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A Painted Kiss…Klimt’s art continues

31 Oct

“…I found a woman with red hair leaning against a slick dark tree trunk. It elicited a lecture on CONTRAST.

“…I saw the work of Klimt..the cartoons…They were only long rolls of paper fixed to the wall, but they were filled with light, like crystal chandeliers. I stepped very close to look at the brushstrokes. The paint slid across the paper in rivers and trickled down in rivulets.”

The artists studio “…had taped things to the walls: a color wheel, newspaper clippings about an actress named Limova from Moscow who had toured the European capital, engravings of buildings in Rome that had obviously been ripped from books, postcards, sketches of cubes and cylinders with measurements penciled in beside them.

Porträt der Eugenia (Mäda) Primavesi (1912)

“I gazed across the room at a pile of chairs in the corner next to the window. They were upside down and on their sides and stacked one on top of the other, the ones near the top dangling precariously. In the gray light they cast no shadow. It was like a pile of bones from the slaughterhouse. I tried to memorize the parallel lines and right angles and triangles and various tones of dark and light. Slowly the shapes sharpened into distinct pieces. I began to see each individual chair. It was a haphazard collection, begged and borrowed from friends and relatives: a stool painted white, a warped rocking chair, a tattered sofa….”

 

 

Moving on… to the fabulous mural Medicine designed by Gustav Klimt for the Great Hall of Vienna University. It was destroyed by fire in the Immendorf Palace in 1945, so only copies are now left. It was originally criticised for being a “lewd” representation of the Goddess, who is an allegory for Medicine.

 

Medicine, University Hall

… Alone on the left side was a nude woman, arms outstretched, who floated in space, held aloft by a watery substance, like amniotic fluid. Here was the obscene girl. Her pelvis was tilted forward in a suggestive way. All of the figures seemed to be suspended in the same viscous liquid. They were clumped on the left side of the painting like a pile of corpses. Some were in fact skeletons, shrouded in the long hair of hers. Pregnant woman, old men; all of humanity was included, suffering, tormented, dying.

It was nightmarish painting….it’s a philosophical work.

Hygeia

 

 

In the center her name is…HYGEIA, the goddess of health.

….” In Gustav’s allegory of medicine, Hygeia was in the foreground, looking like an avenging angel, dark, mysterious. I could not help but thing she was an Adele Bloch-Bauer type. Had he been thinking of her? Hygeia was hardly compassionate-looking type, holding her snake and cup. You could not be sure whether she was coming to heal you or kill you.

 

Portrait of Adele Block Bauer

This is Adele…

 

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Illustrator_Leanne Shapton

18 Jul
The taste for images, the talent to talk about things and a creative idea snob about love. Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, writer and designer. A Canadian who lives in the West Village of Manhattan, who has signed great book covers for Penguin, Simon& Schuster and John Murray.

(like this one…Italian cats….)

Today, Leanne is an independent art director and publisher and has a non-profit publishing house specialized in art  books (J&L Books) in NY.

Her first two books “Toronto”,

and  Was she pretty?” are a mix of graphics, writing and colourful pages.

With her latest book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelryshe has decided to talk about things, like auction artifacts with 300 still lives that tell about a love story.

www.leanneshapton.com,

 http://www.marieclaire.it/magazine/amori-nuovi/sentimenti-all-asta/lotto-1314-gruppo-di-foto

Book: The Map as Art

15 Jul

In The Map as Art, (Princeton Architectural Press) Katharine Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists—such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz—and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art.

The book is a collection of visionary topographies and imaginary geographies charted by artists including Vik Muniz (there is a work of his at the Palazzo Forti, Verona) who re-creates the globe from pieces of junk amongst others.

I haven’t read it, but it looks like a book I would like to buy and keep. I’m going to look into this through Amazon.

check out a review on http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/the-map-as-art.php

and the national post

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Book: My wonderful World of Fashion: A book for drawing, creating and dreaming

13 Jul

 

 

Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator based in London who created her own interactive colouring book for fashionists of all ages with Lawrence King Publishing, with sophisticated drawings that are a pity to colour.

http://www.laurenceking.com/product/My+Wonderful+World+of+Fashion%3A+A+Book+for+Drawing,+Creating+and+Dreaming.htm

Dedicated to the growing  trend setters this book is the most fashionable of books to colour in circulation. YOu can have fun reinventing jackets, purses, hats, but its also a how-to manual with the ABC’s of the walkways of fashion. You even have a section called “How to do it yourself”, if you want to become a fashion designer and if you want to transform a dress into a t-shirt or make a great jacket.

drawings courtesy of  http://www.waitmag.com/books-magazines/my-wonderful-world-of-fashion-a-book-for-drawing-creating-and-dreaming.html

Check out the artists site: www.ninachakrabarti.com/

Storytellers – Mariella Bertelli

8 Jul

Davide Bardi Italia and Mariella Bertelli Canada

Mariella Bertelli is a storyteller, she’s Italian but has lived in Canada since 1967. She runs a Public Library in Toronto to be able to do her storytelling. She has worked often with italo-canadian kids, to help them understand the stories of their land that they left (like me telling Canadian stories of the wilderness to the boys), and the stories of great Canada where they live. For her, stories are a way of integrating themselves to the new world.

I like storytelling and I always read to my children at night all sorts of stories. Now they are big and one loves books, the other hates them. Maybe I told too many stories, took them to too many museums, too many trips. But stories are great to listen to. Now Giuseppe is making his story – L’anima nella montagna, which will knock the world off its feet.

foto supplied by Raccontamiunastoria www.raccontamiunastoria.com

Alice Munro – Too much happiness

2 May

alice munroe

I want to read this book.