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CLICK). It's encouraging that religious fruitcakes with magnifying glasses are vastly outnumbered.
I don't usually bother with pop music videos, but Katy Perry's YouTube video for her new single Dark Horse has caused a furore amongst religious nutters, with the charge of "blasphemy" being hurled at the singer. I thought we should see what the fuss is about. It's all the fault of the props department. While collecting items for the ancient Egyptian theme of the video, someone found a pendant bearing the word "Allah" in Arabic. This is worn by an actor who gets zapped by Perry. "Blasphemy!" screams some loony and sets up an online petition to have the video banned. I have never understood why believers in a ubiquitous, all-seeing, all-powerful deity feel the need to leap to His defence. Surely He can sort His own problems out. No point in believing in Him if He can't. The video is well directed, produces some striking images and I was surprised to find myself enjoying it, despite the singing. CLICK for The Independent.
CLICK). Laurence Edwards FRBS, Brigitte Jurack ARBS and Brian McCann FRBS all assert the continuing vitality of figurative sculpture. Shown is Laurence Edwards' bronze The Settler (2013). The show runs until 9 May.
CLICK). Only last year Camilla Le May's life-sized bronze statue of Sefton (2013) was unveiled at the Royal Veterinary College in Hawkshead. Shown is the maquette of her statue. Sefton was severely injured in the bombing. The gelding had 28 pieces of shrapnel removed from his body. His injuries included a partially severed jugular vein and a badly damaged eye. He survived and was fit for duty within three months (CLICK). For Camilla Le May's blog CLICK.
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CLICK). They will be displaying it on their stand at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which takes place in the Duke of York Square in London from 19 - 25 March (CLICK).
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CLICK). The show takes place in the Gallery's Rooms 4-8 and 11-12. Admission is £14 adults, £13 silver surfers. However, on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30 - 6pm silver surfers can gain entrance for only £7.00. View the Gallery's YouTube introduction below.
Today the National Gallery in London opened Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance in the Sainsbury Wing (CLICK). This exhibition reappraises German Renaissance paintings and shows how their appreciation rose and fell according to fashion. In addition to the Gallery's core collection, which includes Hans Holbein the Younger's magnificent The Ambassadors (1533), more than 30 loans from major UK institutions enhance the theme of reappraisal. The skull to the right of the graphic is my attempt to put the elongated skull in the foreground of The Ambassadors into its realistic perspective when seen from the side of the painting. Try it. Admission to Strange Beauty costs £7. Tickets are timed.
CLICK. Here's my brief translation into colloquial English. Cornelius is Mr Nice Guy. He never committed any crimes. Neither did his Dad or his Mum. German authorities had no legal right to confiscate his hoard and he wants it back. Even if his Dad did steal any art during the Nazi era, the statute of limitations on any art crime in Germany is 30 years. That's long gone. If his hoard is returned, he will sell paintings back to museums or galleries from which they were confiscated at today's market prices. Millions! He estimates that only 3% of his hoard was taken from Jews. By the kindness of his heart, he will return them to any family that has full documentation to prove ownership. How likely is that?
Here's the latest in Tate's series of short films Unlock Art. "How to bluff your way in art" would be a better title, but this has already been used. In Unlock Art: A Brief History of Art Undressed (2014) Dawn O'Porter gives us what Tate describes as a "whistle-stop tour" of nudity in art. It begins 25,000 years ago with The Venus of Willendorf and bounces across centuries to culminate in the dire tripe of Francis Bacon. To be rude with a nude or not to be, that is the question. And who writes the rules?
CLICK for a trailer.) The other 2 nominees evince boring cornball American humour: Universal Pictures' Despicable Me 2 (CLICK) and Disney/Pixar's Monsters University (CLICK). As for the short animations, forget it. 2013 was a poor year.
CLICK). The Henry Hathaway original (1969) starred John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell and won Wayne the only Oscar of his career as one-eyed marshal Rooster Cogburn. The remake stars Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld in the John Wayne and Kim Darby roles. Will they come up to scratch?
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CLICK to view a quick BBC video of the slaughter, with statistics. The London Declaration aims to treat wildlife trade as a serious crime, to adopt a zero tolerance policy to corruption and money laundering related to wildlife crime, to strengthen laws and help law enforcement, to create better cross-agency links, to endorse governments which destroy wildlife products and to renounce governments which use products from species threatened with extinction (CLICK).
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CLICK). The only good thing I can say about Bacon’s ghastly tripe is that it helps Britain's export trade. Let the Chinese have it.
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CLICK). Forget that. The Institute of Contemporary Arts is showing Richard Hamilton at the ICA with two old installation thingies: Man, Machine and Motion (1955) and an Exhibit (1957) (CLICK). The Alan Cristea Gallery is showing Richard Hamilton: Word and Image, Prints 1963 - 2007, a major survey of Hamilton’s original prints. This one is free (CLICK). Shown is a Photo for the cover of Living Arts Magazine 1963 from the Tate Passé show.
CLICK). Ah! Vehicles. So that's what the title means. I had a horrible thought ... never mind. Shown is the original James Bond car: the Aston Martin DB5 from 1963. Now for the bad news. Tickets cost £14.50 for adults, £9.50 for silver surfers and £38 for families (2 adults and 2 children). So this is for rich tourists and Bob Crow.
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CLICK). According to BBC London it runs until March (CLICK). Check before you go.
CLICK). The exhibition bears the nowadays obligatory come-on warning about nudity (not a pretty sight). Shown is a female visitor ogling one of Bailey's male nudes (2014). Prices are OTT at £14.50 for adults and £13 for silver surfers. The latter can get an extra £1 off if they visit on Wednesdays.
CLICK). The article is accompanied by cutaway sections showing how the Cathedral was created. National Geographic's Senior Graphics Editor Fernando Gomez-Baptista and a team of artists spent four months creating these unprecedented graphics to show how the double-shelled dome was made. Brunelleschi - a goldsmith by training - was very secretive about its construction. Mueller doesn't include the apocryphal tale of how Brunelleschi won the competition to build the dome. According to legend, he challenged his competitors to balance an egg on its end. When they had all failed, he picked up the egg and crunched it down to stand on its broken end. If only it had been that simple....
CLICK). In 2013 the Royal Academy of Arts in London exhibited a major retrospective of Bellows' work (CLICK). The National Gallery lashed out £15.6m ($25.5m) for Men of the Docks in a deal with the Randolph College in Virginia (CLICK). The perspective of Bellow's painting of the snowy waterfront in Brooklyn is brilliant, but you can tell his concern is for the freezing dockers. "Will they get work today?"
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There is absolutely no truth in the dastardly rumour that President Vladimir Putin will appear at the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics in Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, wearing a giant condom to promote human rights. At £30bn, the cost of these games is more than the total of all other Olympic Winter Games put together. Vlad needs to keep the Russian Mafia happy. BBC Sport is sending more commentators to these tedious games than Britain has competitors. Auntie is also sending her most famous gay, Clare Balding, as anchor woman, just to get up Vlad's nose. As usual, Muslim nutters have threatened to disrupt the games. The USA is so worried about bombs in toothpaste tubes it has banned them on flights to Russia. You can view the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on BBC Two at 3.30 pm today (CLICK).
CLICK). It fetched £446,500, setting a new world record price for a Salvador Dalí bronze (CLICK). There are another seven of the 3-metre monsters lurking somewhere.
Google has teamed up with the Barbican in London to promote DevArt, Art Made with Code. The video is slick and impressive, but it seems to me that Google is trying to reinvent the wheel. Windows Media Player has been creating complex visuals to music for yonks. My old Atari ST used to do it too, and that's decades ago. I created progressive animations using Degas Elite and fractal generation software. CLICK for the DevArt page. It doesn't do much at present. Maybe if you VIEW SOURCE, it will give you a clue. You'll need a Github account. The Barbican will show Digital Revolution in July (CLICK).
CLICK to see more of Lia's excellent coloured pencil art on her SAA page (Society for All Artists). Belated happy birthday, Lia.
CLICK). Millions of London commuters are now suffering the travel chaos of the first day of a two-day Underground strike over the closure of redundant ticket offices and the loss of 750 to 950 jobs (CLICK). The closures are a done deal. 400 ticket office clerks have applied for voluntary redundancy packages. Striking members of the RMT and TSSA are losing money. So who benefits? Bob Crow. All the sound and fury from Mr Crow is aimed at convincing his members he's doing a good job for them. How else can he justify that luxury lifestyle to which he's become accustomed?
CLICK). The competition received nearly 140,000 entries this year. There are two main categories: Professional and Open. Louise Porter from the USA submitted this photo of Young Men from the Kara Tribe, Omo, Ethiopia in the open People section. The winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced on 18 March, of the Professionals on 30 April in a gala ceremony in London.