Art installation "Alice" by Spanish artist Cristina Lucas is
displayed in the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art in the Andalusian capital
of Seville, southern Spain on April 10. (REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo)
Years before Impressionism — the influential
Paris-based art movement — began, a similar style of painting capturing colourful
impressions of light may have existed in Italy, according to a new exhibit.
The show at Paris' Orangery museum displays works from 1860s
Florence with vivid, dappled light — in a strikingly similar way to famed
painters like Claude Monet from the 1870s.
The movement was called "Macchiaioli," after the Italian for
"stain," to evoke splashes of light in the painting.
"It's practically unknown around the world, but like the
Impressionists they used the bright light of open air, contrasting shadows, and
they wished to rebel against academic painting by going out and in the open
air," said curator Beatrice Avanzi.
“(Plastic surgery) is the opposite
of mortality. It is the denial of death,” says Phil Toledano.
The London-born, New York City-based photographer explores the
world’s fascination with going under the knife in his series, “A new kind of
Toledano, whose work has appeared in
The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ, says what it means to look
human will eventually change as more and more technologies and procedures to
alter oneself will become readily available.
Greater and more severe enhancements
in plastic surgery -- as seen in his photo series -- will become the new norm.
People who opt for extreme plastic surgery procedures will be seen as normal,
functioning individuals and not deemed freaks.
Change is already underway, he says.
While decades ago, people with
piercings and tattoos were seen on the fringes of society; nowadays it seems
everyone and their cousin has a piercing or tattoo. Piercings and tattoos are
accepted -- and people display them proudly.
“These kinds of people that I’m
shooting are utterly the vanguard of that evolution,” Toledano told me last
look he wanted to go with for his series is somewhat based on Northern
Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger's paintings. The German painter is
famous for his portraits of Henry VIII's court.
thought it would be interesting to take that style and overlay it over this new
kind of beauty I see evolving in our own contemporary
Toledano's subjects wear little
makeup and clothes.
didn’t want to take a sexy picture. I wanted to make a beautiful, dignified
photograph of that person," he says.
A wounded English aviator is taken prisoner by German soldiers during World War I in this picture taken by an unknown photographer. Photo reproduction from the Black Star Collection.
Are you off to the movies this weekend, or taking in a film at home? Is it a zombie flick filled with mock-mouldy human flesh, or a blow-‘em-away epic with bloody shoot-outs and special FX car crashes?
The aptly described top-grossing movies of the past year, unsurprisingly, include the latest vampire Twilight Saga installment (“domestic violence in disguise"), and superhero slugfest The Avengers. It’s all rated as entertainment, and shocks no one over the age of five. Vicious videogames fill in the blanks when the last movie frame fades.
Many, however, shrink from the unglamorous violence of the real world. Exhibitions of photos and videos of deadly actual events – bloody repression, slaughter and genocide – make few dents in the box offices of North America.
But these are happening every day, in every country. On the ground. Now. And in the not-so-distant past.
For those who are ready to come to grips with political struggle, racism, human suffering and the ethics of photographing and depicting those images, Ryerson University has an exhibition for you.
Human Rights Human Wrongs is on all weekend at the Ryerson Image Centre from noon to 5 p.m., and until April 14 (except Monday). It features 300 original prints from the famed Black Star Collection. They encourage viewers to meditate on the humanity and inhumanity of living through, and covering, events most can only imagine.
And, yes, there’s a warning: “contains photographs that may be disturbing to viewers due to the graphic or violent nature of the subject matter.”
Just like life.
Olivia Ward has covered conflicts, politics and human rights from the former Soviet Union to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. She has collaborated on two Emmy-winning films based on her work, as well as Devil’s Bargain, on the international arms trade, with filmmaker Shelley Saywell.
A group of actors recreated the "The Night Watch" scene, which portrays a
company of Amsterdam volunteer militiamen. The massive painting — 4.35 metres wide and 3.79 metres high — will hang at the
end of the museum's central gallery, just as it did in the original 1885
by architect Pierre Cuypers.
The painting's placement reflects Dutch history, a crowning achievement of
the Golden Age when the Netherlands was a major naval power and Amsterdam was
one of the world's most influential and wealthy cities.
In a media preview Thursday ahead of the April 13 reopening, Rijksmuseum director
Wim Pijbes said the far-reaching improvements to the museum will justify the decade long, $480 million makeover.
"It's totally changed, renewed, improved, radiant — everything is new," he
The Rijksmuseum houses the largest collection of Dutch artwork, with many
treasures from the country's 17th-century Golden Age and beyond.
From hand-painted details on every pillar, to newly laid mosaic floors and
stained glass windows, to revitalizing the displays themselves, every part of
the museum has been restored or rethought.
Pijbes said that almost never has a national museum undergone such a
far-reaching facelift, with every single one of the 8,000 artifacts and pieces
of art on display coming to rest in a different spot — with one exception: "The
Night Watch" itself.
A woman looks at the "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum the Amsterdam on April 4. The Rijksmuseum,
after a decade of rebuilding, renovation and restoration, will open to the
general public on April 13.
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes holds one of
his musical instruments sculpted from recycled guns at the Lisson Gallery on
Tuesday in London. Reyes received 6,700
destroyed weapons from the Mexican government from which he sculpted two groups
of instruments. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The first, a series titled "Imagine", is an orchestra of 50 instruments, from flutes to string and percussion instruments, designed to be
played live. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The second, "Disarm", is an installation of mechanical musical
instruments, which can either be automated or played live by an individual
operator using a laptop computer or midi keyboard. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A guitar made from recycled gun
parts is shown at Reyes' "Disarm" exhibition. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Tom Lamb plays a musical
instrument made from recycled gun parts at the Lisson Gallery. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Musical instruments made from
recycled gun parts are played at the Lisson Gallery. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Actress Tilda Swinton
performs the art of sleeping in her one-person piece called "The Maybe," in New
York's Museum of Modern Art, Monday. In "The Maybe," first
performed at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995, Swinton lies sleeping in
a glass box for the day. The exhibit will move locations within the museum every
time Swinton performs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A man looks at a poster reading "Census of Jews" displayed
in an exhibition at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, Feb. 12. The
French state prepares to give back seven stolen Nazi-era paintings - four of which
are in the Louvre - to two Jewish families,
after a decade-long tug of war. It ends years of struggle for the two families,
whose claims were all validated by the French prime minister last year. (AP
The French government has
announced that seven paintings seized by the Nazis from Jewish collectors and
art dealers in France during World War II are to be returned to their
Three of the paintings are kept in the illustrious Louvre, while four others hang in French
They were part of a massive
haul of 100,000 art works stolen in France by occupying Nazi forces during WWII at the behest of leader and failed art student Adolf Hitler.
The return of the paintings
marks welcome progress in a decades-long battle waged by the descendants of the
Jewish owners whose collections were plundered during the occupation.
The French government
recovered about 60,000 art works following the war, of which about 45,000 were
returned to their rightful owners, and another 10,000 were sold on the open
market. But at the time, ownership of the balance could not be traced – many of
the owners had perished in the Holocaust – and the search for their descendants
effectively ceased in 1950.
But Puerto Rican journalist and
author Hector Feliciano ignited an explosive debate in France in 1995 with the
publication of his book, “The Lost Museum,” in which he listed the looted art
then hanging in French museums and accused the government of not doing enough
to track the art works’ proper inheritors.
The French government had “stonewalled” Feliciano's research at the time and he was forced to turn to U.S.
archives to complete his book.
The French government finally
relented and staged an exhibition of more than 1,000 of 2,058 pieces then housed
in its national collections.
Six of the seven paintings to be returned –
all 17th and18th century works with religious themes –
will be returned to 82-year-old American Thomas Selldorf, a grandson of businessman
and art collector Richard Neumann, who first fled Vienna for Paris, then Spain,
before finally landing in Cuba.
The other painting by Dutch
artist Pieter Jansz van Asch will go back to the family of Czech banker Josef
Wiener who died en route to a Nazi concentration camp in 1942.
The London Times today reports that British officials say they are ready to accept new claims for looted art in its collections. Arts Council England’s senior policy adviser
Gerry McQuillan said a British panel had already returned seven looted paintings since
Elsewhere around the world descendants of the rightful owners continue their pursuit.
held bureau postings for the Toronto Star in Johannesburg, Berlin,
London and Beijing. He is a NNA and Amnesty International Award
winner, and a Harvard Nieman Fellow from the class of '06. Follow him
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A carnival reveller dressed as a "Peliqueiro" is pictured in
a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza Feb. 12.
"Peliqueiros", or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets
ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks. (Miguel
This image provided by the Muscarelle Museum
of Art shows a drawing by Renaissance artist
Michelangelo of a plan for the church of San Giovanni del Florentini in Rome
that is on display at the museum in Williamsburg, Va. The image is one of 25 drawings by Michelangelo beginning a two-city U.S. exhibition in
Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the U.S. and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the
tumultuous times in which he lived. (AP Photo/Muscarelle Museum
Michelangelo's drawing of Cleopatra that is on
display at the museum in Williamsburg, Va. (AP Photo/Muscarelle Museum of Art)
Michelangelo's drawing of Madonna and Child that is on display at the museum in
Williamsburg, Va. (AP Photo/Muscarelle Museum
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