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Legendary authors of the 16th and 17th centuries — they’re just like us!
Well, like some of us anyway. According to a study originally published in the South African Journal of Science, William Shakespeare may very well have been a user of marijuana. In the study, clay pipes found in the garden of Dude Bill’s home at Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK were analyzed and evidence of cannabis was found in some of them. Continue reading Shakespeare a stoner? Evidence indicates he may have smoked marijuana
Wassily Kandinsky, ‘Yellow, Red, Blue’ (1925)
by Maria Popova
“To harmonize the whole is the task of art.”
“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),” 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in the excellent Art as Therapy. But perhaps the greatest meditation on how art serves the soul came more than a century earlier, in 1910, when legendary Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinskypublished Concerning the Spiritual in Art (free download; public library) — an exploration of the deepest and most authentic motives for making art, the “internal necessity” that impels artists to create as a spiritual impulse and audiences to admire art as a spiritual hunger. Continue reading Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists
LONDON — Is digital art the next big thing in the contemporary art world?
At the moment, the market for art that’s created and displayed on a screen — as distinct from paintings, prints and photos that are generated digitally and then printed — is small. Phillips’s inaugural “Paddles ON!” sale of 20 digital and digitally-related works in New York last October, held in association with the image-posting site Tumblr, was the first such event to be held at an international auction house. It raised just $90,600 — enough to buy a few square inches of a Christopher Wool painting. The top price of $16,000 went for “Asymmetric Love Number 2,” a chandelier made out of CCTV cameras, by the American “anti-disciplinarian” artist Addie Wagenknecht. Continue reading The market for computer-created artwork is growing