PopMuse: Sculpture http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Christo: a life in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jun/01/the-life-and-work-of-christo https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jun/01/the-life-and-work-of-christo Sun, 31 May 2020 23:12:48 UTC at Sculpture | The Guardian Striking pieces by the Bulgarian artist best known for wrapping buildings including Berlin’s Reichstag, who has died aged 84 Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 2,863 Prescription Pills and Candy Cycle Through a Satirical Animated Short http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/pxpee4mcIa8/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/pxpee4mcIa8/ Sat, 30 May 2020 19:22:56 UTC Grace Ebert at Colossal Animation director Patrick Smith ingeniously interchanges a variety of pills, capsules, and syringes with similarly shaped candy in a vertiginous new short film. Parodying the ubiquity of modern pharmaceutical use, “Candy Shop” opens by noting that there are a staggering 11,926 prescription drugs available to consumers. Smith shows only 2,863 as he juxtaposes them with individually wrapped sweets, boxes of Gobstoppers, and rolls of Hubba Bubba Tape, which are eerily comparable in size, shape, and color. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Pop Culture Icons Undergo Taxonomic Studies in These Vintage-Style Illustrations http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/9OOfG5YIVzY/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/9OOfG5YIVzY/ Fri, 29 May 2020 20:28:27 UTC Grace Ebert at Colossal How would you biologically classify a hippogriff? Austin-based illustrator Chet Phillips is offering his own taxonomic studies for some of pop culture’s most iconic characters as part of his Unnatural History series. Through vintage-style illustrations, the artist renders a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz, Krampus, and The Lion King‘s animated duo Timon and Pumba complete with their identifying information. You can browse the entire Unnatural History collection and pick up your own print on Etsy. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Richard Anuszkiewicz obituary https://www.theguardian.com/global/2020/may/29/richard-anuszkiewicz-us-op-artist-obituary https://www.theguardian.com/global/2020/may/29/richard-anuszkiewicz-us-op-artist-obituary Fri, 29 May 2020 18:01:28 UTC Charles Darwent at Sculpture | The Guardian American artist and op art pioneer known as ‘the new wizard of op’One Friday evening in 1953, Richard Anuszkiewicz, who has died aged 89, was painting in his cubicle at the Yale School of Art when a white-haired figure appeared silently at his side. This was Josef Albers, the ex-Bauhaus master who was then chairman of the school’s painting department. Albers was famed for the brutality of his Friday night critiques, or “crits”. Ex-GIs, back from Korea, would emerge from them with tears running down their faces. “You never really knew whether he was going to tear you down or build you up in a crit,” Anuszkiewicz recalled in an interview in 1996. “You had your suspicions, though.”When the German paled in front of Anuszkiewicz’s painting – of a butcher in a gory apron, in the gritty, New York Ashcan school style – the 23-year-old student feared the worst. Instead, Albers croaked, “Ach, boy, you don’t mind if I don’t look at it. I can’t stand blood,” and stalked off. This was the more unexpected because figure painting was one of many genres for which Albers had no time. The worst sin, though, was to paint like Albers. He was then three years into the series Homage to the Square. Students who painted squares would receive the rebuke, “That’s my shape! Go get your own.”Everybody would say: ‘Oh, they are nice, but so hard to look at. They hurt my eyes.’ Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Archaeologists Excavate a Stunning Roman Mosaic That’s Untarnished From an Italian Vineyard http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/-gCUFCQdyMw/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/-gCUFCQdyMw/ Fri, 29 May 2020 15:56:47 UTC Grace Ebert at Colossal Archaeologists made an extraordinary discovery this week when they uncovered a pristine mosaic that’s been hidden underneath feet of soil since the 3rd century. Situated in a private vineyard in the town of Negrar di Valpolicella, the tile flooring is believed to be part of an ancient Domus, the style of home owned by wealthy residents. Since October of 2019, excavators have been working to outline the building’s perimeters and dig for notable artifacts. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Rebecca Fairman obituary https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/may/29/rebecca-fairman-obituary https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/may/29/rebecca-fairman-obituary Fri, 29 May 2020 15:19:06 UTC Terry Fairman at Sculpture | The Guardian My stepdaughter, Rebecca Fairman, who has died aged 59 of lung cancer, had a distinguished career as a graphic designer before turning to the world of fine art, becoming a ceramic artist and successful gallery owner.Rebecca was born in north London, the daughter of Sheila (nee Pratt), a painter, installation artist and art school lecturer, and the painter David Tindle. She lived her formative years in Croydon, south London, leaving Monks Hill high school at 16, much to the dismay of her mother, who had hoped she would go on to art college. Instead, Rebecca set out on a career in graphic design, making rapid progress in the profession, setting up her own company, Rebecca Fairman Design, in her late 20s with a studio in Shoreditch, east London. Her success enabled her to move from her flat in Crystal Palace to a large, grade-II-listed townhouse in Bermondsey in 2000. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Barbie and Ken Get Relatable Quarantine Makeovers in Humorous Miniature Sets http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/5lyJC9Jrh8s/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/5lyJC9Jrh8s/ Fri, 29 May 2020 12:36:41 UTC Grace Ebert at Colossal Barbies have garnered attention for years because of their unrealistic proportions, lack of diversity, and gendered activities. Despite some noteworthy changes, Tonya Ruiz, a former model turned toy designer, thought the usual selection of lavishly dressed and accessorized dolls could use another update that’s a little more timely. “When the quarantine started and I saw a couple of funny pandemic Barbies, I thought that I should make a Barbie that everyone could relate to. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Ai Weiwei Has Designed Face Masks to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Relief http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/Lftk-JFzfV4/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/Lftk-JFzfV4/ Thu, 28 May 2020 21:32:20 UTC Grace Ebert at Colossal A defiant middle finger, a heap of sunflower seeds, and various mythical creatures are all silk-screened in black ink on the blue cloth backdrops of nonsurgical masks. The artworks the most recent intervention by artist and activist Ai Weiwei (previously) to help raise money for organizations directly involved with combating the coronavirus pandemic. Inspired by a documentary he’s making about COVID-19, the artist decided to create an entire collection after printing his iconic middle finger onto one of the disposable cloths. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Dried Botanics Pressed into Delicate Fauna Compositions by Artist Helen Ahpornsiri http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/IktIbl_43l0/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/IktIbl_43l0/ Thu, 28 May 2020 15:42:11 UTC Anna Marks at Colossal England-based artist Helen Ahpornsiri (previously) presses delicate flowers and plants into wondrous artworks that depict the colorful diversity of the natural world. By foraging botanics from her garden, Ahpornsiri pieces the dried natural matter together in a manner that’s similar to constructing a jigsaw puzzle. “I prefer to use fern and common wildflower species as I like the idea of giving something unassuming, or thought of as a weed, a new narrative—and they are relatively easy to grow!” she says. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Under Quarantine, Aquatic Photographer Turns His Lens on Radiant Sunbirds in His Backyard http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/GWrxrSBaHzU/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/GWrxrSBaHzU/ Thu, 28 May 2020 12:49:54 UTC Grace Ebert at Colossal Steve Benjamin generally uses his background in Zoology to capture the underwater lives of sharks, whales, and dolphins. But due to quarantine restrictions spurred by the ongoing threat of COVID-19—South Africa has imposed some of the strictest regulations in the world because a high percentage of the population has compromised immune systems—the Cape Town-based photographer has shifted his focus to the feathered animals visiting his backyard. Sunbirds is a stunning series of portraits captured using the same techniques as underwater photography. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/