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Seeing Art (After a Fashion) In New Ways

Post #1520 • February 17, 2012, 9:08 AM • 3 Comments

Via Web video:

For two decades David Dawson worked as Lucian Freud's assistant and, occasionally, his model. His photographs of the artist at work are the subject of a new exhibition in London.

On the silver screen:

Viewing an art exhibition on the big screen of a movie theater is not my idea of an optimal art experience. But if, like me, you wish, or even half-wish, that you had traveled to London for the blockbuster exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci that recently completed its three-month, sold-out run at the National Gallery, you may find yourself doing just that, and gratefully.

Through the javscript viewer:

Before you text “I luv u” to your partner on this Valentine’s Day, you might want to visit the newly digitized collection of correspondence between the Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett for inspiration. (Warning: These letters are likely to make you far less sanguine about your own relationship’s fire.)

Wellesley College and Baylor University collaborated on the project, which began today with more than 1,400 letters by the poets available online. Of those, 573 represent the complete set of love letters, and at least 1,500 additional pieces of correspondence to other people the couple knew are to be up by summer.

In a digital 3D environment:

The driving passion behind "exhibbit" is the concept of freeing art and the artist from the limitations of the physical exhibition space.

An "Exhibbit" virtual exhibition provides the artist with unlimited space to work with, as well as a stunning environment to showcase their art.

Or after a good scare.

A newly published study finds people are more likely to be moved and intrigued by abstract paintings if they have just experienced a good scare. This suggests the allure of art may be “a byproduct of one’s tendency to be alarmed by such environmental features as novelty, ambiguity, and the fantastic,” argues lead author Kendall Eskine, a research psychologist at Loyola University New Orleans.

The moral of the story, if there is one (there isn't), is program or be programmed. If you'd like to have some say in the matter, I recommend you sign up for this free beginning computer science course at Udacity, a new educational venture founded by three of the country's premier roboticists. (I'm enrolled in the intermediate class, since I know a thing or two already.)



Walter Darby Bannard

February 17, 2012, 12:34 PM

the concept of freeing art and the artist from the limitations of the physical exhibition space

I'm sorry, but I am compelled to commit an unpardonable sin and quote myself, from Aphorisms for Artists:

Chapter 73. Too much freedom is a dangerous thing.

Freedom is the illusion of unimpeded choice. I say “illusion” because once we make choices we are thereby less free. What we call freedom is really the right to restrict our freedom in our own way.

Today, much “advanced” academic art instruction teaches that the acquisition and exercise of art-making skills hinders artistic freedom, because the artist must remain unburdened and pure to allow inspiration to flow like an unobstructed torrent.

This is destructive nonsense. It is like telling a baseball player that learning to hit the ball hinders his athletic freedom. Art, like any specialty, is a matter of perpetual learning and choosing. When you narrow down and get in a groove, you don’t limit possibilities, you find new ones.



February 17, 2012, 2:56 PM

This just in: "With just a few easy steps, you can turn your raw photographs, JPEGs, or TIFFs into eye-catching paintings faster than ever using the Photoshop® Camera Raw 6 plug-in—part of Adobe® Photoshop CS5 software." Yes, "paintings".


Chris Rywalt

February 17, 2012, 11:16 PM

I toyed with the idea of designing and building a "printer" which could paint using oils. My idea was, thinking about the evolution from Warhol to Kostabi, the next step was total automation: a machine run by software into which you could input some color choices and a style and have it make a painting for you.

There are some obvious difficulties—getting a machine to paint realism would seem unlikely—but some things I think would be surmountable. With the friends I have who build robots, you'd think I'd get something working but, all in all, it doesn't seem worth it.



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