Sunday, 22 December 2013

Zaria Forman


"The word “religion” comes from the Latin for “binding together,” to connect that which has been sundered apart. It’s a very interesting concept. And in this sense of seeking the deepest interrelations among things that superficially appear to be sundered, the objectives of religion and science, I believe, are identical or very nearly so. But the question has to do with the reliability of the truths claimed by the two fields and the methods of approach.

By far the best way I know to engage the religious sensibility, the sense of awe, is to look up on a clear night. I believe that it is very difficult to know who we are until we understand where and when we are. I think everyone in every culture has felt a sense of awe and wonder looking at the sky. This is reflected throughout the world in both science and religion. Thomas Carlyle said that wonder is the basis of worship. And Albert Einstein said, “I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.” So if both Carlyle and Einstein could agree on something, it has a modest possibility of even being right"
Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan

Monday, 16 December 2013

Iwase Yoshiyuki

"The camera
is an instrument
that teaches people
how to see
without a camera."

(Dorothea Lange)

"They carried the joys and sorrows of those living with the sea ... I immersed myself in their world." – Iwase Yoshiyuki

 photograph by Yoshiyuki Iwase (1904 – 2001)

In 1904, Yoshiyuki Iwase was born in Onjuku, a fishing village in the Chiba prefecture. He studied law in Meiji University in Tokyo. He was the heir to his family’s sake distillery and he found his inspiration as he documented the traditional life of the people living on the pacific side of Chiba peninsula.

The young Iwase received a Kodak camera as a gift and he found his passion for primitive beauty of ama, girls and women who dove for and harvested abalone, seaweeds, and turban shells when the tides were favorable and the temperature was bearable. The ama became his muse and passion and Iwase’s amazing photographs remain as the final and most comprehensive visual proofs and records of the life of the ama divers. 

Harvest, 1935

Harvesting Seaweed, 1956 (Winner of the Prime Minister Prize Japan Photo Exposition, 1957)

As his love for photography escalated, his armaments and collection expanded, too. It included a bellows camera, a Rollei, a Sohoflex, and a Super Six. He photographed fishermen and native village people. He had a series of exceptional modernist nudes and he also documented traditional culture in post-war Japan.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Kunsthalle Bremen

The Kunsthalle Bremen is an art museum in Bremen, Germany. It is located close to the Bremen Old Town on the "Culture Mile" (German: Kulturmeile). The Kunsthalle was built in 1849, enlarged in 1902 by architect Eduard Gildemeister, and expanded several more times, most notably in 2011. Since 1977, the building has been designated a Kulturdenkmal on Germany's buildings heritage list.
The museum houses a collection of European paintings from the 14th century to the present day, sculptures from the 16th to 21st centuries and a New Media collection. Among its highlights are French and German paintings from the 19th and 20th century, including important works by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne, along with major paintings by Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann, Max Beckmann and Paula Modersohn-Becker. The New Media section features works by John Cage, Otto Piene, Peter Campus, Olafur Eliasson, and Nam June Paik. The Department of Prints and Drawings has 220,000 sheets from the 15th to 20th centuries, one of largest collections of its kind in Europe.

The museum's paintings span the 14th century to the present day and are primarily West European. 
Among the collection's highlights are French and German works from the 19th and 20th century, including important pieces by Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh. It holds major paintings by Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann, and Paula Modersohn-Becker. The museum also houses early modernist works by artists from the nearby art colony of Worpswede. Other represented artists include:
Andreas Achenbach
Albrecht Altdorfer
Arnold Boecklin
Carl Blechen
Merry-Joseph Blondel
Willy von Beckerath
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
Gustave Courbet
Camille Corot
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Eugène Delacroix
Albrecht Dürer
Adam Elsheimer
Heinrich Jakob Fried
Joseph von Führich
Otto Gildemeister
Eva Gonzalès
Franz Krüger
Johann Liss
August Macke
Franz Marc
Hans von Marées
Anton Raphael Mengs
Edvard Munch
Friedrich Nerly
Jules Pascin
Camille Pissarro
Odilon Redon
Théo van Rysselberghe
Otto Scholderer
Carl Schuch
Alfred Sisley
Max Slevogt
Sébastien Stoskopff
Hans Thoma
Carl Wagner
[source: wikipedia]

smoking room inside art gallery!

Performing arts?

 [art forms in which artists use their body or voice to convey artistic expression—as opposed to visual arts, in which artists use paint/canvas or various materials to create physical art objects]