Monday, September 30, 2013

X-Men: The last stand

The X-men series, based on the Marvel comics, is right up my alley, and the poster for the third episode from 2006 is really excellent, using the Wolverine claws to denote the number 3.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Riverside

One of my main music discoveries of recent years is Danish singer/song writer Agnes Obel. Her excellent taste is also reflected in the cover designs, as shown in this case for the single Riverside. Simple, beautiful, haunting. More about Agnes Obel on the linked Wikipedia page.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Maribaja

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 29 September 1973. Three new entries that week are featured on our car's USB MP3 stick. In the end I picked the internationally least known one, over the songs by the Sweet and Suzi Quatro. The Cats from the Dutch village of Volendam scored another top10 hit with Maribaja, one of their finest efforts. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Unusual concertos [56]: Electronic valve instrument

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-sixth concerto deals with the electronic valve instrument (image source), which was developed by Neil Styner around 1975. Its main use so far has been in jazz/rock and new age recordings, but Maurice Jarre (best known for his movie soundtracks) composed a concerto for it. This is available on a BBC CD, in a performance by Neil Styner himself with the BBC Concert Orchestra under the composer.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Birthday darling!

Happy birthday love of my life! And given your love of hats, a suitable vintage Dutch birthday card, sourced from here.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The New Yorker September 1926

Trust the New Yorker to depict the jazz age perfectly in one of their vintage covers. Eugene Gise is the artist responsible for this little gem.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

George Hurrell

American George Hurrell (1904 – 1992) was one of the first outstanding glamour photographers, making a name for himself in Hollywood of the thirties and forties. An example of his work is the chiaroscuro portrait of movie star Carole Lombard shown above. Music lovers may know his photography from the cover of the Queen album The works. More on Hurrell in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Spring in Shanghai

Once more one of my recent attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph taken in Shanghai a few years ago, given a painting like treatment. The link leads to the original photograph.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tuscan minimalism

Given the general extremely high quality of his photographs, my Flickr friend Philipp Klinger has been absent from this blog far too long. Partially this was due to his own break from Flickr, partially due to the fact that I had put the Flickr Favourites theme on hold for a while. Anyway, here he is with a perfect minimal composition of the Tuscan landscape - with a sensual twist. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Summer (the first 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. Today we feature the list of 22 September 1973. Although it has featured before in my blog, I had to choose that beautiful summer ballad by Bobby Goldsboro as my pick of the week. Art Rock score: 9/10 (excellent song, one of the 600 best of all time).

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Friday, September 20, 2013

The teleportation accident

Ned Beauman's second novel was released earlier this year, with a stunning cover. This Art Deco style take on the novel's subject is really beautiful. My compliments to the team of London-based design company La Boca.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sensodyne

This French toothpaste advertisement has got to be one of the best minimal ads I have ever seen. As the site where I encountered this gem notes, the "protects" could have been omitted as well to make it even more minimal. Full marks to the team behind this (Advertising Agency: Callegari Berville Grey [France], Creative Director Andrea Stillacci, Art Director Gregory Renault, Copywriter Pascal Poinsot, Photographer Laurent De Broca).

Creative Ads

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Potpourri: Bat Girl

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 13 January 2013.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

300 Days at sea

The eighth studio album by Bermudan singer/song writer Heather Nova from 2011 is based on a good, if somewhat baffling photograph of her with a dog in a small boat. What makes the cover memorable though is the excellent choice of calligraphy for the title, suggesting water reflections. The photography is by Sacha Blackburne, the calligraphy and cover design by Dirk Rudolph.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Finland

After Norway last month, we now move to neighbouring Finland, another European country I have never visited. This poster in Art Deco style was created around 1930 by I. Bade.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Six sunflowers

One of the drawbacks of conventional art like paintings is that it can get destroyed - sometimes without even a decent photograph remaining. Such was the fate of van Gogh's Six sunflowers, painted in 1888 and destroyed in Japan in 1945 in a fire after a bombing raid on Osaka. As a recent BBC article revealed, a good photograph of this masterpiece has now been found in the museum's archives. Particularly striking is the combination with the orange frame, selected by the artist himself. More about van Gogh in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Let's spend the night together

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 15 September 1973. A number of good MP3 player worthy songs to choose from, including Barry White and Jimmy Helms, but my pick of the week is Bowie's excellent cover of a famous Stones song - not released as a single in the UK, but a hit in Holland. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I would put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Owl butterfly (Bananenfalter)

It's been a while since my Flickr friend knips2007(Rainer) last featured in this blog - and curiously that was with a butterfly shot as well. I love the colours and softness in this one, generating an almost abstract feeling rather than a straightforward nature shot. Beautiful. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vogue September 1924

As summer is slowly giving way to more autumnal weather, today's post features a suitable Vogue cover from the famous Art Deco years. Unfortunately, I could not find out more about the designer of this cover.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Van Gogh lost and found

The enthusiasm generated by the occasion is so well captured here. Earlier this week, Alex Ruger (director of the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum) unveiled a 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh (Sunset at Montmajour), which had been considered lost for over a century. The work had been lying for years in the attic of a Norwegian collector who thought the painting was a fraud. Extensive research by experts confirmed it to be real. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Olaf Kraak/AFP).

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Czesky Krumlov

Once more one of my recent attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph taken in the Czech city of Czesky Krumlov, given a painting like treatment. One of my favourites so far. The link leads to the original photograph.


Monday, September 09, 2013

Blue is the warmest colour

This recent French movie (original title La vie d'Adele), written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Its story of a lesbian couple with explicit love scenes has been deemed controversial in some circles, but the poster is fantastic. It makes the utmost of the beauty of one of the lead actresses (Lea Seydoux) with an excellent choice of font.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

S. Real by Oleksandr Hnatenko

I have posted this image before in my blog (here) under the A is for anonymous label. Last weekend I came across the same image in a contribution in the ModernMet blog that includes the name of the creator, Austria-based Oleksandr Hnatenko. He is a master of beautiful surreal scenes, that are created in real life (not Photoshopped), lifting it out of regular photography terrain - for more interesting samples, see the link. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Easy livin'

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 8 September 1973. Last week, the new entries were mediocre or worse, this week I had to pick between two of my all-time favourite songs. In the end, as much as I love the Stones' ballad Angie, I love Uriah Heep's Easy livin' even more. Art Rock score: 10/10 (one of 200 best songs of all time).

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Revealing

The subject of "Flickr favourites" has been put on hold since May, mainly because I wanted to make a decision whether to stay on the Flickr site myself or switch to Ipernity, like some of my Flickr friends. I have finally made up my mind to stay, and as a result I will be showing more of the beautiful images others are posting there. And what better way to re-start than with another marvelous shimmering colourful abstraction by my Flickr friend sannesu. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.