Few painters have created as rich a world as Hieronymus Bosch did in The Garden of Earthly Delights.[...]
Given the image of Communist Russia we’ve mostly inherited from Cold War Hollywood propaganda and cherry-picked TV documentaries, we tend to think of Communist art as sterile, brutalist, devoid of expressive emotion and experiment. But this has never been entirely so.[...]
In elementary school, a playful teacher gave us an assignment. Everyone was to dream up some sort of amazing invention, then draw both a design and an advertisement for it.
It seemed most of my classmates were primed for a future in which sneakers would come equipped with fully operational, built-in wings.
The story of literary modernism in the English-speaking world is most often told through a small collection of Great Works of Art.[...]
Quirky, artist-customized guest rooms equipped with wifi, fridge, and safes…
Leather couches and “an air of undeserved authority” in the communal areas…
VIPs who spring for the Presidential suite will enjoy access to a tiki bar, library, and Dead Sea minerals for use in a plunge bath spacious enough for four…
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“I’m tired of politics, I just want to talk about my art,” I sometimes hear artists—and musicians, actors, writers, etc.—say. And I sometimes see their fans say, “you should shut up about politics and just talk about your art.[...]
Earlier this month, the Dutch unveiled “the largest Mondrian painting in the world.” Above, you can watch the City Hall building in The Hague (sometimes known as “The Ice Palace”) get painted Mondrian-style, with those iconic red, yellow and blue surfaces and straight lines.[...]
A quick fyi: this video is a little not safe for work.
You know you want to create something, but how on Earth to get it out of your mind and into reality? Sometimes you simply can’t see the way forward, a situation in which every creator finds themselves sooner or later.
Image via Christiaan Tonnis
Americans can be quite ignorant of the richness of our country’s cultural history. Part of this ignorance, I suspect, comes down to prejudice. Innovative American artists throughout history have come from groups often demonized and marginalized by the wider society.
One of Akira Kurosawa’s last films, 1990’s Dreams, saw the Japanese master stretching out into more personal territory.[...]