art

Add this to the list of handcrafted things I want to try

This week, at THATCampCAA, participants created an online Art History Flashbook highlighting various historical eras of art, along with several processes and links to further study.  Two items which were particularly interesting to me were short, succinct historical video tutorials on albumen and tin-type photography, courtesy of the George Eastman House.

*Disclaimer: I was not part of this amazing digital creation, I am merely celebrating the amazing work that went into such a detailed resource!

I would re-post these everyday if I had the time. Add this to the list of handcrafted things I want to try.

Mark Osterman-Making a Tintype:

Albumen Print Process

DailyFactoids- January 18, 2013

Eve Babitz, Los Angeles artist:

‘Babitz’s parents were friends with the composer Igor Stravinsky who was her godfather. Her first brush with notoriety came through a famous photograph of a nude, twenty-year-old Babitz playing chess with the artist Marcel Duchamp on the occasion of his landmark retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of Art…’

A-mazing.

Visiting the Met and thinking about museums

Recently I had some precious time between interning and work to go and rekindle my love for the Met. I’m a big fan of most museums, but there’s something about the Met, something so perfect and serene, that nothing can hinder my enjoyment there, not even blubbering High School field trips or Midwestern tourist groups. Somehow their gossiping, failures to watch where they’re walking, and insistence on taking illegal photos seems to fade off into the distance when there is such astounding beauty around every corner.

I was perfectly content with lingering in my favorite spots (the Arms and Armory collection, Astor Court, the Temple of Dendur) when I decided that I would instead rather just organically let the exhibits lead me around. After all, it HAD been a while since I was there last, and I’m all about discovering new treasures.

I’m horrible at keeping up with the new exhibit news, so it’s always excellent to wander into a room with such lovely natural light and see this:

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Giant public sculptures are my JAM

I’ve always been fascinated with oversized props and such- ones that make me feel like Thumbelina, or a member of The Borrowers family. These days, you can see things like this in corny roadside attractions on Route 66 or in small America that needed a way to get on the traveling map. For artists, though, this opens up a whole new opportunity to turn a bland public space into one that amazes and gives back to the community.

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW FOR A SLEW OF AMAZING PUBLIC SCULPTURES THAT BRING CREATIVE BEAUTY TO THE OUTDOORS

Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, Safety Pin, 1999
Walda and Sidney Besthoff Sculpture Garden
City Park