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Prior to the proliferation of photography-based reference guides, naturalists and scientists relied on elaborate taxonomic descriptions to identify flora and fauna. One of those invaluable materials was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, a universal catalog originally arranged by German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1814 and updated with more detail by Patrick Syme just a few years later.

The rich volume, which was the preeminent guide for artists, zoologists, botanists, and others working with pigments and the natural world throughout the 19th Century, is filled with hundreds of simple swatches and notes on where the various shades can be found around the globe. The head of a golden pheasant, for example, is King’s Yellow, while Hepatica flowers are Berlin Blue and some speckles in iron ore are Greyish Blue.

A forthcoming volume published by Princeton University Press celebrates the 200th anniversary … Read the rest

Following the release of the video for ‘Essence’ by Wizkid featuring Tems off the ‘Made In Lagos’ album, reactions have began to pour in. Opinions regarding the video have continually surfaced online.

The official video for ‘Essence’ by Wizkid was released on the 9th of April 2021. The video was directed by Director K and shot in Ghana.
Wizkid Essence video

The video has been positively received by fans. A video consisting of Wizkid and Tems is going to get people talking and sharing their opinions on how well they delivered. We’ll take a look at some of these reactions below;

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Norman Stone, a San Francisco arts patron and collector who, along with his wife Norah, was known for a renowned contemporary collection and larger-than-life style, died on April 2. He was 82. The news was first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Stones began collecting art in the late 1980s, and ranked on the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list each year between 1995 and 2019, the year Norah died. In the Bay Area social circuit, they were known for a flair for bold, complementary outfits that matched their passion for modern and contemporary art.

Under the tutelage of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator John Caldwell, the Stones developed a taste for eye-catching art with a strong conceptual underpinning. Norman was a psychologist and Norah a lawyer, but collecting swiftly became the focus of their lives. Around 1,000 artworks were spread across their home in San Francisco’s … Read the rest

Western Australian Museum, Kings Park, Perth Mint, Perth Cultural Center and the beaches are popular places of the city. If you try to enlarge it, the quality of the image will decrease.

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It was 1982 when Microsoft bought the rights to the IBM version of Flight Simulator SubLOGIC, the mortgage company’s first developer Bruce Artwick, who had created in 1976. OK, I am liking this list, a few others that are fun to do, but you have to have a personality, Cee Lo Green “F#$% You” and Buck Cherry “Crazy Bitch”. One good country song “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy” by Big and Rich in the right crowd. I will also say that in the right setting, some of the “Worst” songs that are annoying can be fun if the right people are singing it. A great ghazal, one of the earliest ones written by … Read the rest

Now inhabiting the verdant, 250-acre campus of the New York Botanical Garden are oversized flowers sprouting in seasonal arrangements, a glowing pumpkin-packed infinity room, and a sea of 1,400 reflective spheres by Yayoi Kusama (previously). Teeming with squiggly sculptures, site-specific installations, and smaller pieces covered in the Japanese artist’s iconic polka dots, Cosmic Nature is an expansive exhibition celebrating decades of Kusama’s bold, joyful body of work.

Four new pieces are debuting during the immersive show, like the tentacled creature that marks the entrance to the grounds. Others include a 16-foot-tall dancing pumpkin, an obliteration greenhouse, and a new infinity room that reflects the lush greenery of the outdoor environment. Coupled with a variety of smaller acrylic paintings, fabric sculptures, and drawings on paper—the earliest of which dates back to 1945— the most recent works establish a broad visual trajectory of Kusama’s fixation on the natural world and never-ending penchant … Read the rest

Following the death of the world-famous rapper, DMX, Nigerian rappers have taken to their social feeds to express their shock and sadness concerning his passing away.

The late DMX

On the 9th of April 2021, social media was sent into a gloomy mood as reports of the passing away of Earl Simmons popularly known as DMX surfaced online. DMX was rushed to hospital in grave condition last Friday after suffering a heart attack at his home. The rapper passed away at White Plains Hospital on the 9th of April 2021. The hospital released a press statement saying;

“White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

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When it took place in the early hours of March 18, 1990, as celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day were still going strong, the theft of 13 artworks, including a major painting each by Rembrandt and Vermeer, from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum became international news. Almost immediately, it was labeled the largest art heist the world had ever seen. Now, 31 years later, with the missing artworks valued together at $500 million, it still retains that title. In the intervening years, numerous theories about an extremely complex case have been floated as to who could have taken the paintings, why they might have done so, and, most importantly, where, exactly, these invaluable masterpieces are.

The theft and the search for the 13 stolen works that followed are now getting the Netflix true crime docuseries treatment with This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist, directed by Colin Barnicle. … Read the rest

“The Lesson” (2020), oil on canvas, 130 x 170 centimeters. All images © Paco Pomet, shared with permission

In Beginnings, Spanish artist Paco Pomet (previously) visualizes a series of jarring and absurd scenarios born out of an equally concerning event. He juxtaposes disparate elements—a mushroom cloud erupting in a classroom, women cavalierly poking at a tabletop sunrise, a mountain range lying on an operating table—in a series of satirical commentaries infused with pop culture references and nods to art history.

Generally contrasting a black-and-white scene with a recurring, full-color sunrise or sunset, Pomet’s compositions merge time periods and situations to mark the start of a new reality, a broad theme tied to the current moment. “Romanticism with a twist of irony is a very powerful visual engine,” he says about the series.

If you’re in Santa Monica, Beginnings is on view through May 8 at Richard Heller Gallery. Otherwise, … Read the rest

Gone are the days when artistes had to cloak the subject matter of their songs with catchy made-up words. Now, in place of that era are songs that are just as explicit as they are catchy. Enter Rema’s Bounce, a song inspired by a 1,000 pounds backside and dedicated to the fine art of getting those backsides to do one thing; bounce. While some listeners have opined that the lyrics are far too explicit, even the Bounce originator’s label boss, Don Jazzy agreed wholesomely in an interview, to this coming of age.  The video of Rema’s Bounce and current number one single premiered yesterday the 7th of April and Ravers and music lovers have been agog with takes and thoughts on the video and of course, the booties. Well, from said booties to the styling, here are 5 things that stood out for us about Rema’s Bounce video. 

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Portrait of Janicza Bravo.

I worked on my movie Zola for almost four years. I think of it as a version of myself, and so, I’m looking forward to its release because I would like to move on to the next chapter of my life and work. It was supposed to be released last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic. I’ve gone through my own period of mourning with it over the last 11 months. But I’m ready to move forward with what’s ahead.

The television series Law and Order has so much life in it. Much like rooting fora favorite sports team, I’m particularly jazzed about Sam Waterston, who plays a District Attorney in seasons five through twenty. I discovered the program a few years ago—a very late find—while I was staying at a hotel. I kept it on in the background, and before I knew it, … Read the rest