It’s all in the details

Google came up with a great idea on how you can truly appreciate art in close detail. A new technology called Art Camera, a robotic camera, can take high resolution images of objects. The results are amazing  finely detailed close-ups of artwork.

port of rotterdam

(Above Image – Port of Rotterdam by Paul Signac)

Read more about Google’s Art Camera here.


Reflections on Egon Schiele

The Met has a program called The Artist Project. Essentially, it is where contemporary artists discuss different art  featured at The Met. It’s their viewpoint on a specific work of art or the collective works of an artist. I highly recommend watching these vignettes. They are not very long in duration and are immensely insightful.

The one posted here is of the contemporary artist Wangechi Muta discussing the brilliance that is Egon Schiele.


Magdalene In Distress

This  article  about  eighty-nine year old artist, Magdalene Stift-Jourdan, got me thinking.

Magdalene Stift-Jourdan, who was born in the Austro-Hungarian empire but spent years living in Montreal, Canada, has been painting for over 60 years. On Thursday, she finally got to hold her own art reception at the public library in her adopted town of Thompson, Connecticut.

Unfortunately, their wasn’t much promotion for the event — and the sad octogenarian was left feeling ‘foolish’ and ‘forgotten’ when hardly anyone turned up for it.

After reading this sad tale, I came away with two key points. First, support artists in your community. Please. It’s crucial to encourage artists to do what they do because the arts are vital to society.


(Above Photo – One of Stift-Jourdan’s paintings from her art show.)

And second, artists are a unique breed: they are forward-thinkers.  According to one study, artists are immensely courageous individuals because they create works of art and put them out into the world for everyone to see, contemplate, critique and scrutinize. I guess, that is why reading  the article on Magdalene was so touching.

To have an art exhibit and have no one respond would be very disheartening. Understatement. I felt for this woman. And  I would be crushed to have any (let alone my very first!) art opening and to have no one attend.

So your takeaway in all this is to support the arts.   Also, keep in mind the idea that artists are a special kind of people –  bold risk takers and creative innovators.