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ART/ARCHITECTURE – Johannes Vermeer

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Johannes Vermeer

The wrong things in our world are glamorous: fast cars, tomato throwing contests, actors – instead of the right things: going to bed early, long walks observing the sky at dusk, kindness… It’s not that nothing at all is glamorous, it’s just that we need to direct our admiration and excitement more wisely; we need

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Edward Hopper

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper is a painter of gloomy paintings that don’t make us feel gloomy. Instead, they help us to recognize the loneliness that so often lies, at the heart of sadness. In his Automat women sits alone drinking a cup of coffee It’s dark outside, and judging by her hat and coat, it’s cold. The

Why We Should Draw More (and Photograph Less)

Why We Should Draw More (and Photograph Less)

Whenever something looks interesting, beautiful there’s a natural impulse to want to capture and preserve it, which means in this day and age that we will likely to reach for our phones and take picture. Though this might seem like an ideal solution, there is a big problem associated with it. We’re likely to be

POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For?

POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For?

Cinema is the most prestigious cultural activity in the modern world. It is for us what theater was in the age of Shakespeare, or painting was in the days of Leonardo DaVinci. The art form with the biggest impact, the largest budgets, and the most widespread audiences. Collectively, we recognize that film has an astonishing

One Reason Homes Cost So Much

One Reason Homes Cost So Much

In the UK and many other countries houses are expensive very expensive prices have been rising consistently for many decades In England, prices rose by 4255% between 1971 and 2011 If the price of a supermarket chicken had inflated by the same rate, It would cost 51 pounds and 18 pence by now Around 1950,

PHILOSOPHY – David Hume

PHILOSOPHY – David Hume

The 18th century writer, David Hume, is one of the world’s great philosophical voices because he hit upon a key fact about human nature- that we are more influenced by our feelings than by reason. This is, at one level, possibly a great insult to our self image, but Hume thought that if we could

How to Forgive

How to Forgive

Let’s say you just had a big row with someone close to you. They behaved terribly, maybe broke something and said something hideous to you. It’s so tempting to give up on them and just hate them, but there’s another way. Here’s a big idea People are almost never simply bad. What they are far

ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol

ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was the most glamorous figure of 20th century American art born in Pennsylvania in 1928 to check parents he lived most of his life in New York much about his life was eccentric he wore a silver wig he liked to go to the dry cleaners and stand in the corner enjoying the

What is Art for?

What is Art for?

你可能覺得有個簡單的答案 畢竟我們通常都知道每些東西的用途 而人們不斷湧入博物館 一定有他們的動機吧 但說到藝術 大家異常地不太敢直接問它的意義 因為 可能大家都早就知道答案了 除了你 說不定它太明顯了 或是太複雜了 導致最後一陣尷尬的寧靜 加上一團困惑 但或許描述藝術的意義並非那麼困難 或許我們可以嘗試說明一些藝術精確的目的 以下是五種藝術或許能為我們做的事: 顯然而令人驚訝的事情是 大多數有名的藝術品都顯露 美麗的事物:快樂的人、春天的花、蔚藍天空 這是紐約大都會藝術博物館最暢銷的明信片 如此對美感的熱忱另某群人擔憂:難道人們都忘記 現實的樣貌了嗎? 但這顧慮或許是多餘的 我們需要接近美麗的事物並非 因為忘記醜陋的一面 而是因為醜惡對我們來說 太沉重了 我們害怕掉入憂鬱和鬱悶之中 所以美麗才會重要 它是希望的象徵 它是種成就 美麗的花朵和天空和草地上的孩童 保存著希望 在我們需要時呈現 現實常需要我們戴上歡樂的面具 但表層下 我們都有無法表露的悲傷和惋惜 只怕顯現出自己的無用 藝術可以讓我們知道痛苦的尋常性 它可以跟著我們 為我們傷心 有些世界知名的藝術品含有能夠 讓我們每個人的痛苦被看見和觸及的能力 像是聽一首傷心的歌 陰鬱的藝術不用讓我們難過 反而歡迎我們 告訴我痛苦是人生的常態 藝術對抗著商業社會虛偽的樂觀 它有尊嚴地提醒我們每個好的人生都有豐富的 困惑、痛苦、孤寂 以及苦難 因此我們不該因為感受太多痛苦 認定自己怪異而加劇悲傷感 我們每個人都有一些不平衡 我們太知識豐富或情緒化 太男子氣或女子氣 太淡定 或是太容易興奮 我們常被藝術吸引 因為它彌補了 我們的缺陷:它使我們平衡 當我們受藝術感動 或許因為它含有 我們人生中需要的特質 或許是我們嚮往卻缺乏的寧靜 或許是渴望的溫柔 可能在工作或感情中 缺乏的因子 又或許是痛苦和戲劇性的人生 不得不扼殺它 卻也渴望發生 有時整個社會愛上特定的藝術品 因為它正嘗試著 平衡自己 像是十八世紀晚期的法國 透過大衛平衡它的衰弱 或是十九世紀英國