Posts Tagged ‘art’

Hilma af Klint

August 10, 2021

Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944) was the pioneering abstract artist you’ve never heard of. Paul Priestley explains.

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American Venus: The Tragedy of America’s First Supermodel

July 1, 2021

Audrey Munson (1891 – 1996), the “American Venus,” an artist’s model and film actress, was the model or inspiration for scores of statues in New York City and across the country. She appeared, nude, in the 1915 film Inspiration (re-issued in 1918 as The Perfect Model), the 1916 film Purity, and also in Heedless Moths (1921). Her long life didn’t end as glamously. After a series of scandals, she attempted suicide in 1922, and spent 65 years in an asylum before her death at age 104. Even though her likeness appears on sculptures and images across America, her grave was unmarked until 2016.

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Henri Rousseau’s Woman In the Jungle

May 21, 2021

Henri Rousseau painted The Dream in 1910, a surreal vision of a woman lounging on a sofa in the middle of a jungle. It’s his last completed work. A video from The Art Assignment, hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green.

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Napoleon’s Hand

May 14, 2021

Why is Napoleon Bonaparte‘s hand always inside his shirt? Coleman Lowndes explains. A Vox video.

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Amazon HQ2 Helix Looms Over Virginia

April 26, 2021

Amazon HQ2 Helix Looms Over Virginia

After saner jurisdictions rejected the project, Amazon selected Northern Virginia for the site of its HQ2 development. Some neighborhoods under the retail behemoth’s footprint will change their names to protect the innocent.

The flagship of this tax-break-enabled building bonanza will be The Helix, a 350 foot tower resembling the Poop Emoji, with an outdoor spiral of landscaped trees available to hikers who relish a pointless trek to nowhere, very Zen. Suggested seasonal uses of the Helix’s outdoor path include a water slide and ski run, or perhaps it will follow the lead of the 150-foot tall Vessel scultpture at New York’s Hudson Yards and become a world-class suicide swan-dive magnet.

The best views of the giant tower will probably be across the Potomac in DC, where residents can shudder and draw the drapes.

More:

“Amazon’s next headquarters is a glass poop emoji covered in trees,” Jacob Kastrenakes,The Verge

“Soft Serve Cone Or Christmas Tree? Amazon HQ2 Helix Sparks Debate,” Michael O’Connell, Arlington Patch

“The Helix is a distraction. Amazon’s new headquarters will change more than just its Arlington neighborhood.,” Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

Update:

“Amazon’s ‘The Helix’ is too tall for airport standards, officials say,” Kristen Schneider, WJLA-TV 7

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Image (“Amazon HQ2 Helix Concept, after Jan Luyken and Willem Goeree, 1682″) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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The Peacock Clock

March 31, 2021

Prince Grigory Potemkin commissioned the workshop of London goldsmith and craftsman James Cox to produce a timekeeping automaton as a gift for Catherine the Great in 1777. Today the device is in The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

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The British Museum is full of stolen artifacts

March 3, 2021

The British Museum stores the loot of Empire, and just plain loot. A Vox video.

Related:

The Museum of Stolen Art

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Delicious Needlework

January 28, 2021

Kyoto artist Ipnot creates food fiber art, including hamburger, sushi rolls, strawberries, hotdogs, pizza ,and cookies.

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The Art of Latte

October 23, 2020

Korea-based barista and coffee shop owner Lee Kang Bin illustrates his customers’ coffee drinks. In color.

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Picasso At Work

August 7, 2020

In 1956, Henri-Georges Clouzot made a clever film, Le Mystère Picasso, showing Pablo Picasso creating paintings for the camera. Here’s a clip.

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