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11 Nov

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Contemporary Masterpieces

November 11, 2014 | By |

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Photographer / artist Louise te Poele makes contemporary masterpieces, reminiscent of realistic still lifes from the 17th century. Only they are painted with pixels. Poele tells stories that are not possible in reality, but which you begin to believe thanks to the composition, layering and the use of light. Te Poele called this serie: Banquet Still Life. We think this it’s marvelous!

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24 Oct

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The House of Ensor

October 24, 2014 | By |

SONY DSCScreen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.46.06 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.49.28 PMIn 1917 James Ensor (1860 – 1949) moved to this house after inheriting it from his uncle who had had a shell and souvenir shop in it. He spent the rest of his long life here. After his death the ‘Friends of James Ensor’ society devoted itself to preserving the house as a museum. In 1956 the Ensor House was handed over to the city of Oostende but it suffered from neglect and was even closed to the public. Moreover, there was talk of demolishing it, but things changed in 1973: the building was restored and the museum reopened. The Ensor House suggestively evokes the world in which Ensor lived.

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James Ensor
Although all three of the Belgian Modernist artists have an international reputation, the work of James Ensor is not as recognisable in the same way as that of Paul Delvaux or René Magritte. Ensor‘s work is indeed especially varied and since the advent of Post-Modernism, surprisingly topical. Ensor is then also a genuine artist‘s artist‘.

James Ensor is not only an exceptionally talented colourist, but also one of the great 19th-century Realists. From 1876 to 1884 he was a radical, adherent to the plein aire movement that was pre-dominant in Europe-Realism, free from aesthetic, literary and moral conventions. The artist demonstrated this propensity in numerous, nearly empty seascapes, still lifes and in fifteen intimate interiors. His nearly pure pictorial importance appeared from the virtuoso manner in which he applied the paint with the palette knife.

Moreover, no one has examined light as a source of mystification like Ensor. From 1885 until around 1890, he practiced a creative method in his drawings and sketches, in which light experiments were combined with associative or surreal grotesques. Autobiographical motifs are mixed with societal ones.

However, the most striking realisations he produced as a painter were humourous masquerades and grotesque persiflages. For Ensor, the mask is an instrument of an expressionistic demasqué: he reveals the true malicious and ridiculous nature of humans. This emancipation from the caricature will be a source of inspiration for the German Expressionists.

By: Herwig Todts

Visit the James Ensor collection online

14 Sep

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Gif Art Fun

September 14, 2014 | By |

Kevin_Weir_GIF_04Art director and designer Kevin Weir uses historical black and white photographs to transform them into quirky animated GIFsThe basis of his works are old pictures he finds in the Library of Congress online archive as Kevin feels inspired by these unknowable places and persons.

Source: Ignant

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17 May

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Moving Masterpieces

May 17, 2014 | By |

The animators of CS Digital Media transformed eight masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum – including The Night Watch by Rembrandt and Vermeer’s Milkmaid – into moving images. Superb Dutch Delight!

07 May

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Charles James: Beyond Fashion

May 7, 2014 | By |

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Renovation: Anna Wintour Costume Institute
The Costume Institute has undergone a two-year renovation and has been re-named after Wintour, the British-born editor-in-chief of American Vogue and artistic director for publisher Conde Nast. In addition to two exhibition galleries, the centre includes conservation facilities, collection storage and a library. “The new space allows us to rethink our approach to the display of historic costume and contemporary fashion,” says Harold Koda, curator in charge. The Institute has more than 35,000 costumes and accessories in its collection and its library is home to more than 30,000 rare books and periodicals, files, prints, drawings and photographs.

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The  inaugural exhibition features another British export to the United States, groundbreaking couturier Charles James, whose work goes on view until August 10. James moved to New York in 1940 and is considered one of the greatest haute couture designers in the United Sates. 15 gorgeous James evening gowns are displayed, including the “Butterfly” and “Swan” that date back to the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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23 Mar

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Time Machine

March 23, 2014 | By |

13-Joana-Vasconcelos-Time-machine-Manchester-Art-Gallery-yatzerPortuguese contemporary artist  showcases her seductive large-scale sculptures at Manchester Art Gallery.

Joana Vasconcelos has come to be known for her acute sense of scale, peculiar choice of materials and mastery of colour, particularly after her highly regarded sculpture ‘The Bride’ – a 5m high chandelier made of 25,000 tampons – was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Showing a strong affinity for the decontextualisation and subversion of pre-existent objects and everyday realities, her work is a melting pot of tradition and modernity, popular and erudite culture, the private and the public, as well as the hand-crafted and the industrial. Seductive, humorous and exuberant, her sculptures directly challenge the pre-arranged routines of the quotidian, offering a critique of contemporary society by highlighting issues such as the status of women, class distinction and national identity.

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine
Manchester Art Gallery
15 February – 1 June 2014
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Hours: Open daily, 10am – 5pm and Thursdays 10am- 9pm

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11 Mar

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Magnificent Dingyao Basin

March 11, 2014 | By |

basin-2Sotheby’s Hong Kong is delighted to present The Clark Ding Basin, a magnificently Carved Dingyao Basin, from the collection of the legendary antique dealer Sakamoto Goro. The Clark Ding Basin, which has not been seen for over 40 years, is expected to fetch more than 7 million dollars during the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sales 2014 on April 8th.

Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s Asia Deputy Chairman and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, said, “The Clark dingyao basin undoubtedly ranks among the very finest Song wares ever to come to the market and is perhaps the finest piece extant from this celebrated kiln. Sakamoto Goro, the legendary Japanese dealer, purchased it at Sotheby’s in London in 1971 and has cherished it for the last 40 some years. It is an extraordinary privilege for Sotheby’s to handle again the sale of this Song dynasty masterpiece.”

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26 Feb

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The Wonder of Birds

February 26, 2014 | By |

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With the exhibition The Wonder of Birds Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is exploring the cultural impact of birds upon mankind.  Eliciting a wide range of emotions from awe to fear, and from pleasure to cruelty, birds have intrigued humanity since the earliest of times. The exhibition will include more than 2o0 works by major artists and illustrators, historical and contemporary, natural history, archaeology, fashion and social history. You will be surrounded by birds everywhere you look! 

The Wonder of Birds
24 May to 14 September 2014
www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

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11 Feb

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The Monuments Men

February 11, 2014 | By |

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Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

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In theatres in The Netherlands from February 13th, 2014.

More information: www.monumentsmen.com

13 Nov

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Secret Book Paintings

November 13, 2013 | By |

19th-century-hidden-fore-edge-book-paintings-1Books hide many treasures, and some of them even appear on the edges of the pages. This painting appears as you fan out the pages of Robert Mudie’s book Autumn (1873), which is kept at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa. Turns out that other books from the series – Spring, Summer and Winter – also hide these beautiful artworks on their sides.

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Source: DeMilked