Posts Tagged ‘art’

Van Gogh’s Ugliest Masterpiece

September 9, 2019

Evan Puschak at The Nerdwriter explores what Vincent van Gogh called “one of the ugliest pictures I have done,” The Night Café.

More:

“Van Gogh’s The Night Café Was Among His ‘Ugliest Pictures,’” Jason Kottke, Kottke.org

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Trump Steaks in the Meatpacking District

April 22, 2019

Trump Steaks in the Meatpacking District

Photographer-artist-provocateur Andres Serrano has assembled an array of 1,000 Trump-related objets in an exhibition called “The Game: All Things Trump” at 409 W 14th Street, in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Mr. Serrano has been assembling his collection for thirty years, and organized the exhibition to show that President Trump “didn’t appear out of nowhere.” Exhibits include a slice of cake from Donald and Melania’s 2003 wedding, Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, remnants of the Trump Shuttle, and a Trump University diploma.  “I wanted to paint a portrait of Donald Trump using his own brushes,” Mr. Serrano told the Washington Post.

The show’s title is drawn from the 1989 Milton Bradley board game “Trump: The Game,” released with the tagline “It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win!”

More:

“All things Trump: behind Andres Serrano’s memorabilia museum,” Nadja Sayej, The Guardian

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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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Dust My Shoulders Off

January 19, 2019

“Dust My Shoulders Off,” written by Jim Beanz and Jane Zhang (Zhang Liangying 张靓颖), performed by Ms. Zhang and Timbaland. The video, directed by Outerspace Leo, riffs on paintings by Edward Hopper, van Gogh, Millet, Vermeer, Andrew Wyeth, Edvard Munch, Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, Magritte, and Yayoi Kusama.

Jane Zhang 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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The History of Art in 60 Seconds

August 17, 2018

A one-minute video by CaoShu, rendered in hundreds of different art styles, spanning centuries of art history.

Note: Caoshu, “grass script,” is the term for Chinese calligraphy.

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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.

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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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