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Why Bosch’s Hell feels so real: The answers lie in Freud, Jung and the humble cronut

Why Bosch’s Hell feels so real: The answers lie in Freud, Jung and the humble cronut | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On the 500th anniversary of the painter's death, we examine why this specific vision of eternal damnation endures
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We can talk psychoanalysis or we can just recognize that creepy exists when we desperately want to make sense of that which defies us, that which we should be able to make sense of but can't quite. Either way, if you love the speculative and the "horror" inducing, this essay is worth reading and Bosch's work is more than worth viewing. 
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Over-zealous street cleaners remove artwork commissioned by city officials

Over-zealous street cleaners remove artwork commissioned by city officials | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The drawing by C215, whose work is currently on show on the streets of
London’s East End along with graffiti by his British counterpart Banksy,
showed a sulking boy slumped against a wall.
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A sad but funny commentary on modern art trends. 

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How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her

How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Frida Kahlo’s passion for her Mexican heritage showed not only in her art but also in her garden, which inspired and comforted her throughout her turbulent life
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The pyramid designed by Diego Rivera for Frida's garden in 1941 still stands. It reminds me of a structure at the Mesa Arts Center here in Arizona, which is why I chose this picture instead of one of Frida's from this article. But if you love her work, you really want to read this.

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Review: ‘The Plains Indians,’ America’s Early Artists, at the Met

Review: ‘The Plains Indians,’ America’s Early Artists, at the Met | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes about 130 pieces of some of the earliest surviving art by Native Americans.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Be sure to check out the slide show, which is a small but fabulous sample of the shoe.

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In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now.

In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

I know Van Gogh was a genius. If the point of this were "Van Gogh was a mad genius," I would not be sharing this with you.

 

But I found this and I thought, "Oh, what a vaguely interesting thing." And then I got to the part about the Hubble Space Telescope, and, let me tell you: Mind. Blown.

 

We've got the set up here, but you have to watch the video for the full effect. It's all the way at the bottom.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Although Van Gogh's ear was cut off in a dual, not a psychotic state, the rest of this piece is great for those who love art and those who love science.

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BERLIN: How a German soldier-artist saved Dutch Jews from the Nazis | Europe | McClatchy DC

BERLIN: How a German soldier-artist saved Dutch Jews from the Nazis | Europe | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This is the story of how a beloved German children’s book illustrator, while serving in the army of Nazi Germany, saved the lives of hundreds of Jews from Adolf Hitler’s death machine.
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In a world of great evil, there will always be a few heroes who will strive to make a difference. "The person who saves one life saves all of mankind."

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Afghan woman risks all to bring color to war-torn Kabul with her street art and feminist murals

Afghan woman risks all to bring color to war-torn Kabul with her street art and feminist murals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Afghan Shamsia Hassani, ending her Hammer Museum art residency to return to Kabul, is most impressed by feeling safe here
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Let us celebrate both this woman's art and her courage. While I still think the US has no business mired in Afghanistan, there are many people in that country who are just wonderful and deserving of our support.
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Here's An Early Look At MoMA's New Picasso Sculpture Exhibition

Here's An Early Look At MoMA's New Picasso Sculpture Exhibition | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The exhibit opens on September 14th.
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What a great exhibit. Wish I were in New York to see it.

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Review: ‘Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit’

Review: ‘Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts is awe-inspiring, arriving as Detroit attempts to revive itself from financial ruin.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If we were within driving distance of Detroit, I'd be on the road for this exhibit. I love Kahlo's work and have always been fascinated by Rivera even if he did seem the usual communist self-contradiction, all about social justice while being totally insensitive to the people actually around him. I will have to get a copy of the catalog.

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Thanksgiving Meals for Modern Artists

Thanksgiving Meals for Modern Artists | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
What would Vincent van Gogh's Thanksgiving spread have looked like? Would Jackson Pollock have been as gestural in his deployment of gravy and cranberry sauce as he was with his paints?
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If you love art, you will love this. Unfortunately she didn't do a Bosch; now that would have been a plate full.

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Debbie Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 2015 4:03 PM

Artist Hannah Rothstein asks and answers  burning questions regarding how famous artists  of the 19th and 20th centuries would have portrayed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner if it to be a piece of art. She states that "although she loves making art it is a selfish act." She satirically plates such pieces  as might have appeared if Van Gogh, Mondrian, and Pollock , to name a few had painted with turkey, cranberry sauce, and the other trappings of a traditional dinner. the best part about her work is that its goal is to promote people donating food to local food banks. Truly an inspiring and humorous approach to helping people stricken by poverty.

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Argentine Artists Cause Stir with Virgen de Guadalupe Barbie, Jesus Christ Ken on a Crucifix and So Many Others

Argentine Artists Cause Stir with Virgen de Guadalupe Barbie, Jesus Christ Ken on a Crucifix and So Many Others | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We are going to take a guess and say that the Argentine artists Pool & Marianela will be getting new fans and new haters after their latest pieces of art have caused controversy in Latin Americ...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I'm sure there will be some who are offended by this, but I think they bring great humor to the silliness of religious iconography. Remember, we have no actual pictures of the figures from the Bible or the earlier saints, so why not Barbie and Ken?

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Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII

Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Laying untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Love history? Here it is in stunning, if dusty, glory -- the Paris that was before the Second World War. A treasure of artifacts and perhaps memories.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:34 PM

Talk about stepping back in time...this is it literally! Totally phenomenal!