Category Archives: Art

Is spirituality is the new sex?

  I’m not sure if this is a weak signal, but it’s interesting. An analysis of the Sotheby’s art prize has found that the theme of introspection, especially spiritually, is trending upwards, while sex is trending down. The data set … Continue reading

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You don’t see this nowadays

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Thought for Thursday

“And what was the true object of this superstitious stuff? A final clue came from “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” (1996), in which Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi acknowledges that, far from being an act of individual inspiration, what we … Continue reading

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Art Map (from 1936)

Cover of exhibition catalogue from Cubism and Abstract Art (MoMA, 1936)

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Looking without seeing

  This is a good one. Did you know that the average ‘dwell time’ (horrible phrase) for the Mona Lisa is 17 seconds? In other words, the amount of time people spend looking at the most famous painting in the … Continue reading

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The truth about beauty

According to art historian Robert Hughes the term avant garde no longer has any meaning. If anything and everything is acceptable there is no longer anything to be ahead of. Furthermore, there is an assumption that film, television and photography … Continue reading

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