Art is not reality, and yet we recognize our reality in it and find at least some of it beautiful. Scientists have been working on understanding how the brain perceives art and what about it people tend to find attractive.
Empire, the new solo exhibition by Brooklyn, NY painter Martin Wittfooth presents a landmark achievement. Large-scaled, animal-centric allegories take over the gallery walls of Corey Helford in Culver City. The central canvas provides a subtle nod to Occupy Wall Street, (Occupy, Oil on Linen, 100 x 73", below right), while many paintings pay homage to the masters, providing fresh perspectives to historical works. Empire presents twelve dramatic canvases revealing societal condition through the … »
In my previous post I took a somewhat critical look at artistic ‘greatness’ understood as a quality that sharply distinguishes ‘great’ artists and their works from ‘ordinary’ people and everyday life. For art to move us, does it necessarily have … Continue reading →
Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr [Emily Carr,Ira Dilworth,Robin Laurence] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. <DIV><I>Growing Pains</I> tells the story of writer and painter Emily Carr’s life,from a proper Canadian girlhood
Aaaagggghh! The new school year beckons and life will soon become a lot more hectic. It’s time to look at calendars, devise courses, write syllabi, and plan one’s autumn art history wardrobe!
Those who know me will have no trouble identifying this last item as the odd one out. I’m a reliably disheveled looking professor: I don’t care much about what I wear; my beard is not so much a beard as the absence of a shaving regime; and I generally try to extend the time between my haircuts far beyond t… »
Director Claude Whatham
Our director, Claude Whatham had a problem. Despite two attempts he had failed to shoot the key scene when the Swallows, who had just arrived at Holly Howe, discover the Peak at Darien and look out over the lake to spot Wild Cat Island for the very first time. He saw it as crucial to the motivation of the story.
Claude had shot the sequence of us running down the field at Bank Ground Farm in the evening light. He had what would technically be called our POV (point of vi… »
Prior-Hamblen School Portrait of woman attributed to EW Blake c 1845 Here are more paintings from the Prior-Hamblen or Hamblin School. Five artists are general identified as being part of the Prior-Hamblin School who were influenced by artist William Matthew Prior: Sturtevant Hamblen or Hablin,Prior’s brother-in-law, whose family the Prior family lived with in Maine, & in Boston, during the 1830’s – 1840’s; George Hartwell, whose niece Elizabeth Hartwell married a Hamblen son, James Ha… »
Three workshops: 6 December 2012, 14 March and 30 May 2013 (10.00 – 12.00), The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Cfp Deadline: 28 September 2012 Art historians constantly encounter traces of sound. These can take the form of notes in an illuminated manuscript, a textual echo of past noise and lost voices, or depictions of [...]
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Professors have scrapped their ancient Kodak slide projectors and carousels packed with slides. At least, in this time of digitally driven change, academics have been at least able to take comfort from one source of constancy: their textbooks.
For more than 40 years, Pablo Picasso’s Seated Woman with Red Hat went unnoticed in the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science’s storage area. Now that it’s resurfaced, the Indiana museum says it can’t afford to insure the multimillion-dollar artwork.
A long-lost painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, one of the leading lights of the radical Victorian art movement, has been rediscovered and will be exhibited for the first time.
A woman who bought a $7 box lot at a flea market may have unwittingly scored an original painting by Pierre-August Renoir. An auction house believes the landscape to be Renoir’s “Paysage Bords de Seine,” which it values between $75,000 and $100,000.
Children of Paradise [Les Enfants du Paradis] is perhaps the most stunning classic film you’ve probably never seen. The movie was made in 1943 – 1944, when the Nazis forbade the making of films longer than 90 minutes, and released in 1945. It was last shown in the U.S. 30 years ago, despite the fact that 600 French critics, directors, actors and technicians have voted it as "Best French Film Ever." Join Debra Kaufman as she brings the restoration of this classic beauty to light the story of ho…
Producer Richard Pilbrow with production associate Neville C Thompson on Derwentwater in the Lake District in 1973
This photograph of Richard and Neville sitting on the deck on the houseboat in the pouring rain must epitomise the struggles they went through to work around the weather and bring ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in on budget.
It was Claude Whatham’s dream to end the movie with an aerial shot of Swallow and Amazon sailing away from Captian Flint’s houseboat. He had a helicopter pilot stand… »
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There seems to have been something of a genital fixation amongst commentators on Vitruvius’ in the 1490s and early 1500s. Vitruvius’ book on architecture was a favourite for many renaissance theorists, and his small passage about human proportion was revisited … Continue reading →