Van Gogh on 60 Minutes/Overtime

Van Gogh on 60 Minutes/Overtime
This Sunday, October 16, 2011, the CBS TV newsmagazine 60 Minutes is doing a feature on Vincent van Gogh, focusing on a new biography, Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, that suggests Van Gogh may not have taken his own life as has been commonly assumed.

Immediately after the television show, there is an online follow-up feature called 60 Minutes Overtime that carries on with the subject of Van Gogh, in which host Morley Safer discusses the artist and his work, and reads excerpts from his letters.

For that segment, the producers have worked out sequences in which Safer will be speaking from “within” Van Gogh paintings, courtesy of some bluescreen & CGI sleight of hand.

There is an article on the 60 Minutes Overtime site, that includes a video preview and a discussion of how the projections were done, as well as a story and video preview for the TV show on the main 60 Minutes site.

I assume the 60 Minutes Overtime segment will be available from the font of the site just after the TV show ends.

[Addendum: try this link for the web based show. It turns out to be only about 5 minutes long.

To satisfy any additional cravings for van Gogh videos, try these from the Van Gogh Museum, and these from ArtBabble.]


Retrofuture illustration from Japan on Dark Roasted Blend

Retrofuture illustration from Japan on Dark Roasted Blend
Dark Roasted Blend has posted another of their “retro-future” illustration selections, this one featuring wonderfully over-the-top Japanese illustrations for magazines, toy and model boxes and advertisements from the 1930’s through the 1960’s.

Most of the images are linked to larger versions.

They’ve also tossed in a 1980’s advertisement for Canon that features Katsuhiro Otomo’s characters from Akira using the latest camera while flying on their jet scooter (images above, bottom).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go fly my bubble-topped hovercar down a climate-controlled jetway to an appointment in a domed city.


Hiroshi Yoshida (update)

Hiroshi Yoshida
Early 20th Century painter and printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida is known in his native Japan as a Western style artist, and his work is very much in demand.

Having trained in Western style painting, he carried those influences with him when he moved into traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking, also taking inspiration in subjects from his travels in the U.S. and Europe, as well as India and other parts of the world.

Yoshida is considered one of the foremost proponents of the shin hanga (or “new prints”) style, but combined some of that style’s return to the collaborative printmaking of the ukiyo-e system, in which the artist worked with a carver and block printer, with the personal involvement more common to the sosaku hanga (“creative prints”) style emerging at the time.

His depictions of the Swiss Alps, U.S. national parks and related landmarks, as well as scenes in Japan and elsewhere, resonate with superb drawing and beautifully chosen color.

In addition to returning to favorite themes, like scenes of landscape reflected in water, sailing boats, mountains and clouds, Yoshida often would print the same block in different color schemes, producing dramatically different atmospheric and emotional effects.

(See also my previous post on Hiroshi Yoshida.)


Sebastian Stoskopff

Sebastian Stoskopff
Sebastian Stoskopff (alternately Sébastien Stoskopff) was a 17th Century painter from Alsace, a German-speaking region of France, though he spent the core of his productive years in Paris.

Stoskopff’s work was “rediscoved” in the 1930’s, with an appreciation for the intensely focused realism and detailed handling of his still life paintings, as well as the reduction in the number of objects in his compositions, harkening back to earlier still life traditions and away from the dramatic tableaux of multiple objects more common in his time.

Worth noting is the piece in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Still Life with a Nautilus, Panther Shell and Chip-Wood Box, for which the website allows you to zoom in to a point of considerable detail (images above, bottom two).

You can also zoom in, though not as far, on this image of a piece in the Norton Simon Museum.

[Via Jeffrey Hayes]


Breath of Embers: Art of Dragons

Breath of Embers: Art of Dragons at Gallery Nucleus - Justin Gerard, William Stout, Heather Theurer, Omar Rayyan, Eric Velhagen, Caitlin Hackett, Cory Godbey, Olivier Tossan
There’s just something about dragons, in all their scaly, writhing, whip-tailed, bat-winged glory, that gives artists a subject they can really, if you’ll excuse the expression, sink their teeth into.

Breath of Embers: Art of Dragons is a new show at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California that revels in dragons in a multitude of interpretations by illustrators, fantasy artists and visual development artists. Dragons big and small, fearsome and fanciful, will fill the walls from now through October 31, 2011.

The feature page on the exhibit gives a list of the participating artists with links to their websites or blogs, and the “view pieces” page can be sorted by first or last name, and there is also a choice for “See All” on a single page.

When viewing individual pieces, it’s worth noting that the gallery now has a feature for viewing close-up crops for the images, allowing you to see the details and visual texture that give so many of these works their extra appeal (e.g. images above, bottom two).

(Images above, Justin Gerard, William Stout, Heather Theurer, Omar Rayyan, Eric Velhagen, Caitlin Hackett, Cory Godbey, Olivier Tossan)


Jean Béraud

Jean Beraud
Originally trained as a lawyer, 19th Century artist Jean Béraud turned his attention to painting after his studies were interrupted by the Franco-Prussian war.

He was born in St. Petersberg, his father a sculptor, and moved to Paris after his father’s death. After studying with well known portrait artist Léon Bonnat, Béraud painted scenes of life in the Parisian streets, cafes, bistros and theaters.

His style ranged from academically realist to not quite full-on impressionism, though he was at his best, in my eyes, when both influences were evident in the same canvas.

He also painted satirical impressions of Parisian life, including works in which biblical figures appeared in contemporary scenes.

It’s interesting to compare his Absinthe Drinkers (above, bottom) with Degas’s more famous painting of a similar subject.