Masterpieces of Renaissance Portraiture

September 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Try to be shocked: we are museum nerds, especially of the art variety.  We are so totally jealous that we cannot check out “Masterpieces of Renaissance Portraiture,” because it is in Berlin.  This show has the masters: Sandro Botticelli, Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Lippi and infamous Da Vinci himself. Plus, it features work from a variety of museums, like Britain’s Royal Collection, the National Gallery (in London), the Louvre (Paris, natch), and the Uffizi (Florence). It would be like seeing some of the greatest hits of the biggest art museums just by going to this one.
So if anyone would like to buy us a plane ticket to Berlin, let us know.

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Banned Book Week

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow is the beginning of banned book week.  We love anything celebrating books, but especially when censored/challenged book because they contain information that challenges people. 

We hope you will join us in celebrating by reading a challenged book.  If you are looking for suggestions, there are lots of challenged books.

4 Artists Challenging Immigration Laws

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

We have already established our love of political art over here at Arthur, so we were totally intrigued about these four artists who are working their creative magic to promote immigration reform.  The posters featured here are amazing.  We especially love the work of Ernesto Yerena.  Keep up the great work.

Frederick the Great Poet

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

We clearly are poetry fans over here at Arthur, but even we could not have guessed what a treat it would be to discover that Frederick the Great (yes, that guy, who ran a country called Prussia) wrote erotic poetry.  For those of you not down with your 18th century European history, Frederick ruled Prussia until 1772.  Historians call him great because he took a small Germanic country and made it a major European power.  He was a patron of the arts and liked philosophy, which explains why he took up poetry.  He was such a philosophy fan he even was pen pals with Voltaire (yes, that guy, who wrote a book called Candide.)

Anyone else a fan of leaders turned poets?  We loved Elizabeth I’s poetry, but are not such fans of Mao’s work.

In Defense of Autotune

September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

We here at Arthur love an argument well…well, well-argued, frankly.  We especially love it when it’s a well made argument about art.  So here is a defense of the hated autotune with additional discussion about authenticity.

The Hard Lessons Hit the Streets

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our love of fellow Spartans The Hard Lessons has already been noted, but we were totally impressed by this video because it shows them guerrilla performing.  As people who do guerrilla publishing of a certain kind, we think this is awesome.

Filmmakes Hating on Filmmakers

September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

We love a good art debate, which is why we have polls and fights (the latest being on who could recite Shakespeare better: Abbie Hoffman or Philip Seymour Hoffman?), which is why we love this collection of quotes from filmmakers talking smack about each other.  Who better to hate of Spike Lee than Tyler Perry?  Or Kevin Smith on Tim Burton?

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