Monday, February 29, 2016

Lorde's tribute to David Bowie

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).


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Vogue June 1938

I had not seen this cover before, and I like it a lot. It was created by Rene Bouet-Willaumez.


Saturday, February 27, 2016


One of my own favourites of the year so far. This Rothko-like abstract is a large iron container wall shot with considerable zoom.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/7.0
Focal Length: 54 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, February 26, 2016

Links [67]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

Paintings by David Bowie.
Photographer Nick Brandt's Artsy Page.
Painter Edward Hopper's Artsy Page.
UK Masterpieces at Risk.
Lens Culture's Annual Exposure Awards.
World Press Photo 2015.
Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Winter in Monte Carlo

Now this is the way to spend winter - after all, the elegant people are doing it according to this beautiful Art Deco poster.

Vintage Posters

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Inside the Dazzle Room

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).

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


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.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Potpourri: Animal sculptures by Ben Foster

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.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The river

Coming from the post-impressionist period of French painter Andre Derain (1880-1954), this river landscape dates back to 1912. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Saturday, February 20, 2016


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).

Friday, February 19, 2016

4 2 Kop

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.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 25.2 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lady Gaga's tribute to David Bowie

Here is the video of the tribute paid by Lady Gaga to David Bowie on the 58th Grammy Awards evening earlier this week. I love it. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Visions of the future

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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Delineator August 1929

A colour combination that is in stark contrast to the winter weather we have this week. A beautiful piece of Art Deco by the famous designer Helen Dryden.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Facebook strikes again

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.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lady and the tramp

For Valentine's Day, probably the most romantic animated movie of all time, especially the spaghetti eating scene depicted in the poster. A true Disney classic.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Swan & Mallard Restaurant

This is a really clever and effective logo. The swan is depicted as the & symbol, and the black mallard peeks through from the open space. The design is by John Randall.

web site

Friday, February 12, 2016

Sleeping in van Gogh's room

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.

web site

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight

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).


Wednesday, February 10, 2016


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.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 6.1 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The monkey

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.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

To all our family and friends who celebrate the lunar new year: may you have a great time and a good and healthy year ahead of you! The year of the monkey starts today (image sourced from here).


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Glacier National Park

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).

Vintage Posters

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Soichi Sunami

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.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Heavy rain

I came across this beautiful poster yesterday, inspired by the continuing rain here in the Netherlands. This 2010 David Cage thriller has good reviews, and I would watch it if it gets screened on TV.