Da Vinci’s Magnum Opus

Andy Warhol was a famous and well-respected American ‘Pop’ artist, considered even as a ‘Post Renaissance Man’ for his unique and unmatched style. Explores a selection of musical traditions in order to gain an appreciation of musical diversity in terms of aesthetics and meanings. Interrogates the concept of world music” as a way of sustaining binaries between the West and the rest.” By studying the historical, political, economic, social, and aesthetic contexts of varied musical practices, offers students an opportunity to learn how music both reflects and shapes its cultural setting. Through varied pedagogical techniques, offers an informed and critical understanding of music as a meaningful form of human expression. Electronic Tuner is a device that detects and displays the Pitch of musical notes played on a musical instrument. “Pitch” is the highness or lowness of a musical note, which is typically measured in Hertz. Simple tuners indicate—typically with an … Read the rest

#FSARS: International Artistes Lend Their Voices Towards the Movement

  • International artistes all over the world are joining the #ENDSARSMOVEMENT.

 

 

This clamour for change in Nigeria has gone beyond its borders as international artiste all over the world are speaking up and joining the movement. Some important figures in the music industry in the diaspora have taking to their social media pages mostly recorded yesterday the 9th of October, 2020. They came forward to spread love and peace to the country as it protests police brutality.

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New Documentary Offers Touching Portrait of Collector and Philanthropist Agnes Gund

Encapsulating the life story of Agnes Gund, one of the most beloved people in the art world, is no small task, but a new documentary called Aggie has set out to try. Long considered one of the world’s top collectors, and formerly the president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, she more recently made headlines when she decided to sell a major artwork by Roy Lichtenstein to fund a new initiative that aims to end mass incarceration in the United States. A hero to many, she has now been memorialized by her daughter, Catherine Gund, a well-regarded documentary filmmaker who has turned her lens on her mother for a newly released feature-length film.

It’s clear that Agnes Gund is a bit of an unwilling subject. Just after the opening credits, Catherine asks Agnes from offscreen, “What do you think of this film?” Agnes replies, “I … Read the rest

#EndSARS: Banky W Commends Protesters

Nigerian musician, actor, and politician, Olubankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington, commends Protestants who are clamoring for the banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad “SARS”.

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The ban hasn’t been made effective yet, despite the uproar of Nigerian youths clamoring for the abolition of “SARS”.

Many Nigerians are pushing the social media campaign ‘#EndSARS’ on social media, with some, participating in a 2-day nationwide protest across the country to influence the ban.

On Friday the 9th of October 2020, Banky W took to social media to commend everyone who participated in the peaceful #EndSARS protest so far.

Massive shoutout to everyone who took part in the peaceful #endsars protests. I’m extremely proud of you and will continue to voice my support for the changes we desperately need.

However, Banky W accentuated different periods  of which the government claimed to ban this security unity, only … Read the rest

The Sm;)e Book Celebrates the Decades-Long, Eclectic History of the Smiley Face

All images courtesy of DB Burkeman and Rich Browd, shared with permission

From plastic grocery bags to original emojis to household goods and paraphernalia, the yellow smiley face is an iconic mark of modern culture. A new book funding on Kickstarter celebrates the symbol’s decades-long history as it dives into the eclectic uses that range from fine art to graffiti to Hollywood. In 60 pages, The Sm;)e Book compiles work from 70 artists, including Banksy, the Chapman Brothers,  Alicia McCarthy, and James Joyce.

Despite the smiley’s well-known status throughout the mainstream culture, the book is particularly personal to co-creators DB Burkeman and Rich Browd. Burkeman shares with Colossal that his mother was fascinated by the hippie movement and plastered surfaces with smiley face stickers and adorned her clothing with grinning patches and pins. As he grew up and later became a DJ, he noticed the symbol flourishing in the … Read the rest

Frank Bowling Knighted by Queen of England: ‘My Identity as a British Artist Has Always Been Crucial’

As he enjoys a late-career rise to widespread fame, artist Frank Bowling has been knighted by the Queen of England as part of her birthday honor’s list, which is given out twice annually, once on New Year’s Eve and once on the Queen’s birthday. Bowling had already been named an officer of the Order of the British Empire, and the knighthood is yet another symbol of his growing status within the British art world. The remainder of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for this year will be revealed on Saturday.

Few Black British artists have been named knights. For some, the designation has been a fraught one. In 2003, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah famously rejected the award because of the “years of brutality” associated with the word “empire,” which he said implicitly can be linked to slavery and colonialism.

Attitudes have begun to change, however. In 2019, artist and filmmaker … Read the rest

Fantasy Abstract Art

In these days of budget cuts and limited resources, it’s often the case that fine arts classes are the first to be cut. Further data were collected in order to determine children’s preferences for the musical selections. Children were asked to circle an icon representing whether they liked the piece, disliked the piece, or thought it was ok. Frequencies of responses were categorized by piece. Results of a two way chi square test indicate there was a significant difference among children’s preferences across pieces, Χ2 (372,10) = 54.35, p <001. the="" happy="" tonal="" piece="" received="" the="" most="" "like"="" responses,="" whereas="" the="" sad="" atonal="" piece="" was="" clearly="" the="" least="" liked="" selection.="" responses="" to="" the="" other="" four="" selections="" (sad="" tonal,="" happy="" and="" sad="" jazz="" pieces,="" and="" happy="" atonal="" piece)="" were="" more="" evenly="" distributed="" across="" preference="" categories.="" morris,="" lynda.="" strata:="" paintings,="" drawing="" and="" prints="" at="" the="" royal="" college="" of="" art="" galleries.="" exh.="" cat.="" london,="" 1974.="" also="" published="" in="" studio="" international="" (february,="" 1974):="" 92.="" nicholson,="" j.m.,="" berthelsen,="" d.,="" abad,="" v.,="" williams,="" k.,="" &="" bradley,="" j.="" (2008).="" impact="" of="" music="" therapy="" to="" promote="" positive="" parenting="" and="" child="" development.="" journal="" of="" health="" psychology,="" 13(2),="" 226-238.="" from="" the="" tate="" museum's="" website:="" abstract="" expressionism="" is="" the="" term="" applied="" to="" new="" forms="" of="" abstract="" art="" developed="" by="" american="" painters="" such="" as="" jackson="" pollock,="" mark="" rothko="" and="" willem="" de="" kooning="" in="" the="" 1940s="" and="" 1950s.="" it="" is="" often="" characterized="" by="" gestural="" brush-strokes="" or="" mark-making,="" and="" the="" impression="" of="" spontaneity.="" tsiris,="" g.,="" dives,="" t.,="" &="" prince,="" g.="" (2014).="" music="" therapy:="" evaluation="" of="" staff="" perceptions="" at="" st="" christopher's="" hospice. european="" journal="" of="" palliative="" care,="" 21(2),="" 72-75.="" some="" regions="" have="" elected="" to="" use="" only="" natural="" ochre="" pigment="" paints="" while="" others="" have="" chosen="" to="" use="" acrylic="" paints="" within="" a="" certain="" preferred="" tonal="" range.="" many="" of="" the="" artists="" do="" their="" painting="" in="" shared="" working="" areas,="" so="" ideas="" and="" techniques="" are="" readily="" observed="" and="" shared="" across="" generations="" within="" families.="" you="" want="" to="" make="" it="" fun.="" you="" want="" to="" make="" it="" memorable.="" you="" want="" to="" make="" it="" crazy.="" face="" painting="" la="" brings="" interactive="" entertainment="" to="" your="" birthday="" party.="" we="" have="" the="" skill="" to="" paint="" any="" theme,="" and="" we="" are="" well="" accustomed="" to="" high-profile="" clientele.="" in="" the="" last="" few="" decades,="" the="" rapid="" development="" of="" electronic="" music="" technologies="" has="" changed="" the="" way="" society="" interacts="" with="" music,="" which="" in="" turn="" impacts="" the="" profession="" of="" music="" therapy.="" though="" a="" few="" instances="" can="" be="" found,="" music="" therapy="" has="" not="" extensively="" explored="" the="" integration="" of="" new="" technology="" into="" clinical="" practice.="" however,="" current="" research="" trends="" show="" a="" willingness="" and="" excitement="" to="" explore="" the="" possibilities="" (nagler,="" 2011;="" ramsey,="" 2011;="" magee="" et="" al.,="" 2011;="" magee="" &="" burland,="" 2008;="" magee="" 2006).="" the="" project="" described="" in="" this="" paper="" intends="" to="" demonstrate="" one="" of="" these="" possibilities="" by="" combining="" modern="" technologies="" to="" create="" an="" interactive="" musical="" system="" with="" practical="" applications="" in="" music="" therapy.="" in="" addition="" to="" designing="" a="" practical="" tool,="" the="" project="" aims="" to="" question="" the="" role="" of="" technology="" in="" music="" therapy="" and="" to="" provoke="" discussion="" on="" the="" scope="" of="" the="" definition="" of="" technology="" in="" music="" therapy.="" donald="" maclean="" (b.1962)="" is="" a="" scottish="" artist="" producing="" still="" life="" and="" landscape="" paintings.="" brought="" up="" in="" paisley,="" scotland,="" donald="" studied="" fine="" art="" (sculpture)="" at="" glasgow="" school="" of="" art="" from="" 1980-85.="" much="" of="" his="" student="" work="" explored="" organic="" forms="" and="" textures="" through="" clay="" and="" wax="" modelling,="" and="" bronze="" casting.="" rapaport,="" brooke="" kamin.="" the="" great="" mystery="" of="" things="" -="" aspects="" of="" vital="" forms="" in="" american="" art.”="" vital="" forms:="" american="" art="" and="" design="" in="" the="" atomic="" age="" 1940-1960.="" exh.="" cat.="" new="" york:="" brooklyn="" museum="" of="" art,="" 2001:="" 118-119.="" this="" tranquil="" painting="" of="" the="" railway="" bridge="" has="" a="" strangely="" modern="" feel="" about="" it,="" perhaps="" because="" this="" bridge,="" and="" others="" very="" like="" it,="" are="" still="" part="" of="" the="" landscape="" today.="" smeijsters,="" h.,="" &="" van="" den="" hurk,="" j.="" (1999).="" music="" therapy="" helping="" to="" work="" through="" grief="" and="" finding="" a="" personal="" identity. journal="" of="" music="" therapy,="" 36(3),="" 222-252.="" the="" exhibition groups="" +="" pairs="" 2016="" -="" 2020="" features 116="" new="" and="" existing="" works="" and="" is="" a="" dedication="" to="" nixon's elegant="" experiments="" in="" non-objective="" painting.="" view="" the="" exhibition="" online.="" gagosian="" gallery,="" new="" york.="" arshile="" gorky:="" paintings="" and="" drawings,="" 1929="" -="" 1942.="" 27="" october="" 1998="" -="" 9="" january="" 1999.="" catalogue="" with="" texts="" by="" david="" sylvester="" et="" al.="" pueblo="" artists="" have="" been="" making="" pottery="" for="" two="" millennia,="" and="" the="" works="" on="" view="" not="" only="" reflect="" ancestral="" knowledge—in="" the="" maker's="" use="" of="" materials,="" methods,="" and="" motifs—but="" also="" express="" the="" potter's="" individuality="" in="" her="" choice="" of="" size,="" shape,="" and design.="" 55="" mercer:="" 12="" years="" (exhibition="" catalogue).="" texts="" by="" lawrence="" alloway="" and="" joseph="" masheck.="" new="" york:="" 55="" mercer="" street,="" 1983:="" illustrated.="" now="" then="" again="" -="" contemporary="" art="" in="" dallas="" 1949-1989.="" exh.="" cat.="" dallas:="" dallas="" museum="" of="" art,="" 1989:="" 38,="" 73.="" sixty="" healthy="" female="" volunteers="" (mean="" age="25" years)="" were="" exposed="" to="" a="" standardized="" psychosocial="" stress="" test="" after="" having="" been="" randomly="" assigned="" to="" one="" of="" three="" different="" conditions="" prior="" to="" the="" stress="" test:="" 1)="" relaxing="" music="" (‘miserere',="" allegri)="" (rm),="" 2)="" sound="" of="" rippling="" water="" (sw),="" and="" 3)="" rest="" without="" acoustic="" stimulation="" (r).="" salivary="" cortisol="" and="" salivary="" alpha-amylase="" (saa),="" heart="" rate="" (hr),="" respiratory="" sinus="" arrhythmia="" (rsa),="" subjective="" stress="" perception="" and="" anxiety="" were="" repeatedly="" assessed="" in="" all="" subjects.="" authors="" hypothesized="" that="" listening="" to="" rm="" prior="" to="" the="" stress="" test,="" compared="" to="" sw="" or="" r="" would="" result="" in="" a="" decreased="" stress="" response="" across="" all="" measured="" parameters.="" texture:="" strong="" textures="" within="" all="" colours="" and="" areas.="" lines="" and="" movement:="" strong="" upward="" bursting="" thrust="" due="" to="" the="" direction="" of="" line.="" thomas="" nozkowski="" (exhibition="" catalogue).="" texts="" by="" marc="" mayer="" and="" robert="" storr.="" ottawa,="" ontario:="" the="" national="" gallery="" of="" canada,="">Read the rest

Davido becomes Bitsika Ambassador and Shareholder

DMW boss and Nigerian Mega Star, Davido has been made an ambassador and shareholder for ‘Bitsika’.

Davido

His ambassadorship and shareholding partnership with Bitsika was confirmed and made effective on the 8th of October 2020.

Davido took to his social media to announce this news. Post reads:

Been working on this deal a while now! I’m so glad to finally announce. My first FinTech partnership. This one means so much to me! Our very own cure for all your transfer and payment issues.

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Iridescent Glass Worms, Fruiting Slime Molds, and a Glowing Eel Larvae Top Close-Up Photography Contest

Image © Andrei Savitsky, cupoty.com. Winner: Micro. “Glass worms can vary in length from about half an inch to two inches. On the right side of this image you can see the large tracheal bubbles that serve as hydrostatic organs (or swim bladders). These bubbles allow the larva to keep its horizontal position in the water column, while also helping to regulate the depth of its immersion. The bubbles are covered with dark pigment cells that can resize – if the cells expand due to absorption of light, the tracheal bubbles heat up and increase in volume, reducing the weight of the larva and causing it to float up. To create the picture here I made a panorama of eight frames, each of which was focus stacked. To make the image as detailed (and aesthetically pleasing) as I possible I used darkfield and polarisation techniques.” All images shared with permission

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Palm Springs Art Museum to Deaccession $2.5 M. Helen Frankenthaler at Sotheby’s

Yet another American museum has announced a move to deaccession a major work from its permanent collection after industry recommendations for selling art from institutional holdings were relaxed earlier this year.

The Palm Springs Art Museum in California will sell Helen Frankenthaler’s Carousel (1979) at Sotheby’s this fall. The house has yet to officially announce dates for its contemporary art evening sale, though a representative for Sotheby’s said that the work is expected to achieve a price between $2.5 million and $3.5 million.

In a release, the museum said the decision to sell the Frankenthaler, a large canvas filled with overlaid red brushstrokes and color fields, comes after a recent review of its permanent collection this summer, which was conducted as a part of a years-long initiative to diversify and expand its holdings. Funds from the sale will be put in a restricted account, and will be used for … Read the rest