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New Gauguin Movie – “Voyage de Tahiti”

July 11, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

The trailer for the new Paul Gauguin movie – “Voyage de Tahiti” depicts Gaugin’s 10 years in Tahiti.

In addition to his art (complete works), it is intriguing to see how an actor chooses to portray Gauguin. Here, and here Vincent Cassel talks about playing Paul Gauguin.

The film, ‘“Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti,”’  is director Edouard Deluc’s lushly photographed, on-location film about the painter’s South Seas period, featuring the French actor Vincent Cassel as a grizzled, ailing Gauguin, an artistically driven interpreter of Tahiti and lover of its people. And not one entirely unaware of the conflicted nature of that love …  Since his 1903 death in what was then French Polynesia, Gauguin has represented the artist as anti-hero, the man who sacrificed everything for his art.” LATimes.

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The Only Copy of “Beowulf,” Might Have Disappeared into the Mists of History

July 4, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday

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BEOWULF

“Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norm

 

an Conquest. More than 3,000 lines long, Beowulf relates the exploits of its eponymous hero, and his successive battles with a monster named Grendel, with Grendel’s revengeful mother, and with a dragon which was guarding a hoard of treasure.” The British Library.

 FINE ART IN THE NEW MEDIA

The New Media now allows us not only to see the original manuscript of Beowulf, but also to hear it read aloud.  Simple, but profound.

     The Beowulf  Manuscript

“Though we’ve come to think of it as an essential work of English literature, Beowulf might have disappeared into the mists of history had not the only manuscript of the poem survived “more or less by chance.”

“The ‘unique copy,’ writes Seamus Heaney  ‘(now in the British Library) barely survived a fire in the eighteenth century and was then transcribed and titled, retranscribed and edited, translated and adapted, interpreted and taught, until it has become an acknowledged classic.'” Open Culture.

 

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The British Library’s digitization of that sole manuscript allows us to peel back the layers of canonization and see how the poem first entered a literary tradition. Originally ‘passed down orally over many generations, and modified by each successive bard,” writes the British Library, Beowulf took this fixed form when ‘the existing copy was made at an unknown location in Anglo-Saxon England.”

    Beowulf Read Aloud

“Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney’s performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read. You can hear Heaney read his translation of Beowulf online.  The remainder of the reading appears on YouTube — listen to Part 1 and Part 2. ”  Open Culture.

 

 

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Fjordenhus (Fjord House), first building by Olafur Eliasson and his studio, opens in Vejle, Denmark.

June 20, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

Fjordenhus

“Fjordenhus (Fjord House), the first building designed entirely by artist Olafur Eliasson and the architectural team at Studio Olafur Eliasson, opened on 9 June in Vejle, Denmark. Commissioned by KIRK KAPITAL, the company’s new headquarters  …  incorporating remarkable site-specific artworks by Eliasson with specially designed furniture and lighting.”

Likened to “the Development of a Character in a Novel.”

haracter in a novel.”

 

“Sebastian Behmann notes that ‘Designing a structure of this scale and purpose was like developing characters in a play or novel; we considered the relation of the elements to each other, the setting, the overall story we wanted to tell. Now it is Fjordenhus itself that will carry the narrative into the future.’”

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Manet, Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin Return to Paris via the Courtauld Collection

June 13, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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The Courtauld Collection. Perspectives on Impressionism.”

Courtauld Collection’s rare 19th-century masterpieces will be returning to France with an exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in February 2019.

Fine Art in the New Media to 2019, Now

While the exhibition will not take place until February 2019, the Courtauld Video: “First for Impressionists,” recorded 3 years ago, brings you to 2019 now, and gives you an excellent preview of the collection.

 

 

More About the Exhibition

The exhibition is all set to bring back works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and Gauguin. These works are returning to the country of their long lost origin, France, to be exhibited for the first time in the last 50 years. The return to their native lands more than half a century after has been made possible with Fondation Louis Vuitton’s loan from Courtauld Gallery Collection in London. The Guardian.

The exhibition will bring together London and Paris reminding the viewer of their history of artistic exchanges. The show has been brought to life with Samuel Courtauld’s extensive and elaborate collection of Impressionist art, which is renowned to be one of the most significant of such collections. Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) was an English industrialist and patron with a keen interest in impressionist art. Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Samuel Courtauld

“Samuel Courtauld’s ties with France ran deep: of Huguenot origin, his family came from the Île d’Oléron on the Atlantic coast of France and emigrated to London in the late 17th century. His ancestors were silversmiths and later silk producers. In the early 20th century the development of viscose, a revolutionary synthetic fibre sometimes called ‘artificial silk’, turned the business into one of the largest textile manufacturers in the world. Samuel Courtauld had apprenticed as a young man in France.”

“When he became chairman of the company in 1921, he often returned to Paris to purchase Impressionist works of art from French dealers. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur for services to the arts in 1933. After his death, the Orangerie staged a commemorative exhibition in 1955, which marked the last time many of his works were seen in Paris, including Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Several others have not been back since their purchase by Courtauld in the early 20th century. “The Courtauld.

H/T Blouinartinfo.

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How Movie Sound Effects Art Made: Foley Artists

In this age, many people think that movie sound effects are created by computer. They’re not!

“Foley (named after soundeffects artist Jack Foley) is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. ” wikipedia.

| Sound Design at Earth Touch

 

 

 

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Through the Louvre Lens

May 23, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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Louvre Lens

While it may well be said that all art is viewed through the “lens” of the Louvre, this post is about the Louvre Museum in Lens in northern France.  Lens is a former coal mining town that has suffered d greatly with the decline in the mining of coal. The intent was to house art from the Louvre as a way of participating in the revitalization of the area.” archdaily by

The Museum

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The Museum

“The museum is a series of aluminium and glass boxes, designed in a former coal mining town and strung out across on an old coal field, two huge exhibition spaces show a selection of work from the vast Louvre Collections, providing “an overview of two thousand years of art” (up to the 19th century), including key works such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child With St. Anne or Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.”

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The Mission – Making Art Accessible

Our “focus” here is to see how well the Louvre Lens fulfills the mission of making art accessible to everyone, everywhere.The interior design, as show above, intentionally has lots of space for free-standing art, thus eliminating the cluster and rows of people in front of the art on the walls, as is typical of the conventional museum.

The Light – Natural Light, Not Spotlights, illuminating the Art

Louvre Lens Accessible For Us,  Anytime,Anywhere?

Unfortunately, there is a significant limitation to making the art at the Louvre Lens accessible to those who cannot physically go there. Below is a screenshot of the Louvre website with the results of a search done today. As you will see, there are Zero results. Thus, much work needs to be done to make the Events, Exhibitions, Lectures & Symposia, Film, Music, Live Performances and Literature accessible to those who cannot travel to the physical museum. This is a serious shortcoming which must be addressed by both the Louvre – Lens, and the Louvre – Paris.

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What’s So Good About a Video of an Art Exhibition? “Dreams of Frozen Music.”

May 16, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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Videos of an Exhibition

There are many videos of art exhibitions available on the internet. They range from the talking heads to a full walk-through of an exhibition. While we may take these videos for granted, here we want to focus on the video itself as an art form in the New Media.

The Exhibition, “Dreams of Frozen Music”

We’ve chosen the video of the exhibition of “Dreams of Frozen Music” at the Tokyo Art Museum . ” The exhibition presents about 30 drawings by Sergei Tchoban. These works are not meant to be “the typical drafts” for architectural projects. No building is ever being built according to them, they rather can be seen as “free architectural fantasies.”

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“Tchoban’s aesthetic approach, his visual language and his artistic means seem not to be contemporary but rather timeless. Classical orders of columns, domes of baroque churches and e pre-modernist architecture are being blended into surreal vedutas. A technically brilliant draughtsman, Tchoban employs all kind of materials including ink, water color, red chalk, charcoal and pastel chalk. “ tokyoartmuseum.com.

The Video, “Dreams of Frozen Music,” Part 1.

There is a plethora of videos of art exhibitions, from talking heads to a full walk through of the entire exhibition. However, here, under the theme of Fine Art in the New Media, we want to discuss a video of an art exhibition as an art form itself.  Below is the video of the exhibition, “Dreams of Frozen Music.”

 

The Video of “Dreams of Frozen Music,” Part 2

A video of an art exhibition is a complex task. The first task is the look and feel of the video – how well it establishes the exhibition. In the video above, the opening scene presents the hustle and bustle of Tokyo itself, and shows people  in the subway looking at images from the exhibition. It establishes a  juxtaposition of the frantic movement of the people with the stillness of the art which sets up a dichotomy which immediately captures our attention, but leaves unanswered the question of what this has to do with an art exhibition. However, the quiet contemplation of the art stands as the main theme out and prepares the way for the main scene.

The main sequence continues the theme of the quiet contemplation of the art, with an unexpected solo figure dressed in a striking kimono walking through parts of the exhibition. The music adds to the subtlety of the scene of quiet contemplation of the art in the museum itself, again presenting a dichotomy, forcing us to focus not only on the architectural drawings themselves, but also on the architecture of the museum itself. As an art form it is very creative and very subtile.

The other elements of the video as an art form are the framing of the theme, the  direction given to the solitary figure, the juxtaposition of color against the momochrome of the drawings and the seemingly plain-looking background of the museum.

Moreover, this video superbly presents itself as an art form, which rivets our attention and carries forth the theme of quiet contemplation. Thus, while it does show the art, it has the setting and drama of an art form itself ,independent of the pictures of the architectural drawings, which is quite an artistic accomplishment!

 

 

 

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