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"Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock" opens at The Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona

"Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock" opens at The Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

"BARCELONA.- The Fundació Joan Miró presents Explosion! The Legacy of jackson pollock, an exhibition curated by Magnus af Petersens and organised in conjunction with the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. After the Second World War, many artists wanted to start from scratch by attacking painting, which was seen to represent artistic conventionality. Explosion! takes off where modernism ends; when it was so ripe that it was on the verge of exploding. Which it did, in the form of a variety of new ways of making art. Practically every door was opened with an aggressive kick, and a new generation of artists began seeing themselves not as painters or sculptors but simply as artists, who regarded all material and subjects as potential art. That is how the North American artist and writer Allan Kaprow, the man who invented the word “happening”, described the situation in 1956 in his now legendary essay “The Legacy of jackson pollock”. Even if doors were opened to all techniques, much of the new art - happenings, performance and conceptualism – sprang from new approaches to painting. There was a development, a shift of focus, from painting as an art object and as representation, to the process behind the work, to the ideas that generate art, and performative aspects."


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Bernini's terracotta models illuminate his unique creative process in Met Museum exhibition

Bernini's terracotta models illuminate his unique creative process in Met Museum exhibition | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

"NEW YORK, NY.- To visualize life-size or colossal marbles, the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) began by rapidly modeling small clay sketches. Fired as terracotta, these studies are bold, expressive works in their own right. Together with related drawings, they preserve the first traces of Bernini’s fervid imagination and unique creative process that evolved into some of the most famous and spectacular statuary in Rome, including the fountains in the Piazza Navona and the angels on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo. Bernini: Sculpting in Clay features 39 of these terracotta sketch models, shown together for the first time, with 30 drawings. Due to unprecedented loans especially granted for this occasion, the exhibition is the first to retrace Bernini’s unparalleled approach to sculptural design and his use of vigorous clay studies and drawings in directing the largest workshop of his time. The exhibition offers viewers a more profound insight into the artist’s dazzling creative mind and his impact on the fabric of Baroque Rome."


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Major exhibition offers unprecedented examination of Picasso's black-and-white palette

Major exhibition offers unprecedented examination of Picasso's black-and-white palette | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

"NEW YORK, NY.- Picasso Black and White, the first major exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette throughout his prolific career, is being presented at the Guggenheim Museum from October 5, 2012, to January 23, 2013. The exhibition features 118 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1904 to 1971, and offers new and striking insights into Pablo Picasso’s vision and working methods. This chronological presentation comprises significant loans drawn from private and public collections across Europe and the United States, five of which have never before exhibited or published, including works from the Picasso family and other lenders that are on public view for the first time. Thirty-eight of these artworks are having their first U.S. presentation."


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Butterfly Loft Apartment by Tigg Coll Architects | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Butterfly Loft Apartment by Tigg Coll Architects | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

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Stolen Matisse Recovered In Miami | Facebook

Stolen Matisse Recovered In Miami | Facebook | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

A 1925 painting by Henri Matisse, stolen more than ten years ago from a Venezuelan museum, has been recovered by FBI agents.
A couple tried to sell Matisse’s "Odalisque à la culotte rouge," valued at approximately US$3 million, to undercover FBI agents posing as art collectors!

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real-life banksy re-creations by nick stern

real-life banksy re-creations by nick stern | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it
the pieces re-enact famous artworks using real people to emulate the scenes created by banksy.
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Neighbors on Parnassus: Surveying Poussin and Twombly's Hidden Kinship, From the Arcadian to the Erotic | Artinfo

Neighbors on Parnassus: Surveying Poussin and Twombly's Hidden Kinship, From the Arcadian to the Erotic | Artinfo | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it
"Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters" at the Dulwich Picture Gallery illuminates the resonances between the two artists' work in surprising ways.
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How to build heritage - timesofmalta.com

How to build heritage - timesofmalta.com | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

While it might be true that much of the architecture built in the last 40 years in Malta is not of artistic value, one cannot put the blame entirely on the lack of local talent. The current system imposes various inhibitions, mostly in the form of MEPA. Also, the current trend to issue a tender for constructions results in projects being chosen based on which is cheapest, as opposed to an ideal healthy competition which rewards the most talented and creative.

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Before Facebook, there was Manet, painting friends - Relationship between photography & portraiture

Before Facebook, there was Manet, painting friends - Relationship between photography & portraiture | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

"Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionised how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.

 

Manet's portraits and how they were influenced by photography are the focus of "Manet: Portraying Life" at the Toledo Museum of Art, the only U.S. museum to host the exhibition before it moves to The Royal Academy of Arts in London next winter."

 

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Bronze at London's Royal Academy of Arts | Culture24

Bronze at London's Royal Academy of Arts | Culture24 | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

"Spanning 5,000 years via classical gods, Japanese incense burners and Henry Moore, the Royal Academy's display is the largest cross-cultural show of bronze sculpture ever attempted.

 

For more than 5,000 years, bronze has been used as an artistic medium for creating sculptures, from antiquity in the Middle East, China, Egypt and Greece to rising prominence in Asia, Africa and the rest of Europe.

 

The Royal Academy of Arts celebrates this long inheritance with this unique and wide-ranging exhibition featuring an eclectic and diverse selection of 150 of the most outstanding bronze sculptures in the world from prehistory to the present."

 

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See Zaha Hadid's Venice Biennale Installation, a Blooming Tribute to an Obscure German Engineer | Artinfo

See Zaha Hadid's Venice Biennale Installation, a Blooming Tribute to an Obscure German Engineer | Artinfo | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it
The starchitect's entry in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale eschews her typical futurism for a more floral design.
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Art History News: Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits

Art History News: Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it
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TriMet art committee selects new artist for Park Avenue station - OregonLive.com

TriMet art committee selects new artist for Park Avenue station - OregonLive.com | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

I like the idea of going around the community members to see what they think would best represent them and their city. The artist based her idea on this research to create something that is harmonious with the setting and with the people who will live around it every day of their lives. This is a lesson for those involved in creating public monuments in Malta.

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The Top 25 Street Art of Banksy

The Top 25 Street Art of  Banksy | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

Love him, hate him, Banksy will always draw some sort of polarizing opinion. Most people will recognize that the man has wit that reaches the ends of the earth, while others think he is an overrated phenomenon that does not deserve the hype. *I agree with the former...the man is a genius with social commentary and the visual arts~az 


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Rare Cuneiform Script Found on Island of Malta

Rare Cuneiform Script Found on Island of Malta | Art History & Literary Studies | Scoop.it

Excavations among what many scholars consider to be the world's oldest monumental buildings on the island of Malta continue to unveil surprises and raise new questions about the significance of these megalithic structures and the people who built them. Not least is the latest find - a small but rare, crescent-moon shaped agate stone featuring a 13th-century B.C.E. cuneiform inscription, the likes of which would normally be found much farther east in Mesopotamia.

 

Led by palaeontology professor Alberto Cazzella of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the archaeological team found the inscribed stone in the sancturary site of Tas-Silg, a megalithic temple built during the late Neolithic period, and which has been used for various religious and ceremonial purposes by the ancients from the third millennium BC to the Byzantine era. The inscription was translated as a dedication to the Mesopotamian moon god Sin, the father of Ninurta who, for centuries, was the main deity worshiped far to the east in the city of Nippur in Mesopotamia. Nippur was considered a holy city and a pilgrimage site with a scribal school that generated literary texts.


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