Friday, March 27, 2015

MDLV

Jac Berrocal is an artist I had never heard of (apparently he is a well respected French trumpeter, singer and composer), but when I came across the cover of his 2014 album MDLV, I wanted to post this minimalist beauty in the blog. The art work is credited to Aurelia Georgel.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wedding day

Today is our anniversary (the 15th), so what better way to celebrate in the blog with this beautiful Tori Amos song from the stunning album Unrepentant Geraldines? Happy Anniversary, darling! Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Thanks to my friend Coen van Tijen for drawing my attention to this one (image credit). The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum and cultural center in the Bois de Boulogne of Paris. It was designed by the American grandmaster Frank Gehry, and its construction was completed in 2014. More on this building can be found in the link below.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Marconiphone

Marconiphone was an English manufacturer of radio receivers that gained prominence in the twenties. This beautiful Art Deco poster probably dates back to around 1930.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Staring into Beethoven's Trumpet

Th art work itself (US artist John Baldessari's Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133) is not bad, but here the news photographers inclusion of a visitor's interaction with it lifts it to a higher level. Shot at  the Art Basel fair in Hong Kong. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Anthony Williams/Associated Press).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 40. Denis (Blondie)

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 #40, we find the American band Blondie with one of the first huge hits coming out of the (fringes of) the punk scene  (#1 in 1978). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The guard

More photoshop brilliance taken from the advanced Photoshop contest section of Worth1000. Here is a shot created by their member cavami for the Surrealism 8 contest: Creating beautiful visual imagery which makes no sense, yet makes perfect sense. Very Dali-esque. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lotus Building Wujin

Completed in 2013, the elegant Lotus Building in Wujin (China) is a beautiful mix of modern architecture and ancient zen-like shapes. It was designed and built by Australian architecture firm Studio 505. More on this building can be found in the link below.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

La Champagne

Chosen for today, because "la champagne" will be flowing tonight: today is the official opening of our new Studio LuS, an extension of our presence in Kampen (our gallery LuS will remain in business). The poster dates back to 1938, and was designed by Senechal. To my darling: cheers!

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Curved abstraction

A recent shot that did not do as well as I anticipated on Flickr, but it is a personal favourite of mine. It is a shot of local playground equipment, resulting in a unique abstract photograph.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Monday, March 16, 2015

London in the 20's

A typical Anything goes subject: a beautiful atmospheric photograph of days gone by (in this case Sicilian Avenue, London, in the twenties) by an unknown photographer. There is an impressive sketch-like quality to this shot.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

The window on the island of Brehat

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a French-Russian artist, whose most recognized symbolist style I still have problems appreciating. However, when I came across this work from 1924 with a hint of fauvism, I was hooked. More on Chagall in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 41. Dynamite (Mud)

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 #41, we find the British band Mud with their infectious hit Dynamite (#1 in 1974). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Repost: Sir Terry Pratchett

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 1 January 2009) - with the blog in its current form over four years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because sadly Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday, aged 66, from Alzheimer's. Thanks for everything, and rest in peace.

Since the 2009 honours list of the UK, it is Sir Terry Pratchett. He is without doubt my favourite author by far. His brilliant mix of fantasy and razor sharp satire has to be read to be believed. If you have not read him, I'd suggest Small gods makes an excellent starting place, but after that all Discworld novels are a must. Excellent cover illustrations as well by the late Josh Kirby. For those of you who like me love his work, I have found a website (The annotated Pratchett file), that gives expansive annotations for most of his novels, pointing out several intriguing details that you (like me) might have missed the first time. Most recommended novels (in chronological order): Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, Witches Abroad, Small Gods, Lords and Ladies, Men at Arms, Soul Music, Feet of Clay, Hogfather, Jingo, Night Watch. And his collaboration with Neil Gaiman in Good omens.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Swirl faucet

This faucet itself is already beautiful in its sleek minimalist modern design, but the real jaw-dropper is the shape of the water flowing out of it. Thanks to an ingenious design, the water comes out in a perfect geometric design. Amazing stuff by London Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Potpourri: Dancing on a Saturdaynight

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 18 January 2014.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Something fishy

The saying "A picture paints a thousand words" is often at the heart of photojournalism, and this is a perfect example. No matter how much one writes about the pollution in the Brazilian waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year’s Olympics, it would never make such a strong impression as this photograph of thousands of dead fish. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Leo Correa / Associated Press).

Monday, March 09, 2015

Steven Wilson: Hiding in plain sight

A logical follow-up of yesterday's post. Here we have an extensive and great interview with Steven Wilson by Stephen Humphries. It includes Wilson's own thoughts about the fabulous new album, his other activities, as well as answers to penetrating questions about his life as an artist. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hand.Cannot.Erase.

Steven Wilson's latest master piece, which I bought last week at the local record store (HOE Kampen): the concept album Hand.Cannot.Erase. The album comes with a stunning cover as well, photographed by Lasse Holle.