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California cave art linked to early use of hallucinogens

Mysterious pinwheel paintings in a California cave are probably representations of the hallucinogen Datura wrightii.The paintings were made by the Chumash people 400 years ago.This is the first definitive connection between cave painting and hallucinogens. Mysterious paintings on cave walls and ceilings from long ago no doubt offer insights into the lives of the people who made them. However, exactly what they tell us is less clear. While hunting scenes and images of communities seem straightfor...
Tags: Art, California, Drugs, Religion, Painting, Creativity, Chemistry, Innovation, Archeology, University Of Southampton, Robinson, PNAS, David Robinson, University of Strathclyde, Datura, Matthew Baker


Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

Pioneering Ndebele artist fears young people are losing a sense of their rootsOne of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.Esther Mahlangu, 85, said that she was worried that young people in Africa were losing a sense of their roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Esther Mahlangu


Pavement Picassos: the locked-down artists showing work in their windows

Galleries are closed due to Covid – so a group of artists have taken to displaying their work from their houses for passersby. Our writer takes to the streetsIt is not a good time for art lovers. The second lockdown has closed galleries once more – I’m imagining portraits waiting moodily in the National Gallery in London to be admired again; Van Gogh’s sunflowers wilting further – and so it is not a good time for artists.Artists Walk is an initiative that aims to improve that state of affairs. I...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, National Gallery, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rosha Nutt, Holly Collier


Aldo Tambellini, experimental artist obsessed with black, dies aged 90

‘Titan’ of the 1960s New York scene, who developed his obsession during the war, received mainstream acclaim in his final yearsAldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New ...
Tags: Art, New York, US, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Installation, Moma, East Village, University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Tate, Syracuse New York, Yayoi Kusama


George Condo: 'Change can’t just be an idea or a slogan – it has to get real'

The artist, who worked with Warhol, befriended Basquiat and painted for Kanye, talks about making art during a tumultuous year and why he left New York CityNew York City artist George Condo has become New York state artist George Condo, a surprising move for someone so intensely intertwined with the city’s culture. The Hamptons is his new normal, after he ditched Manhattan in March.Not that he is keeping track of time. “The month of May soon turned into August, which then turned into November,” ...
Tags: Art, New York, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Manhattan, Warhol, Kanye, Basquiat, Condo, George Condo, New York CityNew York City


Once More Unto The Breach – Samurai Warriors Art Book Review

Once More Unto The Breach is a rich and fascinating exploration of two important Japanese cultural heritages; Samurai warriors and the woodblock printmaking art form of Ukiyo-E. I’ve always had a keen interest in both, having carved my own woodblock prints back in art school, but another reason is because of my recent time spent playing FromSoftware’s excellent video game Sekiro, which is based heavily on Japanese mythology. This book covers a very sizeable list of samurai warriors and heroes...
Tags: Art, Japan, China, Book Reviews, Painting, Illustration, Anime, Samurai, Hokusai, Samurai Warriors, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ukiyo, Japanese Art, Amazon De, Nihonga


700-year-old drunken princes scroll fetches £32m in Hong Kong

Painting by government official Ren Renfa bears seals of several Chinese emperorsA 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan dynasty has fetched HK$306.6m (£32.2m) at an auction in Hong Kong.The 6.6ft Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese artist and government official. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, China, Painting, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Horseback, Ren Renfa


'True beauty for the ages': $80m Botticelli to appear at auction

Sotheby’s says estimate for 550-year-old painting is largest it has ever set for an old masterA Sandro Botticelli portrait of a wealthy and handsome young man, described as one of the greatest Renaissance paintings remaining in private hands, is to appear at auction with an estimate of more than $80m (£63m).Sotheby’s said it was the largest estimate for an old master painting it had ever set, a reflection of its importance and rarity. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sotheby, Botticelli, Sandro Botticelli


Wild plants of Barbados illustrated on plantation ledgers – in pictures

Artist Annalee Davis was walking in fields once used for sugarcane in her Barbados homeland when she spotted unfamiliar plants. “I was taught to see them as weeds but now I understand their value offering biodiversity to exhausted land and their historical use in bush medicine.” Davis started pressing and using specially mixed Victorian paint to draw these plants on old plantation ledger pages. Colonialism wiped out Barbados’s biodiversity in the 17th century by replacing local vegetation with t...
Tags: Art, Environment, Americas, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Plants, Davis, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Barbados, Annalee Davis, Haarlem Artspace Derbyshire


Finding Joy in the Midst of Uncertainty

It might seem frivolous to write a blog post about making art right now, in a world full of uncertainty and fear. I’ve wanted to say just the right things that might be uplifting or helpful, instead of just making happy talk. But it’s not frivolous at all. We need beauty now more than ever. We need the meditative healing that creativity can provide. Drawing, painting, singing, dancing, baking bread, digging in the dirt — all are things that can save us from despair at the sadness all around us. ...
Tags: Art, Gardening, Uncategorized, Inspiration, Painting, Creativity, Birds, Flowers, Sketching, Martha Marshall, Watercolor Painting


The Crown Flower: Painting Calotropis gigantea for the IDSBA exhibition

Calotropis gigantea, otherwise known as the Crown Flower or Giant Milkweed, is a plant that I've admired ever since first seeing it on Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, in 2015 and every year since. It's the most striking of plants in structure, so I didn't have to think for too long about selecting it as a subject when it came to entering the Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists exhibition, scheduled for June 2020 in Jakarta. Calotropis gigantea finished painting, 51cm x 39cm watercol...
Tags: Art, Bali, Indonesia, Painting, Society, Thailand, Jakarta, Lombok, Dianne Sutherland, Quinacridone Magenta, Stillman Birn Zeta, Winsor, Gili, North West coast, Botanical Illustration, Trawangan Island Indonesia


The Lady in the Portrait review –painterly pageantry in a Chinese royal court

Fan Bingbing stars as an emperor’s wife having her portrait painted in this artful yet inert period dramaThis French-Chinese co-production about an earlier French-Chinese collaboration offers handsome pageantry amid its lavish recreation of 18th-century imperial court life, but it isn’t quite enough to compensate for a puttering narrative motor. Longtime Apichatpong Weerasethakul producer Charles de Meaux has turned director with a far eastern equivalent of Girl With a Pearl Earring – another de...
Tags: Art, Europe, Film, France, China, Painting, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, World cinema, Pearl Earring, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bingbing, Fan Bingbing, Melvil Poupaud, Charles de Meaux


The Portfolio: Levy Pooe

Artist Levy Pooe conceptualises his work as ‘a social diary of being black in the city’ The post The Portfolio: Levy Pooe appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Photography, Class, Protest, Painting, Labour, Migrants, Johannesburg, Friday, Portfolio, Blackness, Rustenburg, Urban Space, South Africa (country, Daily rituals, David Koloane


'Fake' Rembrandt came from artist's workshop and is possibly genuine

Head of a Bearded Man revealed to be from same wood panel used for Rembrandt’s AndromedaA tiny painting of a weary, melancholic old man long rejected as a fake and consigned to a museum basement has been revealed as one from Rembrandt’s workshop, and possibly by the man himself.The Ashmolean museum in Oxford will this week put on display Head of a Bearded Man (c 1630) which was bequeathed to it in 1951 as a Rembrandt panel. In 1981, it was rejected by the Rembrandt Research Project, the world’s ...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Oxford, Rembrandt, Ashmolean Museum, Rembrandt Research Project the world


Brand New Star Wars Art Breathes Fresh, Collectible Life Into the Mos Eisley Cantina

Few scenes scream “Star Wars” more than the one set in the Mos Eisley Cantina: the creatures, the music, the introduction of Han Solo and Chewbacca. It’s as iconic and memorable as Star Wars gets. And now, artist Kevin-John has immortalized it like never before, in a series of original paintings done exclusively for …Read more...
Tags: Art, Apps, Star Wars, Science, Cards, Disney, Painting, Artists, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Collectibles, Mos Eisley Cantina, Star Wars Card Trader, Kevin John, Digital Cards


Hunt is on for rightful owner of Nazi-looted French painting

Sign hangs next to Nicolas Rousseau artwork in Verdun urging public for informationA 19th-century oil painting stolen from Nazi-occupied France during the second world war has gone on display in an attempt to trace its rightful owners, after being returned by the son of the German soldier who was ordered to take it.After 76 years in Germany, the small untitled artwork by the French painter Nicolas Rousseau is back in France and exhibited at the World Centre for Peace, Liberty and Human Rights in...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Germany, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Art Theft, Verdun, Nazism, Nicolas Rousseau, World Centre for Peace Liberty and Human Rights, Verdun Continue


Relieve stress through art with the help of these drawing courses

In a stressful time, art therapy has been shown to relieve stress, stimulate the brain's pleasure center, and help you become emotionally resilient. Creating art stimulates the release of dopamine, which in turn raises self-esteem levels. Pencil Kings features world-class teachers from Marvel and DreamWorks guiding you through art therapy by drawing. Creativity is a uniquely human trait. We can dream up gods and demons and give them form through drawing. We can even take a two-dimensional surfa...
Tags: Art, Movies, Painting, Creativity, Innovation, Dreamworks, Pencil Kings, Warner Bros DreamWorks Sony EA


Banksy altered sea view triptych sells for £2.2m at auction

Romantic seascapes – with political message in washed up life jackets – raise funds for Bethlehem hospitalA Banksy triptych, which aims to make a powerful political statement on the global migrant crisis, sold for £2.2m at an auction in London that also featured works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Bridget Riley.The three paintings were offered by Banksy to raise money for a hospital in Bethlehem. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, London, Israel, Painting, UK News, World news, Palestinian territories, Banksy, Rembrandt, Bethlehem, Bridget Riley, Rembrandt Picasso


Place depicted in Van Gogh's final painting found with help of postcard

French hillside scene in Tree Roots may have been painted hours before artist’s deathThe exact location from where Vincent van Gogh is likely to have painted his final masterpiece, perhaps just hours before his death, has been discovered with the help of a postcard.The scene in Tree Roots, a painting of trunks and roots growing on a hillside near the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris was first spotted on a card dating from 1900 to 1910 by Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director o...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers, OISE, Wouter van der Veen, Institut Van Gogh Continue


A Renaissance masterpiece, Nazi looters, a double murder … and a happy ending

His grandparents had to sell their paintings for a pittance – and then were killed. Simon Goodman on why the recovery of one means so muchA masterpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Paolo Uccello, which disappeared after the Nazis forced its owner to sell it for a pittance before sending him and his wife to their deaths, is to be sold this week after its current owners discovered its shocking past.The painting, Battle on the Banks of a River, had belonged to Friedrich “Fritz” Gutmann, who wa...
Tags: Art, Nazis, Painting, UK News, Art and design, Holocaust, Second world war, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Louise, Theresienstadt, Paolo Uccello, Simon Goodman, Auschwitz Continue, Friedrich `` Fritz '' Gutmann


Artlords, not warlords – how Kabul's artists battle for the streets

Muralists are covering the Afghan capital’s blast walls with agitprop imagery and calling out corruptionFrom the killing of George Floyd in the US and the drowning of Afghan refugees in Iran, to the signing of the US-Taliban agreement towards peace and brutal murder of a Japanese aid worker, a group of Afghan artists have taken paintbrushes to adorn Kabul’s grey blast walls with vivid imagery.The barriers have been transformed into politically inspired murals, which the artists hope will create ...
Tags: Art, Protest, US, Painting, World news, Iran, Afghanistan, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Global development, Kabul, Street Art, US Taliban, George Floyd


It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs of all time

As another religious painting restoration goes horribly wrong, we take a look at some of the finest examples of butchered statues, art installations and frescoes In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news – and I write that as a lover of art – another restoration has gone awry. The word “awry” is being generous.This is the revelation that a private collector, based in Valencia, paid €1,200 (£1,070) for a restoration job on baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate C...
Tags: Art, Religion, Painting, Spain, World news, Turkey, Culture, Canada, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Portugal, Installation, Valencia, Damien Hirst, Mary


Experts call for regulation after latest botched art restoration in Spain

Immaculate Conception painting by Murillo reportedly cleaned by furniture restorerConservation experts in Spain have called for a tightening of the laws covering restoration work after a copy of a famous painting by the baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo became the latest in a long line of artworks to suffer a damaging and disfiguring repair.A private art collector in Valencia was reportedly charged €1,200 by a furniture restorer to have the picture of the Immaculate Conception cleaned. Ho...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Painting, Spain, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, Valencia, Virgin Mary, Murillo, Bartolome Esteban Murillo


Unleash your inner da Vinci with these art and science drawing lessons

Masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper followed countless hours of anatomical studies.Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by the human form.The Complete Creative Art & Science of Drawing Bundle teaches you how to draw human bodies, heads, and more. Fans of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are captivated by Leonardo da Vinci's exceptional eye for human forms. Those masterpieces followed countless hours of anatomical studies. Da Vinci was fascinated by the human form, most famously exp...
Tags: Art, Science, Painting, Culture, Animation, Innovation, Street Art, Da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci, Science And Art, Vinci, Human body


The Portfolio: Neo Matloga

The artists shares how his practice has evolved: initially he was an oil painter, but now he works in mixed media, marrying painting with collage The post The Portfolio: Neo Matloga appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Collage, Painting, Drawing, Amsterdam, Friday, Portraits, Portfolio, Black Collages, Neo Matloga


Open Air Art Gallery at Inspiration Arbor

1908 Springfield historic Arbor in Meadowmere Place revitalized through community public art project. Windows, Wind Chimes, and Whimsy is an installation of sculpture, painting, fiber art, and historical photos by 10 artists The post Open Air Art Gallery at Inspiration Arbor appeared first on PaMdora's Box. [Author: PaMdora]
Tags: Art, Crafts, Garden, Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Springfield, Arbor, PaMdora, Fiberart, Publc Art, Meadowmere Place


Inspiration Arbor

The LAWN Art with Neighbors project came at an opportune time. I had been thinking about the old arbor in our side yard ever since the COVID-19 Stay At Home orders came down — how nice it would be turn it into an open air art gallery. LAWN Art with Neighbors is a community public … Continue reading Inspiration Arbor [Author: PaMdora]
Tags: Art, Crafts, Garden, Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Arbor, PaMdora, Fiberart, Publc Art


'I painted Animal Crossing and Doom Eternal at the same time'

“I painted a happy little scene from Animal Crossing. Doomguy is there too!” This video is from Two Ruru Paints, IMGURian @tworuru's YouTube show in which he paints landscapes and scenes from video games and pop culture. “If you like the idea of watching a heavily-accented Kiwi-Aussie hybrid do paintings while making jokes, HIT THAT SUBSCRIBE BUTTON! RING THAT BELL! God, I hate myself for even saying it ironically, but seriously, please do it. It helps keep me in bread and electricity.” I ...
Tags: Art, Gaming, Video, Games, News, Video Games, Painting, Doom, Doomguy, Animal Crossing


Why Warhol painted soup cans

In 1962, Andy Warhol exhibited his famous Campbell's Soup Cans paintings for the first time and cemented his place as a Pop Art powerhouse. Previously, Warhol had bridged his commercial and fine art efforts with paintings based on comic strips and advertisements, but he (rightly) felt that style had already been done by Lichtenstein and others. So why soup cans? Smithsonian has the story in an excerpt from Blake Gopnik's new book Warhol. From Smithsonian: Warhol’s final breakthrough ...
Tags: Art, Post, New York, News, Painting, Artists, Smithsonian, Andy Warhol, Soup, Warhol, Paintings, Campbell, Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol Campbell, Oldenburg, Pop Art


This way for brain tingles: ASMR gets a shiver-inducing exhibition

From cucumber-crunchers to cranial exams, YouTube is full of ASMRtists provoking the strangely pleasurable autonomous sensory meridian response. Now they’ve got their own euphoric museum showSome whisper gently into the microphone, while tapping their nails along the spine of a book. Others take a bar of soap and slice it methodically into tiny cubes, letting the pieces clatter into a plastic tray. There are those who dress up as doctors and pretend to perform a cranial nerve exam, and the ones ...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Science, Technology, Sweden, Youtube, Video Art, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Anxiety, Culture, Art and design, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing



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