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Watch The Exhilarating Full Trailer For A Hand-Painted Film About Van Gogh

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Get a glimpse of the gorgeous upcoming biopic exploring Vincent van Gogh’s mysterious death. Priscilla Frank HuffPost What went on in the blazing imagination of iconic post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh? A biopic seven years in the making attempts to offer a glimpse into the revolutionary artist’s beautiful mind using the medium he preferred: paint. Painter Dorota Kobiela and filmmaker Hugh Welchman are the guiding forces behind “Loving Vincent,” which is reportedly the first entirely hand-painted feature film ever made. ... Read More »

What’s Keeping One of Opera’s Greatest Sopranos From Singing?

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MUNICH — The joy of Elisabeth’s entrance aria in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” recedes for a line of sadness as she recalls her beloved’s departure. ZACHARY WOOLFE The New York Times The soprano Anja Harteros, whose performance of the role at the Bayerische Staatsoper here will be streamed at staatsoper.tv on Sunday, July 9, makes of that passing moment an entire anatomy of… Her voice suddenly turns gray and hazy, without losing its steely core. Sinking to its… What’s Keeping One… Read More »

Can you separate the artist from the art?

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A museum acknowledges an artist it features was a serial sexual abuser – it’s very rare for the art world to put work in this context, writes Fisun Güner. Fisun Güner BBC Just how true is the following statement: an artist’s work should have value in its own right, no matter what sort of life the artist led, and even if they have damaged or hurt others? Perhaps we might put the answer on a… Can you separate… Read More »

Hokusai: the Great Wave that swept the world

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He called himself Old Man Crazy To Paint and made his best work in his 70s. As his dragons, deities, poets and wrestlers go on show, we look at the obsessions of the poster-boy for Japanese art John-Paul Stonard The Guardian Had Katsushika Hokusai died when he was struck by lightning at the age of 50 in 1810, he would be remembered as a popular artist of the ukiyo-e, or “floating world” school of Japanese art, but hardly the great ... Read More »

Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’

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At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career? Xan Brooks The Guardian In the late 1950s, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant set off on a trip in search of his true self, unpicking the myth he had spent three decades perfecting. He tried hypnosis and yoga and felt that they both came up short. ... Read More »

Picasso’s weapon against fascism: Why “Guernica” is the greatest of all war paintings

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80 years after Franco’s forces led a terror bombing of civilians, Picasso’s painting of the horror still works Noah Charney Flipboard Salon On April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, a swarm of fighter planes attacked the Basque town of Guernica, killing hundreds of civilians. The town was an important strategic center for the Republican forces, who were fighting against the Nationalist forces, the… Picasso’s weapon against… Read More »

Artist is Creating a Parthenon Made of 100,000 Banned Books: A Monument to Democracy & Intellectual Freedom

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With the rise of Far Right candidates in Europe and in America, along with creeping dictatorship in Turkey and authoritarianism in the Philippines, the idea of democracy and freedom of speech feels under threat more than… Open Culture While we don’t talk about political solutions here on Open Culture, we do believe in the power of art to… Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that… Artist is Creating… Read More »

‘Sadness will last forever’: Living with the Van Gogh legacy

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As he lay on his death bed, having apparently shot himself, Vincent Van Gogh is said to have uttered the final words, “The sadness will last… Patrick Wood ABC It’s hard to imagine a bleaker prophecy from the famed and deeply troubled Dutch… And yet, more than 125 years later, the Van Gogh family can attest to a fulfilling life that is, in part, devoted to honouring his work and… ‘Sadness will last… Read More »

Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

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It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next… Robert Phiddian  The Conversation Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second… In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed him… Farewell John Clarke… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

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In the last decade of his life, from 1740 to 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach abandoned the furious pace of composition he had maintained for over 30 years and concentrated his creative energies largely on the composition of just six works. Daniel Herscovitch The Conversation They were the second volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass and finally, The Art of Fugue. In these six… Decoding ... Read More »

A city with too much history to handle

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A group of vigilantes has stepped in to restore forgotten historical sites in Naples’ Vergini neighbourhood. Erin Craig BBC News Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it. Greek cemeteries, Roman… A city with… Read More »

Dineo Seshee Bopape Wins Future Generation Art Prize

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The announcement comes hot on the heels of her co-winning the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Art… Caroline Elbaor artnetnews Dineo Seshee Bopape is on a roll. Following last week’s announcement that she was one of the four winners of the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, the South African artist has been named the recipient of the 2017 Future Generation Art… Dineo Seshee Bopape… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

The Walled Off Hotel: The struggle for decolonisation

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Banksy’s new installation hotel in Bethlehem is a powerful anticolonial statement about the Zionist colonial project. Jamil Khader Al Jazeera News The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have… The Walled Off… Read More »

Marina Abramovic and the art of female sacrifice

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The “grandmother of performance art” talks nudity, feeling one’s power and why she refuses to identify as a… ALLI MALONEY The New York Times Before we even sat down together, Marina Abramovic turned and said, “I’m not a feminist, by the… Her notions of feminism are well recorded: Abramovic told the Guardian in 2012 that she rejects the… Marina Abramovic and… Read More »