Lorde's tribute to the late David Bowie at the Brit Awards was beautiful and heartfelt. Very different from Lady Gaga's tribute at the 58th Grammy Awards, but I love them both. A short medley-like introduction, and then Lorde herself focuses on (in my opinion) Bowie's masterpiece: Life on Mars? Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).
The Japanese artist who calls herself feebee sits down, all camouflaged, inside Japanese painter Shigeki Matsuyama’s art installation Dazzle Room, part of the fashion and design trade show at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Franck Robichon/EPA).
This 2009 song by Muse was one of their biggest successes - and the cover is also one of the greatest of the band. I could not find information on the designer/photographer, but it looks like something Hipgnosis would produce. More about Muse on the linked Wikipedia page.
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 28 February 2014.
The cover of Currents, the third album of Indie band Tame Impala, has featured in many overviews of the best covers of 2015 - and quite rightly so. The art work is credited to Robert Beatty (Interscope).
This shot was meant for the monthly Links section of this blog - but it got a lot of good response on Flickr, so I decided to include it under this heading. It is a detail of an extensive salvage operation here in Kampen, bringing a 700 years old well-preserved merchant ship up from the bottom of the river.
This is just one of 14 awesome posters in retro design that have been made available for free at the site of NASA/JPL (California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory). The only minus point is that the designer(s) are not mentioned.
Not for the first time, the people running Facebook have made a fool of themselves by removing a piece of art that was posted to it. Ice cream by Evelyne Axell was judged to be "containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content." Good grief. Full story in the link.
As part of the exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago of Vincent Van Gogh paintings that depict bedrooms, the organization has decorated a room exactly like in one of his famous paintings. You can actually rent it for the night for an incredible 10 dollars.
Good to post a video today without an In Memoriam as the reason. This song is a piece of my youth: Dutch band Earth and Fire excelled in progressive rock tracks combined with radio friendly singles. Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight from 1973 is one of their best, and an early favourite of mine when I started to listen to top40 songs on the radio. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).
An interesting side effect of the "post one picture a day" challenge at Flickr is that sometimes you post a shot that you normally would have kept on the hard drive, because you think it is not good enough - and then find out other people love it. Here is an example: this shot of local houses reflected in the frozen over canal became one of my most faved shots of the year.
For the second day of Chinese New Year (Year of the monkey), I have selected this expressionist monkey painting by the brilliant Franz Marc (1880-1916), completed four years before he fell in the Great War. More on Marc in the linked Wikipedia article.
A beautiful poster for the Glacier National Park in Montana, USA, designed by Lanquist. I would put this some time around 1930. Appropriate for today, as it is the final day of the year of the goat (sheep).
Soichi Sunami (1885-1971) was one of the few Japanese photographers to have achieved world-wide fame. His main work centered around elegant portraits of early modern dancers, such as the depicted Ruth St. Denis, shot in 1929. More about Sunami in the Wikipedia entry linked to below.
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.