2nd Mona LIsa uncovered

“A copy of the Mona Lisa has been discovered in the Prado which was painted in Leonardo’s studio—created side by side with the original that now hangs in the Louvre. This sensational find will transform our understanding of the world’s most famous picture”. The Art Newspaper

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Olive | The movie

Shot entirely on a Nokia N8 by independent filmmaker Hooman Khalili, Olive opens next week in over 2000 US cinemas on Dec 16th (without the backing of any of any major studio).  Full reviews and info on the making of the movie + trailer can be viewed at http://olivethemovie.com. No doubt Nokia will reap some kudos from this, but the film’s director said of Nokia “that they just sent me the phone”  and that “after March of 2011 I never heard from Nokia again, they disappeared”.

In an interview with Wall St Journal Khalili said the process was not that simple

“There was a lot of things making this nearly impossible for us,” said Khalili.

The Nokia N8 shoots in high resolution, but before Khalili and his crew could start filming, they had to hack the phone to turn off the auto focus and the auto zoom.

“The camera thinks it knows what you want to focus on, but it doesn’t know,”   @Wall St Journal

This was also shot before the advent of 35mm lens adapters for phones so the team had to create rigs that allowed lens attachments for the phones used in the making of the movie.

The movie was independently financed by former Facebook CPO (Chief Privacy Officer) Chris Kelly and  stars Academy Award (twice nominated) actress Gina Rowlands who agreed to do the movie purely on the audacity of the concept.

The following 480p trailer is hosted on YouTube, where sadly, the kiddie experts who haven’t the vaguest idea of the implications that this project carries, post the traditional, nay required, poorly informed comments.

Hats off to Khalili for this adventurous undertaking.

Art on shifting sands

“The Guggenheim is certainly not cancelled,” the US ambassador, Michael Corbin, told me. “It’s just delayed due to cash flow problems and the Arab Spring”. This was at an exhibition of Middle Eastern artists hosted in the residence to show his general support for the role that art is playing in Abu Dhabi policy. There were more signs of official approval for the idea of art. A huge red ball is appearing in surprising places, such as the Zaha Hadid-designed bridge, and in shopping malls. This is an installation by Kurt Perschke to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”- The Art Newspaper

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Tony Shafrazi admires the Kids’ Zone

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Sintel | Blender Animation

“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.”

The Blender community have engaged in a number of ‘open’ movie projects involving online collaboration with hundreds of animators around the globe. This is the third such project and it is no doubt quite an extraordinary testament to the power of open source technology and online collaboration.

You won’t find an ‘Untitled’ among my works

“In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Neo Rauch’s enigmatic paintings—an intensely coloured mix of realism, surrealism, pop art and comic-book imagery—brought him huge international success. In Germany his work still fuels debate on the pros and cons of figurative painting.

This month the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is opening a Rauch retrospective (27 May-18 September, see What’s On). Curated by art historian Werner Spies, the show will cover the artist’s development over the past 20 years. Of particular interest will be the presentation of Rauch’s first sculpture, titled Nachhut, 2011″.

text + image courtesy of The Art Newspaper

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Scheme launched to purchase Wrapped Reichstag

“A foundation has been launched to raise the €10m needed to purchase the Wrapped Reichstag collection from the artist Christo. Negotiations also began last month to organise the display in Berlin’s Reichstag of the artist’s drawings, collages, archive photographs and even lengths of rope and fragments of the aluminium-covered material that shrouded the historic building, as part of the project”.

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One masterpiece can go a long way

An interesting development that underpins the problems that lack of sufficient funding for public institutions and the buying power of corporate collections poses for Exhibitions curators.

“There might be less money to organise exhibitions in many US museums, but by borrowing one masterpiece, putting it on display, and so turning a single work into a star attraction, several are stretching their budgets a long way.”

Caravaggio’s “The Fortune Teller” at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, proved a big draw

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Arts education in England under threat

A disturbing new trend surfaces in education in England.

“Arts organisations, including the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) and Arts Council England, fear that arts subjects could be cut from secondary school education in England following the introduction of the English Baccalaureate, a way of ranking pupils according to grades achieved in five core subjects: maths, English, science, a language and either history or geography.”

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The Father of Pop has died, aged 89

Hamilton passed away on Sept 13th before putting the final touches on a traveling retrospective that was due to tour major locations during 2013-14. Hamilton is recognized as the founding figure of the pop art movement in Britain ahead of it’s later rise to prominence in the US.

Image courtesy of The Art Newspaper

You can read a fascinating interview with Hamilton here

Perception, Language, and the Web

A great article on language usage and interpretation. This is also a great asset in terms of helping your students understand the power of language and to help them learn to contextualize responses in an exam setting.

Whilst not everything will apply to an art education context there are some very useful gems of information here.

“Storytelling is a buzzword with lots of different interpretations. Either the internet is killing stories, or it’s the best thing to happen to them since the printing press.

Stories have been around as long as we have, helping us understand our world and ourselves. We learn and retain information best through stories, because they turn information into more than the sum of its parts. But what makes a story a story, and what does it mean for the digital world we’ve built?
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read the full article at A List Apart here