Mohamed Salah statue mocked by fans as forward gets Ronaldo treatment

The work unveiled in Egypt captures Liverpool player’s trademark pose – but not necessarily his likenessA statue of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been unveiled in his home country of Egypt, drawing unfavourable comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Ronaldo.This Mo Salah statue is certainly something... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Football, Sport, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Liverpool, Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Ronaldo This Mo Salah

Mohamed Salah statue mocked by fans as striker gets Ronaldo treatment

The work unveiled in Egypt captures Liverpool striker’s trademark pose – but not necessarily his likenessA statue of Liverpool’s star striker Mohamed Salah has been unveiled in his home country of Egypt, drawing unfavourable comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Ronaldo.This Mo Salah statue is certainly something... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Football, Sport, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Liverpool, Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Ronaldo This Mo Salah

Spotted Bunny and my 2019 Calendar

Spotted Bunny Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $330. I'm especially happy with this painting.  Using enough paint to go around is so important! Also mixing more/different for in between areas.  A few of you have asked about calendars.  I opted out of self publishing one this year...  But you can still get one!  The Current Catalog is offering a 2019 calendar of my paintings titled "The Painted Cat." It's  remarkably less expensive than the ones I make myself.   Also of note they go on sale Nove...
Tags: Art, Diane Hoeptner

Signalnoise's New Illustration Works

Signalnoise's New Illustration Works AoiroStudio Nov 05, 2018 Our great friend Signalnoise who has been a long-time artist that we just loved featuring on ABDZ. Mostly because he looks badass but more utterly his work has inspired many others including ourselves. He is a pioneer in his craft and the man when it comes to the 80s. He has recently released a bunch of new works & collaborations coming from clients like Gunship, Metallica and more. I loved ...
Tags: Design, La, Metallica, Vr, James, Signalnoise, Tim Doyle, Las Vegas This, Gunship Metallica, Nakatomi Inc Magnatron, Sam Todhunter Vegas, Las Vegas Shown

The Ultimate Photography Bundle – Presets, Actions, Overlays! 99% OFF

I’m very excited to let you know about DesignCut’s Ultimate Photography Bundle, which brings you the most varied and high quality photography collection available anywhere! Inside you’ll discover Adobe Lightroom presets, retouching kits, tons of stunning photo overlays, video tutorials and more. Whether you’re looking to clean up your wedding or portrait photography, add more visual interest to your photos, or learn some new tips and tricks to make your work look better than ever, this collectio...
Tags: Deals, Photography, Design, Designcuts, Deals & Freebies

Wallpaper of the Week - Colorful Lines from Singapore

Wallpaper of the Week - Colorful Lines from Singapore AoiroStudio Nov 05, 2018 It's been a little while since our last WPW; following up our comeback with the Wallpaper of the Week series, it’s crazy to imagine there’s more than 350+ wallpapers available to download for your different screen resolutions. Things have changed ever since so we decided to change the formula, each week we’ll try our best to publish one of our own pictures as a challenge. Le...
Tags: Design, Singapore, François Hoang

People Who Own Apartments Across From The Tate Modern’s Expansion Are Taking The Museum To Court

They’d like to “stop ‘hundreds of thousands of visitors’ looking into their homes from the art gallery’s viewing platform.” The Tate, of course, responds that they should draw their blinds.
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.02.18, Museum To Court

Jin Yong, Writer Of Chinese Martial Arts Epics, Has Died At 94

The Hong Kong-based author was so famous, as generations of Chinese read his novels, that there is a branch of academic study named for him: “Jin Yong, the pen name of Louis Cha, was one of the most widely read 20th-century writers in the Chinese language. The panoramic breadth and depth of the fictional universes he created have been compared to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and have been studied as a topic known as ‘Jinology.'”
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, People, J R R Tolkien, Jin Yong, Louis Cha, 11.02.18

How ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Found Its Musical Backbone

The two-part show’s movement director was in rehearsals with the cast, using some Imogen Heap music as inspiration. Then he decided that he wanted more. “‘The first I heard about it was pushing my baby at the time in a very muddy field with a pram,’ Heap recalled. She got a call from Hoggett who said he was working on a project for which they had been temping her music in workshops; he wanted to know if he could keep using it.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, Imogen Heap, Hoggett, 11.02.18

Social Media May Be Squashing Human Spirituality, Not To Mention Hope

At least, that’s one thing that Silicon Valley expert Jaron Lanier claims – and it’s because of, well, Silicon Valley companies. “This whole architecture is on every level based on sneakiness and manipulation, often using weird behaviorist, hypnotic, unacknowledged techniques to get people more and more engaged or addicted and persuaded, or to get them into compulsive behavior patterns that aren’t necessarily in their own interest.”
Tags: Art, Silicon Valley, Issues, Jaron Lanier, 11.03.18

Table for Books

Reading table with compartments for books allows people to display books. ExhibiTable for homes, schools, offices, bookstores and libraries designed by Lu Chieh-Hua and Cheng Tzu-Hao. Also check out: Desk Made of Books
Tags: Design, Tech, Lu Chieh Hua, Cheng Tzu Hao

Can ‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’ Bring Ballet To A Mass Audience?

Misty Copeland thinks so. “‘[People] feel comfortable sitting in a movie theater rather than walking through the doors of the Metropolitan Opera House; you feel that ‘Oh, that’s not for me.’ Especially as black people, that’s not a space for us,’ Copeland said. ‘Everyone goes to the movie theater, so this is an amazing way to do that.'”
Tags: Art, Dance, Misty Copeland, Metropolitan Opera House, Copeland, 11.03.18

New York – Ajay Kurian: “Nine Flags” at 47 Canal Through November 9th, 2018

Ajay Kurian, Nine Flags (Installation View), via Art Observed Artist Ajay Kurian returns to 47 Canal Gallery for a show of new works this month, delving into the recent American political landscape, and the fraught politics of identity, interiority and authenticity that have dominated the political discourse in the past years.  Responding in particular to […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Ajay Kurian, 47 Canal, Ajay Kurian Nine Flags Installation View, Canal Gallery

The Fractal Beauty of Barbara Wildenboer's Chaotic Paper Constructions

In The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges talks about the universe in the form of a vast library whose infinite number of hexagonal galleries contain all possible existing and future books. South African artist Barbara Wildenboer’s ongoing oeuvre could also be likened to Borges’ infinite library both in her use of an ever expanding number of books as raw material and in her willingness to...
Tags: Art, Borges, Barbara Wildenboer, Babel Jorge Luis Borges

Dick Higgins’ Writings Are Back

The book is a 20-years posthumous collection of writings from the Fluxus – and far more than Fluxus – composer, poet, printmaker, and artist.
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Dick Higgins, 11.03.18

The Way ‘House Of Cards’ Killed Off Kevin Spacey’s Character Was Typical Of The Show’s Twisty, Turny Ways

Spoiler alert! “When the actor Kevin Spacey, who played Frank, was accused of sexual assault in October 2017, production had already begun on Season 6. Production halted, restarting in January 2018 for a revised, eight-episode season that Netflix announced would also be its final.” Unlike another show that had to handle a disgraced fallen star – The Conners – Netflix’s writing team came up with a very normal, for House of Cards, way of dealing with the issue of how Spacey’s character died.
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Kevin Spacey, Frank, Spacey, 11.02.18, Conners Netflix

Kids In The UK Are More Interested In Ukuleles (And Guitars) Than Orchestral Instruments

Is orchestral music doomed? Will school recorders never blossom again? Yikes: “The evidence we have here is that instruments such as the French horn and double bass are becoming endangered.”
Tags: Art, Music, UK, 10.31.18

In The UK, Ballet Black Finally Gets Ballet Slippers In Their Dancers’ Skin Colors [VIDEO]

One dancer who was used to pancaking her shoe with makeup foundation that matched her skin: “To have a shoe that I can just put on and go? I … I never thought that would happen.”
Tags: Art, UK, Dance, 11.03.18

The Arts in Los Angeles, 10 Years After

How did arts institutions in LA survive the Great Recession?
Tags: Art, La, Los Angeles, Ajblogs, 11.02.18

A Tuba Player’s Journey From One Of Baltimore’s Poorest Neighborhoods To The New Mexico Phil

Richard Antoine White slept under trees and on friends’ couches with an alcoholic mom when he was a kid. But when foster parents took him in, he found out that he was good at music – and his path has provided a Baltimore documentary duo with a great project. White mentors other kids in need of a hand up, but also, and this is a fun one, he is “particularly passionate about baroque music (he has transcribed works of Bach for the tuba).”
Tags: Art, Music, Baltimore, Bach, Richard Antoine White, 11.03.18, New Mexico Phil

Weekend Extra: Kenny Werner’s New Solo Piano Album

“The listener who is fully who open to Werner’s playing is likely to also feel joy and delicious gratitude.”
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Werner, 11.02.18, Kenny Werner

Toulouse, France, Brings Giant Mythological Street Art Creatures To Life

Immersive street art theatre with a giant minotaur and a giant spider meeting around a city and playing out different acts? Why not, right?
Tags: Art, Theatre, Toulouse France, 11.03.18

3D-Printed Plastic Violins Make Their Début In Ottawa [VIDEO]

There are only so many Strads in the world, but there are a lot of 3D printers, and the Ottawa Symphony decided to take advantage of the printers to create new violins and violas. “It turns out they have a slightly different pitch.”
Tags: Art, Music, Ottawa, 11.02.18, Ottawa Symphony

Artist Serge Gay Jr. is immortalizing San Francisco one sexy mural at a time

This is a city based on an idea: what would it be like if everyone could just be themselves?
Tags: Art, Lifestyle, San Francisco, Castro, Gaycities Link, Serge Gay Jr

Carol Duffy Has Been Poet Laureate Of Britain For A Decade, But Who Will Succeed Her?

There’s a steering group made up of a wide range of people from the arts in the UK; then, the secretary of state and the prime minister will make final recommendations to the Queen from a shortlist the group provides. Whoa, what? Poet John Agard: “I’m certain that the prime minister is very familiar with the iambic pentameter. … But since poets don’t have the final say in politics, logically speaking there’s no reason why politicians should have the final say in poetry.”
Tags: Art, UK, Britain, Words, 11.02.18, Carol Duffy, John Agard

A Typo In The First Printing Of The Declaration Of Independence Has Been A Problem For Centuries

Oh. Whoops. We’ve often been reprinting it with the accidental addition of a period after “the pursuit of happiness” because the first printer deposited one there. And … that’s not what that sentence means. One typo means most of us have been “losing sight of what the Declaration of Independence is all about.”
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.02.18

Women In Theatre In Minnesota Succeed By Creating Their Own Spaces

In the Twin Cities, three theatre companies founded by women – including a new one focusing on opportunities for women of color and/or queer women – are changing the landscape. “‘These theaters are being founded as answers to a lack of opportunity,’ said Mary McColl, a former Twin Cities arts leader who now runs the 51,000-member Actors’ Equity union. Acknowledging that the politics of the moment have women fired up, she said she sees these companies as crucial ‘for the industry to become more i...
Tags: Art, Minnesota, Theatre, Twin Cities, Mary McColl, Actors ' Equity

The Public Theater Lives Up To Its Name With A Tour Of Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’ To Devastated Midwestern Cities

Five states, 18 cities, free performances – and a plan that reaches far beyond the play itself; “Along with community organizations, public libraries, Rotary clubs, humanities councils, and whoever else is interested, it has encouraged lectures, discussion groups, story circles, and art pieces in the weeks before and after staging a free performance of Sweat. The tour is now over, but the project is not.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Lynn Nottage, 11.02.18

How To Win A Supporting Role Oscar

First, play a pretty major role, a role that someone inexperienced in Oscar campaigns might consider to be a starring role. Second, in consultation with the studio, pick a strategy that has proven to be winning – or one with a strong narrative arc. (See: Glenn Close.)
Tags: Art, Media, 11.02.18

Listen Up

New D'Angelo, a jazzy Joy Division cover, music from Brainfeeder's compilation and more Hot 8 Brass Band: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division Cover) The NOLA-based Hot 8 Brass Band has released a cover of Joy Division‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and it’s a sparking jazz tune. The song, which sounds like a rush of 1,000 horns, comes in the band’s 23rd year—they’ve …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Covers, New Orleans, Jazz, Dangelo, Joy Division, Thundercat, NOLA, Flying Lotus, Angelo, Brass Band, Badbadnotgood, Brainfeeder, Neo-soul

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