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As it turns out, Giovanni Morassutti, Italian actor, theatre director and long time student and collaborator of John Strasberg just finished filming Italian movie Fra due battiti alongside Remo Girone, has an art related project in the pipeline, too. His cultural center, Art Aia - Creatives / In / Residence, in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, will launch an online exhibition, on the history and peculiarities of the discussed "Method" from Stanislavsky to Lee Strasberg.
There is no question that Bob Ross’ classic The Joy of Painting was the relaxing, positive, and optimistic burst of hope we all needed for 2020 (even if the show is over 20 years old). Bob Ross has always been an artistic icon for me. I remember waking up early on weekends in elementary school to catch a glimpse of Bob painting one of his iconic snow-covered cabins on my little, white antenna TV. It amazed me how he loaded his brush with so much paint, just dabbed the canvas, and there were tree leaves! Or how a palette knife also acted as a brush, as he carved mountains with it and created branches with one swipe. He made it look effortless.
Have you ever seen an exemplary artwork going through a series of misfortunes? The Ghent Altarpiece or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is a classic example of art heist history has ever witnessed.
Frida Kahlo was born into an era of political upheaval, revolutionary ideas, and the age of world war. In 1910, her native country, Mexico, was plunged into the Marxist movement. As her childhood progressed, she witnessed the armed rebels fighting against the repression of peasant classes and promoting indigenous Mexican culture called "Mexicanidad."
Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the rare female 17th-century Baroque painters in the male-dominated art world. Her art was overshadowed for a very long time as she was raped by a famous artist Agostino Tassi when she was young.
One of the fundamental aspects of art is space. It concerns the distance between or the area around and within shapes, colors, forms, and lines. It includes all types of grounds such as background, middle ground, and foreground. It can be positive or negative, open or closed, two-dimensional or three-dimensional, shallow or deep.
Michelangelo's Creation of Adam is acknowledged as one of the world's most famous art treasures. It is a fresco painting that forms part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
At least once in your life, you would have picked up a paintbrush and tried your hand at creating a masterpiece! Whether you were a child at the time, as a hobbyist, or even as a professional, we all know what paint is! But little to everyone’s knowledge, paint was one of humanity’s earliest inventions!
Edward Wachtel’s article “The First Picture Show: Cinematic Aspects of Cave Art” has an interesting premise; Wachtel suggests that cave art has a different way of addressing time and motion than contemporary art (Wachtel). There are some flaws in Wachtel’s ideas about the use of the caves, however the ideas he presented on the perspectives of the artists and how the art was intended to be presented seems to be sound. So Wachtel has made a great point on viewing and investigating cave art, but as usual the purpose of cave art remains dubious.
I read in Facebook groups, in which authors or musicians exchange many dystopian prognoses of the future lately. Artificial intelligence, it is said, is now able to compose music, paint pictures and write press releases.
Thinking back to the dear days of high school (sixth form) art history and the number of times my friend and I would make fun of Picasso and the modernists fills me with joy. That was the most fun we have had in a class during our 4 years at that school. Perhaps, our, at times, dismissive attitude towards serious subjects in art which were expressed in a different stylistic manner is reflective of a wider audience's reaction to such representations now. Even back in the 20th century Paris, Picasso did not reveal the painting above, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, multiple years later after its completion, even though he was one of the pioneers of the avant-garde and was much appreciated for the work he was doing for the art world.
In light of a new lockdown in London all museums have been, once again, closed. I have unfortunately been unable to visit the Turner exhibition before lockdown, so I will proceed with some general thoughts and insights into his art to make up for the missing out on the show.