Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hand cannot erase

Now that Steven Wilson's Hand cannot erase concert tour has come to an end, this is an opportune moment to post this video. The music is the title track of his album, the video was actually shown during his concerts - well worth while watching (and listening). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Seven Magic Mountains

Visitors are walking among Seven Magic Mountains, a recently completed art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone in the Nevada desert. The seven fluorescent sculptures are upto 10 m tall. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Mike Nelson/EPA).

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Eye of the soundscape

So far, I have found every album by Polish prog rock band Riverside well worth while, both in terms of music and art work. This is their latest release, which is scheduled for playing the coming days. The art work is credited to Travis Smith.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Ripped in November

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Zoltan Kocsis (64), Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer. He features a number of times in our classical music CD collection.
Leonard Cohen (82), Canadian singer/songwriter. One of the very best of all time, with countless beautiful songs including Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, First we take Manhattan, and Hallelujah.
Robert Vaughan (83), American actor. I'll always remember him for the 60s TV show The man from UNCLE..
Leon Russel (74), American musician and songwriter. My personal favourite of his is the gorgeous This masquerade, preferably in the cover by the Carpenters.
Marti Friedlander (88). New Zealand photographer. She is best remembered for her many series of shots documenting daily life of her country,
Andrew Sachs (86), German-born British actor. He will always be remembered as Manuel, the waiter in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers. Que?
Pauline Oliveros (84), American composer and accordionist. We have a CD with works by her in our classical music collection.
David Hamilton (83), British photographer and director. Famous for his soft focus nude images of young women, including the movie Bilitis

Friday, December 02, 2016

V for vendetta

I first saw this 2005 McTeigue movie a few weeks ago (on DVD), and I was quite impressed. The poster is excellent as well.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Audi: official sponsor contemporary art Istanbul

Another Audi advertisement that stands out. It is minimal, creative, subtle and to the point. And it has an art angle of course. Good job by the local Tribal agency.

Creative Ads

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oil Spill by Fabian Oefner

Oil spill is an art concept by photographer Fabian Oefner. Using a syringe, he drips small drops of oil into a black reservoir containing water, capturing the images resulting from the expanding oil. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


German grandmaster Anselm Kiefer (1945) is one of the greatest living artists, and this apocalyptic 2016 painting made for the London Walhalla exhibition (more information here) is quite stunning. More about Kiefer in the linked Wikipedia article.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Para Todos November 1927

Another beautiful Art Deco cover of the Brazilian magazine Para Todos - although the flapper girl seems to have enjoyed the cocktails a bit too much....


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Porcupine Tree

This is an amazing photograph by Royce Bair. It shows fourteen wind turbines aligned in a perfect line in Nevada. I could not help thinking of my favourite band.....

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Autumn in Kampen

A local autumn shot from last month - trees reflecting in the Kampen canal (the Burgel), flipped upside down to create an impressionist, almost pointillist shot.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.08 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, November 25, 2016

Atlantis autumn cruises

A nice spot of colour in this grey November month, this vintage poster for the Royal Mail Atlantis autumn cruises, visiting inter alia Venice. No information on year of print or designer.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, November 24, 2016


One more post inspired by the passing of Leonard Cohen earlier this month. Here we have his anthem Hallelujah in the best version, by the late Jeff Buckley. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Vroom vroom

I have no idea what this 2016 album by Charli XCX sounds like, but I love the cover (and the title). Slick how the XCX shows up at the front of the car.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vogue January 1919

A very suitable vintage Vogue cover for the week just after the first real autumn storm last weekend. Unfortunately, no information about the designer.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Yee Peng festival

These types of shots never get old. Here we see the recent Yee Peng festival in Thailand, with people releasing hundreds of floating lanterns at once. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters).

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Red city

It has been a few years since expressionist Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) last featured in the blog. Here we have her stunning almost apocalyptic cityscape from 1909. More about von Werefkin in the linked Wikipedia article.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Harry Potter covers by Olly Moss

Illustrator Olly Moss has been  invited to create a series of new covers for the Harry Potter novels - German audio books version. He went with a beautiful vintage approach, showing Hogwarts from a similar angle, but introducing novel-specific elements. I have combined the first and last here, you can find all seven in the link.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Potpourri: Siamese fighting fish

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 20 November 2013.