was a New York poet, even though he lived less than half of his 40 years in the city. He grew up in Grafton, MA, was a sonarman in WWII and roomed with Edward Gorey at Harvard before moving to the city he would forever be associated with. Naturally, there was am article on him
in The New Yorker a couple of years ago. We're lucky enough to have a number of videos
of O'Hara, including a reading of the lovely "Having a Coke with You
. There's also quite a bit of audio
of him, and I can't but recommend this mp3 of John Ashbery, Alfred Leslie, Bill Berkson and Michelle Elligott reminiscing about O'Hara
at the MOMA, where he worked. And there are quite a few
of his poems
, as well as five of the poem-paintings
he did with Norman Bluhm
. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 15, 2010 -
In 1666 Willem Van de Velde, the Elder made a pen and ink drawing
of the Council of War held on the eve of what was to be known as the four-day battle
during the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
Maarten Platje brings it new life
( Click Paintings to enlarge
The news of the Dutch gathering is briefly mentioned
by Pepys ” … some sudden newes of the Dutch being come out”.
It is considered that Willem Van de Velde, the Elder
, and his son, Willem Van de Velde, the Younger
provide the one accurate record of Seventeenth Century warships, from mid-century on.
More than you ever want to know about the Anglo Dutch wars
; and Related
posted by adamvasco
on Oct 27, 2009 -
Knossos: Fakes, Facts, and Mystery.
"The masterpieces of Minoan art
are not what they seem... The truth is that these famous icons are largely modern. As any sharp-eyed visitor to the Heraklion museum
can spot, what survives of the original paintings amounts in most cases to no more than a few square inches. The rest is more or less imaginative reconstruction, commissioned in the first half of the twentieth century by Sir Arthur Evans
, the British excavator of the palace of Knossos
(and the man who coined the term 'Minoan' for this prehistoric Cretan civilization
, after the mythical King Minos who is said to have held the throne
there). As a general rule of thumb, the more famous the image now is, the less of it is actually ancient."
posted by homunculus
on Aug 30, 2009 -
Painting +puzzle +compulsory 'Da Vinci' ref.
Glasgow artist Frank McNab Previously
has an interesting series of paintings on display in an exhibition at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.
Running until the end of October the paintings have the common theme of 'Libraries in the Community" and are a celebration of both the buildings themselves and their patrons.
Check out the link not just for the obvious quality of the works on display but also to see if YOU can be the one to solve the riddle hidden within the paintings themselves.
posted by Wrick
on Aug 28, 2009 -
The Art & Life of Annie Truxell
[via mefi projects
]: Annie Truxell is a well known painter who has lived a long and fascinating life. Her adventures have been legendary, encompassing Greenwich Village in the 50s, London in the 60s and India in the 70s. She was friends with Franz Klein, Bill de Kooning, Truman Capote, Terry Southern, Mati Klarwein & many other wild & woolly people.
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 12, 2009 -
:"What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi
to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film."
posted by dhruva
on Jan 20, 2009 -