean Paul Sartre guzzled four pints of Burgundy for lunch, liked his barbiturates, and was addicted to Corydrane, a mix of aspirin and amphetamine. The recommended dose of this now-prohibited tablet was 1 a day, Sartre took 20."
Making Of The Bear and The Hare
- For the John Lewis Christmas advert Hornet/Blinkink directors Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn took the two most traditional and time-honored animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique.
is a severely autistic thirteen year old artist whose prolific drawn art, animation, films, photographs and clay sculptures
all share a distinctly colorful, vibrant and upbeat style. Her mother maintains an online gallery of her work, as well as sharing her story as it develops on the site and in a blog
. She has also notably used Rickrolling
as inspiration to create beautiful art
. [more inside]
There has long been various lines of speculation about Mona Lisa
, including the existence of an earlier version of the painting. A painting purported to be the earlier version was revealed in 2012
. The accuracy of the statements are supported by The Mona Lisa Foundation, who have set up an extensive website
around the history of the Mona Lisa and other versions, and also prepared a 21 minute documentary
with various professionals providing their knowledge on the topic. [more inside]
The Tumblr blog People of Color in European Art History
, or medievalpoc for short, has a simple mission
: to showcase works of art from European history that feature People of Color. All too often, these works go unseen in museums, Art History classes, online galleries, and other venues because of retroactive whitewashing of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. [more inside]
"Alt lit [previously
] is accused of navel-gazing myopia, but technically any writing occurring outside of traditional institutions qualifies for the label. Everyone I know has written alt lit: every status update, every blog post, everything that has ever been said on Twitter
. And Twitter, unbeknown to Jonathan Franzen, is especially literary...Which brings me to Heiko Julien
) of "I Am Ready To Die A Violent Death
." [more inside]
"I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few 'human planets' sets done by other artists and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike.
" [more inside]
The city is a fountain that never stops: it generates its energy from the human interactions that take place in it. Unfortunately, we’re getting to a point where many of New York’s citizens have been excluded from this equation for too long. David Byrne comments on New York's hospitability to creative types
For over 17 years Furtherfield
gallery, London, has been working in practices that bridge arts, technology, and social change. As its physical and online territories expand to include a new 'Commons' lab space
curator, director and critic Marc Garrett
reflects on the gallery's rich history, arguing that art from beyond the mainstream exhibits an ever burgeoning oppositional agency
Because who is perfect?
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Busty Mannequins and an Inflated Sense of Beauty in Venezuela
In Venezuela, women are confronted with a culture of increasingly enhanced physiques fueled by beauty pageants and plastic surgery. - The New York Times [more inside]