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Galéria N.Judta (NORBERT JUDT)

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I am very taken with Judt's work. There is a dreamy, otherwordly, almost alien feel to it, but it also seems deeply rooted in human history.

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A Man Spent Years Taking Photos Of One Small Town. When You Look Closer, You'll See Why.

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Whoa. Now it all makes sense.
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The Impoverished Connoisseurs

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There was a day when instinct and talent allowed hobbyists to find great buys for a song at art auctions, but times have changed.
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BROTRON The Art of Greg Brotherton

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The metal sculpture of artist Greg Brotherton...

 

[Thanks to The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque (https://www.facebook.com/grotesqMB) for the original discovery.]

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Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works of Xu Jiang | ArtZineChina.com | 中国艺志

Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works of Xu Jiang | ArtZineChina.com | 中国艺志 | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"Xu Jiang was born in Fujian province in 1955. [...] Since 2003, Xu Jiang's woks has focused on sunflowers. They relate to his experience living in the countryside of Fujian province as a middle school teacher. Xu Jiang once said sunflowers are not always facing the sun, but 'stands to one direction, where the sun rises.'"

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The real Mona Lisa? Prado museum finds Leonardo da Vinci pupil's take

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Prado says pupil painted remarkable portrait alongside Leonardo da Vinci, affording insight into how Mona Lisa actually looked...
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Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty 'blood painting' sells for £35,000

Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty 'blood painting' sells for £35,000 | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it
Ladylike, a collaboration between the musicians, features a 'self-portrait' of Winehouse drawn in her own blood...

 

Opinions of the work aside, I am really repulsed by what looks like Doherty cashing in on Amy Winehouse's death.

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Tristan Elwell | Short And Shivery

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This reminds me of an old time Halloween card. And that blue sky is to dive into!

 

[Thanks to The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque (https://www.facebook.com/grotesqMB) for the original discovery.]

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Femke Hiemstra

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Hiemstra's work is a treat for the eyes and the mind. I own the Marie print shown and never tire of gazing at it.

 

Her use of found objects to paint on is particularly fascinating to me. The idea of making something old (more) beautiful opens my eyes to a world of possibility everytime I visit a thrift shop or garage sale.

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Last Junkies On Earth: Coffee with Femke Hiemstra

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Hiemstra's work is so lush and enticing I cannot help but be drawn in every time. The fact that her subject matter is often, shall we say, uncomfortable, making it all the more intriguing.

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Galéria N.Judta (NORBERT JUDT)

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I am very taken with Judt's work. There is a dreamy, otherwordly, almost alien feel to it, but it also seems deeply rooted in human history.

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Vardos of the United Kingdom Picture Library

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"In Britain we imagine the traditional Gypsy home to be a gaily decorated wooden caravan pulled along by a plodding horse. But in reality, caravans have only been used by Gypsies for 150 years. [...] Gypsies only began living in them about 1850. They called their home a 'vardo' and it became their most prized possession."

 

I don't think I would make a very good Gypsy, too much of a pack-rat, but I sure do dig their rides! It seems to me so much more worthwhile to put such care and attention into a lovely individual travelling home than a chunk of rolling metal.

 

On the other hand, there is something very appealing about reducing your possessions to a minimum and appreciating all you have, but I'm still at the loving my pretty, pretty things stage.

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MoMA | The Collection | Clarence H. White. (American, 1871–1925)

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"A self-taught photographer, he began taking photographs in 1893 and soon developed a style that showed the influence of Whistler, Sargent and Japanese prints."

 

There is something so evocative about black and white photography. The distance that old b&w photos provide, both in technology and time, only serves to augment this feeling in me. I pore over them, looking for clues to another age.

 

[Image: Clarence H. White. Entrance to the Garden, 1906. MOMA]

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Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace, c. 190 B.C.E.

"tremendous expressive force"

 

Even this massive sculpture can be dwarfed by its home in the hall of a modern museum. I wonder how this size contrast relates to its original location "in a rock niche that had been dug into a hill; it overlooked the theater of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods" (http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/winged-victory-samothrace).

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Exploring the Remains of Spain's Creepy Abandoned Doll Factory

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Browse Palettes :: COLOURlovers

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I can't help it, I'm a sucker for color. I find that I can overlook many other factors if the colors sing for me, be it a dress a wall or a couch.

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Poupée Barbie - anniversaire 50 ans - 1959-2009

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Barbie through art history


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Museo Nacional del Prado: Interactive viewfinder: the work before and after restoration

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"La Gioconda was painted by a pupil or follower of the artist at the same time as the original. The importance of this discovery, which was made during the study and restoration of the painting at the Prado for its inclusion in the exhibition at the Louvre on Leonardo that opens on 29 March, lies in the fact that as a contemporary and perfectly preserved copy, it contributes important information on both the landscape background and on numerous details of the mysterious sitter. The latter include the shape of the chair, the ornamentation of the cloth covering her breast and the semi-transparent veil around her shoulders."

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Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans : NPR

The eerie stencil paintings of human hands in Spanish caves might not be from humans at all. New dating methods of the paintings suggest some of the cave art is more than 40,000 years old and could have been drawn by Neanderthals.
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Carlo Crivelli | The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius | NG739 | The National Gallery, London

Carlo Crivelli | The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius | NG739 | The National Gallery, London | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"The town of Ascoli was under papal rule and in 1482 Pope Sixtus IV granted it a degree of self-government. [...] News of Ascoli's new status reached the town on the feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, which then became a special feast day when the town celebrated its liberty."

 

The crisp detail in this work makes it just pop. There is so much going on that the eye is constantly pulled away from the Annunciation scene, or more specifically, Mary. Her room tucked away in the corner is like a hidden treat to be discovered and rediscovered as you look at the painting.

 

Mary is calmly reading, so the scene would seem to occur in the instants before she addressed by Gabriel. It is interesting to think that we are seeing her right before her life changes forever.

 

(I love the National Gallery's website. I'm constantly discovering new treats. This page has audio of a historian talking about the food shown in the painting.)

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The Power Of Flower Photos : NPR

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These flowers are more than just pretty. They tell a story of life, death and friendship.

 

For a while in Madrid, I used to walk by a florist shop on my way home several times a week. I would buy myself bouquets of carnations (one of my favorite flowers) on a regular basis. It always felt like such an indulgent and joyful treat.

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Amazing Macro Photographs of Insects Covered in Dew

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Perspective is everything. And that is especially true when considering these amazing photographs by Ondrej Pakan.

 

"I get soaked waiting for the rain to finish, but it all seems worth it when you get really great shots of the insects with drops on them."

 

Normally, I am NOT a big fan of bugs, but there are absolutely gorgeous!


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Scenes from Burnaby's merry-go-round

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"Each of the 36 hand-carved horses of Carousel No. 119, which celebrated its 100th anniversary on the weekend, has its own name, design and story."

 

Such expressive heads on these horses! The body decoration was also amazing. Xavier and I had the opportunity to ride this carousel last month.

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A ‘Wild Rumpus’ With Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak, who died on Tuesday at 83, was widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.

 

Amusing, scary, magical. My favorite Sendak books are a journey I love to take time and time again. His sets for PNB's Nutcracker always bring a smile to my face.

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Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

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"These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations."

 

Pop! I love the gorgeous color in these images. The Depression may not have been a pretty time, but to my 21st-century eyes, these photographs resonate with a wistful beauty.

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The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism

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We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath—a roaring car that seems to ride on grapeshot is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.

 

While I certainly could not agree less with most of this (being then, now and forever a tremendous fan of "Mythology and the Mystic Ideal"), it is a compelling, and at times hilarious, read. And I do take umbrage on behalf of poor Nike.

 

Such fresh enthusiasm for celebrating "good factory muck", war and "scorn for woman" seems impossible today. Or is that just wishful thinking?

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