18th century paintings meet Google Street View

18th century paintings meet Google Street View
A reditt and imgur user who lives in London and goes by the handle “shystone” has posted two series of photomontages in which 18th century pantings are superimposed over Google Street View images of the same scene, creating in each a sort of artistic portal into the past.

One set is of London, with paintings by various artists, the other is of Canaletto’s views of Venice (see my Lines and Colors post on Canaletto).

Shystone is apparently knowledgeable about both art history and the cities involved, and gives a bit of background on each superimposition, allowing you to follow up and research the painting if you wish. The images, if clicked on or dragged to the desktop, are large enough to get a view of the paintings, which look small in my captures above.

[Via The Guardian]


Architectural alphabet, Antonio Basoli

Architectural Alphabet, Antonio Basoli
Though perhaps not as clever and imaginative as the Landscape alphabet by L.E.M. Jones — that I recently highlighted here on Lines and Colors — this architectural alphabet by Italian artist Antonio Basoli is nonetheless well done and amusing.

Basoli published his Pictorial Alphabet, or, a collection of pictorial thoughts composed of objects beginning with the individual letters of the alphabet in 1839.

The full alphabet can be seen on LiveInternet.ru (text in Russian). There are articles on Giornale Nuovo and Letterology.

[Via i09, from an article featuring several pictorial alphabets]


Landscape alphabet, L.E.M. Jones

Landscape alphabet, L.E.M. Jones, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel
This wonderful alphabet, composed of landscape images, was created in the early 19th century. If I understand correctly, it was designed and drawn by an artist named L.E.M. Jones, and then printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, who may have made the lithographic drawings from which the prints were pulled.

Full set is in the British Museum.

I particularly love the dimensional effect of the atmospheric perspective in the “B”, and the intertwining forms of the “N”.

[Via BoingBoing and Letterology]


Super Bowl art bet 2014

Superbowl art bet , Denver Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, The Bronco Buster, Frederick Remington, Sound of Waves, Tsuji Kako
In what should have been an annual tradition, but was apparently dropped for a time, art museums in the two U.S. cities sending teams to the Super Bowl are again engaging in an art loan wager.

If the Seattle Seahawks win, the Denver Art Museum will loan “The Bronco Buster”, a sculpture by Frederick Remington, to the Seattle Art Museum for three months.

If the Denver Broncos win, the Seattle Art Museum will loan “Sound of Waves”, an ink painting on screen by Tsuji Kako, to the Denver Art Museum.

Each museum is staking the loan of an artwork that can be taken to represent their city’s team in some way.

I think it’s great PR for the museums, gets people talking about art, and should have been a yearly event, but somebody in the last two years apparently (dare I say it?) dropped the ball. (Or, if it happened, I didn’t hear about it.)

For more on the art loan Super Bowl wagers from 2011 and 2010, see my previous Lines and Colors post on the subject.

For more on this year’s wager, see this article on the LA Times.

[Via Jeffrey Hayes @dailypainter]


The fleeting art of Andres Amador

Andres Amador
“Ars longa, vita brevis”, goes the phrase (Art is long, life is short), but then, some art is much more temporary than most.

The art of Andres Amador, though ostensibly made of “archival materials”, lasts only until the next high tide.

Amador takes his rake to the beaches of northern California and creates carefully controlled markings in the sand, then photographs the result.

You can read more about his process on his website. There is also a gallery of his work here.

[Via MetaFilter]


Santa Classics

Santa Classics ed Wheeler
For his series titled “Santa Classics” photographer Ed Wheeler dresses up as Santa, takes a shot of himself in a certain position under carefully arranged lighting, and then composites the photo into an image from classic art.

The Previous/Next buttons aren’t obvious at the lower left of the website home page. There is also a link to show thumbnails.

The photographs will be on display at bahdeebahdu in Philadelphia to December 21, 2013.

[Via Flavorwire]