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Categories: Drawing and Illustration, United States

Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn based artist, illustrator of numerous books, who recently began illustrating Craigslist Missed Connections. One example:
m4w (Harlem)
Remember? Uptown A train. Sunday at around 9pm. I was the black dude reading Bukowski’s Post Office. You were reading the Arts and Leisure section. You passed wind rather loudly and started chuckling. I’d [...]

Categories: Photography, United States

As a fan of Haikyo photography (廃墟写真, Haikyo Shashin), this photo essay by Ransom Riggs excites me at the same time it creeps me out.
Last year, while scouting for a short film that never came to fruition, some friends and I talked our way inside an empty, run-down hospital in Boyle Heights. The short was [...]

Categories: Animation, Dance, Drawing and Illustration, Multidiscipline, Performance Art, Technology, Television

The Computer Chronicles series ran for 20 years, covering the new and ever-changing world of computers for a broad audience.
In 1987, they presented a show titled Computers and the Arts.

Categories: Cinema, Design, Scenic Design

A great look at a film detail often overlooked, but very important to a sci-fi film’s greatness… the design of hallways.
From Den of Geek, In Praise of the Sci-fi Corridor:

Corridors make science-fiction believable, because they’re so utilitarian by nature – really they’re just a conduit to get from one (often overblown) set to another. [...]

Categories: Animals, Drawing and Illustration, Myanmar / Burma, Painting

In this post I pondered whether dolphins blowing bubble rings were a form of art.  After all they serve no purpose except aesthetic ones – the dolphins are having fun and stare at them.  So now we have this video of an elephant painting a self portrait.
Whether methodically trained to do this or not, how is it [...]

Categories: Animals, Dance, Sculpture | 2 Comments

In this video of dolphins blowing rings and playing with them, you can’t help but notice they themselves look at them in wonder like some people look at art, and interact with them in interesting ways that lack any real purpose.  Some definitions of art boil it down to objects or performances created with no [...]

Categories: Italy, Painting

Heidelberg University in Germany has solved the long asked question “who is the Mona Lisa?”
In margin notes of a book by Cicero, Florentine city official Agostino Vespucci, a friend of Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa was identifiend as Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant.
More from The New York Times and ABC News.

Categories: Art Life, Artforms, Big Business, Cinema, Dance, Drawing and Illustration, Featured, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Television, The Press, Theatre

I’ve noticed for quite some time that most media web sites and newspapers do not have an Arts section. The closest you find is Entertainment. The meaning of these two is of course very different, not because art can’t be entertaining, it can be. But art often has more purpose to it [...]

Categories: Japan, Photography

Collaged photographs form a kaleidoscope of beautiful patterns.
Visit his blog: Pallalink.net
A story from Wired

Categories: Japan, Photography | 2 Comments

In the past when I’ve thought about moving to a new place, some cities don’t quite fit me because they aren’t eroded enough. I’m drawn to erosion for some reason, it’s like seeing all of history inside an object or scene. David Lynch said it better – “When you see an aging building [...]

Categories: China, Design, Drawing and Illustration, United States

When you do your own work, it’s your own point of view. It’s how you see the world, your own perspective on things reflected in the artwork. But with advertising or marketing, you’re helping other people get their points of view across. You’re just an interpreter.
To me, that’s the fundamental difference between designers and artists. [...]

Categories: Art Life, Dance, Drawing and Illustration, Featured, Galleries, Government, Outer Space, Painting, Performance Art, Philosophy | 1 Comment

I have all kinds of crazy dreams. I’ve had one of them for a long time, and I’ve never told anyone about it until now. Even for me it’s a nutty one. My secret dream was to be the first artist in space.
I had such a strong desire for this, I think, [...]

Categories: Brazil, France, Graffiti, Painting, Public Art

When you paint images not with spray cans or pigment, but instead by cleaning dirt and pollution from public places in artistic patterns – painting the image by removing dirt – this is reverse graffiti. This defaces no surface, and in fact starts to clean what a city should have cleaned to begin with. [...]

Categories: Art Life, Funny, Galleries, Museums, Painting, Sculpture

John Hodgeman appears to discuss art authentication.

Categories: Art Life, Environmentalism, Featured, Painting, Photography, The World | 8 Comments

This post is part of Blog Action Day.
(Outside the norm, today’s post has intermixed store links to more easily show environmentally friendly art tools and materials.)
Art is still mostly a hand made thing. As most things hand-made, materials of the craft used to be natural – wood, clay, marble and natural pigments. But [...]