Archive for the ‘art’ Category

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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Political Piñatero

April 11, 2016

Political Piñatero

The only substantive thing to come out of the Republican presidential race so far is the Donald Trump piñata, especially if you put candy in it. Jonathan Blitzer has a profile of artist Dalton Ávalos Ramírez at The New Yorker:

“The Man Behind the Trump Piñata,” Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker
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Top image: Donald Trump piñata by Dalton Ávalos Ramírez.

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Yarn Bombing

March 22, 2016

Yarn Bombing

Yarnstorming. Knit Graffiti. Guerrilla Knitting. Yarn Bombing. You mave seen objects in the city streetscape snuggled in cozy, warm, fuzzy, knit coverings. Where did this grassroots movement start? It seems to have had many mothers; one of them is Magda Sayeg:

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Happy Birthday Jackson Pollack

January 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Jackson Pollack

Yesterday, January 28th, was the birthday of  abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollack (1912-1956).

You can celebrate, too. Go to Be Jackson Pollack (be sure to move and click).

Mr. Pollack had a readily identifiable (and readily copied) style. If you need help identifying authentic works by the artist, a computer program might help.

More:

“Abstract Expressionism,” Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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White Out

January 22, 2016

“White Out,” an animation by Jeff Scher, assembled from his 2,250 watercolor paintings. Music by Shay Lynch.

h/t: TKSST

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“Themes & Variations”

October 10, 2015

A short CG film by Ziye Liu, based on artworks by Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei.

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Cats.

August 13, 2015

Cats

“’For some reason, cats took off, and then it’s this avalanche that just sort of keeps piling up,’ said Jason Eppink, the curator of ‘How Cats Took Over the Internet,‘ an exhibition that opens on Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image. ‘People on the web are more likely to post a cat than another animal, because it sort of perpetuates itself. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.’

The exhibition — which may well be the first mainstream museum installation entirely dedicated to cats online — is made up mostly of images, videos and GIFs of cats and is meant to be a cultural deconstruction of their enduring popularity. The show takes a high-minded look at anthropomorphism and what it calls the ‘aesthetics of cuteness‘ as well as a low-brow wallow through cheesy trends — like the LOLcats who demand cheezburger — and bad puns, like Caturday, a fad that had people posting cat pictures on Saturdays.”

” ‘How Cats Took Over the Internet’ at the Museum of the Moving Image,” Jennifer A. Kingson, New York Times

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