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What I Learned From The Worst-Reviewed Novel Ever

In a book called Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin’s Local Legends, Burrows’s name was listed under a chapter called “The Worst Novel Ever Published in the English Language.” Maddeningly, the Google Books preview would not reveal the offending passage, but soon I located a Washington Post article that explained the whole entanglement. – The New Republic
Tags: Google, Art, Washington Post, Wisconsin, Words, 08.06.20, Local Legends Burrows

Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot: The First Comprehensive Survey of Tarot Gets Published by Taschen

The cards of the tarot, first created for play around 600 years ago and used in recent centuries for occult divination of truths about life, the universe, and everything, should by all rights be nothing more than a historical curiosity today. Yet something about the tarot still compels, even to many of us in the ever more digital, ever more data-driven 21st century. Taschen, publisher of lavish art and photo books, know this: hence, as we featured last year here on Open Culture, products...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Books, England, College, History, Brooklyn, Italy, Philip K Dick, Seoul, David Lynch, Crowley, Facebook Twitter, Dali

View 250,000 British Paintings & Sculptures Free Online

A little over four years ago, discriminatory and arbitrarily confusing travel bans descended on the U.S., tearing refugee families apart and leaving thousands in diplomatic limbo. This seemed nightmarish enough at the time. But it took a viral pandemic to bring travel bans and restrictions down on the entire world, more or less, with countries appearing on bulletins that vaguely look like lists of enemies on governing bodies’ websites, including the CDC's. Likewise, almost all 27 countries that...
Tags: Google, Art, UK, Cdc, College, European Union, Paris, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Rodin, Edward Hopper, Great Britain, Facebook Twitter, Mark Brown, Harlow, Goodwin

Get the Ancient Roman Look: A Hair & Makeup Video Tutorial

Remember early April, when we threw ourselves into the Getty Challenge, turning ourselves into historic art recreations in lieu of climbing the walls? Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it, that you wrapped a shower curtain around your head and rifled through the button box, rabid to make yourself into a masterpiece. While it’s not accurate to say we’ve collectively settled into a new normal, many of us have accepted that certain alterations to our everyday lives will be prolonged if our every...
Tags: Google, Art, Gender, Youtube, College, Life, History, Baltimore, Facebook Twitter, Liv Free, Janet Stephens, Domitia Longina

The Iconic Album Covers of Hipgnosis: Meet “The Beatles of Album Cover Art” Who Created Unforgettable Designs for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel & Many More

Try calling to mind Nirvana’s Nevermind without its naked, swimming baby; or London Calling without Paul Simenon smashing his bass. Think of Sgt. Pepper’s or Abbey Road without thinking about their sleeves. Classic rock albums and classic, unforgettable album covers are inseparably intertwined. Imagine Dark Side of the Moon without its prism…. Hipgnosis, the design team behind the nearly 50-year-old album cover/t-shirt/poster/bumper sticker/coffee mug/etc. completely nailed it, as they say, wit...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, London, College, Pink Floyd, London Calling, Peter, Syd Barrett, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Peter Gabriel, Powell, Josh Jones, Rory Gallagher, Abbey Road

Astronomers solve a longstanding artwork puzzle

The origin of Vermeer's acclaimed landscape has long puzzled historians.The painting is of Vermeer's home town, but no one has known when he painted it.A team of astronomers uncover clues hidden in the artwork that reveal its secrets. Just 35 paintings done by Johannes Vermeer survive.The best-known among these, of course, is his captivating Girl with a Pearl Earring. Part of what makes it so arresting is Vermeer's masterful use of light — his model's eyes practically glow with life and intelli...
Tags: Google, Art, Astronomy, Texas, Internet, Light, Physics, Architecture, Innovation, Google Earth, Johannes Vermeer, Marcel Proust, Delft, Sánchez, Delph, Vermeer

Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #53 Explores the Hamilton Phenomenon Your hosts Erica Spyres, Mark Linsenmayer, and Brian Hirt are joined by Broadway actor Sam Simahk (Carousel, The King and I, My Fair Lady) to discuss this unique convergence of musical theater, rap, and historical drama. Does Hamilton deserve its accolades? We cover the re-emergence of stage music as pop music, live vs. filmed vs. film-adapted musicals, creators starring in their shows, r...
Tags: Google, Music, Podcasts, College, Theatre, Broadway, Sam, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, Facebook Twitter, Musical Theater, Eric Eisenberg, Aja Romano, Pretty Much Pop, Brian Hirt, Hamilton Phenomenon

H.R. Giger’s Dark, Surrealist Album Covers: Debbie Harry, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Celtic Frost, Danzig & More

The work of H.R. Giger is immensely powerful. Giger’s amazing cover for Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s album Brain Salad Surgery portrays a Gothic touch that could fit any heavy metal band at any time. —Jimmy Page Swiss artist Hans Rudolf Giger is a genre unto his own, single-handedly inventing the biomechanical horror of the 1980s with his designs for Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien, the film that launched him into international prominence and turned Debbie Harry on to his work. Meeting him the followin...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, David Cronenberg, Palmer, Tokyo, Harry, Ridley Scott, Alien, Bay Area, Danzig, Allmusic, Blondie, Facebook Twitter, Stevens

Lin-Manuel Miranda Breaks Down How He Wrote Hamilton‘s Big Hit, “My Shot”

The current moment has forced the original cast and crew of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s massive hit musical Hamilton to revisit and reevaluate the story it tells about America’s founding. As Miranda himself told The Root’s Tonja Renée Stidhum, “All of these guys are complicit in the brutal practice of slavery, slavery is the third line of our show… that is just a prerequisite for the story we’re telling.” But he didn’t first set out to write history. “Originally, this was a concept album. I wan...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Jay Z, White House, Theatre, Disney, America, Current Affairs, Aol, Broadway, Miranda, Hamilton, Biggie, Facebook Twitter, Lin Manuel Miranda

Artists Give Advice to the Young: Words of Wisdom from Andrei Tarkovsky, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, John Cleese & Many More

When Rainer Maria Rilke began corresponding with a poetically inclined 19-year-old military-academy cadet named Franz Xaver Kappus, he inadvertently founded a genre. After Rilke's death, Kappus published the missives the two had exchanged in the 1900s as the book Letters to a Young Poet, a title to which established older artists giving advice to aspiring younger ones have paid homage ever since. Here in the 21st century, of course, their words of advice don't usually come written in let...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Life, John Cleese, Denmark, Ed Ruscha, Jonathan Franzen, Anton Corbijn, Seoul, Ai Weiwei, Don, Facebook Twitter, Wim Wenders, Lydia Davis

Icons of Art Wearing Masks: Frida Kahlo, Mona Lisa, Girl with the Pearl Earring & More

We hear the phrase “unprecedented times” every day now, but the truth is few calamities in human history are more precedented than plagues and pestilences. In Western history, at least, disease epidemics seem always to have been followed by Machiavellian opportunism and cultish conspiracy theories that only made things worse. During the 14th century, almost six hundred years before Naomi Klein defined the shock doctrine, the Black Death “strengthened the power of the state and accelerated the d...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, London, College, Current Affairs, Naomi Klein, Facebook Twitter, Defoe, Jill Lepore, Daniel Defoe, Frida Kahlo, Kottke, Blais, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova

Banksy Strikes Again in London & Urges Everyone to Wear Masks

The person who may or may not be Banksy is at it again, this time stenciling up a London Underground carriage with his familiar rat characters. Rats know a thing or two about spreading disease but this time they are here to insist that the public wear a mask. (Earlier in April they appeared in the artist's own bathroom.) As posted on Banksy’s social media feeds on Tuesday we can see the artist get kitted up like one of the Underground’s “deep cleaners”—-a protective face mask, goggles, b...
Tags: Google, Art, Post, New York Post, London, College, Venice, Banksy, London Underground, London Tube Map, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Bansky, London Transport, Ted Mills, Chumbawumba

Emma Willard, the First Woman Mapmaker in America, Creates Pioneering Maps of Time to Teach Students about Democracy (Circa 1851)

We all know Marshall McLuhan’s pithy, endlessly quotable line “the medium is the message,” but rarely do we stop to ask which one comes first. The development of communication technologies may genuinely present us with a chicken or egg scenario. After all, only a culture that already prized constant visual stimuli but grossly undervalued physical movement would have invented and adopted television. In Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord ties the tendency toward passive visual consumption to “c...
Tags: Google, Art, London, Education, College, Time, America, History, United States, Cornell, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Willard, Josh Jones, Marshall McLuhan, McLuhan

The Muppets Sing the First Act of Hamilton

Here's the cast: Alexander Hamilton - Kermit the Frog Aaron Burr - The Great Gonzo Eliza Schuyler - Miss Piggy Marquis de LaFozette - Fozzie Bear George Washington - Sam the Eagle Angelica Schuyler - Camilla the Chicken John Laurens - Beaker Hercules Mulligan - Rowlf the Dog King George III - Animal Peggy Schuyler - Janice Samuel Seabury - The Swedish Chef Charles Lee - Elmo Congressional Delegates - Floyd and Zoot Crazy Patriot - Crazy Harry Statler and Waldorf - Themselves via BoingBoi...
Tags: Google, Music, College, White House, Theatre, Hamilton, Floyd, Facebook Twitter, Lin Manuel Miranda Reimagines Hamilton, Hamilton Mania Inspires the Library of Congress, Alexander Hamilton Kermit, John Laurens Beaker Hercules Mulligan Rowlf, Peggy Schuyler Janice Samuel Seabury, Chef Charles Lee Elmo Congressional, Harry Statler

The Crazy-House World That Is YouTube

The more dark, wiggy videos you consume, the darker and wiggier your playlist becomes, until you inhabit a so-called “filter bubble,” while Google makes ad money off of your addictive radicalization. – Columbia Journalism Review
Tags: Google, Art, Media, Audience, 07.10.20

Nicholson Baker Surfs YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithms And Winds Up In Some Ugly Places

“We’re told that after the 2016 elections Google made adjustments to YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, so as not to lead impressionable gun-owning zealots frictionlessly down tunnels of paranoia. … Even so, it remains true today that the more dark, wiggy videos you consume, the darker and wiggier your playlist becomes, until you inhabit a so-called ‘filter bubble,’ while Google makes ad money off of your addictive radicalization.” – Columbia Journalism Review
Tags: Google, Art, Media, Youtube, Summer 2020, Nicholson Baker Surfs YouTube

Bisa Butler’s Beautiful Quilted Portraits of Frederick Douglass, Nina Simone, Jean-Michel Basquiat & More

Fiber artist Bisa Butler’s quilted portraits of Black Americans gain extra power from their medium. Each work is comprised of many scraps, carefully cut and positioned after hours of research and preliminary sketches. Velvet and silk nestle against bits of vintage flour sacks, West African wax print fabric, denim and, occasionally, hand-me-downs from the sitter’s own collection. In The Warmth of Other Sons, a 12-foot, life-sized portrait of an African American family who migrated nor...
Tags: Google, Art, Fashion, Microsoft, College, Stanford, Nigeria, Africa, History, Creativity, South Africa, Yale, New Jersey, Michelle Obama, West Africa, Civil rights movement

Does Every Picture Tell a Story? A Conversation with Artist Joseph Watson for Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #51 Storytelling is an essential part of Las Vegas artist Joseph Watson's painting methodology, whether he's creating city scenes or public sculpture or children's illustrations. So how does the narrative an author may have in mind affect the viewer, and is this different for different types of art? Joseph is perhaps best known as the illustrator of the Go, Go, GRETA! book series and does onl...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Podcasts, College, Pablo Picasso, Brian, Las Vegas, Quentin Blake, Narnia, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Greta, Erica, Shepard, Andrey

How to Tell a Story in Pictures Using Pinterest Story Pins and Instagram Stories

You’ve got a brand — and your brand has a story. Don’t just tell a story with words — tell a story in pictures. Fortunately, platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook have made visual storytelling easy. But how can you create images that work — and how can you combine them in a way that’s easy to understand and remember? Brands have asked me to tell a story with images throughout my career as a graphic designer and creative director. I love to tell stories this way because s...
Tags: Google, Images, Facebook, Design, Pinterest, Instagram, Mit, Branding, Don, Pinterest Instagram, Instagram Pinterest, Visual Content Marketing, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Facebook Story, Pinterest Story Pin

Salvador Dalí Explains Why He Was a “Bad Painter” and Contributed “Nothing” to Art (1986)

Not so very long ago, Salvador Dalí was the most famous living painter in the world. When the BBC's Arena came to shoot an episode about him in 1986, they asked him what that exalted state felt like. "I don't know if I am the most famous painter in the world," Dalí responds, "because lots of the people who ask for my autograph in the street don't know if I'm a singer, a film star, a madman, a writer — they don't know what I am." He was, in one sense or another, most of those things and o...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Television, College, Bbc, Raphael, Salvador Dalí, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Sigmund Freud, Freud, Mozart, Facebook Twitter, Arena, Velázquez

Shannon LaNier Poses as His Sixth Great-Grandfather Thomas Jefferson: Two Portraits Juxtaposed

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…  —Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America He was a brilliant man who preached equality, but he didn’t practice it. He owned people. And now I’m here because of it. —Shannon LaNier, co-author of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family Many of the Amer...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, College, Virginia, America, History, Current Affairs, Museums, New York Times, Kkk, Madison, Thomas Jefferson, United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, Maya Rudolph

Thomas Jefferson’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson Poses for a Presidential Portrait

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…  —Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America He was a brilliant man who preached equality, but he didn’t practice it. He owned people. And now I’m here because of it. —Shannon LaNier, co-author of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family Many of the Amer...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, College, Virginia, America, History, Current Affairs, Museums, New York Times, Kkk, Madison, Thomas Jefferson, United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, Maya Rudolph

An Immaculate Copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper Digitized by Google: View It in High Resolution Online

Romantic poets told us that great art is eternal and transcendent. They also told us everything made by human hands is bound to end in ruin and decay. Both themes were inspired by the rediscovery and renewed fascination for the arts of antiquity in Europe and Egypt. It was a time of renewed appreciation for monumental works of art, which happened to coincide with a period when they came under considerable threat from looters, vandals, and invading armies. One work of art that appeared on the it...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, England, Milan, College, Egypt, Royal Academy of Arts, Brazil, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, National Museum, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci

Milton Glaser (RIP) Explains Why We Must Overcome the Fear of Failure, Take Risks & Discover Our True Potential

Milton Glaser died last week at the age of 91, a long life that included decade upon decade as the best-known name in graphic design. Within the profession he became as well-known as several of his designs did in the wider world: the Bob Dylan poster, logos for companies like DC Comics, the Glaser Stencil font, and above all  I ? NY. Glaser may have become an icon, but he didn't become a brand — "one of my most despised words," he says in the interview clip above. He also acknowledges tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, College, Life, Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, Seoul, Samuel Beckett, Picasso, Saul Bass, Facebook Twitter, Glaser, Paulo Coelho, Milton Glaser, Colin Marshall

Milton Glaser (RIP) Presents 10 Rules for Life & Work: Wisdom from the Celebrated Designer

“None of us has really the ability to understand our path until it’s over,” the celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser (RIP) muses less than a minute into the above video. Glaser’s many contributions to pop culture---the  I ? NY logo, the psychedelic portrait of a rainbow-haired Bob Dylan, DC Comics’ classic bullet logo---confer undeniable authority. To the outside eye, he seems to have had a pretty firm handle on the path he traveled for lo these many decades. Aspirant designers would d...
Tags: Google, Design, College, Life, Vietnam, Aiga, Marx, John Cage, Don, Facebook Twitter, Glaser, Milton Glaser, Roger Rosenblatt, Bob Dylan DC Comics, Milton Glaser Dieter Rams, Brian Eno Ayun Halliday

Explore 1,100 Works of Art by Georgia O’Keeffe: They’re Now Digitized and Free to View Online

Lake George Reflection (circa 1921) via Wikimedia Commons What comes to mind when you think of Georgia O’Keeffe? Bleached skulls in the desert? Aerial views of clouds, almost cartoonish in their puffiness? Voluptuous flowers (freighted with an erotic charge the artist may not have intended)? Probably not Polaroid prints of a dark haired pet chow sprawled on flagstones… Or watercolor sketches of demurely pretty ladies... Or a massive cast iron abstraction… If your knowledge of America’s most cel...
Tags: Google, Art, College, America, Georgia, K-12, Polaroid, Gene Hackman, Facebook Twitter, Dole, Alfred Stieglitz, O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe, Juan Hamilton, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Hawaiian Pineapple Company

Google News Starts Program ‘To Pay Publishers For High-Quality Content’

“The U.S. internet giant has for years tried to fend off demands for payment from news publishers worldwide in return for using their content, with European media groups among their fiercest critics. … The new product” — which is launching with news publishers from Germany, Australia and Brazil and will subsequently add more — “will be available on Google News and Discover. [An exec] said Google would also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site w...
Tags: Google, Art, Brazil, Words, Google News, Germany Australia, 06.25.20, Google News Starts Program

How Georgia O’Keeffe Became Georgia O’Keeffe: An Animated Video Tells the Story

When Georgia O’Keeffe first saw the home in Abiquiú, in Northern New Mexico that she would purchase from the Catholic Church in 1945 “the 5,000-square-foot compound was in ruins,” writes the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The artist immediately seized on its potential: “As I climbed and walked about in the ruin,” she remembers, “I found a patio with a very pretty well house and bucket to draw up water. It was a good-sized patio with a long wall with a door on one side. That wall with a door in...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, Georgia, Catholic Church, Van Gogh, Southwest, Facebook Twitter, Gogh, Josh Jones, Abiquiu, Alfred Stieglitz, Frida Kahlo, O'Keeffe, Taos

See Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ Online Far More Clearly Than It Looks In Person

“When he painted it, Leonardo used an experimental technique using egg tempera and oil paint on plaster, so it began to fade soon after it was completed. Luckily, Leonardo’s pupils created a copy using oil paint on canvas that has better stood the test of time. Now, that oil painting is available online after a partnership between England’s Royal Academy of Arts and Google Arts & Culture.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Google, Art, England, Royal Academy of Arts, Visual, Leonardo, 06.22.20

Another flawless art restoration in Spain

A copy of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables was restored magnificently by a "furniture restorer" in Spain, whose work challenges the illustrious heights of 2012's Beast Jesus of Zaragoza. The restorer made a second attempt, reports Europa Press, which lacks the Beast Jesus je ne sais quoi of his first effort but brings its own horror-movie corpse lady vibe to the table. When asking the author of the 'restoration' for explanations , he tried to 'solve' the p...
Tags: Google, Art, Post, News, Spain, Mistakes, Jesus, Zaragoza, Beast Jesus, Europa Press, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Los Venerables

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