ArtDaily: One of the world’s finest collections of acoustic guitars to be auctioned.
If you’re near Manhattan, and admire fine guitars, go poke your nose in.
Youtube: Life after Pi.
Statements on the VFX situation of modern filmmaking. Worth the watch.
BBC: Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66.
One of my favorite guitarists. I am bereft. Most only know him through his later work with Al DiMeola. His collaborations with Camaron de la Isla were the stuff of legend, changing the world of flamenco forever … largely unappreciated in our country. Sample.
Ash.Vickers/Tumblr: We miss you, Egon.
The Art Newspaper: Turkey plans to rebuild religious school next to Hagia Sophia.
Torn on this one. You know the Hagia Sophia was, once upon a time, the great basilica of Constantinople. New construction might give archaeologists access to the grounds around the structure, and reveal new info.
Look in Art: Allora & Calzadilla.
The hippo’s great, but I’d call the wooden-leg-in-the-tree a close second.
Guardian.UK: Robert Adams - the photographer who roved the prairies for 45 years.
“His photographs are a kind of testimony: evidence of what has been lost and what remains. But they also ask us fundamental questions about how we live amid the contradictions and compromises of progress.” As I drive across the US, I am constantly reminded how adept we Americans are at junking up and destroying landscape. And I question whether I should make it photographically attractive or not.
NPR: Celebrating Winnie-The-Pooh’s 90th With A Rare Recording (And Some Hunny).
NY Times: Photographers Band Together to Protect Work in ‘Fair Use’ Cases.
First image, I don’t agree. Second, where they paint over the actual photograph, I do.
Giz: Pronouncing GIF Correctly Is a Serious Matter.
They’re coming to take me away, aha. They’re coming to take me away, oho ...
50 Watts: Hoogspanning! — More Dutch Safety Posters.
Ouch. Almost leaves nothing to the imagination.
ArtDaily: “Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette: Picasso and the Model” opens at Kunsthalle Bremen.
ArtDaily: Rijksmuseum acquires spectacular collection of watercolours.
There’s just something about well done watercolours.
Tumblr/What I say occasionally: Steampunk R2D2.
Youtube/SoLost: The Most Beautiful Books.
Hey, you get to see Craig Jensen, one of our illustrious former ETP’ers [‘Booknotes’]. His work is surpassingly excellent. Great interview, Craig! “Thank goodness human beings make art!”
ArtDaily: Cuba makes Ernest Hemingway trove available to the JFK Library & Museum.
Hemingway fans in the Northeast should take this one in.
OpenCulture: Watch the Experimental Short Films by Tezuka Osamu, the Walt Disney of Japan.
Brilliant man. A friend from high school who lives in Japan sent me the 80th anniversary book with an overview of his works [Thanks again, Helene]. For those of us in America, most of our memory is centered around Kimba the White Lion and Astroboy.
Pacific Standard: Not-So-Tortured Artists - Creativity Breeds Happiness.
“New research finds college students are happier than usual when they are engaging in creative activities.” Unless they attend RISD and have a crit the next morning … (wink) …
Rope of Silicon: First Look at Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ in Olympic Trailer.
Quarterly Conversation: The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio
Review of a new and exciting translation. “… Rebhorn is the first Boccaccio translator in 300 years to understand so clearly that the main thing being celebrated amidst all these fevered couplings is ‘intelligence in all its forms.’” On my list. Thank you, wood s lot.
NPR: Don’t Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau.
Yeah, well. Thoreau built his Walden Pond cabin a mile away from Emerson’s house, on Emerson’s land ... less than two miles from his Momma’s house (his Momma did his laundry). That’s roughing it, for sure.
Byzantine Blog: The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists.
“Islamic fundamentalists in Syria have started to destroy archaeological treasures such as Byzantine mosaics and Greek and Roman statues because their portrayal of human beings is contrary to their religious beliefs.” Again, I don’t agree with the current “Monuments Men” repatriation PR. Spread historical cultural artifacts widely, so as to avoid this kind of thing.
TerribleMinds: Self-Publishing Truism Bingo.
ArtDaily: “Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music” opens at the Portland Art Museum.
And if you’re in Portland, this looks particularly interesting.