Thursday, August 31, 2017

Luna van Leeuwen

And Vinchenzo

Luna van Leeuwen from Bilthoven is totally crazy about music. The young teenager has been playing violin for several years and these weeks are one of the participants at the Summer Academy at the Peter the Great Festival. "I think this is a very nice Academy," says Luna with a big smile on her face. "In the mornings we get lessons from a teacher for a number of hours. This happens in very small companies to make the most of your profit. "At the Summer Academy, held at the Prince Claus Conservatory, this year brings about eighty young musicians. For eleven days, they are working intensively and at high level to improve their technique and repertoire. My mother forbid me to play violin "I'm from a very musical family," says Luna. "My mother is also playing violin and she made me very enthusiastic at an early age. In the beginning, she still forbid me to play violin because two violinists in one family, which was not useful to her. But after a while playing piano, the blood was still crawling where it could not go." Listen Luna @ youtube And more: Despacito - Vinchenzo & Luna

Friday, August 25, 2017

Naum Gabo (Наум Абрамович Певснер)

Finally after years 
The Constructivist sculpture from Naum Gabo Is almost saved

Last year, the owner of the artwork - Bouwfonds Investment Management - and the municipality of Rotterdam intensive consultation on the desired restoration. Based on previous investigations carried out on behalf of the owner, it has decided to restore the sculpture and to consult with representatives of the municipality and the Rijksdienst Cultural Heritage. This led to the submission of the Concept Request on July 25th. Next Wednesday is the first step, the plan of action, for advice at the Welfare and Monuments Commission. The large sculpture, with nicknames 'The stylized flower' and 'Het Ding', is part of the De Bijenkorf complex. The image was produced in 1956-1957 on the basis of a drawing and models of the Russian artist Naum Gabo. The work took place in the construction workshops and machine plant 'Hollandia' in Krimpen aan den IJssel. The artwork was revealed on May 21, 1957. It is about the largest modern artwork in the public space at that time. The National Monument is considered a milestone in the visual arts of the reconstruction period. LINK 2008

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Crown Point Press

Founded in early 2011 by photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan, IN THE MAKE has been a collaboration that offered an intimate look at contemporary art practice on the West Coast. Over the course of 4 years we visited 123 artists. Through visiting artists in their studios we learned about each artist’s space, process, influences, and the behind-the-scenes elements that are often unseen in a gallery or museum setting. We documented and published these visits with the hope of revealing both the richness and the daily realities of creative work. Our aim has been to raise interest in art practice, while simultaneously debunking the romantic myth of the artist. We recognize that creative work is real work, done by real, passionate people in all sorts of different spaces. We are not art critics, but rather deeply curious observers; looking for the ways that each artist’s aesthetic pervades their environment and reveals their perspective. read more... LINK inthemake

Friday, August 18, 2017

The risk of International Klein Blue

A visitor of an art exhibition in Belgium was so impressed by the exhibition that he had a work of art. The visitor walked through the work Dry blue pigment, from the French artist Yves Klein. 

International Klein Blue (IKB) was developed by Yves Klein in collaboration with Edouard Adam, a Parisian art paint supplier whose shop is still in business on the Boulevard Edgar-Quinet in Montparnasse. The uniqueness of IKB does not derive from the ultramarine pigment, but rather from the matte, synthetic resin binder in which the color is suspended, and which allows the pigment to maintain as much of its original qualities and intensity of color as possible. The synthetic resin used in the binder is a polyvinyl acetate developed and marketed at the time under the name Rhodopas M or M60A by the French pharmaceutical company Rhône-Poulenc. Adam still sells the binder under the name "Médium Adam 25".
In May 1960, Klein deposited a Soleau envelope, registering the paint formula under the name International Klein Blue (IKB) at the Institut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI), but he never patented IKB. Only valid under French law, a soleau enveloppe registers the date of invention, according to the depositor, prior to any legal patent application. The copy held by the INPI was destroyed in 1965. Klein's own copy, which the INPI returned to him duly stamped, is still extant. In March 1960, Klein patented a method by which he was able to distance himself from the physical creation of his paintings by remotely directing models covered in the color. LINK BOZAR LINK NOS (in Dutch)

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial Foundation

R † JAM 
@ Oude Binnenweg Rotterdam

The Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial Foundation commemorates the deceased Rotterdam jazz musicians in an artistic way. One of the initiatives of R † JAM is the production of portraits of Rotterdam's jazz cory fairies by renowned cartoonists and illustrators. The images of Theo van den Boogaard, Lorenzo de Bruin, Robert van der Kroft, Jan Kruis, Louise Lagerweij, Martin Lodewijk, Dick Matena, Peter Pontiac, Wouter Tulp, Martin Valkhoff and Joost Swarte are performed on enamelled signs and a number of murals. With this and the publication of the biographies of Rotterdam jazz musicians, the foundation R † JAM seeks to preserve them for oblivion. LINK: R † JAM (in Dutch)

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Старо Железаре (Staro Zhelezare)

Mural project

A sleepy village in central Bulgaria is harnessing the power of celebrities, hoping for an economic revival through art. This project has been created by Bulgarian artist Ventsislav Piryankov. He has an ancestral home in the village, which has become a small art centre. The artist has been living in Poland with his wife, but he spends the summer months in Staro Zhelezare. In the last three years Ventsislav Piryankov organizes a festival of wall painting called Village of specifics in which Polish artists paint portraits of local people with chosen by them celebrities. In the village there are 38 murals with Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mr. Bean, Leonid Brezhnev, Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachov and others. Among Bulgarian celebrities are Todor Zhivkov, Volen Siderov, Maya Manolova, Rashidov and others. read more... LINK Daily Mail LINK BNR