Fish Meets Grill, a solo exhibition by Veera Rustomji

We are thrilled to inform that our dear friend Veera Rustomji will have a solo exhibition at VM Art Gallery in Karachi Pakistan. VM Art Gallery is pleased to present Fish Meets Grill, a solo exhibition by Veera Rustomji, opening on 24th March 2021 from 11am – 7pm. The exhibition will continue until 11th April 2021. The title refers to a recipe as an anecdote for the ultimate fate of creatures cooked to reach charred perfection. If we think about the ‘manly’ activity of fishing, it is usually...
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British artist sells world's largest painting The Journey of Humanity for $62m

Sacha Jafri’s artwork is split into 70 framed sections equivalent to nearly four basketball courtsWork by British artist Sacha Jafri consisting of the world’s largest painting on canvas has been sold for $62m (£45m) at an auction in Dubai, organisers said on Tuesday.The Journey of Humanity is split into 70 framed sections spanning 1,595.76 sq metres (17,176 sq feet) – equivalent to nearly four basketball courts. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, World news, Art and design, Dubai, Guinness World Records, Sacha Jafri, Journey of Humanity

How “Dance Marketing” Helped An Indian Clothing Company Flourish

Telling us how the team came up with the idea of dance marketing, Lekhinee shared, “We were going to launch our Saris. We were known for our Kurtas and our fabrics before then. We wondered, how can we really break the clutter…My friends would come for the photoshoot because we always believed in showcasing real women (not models). So one fine day, my father suggested why don’t you start making dance reels with them? – Media Insider
Tags: Art, Dance, Lekhinee, Kurtas

The Genius Of Natural Selection. Will AI Wreck It?

“On the face of it, many of the familiar characteristics of animals and plants that we see around us would simply disappear if the organisms in an ecosystem were all super artificial intelligences. Oxford professor Nick Bostrom, for instance, suggests that a community of artificial intelligences will be sharing information in such an effective and rigid way that many aspects of animal behavior would be unnecessary.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Oxford, Nick Bostrom, 03.17.21

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Loaded Like a Freight Train

The Bentley Continental GT Speed is 650 HP and 664 ft.-lb. of torque, with an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive. It’ll do 0-60 in 3.5-seconds, with a top speed of 208 MPH, the third generation of Speed models, details of which were released today. Years ago, when the first Continental GT Speed was introduced, […] The post 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Loaded Like a Freight Train appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Speed, Heritage, Luxury, Autos, Engines, Bentley, Continental, Bentley Continental, Enthusiasm, Bentley Motors, Rare Rides, Grand Tourer

Imagination Is A Superpower

Aristotle called this imaginative power phantasia. We might mistakenly think that phantasia is just for artists and entertainers, a rare and special talent, but it’s actually a cognitive faculty that functions in all human beings. The actor might guide us, but it’s our own imagination that enables us to immerse fully into the story. If we activate our power of phantasia, we voluntarily summon up the real emotions we see on stage: fear, anxiety, rage, love and more. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, Aristotle, 03.23.21

Banksy’s tribute to health care workers fetches $20M

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian | Reuters LONDON – A Banksy painting showing a boy playing with a toy nurse as a superhero sold for more than $20 million on Tuesday, setting an auction record for the elusive British street artist. “Game Changer,” unveiled last May at University Hospital Southampton, paid tribute to the frontline workers of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The black-and-white hand-painted artwork shows a boy lifting a nurse, her arm ...
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Book blurbs are ridiculous. And competitive, as it turns out. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 03.22.21

How To Understand NFTs And What It Means For The Art World

“Imagine digital Beanie Babies, but with only one existing copy of each. For art works, the N.F.T. format functions a little like a museum label noting the piece’s provenance—a proprietary stamp, attached to digital pieces that can still circulate freely across the Internet. In new online marketplaces such as Nifty Gateway, SuperRare, and Foundation, artists can upload, or “mint,” their works as unique N.F.T.s, then sell them.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Visual, Foundation, 03.22.21

It Seems We Do Know What Shakespeare Looked Like — ‘A Self-Satisfied Pork Butcher’

That choice phrase from a 20th-century critic was about the effigy installed above Shakespeare’s grave in Stratford-upon-Avon. The general presumption had been that the painted limestone statue had been made after the writer’s death and was not necessarily modeled on the actual man. Now one scholar’s research indicates that the piece was cone by a professional tomb-maker who almost certainly knew Shakespeare — who, more likely than not, commissioned and approved the memorial himself. – The Guar...
Tags: Art, People, Shakespeare, Stratford, 03.19.21

What Do NFTs Mean For The Art World?

Even the middlemen whom NFTs are designed to cut out are trying to understand what this revolution means for them. Mario Paredes runs Mexico City’s Galería Unión and said he’s been hearing about NFTs “every day since, I think, two weeks ago.” He said he personally doesn’t get it. “I think when people buy art, what they need is this material experience, to see the hand of the artist,” he told me. – Slate
Tags: Art, Mexico City, Visual, Galería Union, Mario Paredes

Hear For Yourself The Difference Between A $5,000 Cello, A $180K Cello, And A $1 Million Cello

Wendy Law uses the same bow, in the same room with the same microphone, to play the opening of Bach’s First Cello Suite on a contemporary instrument by Jay Haide, a 19th-century English cello by Thomas Kennedy, and an early 18th-century instrument by Alessandro Gagliano, the first great luthier in Naples. – Digg (YouTube)
Tags: Art, Music, Bach, Thomas Kennedy, Wendy Law, 03.19.21, Jay Haide, Alessandro Gagliano

Is It Wise To Build A $915 Million Museum On A Site That Keeps Flooding?

“The Parramatta River in Sydney broke its banks on Saturday, flooding the path that runs alongside the museum site and inundating the ground floor of a four-level car park slated for demolition as part of the museum’s construction. It is the second time in just over a year that the proposed site for the museum has been inundated by a swollen Parramatta River during heavy rainfall.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Sydney, Visual, Parramatta River

Opposition Growing To Proposed Ordinance To Restrict Chicago House Museums

“This zoning proposal would make the future uncertain for existing cultural exhibits and house museums and could derail efforts already underway to open new cultural institutions in historic buildings in residential communities.” – Chicago Sun-Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Chicago House Museums

How Did This Ballet Company Keep Its Dancers Working Throughout The Pandemic? Giving Them Other Jobs

The St. Paul-based Ballet Co.Laboratory has “[a] dual-contract structure [which] provides its dancers with administrative employment, whether in management, communications, development or teaching — a framework that became especially useful in keeping the dancers employed during the pandemic.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, St Paul, Ballet Co Laboratory, 03.22.21

Harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, 79

Mr. Cooper’s adventurousness went hand in hand with scrupulous musicianship and articulate technique. He was a sensitive partner in chamber works, as in his recording, with Mr. Ma, of Bach’s sonatas for viola da gamba (played on the cello) and harpsichord. – The New York Times
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Two New York Times Critics Discuss Whether They Dare Go To An Indoor Play Yet

Laura Collins-Hughes: Alexis, when you saw the invitation, what went through your mind?Alexis Soloski: Panic, basically. … I won’t be vaccinated for months and I don’t feel ready to make this moral/professional/hygienic calculus. You?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, Alexis, Laura Collins Hughes, 03.19.21

COVID Has Changed The Way Hollywood Works For Good

“‘People are fooling themselves if they think we’re going back to a pre-pandemic work lifestyle,’ says Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films. … To get a sense of the new contours of a business that has been battered by the pandemic, Variety spoke with dozens of entertainment industry players, almost all of whom predicted that the nature of office life and how movies and television shows are made, marketed and distributed will be fundamentally changed.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Ifc, Variety, Arianna Bocco, 03.18.21, Way Hollywood Works For Good

Scavenging For A Library From The Ruins Amidst Syria’s Civil War

“In a town under siege from Assad’s regime, a small group of revolutionaries found a new mission: to build a library from books rescued from the rubble. For those stranded in the city, books offered an imaginative escape from the horrors of war.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Syria, Words, Assad, 03.16.21

The Return Of Tower Records?

Inspired by the vinyl LP revival, new CEO Danny Zeijdel thinks he can make a go of the revived online business and, ultimately, brick-and-mortar. For now, “you can visit the website, buy a vinyl record, a CD, even a cassette tape, or slake your Tower nostalgia with a logo T-shirt. Everything comes to you wrapped in that familiar yellow bag that, if you’re of a certain age, will bring back fond memories of taking home the new Liz Phair album.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Music, Liz Phair, 03.22.21, Danny Zeijdel

Canadian Arts Leaders Call For Guaranteed Income For Artists

The arts leaders call the measure a crucial part of any sustainable future for arts and culture in Canada. And, as they point out, they represent the majority of Canada’s artists. The document details several hard facts about the devastating effect the pandemic has had on the arts sector in Canada this past year. – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Canada, Issues

Germany In Talks To Return Benin Bronzes To Nigeria

As the issue of repatriating art and artifacts looted by European colonizers came to the fore over the past few years, Berlin came under pressure not to include its holdings of Benin bronzes in the new Humboldt Forum. Now high-level officials are negotiating the return of the bronzes — taken by British soldiers who destroyed the Benin royal family’s palace in 1897 — for the new Edo Museum of West African Art, now being designed by architect David Adjaye in Benin City. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Nigeria, Benin, Visual, David Adjaye, 03.23.21, Humboldt Forum Now, Edo Museum of West African Art

Adam Zagajewski, ‘Poet Of 9/11’, Dead At 75

Already known and admired in his native Poland, he came to the English-speaking world’s attention when The New Yorker published his “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, Poland, New Yorker, Adam Zagajewski, 03.22.21

World’s Oldest Wooden Sculpture Is Far More Ancient Than We’d Thought — 12,500 Years

That’s more than twice as old as Stonehenge and the Giza Pyramids and by far the oldest surviving piece of ritual art. The new dating means that the Shigir Idol, as it’s called, dug up from a peat bog in the Urals in 1890, “challenges the ethnocentric notion that pretty much everything, including symbolic expression and philosophical perceptions of the world, came to Europe by way of the sedentary farming communities in the Fertile Crescent 8,000 years ago.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Visual, Giza Pyramids, Fertile Crescent, 03.22.21

Berlin Does Series Of Dry Runs For Reopening Performance Venues

“The pilot project, backed by Berlin Culture Senator Klaus Lederer, includes a series of nine events, held at seven different venues, including theaters, opera houses, concert halls and even a club, from March 19 to April 4. The Berliner Ensemble theater launched the test phase’s first weekend.” – Deutsche Welle
Tags: Art, Berlin, Issues, Audience, Klaus Lederer, 03.20.21

Jeepster Beach Like Deja Vu at 2021 Easter Jeep Safari

Blend a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a 1968 Jeepster Commando and what do you get? A throwback that epitomizes why you build concept vehicles. I have to imagine it was as much fun for the designers, as it was the fabricators, and the PR team that gets to display them this week at Easter […] The post Jeepster Beach Like Deja Vu at 2021 Easter Jeep Safari appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Media, Marketing, Events, Autos, Nostalgia, Jeep, Branding, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Commando, Easter Jeep Safari, Concept Vehicles, Show Cars, Deja Vu, Jeepster

The Mathematics Behind Origami, the Ancient Japanese Art of Paper Folding

The two characters at the core of origami (???), one of the best-known Japanese words around the world, mean “folding” and “paper.” You might well have guessed that, but given the variety and elaborateness of the constructions produced by origami masters over the past few centuries, the simplicity of the practice’s basic nature bears repeating. Those masters must develop no slight degree of manual dexterity, it goes without saying, but also a formidable mathematical understanding of thei...
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In Real Time

Horologist Brittany Nicole Cox giving a talk at The Interval at Long Now on horological heritage (02019). Photo by Anthony Thornton. How do you measure a year? As straightforward as this seems, it is a truly personal question to each of us. What comes to mind? Life, weather or seismic events, loss or gains, political enterprises, a global pandemic? Or terms such as calendars, months, or dates? As a horologist, someone who studies time, I’ve realized there is no concrete way to answer that ...
Tags: Art, Japan, New York, Technology, Climate Change, Time, Future, Essays, Cheyenne, Anchorage Museum, John Harrison, Jonathon Keats, Carlo Rovelli, Paul Goble, Brittany Nicole Cox, Conversations at the Interval

How Edward Munch Signaled His Bohemian Rebellion with Cigarettes (1895): A Video Essay

When we think of Edvard Munch, we think of The Scream. Though not explicitly a self-portrait, that iconic 1893 canvas does, to anyone who’s read up on the painter’s life, look like a plausible expression of his troubled internal state. But “Self-Portrait with Cigarette made two years later, though less jarring, is just as concerned with Munch’s personal psychology and the dark underside of his identity as The Scream is.” So argues Evan Puschak, better known as the Nerdwriter, in his vide...
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Can anyone become an NFT collector? I tried it to find out

This year non-fungible tokens burst into the mainstream after several digital images and animations sold for absurd amounts – so I entered the world of NFTs myselfFor years, I’ve kept an ever-growing record of interesting pictures I discover online in a folder entitled Images on my desktop: a fox sauntering through an art gallery; a pixelated rendering of a Tokyo streetscape; Jon Bon Jovi doing yoga. They’re sentimental reminders of things I’ve seen online, but I am under no illusion that I some...
Tags: Art, Technology, Internet, E-commerce, Bitcoin, Tokyo, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, NFT, Jon Bon Jovi, Digital Art, Non-fungible tokens (NFTs

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