Category Archives: Arts

New Steve Jobs biopic receives high praise

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The official Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, was shown at the Telluride Film Festival for a preliminary screening ahead of its cinema debut on October 9th. The reviews are in and seem to be very good indeed. Variety called it “a terrific … Continue reading

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The J. Paul Getty Museum

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The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. To fulfill this mission, the Museum continues … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Drum II – Peter Howson

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New Neural Algorithm Can “Paint” Photos In Style Of Any Artist From Van Gogh To Picasso

A group of researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. Technically called “deep learning” algorithms, they are already in use … Continue reading

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Rock Optical Illusion

In this lovely Scottish rock specimen of Marine Agate (probably born in bubbles in basalts that were erupted some 400 million years ago during the closure of the Iapetus Ocean) it looks like we are looking through a window into … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – View on the River Var – Winston Churchill

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Churchill was an accomplished artist and took great pleasure in painting, especially after his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty in 1915. He found a haven in art to overcome the spells of depression which he suffered throughout his life. … Continue reading

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Chinese Firework Ladder

“Sky Ladder,” a pyrotechnic artwork by Cai Guoqiang, a Chinese contemporary artist currently living and working in New York City. Cai is best known for using gunpowder in his spectacular works.

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New Steve Jobs Film

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Featured Artworks – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – Georges Seurat

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Georges Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draughtsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising a technique of painting known as pointillism. Our featured artwork  A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886) was Seurat’s most … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

‘Brothers in Arms’ is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. The first half of the album is a development of their unique brand of rock which had evolved in their music since … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic-Con 2015 Reel

The Star Wars Hall H panel at Comic Con—arguably the biggest of the con—is over, and its attendees are off enjoying a surprise concert behind the convention center. (J.J. Abrams surprised the crowd by telling them to follow the Stormtroopers.) … Continue reading

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First look at the Sherlock Special

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Vitruvian Man

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The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the famed architect, Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in … Continue reading

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Interstellar – Building A Black Hole

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James Turrell’s Roden Crater

Where geology meets art: Roden Crater

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Christopher Lee, 1922-2015

British actor Sir Christopher Lee is photographed before his interview with APTN, at the AP office in north London, Friday March 5, 2010 (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Remembering British actor Christopher Lee, who brought gravitas to screen villains from Dracula to Count Dooku, who died at the age of 93. (June 12)

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Ron Moody dies aged 91

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Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

For my friend Phil Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel MAKE ME SMILE, Royal Albert Hall, 28/06/2014

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Featured Artworks – The Legend of Briar Rose – Edward Burne-Jones

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The Legend of Briar Rose is the title of a series of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones which were completed between 1885 and 1890. The four original paintings – The Briar Wood, The Council Chamber, The Garden Court … Continue reading

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Injury means Jack Vettriano is ‘unable to paint’

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Scottish artist Jack Vettriano has announced he is giving up painting for the foreseeable future due to a recent accident. He has released a statement saying that he has dislocated his shoulder and is facing a long recovery period. Mr … Continue reading

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