I’ve added a new video series to the youtube channel. They’re the demos from the drawing class I’m currently teaching. I hope you like them. I’ll be adding more as the semester goes along.
Good writing is the most essential skill hardly anyone develops, even though English teachers try to make them. There are a whole bunch of books out there on writing about art, but I find the greatest part of writing about art is just writing well. There are even more books on writing well, most of which are either boring and stuffy or pure fluff. Here are some of the tips (taken from all kinds of different sources) I give my students when they’re trying to write.
It’s conceivable, but improbable, that Albrecht Durer could have seen the Ebbo Gospels. His drawing of Agnes from 1494 looks so stylistically like St. Matthew from the Ebbo Gospels that I just want there to be a direct connection. [Read more…]
Hans Baldung is a great mix between technique and whimsy, the real and the fantastical. His work varies from religious themes to pagan, from esoteric allegories to simple history paintings. He’s known for being highly productive and for his chiaroscuro woodcuts. [Read more…]
The Charioteer of Delphi is one of many victory statues that stood around the Temple of Apollo, Delphi and the surrounding hill. It’s a prime example of the transitionary period between the style of the Kouros statues and the S-curved pieces that came later. It’s also one of the few surviving statues that has the original inlaid eyes. [Read more…]
Ok so I knew that Kubrick was largely responsible for the setup of the shots in his films, but I didn’t know just how much he controlled. He really was a Director of Photography as well. Typically those roles are separate in filming. Early on, before his film career, he did some mind-bogglingly awesome photography. Have a look. [Read more…]
The Shaolin Temple has pretty much become a money-making endeavor. There are very few people that train there who are interested in the non-performance, traditional Shaolin. The Cultural Revolution didn’t help the Chinese martial arts either.
A good chunk of Violette’s work appears to be minimalist in nature. It’s cool, slick, and calm, which is nice when you’ve seen 1,000 pieces of art that day and you need a break. The twist is that it comes out of metal culture. There’s this edge to it, conceptually. He works with a few basic ideas. [Read more…]
I first ran across The Chapman Brothers in a copy of Art Review when I was in art school. The first thing I saw was The Chapman Family Collection, a series of works that mixed African sculpture with McDonald’s imagery. It struck me as an intelligent and meaningful comment on cultural violence. From there, I found out that there’s a lot going on in their highly controversial work. [Read more…]
It’s one of my life goals to eventually read everything by Shakespeare. I know I could do that fairly quickly, but I find that reading a few plays every once in a while is just the right pace. I ran across this video linked in a random thread on reddit, and I’m glad I did. Their pronunciation of Sonnet 116 blew my mind, especially the rhyme of “prove” with “love”. At any rate, have a look at this relatively quick video of David and Ben Crystal. [Read more…]