Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The thin line between sampling and theft

Where does art image theft stop and sampling begin? The linked article gives a point of view from the victim, with an interesting observation that more often than not female artists get duped this way. Worth a read.

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Monday, July 06, 2015

People meeting

It's been far too long since I last posted a painting by German expressionist grandmaster August Macke in the blog. This beauty was created in 1914. shortly before he fell in the Great War. More on Macke in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Blanco y Negro June 1933

An iconic Art Deco image, this cover of the Spanish magazine Blanco y Negro, that was published from 1891 to 1981. No information on the designer.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 25. Driver's seat (Sniff 'n' the Tears)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #25, we find British band Sniff 'n' the Tears with Driver's seat (#1 in 1991, second release), the lead off song from their 1978 debut album Fickle heart. This is one of the ultimate songs to play whilst driving, a great melodic rock song, with excellent singing by front man Paul Roberts, who incidentally also produced the beautiful artwork used for the cover of their albums. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Lido Luzern

While the Netherlands are being struck by the mother of all heat waves, a suitable vintage poster for the beach resort of the Swiss town of Luzern. Given its Art Deco look, it is probably from around 1930. The designer is named Solbach.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Vogue July 1937

A summer themed vintage Vogue cover of almost 80 years ago. It was designed by the famous Eduardo Garcia Benito.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Echoes of the Golden Age

The astonishing qualities of my wife as an artistic photographer tend to get less attention because of her paintings, but once in a while I will highlight them in the blog. She shot this beautiful image last Saturday at the opening of an art exhibition in a nearby 14th century city gate. The way she captured this fellow visitor of the exhibition instantly reminds one of the works of artists from the Dutch Golden Age.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monuments of deceit

The photo art by Michal Karcz from Poland is among the best I have seen. His creations are often apocalyptic, with the effect strengthened by including very small human figures. More examples in the link. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Breakthrough

This is a shot I took earlier this month at the nearby historical building, that served in the past as a miltary training school and later as a fine arts academy. At the moment, reconstructions are going on to turn it into a culture complex, including the library. Perhaps not a personal favourite, but it received more likes than any other shot of the past few months, and must have been a near-miss for Flickr Explore.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Celanese Fabrics

This beautiful illustration was used in an advertisement for Celanese Fabrics in the Ladies' Home Journal of June 1928. A gorgeous example of Art Deco at its best.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 26. I won't let you down (Ph.D.)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #26, we find UK band Ph.D. with their one hit wonder I won't let you down (#1 in 1982). The characteristic high voice of Scottish lead singer Jim Diamond (of later I should have known better fame) really carried this song with its strong searing melody and great instrumentation (especially the organ part) into the UK top five. One of many British acts of that time that made no impact whatsoever in the USA. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Unusual concertos [91]: Cimbalom

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 90+ this time.

The ninety-first concerto deals with the cimbalom (image credit), a hammered dulcimer that was very popular in Eastern Europe. Its use in classical music is rather extensive, it having been used in scores by composers such as Kodaly, Stravinsky, Liszt, Bartok, Boulez and Dutilleux. For concertos we have to go to less famous names though, and I have found one on YouTube by Alexander Timofeev. It is played by Ion Curteanu and the Porumbescu youth orchestra under the composer.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms

Or, to give the album its full title: Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms - Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain. It was the debut album for Liverpool's China Crisis, one of the bands that contributed to my personal soundtrack of the eighties. The cover is a minimalist masterpiece, but unfortunately once more it turned out to be impossible for me to find information on its desginer.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Potpourri: 200,000 piece fantasy world

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 8 April 2013.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Commencement ceremony

Taken from a post about Commencement ceremonies held this year throughout the world. This shot combines excellent photographic qualities with an appropriate feeling of solemness: these newly recruited members of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are to fight islamic guerrillas in Kashmir. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Dar Yasin/Associated Press).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fluid space #2

It is a bit of a curse with Flickr in recent years, many of my favourite Flickr members drop out for prolonged times (although fortunately some come back as well). Take my Flickr friend Susanne Meyer (sannesu): she has not posted since December, when this marvelous abstract became an instant fave. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bally shoes

A striking vintage Art Deco poster from the twenties for the German shoe brand Bally, which is still going strong almost a century later.

Vintage Posters

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 27. 100 Years (Joey Dyser)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #27, we find Dutch singer Joey Dyser with 100 Years (#1 in 1975). Amsterdam reporter Josje Duister used to write songs and sing them as a hobby, when one day her neighbour, producer Albert Gemerts, invited her to his studio to make some professional recordings. One of the songs was her self-penned ballad 100 Years, which was released as a single under the name Joey Dyser, and went straight to the top, followed by huge sales in Belgium and Germany as well. Josje Duister enjoyed the success, but decided that her job and her family were more important. Silence ever after. A pity, because to my taste this song, with its peculiar drums only introduction, was one of the better Dutch hits of the seventies. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Predominant.ly

I found this web site strangely addicting. The Predominantly site lets you select a colour from a large range, and then generates album covers that are predominantly in that colour. Give it a try. Or two. Or maybe a few more....

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Voyageur

Voyageur is an intriguing series of posters by Evan Robertson of Obvious State, a refreshing look on Paris landmarks in a retro style that reminds me of the thirties. More examples in the link.

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