Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Nine years of Art for Art's Sake

I started this blog on August 4th, 2006 - making today its ninth birthday (image sourced from here). The currently archived posts do not go back further than October 2008, because at that time I made a fresh start, deleting everything that I had posted before.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Soundscapes

Possibly the best photo artist around today: Erik Johansson. His work has featured before in this blog six years ago (link), but this particular image is so beautiful that I had to post it. In addition, the linked BoredPanda contribution about his work includes videos about the making of them, which is very interesting. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 21. The wallstreet shuffle (10CC)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #21, we find 10CC with The Wallstreet shuffle (#1 in 1974). This single was their first serious rock song after successful bubble gum hits like Donna and Rubber bullets. Excellent lyrics that foreshadows later songs like An Englishman in New York by 10CC members Godley and Creme. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sony headphones

This advertisement campaign for Sony earphones displays exactly why their new headphones with retractable connections is an improvement on existing ear phones: we all know the nuisance of tangled wiring in those. The choice of insect shapes for the tangled mess as a visual gimmick works well because many of these critters bug us as well. Nice work by advertising agency Cerebro Y&R, Panama City, Panama.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chop Suey

The unique social realism style of American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) appeals to me very much. I love this scene in a Chinese restaurant from 1929, with his trademark attention to lighting details. More on Hopper in the linked wikipedia article.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Zebra finches

My long-time Flickr friend Rainer Blankermann (previously known as knirps2007) excels in high quality zoo shots. I love this one of three zebra finches on a branch - beautiful depth of field and great composition. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vogue September 1936

Another beautiful vintage Vogue cover. I could imagine this as a painting hanging in a museum. The cover was designed by "Eric" (Carl Ericsson).

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Construction of the Sydney Opera House

The link gives an amazing set of photographs taken between 1957 and 1973 during the construction of the Sydney Opera House, possibly the most beautiful building I have seen with my own eyes.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

The way of a girl

An early Art Deco masterpiece, this Danish version of the movie poster for the 1925 Robert Vignola movie starring Eleanor Boardman and Matt Moore. The poster was designed by Sven Brasch.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 22. Losing my religion (REM)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #22, we find REM with Losing my religion (#1 in 1991). This track from the album Out of time is still one of their signature tunes, and a regular feature in list of all-time favourite songs all over the world. The title itself initiated much, and until today unresolved, discussion. Was it just an old Southern saying that sounded good? Total gibberish? Or an admission of something more personal by singer and lyricist Michael Stipe? The melody is among the best in their vast repertoire whilst the instrumentation, with acoustic plucked string instruments dominating, is great. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Whirling

Here is another one of my favourite shots of the year so far. I took this photograph earlier this month in a famous modern interior decoration shop in Naarden. It is a close-up of a light element. Once more, not selected for Explore in spite of good responses at Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unusual concertos [93]: Aluphone

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 90+ this time.

The ninety-third concerto deals with the aluphone (image credit). This is a very recent addition to the family of tuned percussion instruments, its sound having been described as those of a vibraphone, tubular bells and singing bowls coming together in beautiful harmony. There is already a concerto for this instrument, by Anders Koppel. On the YouTube link it is played by Evelyn Glennie and the Odense Symphony Orchestra under Marc Soustrot.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cafe Severin

A somewhat older painting by my wife (probably from 2004), in an intermediate style before she really found her Shanghai Expressionism style. The bicycle in a French setting  makes it especially suited as the Tour de France draws to a close.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MusicMachine 3

Star Wars inspired designs tend to end up in my Potpourri blog, rather than here, but there are always exceptions. This stunning music box by Maximilian Buesser and Friends is based on the Star Wars TIE fighter. It plays music from that movie series, as well as themes from other popular action and adventure films. And it is simply beautiful.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Potpourri: Until the end of time

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 17 January 2013.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Martin Munkacsi

Martin Munkacsi (1896-1963) was a Hungarian photographer, who is probably best remembered for his fashion shoots for  Harper's Bazaar, although he also excelled in news photography and candids - and inspired the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson. More about Munkacsi in the Wikipedia entry linked to below.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 23. One of us (ABBA)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #23, we find Sweden's main export product ABBA with One of us (#1 in 1982). This single was their last major international hit. The carefree days of songs like WaterlooRing ring and Mamma Mia were clearly light years behind them. Personal conflicts, leading to divorces of both couples that made up the band, had unavoidably taken their toll and their songs started to show it. That said, One of us is one of their best songs, and its bitter theme about separation still strikes a chord like few others. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Nostalgia

A great example of a female pop/rock star who ages with grace and is not afraid to show it. Annie Lennox turned 60 last year and on the album cover for her 2014 release Nostalgia (a collection of covers) she does not hide it behind layers of Photoshop. The result is a strong and dignified image that is very striking. Photography by Robert Sebree.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Delineator November 1929

Here we have another one of those classic Art Deco covers for the magazine The Delineator. This one was created by Helen Dryden.

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