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Visually stunning art :: sculpture, painting, photography, film, video, installation, architecture, graphics, ... yet including aesthetic levity and random beauty beyond categorical norms.

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Cormac McCARTHY :: Jefe advises The Counselor (2013) - http://rsvp360.blogspot.com/2013...
Cormac McCARTHY :: Jefe advises The Counselor (2013)
The standard criticism of Ridley Scott's film is that normal characters do not talk as do in The Counselor. Indeed the dialogue is almost Shakespearean, for example, the telephone conversation between the Counselor and Jefe. There is also the sense of inevitable tragedy in the sense of Greek theatre. Here is my favorite excerpt from Cormac McCarthy's screenplay (which does summarize the moral content of the film)... JEFE: "The world in which you seek to undo your mistakes is not the world in which they were made. You are at a cross in the road and here you think to choose. But here there is no choosing. There is only accepting. The choosing was done long ago." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
So what about our choices into the future? Here the Diamond Dealer (played by Bruno Ganz) informs The Counselor as follows: "At our noblest, we announce to the darkness that we will not be diminished by the brevity of our lives." ... yea, all which it inherit shall dissolve, and like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind. The baseless fabric of our revels shall inevitably unravel in ways totally unforeseen. - Adriano
Nice graphic https://notegraphy.com/rsvp... by yours truly :-) - Adriano
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Wes ANDERSON :: Castello Cavalcanti . [2013, 8-min short] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Wes ANDERSON :: Castello Cavalcanti . [2013, 8-min short] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b87B7zyucgI
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w/ Jason Schwartzman, and Fellini references. - Adriano
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Bill VIOLA :: Grand Palais, Paris . [3 March 2014] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Bill VIOLA :: Grand Palais, Paris . [3 March 2014] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv66nDWh85s
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Must see. \\ "Bill Viola is one of the most famous representative of video art. A large body of his work, from 1977 to today, combining tables and monumental installations movement, is currently presented for the first time at the Grand Palais. This exhibition is organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais and Bill Viola Studio." - Adriano
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Arnold Böcklin :: Die Toteninsel (1883, Isle of the Dead) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Arnold Böcklin :: Die Toteninsel (1883, Isle of the Dead)
"Vladimir Nabokov observed in his novel _Despair_ that prints of this work were to be "found in every Berlin home." Many observers have interpreted the oarsman as representing the boatman Charon who conducted souls to the underworld in Greek mythology. The water would then be either the River Styx or the River Acheron and his white-clad passenger a recently deceased soul transiting to the afterlife. Greek island Pontikonisi, near Corfu, was likely the inspiration for the painting." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
... how I feel whenever I go to Isola di San Michele by boat from Venezia. Beautifully peaceful. - Adriano
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e.g. "Isn't it fantastic that you can change your mind and create all these happy things?" \\ There's something very serene in watching Bob Ross paint... can't put a finger on it :-) - Adriano
There are no terrestrial channels in the UK that show Bob Ross at the moment. We do get Norm Abrams though. It can be very pleasant, watching him stroke a piece of antique pine before turning it into an entire workshop, kitchen, and another workshop, and then making a hutch with the offcuts. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Are there religions formed around Bob Ross? He's some kind of Bodhisattva. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, you already know http://dudeism.com Religion of the The Big Lebowski -- that's pretty close. - Adriano
I don't know. I am an Abramist. I wear the stacked dado cutting head and worship at the surface-planed altar of Norm. But first, let's take a moment to talk about shop safety. - Steel Penguin Slippy
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GTA 5 :: its twisted beauty in stunning slow motion (2013) - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
GTA 5 :: its twisted beauty in stunning slow motion (2013)
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I bet Beethoven never saw this coming... :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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History exam embarrassment :: BattleTech Marauder slips into Kochergin's "Storming the Winter Palace" - http://www.theage.com.au/nationa...
History exam embarrassment :: BattleTech Marauder slips into Kochergin's "Storming the Winter Palace"
History exam embarrassment :: BattleTech Marauder slips into Kochergin's "Storming the Winter Palace"
"Doctored image depicting a giant robot assisting socialist revolutionaries in 1917 was accidentally used in a history exam. It is the second year in a row the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has been forced to apologise following debacles in the end-of-year exams. Purnell said while some students didn't notice the robot, others wasted time trying to work it out: ''One student suggested it was a statue of Alexander Kerensky, head of the Mensheviks. Another student thought it was the battleship Aurora - it's clear several students were thrown by it.''" cf. CogSci experiment where gorilla image implanted in x-rays was not noticed by expert radiologists :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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René MAGRITTE :: The False Mirror (1928) . [MoMA conservation] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Conservation | René Magritte. The False Mirror. 1928
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René MAGRITTE :: The False Mirror (1928) . [MoMA conservation] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bX9cFGKm1o
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Breaking Bad :: celebration after Emmy awards (2013)
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photo captures the wonderful joy of the cast. - Adriano
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"Feu Couleur 1 était réalisée par Yves Klein quelques mois avant que l’artiste mourut d’une crise cardiaque en juin 1962, à l'âge de 34 ans. Estimée entre 23 et 30 millions d'euros, l’œuvre devrait établir un nouveau record aux enchères pour Klein - et peut-être le meilleur prix pour un artiste européen d’après-guerre. Ce panneau unique, large de trois mètres et haut de 14, reprend l'ensemble des techniques expérimentées par Klein en peinture. FC1 avait été réalisée durant une performance filmée au Centre d'essai de Gaz de France, ou deux modèles féminins, aspergés d’eau, s'étaient plaqués sur le panneau ignifugé, avant qu'Yves Klein fasse apparaître leurs silhouettes au lance-flamme. Dans une deuxième étape, les mêmes modèles, enduits de peinture bleu Klein (ce bleu électrique dont le peintre avait déposé le brevet), revenaient se plaquer sur la toile, imprimant des anthropométries, les contours de leurs corps étant vaporisés de peinture afin de souligner leurs silhouettes." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Yves KLEIN :: Blue . [approx. RGB 0,46,167 / Hex 002EA7] - http://www.colourlovers.com/color...
Yves KLEIN :: Blue . [approx. RGB 0,46,167 / Hex 002EA7]
According to William Gibson's novel _Zero History_, "Yves Klein Blue" is an example of a color that cannot be represented on a computer monitor. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Strangest Homes :: conversion from a Church in Netherland - http://imgur.com/a...
Strangest Homes :: conversion from a Church in Netherland
Strangest Homes :: conversion from a Church in Netherland
Wondered about this sometimes... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Hanneke Schutte :: Saving Norman (2013) . [starring Willem DAFOE, 10-min short feature film] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Hanneke Schutte :: Saving Norman (2013) . [starring Willem DAFOE, 10-min short feature film]
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Dafoe plays a "hikikomori" (Japanese term which refers to persons refusing to leave their home, for decades in some cases) until one day... [NO SPOILER, but here's a surprise 37 seconds for you to watch thereafter, http://www.youtube.com/watch... :-] - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Massimiliano GIONI :: "Contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." [2013 Venice Biennale] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Massimiliano GIONI :: "Contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." [2013 Venice Biennale]
"As the youngest curator to direct the Venice Biennale in more than a hundred years, Gioni will test his gritty-yet-glamorous approach to modern art when the prestigious fair opens this summer. His International Exhibition, titled "The Encyclopedic Palace," takes its name from a project by 20th-century outsider artist Marino Auriti, an eccentric self-taught architect and philosopher manqué who devoted years of his life to the construction of a gigantic skyscraper-temple that would house the combined wisdom of the human race." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Richard III reconstructed :: 3D-printed face (2013) . [stereolithography] - http://mashable.com/2013...
Richard III reconstructed :: 3D-printed face (2013) . [stereolithography]
"Two days after the long lost bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot, 528 years after his death, we can take a look at a 3D-printed reproduction of his face. The project, funded by the Richard III Society, was led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee. She used 3D scanning and printing, with a technique called stereolithography, to reconstruct Richard III's head, based on his actual remains. An artist, guided by Wilkinson, then painted the colorless head and added glass eyes, a wig, a hat and the appropriate clothes. Richard III has always been one of the most mysterious and vilified kings in British history. Historically, he's always been portrayed as a malformed, hideous person. This 3D-printed replica of his face seems to contradict at least the claims about his appearance." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
@grossdm: "Ironic. Remains of Richard III, who said, "my kingdom for a horse" unearthed at same time kingdom revealed to be eating horse en masse." - Adriano
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Claude MONET :: Les Nymphéas . [Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris]
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Image retouched and color-corrected (click on it to enlarge). One of my favorite rooms in the world :-) - Adriano
this is a rare treat: Monet photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas, http://ff.im/1dyzVh - Adriano
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Gustave COURBET :: "L'Origine du Monde" (1866) a enfin un visage ! - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Gustave COURBET :: "L'Origine du Monde" (1866) a enfin un visage !
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Claude MONET :: photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas (circa 1910-1926) - http://www.retronaut.com/2013...
Claude MONET :: photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas (circa 1910-1926)
Claude MONET :: photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas (circa 1910-1926)
find the one where Monet looks like an Aikido master :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Francis BACON :: Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) . [Sotheby's] - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Francis BACON :: Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) . [Sotheby's]
"Francis Bacon, who died in 1992, fetched the highest price when “Three Studies for a Self-Portrait” sold for £13.76 million. Presented in the form of a triptych, the 1980 “Three Studies” — each of which measures 35.5 by 30 centimeters, or 14 by 12 inches — thus sold within the estimate set at £10 million to £15 million plus the sale charge of more than 12 percent. Not bad for a work that made £3.81 million on its previous appearance at Sotheby’s London in June 2006." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Antonio PALMERINI :: Amsterdam (2012) - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Antonio PALMERINI :: Amsterdam (2012) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/65776569@N03/7289014052/
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David FINCHER :: House of Cards (2013 trailer) . [w/ Kevin Spacey] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
David FINCHER :: House of Cards (2013 trailer) . [w/ Kevin Spacey]
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Usual Suspects, American Beauty, now add #HouseOfCards for Spacey -- it's superb. Netflix financed and recently released the first season of 13 episodes -- that bet is going to pay off big time: prepare for becoming Lost in Binge Viewing of Streaming Episodes http://ff.im/10C1Sq Second season will be in production mid-spring @BeauWillimon \\ Theme soundtrack by Jeff Beal http://youtu.be/DbWcdaeYrsI - Adriano from Bookmarklet
only *after* watching the first season, check out the interesting remarks, observations, and discussion at http://www.vulture.com/2013... which includes @BeauWillimon the head writer of HoC. \\ Also TONS of spoilers and fails, 41-min podcast: https://soundcloud.com/slatera... Transcript http://www.slate.com/blogs... - Adriano
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Emil NOLDE :: Young Couple (1913 lithograph) . [MoMA] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Emil NOLDE :: Young Couple (1913 lithograph) . [MoMA]
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"Man Ray designed this chess set in 1920 using found objects from his studio. Most of the pieces are geometric models made for still-life drawing (the king is a pyramid, the queen a cone, the rook a cube, the pawn a sphere). The knight—the finial of a violin—was fashioned from a box of abandoned violin necks. Only a handful were ever produced (the maharajah of Indore commissioned a set made from silver-plated brass). This re-edition is rendered in wood, as Man Ray originally intended, and is based on a set housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." - Adriano
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MoMA :: Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 . [mapping the social network between artists] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
MoMA :: Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 . [mapping the social network between artists]
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MoMA show < 15 April 2013 http://www.moma.org/inventi... \\ See also http://infosthetics.com/archive... E.g. here's the graph for Paul Klee http://infosthetics.com/archive... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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GREECE :: panorama of Santorini * - http://www.photosight.ru/photo...
GREECE :: panorama of Santorini * - http://www.photosight.ru/photo/alone/3206369/
* that's only my guess ;-) and my wish to be there swimming above Atlantis! - Adriano
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Sam Mendes :: SKYFALL > 9 Nov 2012 . [new 007 trailer] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Sam Mendes :: SKYFALL > 9 Nov 2012 . [new 007 trailer]
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+1 "So what's your hobby? Resurrection." \\ Curious to see how Mendes has evolved since directing "American Beauty" in 1999. It would be good to see Javier Bardem, an extraordinary actor... IMDb info http://www.imdb.com/title... ... listen to the theme song by Adele at http://ff.im/15XaMU - Adriano from Bookmarklet
+2 Roger Deakins, the nine-time-Oscar-nominated cinematographer... the Coen brothers’ cinematographer for 20 years. - Adriano
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Daniel Day-Lewis :: on playing Abraham Lincoln . [what he calls “the work”: his process of preparing and then inhabiting a part: "I need to believe that there is a cohesive mystery that ties all these things together, and I try not to separate them."] - http://www.nytimes.com/2012...
Daniel Day-Lewis :: on playing Abraham Lincoln . [what he calls “the work”: his process of preparing and then inhabiting a part: "I need to believe that there is a cohesive mystery that ties all these things together, and I try not to separate them."]
"Day-Lewis said that he felt a “great sadness” when the movie was done and that he still feels connected to it. “I’m woefully one-track-minded,” he said. “Without sounding unhinged, I know I’m not Abraham Lincoln. I’m aware of that. But the truth is the entire game is about creating an illusion, and for whatever reason, and mad as it may sound, some part of me can allow myself to believe for a period for time without questioning, and that’s the trick.” He laughed." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Richard Nickel, Jr. :: Naval Hospital - http://kingstonlounge.blogspot.com/#
Richard Nickel, Jr. :: Naval Hospital - http://kingstonlounge.blogspot.com/#
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David Gelb :: Jiro Dreams of SUSHI (2012 trailer) - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
David Gelb :: Jiro Dreams of SUSHI (2012 trailer)
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"Story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef, proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station: It is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro's legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
On his commitment required to become and remain a master at a craft: "You must fall in love with your work. I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I’ll continue to climb, trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is." --Jiro ONO - Adriano
Restaurant review w/ photos: "The sushi courses came out at a rate of one per minute. 19 courses in 19 minutes. No ordering, no real talking -- just making sushi and eating sushi. After the sushi is done you are motioned to leave the sushi bar and sit at a booth where you are served your melon. We took that melon at a leisurely 10 minute pace, leaving us with a bill of over $300 per... more... - Adriano
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