Art

The Golden Age Of The Aging Actor

“Beyond [Timothée] Chalamet, Holland, and Zendaya, name a movie star under 30.” Many Hollywood movies feature movie stars who debuted decades ago. One reason why Hollywood may be clinging to its older stars is that the average moviegoer has grown older. As the younger generation sticks to streaming sites and YouTube, it makes little sense to appeal to them on the big screen. Since moviegoers would likely want to see someone their own age as action heroes or love interests, Hollywood keeps churning out movies with these older actors too. Read full article here

Picasso’s Self Portrait Evolution From Age 15 To Age 90

“Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression.“ Pablo Picasso noted that his distinct art styles were not to be seen as an evolution of his work, but simply a window into what he wanted to express at the time. This can be best seen in his self-portraits from the year 1972, made within a few days of each other. His first one, dated June 28th, is more surreal, cubic, and colourful. In contrast, his self-portrait from July 3rd features pencil and heavy shadows that suggest facial figures. Read full article here

Kate Eichhorn On The Rise Of Insta-Artists And Insta-Poets

With the rise of Insta-artists and Insta-poets, we may be entering a new age of art and literature that places more value on one’s content capital than their cultural and social capital. Several poets today, like Rupi Kaur, are finding success, not because of their skill but because of their multitude of followers. Kaur’s easily accessible, relatably sad poetry garnered her a following of millions online; millions who bought her poetry books and made her a household name after her work was rejected by traditional literature gatekeepers. Read full article here

Luigi Russolo’s Cacophonous Futures

Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori (lever-operated sound machines) and his alignment with the Futurist movement in 20th century Italy made his music the perfect backdrop for the growing fascist movement of the time. The shrieks, sobs, screams, and explosions (among other battle noises) produced by the intonarumori fit the futurist fetishisation of violence in creating art divorced from imitation and revitalising society. The Futurists’ manifesto aligned quite well with the Italian fascist goal of reinvigorating society through violent acts, so many Futurists were drawn to it and participated in fascist art shows. Read full article here

The Suffragette Who Turned British Society Ladies Into Greek Goddesses

Although ubiquitous now, colour wasn’t always celebrated in the photography world. Colour photography wasn’t considered art nor was it a technique used by serious photographers, especially since autochrome colour photos in 1907 faded quickly. It was Madame Yevonde’s work that changed Britain’s stance on colour photography five years after getting acquainted with the more reliable Vivex technique in 1930. One of her most famous exhibits was Goddesses, where she photographed British society ladies in costumes inspired by iconic women from Greek mythology all in bold, breathtaking colour. Read full article here

Discovered: Van Gogh’s Fingerprint On An Olive Grove Painting

In 2021, the traces of a fingerprint were found on the top edge of Van Gogh’s painting “Olive Trees”. This piece isn’t unique, as about a dozen or more pieces by the master painter have fingerprints on them as well. Although the prints can’t be confirmed to be Van Gogh’s because they are often partial (and sometimes smudged) marks, they’re likely to be his. He may have not fixed them because he seemed to be more concerned with his works’ impact rather than their finer details. Read full article here

Want To See The World’s Smallest Watch?

In the figurine collection community, there is a huge emphasis on making everything as detailed and as accurate to the source material as possible. So, when craftsman Robbie Jones noticed that no one was making high-quality miniature watches, he stepped in to fill the void. Using real metals like brass, Jones crafts watches to scale for 12-inch pop culture figures, with his first one being Walter White’s Tag Heuer Monaco. Read full article here

CGI Did, In Fact, Ruin Movies

Once used only for effects that were practically impossible to recreate with props and creative costumes, CGI now permeates mainstream cinema. But it has caused films to look unreal — shadows don’t look correct, colours are washed out, and everything looks weightless. Erik Hoel proposes that CGI has taken over not because of cost-cutting, but because directors and producers are lazy. They don’t want to spend the time creating elaborate props and costumes and filming on-site, so they resort to creating worlds in CGI. Read full article here

How Bosch Experienced His Own Kind Of Hell

The Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch is well regarded as a “psychedelic visionary” of his time, having single-handedly changed the imagery of demons and hell in the west. His depictions of demons are a mishmash of animal and human imagery and objects. While it’s still unknown exactly how he conjured these images, a few experts propose that ergot poisoning could be to blame, as ergot was rampant during the Middle Ages. Ergotamine, which causes ergot poisoning, is similar to LSD in composition, leading to “delusions, twitching, and violent jerking”. Read full article here

How Does Perspective Work In Pictures?

Natural perspective is a non-standard perspective that better captures some elements onto a photograph. In contrast to linear perspective, which warps images around a central focal point, natural perspective captures objects further away closer to how we see them. But it’s not a perfect perspective. Natural perspective rarely keeps lines as straight as we perceive them, making them crooked or curved — a problem linear perspective doesn’t have. Read full article here

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