Friday, July 17, 2015

Viktor Vasnetsov [feedly]



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Viktor Vasnetsov
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Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov
Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov was a Russian painter who painted scenes of Russian folklore as well as history painting, genre painting, religious subjects and landscape.

Though I don't think his folklore paintings were meant to be reproduced as illustrations, they have a similar narrative quality. His flights of fantasy are grounded in a tactile realism that gives them weight and solidity.

Vasnetsove was friends with Ivan Kramskoy and Ilya Repin. At Repin's suggestion he moved to Paris, where he developed an interest in Russian folklore, a subject he had resisted previously.

His paintings in that vein were given harsh treatment by critics initially, and he eventually moved toward religious subjects, spending considerable time painting frescos in the St Vladimir's Cathedral in Kiev.

Vasnetsov was also involved with architecture and theatrical seta and costume design, as well as mosaics for other cathedrals. In addition, he was curator of the Tretyakov Gallery, and instrumental in preserving religious paintings from churches by having them moved to the gallery during the Russian Revolution. He donated a number of works to the Russian State Historical Museum.


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thevaultofretroscifi: Oliviero Berni [feedly]



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Sweet Caro's lines: a series of abstract sculptures takes over Yorkshire [feedly]



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Sweet Caro's lines: a series of abstract sculptures takes over Yorkshire
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Somewhat hazily now I remember embarking on my art GCSE, first through the bowler hats and apples of Surrealism, via depictions of the Spanish Civil War to the far less familiar territory of abstract sculpture. The latter was brought to us in the form of the work of Anthony Caro, from dog-eared art book pages and monochrome photographs on bad photocopied printouts. We were tasked with sitting down to create our own Caro-esque moquettes from clay. It seemed a terrifying proposition: compared to the ubiquitous Dalis and comparatively straightforward narrative of Guernica, his shapes and lines felt incomprehensible to a 15-year-old brain. What were they for? Why were they there? I found the misty-eyed Caro-adoration of my art teacher Mrs Silk baffling.

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Bau Magazine's radical, bold approach to cover design in the 1960s [feedly]



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Bau Magazine's radical, bold approach to cover design in the 1960s
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There's something about central Europe and graphic design, and if we needed any more proof of that, the ICA has drawn together a stunning collection of covers of Austrian architecture magazine Bau. To gives it its full title, Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning was unusual in its glossy-magazine stylings, and fostered a brave, interdisciplinary approach to looking at the built environment; examining its relationship with politics, art and people.

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It's Nice That : Elephant magazine’s new issue takes on Post-Internet Art [feedly]



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It's Nice That : Elephant magazine's new issue takes on Post-Internet Art
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/elephant-post-internet-art
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Artist Of The Day - Luke O' Sullivan [feedly]



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THE FARM OF TOMORROW - Tex Avery (1954) [feedly]



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THE FARM OF TOMORROW - Tex Avery (1954)
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Well, this will be the last installment of the Tex Avery 'Tomorrow' series around here! 
Don't you sometimes wish your name was Tex? I do!
 Here it is, "The Farm Of Tomorrow," 1954 style!
Very high tech, neat and clean looking, that's for sure!

Science has done wonders in the future, and most of it is what we like to refer to as twofers!
That's a two for the price of one deal in a combination of two things, like in this case, a toaster, and an incubator that hatches chicks in the same time it would take to make a piece of toast!

Tex Avery's chickens were well taken care of with spacious cages decades ago. Too bad this part was only a cartoon!
 This whole cartoon is an assortment of sketches of the future followed by how it would all pan out, like in this case, the combination of a chicken and a parrot! 

 What do you get? A chicken that lets you know when there are eggs to be gathered!

 A cross between a chicken and an ostrich produces............

..........Much bigger drumsticks! There's lots of hungry mouths out there, so more production is a major deal!
Same thing here, a cross between a chicken and a centipede also produces.......
 ................A lot more food!

 A cross between a beaver and a cow makes a cow that can swat it's own flies!

A cross between a cow and a kangaroo produces.......
 
.......A cow that delivers it's own milk!
 Don't like plucking a duck? This one peels like a banana!

 Now this is a good idea! I saw a tree one time in the Fresno Underground Gardens where a guy had grafted about 13 different fruit onto one tree, so it's not completely as crazy as it appears!

 A giraffe crossed with a race horse makes it a winner even if it's in last place!

 IF all that wasn't odd enough, the real freak show is in the 'Reject Barn!'

This is a stool pigeon! 

And last we have this cross between an owl and a goat that produced a hootenanny! 
Don't blame me, I just work here!

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Huerco S From Paris [feedly]



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Huerco S From Paris
// ISO50 Blog - The Blog of Scott Hansen (Tycho / ISO50)

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Sometimes listeners get lucky and are given these faint rewards from artists when they have downtime on the road. What i'm getting is Huerco S. recorded a piece while he was in Montparnasse Paris and uploaded it to his Soundcloud, even though i'm a huge fan of his old work this nugget of sound could be one of my favorites by him.


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Presenting Wurstbande, or "sausage gang" – a Berlin-based illustration duo [feedly]



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Presenting Wurstbande, or "sausage gang" – a Berlin-based illustration duo
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Wurstbande translates as "sausage gang" as I've just learned (thank you Google Translate) but it's also the name of a Berlin-based illustration and art duo, who alternatively call themselves Lynn and Dennis. The pair has a taste for enormous murals, strange, sleazy looking animals and bright colours – so really, they have nothing to do with meaty snacks – and they're our new favourite discovery.

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