Pieter Cornelis Mondrian Jr. (Piet Mondrian) was born in the Amersfoort area of Netherlands on the 7th of March, 1872. I wondered: Could our processing of music be so different, or so basic, that abilities relating to it remained accessible in people so limited in function? In 1978, little was known about music and brain function. Today, as a result of exponentially increasing research, particularly over the past five years, we can venture some initial answers to my question. Music has been shown to trigger the nucleus accumbens in the brain, and that structure is also associated with dopamine, the chemical the brain releases during eating and sex, so experts believe that music is biologically desired and rewarded. There was another study that used an fMRI machine to examine the activity of the nucleus accumbens while people listened to music. Researchers played 60 clips of novel songs to participants and … Read the rest

Sara’s Parlour Face Painting is a contemporary face and body art company based in Birmingham. Afflicted by boredom and disheartenment at the existing forms of painting, Jean Arp devoted his initial years to poetry. In 1904, he published his first collection of poetries in Paris after passing out of Ecole des Arts et Metiers, Strasbourg. Later on, he took genuine initiative to re-discover his long lost interest in painting and sculpting. During 1905 to 1907, he studied at Kunstschule, Weimar, and in the year 1908, at Academie Julian. In 1909, Jean Arp shifted to Switzerland and organized an exhibition at Lucerne, under the label “Moderner Bund,” in 1911. The subsequent year, he happened to meet Robert & Sonia Delaunay in Paris and Russian artist, Vasily Kandinsky in Munich. In 1912, Jean Arp displayed his semi-figurative drawings at the second Blaue Reiter exhibition, and in 1913, he exhibited them with the … Read the rest

The market for Chinese contemporary art has developed at a feverish pace, becoming the single fastest-growing segment of the international art market. EMPATHY is a fundamental feature of human interaction. It requires both cognitive (Dennett, 1989; Baron-Cohen, 1995) and affective (Davis, 1994) components that enable people to recognize the emotional and mental states of others, and to respond to these with appropriate emotions (Harris, Johnson, Hutton, Andrews, & Cooke, 1989; Baron-Cohen & Wheelwright, 2004). Empathy allows for the perception of another’s thoughts and feelings, and allows one to predict how they will behave (Whiten, 1991). Music listening and performance, which is a universal feature of human behavior (Blacking, 1995), also requires components of cognitive and affective processing. We listen and are exposed to music for hours each day (Motion Picture Association of America, Inc, 2007; Rentfrow, 2012), during which time we perceive the emotional and psychological content in music; interpret … Read the rest

Figurative art, alternatively known as figurativism, is a style in art forms -predominantly in paintings and sculptures. Réalités Nouvelles 5ème Salon. Exh. cat. Paris: Palais des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, 1950. Washburn Gallery, New York. Arshile Gorky, In Memory. 2 – 28 November 1978. Catalogue with reprinted texts by André Breton and Willem de Kooning. Kordovan, S., Preissler, P., Kamphausen, A., Bokemeyer, C., & Oechsle, K. (2016). Prospective study on music therapy in terminally ill cancer patients during specialized inpatient palliative care. Journal of palliative medicine, 19(4), 394-399. Bakagiannis, S., & Tarrant, M. (2006). Can music bring people together? Effects of shared musical preference on intergroup bias in adolescence. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 47(2), 129-136. In the 19th century, one of the key ways that new compositions became known to the public was by the sales of sheet music , which middle class amateur music lovers would perform … Read the rest

Daniel Cristian Chiriac, born 1972 in Romania, paints oil on canvas. Milla, Martina. American Modern. Works from the Corcoran Gallery of Art.” Modernitat Americana: Obres de la Corcoran Gallery of Art. Exh. cat. La Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2008: 33, 148-149, 169. Landau, Ellen G., ed. Reading Abstract Expressionism (includes artist’s statements). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005. Kuniharu Shimizu is a kind of artist I admire deeply the one for whom creation is a way of life. He has supported himself as a graphic artist, an editor, and exhibition planner. For the joy of it, he has created countless haiga as well as writing haiku and haibun (haiku with prose or narrative), and also bilingual short stories. He is an advisor to The World Haiku Association and finds time to judge of the WHA Monthly Haiga Contest as well. Fresno Art Museum and the Armenian Museum, Fresno, CA. … Read the rest