Design your home for wellness
Many of us have mastered the art of carefully choosing what food we eat according to the nutrient content, and exercising regularly to ensure we lead a healthy life. However, we have left one thing out; ensuring that our homes also promote healthy living. Today, more than ever before, we spend much more time indoors than outdoors and it’s therefore important that we make our homes good for our physical and emotional health. All this is because nature allows for tranquility, boosts productivity, improves our moods, and helps to relieve stress. In hospital settings, incorporating nature in the e...
Diaspora in Bloom: Virtual exhibition shines a light on contemporary Assyrian art and identity
"Diaspora in Bloom: Transcending Borders Through Assyrian Art" is a virtual exhibition dedicated to celebrating contemporary art by the global Assyrian diaspora.Co-curated by Nardin Sarkis and Akadina Yadegar, the inspiration for the show stemmed from the pair's frustration over the lack of representation of modern Assyrian art in public gallery spaces in the US."Ancient Assyrian art is frequently exhibited and celebrated, but we wanted to bring the focus to modern-day Assyrians," Sarkis told The New Arab.Largely underrepresented in the modern narrative around the Middle East, Assyrians are th...
The art of ‘turning off rational thinking’ by Ali Banisadr
Red, 2020, Oil on Linen, 48 x 60 inches (Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery)Ali Banisadr’s MATRIX 185 exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the Iranian-American artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the US. The exhibition opened on October 22, 2020, and will run through February 14, 2021.Ten paintings and two prints by Banisadr join a selection of works from the Wadsworth collection chosen by the artist, as well as a video collage that Banisadr created to show additional works from the museum’s collection. The visual and narrative content of his works is shaped by his...
Diego Velazquez art to promote China-Spain cultural exchanges
Zhang Hongbin Photo: Courtesy of Wang MinA new painting and sculpture contest was launched on Monday in Beijing to pay tribute to Spanish artist Diego Velazquez.According to organizers Clatia.com, Sheng Xinyu Art and the Spanish city Sevilla, the contest aims to promote cultural exchanges between China and Spain.A part of the Spanish city's series of international cultural events, the contest has invited an international panel of judges including Spanish artists Antonio Lopez, Carmen Laffon and Guillermo Solana as well as Xu Mangyao, Wang Hongjian and Pang Maokun from China.According to Juan E...
Making It Up 139: Pandemic art and bookclubs
On Making It Up 139, Charis and Eugene discuss the new tech startup BookClub and how niche groups of people formed around singular interests benefit (or not) from technological additions. They also talk about trends in art this year in relation to the pandemic and lockdowns.Timestamps00:01:43 Bookclubs00:15:45 Pandemic artLinksArtnet: From New Faces to Hug Art, Here Are 5 Major Trends to Be Found in Art Basel’s New Online Fair Devoted to Work Made During Lockdown by Artnet NewsTech Crunch: The first rule of BookClub? No boring book clubs. by Natasha MascarenhasThe post Making It Up 139: Pandem...
Equal eye distance: time to show more solidarity with Assyrians and other Christians
"Creativity takes courage," the well-known artist Henri Matisse said. This statement is true particularly in regimes where there is little freedom of expression and many taboos concerning nationality, religion, history, politics, and other issues.Courage is rarely found in oppressive regimes such as Turkey. But Serpil Odabaşı, a prominent Kurdish artist, has produced ground-breaking art and has shed light on many human rights abuses both in and outside Turkey.Odabaşı is from the city of Diyarbakir. She studied art at a university in Ankara, then worked as an art teacher in Anatolia and Istanbu...
Art Links Science And Technology – Ewurum Jonas
Ewurum Jonas is the author of ‘Arts Social Control in the Nigerian Society: Traditional and Modern’.Here, the retired Customs Officer, painter, art historian, poet, and actor talks about the value of art, its control, and more. Excerpts:Your book, ‘Arts Social Control in the Nigerian Society: Traditional and Modern’ explores the influence and regulation of the society through arts, among others. What inspired this work?I was inspired by the knowledge I acquired at my MA (Art History) Programme at the University of Lagos, specifically on a course titled Art and Society.Good art is relative. You...
Robot swarms follow instructions to create art
By Frontiers Journals & BlogBy Conn Hastings, science writerControlling a swarm of robots to paint a picture sounds like a difficult task. However, a new technique allows an artist to do just that, without worrying about providing instructions for each robot. Using this method, the artist can assign different colors to specific areas of a canvas, and the robots will work together to paint the canvas. The technique could open up new possibilities in art and other fields.What if you could instruct a swarm of robots to paint a picture? The concept may sound far-fetched, but a recent study in open...
Lebanon's revolution: How art turned into a political weapon
As the rain clouds cast shadows over Lebanon's capital on that October day,Tamara Nasrwas making her way back home after a long day of protests in downtown Beirut.As she went up the stairs just off Riad El-Solh Square, a thought struck her. "Where are we going?" she wondered, putting into words a concern felt by many of the protesters who had filled Lebanon's streets, and who all wondered where their country's future lay.In late October 2019, Lebanese citizens took to the streets in civil protest. Having long faced bleak prospects of unemployment and poverty, and now angered by a collapse in t...
Being Free: A celebration of diverse women bodies with art
While the world cannot celebrate women enough because of their countless contribution to humanity, Deborah Segun, a rising visual artist, is furthering the cause of women with her works.The multidisciplinary artist is hosting art lovers and the general public in an enthralling show tagged ‘Being Free’, an exhibition of paintings and pastel drawings.The exhibition, which holds from October 3-31, 2020 at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos, features works that celebrate the diverse bodies of women through shape and color, portraiture and narrative, creating an important counter-point to society’...