Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vogue February 1921

Even before the Art Deco age, Vogue covers were beautiful. This is one of the best of that period (no artist mentioned).


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bob Dylan and the Nobel prize

The recent awarding of the Nobel prize for literature to singer/song writer Bob Dylan has sparked lots of discussions on the internet. Perhaps the best case for this choice that I encountered is the linked art-icle by Gordon Ball (visiting Associate Professor of English at Washington and Lee University).

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Audi R8

Creative advertising with a twist. This Audi A8 commercial shot is good, but not particularly creative. Until you read the background story and learn that it was actually shot (by Felix Hernandez) with a miniature model instead of the real thing. Full story in the link.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hanseatic day

One of my wife's paintings made earlier this year, and a personal favourite of mine. It is an impression of our beautiful Kampen, with tall ships moored at the banks of the IJssel. A view that can be today or centuries ago.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Diane of the green van

Once more a piece of nostalgic sheet music under Anything goes. I've never heard of the song, but the design puts in firmly in the jazz age.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Potpourri: Starry starry night

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 20 December 2012.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Going in

This is a close-up of a horn-like sculpture on display in the garden of the museum castle in nearby Heino. Not a personal favourite, but it received more faves on Flickr than most of my uploads the past months.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/23.9
Focal Length: 5.6 mm
ISO Speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Sunday, October 16, 2016

A movie poster a day

The linked web site is an ongoing project by an unnamed but highly talented designer, who has set himself/herself the task to post a newly designed poster for a famous movie every day in 2016 - and often in better quality than the original posters. I have selected their take on Chaplin's The great dictator as an example. Well worth exploring.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Celestial dome by Miguel Chevalier

Celestial dome is a stunning art work by Miguel Chevalier. He projects various night skies on the ceiling of the Paris Saint-Eustache church to a beautiful if almost surreal effect. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Last Sunday we went to a vintage car show near Groningen. For the occasion, a Mercedes poster which shows just the type of car that we saw dozens of (of different brands). I'd place this one around 1930.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Send in the clowns

This post was triggered by a funny topical news tweet that was shared at the MissCellania site yesterday: GOD: They scared enough? ANGEL: Not yet. GOD: You got Trump running? ANGEL: Yup. GOD: Hurricane? ANGEL: Yup. GOD: Send in the clowns! Anyway, American singer/song writer Judy Collins' 1975 cover of the Stephen Sondheim classic Send in the clowns is an excellent regretful ballad, that has not aged one bit. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

George Hoyningen-Huene

Baron George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) was born in Russia with a mixed German-Baltic and American family background. He is best remembered for his fashion photography for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. I selected this photograph from 1930 showing his lover, photographer Horst P. Horst, and an unidentified female model. More about Hoyningen-Huene on the linked Wikipedia site.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Shepherd moons

As part of my project to catalogue all our CD's (whilst playing them at the same time), focus outside classical music is currently on new age. Enya's output is almost done, and I was surprised to see I had not featured even one of her beautiful album covers in the blog. To make amends, my favourite cover, Shepherd moons from 1991. Photography, presumably including the cover, is credited to David Scheinmann.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kraftwerk at the Guggenheim

German electronic pop giants Kraftwerk were captured during their concert in the gorgeous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Vincent West/Reuters).

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Saturday, October 08, 2016


The first in a series of shots of large coils in a transport ship moored at the banks of the IJssel, not far from our home. This one turned out to be the most popular of the series, a nice abstraction with a good diagonal composition. The conversion to black and white is almost mandatory in this type of shot.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/24.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, October 07, 2016


This 2015 Bond movie was disappointing after the stunning Skyfall, but the minimalist poster is one of the best in the franchise.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Take me (I'm yours)

The linked art-icle gives an overview and discussion about the 2016 New York art show Take me (I'm yours) - where visitors are encouraged to take pieces of the exhibition home with them. It features works by 42 artists and in many ways it is a clear indication of what is wrong with much of modern art: it is essentially worthless beyond the conceptual idea behind it, A case in point is the depicted& Christian Boltanski piece Dispersion, a stack of used clothing and bags.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

London Underground

The London Underground posters of the twenties are among the best ever. This particular gem was new to me. It is attributed to Charles Paine, around 1925.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Autism Forum Switzerland

This is just one in a series of similar ads for the Autism Forum Switzerland. Quoting from the link: People with autism have difficulty properly assessing the visual expressions, gestures and feelings of other people. “Facial expressions” must be painstakingly learned like a complication foreign language. This campaign illustrates this using Chinese kanji characters resembling human faces. Each character has a meaning, such as loyalty, emptiness, empathy, sadness or loyalty. The characters were painted by calligrapher-artist Sylvie Xing Chen using tradition methods on Japan paper.

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