I love this so much. Milan Fashion Week had an art inspired design show on the runway the last day of the Week. Canvasses on the Catwalk, could it be better than this?
It was all about flower power for Miuccia Prada, who incorporated the motif throughout her collection, including a reimagined version of Andy Warhol’s poppy “Flowers.”
The sharp angular lines of Cubism were prevalent throughout the Fendi collection. The look pictured here resembles Lyubov Popova’s abstract Cubist painting.
Roberto Cavalli’s spring 2013 collection addressed the dainty swirls of the Art Nouveau period mixed in with a few of Cavalli’s signature leopard spots throughout. The colors and curves on the ensemble at left are in tune with Leon Bakst’s 1910 piece at right.
The romantic nature of the winding florals in Orientalist paintings inspired Veronica Etro to add the flora similar to Hiroshige’s 1830s painting throughout her spring 2013 collection.
I’m searching a bit today, trying to reconnect with my inner artist again. My mixed feelings and poor work lately made me rethink me believing in art and myself as a writer. What makes art great? I can cry over a picture painted by my ten year old niece. Art can revolt me, make me angry. And art can inspire me. Some artworks look weird to me, and some are great. And some few pieces, get an iconic status.
Leading international art website ARTINFO has released a list of the “100 Most Iconic Artworks From the Last 5 Years”. The full list, released on their website this week, is an ambitious attempt to distill the past half-decade into its most memorable artistic moments. They put it thus:
From among the thousands of individual works that pass through galleries and museums, which have affected the conversation in some significant way? Amid all of contemporary art’s chaotic installations and ephemeral gestures, which images have some staying power?
The top condenders were chosen by members of the ARTINFO staff, colleagues and several “distinguished outsiders”. The final cut – notably heavy on “art stars”, installations and performance pieces (Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Marina Abromovic, Tino Seghal and Pussy Riot all make it in) – has sparked mixed reactions. I’ll let you be the judge. In the top five slots:
Produced for the Lincoln Centre in New York, this piece of video art – spanning 24 hours – on a clock was built “collage” style from spliced film clips, each frame displaying an exact time.
Renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic’s retrospective at the New York MOMA saw her spend three months across from an empty chair, in which thousands of visitors took a seat over the course of the exhibition.
A participatory work in which volunteers guided visitors through the ascending levels of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, mirroring the passage of time.
The artist flooded the Tate Modern Turbine Hall with a hundred million seemingly identical hand-sculpted sunflower seeds, offering poetic comment on the notion of “made in China” and the nature of individuality.
YBA breakout star Damien Hirst stirred controversy in the art world once again when he covered this human skull with diamonds and sold it for $100 million.
So what do you think? You can see the full list here.
I wonder if the talented gentlemen Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden knew what they were starting, when they founded Skype in 2003. I mean, I just had a three way conversation with my sister in France and my dad in Norway, and the fact that we can speak and see each other, really prolonged the talk, without making it more interesting….No, I’m not being serious, but there is something to this.
Sometimes when we interact in our family, people overhearing tense to think about the Walkers in “Brothers & Sisters”. Tonight’s conversation was no exception, at one point I do believe the three of us kept five conversations alive at the same time…
My sister became a grandmother yesterday, and it was great to hear about the little new-born princess. At the same time, my dad had a lot of news, because of everybody who had called him in felicity of his new title as great grandfather. Me, I had maybe some news on my own, but I realized that I had to leave the main conversation to the two who had earned new titles.
Skype has really created a way of keeping family ties close, even when we live far away from each other. My sister sees my dad often and she is normally the one to tell him to get a haircut, even though she lives in the south of France. My dad on the other hand, thinks he speaks to his whole family, even though only one of us responds. There is no question about it; Skype is a great way to keep contact and to interact.
The days I don’t like skype as much, are the days when I don’t feel like sitting down talking to my computer for a long time. I mean, I’m a multi-tasking person, and when I talk to family members using my cell phone, I do the dishes and some cleaning around the house, or I play packman, feeding the cats…. You get the picture… Not focusing on every detail during the conversation makes it easier to keep the conversation on, but when they see me leave their screen from time to time, it’s a bit revealing.
So the question remains, to Skype or not to Skype…
Yesterday my first book was sent to print! I’m so excited! Since the day in June I got the letter from the publishing house I’ve been in a surreal and dreamy state of mind, whenever I’ve been thinking of the book. And now, the manuscript is finished, corrected and displayed, and sent to printing.
My book is a book of poems, all stating something about life and feelings, and it has now the title “3898 ord om livet” which can translate to “3898 words of life.” My poems are about the many processes we go through living our lives.
To make the cover, I asked my very best friend to put on a nice pair of shoes and walk for me. Taking photos of her legs in the woods of Sweden was a funny experience. It was cold and windy, but I. was the perfect top model, and worked those shoes. When talking to the designer from the publisher, I asked if I could get a light green background. The result is actually so good; a great part of my dream came through when I saw the book cover.
You’ll hear more about my book when it comes from the print house, in about six weeks’ time. Until then; I’m still surfing on my happy wave on my way to reach my dream.
This shot of the morning conversation between beautiful Rebecca and mr Piglet, is my photo of Everyday Life. Once again, the theme of the relationship between animals and human beings is a reoccurring theme in my life, and I truly believe that we get a better life living in coexistence with our animal friends.
Tonight I finally went to see the film of Kon – Tiki. Norway’s most expensive screen production to date is a visually striking re-creation of Thor Heyerdahl’s daring trip across the Pacific on a primitive raft.
The Norwegian directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, were responsible for the biopic of World War II resistance fighter Max Manus a couple of years ago, a film that was a huge hit here in Norway. This time the talented directing team have turned to another native hero for their new film; Kon-Tiki. One of the most-vaunted escapades of the 20th century, Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 Peru-to-Polynesia expedition by raft, gets big-screen treatment in this efficiently told action-adventure.
With effective immediacy, the directors dramatize some incidents from Heyerdahl’s 1950 Oscar-winning documentary about the trip, and cinematographer Geir Hartly Andreassen pays tribute in re-created B&W footage of the building of the raft. The action of the film will definitively introduce new generations to the Heyerdahl legend.
A brief childhood-episode prologue makes clear that Heyerdahl is singularly driven. The first words in the film are a warning to the young Thor as he ventures onto the ice: “Don’t do it!” At his peril he ignores the naysayers, and will again 20-odd years later, when, as an accomplished ethnographer, he finds his unconventional theories derided and rejected by every scientific publisher in New York.
The gist of those theories is that 1,500 years earlier, the Polynesian islands were settled not by Asians, the agreed-upon scenario, but by South Americans crossing the Pacific from the east. To prove it, Heyerdahl sets out to make the trip himself, using methods and materials like those available to pre-Columbian Incas, and naming his balsa-wood raft Kon-Tiki, after the Incan sun god Tiki.
Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of five men embarked on a 4,000-mile journey that most observers consider suicidal: Only one of the six has sailing experience, Thor can’t swim, and their sole concession to modernity is an amateur two-way radio.
Much of the action in the film devolves into close encounters with sharks, and their struggle to steer the raft in the right direction. Actor Pål Sverre Hagen is a perfect as Thor Heyerdahl, tall and lean with blazing blue eyes, evincing charisma and madness nearly in equal measure.
In the most substantial supporting role, Anders Baasmo Christiansen plays Herman Watzinger, the divorced engineer who signs on first, eager to shake up his life. He’s a hangdog contrast to Thor’s unflinching willingness to leave behind his wife, Liv (Agnes Kittelsen), and kids. (A long-distance call between husband and wife contains the film’s one glaring anachronism, at least in the English subtitles: “You’re breaking up.”) Potent flashbacks show that Thor and Liv once shared a much different life as explorers, a life that he’s not ready to give up.
Herman’s growing doubts about the raft’s construction erode his peace of mind. Amid mounting tensions, the rest of the crew (Tobias Santelmann, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Jakob Oftebroand Gustaf Skarsgård) are more guarded about their faith in the Kon-Tiki. The seventh raft-mate, a parrot named Lorita who received ample screen time in the 1950 film, is presented in a way that telegraphs her fate.
As single-minded as Thor is — Hagen’s pointed stare is loaded with self-certainty and foreboding — he’s also media-savvy, and at the urging of a crewmate turns the mission into a documentary film project. Some of the movie’s most intriguing sequences involve the filmmaking process: the use of a dinghy to get master shots of the raft; the scramble to load the 16mm camera when a spectacular creature surfaces.
This retelling of a bare-bones enterprise by six men has handsome period detail and visual effects that are convincing. There has been a debate in the Norwegian press about the portrait of the men on the raft, especially the character of Herman Watzinger, were the film definitively differs from reality. This is not a documentary film. The documentary film of Kon – Tiki was made of the crew themselves, and it earned an Oscar around 1950. This is the screen film of the story of Kon – Tiki, based on the true story of the six men. It’s entertaining, it’s fun, and for me the Herman Watzinger character made a great difference. This is of course because of actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen, he is one of our greatest character actors, and I love his work. But also the ironic dialogs, the understatements and pure joy of living in close contact with the elements.
Photo credits: All photos is taken from the film, my source is here.
You can read more on the Kon – Tiki at the home page of the Kon – Tiki museum.