Female leads of ‘Arth – The Destination’ gave an inspirational talk at LUMS in Lahore 0SHARES Share Tweet Email DENVER, COLORADO, US: The finest part of my education in the United States was that we were taught time and again that art is limitless and permeates beyond borders. Why should we ever have to conform to society and communal norms when crafting art – or spreading a message through a film, a photograph, a painting, a sculpture, music or poetry. My favourite writers and poets confirmed this notion for me. Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Nasir Kazmi, Mirza Ghalib, Jalaluddin Rumi, Oscar Wilde, Frank O’Hara, Maya Angelou and Pablo Neruda were all rebels with a cause. Flouting fences to exhibit sentiments towards the higher power, express their emotions of love, die-hard feelings, passion, fury, despair, rejection and passion made them a fearless bunch of revolutionaries that capsized the ‘standards’ and … [Read more...] about Politics should never come in the way of art: Humaima Malick and Uzma Hassan
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0 Have your say Looking back on her life in 1942, the year before she died, Beatrix Potter answered a question her millions of fans had always wondered about. In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, what had Mr McGregor’s garden been based on? As the $50m Peter Rabbit movie heads our way (it opens nationwide on 16 March), the question is of more than academic interest. The “real” Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden – where Peter Rabbit was chased and nearly killed by the angry gardener – could be worth quite a bit to its owner. Was it somewhere in Scotland? McGregor is an obviously Scottish name, and the story “about four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter” did indeed begin here, with a letter from Potter to her governess’s five year-old son that she wrote in 1893 while staying in Dunkeld.But the real Mr McGregor’s garden, Potter said near the end of her life, wasn’t there. Nor was it Hill Top, … [Read more...] about Travel: On the trail of Peter Rabbit, Lingholm, Lake District
THE Cornish fishing port of St Ives has long been a magnet for artists – creative souls attracted by the pure quality of its rugged landscapes and unique light. Since the summer of 1811 when JMW Turner called in on a tour of the West Country, the picturesque spot has been colonised by painters, along with sculptors writers, intellectuals and progressive thinkers from all around the world. And that continues to this day. The draw of this remote corner of England to artists continues to this day – and is the subject of a new exhibition at the Sewell Centre Gallery at Radley College near Abingdon. To The Lighthouse is a celebration of the power of St Ives to inspire writers and artists from 1800 to the present day, with work by Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Breon O’Casey and others. Colonised at the end of the 19th century by creative folk, the town attracted established painters like Whistler, Sickert, Munnings and … [Read more...] about Harbouring real talent: showcasing the cream of Cornish art
WHEN Kate Burrows invited the media into her mud hut home this week, she was keen to explain how her ”allergy to modern life” meant the council is wrong to turf her out.Showing off the haphazardly decorated “Hobbit house”, she and husband Alan gushed about their self-sufficiency and insisted that mod cons make her feel ill.So it was a surprise when The Sun visited them yesterday in woodland outside Chumleigh, North Devon, to find them cosied up on their handmade four-poster bed watching Netflix on Kate’s Galaxy smartphone.Kate, 45, explained: “When you live in nature you get tired. Sometimes you want to just chill out with some Netflix or listen to The Archers.”Perhaps unsurprisingly, she and Alan are also big fans of Black Mirror, the Channel 4 sci-fi series about the dangers of modern technology.The gran-of-one has diagnosed herself with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). She says she suffers flu-like symptoms when in contact with things … [Read more...] about We spend day with hippy couple ‘allergic to modern life’ who are being evicted from the Hobbit-style mud hut they built from tree trunks
WHO are the key players behind the long awaited Chilcot report?The 12.6 million word document covers a lot of ground and mentions a roll-call of figures involved in the drama leading up to, and proceeding, Britain's military campaign in Iraq.We profile the major names mentioned in the Chilcot Report and look at their involvement in the decision to take UK to war. The old-style Mandarin was a member of several other inquiries and held many senior positions in the civil service before being appointed to chair the Iraq Inquiry in 2009,Described as "very thorough", he has also come under criticism for the time taken to complete his report, after a lengthy process of so-called Maxwellisation delayed publication by several years.His questioning style was also criticised by Philippe Sands QC for being, at times, "surprising" and "rather pathetic".However, Sir John has won praise for advocating openness within the inquiry after setting out that he wanted to hold … [Read more...] about The key players at the heart of the decision to go to war in Iraq
Art Cologne , Germany's largest art fair, opens its doors on April 15 and Art Basel , the biggest of its kind in the world, follows in June. Both fairs have long traditions and draw tens of thousands of visitors each year. And both are primarily designed to be tangible: Visitors can experience art with at least most of their five senses. The works of art on site are accompanied by gallery representatives equipped with freshly printed catalogues that still smell like ink. Though the Internet is omnipresent even for established art fairs, it serves a tangential role. As Art Cologne director Daniel Hug puts it, the Internet is primarily a communication accelerator between galleries and collectors, who no longer have to send and receive slides of artworks. "Most collectors want see a piece of art with their own eyes before they go for it," he said. Even if the paintings or sculptures are often reserved in advance, the decision to buy follows a personal inspection at the fair, he added. … [Read more...] about The art of selling art: Young artists navigate the digital world
The way things are going, 2017 is shaping up to be the year that art gets virtual, as top galleries around the world allow this very modern medium to infiltrate their exhibition spaces. The Whitney Biennial in New York, which opens on March 17, will include a virtual reality (VR) piece by Jordan Wolfson. In February, the Sotheby's art auction house gave people the chance to experience a "living" VR version of Salvador Dalí's "Moment de Transition." In January, artist KAWS exhibited his VR project at the New York Public Library, and the London Academy of the Arts even brought objects from its exhibition "Virtually Real" back to the real world, using 3D printing. Armed with futuristic headsets, motions sensors and specially designed interfaces, artists from all sorts of backgrounds are exploring this new medium. DW spoke to four international VR artists and asked them what it is like to be at the forefront of a new artistic movement, and what this shift means for traditional art. … [Read more...] about Is virtual reality the future of art?
A greater dissonance between the art of Elger Esser and the location of his Dusseldorf atelier would be hard to imagine. It's located just across from a drugstore, a few meters from a discount supermarket. The courtyards neighboring Esser's atelier are peppered with automobile workshops, cheap bakeries and copy shops. It's a typically German scene of suburban drabness. The dark-brown parquet floor dominate Esser's atelier, which is lined by high bookcases. Only a few photographs are hung on the walls; most of Essers works have been put into storage. The scene in his studio compliments how Esser describes his work, his pictures, his travels and readings. The artist uses the space for preparation and post-production work. The photographs themselves are created en plein air. Memory atlas Esser's large-format photographs are taken mainly in the French provinces. No other German photographer has captured neighboring France as obsessively as Esser in the past few years. The artist, … [Read more...] about Elger Esser captures the landscapes of longing
Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Germany each year to retrace the steps of Martin Luther, the religious visionary whose "95 Theses" marked the greatest reform in the history of the Protestant Church 500 years ago. Through his work translating the Bible, Luther is also credited with reforming the German language, helping mold the modern usage that prevails today. The main landmarks in a Luther pilgrimage can be explored in a whistle-stop, three-day tour of Lutherland. Please note: the tour has been organized by geographical rather than the chronology of Luther's life. Day one -- Eisleben Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, a town in the foothills of the Harz mountains, in the eastern part of Saxony-Anhalt. His birthplace, a simple but smart building now numbered 15, stands in a street named after the man himself (entrance at Seminarstrasse 16). His father Hans Luther, who worked in the copper mines, and his mother Margarethe, baptized baby … [Read more...] about Following the Footsteps of Enlightenment
A look at the website of the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin offers a preview of its upcoming exhibition, "The Tehran Collection. The Tehran Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin," 60 works that were part of the art collected by Farah Pahlavi, the wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979. Including works by artists such as Duane Hanson, with his installation of two life-sized casts of boxers fighting, or Jackson Pollock's abstract painting "Mural on Indian Red Ground," as well as paintings by Jalil Ziapour, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, the exhibition is sure to draw art lovers - if it opens. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which manages the Berlin museum, claimed to be all set to launch the exhibition as planned in December. Yet as the end of November approaches, it remains unclear if the collection will be coming to Berlin at all. The Gemäldegalerie still hasn't obtained a signed contract from the recently replaced Iranian culture … [Read more...] about Will the art collection of the shah of Iran come to Berlin?