Not one of her best known songs, but the cover of Alanis Morissette's Crazy from 2005is excellent. The chaotic collage from which her penetrating stare emerges is already great, but it is topped off by a font that reflects the song's title. Love it. More about Alanis Morissette on the linked wikipedia page.
The fantastic creative advertisements by the World Wildlife Fund have featured a couple of times in ths blog, and here is another one. A beautiful way to hammer the message home that 70% of our plastic waste ends up in the sea. Impressive work by the advertising agency BBDO Guerrero from the Philippines.
Using the human body as canvas is something you encounter a lot, but Johannes Stoetter takes it one step further to create really unique art pieces: he combines the painted heads or bodies with nature products and photographs the results. The above is just one of the many stunning examples given in the link (some mildly NSFW). As always, all rights retained by the creator.
Time to share once more a beautiful abstract creation by (for me) the greatest living artist, German grandmaster Gerhard Richter. This one is very representative for his style. As usual, I link to Wikipedia, but in this case I really recommend visiting his own web site. More on Richter in the wikipedia article linked to below.
June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 28 July 1973, and my pick of the newcomers of that week is Alice Cooper's majestic Halo of flies, at the time the longest 45rpm ever released in the Netherlands at over 8 minutes. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time).
Madness were an iconic band of the late seventies and early eighties - and this is an iconic cover for their first album, One step beyond. The quirky fun of their early music is expressed beautifully in this photograph of the band by Cameron McVey.
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 50+ this time.
The fifty-third concerto deals with the euphonium (image source). This brass instrument is a regular feature in brass bands, but its use in classical music is limited, although it has been used as a substitute for Wagner tubas. There are a few concertos for it, though hardly any by a composer who is at least a bit known. I have selected one composed by David Gaines. It is played by Jiri Vydra and the Moravian Philharmonic under Vit Micka, available on an MMC CD.
Most movie posters that I post are from recent decades, but here we have a gem from the mid twenties. The American beauty, also known as The beautiful fraud, is a 1927 Richard Wallace movie, starring Billie Dove.
Saturday I bought a new laptop, and I have fallen in love with the photo processing program that was included. I have been playing with converting some of my shots of Kampen to paintings, and so far I like this one best. It is the Cellebroederspoort rendered in Van Gogh style. The link leads to the original photograph.
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 15 December 2012.
The New Yorker has always been among the best magazines in terms of cover art - and this example from the summer of 1926 is up there with the best. That is quite a beach party they have going there, courtesy of designer Eugene Gise!
June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 21 July 1973, and my pick of the newcomers of that week is a late issue on 45rpm of that instrumental Fleetwood Mac classic Albatross. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time).
I guess it was a matter of time, but it is still pretty cool: the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum, in cooperation with Fujifilm, has developed a special technique for the creation of three-dimensional reproductions of Van Gogh masterpieces. These reproductions, which are called Relievos, are of such outstanding quality that they resemble the original artwork very closely. See the linked article for the full story.
Another shameless promotion of my parallel blog Countdown to Ecstasy: my choice of 100 best songs (pop, rock, and ballads) from five decades - with the constriction of maximum one song per act. The countdown has now reached #41 and here are the latest 20 posted (for descriptions and YouTube links see the blog itself):
41. Hou me vast (Volumia!)
42. Perfect day (Lou Reed)
43. Testament (Boudewijn de Groot)
44. A routine day (Klaatu)
45. Listening wind (Talking Heads)
46. Homeless (Paul Simon)
47. Uncertain smile (The The)
48. An island in the darkness (Tony Banks)
49. Adia (Sarah McLachlan)
50. Year of the cat (Al Stewart)
51. Breaking us in two (Joe Jackson)
52. Under your thumb (Godley and Creme)
53. Julie with... (Brian Eno)
54. White rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
55. Vienna (Ultravox)
56. Give up your guns (Buoys)
57. Promises (Cranberries)
58. Vigil in a wilderness of mirrors (Fish)
59. Jeder's manchmol einsam (Wolfgang Niedecken)
60. I hear you now (Jon and Vangelis)
Now that we have covered 60% of the acts, I can reveal that there will be some famous acts not listed at all, which will strike some followers of this countdown as shocking. Examples are The Beach Boys, The Who, Deep Purple, Yes, Guns 'n' Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Coldplay, and Led Zeppelin..... I will continue to give a regular update in this blog - and you can follow the progress in the right hand column as well.
Music is of course one of the main topics of this blog, and stamps is a piece of nostalgia for me. I was delighted to find the linked web site, dedicated to show postage stamp that commemorate or honour classical musicians and composers in a very structured way. An example is shown above (American soprano Jessye Norman making the stamps of the Caribbean island nation Saint Vincent and the Grenadines).
It remains one of the darkest pages in Dutch history: the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, when the Dutch peacekeeping force did next to nothing to prevent the killing of over 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys by units of the Bosnian Serbian army under Ratko Mladic. Eighteen years after the genocide, it is back in the news, due to a mass funeral of 409 newly identified victims. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Dado Ruvic/Reuters).
This is one of the recurring themes in my photography: taking a picture from a piece of art and turning it into something that is different, yet somehow artistic in itself. This is a close up of a huge paper sculpture by Machteld Wijlacker, exhibited at the Zwolle Museum. The shapes and the various shades of grey make the shot look like a modern painting.
June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. This afternoon we feature the list of 14 July 1973, and my pick of the newcomers of that week was more difficult than usual. There were five new entries, two of which (Slade and Suzi Quatro) qualify for the "MP3 player quality" recognition, but two others are even among the best songs of all time in my opinion. In the end, I picked the less known one of the two over the Carpenters' classic Yesterday once more. Arizona by the Dutch band the Buffoons is a great piece of early Dutch country pop and I love it. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time).
June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. This morning we feature the list of 7 July 1973, and my pick of the newcomers of that week is a fabulous song by the British band Roxy Music: Do the strand. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I would put it on my MP3 player).
A very interesting article on the Hyperallergic site, listing eight art pigments that were once popular but have become obsolete - for reasons of availability, price, or being poisonous. The pigments go by lovely names: Maya Blue, Tyrian Purple, White Lead, Lapis Lazuli, Dragon’s Blood, Mummy Brown, Indian Yellow, and Scheele’s Green. Recommended!
A suitable day for this subject... Twistedsifter dedicated a complete entry recently to an interesting project: showing off the beauty of the USA, with one selected image for every state. The image above was shot in Wisconsin. Well worth taking a look at all of them.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
My other main blog: In December 2009 I started a parallel blog, Art's Potpourri, for subjects that I think are interesting, but not fitting for my main blog. A few other blogs have come and gone - I list them here for reference.
Most of the images used in this blog are either mine, or they are used with explicit permission of the creators. Some of the images are sourced on the internet and I consider them common use for a non-profit blog (such as album covers), or I use them with a link to the site of the creator/owner.
If you find a picture on this blog that you are the copyright owner of, and object against the use, please drop me an email and I will remove it.