Posted: April 23rd, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art News | Tags: Chrissy Amphlett | Comments Off
One of Australia’s most revered rock legends, Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the singer of the Divinyls, has died in New York aged 53. The charismatic front-woman was surrounded by family and friends at her home when she died on Monday morning.
Her husband of 14 years, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, says Amphlett died of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. In a statement released by ARIA, he added she had fought the diseases with “exceptional bravery and dignity”
Christine Joy Amphlett was born in Geelong, Victoria, in 1959.
She gained fans – including this fan – for her energetic performances, complete with a signature outfit of a school uniform and fishnet stockings. Amphlett revealed her fight against multiple sclerosis in 2007 and in 2010 announced she had breast cancer :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News | Tags: Art News, Art of Islam, France, Islam, Islamic Culture, Middle East, Musée du Louvre, Muslim Art, Prince al-Waleed Bin Talal | Comments Off
Twenty years after the Louvre’s great pyramid project was finished, it has created a new Department dedicated to the collection of Islamic art.
The World’s most famous art gallery and former palace – Musée du Louvre – has opened a new wing dedicated entirely to the art of Islam. In absolute contrast to the deadly Muslim uprising and protests that continue to rage outside the resplendent walls of the gallery, inside hoses one of the most important collections of Islamic art.
The Louvre describes the permanent collection as an architectural, cultural, artistic, and civilizational offering, inviting visitors on a veritable sensory voyage of discovery into the world of Islamic art, revealing the radiant face of a civilization that encompassed an infinitely varied wealth of humanity :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Read A Book! | Tags: Favourite New Thought, William Shakespeare | Comments Off
The English language is a very fluid beast, it owes a great debt to a great many sources. Amongst those sources is one William Shakespeare, I hear your jeers, scmulzy, wordy William?.
In his brief but prolific life – 26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616 - Shakespeare, in a nudge over half a century, invented more than 1500 words.
That number gets a little murky once you add in that he often created new words by changing nouns into verbs, verbs to adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, as well as inventing wholly original, never before heard words.
Clever huh? what’s more amusing is that this 15th century scribe penned phrases that we still use today, often believing them to be most modern. Knock knock! Who’s there? Macbeth :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 11th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art and About - Melbourne, Art News | Tags: Count of Las Cases, Memorial of Saint Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte, NGV Napoleon Revolution to Empire, Osenat, Saint Helena | Comments Off
A rare letter written in English by Napoleon Bonaparte has fetched €325,000/$AU410,000 at auction in Paris.
The single page letter – dated March 9, 1816 – scribed by Napoleon during his post-Waterloo exile on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, it is one of just three known to be in existence, auction house Osenat said :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Art News | Tags: Banjo, Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Bluegrass, Earl Scruggs, Flatt & Scruggs, Grand Ole Opry | Comments Off
Earl Scruggs, American banjo legend has died at 88. As part of the famed Flatt & Scruggs duo, he helped define bluegrass music – a country genre combining “high, lonesome” vocal harmonies and the playful, jazz-like cascade of guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles. Scruggs died in Nashville from natural causes on Wednesday.
“He was one of the first and the best three-finger banjo player,” fellow bluegrass veteran Ralph Stanley, 85, said in a statement. “He did more for the five-string banjo than anyone I know.”
He is widely credited with inventing the three-finger “Scruggs Style” of playing the banjo, an instrument that until then had mainly been used as a prop by comedians but in Scruggs’s nimble hands became a symphony in itself. Scruggs joined pioneer Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys – which formally established the genre – in 1945 and immediately dazzled audiences on the Grand Ole Opry radio show broadcast out of Nashville. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Art News, Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: Hiroshima Photography, Photo Set, Steampunk Bolero | Comments Off
Pilin Goodsell – aka Hiroshema Photography – has long been one of our favorite thoughts.
In our regular grind, we’d post a gallery right about here . . .
We think you should share some click-love with Hiroshima!!