2016年9月29日 星期四

The Novelist Whose Twitter Feed Is a Work of Art ?



Rabih Alameddine has become a kind of online cult celebrity due to the strange and mesmerizing threads on his Twitter account.
When Rabih Alameddine is struggling with his writing, he takes to Twitter, and posts pictures of works of art.
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The novelist Rabih Alameddine populates his Twitter feed with works of art, like this 1924 piece by El Lissitzky, “Proun 93. Floating Spiral.”PHOTOGRAPH BY FINE ART IMAGES / HERITAGE / GETTY



While writing “Invisible Man,” Ralph Ellison was said to have picked up his trumpet when he hit a snag so that he could sound out his thoughts in music and then right himself on the page. When the fifty-seven-year-old Lebanese-American novelist Rabih Alameddine is struggling, he takes to Twitter, and posts pictures of works of art. Signs of his inching progress appear in the images he shares while in the creative throes. “The more beautiful the image, the more frustrated I am in my writing,” he told me recently. “If I post a whole series of Matisse, then I’ve reached a dead end. If I do Monet, I’m going nowhere.”

2016年9月28日 星期三

"Corot" by D.H. Lawrence. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, "A View near Volterra," 1838,

"Corot" by D.H. Lawrence
The trees rise taller and taller, lifted
On a subtle rush of cool grey flame
That issuing out of the east has sifted
The spirit from each leaf's frame.
For the trailing, leisurely rapture of life
Drifts dimly forward, easily hidden
By bright leaves uttered aloud; and strife
Of shapes by a hard wind ridden.
The grey, plasm-limpid, pellucid advance
Of the luminous purpose of Life shines out
Where lofty trees athwart-stream chance
To shake flakes of its shadow about.
The subtle, steady rush of the whole
Grey foam-mist of advancing Time
As it silently sweeps to its somewhere, its goal,
Is seen in the gossamer's rime.
Is heard in the windless whisper of leaves,
In the silent labours of men in the field,
In the downward-dropping of flimsy sheaves
Of cloud the rain-skies yield.
In the tapping haste of a fallen leaf,
In the flapping of red roof smoke, and the small
Footstepping tap of men beneath
Dim trees so huge and tall.
For what can all sharp-rimmed substance but catch
In a backward ripple, the wave-length, reveal
For a moment the mighty direction, snatch
A spark beneath the wheel!
Since Life sweeps whirling, dim and vast,
Creating the channelled vein of man
And leaf for its passage; a shadow cast
And gone before we can scan.
Ah listen, for silence is not lonely!
Imitate the magnificent trees
That speak no word of their rapture, but only
Breathe largely the luminous breeze.
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French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot traveled extensively in Italy during his life, including a one-month stay in the small town of Volterra. Painted as a memory of the Italian countryside he visited, this work of art shows a lone hunter riding towards a wooded hilltop. Prominently placed in the foreground is the trunk of a tree, sawn off at the bottom and splintered at the top. The light of late afternoon warms the scene, casting long shadows across the path.
Imagine you are sitting on one of the boulders along the road. Describe the feel of the sun and the smells around you.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, "A View near Volterra," 1838, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection


卡拉瓦喬 Caravaggio, 1571-1610

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Caravaggio was born #OnThisDay in 1571. Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe. You can learn more about Caravaggio by watching our lunchtime talk here: http://bit.ly/2d0kwB1
His painting, 'Supper at Emmaus', will feature in our upcoming exhibition 'Beyond Caravaggio', opening on 12 October. Book now, Members go free: http://bit.ly/2d0kucy




Painting valued at $135 million found in French loft believed by many to be…
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The discovery of a painting found in the attic of a house in southwest France two years ago is being hailed as a great event in the history of art. See why: http://reut.rs/1S4m2dx



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Happy birthday to Caravaggio, one of the most revolutionary figures of European art, born on this day in 1571.
Caravaggio (Italian,1571–1610) | The Musicians | ca. 1595  http://met.org/1qbF3jE

2010:卡拉瓦喬 Caravaggio. Circa 1600: ARevolution of Style in Italian Panting

去年沒去看電影"一代畫家 卡拉瓦喬"*。 現在可以談兩本書。

卡拉瓦喬,法蘭欣.普羅絲,左岸文化,88折. ... 普羅絲以她的熱情與機敏,描述偉大的藝術家卡拉瓦喬短暫而激盪的一生。卡拉瓦喬一五七一年生於米蘭附近,二十一歲時遷居 ...


卡拉瓦喬. 王娟娟, 羅莎‧喬治- 木馬文化,2002-08-01 出版.

卡拉瓦喬- 維基百科,自由的百科全書

米開朗基羅·梅里西·達·卡拉瓦喬(義大利語:Michelangelo Merisi detto il ...


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我弄不清楚書中的「知識份子」的原文,因為末篇用I. Berlin的用語「俗世教士」(The Secular Priesthood 譬如說,pp.196-97),不過你查它的出處之一:I. Berlin 俄羅斯思想家(彭淮棟譯,台北:聯經,1987,p. 156)強調的是「「知識份子階層」(intelligentsia)」。

字眼能談的還也許多,譬如說頁xxiv最後一句話:「我們希望….與羅馬街(Via Roman)…」
由於這可能是一般街道名,也可能是用羅馬的「羅馬大道」當象徵用。
【hc後補入:我們十七世紀的義大利寫實主義畫家卡瓦拉喬 (Caravaggio,1571-1610),就曾以溺水而死的妓女屍首為模特兒,完成宗教畫作〈處女之死〉(Death of the Virgin)【Dear Jo:這應該是「聖母」之誤解—我查哈佛大學出版社的 Circa 1600: A Revolution of Style in Italian Panting by S. J. Freedberg 一書,他畫了她的一生…..我們可以從台北市面上一本畫家專集了解Via Roman是他輝煌騰達之開始。】




*2009.1.12
Longoni's Caravaggio

Caravaggio

Caravaggio
Angelo Longoni 2007
Categories: Arts In Film, Best Arts In Film, Best Cinematography (Storaro)

Longoni's new bio-pic about Michalangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the supremely great and more-famous-than-ever late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Italian artist, premiered in a long version at Lincoln Center, is a glorious spectacle with a charismatic star. Marked by rich interiors, often lit as in Caravaggio's paintings, panoramic shots, sweeping music, and large cast, this is a pleasure to watch. Beautiful to look at and richly eventful, if conventional, the film never errs in tone,

狂人畫家卡拉瓦喬傳奇 搬上銀幕 吳垠慧/台北報導  (20090124)  他是個瘋子,膽敢把娼妓畫成聖母,他也是藝評公認的天才。生於十六世紀末的義大利畫家卡拉瓦喬,他卅九年生命裡,是娼妓的情人,也是紅衣主教求畫對象。 他功成名就,卻因殺人罪客死他鄉。電影《一代畫家:卡拉瓦喬》將他戲劇性一生搬上銀幕,作家哈爾也將其名作《逮捕耶穌》發掘過程寫成小說。

 《一代畫家:卡拉瓦喬》由義大利導演隆格尼(Angelo Longoni)執導。電影從卡拉瓦喬彌留之際的回憶開始鋪陳,以倒敘手法呈現他備受爭議的一生。
 卡拉瓦喬十二歲時父親與祖父因戰亂身亡,母親將他送到德特札諾工作室避難學畫。母親過世後,他隻身前往當時歐洲藝術中心羅馬。初抵羅馬的他,經歷三餐不繼、瘧疾侵襲,直到賞識他的德蒙特紅衣主教出現。  主教提供他住處,收藏他的畫作,為他爭取到教堂的重要委託。他完成《聖馬太的蒙召》及《殉教》兩幅大壁畫後,聲勢如日中天。  

卡拉瓦喬的畫風寫實,尤其擅用舞台劇般對比強烈的光線,營造出戲劇性氛圍。他的早期畫作《水果籃》是美術史家考證出來年代最早的靜物畫。在宗教畫部份,卡拉瓦喬堅持以真人模特兒入畫,認為如此才能準確掌握人的形體與動作。就算是死屍,他也湊近端詳。然而,卡拉瓦喬被學院派排擠,譏笑他的畫作有「酒館味」。卡拉瓦喬流連街頭酒館,身旁圍繞著娼妓、窮人,目睹戰爭、死亡及斬首、火燒等行刑。尤其他將煙花女菲麗黛、蓮娜等人畫成聖母,更是喧騰一時。  人們認為他褻瀆神明,卻又無法抗拒他筆下聖像竟具感官之美,畫作被評為「光亮處美不勝收,黑暗處充滿罪惡」。  
卡拉瓦喬暴躁易怒。據傳他努力作畫兩星期後,就會放蕩幾周。劍不離身的他常惹事生非,為煙花女子與人拔劍決鬥。最後就是鬧出人命,被判死刑,迫使他離開 羅馬,開始逃亡。為了取得教宗的赦免,他極力爭取騎士團勳章,作畫獻給教宗。沒想在潛回羅馬的海路上,染上瘧疾死亡。

The long-lost Caravaggio painting that the baroque master had with him when he died in 1610 has finally been identified, according to the world’s foremost authority on the artist.
Several copies of Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy are thought to exist. But now the Caravaggio scholar Mina Gregori has said she is confident of having made a “definitive” verification of the version that she has studied in a private European collection.
After years hunting for the real thing, the eminent art expert and president of Florence’s Roberto Longhi Art History Foundation, declared: “At last, it’s you”, after finding herself seemingly gazing at the Caravaggio original. If true, the discovery would be one of rare importance in Western art.
Ms Gregori said key characteristics of the painting, the first ever photograph of which was printed in La Repubblica yesterday, left no doubts in her mind regarding its provenance. “The creation of a body with varying tones, the intensity of the face. The strong wrists, crossed fingers and beautiful hair … the wonderful variations in light and colour – all show that it is Caravaggio,” she said.

She added that the discovery of a handwritten note attached to the back of the 103.5cm by 91.5cm painting, attributing it to Caravaggio, and denoting it is a commission by one of his important patrons, Cardinale Scipione Borghese of Rome, was the final proof. The family, who contacted Ms Gregori for the authentification, have said they have no intention of selling it.
The existence of a version known as the “Klein Magdalena” in Rome, which some experts have described as authentic, suggests that further controversy is not out of the question. Ms Gregori told The Independent  she was pressing the owners of the version she says she has authenticated to make it available for some sort of public display. “Even by Caravaggio’s standards this is a beautiful and revolutionary painting,” she said. “The ultimate goal is that everyone should have the opportunity to see it. But for now all I can say is that it’s in Europe.”
Caravaggio, born Michelangelo Merisi, is celebrated for his revolutionary use of contrasting light and dark – chiaroscuro – that anticipated the work of later baroque giants including Rembrandt and Velazquez.
He was thought to have painted the Magdalen in 1606, shortly after fleeing Rome following his conviction for murder. It was during his return to the city in search of a papal pardon, carrying with him the painting, that he was believed to have become ill with fever, and died in Tuscany.


Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified

Several copies of Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy are thought to exist


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2016年9月27日 星期二

Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station, Filling Station



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Many of you share our love for anything Frank Lloyd Wright but did you know he designed a gas station in Minnesota? It's still there and it's still a gas station!


Frank Lloyd Wright designed this Minnesota gas station of the future with a lookout tower.
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2016年9月26日 星期一

Thunderstorms viewed from the International Space Station should be seen like art

BBC Culture see a link with one of JMW Turner’s most famous paintings.


The International Space Station has just released photos showing lightning…
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2016年9月25日 星期日

The emerging-art bubble bursts......崔如琢2014年『山色蒼茫釀雪天』事故; 中國藝術品拍賣市場雪崩式狂跌


"It’s like a stock that crashed.”


The emerging-art bubble bursts, and speculators wonder how low prices can go.
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中國藝術品拍賣市場雪崩式狂跌
作者 安德烈發表時間24-03-2016 更改時間24-03-2016 發表時間22:49
著名畫家崔如琢拍出後旋即不知去向的巨幅山水畫『山色蒼茫釀雪天』


一度狂飆的中國藝術品市場去年走向另一個極端。中國在世藝術家藝術品拍賣成交額去年狂跌45℅。根據胡潤藝術排行榜報告,藝術品市場暴跌的主要原因是由於中國經濟減速以及中國持續幾年的反腐敗運動。


有人歡樂有人愁,在藝術市場一片不景氣中,現年72歲的藝術家崔如琢再次登頂。崔如琢以巨幅山水畫出名。根據法新社引述胡潤報告列入的百名賣畫賣得最好的華人藝術家名單,崔如琢在這一百人名單中遙遙居首。

同一報告稱,崔如琢去年拍賣的畫成交額相當於一億兩千萬美金,遠遠領先於排名第二的曾梵志,曾梵志拍賣畫收入去年急跌62℅。胡潤藝術榜名單的一百名藝術家藝術品成交總額在去年達到了565億美元。

胡潤分析指出,造成成交額急劇下跌的是各種效應累積的結果,首先是中國的反貪腐運動,切斷了向官員送藝術品的渠道;其次,經濟增速放緩導致重要的藝術品拍賣價格狂跌一半。

中國經濟增長率去年僅達到6.9℅,這是四分之一世紀以來最低水平,遠離雙位數增長的黃金時代。不過從廣義的角度看,如果把香港、澳門以及台灣也納入在內的話,華人世界的億萬富翁總數去年加起來超過了美國,這意味著潛在的買家在增長。

崔如琢2014年的藝術品成交額增加了69℅,他屬於八位成交額增加的藝術家中的一位。崔如琢去年在香港拍出名為『葳蕤雪意江南』的巨幅山水畫,成交額3000萬美元。法新社評論稱,這對一位活著的亞洲藝術家而言,顯然創下了紀錄。

2014年,崔如琢的另外一幅畫『山色蒼茫釀雪天』,以370萬美元成交,但遺憾的是,這幅畫尚未轉交新買家,突然不翼而飛。警方估計這幅畫被賓館清潔工人當垃圾扔掉。崔如琢稱“那是一個事故”。

馬雲,作為阿里巴巴的老闆,也令人吃驚地進入胡潤藝術家名單,原因是他與曾梵志合作畫了一幅畫,這幅畫以530萬美元拍出。

Gabinetto Segreto. Secret Museum, Naples

Secret Museum, Naples 
Art gallery in Naples, Italy
The Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet of Naples is the collection of erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum, held in separate galleries in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy, the former Museo Borbonico. Wikipedia


Romans in general, and citizens of Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum in particular, had a robust appreciation for the erotic in art and everyday objects. The enormously well-endowed god Priapus was a common good-luck symbol, seen in everything from frescoes to penis-shaped wind chimes to perky oil lamps. (His huge member supposedly had little to do with sex: It served to scare off thieves.) Stories from mythology painted on walls were full of sexual encounters, secret trysts, and naughty satyrs. In some ways, this erotica was widely accepted on a level that even modern society would have trouble with, let alone Victorian Europe.
The looting of Pompeii began in the late 1700s under the direction of Charles of Bourbon, better known as Charles III of Spain, who was after fashionable antiquities for his private collections. When Napoleon's brother rolled into town in 1806, the French regime drew up the first organized plans to excavate the city in its entirety, and this process continued when control of Naples reverted to the Bourbons under Ferdinand I.
As was common for excavations of the period, frescoes were stripped from the walls, and small decorative objects, pieces of furniture, and statues were removed for safe storage, study, and display elsewhere. In this case, they were relocated to the National Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli).
In 1816, a limited-edition French guide to the collection - with illustrations - began making its way around Europe. Most copies were confiscated and destroyed by the French authorities, and the guide eventually became a highly sought-after collector's item.
When Ferdinand's son, Francis I, visited with his wife and young daughter in 1819, he was shocked by the explicit imagery and ordered all items of a sexual nature be removed from view and locked in a secret cabinet, where access could be restricted to scholars (and male visitors willing to bribe the staff).
In Pompeii itself, metal shutters were installed over erotic paintings, making these two thousand-year-old images accessible to tourists for an extra fee - and to men only, of course.
All of this fervor only served to make the collection more famous, and it became a right of passage for European gentlemen to view the secret collection on their Grand Tours.
Among dozens of stone penises, phallic wind chimes, and naughty mosaics, one item became the most famous: The Goat. This piece de resistance is a detailed carving of a satyr having intercourse with a female goat, her cloven feet pressed up against his chest as she gazes back at him at him with some fondness.
In 1849, the collection was bricked off and remained famously off limits to women, youngsters, and the general public. For a century and a half the collection remained out of sight, on view only during brief liberal periods under Garibaldi and again in the 1960s.
The Gabinetto Segreto was finally opened to the public in 2000 and moved into a separate gallery in 2005.

In 1849, the collection was bricked off and remained famously off limits to women, youngsters, and the general public. For a century and a half the collection remained out of sight.

The once forbidden "secret cabinet" of erotic art from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum
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