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Previously unseen early Martin Parr photographs published in new book
Martin Parr – Early Works features images from multiple series including The Non Conformists, his first major body of work after finishing art school. Created between 1975 and 1979 together with wife Susie Parr, the project documented their then-home town of Hebden Bridge and the local people’s fading ways of life. It shows an early dedication to British tradition and its inherent quirks and banality, all with his characteristic sense of wry humour.
photography  art  england 
1 hour ago by terry
Google Doodle pays tribute to Joseph Plateau, who paved the way for cinema with the phenakistiscope
But strangely, Google’s own description fails to mention that Plateau isn’t the only one who invented the phenakistiscope. It’s one of history’s famous cases of simultaneous invention, where Austrian professor Simon Stampfer was simultaneously studying the same optical illusion, and where both men may have studied descriptions of that illusion from British scholar Peter Mark Roget and a specific mechanical example of that illusion published by the famed British scientist Michael Faraday.
art  animation  history  google 
yesterday by terry
How Banksy's latest trademark row could backfire
Despite Banksy’s efforts to present himself as a down-to-earth, anti-conformist artist and paint the card company as the “bad guy”, this is more like a David v Goliath story – and Banksy is the giant here. Supported by a raft of experienced corporate lawyers and managers worldwide, his art is an undeniably powerful and commercially valuable industry.
art  banksy  copyright 
4 days ago by terry
New Studio's diverse editorial work for The New York Times Magazine
“The pop up window is a pretty familiar image in the digital world, so I liked the absurdity of being confronted with one in the form of a physical object. I cut out a piece of plywood, traced the graphic and painted it. Tracing ended up being a big mistake because the lines ended up too straight and perfect, and it didn’t really look enough like, well, a scam. So I then had to go back and paint over parts, sloppily redo them, spill paint, chip the corners and bang it around to make it look more suspicious. This was painted and photographed in the span of a day.”
art  illustration  design 
4 days ago by terry
Mark Rothko's genius imitated on an iPhone by Derek Brahney
Why has he created them? Presumably to demonstrate the fast-decreasing level of skill required to create visual material in the digital age (depressing), or perhaps his motivations are less sinister. Either way we’re enjoying them very much.
art  rothko  iphone 
5 days ago by terry
Mark Rothko paintings, biography & artwork
By the 1950's Rothko had matured into his signature style; colourfield paintings. Unlike some of his fellow abstract expressionist artists of the day, he had rejected the physical, sometimes violent methods of paint application in favour of a more spiritual and contemplative form of colour appreciation. These new paintings were composed of several large rectangular blocks of colour place mostly horizontally on the canvas. Sometimes vivid and latterly quite subdued, these paintings conveyed human emotion in all its splendour; from joy and ecstasy to grief and depression.

While Rothko's friends initially thought that these works may be a step too far for critics and the general public to accept and understand, they couldn’t have been more wrong.
art  rothko  painting 
5 days ago by terry
A photographic survey by Jessica Wynne of chalkboards filled by mathematicians
Wynne tells Colossal that she enjoys photographing the dusty work surfaces because of “their beauty, mystery and the pleasure of creating a permanent document of something that is ephemeral.” The “Do Not Erase” photo series, soon to be published in a book by Princeton University Press for release in 2020, includes boards from institutions and universities around the world. Wynne hopes that viewers can appreciate the aesthetic of the worked surfaces while “simultaneously appreciating that the work on the board represents something much deeper, beyond the surface.”
art  photography  maths  universities 
6 days ago by terry
Generative art by Thomas Lin Pedersen
I’m a generative artist focusing mainly on exploring the beauty of dynamic systems. For me, the sweet spot of generative art lies in creating a system that you know well enough to set it up for success, but is so complex that you still get surprised when you see the result. The more I become familiar with a system I’ve developed, the more it feels like a (slightly unpredictable) brush to paint with.
art  generative  computing 
7 days ago by terry
Banksy painting of MPs as chimpanzees sells for record £9.9m
"Record price for a Banksy painting set at auction tonight," he wrote. "Shame I didn't still own it." After Devolved Parliament went on display in March, Banksy wrote on Instagram: "Devolved Parliament. I made this 10 years ago. Bristol museum have just put it back on display to mark Brexit day."
art  painting  banksy  politics 
8 days ago by terry
Artbreeder — create beautiful, wild and weird images
Simply keep selecting the most interesting image to discover totally new images. Infinitely new random 'children' are made from each image. Artbreeder turns the simple act of exploration into creativity ...

Artbreeder started as an experiment in using breeding and collaboration as methods of exploring high complexity spaces. GAN's are the engine enabling this. Artbreeder is very similar to, and named after, Picbreeder. It is also inspired by an earlier project of mine Facebook Graffiti which demonstrated the creative capacity of crowds.
ai  art 
8 days ago by terry
Banksy painting of chimps as MPs sells for record £9.9m at Sotheby's
The Czech data analyst and collector Matyas Kodl, who was the underbidder at £8.4m, said he had been keen to acquire the work because it is “still so relevant today in terms of the political climate”. He added: “I was hoping the action was going to be a little calmer, but I suspected there would be a fair bit of interest.”
art  auction  banksy 
10 days ago by terry
Louvre defends planned switch to timed-entry tickets after Mona Lisa 'pandemonium'
Reservations will become mandatory at the world's most visited museum by the end of the year
art  gallery  museum  davinci 
10 days ago by terry
Banksy shop featuring Stormzy stab vest appears in Croydon
A Banksy collector who came to see the display, said: "It's brilliant. So good that it's happening. I doubt he (Banksy) will turn up and go 'hello lads, how are ya?' But he's obviously around."

John, another Banksy enthusiast, who is on holiday in the UK from the United States, said: "It has all the earmarks of Banksy's work. It's graphic, it's cheeky, it's intelligent."
art  banksy  installationart 
13 days ago by terry
Gross Domestic Product: Banksy opens a dystopian homewares store
Tony the Frosted Flakes tiger sacrificed as a living room rug, wooden dolls handing their babies off to smugglers in freight truck trailers, and welcome mats stitched from life jackets: rather than offering an aspirational lifestyle, one South London storefront window depicts a capitalist dystopia. Created by Banksy and appearing overnight, Gross Domestic Product is the latest installation to critique global society’s major issues of forced human migration, animal exploitation, and the surveillance state.
banksy  art  installationart 
14 days ago by terry
Laurie Anderson interview: a virtual reality of stories
In this exclusive video, Laurie Anderson presents her prizewinning virtual reality work from 2017: “I wanted to see what it would be like to travel through stories, to make the viewer feel free,” the legendary multimedia artist says.
art  vr  video 
14 days ago by terry
Silence your lobster phone and melt into a Dalí-inspired dreamscape
Salvador Dalí’s painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus (1935) is a surreal reimagining of Jean-François Millet’s painting The Angelus (1859). Dalí’s work recasts the peasant couple of the original as towering stone figures, with the woman looming over the man in a show of female sexual dominance. Created as part of a virtual reality exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St Petersburg in Florida, this video allows viewers to step inside the work’s dreamy, uncanny landscape, as they fly through a tour of a world inspired by the painting – one that’s rife with additional Dalí Easter eggs. Beyond a simply entrancing immersive experience, Dreams of Dalí hints at even more sophisticated VR art experimentation to come in the near future.
art  dali  video 
15 days ago by terry
What’s the point?
These feel like such dire times, times of violence and dislocation, schism, paranoia, and the earth-scorching politics of fear. Babies have iPads, the ice caps are melting, and your smart refrigerator is eavesdropping on your lovemaking (and, frankly, it’s not impressed).

Fascists, bigots, and guys who plan to name their sons Adolf wake up every day with a hateful leer on their faces and the Horst Wessel Song in their hearts—if you’re an ignorant, misogynist, xenophobic, racist against science, I guess times have never felt better. But for the vast rest of us—and please know, please believe, you and I greatly outnumber them—for the rest of us, things can seem so much worse than they did back in 2010, when a decent, thoughtful, level-headed, rational, and humane black man was living in the White House.

It has all seemed to fall apart so quickly. Looking around, it’s hard not to wonder who or what is to blame. I think it might be me. No, hear me out.
art  arts  philosophy  culture  society 
16 days ago by terry
British Museum knocks Tate Modern off top spot as UK's most popular attraction after miscalculation
Tate Modern recently appeared to knock the British Museum (BM) off its perch as the UK’s most popular visitor attraction, but The Art Newspaper can report that this was based on incorrect figures. The BM has now revised its 2018/19 data upwards, citing an earlier fault in the automated counting system for visitors. The government’s culture department has accepted the BM’s updated figures, pushing Tate Modern into second place.


A BM spokeswoman explains that “the electronic counting system at the main entrance was undercounting because of incorrect light levels caused by a broken light fitting.” This meant that the camera device which counts visitors was failing to detect them all. The problem was only noticed during a very busy period after Christmas when recorded numbers were significantly lower than expected.
art  culture  museums 
18 days ago by terry
We wanted to find a unique way to photograph flowers. After some research we came across the work of Japanes artist, Makoto Azuma. His work inspired us to experiment with flowers frozen in ice. When we froze the flowers every arrangement reacted differently. As it froze, bubbles formed at random. After a few days of experimentation we dropped some ice blocks into a swimming pool and were mesmerized by the results. When immersed in water, the ice cracked and created a totally unique canvas. Within the process of freezing and thawing, strange and exciting things happened.
art  photography  flowers 
18 days ago by terry
California Trip: how Dennis Stock caught the darkness beyond the hippy dream
His iconic portraits of James Dean in a wintry New York won him fame. But it was his travels in the west coast that brought out his true genius, as he captured the cracks in the 60s counterculture
art  photography 
19 days ago by terry
Robert Frank: the outsider genius whose photographs laid bare America's soul
His stark masterpiece The Americans changed photography. Yet there was more to this countercultural hero who captured the debauchery of the Stones – and his own personal tragedies
art  photography 
19 days ago by terry
New research reveals secrets beneath the surface of Picasso paintings
Secrets beneath the surface of two Pablo Picasso paintings in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto have been unearthed through an in-depth research project, which combined technical analysis and art historical digging to determine probable influences for the pieces and changes made by the artist. Results of the three-year study into La Soupe (1902) and La Miséreuse accroupie (1902), both from Picasso’s Blue Period (1901-04), were presented last week in Houston at the American Institute for Conservation’s annual conference.
art  painting  picasso 
19 days ago by terry
Blue on Blue: Picasso blockbuster comes to Toronto in 2020
The show came together after the AGO, with the assistance of other institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago, used cutting-edge technology to scan several Blue Period paintings in its collection to reveal lost works underneath, namely La Soupe (1902) and La Miséreuse accroupie (also 1902).
art  picasso  painting 
19 days ago by terry
History of studio relocation
The Francis Bacon Studio Database is the first computerised archive of the entire contents of a world ranking artist's studio. Every item in the studio has a database entry. Each entry consists of an image and a factual account of an object. The database has entries on approximately 570 books and catalogues, 1,500 photographs, 100 slashed canvases, 1,300 leaves torn from books, 2,000 artist's materials and 70 drawings. Other categories include the artist's correspondence, magazines, newspapers and vinyl records.
art  painting  mess 
20 days ago by terry
Francis Bacon's preserved art studio
After his death, the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, was able to obtain the entire contents of his artists’ studio at 7 Reece Mews, South Kensington, London, in 1998. The entire space was broken down into its parts. Over 7,000 articles were collected and cataloged, including everything from paintbrushes to art supplies, and even the dust! The ceiling, the walls, and the narrow staircase that led up to the studio were even taken. The massive collection was then reassembled in great detail and precision using architectural maps and photographs.  
art  painting  mess 
20 days ago by terry
Conveyor belt 'skin' sculpture opens near Wakefield
A mobile sculpture made from synthetic skin-like material has been installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. Opening this Saturday, Holly Hendry’s exhibition, The Dump is Full of Images, is a partnership between art and science exploring themes of decay, the body and reusing materials.
art  gallery  sculpture  ysp 
21 days ago by terry
Damien Hirst Mandalas
Returning to one of his most well-known motifs – the butterfly – Hirst’s new paintings take their inspiration from the mandala: highly patterned religious images that represent the cosmos or universe in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Shinto traditions. Predominantly circular, they feature exquisitely colourful butterfly wings placed into intricate concentric patterns on household gloss paint. Complex and restless, their compositions resolve at the centre with a single butterfly, a point of visual and mental focus; a spiritual or energy nexus.
art  gallery  damienhirst 
21 days ago by terry
'Racist' AI art warns against bad training data - BBC News
Those responsible for assigning the tags to the library pictures were recruited via a service offered by Amazon, called Mechanical Turk, which pays workers around the world pennies to perform small, monotonous tasks.

"AI classifications of people are rarely made visible to the people being classified," ImageNet Roulette's creators, artist Trevor Paglen and Kate Crawford, co-founder of New York University's AI Institute, said.

"ImageNet Roulette provides a glimpse into that process - and to show the ways things can go wrong."
art  ai 
27 days ago by terry
'I wish it was a prank': Maurizio Cattelan on the surreal theft of his golden toilet
The burglars caused “significant damage and flooding” after removing the toilet, which was plumbed in, at around 4.50am this morning. A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. Thames Valley Police say that a group of offenders used two vehicles during the theft. Commentators on social media fear however that the work may be melted down.
art  sculpture  crime 
29 days ago by terry
Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace: blisteringly good and as subtle as a solid gold toilet
In his new exhibition featuring a praying Hitler and a felled Pope the artist plays to his strengths: spectacle, scale, shock, subversion.
art  sculpture 
4 weeks ago by terry
Hitler in Churchill's birthplace more shocking than the golden toilet – Maurizio Cattelan review
The Italian art prankster redecorates Churchill’s birthplace with an 18-carat loo, hideous union jacks and Hitler himself. What a fitting show for a country unravelling into madness.
art  sculpture 
4 weeks ago by terry
Busted flush: Man arrested over theft of solid gold toilet in England
Det Insp Jess Milne said: “The piece of art that has been stolen is a high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. The artwork has not been recovered at this time, but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice.” A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
art  gold  sculpture  crime 
4 weeks ago by terry
xkcd's Randall Munroe on how to tackle our information hellscape
Over time, what started as a simple webcomic has evolved into something much more: over the years Munroe has dabbled in immensely detailed infographics about climate change and global finance, through to interactive works of art like Time. This was a sprawling story set 11,000 years in the future, and told through a single frame that updated every 30 minutes for 118 days – in 2014 it won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.
xkcd  comics  art  design  illustration 
5 weeks ago by terry
Jacob Rees-Mogg's slouch: how it compares to art's great recliners
From Modigliani’s voluptuous nudes to Henry Moore’s laidback bronzes, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s now notorious slouch joins a long tradition of horizontal posing.
art  politics  painting  conservatives 
5 weeks ago by terry
Glitched paintings by Olan Ventura give a contemporary twist to 17th Century still lifes
Philippino artist Olan Ventura creates lavish acrylic paintings in the tradition of 17th century Dutch still lifes. Replicating the smallest details of iconic works such as Jan Davidsz de Heem’s Vase of Flowers (c. 1660), Ventura veers off course with striking glitches and drips that shoot off the canvas edges, seeming to pull grapes, lobsters, and roses from the past into the present.
art  painting 
5 weeks ago by terry
Photographs of animals and architecture are sliced and rearranged into bizarre collages by Lola Dupre
Spain and Scotland-based collage artist Lola Dupre (previously) continues to surprise and delight with her unusual composite images. Rather than incorporating unique individual collage elements that contrast with each other, Dupre works with repetition and duplication to build bizarrely proportioned pets, buildings, and human figures. By layering and off-setting shards of the same photo in a sort of visual syncopation, Dupre stretches and bends otherwise familiar subjects into surreal images.
art  photography  animals  architecture 
6 weeks ago by terry
A closer look
William C. Wees of McGill University points out that this raises a philosophical question: What visual event does this zoom create? In a tracking shot, the camera moves physically forward, and its viewpoint changes as a person’s would as she advanced toward the photo. In Wavelength (or any zoom) the camera doesn’t move, and yet something is taking place, something with no analogue in ordinary experience.
art  movies  philosophy 
6 weeks ago by terry
The photography of Margaret Bourke-White
Bourke-White held numerous “firsts” in her professional life—she was the first foreign photographer allowed to take pictures of Soviet industry, she was the first female staff photographer for LIFE magazine and made its first cover photo, and she was the first woman allowed to work in combat zones in World War II. Gathered here, a small collection of the thousands of remarkable images she made over a lifetime.
art  history  photography 
6 weeks ago by terry
Too much politics? UK Green party MP and anti-Brexit campaigner Caroline Lucas turns curator
She also hopes to include an image of Beachy Head chalk headlands in East Sussex by the Turner prizewinning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. “At this critical moment, being on the edge sums it up. We are at the cliff edge metaphorically, from an environmental point of view and in terms of political change,” Lucas says. A number of contemporary posters from local environmental campaigns reflecting public concern, highlighting the need for action, may also be included.
art  gallery  politics 
6 weeks ago by terry
Body of work: how the graphic novel became an outlet for female shame
The artform has allowed many female illustrators to confront how they see their bodies and how their bodies are seen by the men around them
books  comics  design  art  graphicdesign  drawing 
6 weeks ago by terry
Every noise at once
Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,385 genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify as of 2019-08-30. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.
art  music  algorithm 
6 weeks ago by terry
CutUp – Studio Oefner
Oefner deliberately selected still and video cameras to slice apart. This is an allusion to his earlier photographic work, where the image made with the camera is the “art” and the camera itself is merely a tool. For this series, the tool is transformed into a piece of art. It is at the same time a deconstruction of the technology of image capturing, revealing the beauty underneath the surface of these objects.
art  sculpture  cameras  photography 
6 weeks ago by terry
Vintage cameras dissected with a saw and suspended in resin by Fabian Oefner
For his latest series titled “CutUp,” artist Fabian Oefner (previously) used a band saw to slice film and still cameras into pieces, revealing their beautiful and complex inner workings. The pieces were rearranged, reassembled, and suspended in resin in interesting configurations. Each new sculpture transforms the tools for making art into new works of art designed to be viewed from multiple angles.
photography  sculpture  art  camera 
6 weeks ago by terry
Landscapes by Jason Anderson blend precise pixelation and hazy abstraction
U.K.-based artist Jason Anderson creates abstract urban landscapes using pixelated patches of pastel-toned oil paint. Each work on linen has a single focal point of bright yellow usually representing the rising or setting sun, though in the painting above the illumination comes from an approach train. Anderson balances the natural and manmade by primarily featuring infrastructure—ships, marinas, trains, buildings—that appears small and distant within each pastel haze.
art  painting 
7 weeks ago by terry
How nature works, in stunning psychedelic illustrations of scientific processes and phenomena from a 19th-Century French physics textbook
In consonance with the pioneering 19th-century information designer Emma Willard’s conviction that knowledge is most readily received when “addressed to the eye,” Guillemin understood that the fundamental laws of nature appear too remote and slippery to the human mind. To make them comprehensible, he had to make their elegant abstract mathematics tangible and captivating for the eye.
science  art  illustration  physics 
7 weeks ago by terry
Are art institutions becoming too ‘ideological’? A debate breaks out at the International Council of Museums Over Politics in the galleries
What is at stake at the Kyoto meeting on September 7 is more than a battle over terminology. It reflects a debate that has been taking place for the past four decades around whether museums can ever be ideologically neutral spaces. It also reflects a desire since at least the 1980s for museums to be meeting places where ideas can be discussed, turning the museum from a traditional “temple” to a more democratic “forum.” The debate has been given added urgency as institutions in the West face increasing pressure over their colonial-era collections, sources of funding, and historic under-representation of women’s history in particular.
art  museum  culture  history  heritage 
7 weeks ago by terry
The generative portraiture of Espen Kluge
I love Kluge’s description of his organic coding process for creating art. It flies in the face of the popular misconception that programming art is somehow a linear process, when in actuality, it is almost always circuitous.

When I asked Kluge if he is still surprised by the outputs he is getting, he replied:

Oh, yeah, I wouldn’t have the motivation to do this at all if I wasn’t surprised every time. It’s a pleasure every time I get close to something I like. I don’t have a good drawing hand. This is something I use to be my drawing hand. Sometimes the lines and shapes can be really beautiful, and I don’t think I could calculate that. It’s impossible for me to have these things in my head before I start. I would like to think this is true for all generative artists. It is a very playful process.
art  generative  computing 
7 weeks ago by terry
LIA, software art pioneer and the fluidity of code
Austrian artist LIA is considered one of the pioneers of digital art and has been producing works since 1995. She is one of the very few women pioneers in software and net art. Her practice spans across video, performance, software, installation, sculpture, projections, and digital applications.


Your work using creative code becomes a generative work in real time, introducing the concept of “fluid” as opposed to the formality of the written code that requires engineered precision? Can you give some examples of this?

I started as an autodidact, so at the beginning, I had no idea about how to write “clean” code. This led to a variety of interesting results that I had not planned upfront. After more than two decades of programming, now I know how to write code properly, but I still like to keep the process of programming open to all sorts of possible errors, being able to go into different directions from any point onwards. That means I am not planning every step ahead, but rather “going with the flow”. The artworks themselves are constantly changing, either because they are of generative nature or because someone might be interacting with them. There is no start and no end, they just evolve over time over and over again.
art  digital  internet 
7 weeks ago by terry
Ronnie van Hout: Quasi
His work explores the freak, the outsider, the reject. His public sculpture Quasi is a partial self-portrait. The giant hybrid face-hand is based on scans of the artist’s own body parts. It’s as if ‘the hand of the artist’ has developed a monstrous life of its own.
art  sculpture  hand 
8 weeks ago by terry
New Zealand's giant hand sculpture is the stuff of nightmares
You’ve got to hand it to New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout. His public sculpture Quasi is part self-portrait, part oversized Thing from The Addams Family, and completely terrifying. Perched atop City Gallery Wellington in the Kiwi capital, the 16-foot-tall hand-face statue looks like something out of Salvador Dalí’s nightmares.
sculpture  newzealand  hand  art 
8 weeks ago by terry
Landscapes by Jason Anderson blend precise pixelation and hazy abstraction
U.K.-based artist Jason Anderson creates abstract urban landscapes using pixelated patches of pastel-toned oil paint. Each work on linen has a single focal point of bright yellow usually representing the rising or setting sun, though in the painting above the illumination comes from an approach train. Anderson balances the natural and manmade by primarily featuring infrastructure—ships, marinas, trains, buildings—that appears small and distant within each pastel haze.
art  painting 
8 weeks ago by terry
Interactive sculptures mirror visitors’ movements in shimmering fabrics and cracked clay
In his recent piece Cracked Mud (2019), a mound of clay pieces undulate and upturn in response to visitors’ movements below a low-hanging orb. The suspended light mimics the sun, hovering over the manipulated and cracked earth below. Another piece, Fabric Mirror (2019), uses a digital camera and 400 motors to capture the movements of those who walk past, imitating their gestures in twisting gold and red fabric. Both works allude to how the sun interacts with our bodies and the earth, the former representing a barren future, while the later explores our reflection bathed in shimmering gold.
art  interactivity  sculpture 
9 weeks ago by terry
An interactive ‘fur’ mirror by Daniel Rozin
As part of an exhibition of new artworks at bitforms in New York, artist Daniel Rozin (previously) designed the PomPom Mirror. The device relies on motion sensors and 928 faux fur pom poms manipulated by 464 motors to create a mirror reflection of the viewer in real-time.
art  interactivity  sculpture 
9 weeks ago by terry
An interactive mirror built from 450 rotating penguins by Daniel Rozin
The Penguins Mirror is an interactive mirror constructed with 450 stuffed penguins atop rotating motors. If you think the idea sounds ludicrous, it is. Ludicrously amazing. As with many of his other kinetic mirrors, Rozin makes use of the black and white color tones found on the stuffed animals to generate moving silhouettes in response to movements captured by video cameras.
art  interactivity  sculpture 
9 weeks ago by terry
Futuristic shapes mirror human movement in a responsive animation by Universal Everything
Future You presents a non-human animated figure that wiggles, shifts, and bends in tandem with the user, presenting up to 47,000 possible variations in appearance. The animation also evolves alongside the user, becoming more agile as it learns movements specific to the visitor’s body.
animation  art  interactivity 
9 weeks ago by terry
The forbidden images of the Chinese internet
Some removed images are unsurprising: depictions of state-sanctioned violence, cartoons disparaging government leaders, and aerial shots of protests. But many of them appear innocuous at first glance. All images—even harmless ones—of top Chinese political leaders are banned, except on official websites and approved blogs. For other content, moderators tend to err on the side of caution since private companies, rather than the government, are responsible for complying with state guidelines. After President Xi Jinping eliminated term limits, for example, censors temporarily banned the letter “n,” which was likely a reference to the math symbol and was used to poke fun at the undefined length of his tenure.
china  politics  art  photography  internet  censorship 
9 weeks ago by terry
Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa
The attribution of a painting known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa has been a matter of dispute for more than a century. Its owners say it was an earlier portrait by Leonardo da Vinci of the same woman, Lisa Gherardini, whose likeness hangs in the Louvre. Other experts believe it is a later copy of the world’s most famous painting.

This week it has emerged that the painting’s ownership is also bitterly contested. Giovanni Battista Protti, a lawyer based in Padua, represents a family who he says owns 25% of the portrait. A civil court in Florence, where the painting has been on show for the past six weeks, has now set a hearing for the ownership dispute for 9 September.
art  painting  davinci 
10 weeks ago by terry
Neighboring communities playfully connect atop neon pink teetertotters slotted through the U.S.-Mexico border wall
Constructed by Taller Herrería in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, neon pink teetertotters slot through the wall’s narrow gaps, allowing citizens on both sides to playfully engage with their cross-border counterparts. The fundamental design of the teetertotter, while delightful and chuckle-inducing, also functions by each user literally feeling the weight of humanity of the person on the other side. In an Instagram post announcing the project Rael shared, “children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.”
art  play  children  politics 
11 weeks ago by terry
Hirst pays up for Hymn that wasn't his
None of the parties would reveal the size of the settlement, but the designer, Norman Emms, said the "goodwill payment" was less than he had hoped for.
art  sculpture  damienhirst 
11 weeks ago by terry
Stunning Damien Hirst sculptures unveiled in Leeds city centre
Jo Coburn, general manager at Victoria Leeds, said: “Damien Hirst is admired across the world, to have him back in his hometown is incredibly exciting. Having one of modern art’s most iconic sculptures here at Victoria Leeds is certainly a moment we’re proud of. It's set to be one of our most eagerly anticipated attractions that will draw in art enthusiasts from around the city and beyond.”
leeds  hirst  art  sculpture 
11 weeks ago by terry
Tiled Hall Cafe - Breadsticklers, Leeds food blog
Thankfully in 2007 the room was restored when a £1.5 million refurbishment took place and the beautiful tiles, marble columns, gold detailed ceilings were brought back to life again. You will now find here a contemporary cafe and great place to eat from breakfast through to late lunch. 
art  cafe  gallery  leeds  library 
11 weeks ago by terry
Leeds Central Library Tiled Hall
The ceiling and walls of the Tiled Hall were then hidden for nearly fifty years behind a false ceiling, bookcases and panelling. A gallery for staff use was also created in the Tiled Hall where further book stock was shelved, office space for cataloguing services and a staff room created.
leeds  art  gallery  cafe  library 
11 weeks ago by terry
Tiled Hall Café at Leeds Art Gallery
The Tiled Hall was originally the main library reading room, and from 1888-1941 it functioned as a sculpture court. The magnificent Victorian hall was renovated extensively in 2007 with the help of English Heritage, to reveal the original fabric of the room. The space is now one of the most popular and iconic eateries in the city of Leeds.
musuem  art  gallery  cafe  leeds  food 
11 weeks ago by terry
Glitches in the Matrix: Adventures in the CGI Wilderness
The CGI wilderness is a spectacle of contrasting finesse and amateurism. There’s a noticeable lack of the finishing touches that special effects studios might spend years on, and that roughness exposes the “magic trick,” as Warburton puts it. Other practitioners revel in the grotesque and surreal, like Cool 3D World, which shares their animations on YouTube. The artist duo conjures up hellscapes: rotting bodies, mottled food, crude landscapes and monstrous scenarios. (In one of the tamer animations, a grotesque figure plants tiny disembodied heads like seeds, which then sprout head-trees.) In these videos, a photoreal human figuration might move with hiccups, or abstract figurations will have all the grace of Hollywood CGI. This disjuncture reveals the work for what it is: the creation of human beings at a computer.
video  movies  art  culture  technology 
11 weeks ago by terry
Microsoft launches AI for Cultural Heritage program
In June 2017, Microsoft launched AI for Earth, a $50 million program that’s provided cloud-based tools and services to dozens of startups working to protect the planet. In the intervening years, the Seattle company expanded the scope of its “AI for good” work with AI for Accessibility (in May 2018) and AI for Humanitarian Action (in September 2018), both of which are a part of a $125 million, five-year commitment to teams tackling some of society’s biggest challenges.

Building on this momentum and burgeoning partner ecosystem, Microsoft today announced a $10 million fourth program pillar aimed at preserving and celebrating people, places, and historical artifacts: AI for Cultural Heritage.
microsoft  ai  culture  art 
11 weeks ago by terry
Wong Ping at Kunsthalle Basel
An incongruous combination of dry humor, graphically explicit themes, and candy-hued, child-like forms seemingly built from the simple geometries of early video games pervades the digital animations of Wong Ping (*1984). For his first large-scale institutional solo show, the Hong Kong-based artist presents newly commissioned and recent videos, each within a new, specially conceived sculptural installation. They speak of our contemporary urban condition and its pathologies—whether they arrive in the form of alienation, misogyny, or self-loathing—unraveling some of the starkest realities of our own dark age with a touch as mordant as it is humorous.
art  video  animation 
12 weeks ago by terry
The 25 works of art that define the contemporary age
DB: I’m surprised no one included Cindy Sherman. [Between 1977 and 1980, Sherman made a series of black-and-white photographs of herself posing in various stereotypical female roles, titled “Untitled Film Stills.”]

KT: I had such a hard time with that. It was one of those things that I was like, “This is going to be on other peoples’ lists. It’s so obvious, I’m not going to put it down.”

TLF: No one did.
12 weeks ago by terry
Banksy is the Brits’ favourite painter of all time - is this status deserved?
It is a vote that says more about us than it does about those dead artists. A meaningful comparison between Banksy and Van Gogh can only be made a century or so from now when he is part of history. Will his works endure as Van Gogh’s do? That is the only test of greatness in art.
art  banksy  painting 
12 weeks ago by terry
Art of GeoCities
Artwork excavated from archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009). A tribute to the lost days of unrefined self-expression on the Internet.
internet  art  computing 
12 weeks ago by terry
Art heaven or hell? Museum’s epic £15m tunnel brings to life Dante’s Divine Comedy
Jaar's immersive installation The Divine Comedy (2019), is a three-room installation based on Dante's The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso. Visitors enter—ten at a time—into three pavilions interpreting each of the realms of the 14th-century epic poem. They will encounter fire and flood in Inferno; hover between life and death with a film by the US artist Joan Jonas in Purgatorio; and, finally, simply exist in the sensory void of Paradiso.
art  dante  installation  gallery  museum  australia  tasmania 
12 weeks ago by terry
Musée du Louvre removes all mention of Sackler name from its galleries following protests
Activist group Pain says Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the eponymous family whose pharmaceutical company is accused of fuelling the US opioid crisis
art  galleries  museums  france  paris 
july 2019 by terry
'Scarecrow' statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia to mixed reviews
“I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” Downey told AFP, but insisted that he found the end result “absolutely beautiful”.
sculpture  art  trump 
july 2019 by terry
July 9: Sleepy?
Almost predictable, but gratifying, is the inclusion in the show of one of twentieth-century art’s most-noted slumberers, John Giorno, in Andy Warhol‘s Sleep (1963). [...] Do we imagine we see ‘Rapid-Eye-Movement’ or are they the spasms of a lid deliberately held shut? It’s hard to be certain from the grey video copy of the grainy original film; is he really asleep or actually complicit in this self-conscious Pop Art hype? Will he change position? How long must I watch? Is anyone watching me, standing motionless, as I watch? The series of relentlessly long, 30 minute scenes allow the viewer’s mind to wander and provoke such random thoughts.

That’s the difference in watching these barely moving scenes compared to contemplating even the most moving of stills; you endure with a Sisyphean patience before it dawns that you would not do this with a photograph except when it is in the developer tray. We don’t watch photographs, we look at them, but this is an exercise in watching someone else, through their camera, looking.
art  sleep  warhol 
july 2019 by terry
Mesmerizing rainbow art installations
Dawe’s Plexus series are large-scale networks of sewing thread that are investigations of the visible spectrum of light. They are often site-specific, temporary commissions that the artist transforms into compacted displays of thread he calls relics when the exhibitions are over.
art  colour  installations 
july 2019 by terry
Viewing Sunset over the Ryogoku Bridge from the Onmaya Embankment (Onmayagashi yori Ryogokubashi sekiyo o miru), from the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)" | The Art Institute of Chicago
Viewing Sunset over the Ryogoku Bridge from the Onmaya Embankment (Onmayagashi yori Ryogokubashi sekiyo o miru), from the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)"
art  museums  japan 
july 2019 by terry
Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)" | The Art Institute of Chicago
Katsushika Hokusai’s much celebrated series, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei), was begun in 1830, when the artist was 70 years old. This tour-de-force series established the popularity of landscape prints, which continues to this day. Perhaps most striking about the series is Hokusai’s copious use of the newly affordable Berlin blue pigment, featured in many of the compositions in the color for the sky and water. Mount Fuji is the protagonist in each scene, viewed from afar or up close, during various weather conditions and seasons, and from all directions.
art  museums  japan 
july 2019 by terry
The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai
One of the world’s great art masterpieces is Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print Kanagawa oki nami ura, popularly known as The Great Wave. Thousands of prints were made and some of the surviving copies made their way into museums & private collections.
art  museums  japan 
july 2019 by terry
Palette knife smudges and heavy brushstrokes form colorful abstract portraits by Joseph Lee
Lee began painting as a way to channel his creativity after a failed acting audition. “After working on a long project, I needed to protect my energy and be selfish with my time,” he told Shape/Shift Report. “I don’t have any formal artistic training and coming from a theater background, human behavior and emotions were the closest references I had to paint.” Describing his process as “a bit of a blur,” Lee says that he shuts off mentally and fully engages with the work. No two days are the same, and that’s the way he prefers it. “I am not conscious of what I am doing much of this time,” he explained.
art  painting  faces 
july 2019 by terry
Archived TV interview may reveal identity of Banksy
Banksy’s people were unimpressed on Thursday saying only: “No comment. We get loads of these.”
art  graffiti  banksy  television 
july 2019 by terry
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