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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.

Adriano
GIFlike.com :: create and share GIFs . [via Matt Cutts] - https://www.giflike.com/about#
GIFlike.com :: create and share GIFs . [via  Matt Cutts] - https://www.giflike.com/about#
Xoogler Jason Grishkoff: "Our aim is to provide you with a great way to share and create looping animations. Gifs are great, they are emotive, non intrusive, a fun entertainment medium and very popular! Billions are viewed on a monthly basis. We plan to improve this platform by creating easy to use tools to share and create looping animations and allow you to choose to use the traditional gif file or try our HTML 5 player for better playback and quality." CREATE: https://www.giflike.com/create - Adriano
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Gerhard RICHTER :: aquarelle sur papier (1984)
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Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2012. - Adriano
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Paul ELUARD :: « Nous vivons dans l'oubli de nos métamorphoses. »
Paul ELUARD :: « Nous vivons dans l'oubli de nos métamorphoses. »
Le dur désir de durer, 1946, Œuvres complètes t.II, p.83, Gallimard, La Pléiade. - Adriano
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Bored to Death :: truly under-rated binge candidate - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Bored to Death :: truly under-rated binge candidate
wacky, black NYC comedy, great casting for Wes Anderson fans... "Bored to Death was an American comedy series that ran on HBO from September 20, 2009 to November 28, 2011. The show was created by author Jonathan Ames, and stars Jason Schwartzman as a fictional Jonathan Ames—a writer based in Brooklyn, New York City, who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. The show also stars Ted Danson as George, and Zach Galifianakis as Ray, both friends of Jonathan." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Great cast ... - Sepi ⌘ سپی
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really strong abstract expressionism combined with Nolde figurative painting -- there's a certain calmness behind the agitated surface oil. Peter Selz did an interview, published in her catalog called “New Images of Man and Woman.” - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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Ding, ding, ding :: Pi . [from Aronofsky's film] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Ding, ding, ding :: Pi . [from Aronofsky's film] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNOQUPmgbnY
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Mark Margolis was also in Scarface and Breaking Bad: http://www.imdb.com/name... - Adriano
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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. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
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. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
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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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