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Eighty years ago, just after Thanksgiving, children across America turned on their radios and heard a couple of voices very much like their own: those of Judy and Jimmy Barton, a sister and brother eagerly composing their wish lists to send off to Santa Claus. Judy asks for a velocipede, seemingly a hot item in 1937 but not even a recognizable word to most of the children who've listened to the broadcast in holiday seasons since. Despite the occasional such archaism, The Cinnamon Bear, the series in which Judy and Jimmy star, continues to enchant not just generation after generation of kids, but also those grown-ups among us who savor the opportunities this time of year affords to more fully appreciate timeless childhood pleasures.
The Cinnamon Bear follows the adventures of Judy and Jimmy as they search for the lost silver star that tops their Christmas tree. They first check the attic, there encountering the title animal: Paddy O'Cinnamon, an Irish-accented teddy bear with a tendency to greatly overestimate his own fearsomeness but an indefatigable spirit of service as well. He even helps the Barton children "de-grow" to miniature size in order to take the hunt to his home of Maybeland, a hidden fantasy realm inhabited by such eccentrics, harmless and otherwise, as the Crazy Quilt Dragon, the Roly-Poly Policeman, the Wintergreen Witch, Oliver Ostrich (prepared with a musical number about his love of scrambled alarm clocks and bacon), a flying hat, and even Santa Claus himself.
But Paddy O'Cinnamon and the kids don't meet jolly old Saint Nick until the proper time: Christmas day, on which the original broadcast of The Cinnamon Bear concluded. The first fifteen-minute episode aired on November 26, 1937, with the story continuing six days a week until the big holiday. Produced in Hollywood by radio syndicator Transco and written, songs and all, by the husband-wife team of Glanville and Elizabeth Heisch, it initially found local sponsorship across the country from department stores, some of whom paid for many years of repeat broadcasts and even put up Cinnamon Bear-themed displays and events along with their Santa Clauses. (The now long-defunct Lipman's of Portland, Oregon got into it in a big way, establishing the show as something of a tradition in the city, where Cinnamon Bear Christmas river cruises run to this day.)
With Christmas over...
Es rollt wieder einmal ein uerst aufflliger und ohne Zweifel sehr gelungen neu lackierter ICE durchs Land. Anstelle der wie gewohnt, langweiligen durchgngigen roten Linie, ist ein blutiger Tampon auf der Lock des Zuges. Das On-Point-Redesign des ICE 401 504 stammt aus der Dose vom viel mehr als einfach nur talentierten Graffitiknstler Razor. Normalerweise twittere ich ja keine Graffiti. Aber das auf 401 504 mchte ich euch nicht vorenthalten.#Tunneltampon wrtlich genommen pic.twitter.com/qeMYZd5jOY 1000millimeter (@1000millimeter) 23. November 2017 Razor integriert nicht das erste Mal das Design von ICE Zgen in seine Kunst. Vor einiger Zeit fuhr bereits ein durch eine Rasierklinge angeschlitzer Zug quer durchs Land. Gespottet, fotografiert und getwittert wurde der Train von @1000millimeter, der beruflich viel auf den Schienen unterwegs ist. Vielen Dank dafr. Um auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben, folgt RAZOR bei Instagram und Facebook.
When it comes to planning a trip, there are two types of travelers: those interested in immersive experiences, and those ready to rest and relax. Aiming to please both parties, hotels around the world often exhibit an artistic approach to hospitality. Many showcase snazzy interiors, others exhibit stunning sculptures, and some even double as art museums!
Combing culture with comfort, these art hotels invite guests to mingle with masterpieces by some of the world's most well-known artists. Much like work you'd find in a museum, the art on display in these unique institutions is collected and curated with specific styles and movements in mind. So, whether you prefer centuries-old decorative art or more modern masterworks, these awe-inspiring hotels are sure to have artistic amenities for everyone.
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Spread from Philipp Schmitts photobook, Computed Curation (all photos courtesy the artist)
Increasingly, researchers and artists are tinkering with machine-learning software to explore how neural networks can express creativity, whether through generating contemporary paintings or paint swatch names. Designer Philipp Schmitt decided to program a computer to produce a photobook, a process that involved curation as well as creation. The result, he believes, teaches us how to see our surroundings from a new perspective through the eyes of an algorithm, in his words.Philipp Schmitts photobook, Computed Curation
Drawn from Schmitts own archive of 207 photographs taken between 2013 and 2017, Computed Curation is a 95-foot-long, accordion photobook that includes captions and tags. But youll quickly notice that these are often odd strings of companion texts. A photograph of the back of two...
Jim Shaughnessy, Central Vermonts Ambassador passenger train crosses trestle over Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain, Vermont (1954) (courtesy the artist and Thames & Hudson)
When Jim Shaughnessy began photographing the American railways, the transportation infrastructure was in a major time of change. In the 1950s and 60s, diesel trains were replacing the steam locomotives whose chimney exhaust had rose above the steady expansion of the lines. As the 20th century went on, local tracks were abandoned, highways consumed much of the freight traffic, and former railroad passengers took to airplanes or their own cars for travel.Cover of Jim Shaughnessy Essential Witness: Sixty Years of Railroad Photography (courtesy Thames & Hudson)
Shaughnessy, now in his 80s, has an archive of around 60,000 images that chronicle these decades of railroad activity. Jim Shaughnessy Essential Witness: Sixty Years of Railroad Photography, out now from Thames & Hudson, features a survey of 150 images. The black and white photograp...
Traveling illustrator Maxwell Tilse documents his European journeys by creating small drawings of each city he lands in. After two years of living in London, Tilse has released a new series of miniature cut-out illustrations that depict the citys oldest pubs and other famous landmarks.
The detailed works are merely 5 cm tall, yet capture the diverse architecture found in Londons pubs and other buildings. The Coach & Horses (pictured above) is a freestanding Tudobethan pub. The pub itself isnt anything unique, explains Tilse in an Instagram post about the drawing. In fact there are over 50 pubs named Coach & Horses in London alone. But I do love the mock Tudor architecture thats nestled between the Grand Victorian hotels and galleries.
In each post Tilse provides an historic fact about the provided building, and often describes his relationship to the pub or structure. You can see more of his illustrations documented next to the original building on Instagram, and browse his available works and prints on Etsy. (via ARCHatlas)
South-African photographer and visual artist Elsa Bleda captures moody, nighttime scenes that radiate a dream-like fluorescent glow. Bledas cinematic images were taken between Istanbul and Johannesburg, but evoke an alternative dystopian reality. In the case of Johannesburg, Bleda explains, The city reveals itself in a very surreal way with so many Gothic elements that I havent come across in another city before.
Her hauntingly beautiful images depict fog-filled woodlands, desolate city streets, and snow-covered buildings. In each shot, artificial lights dictate the color palette washing the scenes in rich neon hues. Street lamps, corner shops, and mysterious windows emit eerie hazy glows out into the night. In Bledas most recent work, signs of life are rare. Human forms are reduced to silhouettes, stark against vivid fluorescence, or picked out by unknown car headlights. In one shot, street pigeons take flight, uplit by a pink neon glare.
In collaboration with Red Bull, Bledas upcoming solo exhibition is due to showcase images of Durban, South Africa. As part of the project, Bleda picks a song to accompany each image, which evokes the atmosphere at the time it was taken. I use music as my guide while I work, in a way I feel like it gives my work a certain direction. So, for me, the songs I post with my photographs act as soundtracks for them, they are inseparable, she explains. You can preview the exhibition on Red Bulls website while listening to Bledas song choices.
Keep up to date on Bledas ongoing work via Instagram.
Installation view of Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight, Modern Art Oxford, June 24November 12, 2017 (image courtesy Aleksandra Mir)
We Cant Stop Thinking About the Future is technically a catalogue for Aleksandra Mirs recent exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford and Tate Liverpool, but its also much more than that, with the focus not so much on the artwork as on the people and stories behind it. Mir combines images of her most recent large-scale project, Space Tapestry, with interviews she conducted with 16 space scientists and academics, many of whom helped to inform her series of black-and-white drawings of space travel, influenced by the Bayeux Tapestry and depictions of Halleys Comet in the Middle Ages.Bayeux Tapestry Scene 32: Men staring at Halleys Comet (image courtesy Myrabella, via Wikimedia Commons)
In 1066, when the bright, burning light of Halleys Comet was observed passing through the sky over England, it was se...
Installation view of Emily Marchand and Lena Wolek: Brittle Peace at NowSpace (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
LOS ANGELES Lena Woleks installation Help Yourself (2017) at NowSpace is both funny and grim. A banquet-length table is laid with 100 ceramic plated cakes, cookies, baked pears, ice creams, and every conceivable pastry; its a still life orgy. The desserts are fancifully plated, and each confection, paired with a tray, bowl, or dish, is exquisitely detailed. The sweets are lumpy, caving in on themselves as though melting or decaying. Many are topped not only in frosting or cream but in gold, an effect Wolek achieves using eight-karat gold luster overglaze. The effect is somewhere between appetizing and nauseating, an impression strengthened by the long table, which has been fashioned to suggest a bright red tongue protruding from the wall. The piece is a playful conflation of baking pastry with baking clay, but Wolek is not really joking Help Yourself is an acid comment on the greed and decadence characterizing our civilization. As things stand, we will likely consume ourselves out of existence.Installation view of Emily Marchand and Lena Wolek: Brittle Peace at NowSpace
Paired with Woleks obscene buffet in this exhibition, titled Brittle Peace, are Emily Marchands dystopian yet joyous works (all made in 2017), delighting in their materials even as they engage bleak realities. Wol...
English paper artist Meloney Celliers adds a new dimension to her whimsical illustrations by combining simple black lines with vibrant paper quilling. The art of paper quilling involves rolling and shaping strips of paper that are then glued together to create decorative 3D designs. Celliers brightly colored paper is twisted, swirled, and curled into floral shapes, which are then glued into position to complete each piece.
Celliers nature-inspired mixed media compositions feature bunches of flowers blooming from jars, pots, and even Wellington boots; a riot of plant life, erupting from a stags horns; and a blast of blue floral swirls, bursting from a whales blowhole. In contrast to the colorful mix of 3D elements, Celliers lines are minimal, keeping your eye drawn to the color and providing just enough shape to complete each illustration.
Fashion as Design, a free online course by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), beginning this coming week (11/27), may not equip you with the skills to bring a fabulous garment to fruition, but it will help you understand the context behind clothes both workaday and wild.
Led by Department of Architecture and Design Senior Curator Paola Antonelli, Curatorial Assistant Michelle Millar Fisher, and Research Assistant Stephanie Kramerwhose respective fashion heroes are actor Cate Blanchett, designer Claire McArdle, and activist Gloria Steinemthe course will consider the history and impact of 70+ individual garments.
The pieces can be examined in person through the end of January as part of MoMAs Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibition.
Some of the duds on the syllabus benefited from a celebrity boost, such as Bruce Lees iconic red track suit, recreated with its proper early 70s cut, below.
Others, just as iconic, can be bought without fanfare in a drugstore or supermarketwitness the plain white t-shirt, introduced to MoMAs collection when Antonelli was curating 2004s Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design.
Students with no particular interest in fashion may be intrigued to consider the threads on their backs through such lenses as marketing, distribution, politics, identity, and economics.
Students will also delve into the lifecycle of clothing, fashion-related labor practices, and sustainability. The more consumers understand this side of the biz, the likelier it is that the fashion industry will be pushed toward adopting more ethical practices....
Graham Nickson, Tracks (1982-91) Acrylic on canvas 96 x 192 in. (243.84 x 487.68 cm) (all photos by Lexi Campbell, unless otherwise stated)
Graham Nickson has been painting forbidden subjects ever since he was a Prix de Rome winner in residence at the British Academy in Rome, from 1972 through 1974. The canvases and watercolors he has produced over the years of flamboyant sunrises and feverish sunsets address themes that most committed modernists would either scorn or find too frightening to tackle. Yet Nickson turns these loaded, time-honored motifs into compelling, wholly contemporary images that toggle between unabashed romanticism and a modern celebration of the expressive power of super-saturated color relationships and abstract structure, with a healthy admixture of awareness of the history of western art. The intrepid British-born painter has also explored another equally loaded, equally time-honored theme: the ideal world of Arcadia, making images that are, at once, entirely about the present and suggestive of traditional concepts of a pastoral, terrestrial paradise.Installation view of Graham Nickson: Light and Geometry at Betty Cuningham gallery (all installation views courtesy of Betty Cuningham gallery)
Nicksons Arcadia is no less idyllic than its ancient prototype, but full of people we recognize, rather than classical archetypes. Instead of nymphs and shepherds making music, composing poems, canoodling, and occasionally tending to their flocks, we find explicitly contemporary bathe...
Some singers are born with the voices of angels, some with voices like bags of gravel. Both, Id say, are blessed in their own way. Take the haunting, unforgettable Blind Willie Johnson, the weirdo genius Captain Beefheart, and, of course, the inimitable Tom Waits, whose mercurial persona has expressed itself as a down-and-out lounge singer, junkshop bluesman, Tin Pan Alley raconteur, Broadway showman, and more. Each iteration seems to get grittier than the last as age weathers Waits sandpaper voice to a rougher and rougher cut.
Although he has always drawn liberally from music of the past, in the 80s and 90s, he reached further back in time for his influences and instrumentationinto the back corners of early 20th-century outsider gospel and washtub blues, 19th-century sea shanties and murder ballads. For all his avant-garde bona fidesincluding his many collaborations with experimental guitarist Marc Ribotfew contemporary artists as Waits best exemplify the old, weird America Luc Sante describes as the pla...
Here is some very good new music. Ezra Collective Juan Pablo: The Philosopher (Enter the Jungle Records) So, with Juan Pablo: The Philosopher, theres some afro beat, some modern fusion, some strings, some updated cosmic jazz, some edgy post bop, and probably a number of other influences, but nothing where a thick 
Bartolom Esteban Murillo, Diego Ortiz de Ziga (ca 1655), oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 37 in, private collection, United Kingdom (courtesy Sothebys)
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Bartolom Esteban Murillos portrait of aristocrat Diego Ortiz de Ziga (ca 1655) went on display at the Frick Collection. Long considered to be a copy, the painting was reattributed to Murillo after art scholar Benito Navarrete Prieto travelled to Penrhyn Castle in north Wales to view the work. I thought people have always said its a copy, its got to be a copy,' Xavier F Salomon the co-curator of the Fricks exhibition told the Guardian. Which is, of course, a mistake art historians should never make. Go with your gut feeling and you should follow up. I didnt.
An audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) concluded that Documenta 14 would have been profitable had it not operated an additional site in Athens. According to a report by Artnet, Adam Szymczyk, the quinquennials artistic director, was excluded from PWCs presentation for the shows board of directors and shareholders. The exhibitions budget deficit reportedly amounts to $8.3 million.
A Kickstarter campaign to create a memorial to Flicette the cat ...
Durch NRW rollt aktuell einer der interessantesten Wholecars, die wir in letzter Zeit gesehen haben. Unbekannte haben einen kompletten Wagon eines Zuges des VRR mit einem abstrakten Farbbild bemalt, das neben groartiger Kunst auch technisch-handwerklich ganz groes Kino ist. Gesichtet und fotografiert wurde der Wholecars von der Redaktion der WDR Lokalzeit Ruhr, die allerdings nicht so begeistert von dem fahrenden Kunstwerk sind, wie wir. In den regen Facebook-Kommentaren schlgt ein User das Meisterwerk fr den Kunstpreis NRW 2017 zu nominieren. Der Meinung schlieen wir uns an.
A couple of days ago, Paul Nowell (aka Paul the Trombonist) sent out this simple tweet, showing what happened when his iPhone's voice recognition system happened to capture his trombone session and turned it into words. The tweet went viral. And now, 65,000 "Retweets" and 198,000 "Likes" later, you can see how the original recording session went down. Enjoy the demo below:
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On the 24th of November 1904, Christopher Dresser died in Mulhouse, eastern France. Unlike visual artists, designers leave a more palpable impression on our daily lives and yet, quite often, many of their discoveries fail to be attributed to them as the products they create get absorbed into the commercial circuit. Their signature is lost in mass-manufacturing and, in time, their products evolve and are modernised, so that most of their work goes unidentified. Victorian designer Christopher Dresser was one of the important creative minds who helped shape our future lifestyle.
Born to Yorkshire parents in Glasgow, Scotland, he became the first independent industrial designer, promoter of the Aesthetic Movement in England and a major contributor to the allied Anglo-Japanese or Modern English style. Well-travelled, well-read and imaginative, his career was punctuated by consistent successes. The era in which he worked was marked by The Great Exhibition of 1851, the first Worlds Fair, which introduced to the public the greatest innovations of the century. Its focal point was Crystal Palace, the unusually modern looking construction made of modular glass and iron framework, condemne...
Using only her hands, toothpicks (not even a magnifying glass!) and patience, artist Anja Markiewicz folds impossibly small origami that can easily rest on the tip of your finger.
Born in Leipzig, Germany, and currently based in Potsdam, Anja uses special, extra-thin paper to fold what she calls nano-origami. If you interested in owning one of her miniature creations check out her online store!
Film-Tipp: Der uerst gelungene Dokumentarfilm Manche hatten Krokodile des Hamburger Regisseurs Christian Hornung ist zur Zeit in der ARD Mediathek zu sehen. St. Pauli verndert sich und das schneller als manch einem lieb ist. Heute ist St. Pauli nicht mehr das, was es vor 10 Jahren war. Morgen ist St. Pauli nicht mehr das, was es heute ist. Dieser Wandel ist fr alle beteiligten sprbar. In den letzten Jahren sind verschiedene Dokumentarfilme erschienen, die sich mit dem Wandel des Stadtteils beschftigt und einen kritischen Blick auf einen schnellen Wandel geworfen haben. Nun wirft eine Dokumentation aus einer anderen, sehr persnlichen Perspektive einen Blick auf den Kiez und seine Bewohner und das sehr gelungen. Filmauszug: Manche hatten Krokodile / tamtam Film Der Filmemacher Christian Hornung ist eingetaucht in den Stadtteil und beleuchtet den Kiez mit dem Dokumentarfilm Manche hatten Krokodile aus der Perspektive von St. Paulianern, die vor Jahrzehnten auf St. Pauli gestrandet sind, auf der Flucht vor kleinburgerlicher Enge, auf der Suche nach Arbeit und einem anderen, unkonventionelleren Leben. Der Kiez ist ihre Heimat geworden. Die Stammkneipen sind ihr sicherer Hafen, der viel mehr ist, als eine nur eine Kneipe. Der uerst gelungene Dokumentarfilm Manche hatten Krokodile, der in Koproduktion mit dem NDR entstanden ist, erzhlt von Krokodilen, Sparclubs und vor allem von Menschen. ...
Der Beitrag Manche hatten Krokodile Eine Liebeserklrung an den Kiez und seine Bewohner (ARD Mediathek) erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
Its a happy day that sees a new release from Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band. Body and Shadow has all the intense surges, cinematic imagery and moody contemplation as its predecessors, but on their newest, the ensemble winds up tight those qualities, resulting in a more confidently expressed vision and succinct method at 
If you've ever visited the Museum of Modern Art and probably even if you haven't you'll have a sense that the place doesn't exactly run itself. As much or even more so than other museums, MoMA keeps the behind-the-scenes operations behind the scenes, presenting visitors with coherent art experiences that seem to have materialized whole. But that very purity of presentation itself stokes our curiosity: No, really, how do they do it? Now, MoMA has offered us a chance to see for ourselves through a new series of short documentaries called At the Museum, a look at and a listen to the nuts and bolts of one of America's mostly highly regarded art institutions.
The series, which will run to eight episodes total, has released four thus far. In "Shipping & Receiving," some of the museum's staff prepare 200 works of art in its collection to ship to Paris for a special exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation while others get new shows installed at MoMA itself.
In "The Making of Max Ernst," a couple of curators design a show of work by that surrealist painter-sculptor-poet. In "Pressing Matters," the opening of both the Ernst exhibition, "Beyond Painting," and "Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait" fast approach, but several important decisions remain to be made as well as works to be installed. In "Art Speaks," MoMA staff and visitors take a step back and contemplate the purpose of modern art itself.
Preparations are underway for what will be the largest guitar shaped hotel at Florida's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The plans were unveiled to great fanfare, with fireworks and guitar smashing to celebrate what the hoteliers have fought for since 2007. The new 638-room hotel will be a spectacle of Hollywood, Florida, as the building curves up to form the body of a guitar.
Designed to appear as two back-to-back guitars, the structure will measure 450 feet high when complete and will also boast a 41,000-square-foot spa complex for guests to enjoy. The bold design is the vision of James F. Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International. I said, We are talking about a building that is actually shaped like a guitar,' Allen shared at a preview event. This is another time in my life when people thought I was certifiably crazy.
But now, his vision is becoming a reality. We think the architectural design in itself creates an amazing attraction, he said. There is truly, with zero exaggeration, nothing like it in the world.
Due to open in 2019at a cost of $1.5 billionthe expansion will double the rooms at the hotel and gaming space at the casino. In addition to enjoying their stay in the guitar-shaped building, guests will also be able to spend time in a new 10-acre pool complex that is part of the project. It will include private cabanas, butler service, multiple waterfalls, and water sports. As the spectacle unfolds, Allen hopes to be able to attract large-scale productions to the Seminole Hard Rock, making it an international entertainment destination.
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0-60 mph in 1.9 sec (and thats just the base models
0-100 mph in 4.2 sec
1/4 mile in 8.8 sec
Those numbers sound impressive but actually seeing the acceleration is far more resonant.
Gef!: The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor)" class="wp-image-411239 size-large" height="685" src="https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/gefmongoose7-1080x685.jpg" width="1080">Harry Price commissioned artist George Scott to draw a sketch of Gef, based on the Irvings descriptions of him. But on being shown the sketch, Gef strongly objected, saying: That aint me! Looks more like a llama!, from Gef!: The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor)
I am the ghost in the form of a weasel and I shall haunt you, proclaimed Gef, a spectral creature that became part of the Irving familys daily life in 1931. James Irving, age 58, Margaret, age 54, and their daughter Voirrey, age 13, collectively experienced the manifestation of Gef at their farmhouse on the Isle of Man. As James would later describe, what started as a tap, tap, tap at night within their walls developed into an ongoing conversation with this astute, and often snide, man-weasel who had decided to make their isolated home his own abode.Cover of Gef!: The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor)
Oscar Murillos installation of black canvases in the courtyard of the Silwan Club in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud (all photographs by Nigel Wilson)
EAST JERUSALEM At the end of a narrow alleyway in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, a maze of hanging black canvases have obscured the Silwan Clubs concrete courtyard. They are the size of bed sheets draped over clotheslines, hung in layers around the community centers small outdoor space. Their fraying ends hang down under the metal roof, below eye level, and form lines dividing the clubs tiny garden a contemporary art installation with no visitors, in the unlikeliest of places.
The Palestinian neighborhood of Ras al-Amud is not an area associated with art. Rather, it is cited by liberal Israeli advocacy groups as a place where the judaisation of East Jerusalem can be seen firsthand where, in the past 20 years, two Jewish settlements (Maale ha-Zeitim and Maale David) have taken root at the center of the Arab neighborhood, and now sit walled off and heavily guarded. Here at the Silwan Club, the cramped outdoor space is made to feel smaller by the presence of Maale ha-Zeitims large apartment blocks, which loom overhead the two areas separated only by a sharp wall of security fencing, grey bars that curve and end in sharp, delicate steel points.
Over the summer, Colombian artist Oscar Murillo, known for his monumental installations of black flags at the Venice Bienniale in 2015 (and more recently incorporated into this years Sharjah Biennial), came to Ras al-Amud to take this ongoing body of work, The Institute of Reconciliation, in a new direction. Invited to participate in the inaugural exhibition at the Palestinian Museum by curator Reem Fadda, Murillos work at the Silwan Club makes up a part of the public program associated with Jerusalem Lives....
As Christmas nears, picking the perfect presents may have you feeling stumped. If you have a plant lover in your life, however, you can nip your holiday shopping in the bud with these garden gift ideas.
Featuring creative, plant-themed products, this selection of gifts is sure to please any nature enthusiast. Quirky pots, one-of-a-kind vases, and unique terrariums are perfect for imaginative gardeners, while fun accessories, beautiful decor, and helpful home goods offer a hassle-free approach to horticulture.
Green thumb or not, one thing is clear: this year, that special someone will be dreaming of a green Christmas!
Spines of books from the collection of Martin Salisbury (photo by Simon Pask)
In the 19th century, dust jackets on books were just protective paper wrappers, thrown away after a book was purchased. The prized cover was the leather underneath, and although some of these bindings had elegant designs, the dust jacket rarely referenced the interior contents. The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury, out now from Thames & Hudson, chronicles how this once disposable object became a major creative force in publishing.
In view of its origins as a plain protection to be discarded on purchase, and the relatively recent acceptance of the detachable jacket as an integral part of the book and its identity, it is ironic that for todays book collectors the jacket is key the presence of an original jacket on a sought-after first edition now greatly adds to its value, Salisbury writes in the book. The Illustrated Dust Jacket concentrates on the 20th-century heyday of the dust jacket, when artists were experimenting with printing and illustration techniques, and publishers were recognizing its advertising potential. Although the first known illustrated dust jacket dates to the 1830s, this was the era in which it was actively designed....
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Spencer Finch, Great Salt Lake and Vicinity (2017), commissioned by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (all photos courtesy UMFA)
In describing the surrounding landscape of Spiral Jetty in a 1972 essay, Robert Smithson gives us ample descriptions of color, from the deposits of black basalt to shallow pinkish water to his sublime view of a flaming chromosphere. Its particularly fitting, then, that for a new site-specific commission for the newly reopened Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), color enthusiast Spencer Finch chose to study the infinite hues that envelope visitors at Rozel Point on the Great Salt Lakes northeastern shore, where Smithsons earthwork curls across the land like a giant, stony fiddlehead fern.Spencer Finch, Great Salt Lake and Vicinity (2017), commissioned by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Over three days, Finch circumnavigated the Great Salt Lake by foot, boat, and car to log precise co...
The Codex Quetzalecatzin (courtesy collections of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress (LOC) announced this week that it had acquired and digitized an incredibly rare 16th-century Mesoamerican manuscript. Known as the Codex Quetzalecatzin, it dates from between 1570 and 1595, and was created during a moment of Spanish royal investigation into the resources of their colonies. This era of maps were mostly painted by indigenous artists, and the detailed cartography of the manuscript includes local symbols for geographic features like rivers, roads, and paths.
The Codex, also called the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, has been in private collections for over 100 years. It is now available to the public online for the first time. In a post for LOCs Worlds Revealed blog, John Hessler, curator of the LOCs Jay I. Kislak Collection for the archaeology of the early Americas, describes the Codex, which shows the de Leon family presiding over a large region of territory that extends from slightly north of Mexico City, to just south of Puebla:
As is typical for an Aztec, or Nahuatl, codex of this early date, it relates the extent of land ownership and properties of a family line known as de Leon, most of the members of which are depicted on the manuscript. With Nahuatl stylized graphics and hieroglyphs, it illustrates the familys genealogy and their descent from Lord-11 Quetzalecatzin, who in 1480, was the major political leader of the region. It is from him the Codex derives one of its many names.
Artists Scott Slagerman and Jim Fishman create objects of beauty from molten glass and fallen trees. Working together, the two have sculpted abstract forms that combine warm woods with cheerful translucent tones. In each of the pieces, the remnants of the tree act as an unconventional vase for the glass, and it fits perfectly within the U-shaped crevice. It's as if the two disparate materials occur naturally.
Slagerman and Fishman call the collection Wood & Glass, but dont let the simplicity of the title fool you; the pieces require an extensive knowledge of both woodworking and glass blowing. To produce one sculpture, the design is first drawn on the wood and then the center is extracted from it. Afterwards, molten glass is blown into the empty space and hugs its curves.
Slagerman specializes in glass fabrication and is responsible for the dazzling colors of Wood & Glass. He writes that the very nature of glass is what captivated him years ago. How it [glass] is transformed from a fragile, yet unyielding solid state to molten fluidity and back again, he writes, and how this mutable substance, through a process that is both delicate and dangerous, can create objects both essential and esoteric.
It should go without saying that one should drink responsibly, for reasons pertaining to life and limb as well as reputation. The ubiquity of still and video cameras means potentially embarrassing moments can end up on millions of screens in an instant, copied, downloaded, and saved for posterity. Not so during the infancy of photography, when it was a painstaking process with minutes-long exposure times and arcane chemical development methods. Photographing people generally meant keeping them as still as possible for several minutes, a requirement that rendered candid shots next to impossible.
We know the results of these early photographic portraiture from many a famous Daguerreotype, named for its French inventor, Louis-Jacques-Mand Daguerre. At the same time, during the 1830s and 40s, another process gained popularity in England, called the Calotypeor Talbotype, for its inventor William Henry Fox Talbot. Upon hearing of the advent of the Daguerreotype in 1839, writes Linz Welch at the United Photographic Artists Gallery site, Talbot felt moved to action to fully refine the process that he had begun work on. He was able to shorten his exposure times greatly and started using a similar form of camera for exposure on to his prepared paper negatives.
This last feature made the Calotype more versatile and mechanically reproducible. And the shortened exposure times seemed to enable some greater flexibility in the kinds of photographs one could take. In the 1843 photo above, we have what appears to be an entirely unplanned grouping of revelers, caught in a moment of cheer at the pub. Created by Scottish painter-photographers Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hillwho grins, half-standing, on the rightthe image looks like almost no other portrait from the time. Rather than sitting rigidly, the figures slouch casually; rather than looking grim and mournful, they smile and smirk, apparently sharing a joke. The photograph is believed to be the first image of alcoholic consumption, and it does its subject justice.
Though Talbot patented his Calotype process in England in 1941, the restrictions did not apply in Scotland. In fact, the Metropolitan Museum of Art writes, Talbot encouraged its use there. He maintained a correspondence with interested scientists, including Adamsons older brother John, a professor of chemistry. But the Calotype was more of an artists medium. W...
Wendel White, Sandle (2017) from the Manifest series, one of the images projected in the Reconstructed History project (photo by and courtesy of the artist)
PRINCETON, NJ The sandal, encrusted with a fine layer of grit, looks like its made of stone. A tin of Beechams Pills from St. Helens, Lancashire, England, Sold by the Proprietor with the paper wrapping intact, is so old, the price 25 cents is not stamped on, but integrated into the label design.
These and other artifacts were unearthed in the Princeton, NJ house where Paul Robeson was born. Shot against a stark black backdrop by photographer Wendel White, they are being projected against the faade of the house, across the street from the Arts Council of Princeton, from dusk to 9 pm, through November 30, as part of the exhibition Reconstructed History.
White is the fall 2017 artist in residence at the Arts Council, and the photographs have been made in the style of his Manifest project, a portfolio of images of objects from African-American material culture: diaries, slave collars, human hair, a drum, and quotidian representations of ordinary life. These items seek out the ghosts and resonant memories expressed in various aspects of the material world, says White, who is a professor of art at Richard Stockton College. White is known for his landscapes of African-American cultural history, including a series of portraits of black towns in southern New Jersey....
Alices Restaurant. Its now a Thanksgiving classic, and something of a tradition around here. Recorded in 1967, the 18+ minute counterculture song recounts Arlo Guthries real encounter with the law, starting on Thanksgiving Day 1965. As the long song unfolds, we hear all about how a hippie-bating police officer, by the name of William "Obie" Obanhein, arrested Arlo for littering. (Cultural footnote: Obie previously posed for several Norman Rockwell paintings, including the well-known painting, "The Runaway," that graced a 1958 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.) In fairly short order, Arlo pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge, pays a $25 fine, and cleans up the thrash. But the story isn't over. Not by a long shot. Later, when Arlo (son of Woody Guthrie) gets called up for the draft, the petty crime ironically becomes a basis for disqualifying him from military service in the Vietnam War. Guthrie recounts this with some bitterness as the song builds into a satirical protest against the war: "I'm sittin' here on the Group W bench 'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough to join the Army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug." And then we're back to the cheery chorus again: "You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant."
We have featured Guthries classic during past years. But, for this Thanksgiving, we give you the illustrated version. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who plans to celebrate the holiday today.
When the Zurich Chamber Orchestra aka the Zrcher Kammerorchester wanted to promote its new season in 2012 it commissioned studio Virtual Republic to think about listening to a symphony as a ride, or more exactly an emotional rollercoaster. And it returned with this brief interpretation of the first violin score for the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries Second Symphony.
It might not be as easy to follow as the Music Animation Machine we posted about last week, but the building crescendo of the violins line makes for a lovely ascent, but once over the peak, the furious drop is all vertiginous runs until its sudden stop.
Or as Virtual Republic described their own work:
The notes and bars were exactly synchronized with the progression in the animation so that the typical movements of a rollercoaster ride match the dramatic composition of the music.
The production companys Vimeo page shows a lot of domestic product commercial CGI work, from dishwashers to paint, so the chance to jump on something a bit more artistic must have been a relief.
Watch a Making-of video below...
By the end of December, net neutrality may be a thing of the past. We'll pay the price. You'll pay the price. Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will make out like bandits.
If you need a quick reminder of what net neutrality is, what benefits it brings and what you stand to lose, watch Vi Hart's 11-minute explainer above. It lays things out quite well. Then, once you have a handle on things, write or call Congress now and make a last stand for the open web.
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Statue of J. Marion Sims in Central Park (photo Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)
More than 50 people testified earlier today in front of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monument and Markers, which held a public hearing in Manhattan, the third of five planned hearings, one in each borough. (Hearings in the Bronx and Staten Island are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of next week.) Formed in September, in the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the advisory commission has until the end of this year to advise the mayor on what to do (if anything) about a handful of contentious statues and monuments in New York City.
As everyone filed into the auditorium in Lower Manhattan this morning, people handed out copies of this months issue of Harpers Magazine, which features an in-depth article by J.C. Hallman arguing for the removal of a Central Park statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century gynecologist who experimented extensively on enslaved black women without using anesthesia. Though some consider Sims to be the father of modern gynecology, Hallman argues that he didnt actually discover anything worthwhile through his inhumane experiments....
On the 23rd of November 1963, just one day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the BBC broadcast the very first episode of Doctor Who the television sci-fi series, which by now has entertained more than one generation of TV viewers. The first actor to play the famous Time Lord was William Hartnell, though initially he was reluctant to accept the part in what he believed to be more of a childrens programme. He could not have imagined at the time that the show would bring him both fame and money and he would be always remembered as the first ever Doctor. Unfortunately around 1966 his health deteriorated to the point where he was no longer able to stay in the production. The future of the series was for a moment uncertain; until an original idea was prompted by one of the producers that the Doctor, being already an alien, could undergo a process, which is presently known as regeneration. Thus, at the end of The Tenth Planet, Hartnells character melts away to be soon replaced by a new Doctor incarnated into the body of Patrick Troughton.
Up to the present, there have been eleven incarnations of the famous character. Yet we all know that each time the Doctor is the same person. This makes question the true essence of the Doctors being. In the book Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside few authors attempt solving this puzzle. What makes the Doctor the Doctor rather than someone else?, asks Gregg Littmann. It is a serious question of identity and makes one wonder about that particular element that constitutes true-self. A tricky question indeed. One thing is certai...
One week ago, Haifas Broken Fingaz Crew got a call from Universal, saying U2 wanted them to create an animated video of the lyrics for their new song American Soul, with an intro by Kendrick Lamar.
7 days later, they made this stop-motion film, filmed in Haifa, London and Rajasthan
Its a pretty solid effort for a weeks work! Check out some of the stills below and visit the Broken Fingaz website for more behind the scenes shots....
Looking back on his life, the elderly Albert Einstein located his most significant existential turning point in a single moment of wonderment when he was a small boy. But what is wonderment, exactly, and what gives it the power to possess us so completely as to recalibrate our very being?
That is what Ren Descartes (March 31, 1596February 11, 1650) examines in several passages from The Passions of the Soul (public library) his final published work, which gave us the influential French philosopher and mathematicians ideas about the cure for indecision, the relationship between fear and hope, and how we acquire nobility of soul....
Still from A Garbage Story (courtesy rota6)
Anything thats old that could tell a story is something I want to save, says Nick DiMola in A Garbage Story, a short documentary on his work in clearing the possessions and trash left behind in the homes of the deceased and the departed. Directed by Olivier Bernier and produced by Patrick Solomon, the film is part of a new New York Stories series of short profiles from the Brooklyn-based Rota6.
The documentary was recently screened at DOC NYC and the Coney Island Film Festival, and is planned for an online release in 2018. A Garbage Story is a compact narrative at just eight minutes, taking viewers into one of the homes where DiMola is discarding a mans belongings that have become debris. After family members pass through, these estates are usually left for the landfill. But DiMola sees his career as more than solely cleanup, as he plucks precious and ordinary objects from the waste. Back at the headquarters of the DiMola Bros demolition and rubbish removal company in Ridgewood, Queens, he has a veritable museum constructed from these discoveries.
Some are rare silver coins, Wedgwood porcelain yet most are mundane. DiMola marvels at the artwork on a 1945 mothball can that was found in a closet, and a cluster of sugar cubes suspended from pink ribbons, a homemade corsage from the 1950s for a girls sweet 16 birthday. Slides discovered on a shelf recall the travel adventures of a man whose face is revealed in a dusty photograph. In DiMolas shop, there are signs, trophies, photographs, and other mementos crowded on shelves and covering the walls and ceiling. Much like the Treasures in the Trash Museum in East Harlem, where sanitation worker Nels...
Yoko Ono, I LOVE YOU EARTH (2017), billboard on Cleveland Avenue/Hwy. 41 (all photos by Kirsten Pettifor)
FORT MYERS, Fl. Fluxus artist Philip Corner recently coined the word fluZusic to describe the weird whimsy of the sound projects that came out of the art movement. He came up with the term when speaking with Jade Dellinger, who has put together an interactive exhibit at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery part of Florida Southwestern State College focused mostly on Fluxus experimental music and sound. The playfully fitting term pops up in the exhibitions title, FluZUsic/FLUXUS MUSIC, and the overall display is dense, fascinating, and often overwhelming. In this sweeping presentation, Dellinger misses very little.
In addition to artwork, instruments, and compositions, there are photographs and letters; theres the metal pot that Captain Toby of the South Brunswick police force shot with a submachine gun, before precisely shooting at pages of sheet music to create a bullet composition as requested by Dick Higgins for his series, The Thousand Symphonies. Theres a delicately slumped bag from John Lennon and Yoko Onos bagism performances sewn from their wedding night bedding (bagism involved draping an actual bag over the body; inside a piece of cloth one couldnt be judged on the basis of ones skin color, gender, clothing, or age). The show is a collectors playground, and if you ask, no piece is without its own story it took Dellinger years to source them all....
Mitte Dezember verffentlicht die Berlin Kidz Graffiti Crew ihren neuen Film. Vier Jahre nach dem Film Berlin Kidz 100% reines Adrenalin erscheint mit Fuck the System der zweite Film der legendren Berliner Graffiticrew, die fr ihre spektakulren Aktionen bekannt sind. Alle Fotos: Olf (Follow on Instagram) Prsentiert wird der Film von Paradox. Nachdem es bereits vor einiger Zeit einen ersten offiziellen Trailer gab, haben die Berlin Kidz gerade noch ein weiteres Teaser Video verffentlicht, das mehr als vielversprechend ist. BERLIN KIDZ Fuck The System Filmpremiere 17.12.2017 19 Uhr BABYLON KINO 22.12.2017 20 Uhr BABYLON KINO Bilder und Video: Berlin Kidz Fuck The System wird am 17.12.2017 um 19 Uhr im Berliner BABYLON KINO uraufgefhrt. Die DVD kann bereits ab jetzt bei Urban Spree vorbestellt werden und wird dann zwei Tage vor der Premiere verschickt. Die Scheibe ist limitiert auf 1.000 Kopien und kommt als Sammlereditition mit 70-mintiger Action-DVD, einem 28-Seitigem Fotobuch, einem Poster sowie Sticker. Wir haben bereits eine Exemplar bestellt und freuen uns schon auf den Film. BERLIN KIDZ Fuck the System DVD Sammlereditition mit einer Auflage von nur 1000 Stck, mit 70-mintiger Action-DVD, einem 28-Seitigem Fotobuch, einem Poster sowie Sticker. Vorbestellungen exklusive ber Urban Spree, die DVD wird ab dem 15. Dezember versand, zwei Tage vor der Premiere am 17. Dezember in Berlin. Preorder now Um immer ...
Der Beitrag Neuer Berlin Kidz Film Fuck the System Filmpremiere und DVD Release erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
Home standing on his head reading a yogic sex book in front of William Blakes grave in Bunhill Fields, London (April 2016).
Editors note: This is the 17th and final in a series of interviews with artists , conducted without direction, outside any one persons control. The artists were asked seven questions about their art and their ideas about art. The questions were blunt, but open-ended enough to be answered in any way the artist chose. The final question was a request for the artist to select the next artist to be interviewed. Here it ends as an unexpected return to the interviews first question: What is art? is the answer, the question to which our artist sought an answer, the reason he is an artist at all.
Its a pleasure to introduce Karen Eliot and Chus Martinez. Theyre not two artists, but aliases for several, and that several were recruited into collaborative efforts of authorial obfuscation by Stewart Home, whom I interview here. Home is one of todays most inventive institutional critique artists, always finding new ways to game the game that makes art what we assume it to be.
The Artists Pick Artists series was designed to take readers along with me and Hyperallergic on an undirected journey through the art world by artists, on their own terms, collectively and individually, without an end in sight. Home, as an artist and anti-artist, expands the art world directly by opposing its economy of meaning; it must adjust its own self-composition to accommodate what Home creates.
Rob Colvin: Why did you become an artist?
Stewart Home: As a way of experimentally testing whether my understanding of the institution of art was correct. I thought people became artists through a series of bureaucratic manoeuvres, so I wanted to test this thesis by transforming myself into an artist in this way. So in 1982 I began advertising myself as an artist in flyers and classified advertisments. I also produc...
Medieval Fantasy City Generator (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)
With the Medieval Fantasy City Generator, you can generate endless maps of walled cities, complete with castles and winding waterways. The free online generator, developed by Oleg Dolya, allows for layouts like citadel and plaza, with options for city size, whether small, medium, or large.
The Medieval Fantasy City Generator, recently shared by Boing Boing, has been available in Itch.io for a few months. It continues to be updated with new features, such as rivers, house shapes, shanty towns, outskirts, wall-less layouts, and coastal cities. Users can hover their mouse over different sections of the cities to see labels pop up for farms, gates, wards, and slums. The newest addition Toy Town is a 3D visualizer that involves a street-level view of the cities.
Embroidery artist Veselka Bulkan (previously) continues to produce carefully embroidered works of root-bound plants found in gardens. The pieces all interact with hoops in various ways, from potted plants and potatoes that dangle from the edge to dandelions that stretch between two hoops. Bulkan has also been taking commissions for a series of ultrasound embroideries, and many of her original pieces are available in her shop.
Ever wish you'd had time to take that interesting class at university, but could never fit it into your schedule? Or, perhaps you're simply a curious individual who loves learning. The rise of MOOCSmassive open online coursesis a great place to get university-level learning from the comfort of home. And best of all, it's free.
MOOCS became especially popular about 5 years ago, following the trend of open access of information that's seen institutions like the Library of Congress or Metropolitan Museum of Art place more and more of their resources online. During that time, more than 800 universitiesincluding Harvard and Stanfordhave placed over 8,000 free classes online, giving you access to a world-class education in a huge range of subject matters. And as most are self-paced, you can take your time and work the classes into your busy schedule.
To help you wade through the choices, the online database Class Central lets you sort by subject and university and compiles lists of new and trending courses. Fresh content is always being added, with universities continually releasing new classes. In fact, in the past three months alone, 200 universities around the world have released 560 free courses online. Let's take a look at some favorites for creatives and art lovers from this new crop of free classes.
There are few things in life more inconstant and more elusive, both in the fist of language and in the open palm of experience, than happiness. Philosophers have tried to locate and loosen the greatest barriers to it. Artists have come into this world born to serve happiness. Scientists have set out to discover its elemental components. And yet for all our directions of concerted pursuit, happiness remains mostly a visitation a strange miracle that seems to come and go with a will of its own. Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, Albert Camus wrote in contemplating our self-imposed prisons, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.
How to welcome the visitation of happiness on its own miraculous terms, liberated from our conditioned and conditional expectations, is what poet Jane Kenyon (May 23, 1947April 22, 1995) a woman of immense wisdom on what it takes to nourish a creative life explores in an astounding poem posthumously published in The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Robert Frost Place (public library).
I asked the wonderful Amanda Palmer to lend her voice to Kenyons masterpiece in a com...
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