DAILY ART FIX: 7 Films About Art to Cozy Up With This Fall

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Watch Philip Guston: A Life Lived | Prime Video

Documentaries, horror, and romances, there are all sorts of art based movies to enjoy this autumn-including one featuring a favorite artist of mine.

The documentary Philip Guston: A Life Lived (1980) began filming in 1971 at Guston’s Woodstock, NY studio and continued through his last retrospective in 1980 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The artist died that same year. In 2020 a handful of museums including the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston came under fire for postponing a long-planned Guston exhibition due to the controversial nature of his Ku Klux Klan imagery. This film triumphs over censorship and offers the chance to catch up on a recent scandal.

See the full list here: ART & OBJECT – 7 Films About Art to Cozy Up With This Fall

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DAILY ART FIX: Circling the Zoetrope, a Victorian Animation Toy That Helped Shape the Future of Cinema

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Zoetrope

A zoetrope at Leeds Industrial Museum, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Before there was motion picture film, there was a simple toy that created convincing animations. Contemporary artists are still using variations of that technology to make their works appear to be in motion.

The Zoetrope images in action:

Read the full article here: MY MODERN MET – Circling the Zoetrope, a Victorian Animation Toy That Helped Shape the Future of Cinema

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DAILY ART FIX: Akira Kurosawa’s Spectacular Hand-Painted Storyboards

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When I was growing up, I wanted to be a film maker. I ended up becoming a painter.

The great director Akira Kurosawa went about it in the opposite way. However, he ended up using visual art to enhance his cinematic efforts.

Federico Italiano on Twitter: "Akira Kurosawa's hand-painted storyboards  for 'Ran' (1985)… "

Akira Kurosawa: Storyboard Painting for the Film Ran

The great Akira Kurosawa, a famed Japanese filmmaker who directed 30 films across a career spanning 57 years, initially began life as an aspiring painter.

Kurosawa’s elementary school teacher, Mr Tachikawa, was one of the first major influences on his life. Tachikawa’s progressive teaching methods—which encouraged his students to draw with free will—proved to be a moment which set the foundations for Kurosawa’s desire to spill his thoughts into a creative form. Set for a career in art, a young Kurosawa began focusing on the working class of his homeland, aiming to put “unfulfilled political ideals directly onto the canvas.”

However, after heavy influence from his eldest brother Heigo—who was obsessed with foreign film—Kurosawa decided to live with his sibling in Tokyo and began to indulge as much cinema as he could. “I intended to be a painter before I became involved in film,” Kurosawa is quoted as saying in Stephen Prince’s book The Warrior’s Camera. “A curious turn of events, however, brought me to cinema, where I began my present career.”

Kurosawa continued: “When I changed careers, I burnt all the pictures that I had painted up until then. I intended to forget painting once and for all. As a well-known Japanese proverb says, ‘If you chase two rabbits, you may not catch even one’.

“I did no artwork at all once I began to work in cinema. But since becoming a film director, I have found that drawing rough sketches was often a useful means of explaining ideas to my staff.”

16 Akira Kurosawa ideas | akira, storyboard, painting

Akira Kurosawa: Painted Storyboard for the Film Dreams

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DAILY ART FIX: Movie Trailer – The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the biopic of artist Louis Wain (August 5, 1860-July 4, 1939). Wain was renown for his amusing depictions of cats. However, as he grew increasingly mentally unstable, his cat paintings mutated into psychedelic patterns.

Cute Cats and Psychedelia: The Tragic Life of Louis Wain - Illustration  Chronicles

Evolution of an artist, or examples of schizophrenia?

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Vincent Price Sings About Being an Artist

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Actor Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993), known mostly for horror movies, was also an connoisseur of art. Price’s knowledge and appreciation of art were so renowned that when Sears wanted to launch a fine art department, he was brought in to run the effort, as I wrote about before: The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art.

In this video, Price displays some unexpected singing talent as he celebrates the magic of painting.

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DAILY ART FIX: 11 Greatest Matte Paintings Of All Time

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Raiders of the lost Ark

Raiders of a Lost Art: The Special Effect of Matte Paintings

Before CGI ate film, actual paintings on glass were used to create fantastic vistas that would have been too expensive or challenging to build as sets. I feel this old fashioned technique was much more compelling than the cold digital imagery which is so overused today.

Many classic movies used this blend of art and technology.

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Burn Hollywood Burn: Matte Painting from Earthquake (1974)

Read the full article here: TOOLBOX STUDIO – 11 Greatest Matte Paintings Of All Time

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – The Real Frida Kahlo

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Self Portrait with Monkeys by Frida Kahlo, 1943

Frida Kahlo “Self Portrait with Monkeys”

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is known for her painted self portraits, but there does not seem to be much filmed documentation of her. Here is a series of assembled clips of the woman herself, painting, strolling, and kissing her husband, the painter Diego Rivera. She had such a mischievous little face. Music by Café Tacvba.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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DAILY ART FIX: CLASSIC HORROR FILMS GET THE VINTAGE COMIC BOOK TREATMENT BY SPANISH ARTIST

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I can’t help but notice the article describes the kind of comics I grew up with as “vintage.”

But wow, Spanish artist Nache Ramos sure nailed the horror comic vibe of that bygone era, and he has good taste in horror films.

Read the whole article here: DANGEROUS MINDS – CLASSIC HORROR FILMS GET THE VINTAGE COMIC BOOK TREATMENT BY SPANISH ARTIST NACHE RAMOS

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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DAILY ART FIX: 10 Visually Stunning Movies for Art History Buffs

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Love is the Devil”: A portrait of a cruel affair | Madison Movie

Actor Derek Jacobi as painter Francis Bacon in Love is the Devil

The resemblance is uncanny

The myth of artists as larger-than-life tormented geniuses who lead debauched, bohemian existences is not always a myth. As such, the lives of artists can make for some compelling dramas and documentaries, often tinged with tragedy. This list includes ten examples of artists captured for the screen.

See the full article here: SCREEN RANT – 10 Visually Stunning Movies for Art History Buffs

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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DAILY ART FIX: Ray Harryhausen’s art raid: where the effects genius found his terrifying monsters

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Weren’t you in The Odyssey? ... the cyclops in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, which features in Titan of Cinema.

The special effects artist Ray Harryhausen was an innovator, visionary and solitary creative genius who made art for the people. With his stop motion animations in films like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans, Harryhausen turned little articulated models into epic beings with mysterious, dream-like presences.

But like all great artists, Harryhausen saw he was part of the great continuum, and drew influences from past creators:

Depicting ancient dream worlds put him in the company of titans such as Botticelli, Caravaggio and Picasso – and this was no coincidence. “All those beautiful artists had such an influence on his film work,” says Vanessa Harryhausen of her father. She is the author of a book that accompanies Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema, a new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

When I ask which artists he admired, she’s very specific. “He was interested in Gustave Doré and John Martin,” she says, citing two great 19th-century artists of the fantastic. “He loved the detail in them and the light.” She also mentions a painting called Jupiter Pluvius (meaning Jupiter the Rainmaker) by Joseph Gandy. Painted in 1819, this work is a surreal fantasy showing an ancient Greek city dominated by a gigantic statue of the god Jupiter. Vanessa tells me that, as a child, she thought the painting depicted the actual god, rather than a colossal sculpture. I assume she’s talking about a reproduction she has seen. But when I check later online, I find the work on the Tate’s catalogue, which reveals that it’s on loan from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Influence: “Jupiter Pluvius” by Joseph Gandy

Read the whole article here: THE GUARDIAN – Ray Harryhausen’s art raid: where the effects genius found his terrifying monsters

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