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Download Hundreds of Van Gogh Paintings, Sketches & Letters in High Resolution

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 “Van Gogh’s fame has had the unfortunate side effect of crowding out many students of his art from gallery exhibitions. Yet this difficulty need not now prevent them from surveying and seeing up close his huge body of work in digital archives like that of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the largest Van Gogh collection in the world.”

By entering the collection, you can see, for example, Self Portrait with Straw Hat, at the top, from 1887, or the strikingly similar portrait of his brother and staunch supporter Theo from the same year, below. “

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“You can also see an 1882 letter to Theo, with a beautiful sketch of a Pollard Willow, an image he committed to canvas that year. “

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e- Books: Publishers Giving Away Bestsellers For Free?

New Post goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba

Publishers Giving Away e-Book Bestsellers For Free

“Last year, Random House quietly gave away Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, for free for one week. Millions of readers were unaware of the week-long giveaway.”

BookBub?

“A select group of readers did take advantage of the promotion, though. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time. BookBub notified nearly one million readers of the free Da Vinci Code deal last spring.

“It’s the Groupon of books,” Dominique Raccah, the publisher of Sourcebooks, told The New York Times about deal sites like BookBub. “For the consumer, it’s new, it’s interesting. It’s a deal and there isn’t much risk. And it works.”

Why did Random House give away a bestselling ebook that usually retails for $9.99? The company’s goal was to hook new readers on Brown’s thrillers and drum up interest in his new book, Inferno. The free ebook even included the prologue and first chapter of Inferno.

How it Works

“For readers, part of the appeal of BookBub is that it does not list every single free ebook on the market. Instead, BookBub’s expert editorial team selectively curates only the highest-quality ebooks to feature in their email and on their website. In most cases, the deals can be purchased for any ereading device, including Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Android .”

Readers can select which genres they would like to receive, so each email is matched to their preferences. BookBub features more than two dozen genres of books, including mystery, romance, literary, historical fiction, nonfiction and more.

With millions of readers using BookBub’s service, this type of promotional concept seems to be resonating with both publishers and readers alike. To find out more about the service, go to www.bookbub.com.”

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MAX BECKMANN AND BERLIN

By Jack Dziamba, January 21, 2016
Max Beckmann. 'Quappi in a Pink Jumper'. Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza.

Max Beckmann. ‘Quappi in a Pink Jumper’. Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza

BECKMANN AND BERLIN

“As the Berlinische Galerie marks its fortieth anniversary, the exhibition “Max Beckmann and Berlin” will focus for the first time attention on the decisive role the city played in the artist’s work. The art historian Julius Meier-Graefe, a contemporary of Beckmann’s, succinctly summed up the relationship between the artist and the city in 1924: “Max Beckmann is the new Berlin.’”

The Berlinische Galerie unveils the extraordinary life and work of Max Beckmann – one of the most important artists of the modern era, and due to their use of New Media Tools, you are able to enjoy it here:

Beckmann and Berlin, Beckmann and Nightlife, Beckmann and his Rivals,  Beckmann and Love, Beckmann and the City, Beckmann and Himself, Beckmann and High Society, Beckmann and Women, Beckmann and Success.

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David Bowie – A Tribute Without Words

New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, Jack Dziamba, January 13, 2016
Isabell Werth, Central Park Horse Show, New York. Published  Sep 22, 2014, You Tube, re-published, Horse Nation, January 11, 2016
H/T Laura Dziamba
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New York Public Library Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday by Jack Dziamba

SPOTLIGHT ON THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

“On January 6, 2016, The New York Public Library enhanced access to all public domain items in Digital Collections

so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.”

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ELLSWORTH KELLY, ARTIST

New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday. December 30, 2015 by Jack Dziamba
Ellsworth Kelly in his studio in Spencertown, N.Y., in 2012. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Ellsworth Kelly in his studio in Spencertown, N.Y., in 2012.
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SLIDE SHOW|11 Photos Ellsworth Kelly, Mixing Abstraction With Simplicity

“Ellsworth Kelly, Who Shaped Geometries on a Bold Scale, Dies at 92” 

DEC. 27, 2015,  The New York Times,

“Ellsworth Kelly, one of America’s great 20th-century abstract artists, who in the years after World War II shaped a distinctive style of American painting by combining the solid shapes and brilliant colors of European abstraction with forms distilled from everyday life, died on Sunday at his home in Spencertown, N.Y. He was 92.”

Paris

“Born in Newburgh, N.Y., on May 31, 1923, Mr. Kelly studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after his discharge from the Army in 1945. But his formative years as an artist were in Paris, which he had visited briefly during World War II, and where he returned to live in 1948 with support from the G.I. Bill.”

The seven years he subsequently spent there had continuing emotional resonance for him throughout his life. In a 1996 interview with “The New York Times, he recalled his early days in the city:

‘”Paris was gray after the war. I liked being alone. I liked being a stranger. I didn’t speak French very well, and I liked the silence.”’
                                       (Source:“Ellsworth Kelly, Who Shaped Geometries on a Bold Scale, Dies at 92”)

Silence – Pictures Without Words: “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles” *

The Artis, Himself

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* “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles” is the first exhibition in Matthew Marks’ new LA space. The show includes six new two-panel paintings, all of which are being exhibited here for the first time. The paintings are each made from a single shaped canvas featuring a dramatic curve carefully painted with many coats of a bright color (blue, green, yellow, orange, etc). These curved panels are attached to a rectangular canvas painted in a contrasting color.”
“Also on view are a group of 1952-54 collages Kelly made in Paris as a young man, including Study for Black and White Panels, and a 1966 painting Black Over White. These works are the inspiration for Kelly’s monumental sculpture installed on the façade of the building. Among his largest works, Kelly’s new Los Angeles sculpture is the first to incorporate the building’s architecture into his own work. In one succinct gesture, the entire façade has become part of his sculpture.Published on Jan 18, 2014 (Source: “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles” January 20 – April 14, 2012. Mathew Marks Gallery.)
H/T Mark Dziamba

 

 

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FRANCESCA WOODMAN, PHOTOGRAPHER

New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba. December 23, 2015

 

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Francesca Woodman, Photographer

From Francesca Woodman, Carey Keller, Editor (SFMOMA, 2013):

“Woodman began photographing at the age of 13. By the time she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design 1n 1975, she was already an accomplished photographer, with a singularly mature and focused approach to her work. At the age of twenty-two, she committed suicide.”

A partial list of exhibitions of her work include:

  • 1998: “l’artiste et la représentation de soi, Francesca Woodman, Rencontres d’Arles festival.
  • 2009–2010: Francesca Woodman. Traveled to Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain; sms contemporanea, Siena, Italy; and Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy.

And Now, the exhibition at the Foam* Museum in Amsterdam.

From the Foam website,

“Before committing suicide at the age of twenty-two, Woodman explored themes such as gender, representation, sexuality and corporality. Her oeuvre consists of a large number of self-portraits. A striking aspect of her work is that she is either explicitly naked, or in contrast, attempts to hide her body: squeezed into a cupboard, behind the wallpaper, wrapped in plastic or material, or in a shroud of movement. She photographs herself in interiors punctuated by evidence of decay. Even when other people feature in Woodman’s photographs, they function purely as a stand-in for the artist. Woodman’s photographs showcase a range of symbolist and surrealist influences, and in many cases they evoke oppressive feelings.”

“The exhibition Francesca Woodman. On Being an Angel consists of 102 photographs, mainly gelatine silver prints but including several large-format diazotype prints and six short videos.consists of 102 photographs, mainly gelatine silver prints but including several large-format diazotype prints and six short videos.

From the website, alicesaffron,  “Artist Research 3) Francesca Woodman,” April 24, 2015

“Woodman is known for her avant gard self-portraits, she embodies a type of movement within her images,  representing somebody who is trying to break free  and escape from herself.  I feel like her work doesn’t stop when the cameras turned off, these images are a sequence of moments occurring her life, mind and dreams which she then projects into her photography as an outlet.”

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As reported by ArtDaily,

 Foam  [Foam Photography Museum] concludes 2015 with an overview of the exceptional and intense work of an American photographer who died young, Francesca Woodman (1958-1981). Woodman used photography as an extremely personal means of expression, as if wearing her skin inside out, making herself the only subject of her work. After her untimely death her photographs were shown in a number of major international exhibitions and they have inspired artists all over the world.”

Francesca Woodman On Being an Angel # 1, 1977 Photograph Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman and  Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Francesca Woodman On Being an Angel # 1, 1977. Photograph Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY. 

 

Francesca Woodman. On Being an Angel is on display in Foam from 18 December 2015 to 9 March 2016.

From the Foam website:

“The most significant subject in Francesca Woodman’s work was Francesca Woodman herself. She used photography as an extremely personal means of expression, as ‘if wearing her skin inside out, making herself the only subject of her work’. Her photographs were shown in a number of major international exhibitions and they have inspired artists all over the world.”

*”Foam is an internationally operating organisation in the field of photography, based in Amsterdam. Foam informs and inspires the widest possible audience by presenting all facets of contemporary photography.”

More images by Francesca Woodman.

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