These Pantone dessert style color swatches were created by French art director Emilie Guelpa for food magazine Fricote. White icing is topped by fruits, candies, vegetables, and other foods in Pantone colors. So creative. Continue Reading
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Victoria Rose Martin’s work enabled me to see my sister and myself as we were and could have been, and for the first time, to rail against my loss. I thought of summers together, sharing a bedroom, confidences, conflicts, loyalty, hilarity, love.
For many years after my little sister died of breast cancer in her 30s, I kept the card I had purchased for the birthday she never celebrated. I would touch it sometimes where it was tucked in my underwear drawer. Occasionally I would open the card and read the message, and tears would prick, and I would miss her terribly. Then I would regain my composure and close the drawer.
I ran across British artist Kiera Dewar’s work tonight and couldn’t resist posting this lovely piece. See more here.
Just a short post to put you in touch with a great list on Huffington’s Arts & Culture — their picks for the best art books of 2012. I happened to be in a book store tonight, salivating over this one from Phaidon, but there are dozens of other suggestions that may interest you here.
The variety of colors and shapes in these Moleskines reflect the wide scope of the work of Sophie Leblanc, a French illustrator influenced by Art Nouveau and Japanese culture. Just lovely. (Click the image for a larger view)
One of my favorite blogs, Daily Art Fixx, did an absorbing post today about one of my favorite artists, Wassily Kandinsky. I posted on Kandinsky here before, but Art Fixx takes a comprehensive look at this groundbreaking artist. Lots of detail and images are how Wendy Campbell makes her blog such an art history heaven. Continue Reading
Leave it to Japan to put manhole covers into a street beautification program, creating art that is now a national obsession. Examples of the stunning drain covers are collected in Drainspotting, a book by British-Australian artist and film director Remo Camerota, who also blogs about them, here. The image is from the iPad App.
This gorgeous barn and granary complex in Walpole, N.H., is being renovated as the new home of Cynthia-Reeves New England, a contemporary gallery that clearly sees the magic in heritage preservation. High ceilings, room for large works and space for a sculpture garden. I’m a huge fan of adaptive re-use, including one of my favorite sites, the Alton Mill in the Caledon region north of Toronto. It’s an exquisite space for studios, galleries and shops. We need many more conversions such as these. (Below: Alton Mill)
This exceptional short film is a tribute to the art of running, with gorgeous cinematography. It follows Ryan Sandes, a South African Ultra-Runner, as he returns to the Fish River Canyon to run the 5 day, 84km, Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail. The production is stunning, and the message – that making irrational decisions is what makes us human – is worth considering. From The African Attachment, an independent film company
This talking stick by Haida artist Fred Davis is exquisite. It depicts the legend of Nanasimgit whose wife is captured by Killer Whale and taken to his house under the sea. Read the rest of the story, summarized by Douglas Reynolds Gallery. The material is hand carved arbutus and birch, with abalone inlay 58” at $36,000.00
I couldn’t resist this proposal for a public art installation, by Brooklyn-based artist and designer Dave Rittinger. His formal training was in architecture but today he works with American artist Alice Aycock (and previously with Dennis Oppenheim) on speculative and commissioned public art projects all over the world.
More about Dave Rittinger, here.
This wonderfully simple example of a stunning installation was posted on ArtRuby after photographer Patrícia Almeida spotted it in Portugal. How does public art get any better than this? Beautiful. Continue Reading
I encourage you to read an important piece by Jennifer Nix on Huffington Post about Facebook censorship of this photograph. The work, from Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow, has become a symbol of the tension between art and community standards. At issue, believe it or not, is the fact that the woman’s nipple shows. Read more here on Nix’s blog piece, including an interview with Colbert.
(@jen_nix) June 22, 2012
This face is hard to ignore. Alex Spinney’s large-scale portraits of birds in oils include chickens, peacocks and numerous owls. This one, though, is as compelling as any painted bird I’ve seen. Those eyes.
Artspace, one of my favorite browsing sites, has put together a portfolio of works by artists on view at Art Basel, the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs – including this edgy and elegant piece by photographer James Welling. See more on Welling at David Zwirner gallery.
- Art Basel 2012: the future’s orange (telegraph.co.uk)
This photo of Swedish artist Anders Mohlin captivated me as I was browsing, and it warranted sharing. The light alone makes the shot special, but it’s also the composition as a whole. Beautiful image, gorgeous spot.
Here is a quick intro to a beautifully colored series called Oaxacan Animal Paintings, inspired by the wood carvings of Mexico. Jillian Lambert uses Prismacolor pencils and a stylus for textures, and an X-Acto knife for minor corrections and carved patterns. See the full series, here on Behance. This Oregon-based illustrator is a media arts and animation graduate of the Art Institute of Portland. (Note: the artist provided permission for use, but elected to leave on her watermark. Oaxacan, by the way, is pronounced wuh-HA-can )