Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Migrant Mother

February 21, 2019

An exhibition of Dorothea Lange’s photographs, The Politics of Seeing is currently on display at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris. Her most well-known photograph is her 1936 portrait of Florence Owens Thompson, popularly known as “Migrant Mother.”

A video from the WorldCrunch OneShot photography series.

More:

“The Assignment I’ll Never Forget: Migrant Mother,” Dorothea, Lange, Popular Photography (1960).

“Unraveling the Mysteries of Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother,’” James Estrin, New York Times

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The Fore-Edge Painter

February 19, 2019

Martin Frost of Worthington, England may be the last professional fore-edge painter in the world, delicately painting scenes on the side of books, hidden beneath the gilded page edges.

Martin Frost website

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How to Sell a Million Dollar Work of Art

August 23, 2018

How do you sell (very) strange artwork for millions of dollars? Dion Lee explains.

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Self-Driving Car Trap

June 7, 2018

Autonomous Trap 001, a work-in-progress by James Bridleh/t:  Jason Kottke

Related:

“Most people expect driverless cars to become common, and they worry about it,” Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post

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Truth in Art

March 28, 2018

A film by Jesse Brass of Making Art

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The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design

February 1, 2018

In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to make lines within them. Eric Broug covers the basics of geometric Islamic design.

Lesson by Eric Broug, animation by TED-Ed.

More here.

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Philly has murals.

September 27, 2017

The city of Philadelphia thought it was getting an anti-graffiti  program. What it got was art. Phil Edwards of Vox explains.

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Why knights fought snails in medieval art

September 21, 2017

Knights fought snails in medieval art. WTF? Phil Edwards investigates.

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Pomp and Circumstance: John Waters

June 2, 2017

Film director John Waters addressed the newly-minted graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) last year. Figures; the school mascot is Scrotie.

Related:

“7 Strange Commencement Speeches,” Erik van Rheenen, Mental Floss

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Mona

March 10, 2017

Phil Edwards explains how the Mona Lisa got be .. all that.

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