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The Evolution of Aesthetics: The Origins Of Music And Visual Art | Moments of Genius The Evolution of Aesthetics: The Origins Of Music And Visual Art | Moments of Genius One of the great mysteries of art is why it exists. Although our desire to create and enjoy art is so widespread that it appears as natural as eating or reproducing -– nearly every culture draws, dances, sings, recites poetry and tells stories -– the origins of human aesthetics are not clear-cut. What’s peculiar is that from a biological point of view art appears to serve no adaptive advantages whatsoever.
Surreal architectural projection
from “I Couldn’t Stop Watching” by Sasha Steensen, via Volta’s Evening Will Come: sentences on sentences I manage to write a handful of poems on sentences, but really, they turn out to be illustrations on sentence-making, organized by subject. Here’s one such poem, written in bed: Sentences on Sadness I admit I have been terribly sad. The Rx The Rx
Walker exhibit explores voyeurism as art Walker exhibit explores voyeurism as art Listen Voyeurism as art May 19, 2011 Everyone is shooting pictures. We are awash in photographs. In magazines, the newspapers, on the internet, on billboards. And Sandra Phillips argues that, while we may complain, we also look. As the curator of "Exposed," a new exhibit at the Walker Art Center, she wanted to explore something with an ugly name -- voyeurism.
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The Depression-era song “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” which Louis Armstrong made famous in the ’50s, finishes with the lyrics: “Oh give me your lips for just a moment/ And my imagination will make that moment live/ Oh give me what you alone can give/ A kiss to build a dream on.” Over the course of art history, painters, sculptors, poets, and photographers have — as the song suggests — used their vivid imaginations to bring the kiss to life as a symbol of fresh love, renewed love, and even black-and-blue love. With Valentine’s Day in mind, we’ve selected the 10 best art kisses — ranging from erotic embraces in paintings by Gérôme and Klimt and sensual smooches in sculptures by Rodin and Brancusi to lustful lip-locking in works on paper by Picasso and Man Ray — so that you, too, can share the love. flavorwire flavorwire
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Consumer Innovation as New Economic Pattern
Roland Penrose - 'Cryptic Coincidence II' | Flickr : partage de photos !
Banksy’s True Identity Listed on eBay, Subsequently Pulled Banksy’s True Identity Listed on eBay, Subsequently Pulled Banksy is a British artist that has recently grown in fame due to some controversial, however well-done short films. The unknown individual, who has kept a secret identity despite his growing fame, is perhaps best known for his spoof on the popular cartoon, The Simpsons. Banksy created a new opening sequence back in October, 2010, that seems to start off normal enough, but then towards the middle gets a bit more "interesting."
As Marc Campbell pointed out on DM last month, when a b&w Coke bottle by Andy Warhol sold for $35, “some things are recession proof.” Now, a painting of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon has turned up after being kept in a private collection and not exhibited anywhere since 1965. This triptych goes on sale next month at Sotheby’s, in London, and according to the Daily Telegraph its $10m-$14m estimate “does not seem unreasonable.” Not unreasonable if you think of art as just a money-making exercise, like Warhol once said, “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud is a powerfully rendered triptych of small, 14in x 12in portraits, and is a testament to one of the most significant artistic relationships of the 20th century. Bacon and Freud met in 1945 through the artist Graham Sutherland and became close if competitive friends, painting each other on several occasions. Francis Bacon’s lost painting of Lucian Freud turns up after 45 years Francis Bacon’s lost painting of Lucian Freud turns up after 45 years
Visual science in the art of Chuck Close I’ve just found this amazing article on the work of artist Chuck Close from a 2008 edition of the Archives of Ophthalmology. It examines the visual science behind his pixelated style and how a stroke left the artist paralysed – after which he has produced some of his finest work. Chuck Close (1940- ) is one of the most famous American artists working today. His distinctive paintings are huge canvases that depict faces, often his own. He works in a nontraditional manner by combining many small geometric forms, usually squares or rectangles, to create a portrait. Visual science in the art of Chuck Close
Feldman: "Rothko Chapel"
Feldman: "Rothko Chapel"
Macoto Murayama cultivates inorganic flora. First, he chooses the plant and finds the real flower, for example the exquisite Lathyrus odoratus L. Second, he dissects the flower cutting the petal and ovary with scalpel and observes it with magnifying glass. Third, he makes sketches and photographs the parts of dissected flower. Forth, he models its form and structure using 3ds Max (3DCG software). gallery | Macoto Murayama gallery | Macoto Murayama
The way you express yourself with words is a crucial extension of your creative identity. Professional designers are usually busy focusing on the visual aspects of their craft, but visual arts and literary arts collide and coincide regularly. The two fields meet not just in typography, but also in press releases, social networking communication, slogans, promotional materials, ‘About Me’ pages, marketing strategies, and every single pitch, contract, and email you’ve ever sent to a client. What might happen if you injected some of those materials with a healthy dose of poetry, humor, or bravado? Obviously, doing so will not be appropriate in some forums, but when it is, this may be a good way to express yourself and differentiate your brand from the crowd. Some of the most electrifying examples of writing about art and design come in the form of the manifesto. Art Manifestos and Their Applications in Contemporary Design - S Art Manifestos and Their Applications in Contemporary Design - S
Dada Dada /ˈdɑːdɑː/ or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Many say Dada began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter but the height of New York Dada was the year before in 1915.[1] To quote Dona Budd's The Language of Art Knowledge, The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature, poetry, art manifestoes, art theory, theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and had political affinities with the radical left. Francis Picabia, Dame! Illustration for the cover of the periodical Dadaphone, n. 7, Paris, March 1920

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Duchamp interviews
Art / CP30 descending the stairs Gr8 take off on NDS
Art / "Bride", by Marcel Duchamp (1912)
Marcel Duchamp - On Indifferent Taste
Marcel Duchamp - In His Own Words (Part 1)
Marcel Duchamp - In His Own Words (Part 2)
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Dada

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself and/or an idea/concept. [1] Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was, above all, a revolutionary movement. Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris.

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Salvador Dali / Surrealism
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ANDRÉ BRETON, "L'Union libre"
A Hyperborean Adventure in Surrealism
Remedios Varo Due to her Republican ties, her 1937 move to Paris with Péret ensured that she would never be able to return to Franco's Spain. She was forced into exile from Paris during the German occupation of France and moved to Mexico City at the end of 1941. She initially considered Mexico a temporary haven, but would remain in Mexico for the rest of her life. At Mexico, she met native artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, but her strongest ties were to other exiles and expatriates, notably the English painter Leonora Carrington and the French pilot and adventurer, Jean Nicolle. Her third, and last, important relationship was to Walter Gruen, an Austrian who had endured concentration camps before escaping Europe. Gruen believed fiercely in Varo, and he gave her the support that allowed her to fully concentrate on her painting.
Remedios Varo
Dorothea Tanning
'The oldest work of art ever': 42,000-year-old paintings of seals found in Spanish cave Six paintings were found in the Nerja Caves, 35miles east of MalagaThey are the only known artistic images created by Neanderthal man By Tom Worden UPDATED: 21:27 GMT, 7 February 2012 The world's oldest works of art have been found in a cave on Spain's Costa del Sol, scientists believe. Six paintings of seals are at least 42,000 years old and are the only known artistic images created by Neanderthal man, experts claim.