The Arts

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works<p>Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in your …

Painting

Intricately Detailed Plates Made With Hundreds of Tiny Painted Dots

Russian artist Daria—known as dahhhanart—shows off her elaborately decorated plates via her Instagram. At once delicate and complex, she employs a dot painting technique that combines acrylics, enamel, and appliquéd gems. The results are stunning, each plate replete with detail.<p>This form of …

Painting

Rediscovering The Lost Skyscrapers Of New York

Half of New York's early tall buildings were demolished. Most of those that remain are hiding in plain sight.<p>There are upwards of a million buildings in New York city, so you’d be forgiven for not even noticing the hundreds of the earliest skyscrapers that still dot the city today. After all, a …

Urban Planning

Stacey Dash's Ouster From Fox News Delights Twitter

Network declines to renew her contract.<p>Perhaps Fox News got a clue about “Clueless” sidekick Stacey Dash.<p>The network opted not to renew Dash’s contract, which is why the actress-turned-commentator has been off the air since September, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed in a report on Sunday.<p>Dash …

Broadway Theatre

Culture and Trump: A Beethoven mass for 'an extraordinary time'

Much of Southern California may have been waterlogged from the soaking rain by Sunday night, but that didn’t stop the Los Angeles Master Chorale from drawing a full house for a performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” at Walt Disney Concert Hall.<p>Completed in 1823, at the end of his life, this …

Édouard Manet: The Father of Modern Art

Often cited as the father of Modern Art, Édouard Manet is a pivotal figure in the history of art. His quick, flat style of painting paved the way for …

Artists

Complete two New Year’s resolutions at once with a workout at the Met in New York

If your New Year’s resolutions include getting fit and attending more cultural events, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has the perfect morning routine for you.<p>On mornings in January and February, guests will be able to the visit The Met and have a very unique workout. And while guests …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Neo-Georgian-Style Manhattan Townhouse With a Prominent Address

This 1869 home-turned-funeral-parlor-turned-dressmaking-shop offers five floors of luxury<p>Listing of the Day<p><b>Location:</b> Upper East Side, New York<p><b>Price:</b> …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Watercolor Painting Tips: Watercolour Painting tips

Below is a list of watercolor painting tips articles I have written, they give information I have found useful over the years. In some the watercolor …

Painting

'The Founder' is the latest film to give business moguls a tough time

There’s a scene in “The Founder,” the new film about how Ray Kroc established the McDonald’s fast-food empire, during which Kroc explains his business philosophy. “Business is war,” he says. “It’s dog eat dog, rat eat rat. If my competitor were drowning, I’d walk over and put a hose right in his …

Wolf of Wall Street

7 Power Habits of Great Leaders and Business Icons

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”</i><p>Aristotle<p>Our never-ending quest towards self-improvement is a long …

Self-improvement

‘The Last Jedi’? In Real Life, Jedi Can Be a Religion

The makers of the “Star Wars” franchise on Monday announced the name of the films’ next installment — “The Last Jedi” — just as “Rogue One” hit $1 billion in global box office. Onscreen, it’s a great time to be a Jedi.<p>But Jedi is also a real-life religion that drew headlines last month when the …

Star Wars

We live in a world full of #AlternativeFacts

Fact: The Steelers and Packers are going to the Super Bowl.<p>Fact: Hillary Clinton is president of the United States.<p>Fact: Icebergs aren't melting -- they're being eaten by polar bears.<p>Don’t believe it? You could look it up -- all those “facts” exist in the alternate Twitter universe that sprung to …

U.S. Presidency

Start Your Day with a 'classic' experience--The Met's 'Museum Workout'

By Miles Harter, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 23, 2017<p>Who wouldn't want to start their day frolicking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art before opening hours to such lively standards as "Staying Alive" and "Dance to the Music," all the while taking in the Met's beautiful spaces and …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Don’t Hang Back With the Brutes: 10 Quotes On the Value of the Arts

Never mind that the United States already spends a fraction as much on arts funding as countries like Germany (even Uzbekistan, Mexico, and Australia all leave us in the dust). Never mind that cultural exports such as movies and music are a particular point of American pride. By all means, let’s go …

Aesthetics

Clean Paint Brushes With the Right Solvents for the Paint You Use

Cleaning up after painting isn’t always as easy as just soaking your paint brushes and calling it a day. Over at Tested, they run through a variety …

Painting

Allotment artists find beauty in the cabbage patch

I love my allotment for many reasons. I’ve had it for over 10 years and I love it for the fresh air, beautiful produce and the intimate connection it gives me with the seasons. My mother, Cath Read, has a great love of allotments, too, but she is no gardener. She is a professional artist, and her …

Painting

Saatchi gallery to explore selfies as art form

Barack Obama selfies to feature alongside self-portraits by Tracey Emin and Vincent van Gogh in exhibition on self-expression<p>An exhibition at Saatchi gallery plans to explore the importance of selfies as an art form.<p>Opening in March, it will showcase a selection of well-known pieces as well as …

Vincent Van Gogh

Behold this trippy underwater museum

These works of art have gone under water.<p>Europe’s first sunken-sculpture museum, the Museo Atlantico, recently opened off Spain’s Lanzarote island …

Lifestyle

Women Across The Country Are Angry, And Artists Are No Exception

The "Angry Women" art show is embracing the power of female rage.<p>Ahead of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 20, an event that brought nearly 500,000 people to the U.S. capital, women artists gathered in New York to display and celebrate their feminist art.<p>Their group exhibition, “Uprise / …

Art

Poet Mark Baumer killed while walking cross-country in solo protest

Mark Baumer, an award-winning poet who was walking barefoot across the country to raise awareness about climate change, died Saturday after being hit by a car in Florida, reports WEAR-TV.<p>Baumer, 33, was struck by an SUV and pronounced dead at the scene on a highway in Walton County, Fla. The …

Poetry

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

-By Arnie Fenner <br>After years of frustration, litigation, protests, lobbying and false starts in San Francisco and Chicago, it was announced a little …

Art Galleries

Women's March Signs Are Headed To Museums And Libraries Across The Globe

Here's a breakdown of some of those sign collecting efforts.<p>The many, many people who marched for women’s rights this weekend have several things in common: they have faith in the power of resistance, they understand that “feminist issues” are progressive issues, they believe “Gender Justice is …

Art Galleries

What do you see? The curious allure of Linda Stark's playful imagery

Condensation is at work when droplets of water form on glasses filled with cold drinks and when winter storms dump tons of snow in the Sierra Nevada. Freud used the same term to describe the ways dreams form: collecting and compressing memories and inklings until they cohere into stories that …

Art

Cinephile’s Ongoing Project Reveals Color Palettes Found in Famous Films

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971<p>Fantastic cinematography can make a film unforgettable. When done well, it’s like every still frame is a work of art. Color plays a vital role in this, and a cinematographer’s choices set the mood of a scene. Graphic designer Ruby Radulescu demonstrates the …

Painting

Matthew McConaughey has a great story about his dad winning a motorbike

There's something oddly relaxing about listening to Matthew McConaughey tell a story.<p>I think it's his soft, drawling voice. He could pretty much talk about anything and I'd enjoy listening to him.<p>In the video above, he happens to be talking about the time his dad won a motorbike for his brother by …

Humor

Muji, the Japanese design store with the cult following, expands in L.A.

Muji is the kind of store where you can buy well-priced, beautifully designed versions of everything you need. It’s also the kind of story where you wind up purchasing items you had no intention of getting.<p>Boosting the Japanese retailer's Los Angeles presence is the 6,351-square-foot shop that …

Los Angeles

TravelMate Spin B1 Is a Durable, Long-Lasting 2-in-1

Acer's adding some flexibility to its classroom friendly TravelMate notebook series with the Spin B1 notebook. Available this spring, the first …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mobile Art Competition The Equinox Experience Exhibition Call for Entries

Andrea Bigiarini founder of The New Era Museum (NEM) has asked me to share news of a very exciting new project entitled ‘The Equinox Experience …

Artist Creates Miniaturized Watercolor Sculptures of Bangkok Out of Paper

We have featured many beautiful cityscapes throughout the years, some being grand in scale, and some colorful, while others have been carved into …

Painting