28 July, 2008

Adriaen Coorte

Many visitors to the Mauritshuis are familiar with Adriaen Coorte’s bowl of strawberries. This small painting has long been a favorite of the public and inspired the Mauritshuis to stage an exhibition of the artist’s work in 2008.

Adriaen Coorte was active as a still-life painter in Middelburg between about 1683 and 1707. His paintings are characterised by great simplicity and intimate compositions, often of fruit, vegetables or shells on a stone plinth and beautifully spotlighted against a dark background. Approximately 80 signed paintings by Coorte are known, two of which are in the Mauritshuis.



One of the joys of travelling is the new artists that you "discover". Adriaen Coorte is one of these. I first found him in the Rijksmusem, then the Louvre and now the Maurithuis has published a beautiful catalogue of his works. Enjoy.

Here is an image search of his works

Subject index June 2008

The Aviary
Print Australia

May 2008 Subject Index - Final
Print Australia

The Bon Scott Project
graffiti and art express
16th Biennale of Sydney 2008
2008 Biennale of Sydney Videos

Amsterdam Events
Dutch Football Intelligence
What's On in Amsterdam
Graduate Exhibitions - de Brakke Grond

How to Speak Mandarin Chinese
Language Lessons - podcast downloads
Art Museums - Taiwan
Taipei Biennial 2008

Keith Haring - MOCA Lyon
Daniel Baker
Sean Gladwell
Lucian Freud
Robert Rauschenberg - Erased De Kooning
Art 39 Basel 2008
Ryan Geiger

Venetian Cityscape Prints
Print Basel 2008
New Prints - NY
Print Exhibitions & Events

Free Art Books - Amsterdam
Brassaï - Graffiti Paris 1930s
Greer on Hathaway

art fraud - van Meegeren
Art Fraud
Wile E. Coyote v Acme Company
Blackman's Schoolgirls
Balthus lessons - five controversial works
Art or Porn?
Bill Henson
Art & Religion - Chris Ofili
mat gleason interview

Feminist Art
If I Can't Dance Tonight
Nancy Spero - De Appel
Semiotics of the Bicycle
PS3 vs. Wii
A.I.R Gallery Retrospective - NY
Shigeko Kubota 1965
Carolee Schneeman 1964
brilliant women

Graffiti/Urban Art
DELTA - London
Stencil Festival 2008
Mikosa Mural - Amsterdam
sao paulo - cidade limpa
Train Tags: Beyond Hobo
more on hobo signs
Systems of Hobos Tramps or Gypsy signs
hobo signs
Me Bike 2008
Burning Bridges - London

New Media
Karlheinz Stockhausen 1964
John Lennon & Yoko Ono 1968
From Fluxus to Media Art
Second Life - Gandhi Project
Crosswire - Montevideo
WOW - Inbuilt gender
[WoW Parody] What Else is On?
World of warcraft - Sex Junkie!
World of warcraft: Hot Dumb Blondes
Review - Leadership in Gaming
IBM - new media podcasts
IBM Gaming reports - de balie
Museum in Progress

pinkpop 2008

23 July, 2008

The Way - Animated Sumi

Chinese CG:气韵生动 (English Title: The Way )

Computer animation in Chinese ink-painting style. Created 2003 using Maya. The animation reflects an ancient Taoist view of the world as a constant changing process or metamorphosis of forms rather than seemingly isolate entities. And the law of changing is rather seemingly chaotic and spontaneous and yet under an elusive deterministic order which somewhat matches the notion of fractal in Chaos theory.


Marlene Dumas - LA

I've been commenting recentlt that there isn't really a tradition of the male nude as painted by women. For the most part, a search on "male nude" returns works by male artists, ie gay porn or soft porn.

This is an exhibition by Marlene Dumas

In the first gallery of "Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, hangs an oil painting of a washy gray skull set against a densely black background. The picture of the skull is in profile and takes up most of the canvas, which measures a little less than 4 x 5 ft. In the centuries-old tradition of vanitas, such still-lifes are meant to remind viewers that no amount of silver plate and glassware can stave off the inevitable. In the 17th and 18th centuries, vanitas pictures were among the commonest paintings produced by Netherlandish artists, and Dumas has lived in Amsterdam since 1976. This particular depicted skull, however, belonged to a woman. It is a memento mori for a way of seeing the world.

Half of the world is made up of women but the world does not seem as though it has been envisioned by them. Women still live in a world constructed and conceived by men. They do their best to fit in. Dumas, who was raised in South Africa, must be especially aware of that undercurrent of separateness. Still, she has fit herself into the world as a painter and asks for no special consideration. Instead, she takes on the history of art and makes her place in it with ambition and talent (Dumas paintings like The Teacher (Sub a) (1987) or Adult Entertainment (2000) have, of course, sold for hefty sums at auction). These paintings were made from the mind of a woman, and they are all the better for it.

full article

"Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave," June 22-Sept. 22, 2008, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012

Listen to the artist discuss select works from her exhibition Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave

22 July, 2008

Dudok de Wit

The Dutch animator, Michael Dudok de Wit, received the inaugural Prix Robert Bresson in September 2004. The Prix was awarded by Mme Bresson during the first Rencontre avec Robert Bresson held in Droue sur Drouette, Bresson's country home and on the anniversary weekend of Bresson's birthday. Dudok de Wit alternates between making commercials and his own short films, which include the 2001 OSCAR-winning Father and Daughter. Filmmaker Jonathan Hourigan, who worked with Robert and Mylène Bresson on L'Argent, interviewed Michael Dudok de Wit for robert-bresson.com at his home in North London.



19 July, 2008

Online Books in both English & Chinese

This list of translated English masterpieces (e.g. War and Peace, Tom Sawyer) from Beijing University is for Chinese students learning English, but is useful to any learner because it includes both the Chinese and English versions.



If you're interested in reading Chinese novels, try the Project Gutenberg's growing Chinese section (more than 50 books are available).


Are you learning intermediate or advanced-level Chinese? Here is Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice (written in 1813), with English text and Chinese translation presented side by side for easy comparison.

The English text of Pride and Prejudice can be found at the The Project Gutenberg site. The Chinese translation can be found at Beijing University's English novels page.


16 July, 2008

Chinese Youtube

The name Tudou is Chinese pinyin (romanized Chinese) for Potato. Tudou’s goal is to move couch potatoes from the TV screen to computer screens, a process very much under way in China.

Tudou.com (Chinese: 土豆网) is the largest video sharing platform in China, where users can upload, view and share video clips. Tudou went live on April 15, 2005 and has grown into one of the world's largest content delivery networks, serving over 100 million videos each day with more than 40,000 new videos published daily, including amateur content such as videoblogging and user-generated videos, and professional content such as movie clips, TV clips and music videos from our content providers.

09 July, 2008

Dutch Art History Links

Online Resources for the
Study of Dutch Art History

More Dutch Painters

Speaking of art, when you try to say "Van Gogh" like a Dutchman instead of the usual way - 2 people might think you just came down with an acute case of strep throat.

Rembrandt van Rijn
Johannes Vermeer
Frans Hals

Salomon van Ruysdael
Jacob van Ruisdael
Gerard ter Borch

Hendrick ter Brugghen
Jan van de Cappelle
Pieter Claesz
Aelbert Cuyp
Bartholomeus Breenbergh
Jacob Duck

Jan van Gooyen
Matthijs *Naiveu
Gabriel *Metsu

Joachim Wtewael
Gerard de *Lairesse
Frans Post
Jan Weenix
Jan Steen
Emanuel de Witte
hear - 2

Margareta Haverman
Paulus Bor
Pieter Codde

Adriaen van Ostade
Willem Buytewegh
*Jacques de Gheyn
hear - 2
Jan de Heem
Nicolaes Maes
Abraham van Dijck
hear - 2

Hendrick van Vliet
Hendrick **Goltzius
hear - 2

Ferdinand Bol
Philips Koninck
Abraham Bloemaert
hear - 2
Jan Steen
Anthony van Dyck
Salomon van Ruysdael
Jan Mostaert

Jan van Goyen
Isaac van Ostade
Daniel Vosmaer

Dirck Hals
Aert de Gelder
Ferdinand Bol
Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam
Mauritshuis - Den Haag
Frans Hals Museum - Haarlem
hear - take 2

Museum Boymans van Beuningen - Rotterdam
Bonnefantenmuseum - Maastricht

16th Century Painters

Hans Memling
Jan van Eyck
Rogier van der Weyden
Hugo van der Goes
Maarten van Nieuwenhoven (subject)

Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh
Huygens, Van Leeuwenhoek, Leeghwater
Van 't Hoff, Van der Waals, Kamerlingh Onnes, Oort
Den Uyl, Kok


Dutch Pronunciation - Vermeer & Rembrandt

Hear Dutch Names and Terms concerning The Painter Vermeer In conjunction with Jonathan Janson's beautiful, extensive The Essential Vermeer, the website about the seventeenth-century Dutch painter.



Rembrandt pronunciation page

Literature consulted:Encyclopaedia Britannica Macropedia article: Rembrandt (Jay Richard Judson)rembrandtpainting.net

see also

The Diary of Anne Frank
Operation Market Garden

Learning Dutch Site Map

De Kooning is pronounced de cone ing (like icecream cone)
not de koon ing,
and de Stijl is pronounced de style. It means "the style".

Online Books from Read Print

A warm welcome to Read Print, your free online library. Our website offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. To find the book you desire to read, start by looking through the author index.


06 July, 2008

Taiwan Contemporary Art Link

Taiwan Contemporary Art Link (TARTL) is the gallery alliance of Taiwan contemporary arts.

Formed by three major contemporary galleries in March 2007, Taiwan Contemporary Art Link now represents 32 artists and promotes them into international art stage. With other partner institutes in Taiwan, Taiwan Contemporary Art Link provides the best platform as well as the best reference of Taiwan contemporary arts.

AKI Gallery
Galerie Grand Siecle
Der Horn Art Gallery
Dynasty Art Gallery


Link List - Taiwan Arts

02 July, 2008

NAVA to produce Art Censorship Guide

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), today announced that it will produce an Art Censorship Guide, following extensive public debate about issues arising from the censorship of Bill Henson’s artwork. NAVA is the peak body representing the professional interests of the Australian visual arts sector, and has had a long-standing interest in the art censorship question. NAVA has been considering for some time, the need to better educate people about the scope of artistic freedom of expression in Australia and its moral and legal limitations. The Henson case has given NAVA the impetus to do something concrete about it, and to give some focus to people’s desire to see something positive come from all the discussion.

In addition, as a way of guiding artists in relation to ethically working with children, NAVA will include a checklist in the next edition of the Code of Practice for the Australian Visual Arts and Craft Sector, which it is currently preparing for publication. Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of NAVA said today, “The Australian art world should not be complacent about Bill Henson’s reprieve. From the recent dust-up, it is evident that these public ethics issues deserve much more in- formed consideration. We also need to get a better understanding of the scope of the law, the extent of police powers and the appropriate actions which can be taken by all parties when complaints are made. We intend that the Art
Censorship Guide will provide this clarity,” Winikoff continued.

The Art Censorship Guide is intended to educate artists, galleries, those who want to lodge a complaint and the police and security personnel. It will:
- consider the ethical issues which are at stake
- address both the rights and responsibilities of all parties
- explain the jurisdiction of the law and how it is both interpreted and exercised, citing case studies
- give advice about how to plan for the public exposure of sensitive material and manage the debates that follow
- advise on the most effective ways to deal with complaints and threats.

Through extensive discussion and consultation, the guide will draw on the experience and knowledge of a range of experts involved in the arts, ethics and the law. As a result, the research may also make recommendations for legislative change. In the interests of engendering some informed and thoughtful public debate, NAVA and Watch on Censorship last Thursday night (June 12th) co-convened a public forum ‘Art Censorship: the Bigger Picture’. The forum took place at the Foundation Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Margaret Pomeranz introduced the event and David Marr chaired the succeeding discussion. The impressive speaker list comprised artist and educator Ian Howard, cu-
rator Tony Bond, child abuse activist Hetty Johnston, barrister Julian Burnside QC and public ethicist Clive Hamilton.

Winikoff commented, “One of Hetty Johnston’s propositions made at the forum is a worry: the idea that some sort of board of scrutineers needs to be set up to which artists must go for permission to make art involving children. Real pornographers would laugh at the impotence of this kind of proposal while the work of genuine artists may be compromised by the laboriousness and potential conservatism of such a requirement. We have seen too many cases of artworks being misjudged or suppressed in their own time and later recognised as the defining cultural icons of their age”.

For more information contact Tamara Winikoff Executive Director of NAVA


There is a new addition to the The Aviary. Its a new blog called BYRDSONG and its specifically for language lessons.

The Aviary will be visiting Asia next and in preparation we have to learn Mandarin. The blog will feature links to language resources as we find them, and daily video lessons sourced from Youtube.

The blog will feature other languages

The link is