2018 Edinburgh Art Festival – in pictures - 27 July 2018
"Edinburgh’s dynamic visual arts scene is celebrated in the 15th annual art festival with more than 50 exhibitions at more than 45 venues"
Family Tree by Robert Powell, 2018 / The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh
The most beautiful Art Deco swimming pools- with pictures - 20 November 2017
"There is something uniquely refreshing and indulgent about bathing in the faded grandeur of an Art Deco swimming pool. BBC Designed shows you the world’s best."
"British artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz draws new meaning from historic artworks to challenge our perspectives on art and popular culture.
Here, Alice in Wonderland is redrawn in the image of Martin Schongauer’s 15th-century engraving The Temptation of St Anthony."
A brief history of protest art from the 1940s until now - in pictures - 6 September 2017
"The role of art in confronting important political and social issues is brought to the forefront at a new exhibition at the Whitney in New York.
An Incomplete History of Protest examines who artists have become activists in order to help create a batter future."
The artists who fought facism - 6 February 2017
"Opening during the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 Paris Exhibition allowed artists to speak out against brutality.
Fiona Macdonald looks at a moment when paintings became propaganda."
Inspired by the bombing of the Basque city, Picasso’s mural Guernica
is one of the most famous anti-war paintings in history.
The man who sold his back to an art dealer - 1 February 2017
"Tim Steiner has an elaborate tattoo on his back that was designed by a famous artist and sold to a German art collector.
When Steiner dies his skin will be framed - until then he spends his life sitting in galleries with his shirt off." (BBC)
The Zurich-based artist was best known for airbrush images of humans and machines linked together in a cold 'biomechanical' relationship. Later he abandoned airbrush work for pastels, markers or ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien. In Switzerland there are two theme-bars that reflect his interior designs, and his work is on permanent display at the H.R. Giger Museum at Gruyères."
Why Caravaggio was as shocking as his paintings - 11 October 2016
"Caravaggio’s revolutionary style influenced everyone from modern photographers to Scorsese – but his life was just as provocative as his paintings, writes Alastair Sooke." (BBC)
David Hockney on what turns a picture into a masterpiece - Article + Pictures + Video - 26 September 2016
"Rembrandt’s perfect drawing, Caravaggio’s invention of Hollywood lighting, Monet capturing a moment in time.
David Hockney and critic Martin Gayford discuss the craft behind the greatest art." (theguardian.com)
Satirical Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski
"Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski cleverly uses satire to portray today’s social, political and cultural reality.
At first sight, his illustrations might seem funny, but when you look closer, they actually show some serious problems of today’s world." (boredpanda.com)
Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection - 8 February 2016
"More than 100 drawings and sketches brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr Dennis T Lanigan are on show in the UK for the first time.
The collection comprises works by around 60 of the most prominent artists of the Pre-Raphaelite period, with many of the pictures portraying their wives and girlfriends.
Here we explore the story behind a selection of the pictures on show. " (BBC)
Inside the studio of Joan Miró - 20 January 2016
"As a reproduction of Joan Miró’s studio goes on show in London, his grandson gives Alastair Sooke a tour of the real thing." (BBC)
France in the year 2000
"France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910." (publicdomainreview.org)
PROTEST ART in 1950s JAPAN
"Nakamura Hiroshi (1932– ) was trained as a reportage painter by the Japan Art Alliance, a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting..." (ocw.mit.edu)
The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair
"Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence?
I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks.
Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work." (YouTube) View full lesson (ed.ted.com)
"L'EXPO REPREND LE TITRE DU POEME ET DU RECUEIL DE LANGSTON HUGHES "ONE-WAY TICKET" ILLUSTRE PAR JACOB LAWRENCE" + VIDEOS (myschoolbag.eklablog.com)
100+ Famous Artists and Their Studios - with PHOTOS
"All these photos are intentionally mixed up – you will find very famous and a bit less popular painters, sculptors, architects and even their Muses. Some of them are contemporary, but you will also find genius Great Masters." (boredpanda.com)
Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m - 7 February 2015
"A painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Paul Gauguin has been sold for $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive work of art ever sold." + Some of the most expensive paintings (BBC)
Take a Guided Tour "We've asked leading figures in entertainment and the arts to create slideshow guides,
to some of their personal highlights from the nation's collection." (BBC)
"Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are an online platform for discovering, learning about, and collecting art. Our growing collection comprises 175,000+ artworks by 25,000+ artists from leading art fairs, galleries, museums, and art institutions. Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online." + Artsy Education: "Artsy’s unique variety of tools make it an ideal educational resource for educators and students..." (artsy.net)
Bacon painting fetches record price - 13 November 2013
"A painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction after it fetched $142m (£89m, 106m euros) in New York." + $100M ARTWORKS (BBC)
What is brandalism ?
1. "The creeping corporatisation of schools, libraries and other public buildings, which are gradually being daubed with company logos and slogans.
Coined by graffiti artist Banksy, and expounded on in his book "Wall and Piece"
2. When luxury brands become debased, by their vulgar consumers.
3. Counterculture and often illegal activities to promote a brand such as the act of placing unwanted advertisements and brand logos on property without proper permission."
+ Examples (urbandictionary.com)
Brandalism artworks- a slideshow
"The Brandalism project saw 25 artists from 8 countries coming together for the biggest subvertising campaign in UK history.
Over five days a team of guerilla installers travelled to Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and London and put up artworks that seeks to confront the ad industry and take back our visual landscapes..." (brandalism.org.uk)