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Unseen Pablo Picasso self-portrait goes on show in London

A 1901 self-portrait by Pablo Picasso that has not previously been exhibited in public will go on display in central London this week. Self-portrait (Yo Picasso) depicts the Spanish artist and sculptor at the age of 30, looking directly at the viewer while painting by candlelight. The piece will be displayed alongside a 1969 self-portrait by Francis Bacon and works by Geoff Koons and Damien Hirst. The Self exhibition runs until 13 December at the Ordovas gallery. Bacon’s self-portrait, one … Continue reading

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What David Fincher doesn’t do

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The Theory of Everything

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Destino – Dali & Disney

Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was a collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish painter Salvador Dalí. The music in the video is a Lulu Rouge remix of a song by Nina Simone called “Will He Come”. I consider this to be my personal reinterpretation of the animation. The original soundtrack … Continue reading

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Genesis Then and Now

genesis then

A couple of great pics from the mail online‘s interview with Phil Collins today. – Deskarati

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Featured Artworks – Sandro – Photography


Sandro Miller (1958) is an American portrait photographer (working professionally as “Sandro”) known for his expressive images, and his close work with John Malkovich and the other ensemble members of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in July 2011, Sandro was acknowledged with a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short video “Butterflies” featuring John Malkovich. For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted … Continue reading

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Close up tattooing in slow motion

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Beautiful photograph of the aurora borealis

This beautiful photograph of the aurora borealis lighting up a glacial lagoon in Iceland has won James Woodend the top prize in the 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Via Facebook.

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Turner v Constable

The most spectacular artistic rivalry in British history will be revived this month when blockbuster exhibitions by two of the nation’s most renowned painters pitch them into direct competition, just as they were in their lifetimes two centuries ago. The simultaneous shows unavoidably provoke the question asked ever since the artists were showing side by side in the Romantic age: who is the greatest British painter ever? Is it Joseph Mallord William Turner, whose glowing, occasionally abstract, visions of sea and … Continue reading

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Very Big and Very Small

Very Big and Very Small

The very big on the left is the new ‘One World Trade Center‘ in New York. The very small on the right is a photo of ‘Resorcinol Crystal’s using crossed Polarized Light and magnified 150x. Photo by James Bell. – Deskarati

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Hat Trick

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Holbein’s Skull

The Ambassadors (1533) is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger in the National Gallery, London. As well as being a double portrait, the painting contains a still life of several meticulously rendered objects, the meaning of which is the cause of much debate. It is also a much-cited example of anamorphosis in painting. The most notable and famous of Holbein’s symbols in the work, however, is the distorted skull which is placed in the bottom center of the composition. The skull, rendered in anamorphic perspective, another invention of the Early Renaissance, is … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Geographer and The Astronomer – Johannes Vermeer


   The Geographer and The Astronomer are paintings finished about 1668 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. They are both oil on canvas, 51 cm x 45 cm (20 x 18 in) The Geographer is in Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt and The Astronomer is on display at the Louvre, Paris. Portrayals of scientists were a favourite topic in 17th century Dutch painting and Vermeer’s oeuvre includes both that of an astronomer and a geographer. Both are believed to portray the same man, possibly Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. The geographer, dressed in a Japanese-style robe … Continue reading

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Cognitive Illusions

The two squares with the Optical Spy logo in are the same color! Click on the picture Illusion is a step away from reality and optical illusions are those that relate images we see to others that we visualize, perceive, or relate to. Although there are three major types of optical illusions, cognitive illusions remain the most researched amongst them all. So what are cognitive illusions? Cognitive Illusions – In life, we gain awareness and consciousness about many different subjects, changing … Continue reading

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Toronto Film Festival 2014: British films set to make a splash

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival is due to begin later today with Robert Downey Jr film The Judge opening proceedings. More than 20 British films are being screened as part of the festivities featuring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet and Timothy Spall. There’s also a host of other British talent appearing at the festival, in front of the camera and behind it. Here is a look at some of the British films likely to create … Continue reading

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Goodbye Dickie

The actor and film-maker Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors before becoming a highly successful director, winning both best picture and best director Oscars for Gandhi in 1983.

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Enter Pyongyang

“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds. North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Lady Godiva – John Collier


The Honourable John Maler Collier (27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934) was a leading English artist, and an author. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. He studied painting at the Munich Academy where he enrolled at the age of 25. One of his most famous works is our featured artwork – Lady Godiva which portrays  the legend of how Lady Godiva was upset with her husband, Leofric Earl … Continue reading

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Supermoon from Earth and Space


This years Supermoon looks gorgeous from Earth or space. The top picture was taken by Oleg Artemyev on-board the International Space Station the other is July’s Supermoon over Olvera in Spain.

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Rosetta finds message on comet

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