The Idyllists Wed, 18 May 2022 00:52:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Idyllists 32 32 Top 10 Nonfiction Books from the Library Archive Wed, 18 May 2022 00:52:49 +0000

Your trusty archivist has a week off, mostly to read. So I thought why not share some of the non-fiction books that fill my tilting libraries.

E-books are great, but there’s just something about the feel of a book and the ability to write in the margins. I divide my stacks into five basic categories: non-fiction, novels, plays (scripts), poetry (lyrics), and science fiction. These are the top 10 non-fiction that I guard against anyone borrowing.

Your Herald Archive ideas for topics to explore are fantastic, so email Look for those who start again next week. Here is my leave entry for this week. (I’ve included a UFO bonus, since ET is back in the news)…

Dear Theo,Vincent Van Gogh‘s autobiography

This series of letters edited by Irving Stone shows Van Gogh’s powers of observation. He shares all of this with his brother Theo. I lost my copy (or gave it away or someone borrowed it… who knows) so I ordered a new one. It is a book that you must have in your library. Early on, Van Gogh captured the muddy life in the land of coal to take you to the mesmerizing colors and bright starry nights that became his obsession. He struggled, but his art became immortal.

The innovator’s dilemma“, by Clayton Christensen

Have a highlighter ready when you read this book! Christensen is an author for our digital age. How your organization responds to customers – your “value web” – by embracing the “attacker’s advantage”, disruptive and sustainable innovations, investing in what people want and learning from successful innovators and failed makes this tome worth your time. I should add that he uses DEC, Digital Equipment Corp., as an innovative company that hasn’t seen the future of computing. (They missed everyone wanting a computer in their homes, cars, pockets.) DEC’s demise here in Massachusetts is worth its own “From the Archives” report.

“The prince,” by Niccolo Machiavelli

Written in 1513, it is still filled with wisdom, especially for leaders of all kinds. “Those who counted less on fortune”, writes Machiavelli, “were the most successful”. For me, that means making your own luck. Do the digging. Seek the truth. And, he adds shortly after, “it is necessary to ask whether… innovators are autonomous or dependent on others”. There is so much more that still resonates today.

“The making of the atomic bomb”, by Richard Rhodes

Everyone should read this book. “The bomb was latent in nature as a genome is latent in the flesh. Any nation could learn to command its expression,” writes Rhodes on page 379 of my copy. Everything is here. Einstein, Fermi, Szilard, Oppenheimer, Roosevelt. It’s always, as Eugene Wigner wrote during The Manhattan Project, “unlocking a giant.” Little Boy and Fat Man were the first and we’ve never stopped worrying since.

“Hiroshima” by John Hersey

I have two copies of this book. It’s so powerful that you just can’t pass it up, especially the pocket version listed at $4. He is an eyewitness to the raging giant, as mentioned above. “A huge flash of light streaked across the sky… It looked like a sheet of sunshine.”

“Night,” by Elie Wiesel

The link above is to the full text, free of charge. Everyone should read this book. “I will never forget that night, the first night at camp, which turned my life into a long night,” writes the author. Of course, this is the story of the Holocaust. A nightmare from which we fail to learn.

“And the band kept playing,” by Randy Shilts

The subtitle says it all: the politics, the people and the AIDS epidemic. I purchased this book shortly after my colleague, Ron Doyle, died of AIDS. (I wrote about Ron at the start of the COVID pandemic.) I wrote: There are parallels between the AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. Early misinformation proved harmful. Blame and political wrangling didn’t help either. Some very heroic medical professionals worked tirelessly then and now to keep people alive.

“1776”, by David McCullough

“Truman” and “John Adams” are amazing, so why list “1776?” You walk away realizing that our nation could have failed that year; George Washington could have given up. But neither happened. It is the embodiment of Carpe Diem!

“Lincoln”, by David Herbert Donald

The author says in the video below that his goal was to write stories that people will want to read. Add to that Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War that changed America forever and you have the ingredients for a perfect book. That’s what I think of Donald’s “Lincoln”. He is perfect. Flawless. Inspiring.

“A Brief History of Time,” by Stephen Hawking

I wrote down this passage: “God created the donkey and gave it thick skin. It’s Hawking quoting Einstein and it helps you realize that the clues to our questions are everywhere. Space and time, black holes, this book explains everything. Now I’m rereading it this week because I’m not sure I understood it the first time. Since UFOs are sneaking all around us, maybe it’s time to study more seriously.

UFO bonus: “Extraterrestrial,” by Avi Loeb

Could UFOs be scout ships? Avi Loeb considers this possibility in his book on “Oumuamua”, or “scout” in the Hawaiian language. “When you have the chance,” he begins in his book, “step out and admire the universe. … The universe is always there, waiting for our attention. The mere act of looking up, I find, helps change your perspective.

Retired four-star general thinks video game footage is Ukraine-Russia conflict Tue, 17 May 2022 17:01:03 +0000

Retired four-star general and MSNBC contributor Barry R. McCaffrey tweeted what he assumed were footage of the Ukraine-Russia conflict – only to realize it was actually footage from a video game.

On Monday evening, McCaffrey, 79, wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “Russian planes are getting pinned down by UKR missile defense. Russians are losing a lot of attack planes. UKR air defense is getting formidable.”

And attached a video of what appeared to be missiles flying through the air and hitting other objects.

However, viewers of the tweet were quick to note that McCaffrey had made a mistake, and the footage was actually from the video game. ARM 3a realism-based military tactical shooter.

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Realizing his mistake, McCaffrey deleted the tweet but did not correct the error. People on Twitter took the opportunity to poke fun at McCaffrey’s mistake.

“I, uh, I have some concerns. Of all people, you would think that a retired general with four combat tours and three purple hearts under his belt would have *an* idea of ​​what this really looks like. stuff. the video was clearly animated”, Becket Adams wrote on Twitter.

This is not the first time that people have fallen for inauthentic information presented as a real conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

In February, social media users tricked people into believing that a video from the Digital Combat Simulator game simulator was the “Ghost of Kyiv”, a Ukrainian fighter pilot.

McCaffrey is a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC where he often speaks about the Ukraine-Russia conflict. He lobbied for the United States to support Ukraine in the ongoing conflict.

Previously, the four-star general served in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. He received three Purple Hearts and two Distinguished Heart Crosses.

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The challenge of making art in a culture that depreciates it Tue, 17 May 2022 09:00:05 +0000

In the background of this slow surrender looms the election of Donald Trump – “our mad leader,” Fields calls him. Maksik convincingly captures New York’s posthumous sentiment after the 2016 election, at least among many in the media class; he opens the book in “this dark season, in this terrible year, in our sad city”. It is an era of meditation apps and pervasive moralism, of a dissolution of distinctions between art, advertising and activism. Into this swamp comes an invitation for Fields to observe and write about an enigmatic, perhaps sinister artists’ colony called the Coded Garden, a place, his patron repeatedly insists, “for beauty.” Its location is deliberately obscured for the reader (although it should be noted that Maksik is co-director of a leafy literary residence in Catalonia).

In one of his own profiles, by novelist James Salter, Maksik wrote that he joked with a friend about starting a movement called “the sensualist school” following Salter’s influence, in response to these “glib, self-referential writers who seemed happily disconnected from bodily experience, guided by the idea that thought, not feeling, was the path to art. His two previous novels, “A Marker to Measure Drift” and the premonitory title “Shelter in Place”, seemed to live up to this ambition, featuring protagonists for whom experience was a hazy and relentless thing; they were people lost, haunted by memory, adrift in their mental states shattered, and Maksik’s prose was at all times appropriately adapted to the phenomenological.

In this respect, “The Long Corner” marks a turning point. The novel is more about storytelling than “body experience” as such, and the story it tells revolves around issues of creativity, heartbreak, and tearing down Trump-era platitudes. and ever-increasing implausibility and absurdism. Maksik fortunately avoids the polemical fable which one fears that he writes in favor of a much more convincing project. “You must never fall into the absolute villain mythos,” Fields’ grandmother warned him. And even if the colony’s shadowy visionary Sebastian Light (sometimes reminiscent of Marlon Brando’s Dr. Moreau) takes on certain Trumpian qualities – his resentment of the “elites”, his allegiance to kitsch, his willingness to burn it all down control the narrative – Maksik never allows the novel to seem too programmatic. Finally, it is an argument for the necessity of irony, risk and integrity in the production of art as in life.

Given his complicity in a culture he finds demeaning, Fields admits he fears he’s “one of those brave people only in youth.” Over the course of the novel’s tropical plot, sexual rituals in sweat lodges, betrayals and pyrotechnics, he comes to realize that he can always aspire to art, that his writing can be deepened by experience, rather than belittled by it. He just has to decide. In Maksik’s profile, Salter tells him, “If I’m making an argument, which is only implied anyway, it’s: try to be a man.” It’s enough, he seems to say, just to try.

Marriott and Yahoo launch guest media network Mon, 16 May 2022 21:38:48 +0000

Today, in the connected economy, hotel chain Marriott is partnering with Yahoo to launch a media network that enables advertisers to reach customers with targeted ads. Additionally, Uber is unveiling several new ride-sharing features and Plaid is partnering with VGS to provide tokenization services.

Marriott Launches Media Network That Helps Ads Reach Travelers

Marriott is working with Yahoo to launch a media network that allows advertisers to target the hotel chain’s customers using their consumer data. The Marriott Media Network will serve advertisements to guests on sites such as the hotel’s website and, at some point, on their in-room televisions. Marriott said the network will debut first in the United States and Canada before landing in other markets. Pilot advertisers will be able to access the company’s display and mobile channels starting this month.

Uber unveils self-driving deliveries, charter bus reservations and other new features

Uber announced several innovations in its core transit business, including self-driving deliveries and charter bus reservations. The company also launched Uber Travel in the US, which allows customers to book hotels, flights and restaurants from one place after connecting a Gmail account, earning 10% in Uber Cash for every ride. Reserve booked with Uber Travel. Meanwhile, Uber Charter, slated to launch this summer, will allow users to book a party bus, van, coach and other transportation with upfront prices from the Uber app.

VGS Plaid Taps for Tokenization Services

Data privacy provider Very Good Security (VGS) has expanded its partnership with data network Plaid to provide tokenization services. VGS said its Tokenization and Zero Data platform enables businesses to leverage sensitive data through format preservation and full portability, allowing customers to avoid vendor lock-in and save time they would otherwise devote to data security hygiene and compliance maintenance.

PayPal Vets Launch $158M Fund to Advance FinTech

Early-stage venture capital firm Infinity Ventures is deploying its inaugural $158 million fund to help build FinTech infrastructure, commerce enablement and other startups that fit its model and portfolio. Infinity Ventures’ model helps eliminate execution risk by applying the operating and investing experience it has accumulated over many years.



On: Shoppers who have store cards use them for 87% of all eligible purchases – but that doesn’t mean retailers should start buy now, pay later (BNPL) options at checkout. The Truth About BNPL and Store Cards, a collaboration between PYMNTS and PayPal, surveyed 2,161 consumers to find out why providing both BNPL and Store Cards is key to helping merchants maximize conversion.

ISE 2022 review: Pro-AV is back in the sun | Industry trends Mon, 16 May 2022 09:07:38 +0000

The numbers were down, to 43,691 (from 81,000 in 2019), not that you can see in crowded theaters.

“We are short of about 300 Chinese customers and a few Americans due to [US AV trade show] InfoComm being so close to ISE this year,” said Mike Blackman, general manager, Integrated Systems Events. “So these are challenges, but I don’t regret having moved [the show] to this date ; It was the right decision. We see it in the commitment of the exhibitors.

Blackman was keen to point out that ISE was poised to grow again had Covid not intervened.

“We would have been even bigger,” he said. “Here, we have 48,000 m² on the ground and 840 exhibitors. But we had signed contracts at the end of the 2020 show for 67,000 m² with 900 companies. We still had around 400 companies that we hadn’t spoken to yet, so we would probably need another 10,000m².

This will be the goal of ISE’s return to Barcelona at the end of January 2023.

A new generation of audio

No area of ​​professional broadcasting has suffered more than live events during the pandemic. But remote mixing has helped keep some shows on the road by allowing engineers to stream shows remotely. “It should be seen as an additional tool rather than just a substitution in the traditional facade setup,” said Stew Hume, president of Live Events Summit at the conference.


“On a massive stadium tour,” says Hume, “50,000 people will always want to go see the artist. But with a sophisticated remote mixing option, a high-quality live stream could be created with sound from first order mixed in a studio rather than a broadcast truck.

Surround sound has long been used for live concerts, but the new generation of immersive audio systems could put an end to the traditional stereo format.

“The term ‘immersive’ has become a misnomer because people think all it means is that the sound will appear behind you,” Hume said. “But he has the ability to give every member of the audience a better live experience.” Bjork and Bon Iver were already among the artists doing it, he added.

An immersive sound project called Adamson Fletcher Machine also points to the future of sound in auditoriums.


“We have seen continuous improvements in professional audio, but there has been no real evolution since the invention of the line array,” said Jochen Sommer, director of EMEA operations, Adamson Systems Engineering. “Object-based spatial audio is on the way – and it’s revolutionary.”

The Fletcher Machine is an object-based mixing solution that uses amplitude and time localization for the rendering and placement of sound objects. It uses a dedicated hardware audio processor and remote control running on a separate computer to provide “spatial unmasking” of sound sources.

“We can create a larger spatially coherent listening area for a more natural sound field,” Sommer explained. “You don’t create the mix entirely in the console. Instead, you introduce individual objects – a snare drum or a violin – into the soundscape. The result is a more direct connection from the listener to the sound.

Artificial Intelligence is gaining ground

“By the end of the decade, AI will surpass humans in intelligence,” predicted self-described futurist Amelia Kallman. “Think about it: in eight years, we won’t be the smartest thing on the planet anymore – which is really scary.”


“As AI plays a bigger role in our workspaces, our creativity, ideation, design skills and, most importantly, our ability to collaborate and connect are going to be all the more valuable.”

With an impressive live demo of AI in the workplace, Cisco showed how AI simultaneous translation can help break down barriers for the smart workplace. During a video call, the colleagues spoke several languages ​​and were translated live. Its AI was able to rearrange the faces of attendees around a table into individual photo frames to make it more inclusive for those joining remotely.

XR – treating reality as a “medium”

Virtual, augmented and extended reality plays a fundamental role in shaping our future real realities.


Open University professor Fridolin Wild leads a project using augmented reality to deliver digital learning. Half-Sync AR, he explained, is something that looks live but is actually pre-recorded. “Reality is treated as a medium,” he said. “It’s the idea that captured experiences can be used in ways that make them feel more alive and delivered in real time.”

Wild presented a live stream of an inner space replicating the surface of Mars in which an AI avatar – pre-recorded, appearing live – was introduced to educate the viewer about the planet.

Highlighting its immersive product development and design solution, Lenovo demonstrated how Aston Martin is exploring mixed reality to develop new high-performance vehicles. Lenovo’s solution is displayed at “human eye” resolution in VR and XR environments.

Kallman believes we will reach a tipping point for XR in the enterprise space around 2026, coinciding with the entry of Gen Z into the workplace. “These guys are already in the metaverse,” she said.


Illuminarium is a tourist attraction in Las Vegas and Atlanta and uses cinematic techniques, interactive content and theatrical design to provide visitors with a sensory experience of environments like a safari or a space station. Its CEO and co-founder gave a speech revealing that new locations are opening in Chicago and Miami, and that in five years, he aims to have 25 worldwide.

“What we really do is bring reality to life,” said Alan Greenberg. “We use some of the techniques used in the big movies, some of the techniques used in virtual reality to create a multi-million dollar experience.”

The company does indeed make money from ticket sales and concessions and an immersive nighttime bar experience. “We hope to welcome 15 million visitors a year and have a business worth billions of dollars,” he said.


Sergei Sagas, chief innovation officer at Hyperreal, showed how his company is exploring the idea that actors, singers and other “talents” should have more control over digital versions of themselves, especially as the metaverse sets in. “Let’s create one universal avatar that belongs to the person it represents,” he urged.

360 degree digital illustration is the future

Artist Refik Anadol coined the term digital painting in 2008 and is the creator of ‘In the Mind of Gaudi’, a digital artwork displayed in the Gaudi Cube, the world’s first room with LED walls in six sides. “Data is my main medium,” he said in a keynote. “Visual experiences don’t just look good, they can be practical. This is the future of the medium. »

Anadol will show what he means next year when he opens Dataland in Los Angeles. It will be a collaboration with neuroscientists, architects, AI developers and biologists.

A special immersive art exhibit at ISE 2022 invited attendees to find a comfortable lounge chair or cushion, and relax as they were surrounded by the vivid paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Iris and Almond Blossom, oil paintings from 1889-1890, are among a dozen classics by the Dutch master gently animated, projected and set in a relaxing Japanese home with tatami floors and sliding doors.

The rise of immersive workspaces

Immersive workspaces are transforming office spaces around the world and were a major trend at ISE2022. These are designed as a way to connect building staff with colleagues working remotely.


“People have the ability to not only see the information, but to be inside it – to be part of a different sensory and informational experience,” said Massimo Pizzocri, vice president of sales and marketing for video projectors at Epson.

Its solution combines three projectors displaying images on three walls with which users can interact. This is the type of technology traditionally found in bespoke and very expensive computer-aided virtual environments. Epson and its technology partner Igloo Vision aim to bring the concept to the mass market.

“University departments, academies and colleges are a key market,” said Jake Rowland of Igloo Vision. “One in ten meeting rooms in a company could be a fully immersive collaborative space with surround projection and videoconferencing. It could be an interactive space shared between different departments.

Impressive with visuals

The pitfalls of ISE tend to be projection-mapped visuals and giant LED screens playing kaleidoscopic imagery. But different multidimensional formats point to the future.


“We believe 3D will be the future of digital content, especially digital signage,” said Kiryl Chykeyuk, CEO and Founder of Hypervsn, which has deployed over 20,000 holographic displays worldwide. “We live in a 3D world and we need to see digital content in 3D.”

The digital signage industry faces a number of challenges as it grapples with a range of factors affecting the supply chain, including ongoing lockdowns in China and price inflation.

In a keynote speech, Florian Rotberg of German consultancy invidis said that although the industry is returning to growth, with a 2.1% increase in units sold worldwide in 2021 to 6.9 million, it is less clear what awaits us.

One of the most pressing topics, Rotberg said, is sustainability, with 80% of the carbon footprint generated by operational factors. The key is to focus on energy consumption and recycling to improve the industry’s green credentials.

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Most Popular Annual Non-Disney Animated Film of the 2010s, According to Letterboxd Sun, 15 May 2022 22:00:00 +0000

After the success of toy storythe trend of computer-animated films slowly made its way to mainstream audiences throughout the 2000s, and the release of The princess and the Frog in 2009 marked Disney’s last 2D animated film. This meant big changes in the 2010s. Major studios entered the new decade with much more advanced software than in the 2000s, ditching the disconcerting unfinished look with higher quality renders, marking the 2010s as a era of bustling triumph.

Almost everyone remembers the cultural impact of Disney, Frozen (2013) being a notable example. But Disney wasn’t the only studio to release culturally impactful and innovative animated films. Some of the most beloved animated films came out in the 2010s, and praise is also earned for those not created by Disney, including some with traditional animation styles.


2010 – How to Train Your Dragon

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Hiccup riding Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Co-directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, the directors of Lilo and Stitch (2002), How to train your dragon follows gentle Hiccup, son of the leader of the Vikings, as he feels the pressure to prove his worth by slaying a dragon only to befriend one. Created by DreamWorks, this film became the first of a successful trilogy.

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With high ratings, this film continues to be acclaimed more than a decade later. Many who watched it as children fondly remember the film and consider it one of the greatest animated films of all time. The score has also become culturally significant, with the theme song coming back into fashion on social media several years after its release.

2011 – Rango

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Rango standing in the desert

rango is directed by Gore Verbinski and has been published by Paramount. This animated film follows a lost chameleon named Rango, voiced by prolific actor Johnny Depp, who finds himself in the town of Dirt and becomes the sheriff.

The animation was beautifully done, with textures and composition that hold up even after a decade. The film received critical and audience acclaim and received numerous accolades, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. This is notable because only a handful of non-Disney animated films have received this Oscar.

2012 – Hotel Transylvania

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Dracula reading to baby Mavis in Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania had a collection of notable actors voicing the characters, including Adam Sandler as Dracula and Selena Gomez voicing her daughter Mavis. In it, Dracula hosts a beautiful hotel where the monsters can relax and have a safe vacation, but his reputation is threatened when a human wanders there.

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The film was a hit, exceeding box office expectations and would go on to become a four-movie franchise. Although reviews were mixed, especially among the sequels, kids loved the movie and it’s certainly a standout image that many will remember from their childhood.

2013 – The Wind Rises

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Animated film The Wind Rises

A Studio Ghibli production, The wind picks up was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and was his last film before retiring the same year (however, he would come out of retirement to direct a film slated for release later in the 2020s). It is a fictionalized account of Jiro Horikoshi in his development of an aircraft that would eventually be used by Japan during World War II.

Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature as well as dozens of other awards, this film was well received by critics. Although not one of Ghibli’s most popular animations, the stills from the film have become culturally significant and are remembered well by many.

2014 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Hiccup and Toothless looking towards the camera

Just four years after the release of its predecessor, How to Train Your Dragon 2directed by Dean DeBlois, brought Hiccup back to the big screen to take on an army of dragon trappers and their leader Drago.

While this sequel wasn’t as successful as the franchise’s premiere, the movie was still a huge hit. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature to high praise from critics and audiences alike.

2015 – Anomalisa

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Directed by Charlie Kaufman, the author behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)and Duke Johnson, Anomalised is a surreal stop motion story by Michael Stone who sees everyone’s face as exactly the same until he meets a woman named Lisa who looks different from everyone else.

This movie was a revolution with 3D printed puppets designed to mimic realism in the appearance of real people, which is directly opposed to classic stop motion movies like Coraline (2009) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), which are inspired by extremely stylized designs. It also defied animation stereotypes by successfully catering to mature audiences, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.

2016 – Your name.

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Taki and Mitsuha are meeting on your behalf.

This Japanese production directed by Makoto Shinkai follows students Mitsuha and Taki who don’t know each other but begin to randomly wake up in each other’s bodies. With gorgeous animation, a remarkable soundtrack, and a solid script, the film became an artistic triumph.

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The film was a huge hit in Japan, becoming one of the highest-grossing films in Japan at the time.. But the film was not only a national success, but also an international success, topping the American charts.

2017 – The Lego Batman Movie

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Lego Batman Movie Robin

2017 The Lego Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay, was a cinematic masterpiece with incredible fan reception. The film is a unique take on the Batman franchise with a comedic spin on the classic hero. In this animated film, Batman learns to work as a team to defeat the Joker.

The Lego Movie (2014)had been such a hit that many were nervous to follow it with The Lego Batman Movie, but fans were pleasantly surprised when the film turned out to be unique. A hit with audiences, the film wasn’t just a comedic triumph, as critics also praised the film’s cinematic merit.

2018 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Not only the most popular movie of 2018, but also the most popular animated movie of all 2010s, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was co-directed by Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey and Bob Persichetti. It follows newly-Spider-Man Miles Morales as he discovers the Multiverse when Kingpin’s Supercollider lures alternate versions of Spider-Man into his reality.

It revolutionized hybrid animation. Movies had taken advantage of 3D elements in 2D animation since the late 1900s, primarily to facilitate the animation of large, complicated objects that would take too much effort to animate by hand. But this film took advantage of the meritorious qualities of both styles of animation, with 3D animated characters and 2D effects to mimic a cartoon style. It won 40 awards, including the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, receiving accolades as one of the best superhero films.

2019 – Klaus

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) may have revolutionized hybrid animation, but it wasn’t the only film to experiment with mixed forms of animation. Klaus, directed by Sergio Pablos, is a 2D animated Christmas film following a spoiled postman named Jesper who is sent to the dark village of Smeerensburg with the impossible task of establishing a post office where everyone hates each other, only to help spawn the legend of Santa Claus.

Or Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse used 2D elements on a 3D foundation, Klaus completely overturned the preconceptions in animation circles that 3D is a structural element and 2D an additional design tool. A technological triumph, Klaus used 2D animation with a new 3D lighting engine, where the technology needed to learn how to light a 2D image as if it were 3D. A beautiful and innovative animation, Klaus was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and received critical and audience acclaim.

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Who was Georges Seurat? Learn about the artist who invented Pointillism Sun, 15 May 2022 18:10:17 +0000

By the late 1800s, the art had changed dramatically. Instead of submitting to the ideals set by the Paris Salon, radical artists began to create and exhibit rejected paintings that captured fleeting moments. These artists – who would become known as the Impressionists – fueled a wave of innovation among their contemporaries. One of these characters was Georges Seuratwho is credited with pioneering the Pointillist style.

The Paris-born artist has combined his classical artistic training and his interest in color theory to create a highly individualistic style recognized around the world. His most famous painting, A Sunday afternoon on the Grande Jatteembodies this unique approach, with many dots of color blending together when viewed from afar.

Here we will learn more about this pioneering post-impressionist artist and how he invented pointillism.

Who was Georges Seurat?

Photograph by Georges Seurat

Photograph by Georges Seurat, 1888 (Photo: Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

french artist Georges Seurat (1859–1891) was a pioneering Neo-Impressionist painter who is credited with inventing the pointillist style. Born in Paris into a prominent family, he received an academic training in the fine arts at the École des Beaux-Arts, learning from the work of masters like Ingres and Delacroix. Later, when the artist was in his early twenties, he became interested in color theory and meticulously applied himself to inventing a new way of using color, which culminated in pointillism. His masterpiece A Sunday afternoon on the Grande Jatte is the most famous and often cited example of this approach.

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Vase of flowers by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “Vase of flowers”, 1879-1881 (Photo: Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

In the early 1880s, the impact of the rebel Impressionist movement spread through Paris. Seurat’s early works show an interest in this new style, with looser brushstrokes and much experimentation in the application of color. In 1882, he was already applying tints in thick patches of color that blended together to create a unique texture.

The Farmers by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “Farmers at work”, 1882 (Photo: Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

Bathers at Asnières

Work by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “Bathers at Asnières”, 1884 (Photo: National Gallery via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

Seurat has completed his first significant work entitled Bathers at Asnières in 1884. This large-scale painting demonstrates the artist’s interest in the delicate tones of Impressionism, particularly in trees and water, while emphasizing the artist’s distinct way of smoothing his figures into soft sculptural forms.

Unsurprisingly, this work was rejected from the prestigious Paris Salon for its avant-garde approach. This led Seurat to exhibit it alongside the work of the Impressionists in the Groupe des Artistes Indépendants the same year. However, he did not stay with the group for long and eventually formed his own contingent with some of his contemporaries like Paul Signac called Société des Artistes Indépendants.

Invent pointillism

Paintings by Georges Seurat

Left: Georges Seurat, Study for “A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Latte”, 1886-1888 (Photo: Fitzwilliam Museum via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)
Right: Georges Seurat, Detail from “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, 1884-1886 (Photo: Art Institute of Chicago via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

After completing Bathers in Asnières, Seurat continued to make changes to his painting methods. Instead of mixing the pigments on a palette or on the canvas, he started laying out the colors individually on the canvas. This technique of applying paint in distinct dots of color has become known as Pointillism after an art critic used the term in the late 1880s to ridicule his appearance. However, he eventually became the name that made this unique style famous.

In pointillist works, tight dots can be made out when you look at the painting closely, however, the colors blend together and create a detailed image when you move away.

A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte

Sunday afternoon at La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, 1884-1886 (Photo: Art Institute of Chicago via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

Without doubt Seurat’s most famous painting, A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte is a monumental piece representing the landscape surrounding an island in the Seine located west of Paris. He created many color sketches outside in preparation for this piece, carefully studying the colors that would be used to create this intricate scene. The pointillist technique required a detailed approach, so Seurat spent considerable time making sure he was happy with the result.

“Confronted with his subject, explained Paul Signac, Seurat, before touching his little panel with paint, scrutinizes, compares, looks with half-closed eyes at the play of light and shadow, observes the contrasts, isolates the reflections, plays for a long time with the lid of the box which serves as his palette, then… he slices from his little pile of colors arranged in the order of the spectrum the various colored elements which form the hue best suited to render the mystery he has glimpsed. The execution follows the observation, line by line, the panel is covered.

Work by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “Grey weather, Grande Jatte”, 1888 (Photo: Le Met via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

Paintings by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “Models”, 1886-1888 (Photo: Barnes Foundation via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

Late work

Work by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “The Circus Parade”, 1887-1888 (Photo: Le Met via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

After A Sunday afternoon on the Grande Jatte, Seurat continued to apply and perfect pointillism in other paintings. The subject matter of these late works of art is primarily centered on the performing arts, including dance, music, and circuses.

In these pieces he simplifies his figures even further, finding the purest forms and repeating them without emphasizing details. As a result, these paintings possess a tapestry-like quality.

Work by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “La Chahut”, 1889-1890 (Photo: Kröller-Müller Museum via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

The circus was Seurat’s last major work, left unfinished when the artist died in 1891 at the age of 31.

This piece is significant for its use of the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) in conjunction with white. Here, Seurat’s stylized figures have been solidified in frozen, puppet-like poses, making the scene appear suspended in time.

The Circus by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “The Circus”, 1891 (Photo: Musée d’Orsay via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)


Work by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat, “Young woman powdering herself”, 1889-1890 (Photo: Courtauld Institute of Art via Wikimedia CommonsPublic domain)

Seurat’s very distinctive pointillist style had a lasting influence on future artists. In particular, the Cubists found inspiration in his scientific approach to color, which they would instead apply to shapes and forms.

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Opening of the Banksy fashion show in Minneapolis Sat, 14 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

The images on the walls of the Lighthouse Art Space in Minneapolis are familiar to anyone who has followed the art world in recent years.

“They are very recognizable. And, of course, they are bold,” said Nick Harkin, representative of the Art of Banksy show. He says that as a street artist, Banksy puts his finger in the eye things he hasn’t liked for a long time.

“And he has very strong opinions about the royal family in Britain. He pointed out views on war and pacifism. And all this is reflected in his works.

Banksy, who remains anonymous despite creating pieces known to millions, often using stencils, in public spaces around the world. Harkin points out that this show, in Banksy’s mind, is not allowed.

“If we waited for Banksy to allow a show, there wouldn’t be one,” he said with a smile.

Images from the “Art of Banksy” show include the artists’ image blends that often carry a pacifist message.

Courtesy of Starvox Entertainment

The pieces in the Minneapolis exhibit are all genuine works by Banksy, screen prints based on those works that he sells to collectors. Harkin says owners want people to see them. Show organizers say that, taken together, the work on the walls is worth some $35 million.

Arranged in roughly chronological order, the show also includes depictions of some of Banksy’s famous stunts, including when he began slipping pieces he had made into exhibits at major museums. Harkin leads the way with a photo of what at first glance appears to be an ancient pictograph. But there is something strange about it.

“Peckham Rock shows a supposed prehistoric figure pushing a shopping cart. It was placed in the British Museum in 2005, together with an authentic information label. And it took three days for anyone in the museum to realize something was wrong. There’s actually a YouTube video of him setting this up in the museum,” Harkin said.

But the main attractions are Banksy’s images, including his ‘Girl with Balloon’. It’s a stenciled figure of a young girl with one arm reaching out to a heart-shaped balloon trailing a string. It is monochromatic except for the ball which can be one of many bright colors.

“We have two ‘Girl with Balloon’ screen prints, one pink and one red,” Harkin said. “And of course, it’s one of the most beloved pieces of contemporary art in the world. In fact, there was a recent poll where people asked what their favorite piece of contemporary art was and ci is ranked number 1. Whether or not the girl reaches for the ball, or lets go or not, depends on your interpretation.

It was a “Girl with Balloon” image that notoriously self-destructed at a Sotheby’s auction moments after selling for $1.4 million. Harkin points out that the shredded remains are now worth even more.

Banksy's girl with a balloon

Perhaps Banksy’s most popular image “Girl with Balloon” has been repeatedly recreated by the artist. Most notoriously, a framed edition of the image shredded shortly after being sold at auction. Shredded Pieces are now worth more than the original sell price when the image was whole.

Courtesy of Starvox Entertainment

There are also more pointed political works in the series.

“A lot of the work that references war or the police, you can see that in some cases soldiers, soldiers with guns, have smiling faces,” Harkin said. “And he comments on police activities and also on war and aggression. One of the most iconic images is of a policeman searching Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz shopping cart as Toto looks on.

And being Banksy, there are plenty of pictures of rats, which Harkin says is “an anagram of the word art.”

It tells a story about how different people react to Banksy’s work. He slipped into the London Underground, popularly known as the Tube, and stenciled many of his favorite rodents onto the walls.

Harkin said they were quickly discovered after Banksy left. “Now the guards saw the graffiti and very quickly cleaned it up, not realizing it was Banksy. And then the transport authority in London the next day asked him to come back and do this. But unfortunately he refused.

An image from the Chicago presentation of

An image from the Chicago presentation of ‘The Art of Banksy’. The show now at Lighthouse ArtSpace in Minneapolis features around 100 works from across the career of the notoriously anonymous British artist whose work can sell for millions of dollars.

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When asked, Harkin wouldn’t predict how many people might come to the show. He is more inclined to answer if there will be a lot of crossovers from people who came to see the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition.

“There is humor in the show. There is definitely some controversial content. That’s what Banksy is,” he said. “And I think it will attract a lot of people who maybe weren’t interested in Van Gogh. But I hope a lot of those same people who enjoyed Van Gogh will also come back to see him.

And of course there’s always the question that lingers in some people’s minds as to whether Banksy might be in the crowd.

“You could be standing next to him. If you don’t like the artwork, don’t say it too loud,” says Harkin. “He remains elusive. No one really knows who he is. It’s a bit like when a magician does a trick. And you don’t really want to know how the magician did it. That’s kind of how I look at Banksy.

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The J. Mackey Gallery will present “The Art of Arthur Pinajian” Fri, 13 May 2022 17:32:23 +0000
No. 347 | 1982; Oil on canvas 25 x 29 in.

EAST HAMPTON, NY – J. Mackey Gallery in East Hampton is pleased to present “The Art of Arthur Pinajian”. The exhibition includes previously unseen and rare works by the 20th century artist who rose from obscurity to fame. Pinajian has been called a “creative force” who “can be ranked among the best artists of his time” by the eminent art historian, Dr. William Innes Homer, who examined the work and associated Pinajian with a certain number of New York Abstract Expressionists, such as William de Kooning, Franz Kline and Philip Guston. Like so many artistic geniuses, however, Pinajian never caught the public eye during his lifetime.

That changed when chance linked Pinajian’s life’s work with Thomas Schultz and Lawrence Joseph. Schultz and Joseph, the current executive directors of the Pinajian Collection, purchased Pinajian’s home and studio in Bellport, Long Island, after the artist’s death. A collection of paintings by this unknown artist was found on the property and about to be discarded. The new owners of the property decided to keep the work and had it appraised afterwards. Peter Hastings Falk, editor and head of ArtNet, valued Pinajian’s collection of works at over $30 million.

The fascinating story of the discovery, salvation and restoration of Pinajian’s work has been widely reported in national and international media. “Good Morning America” ​​proclaimed it “the unlikely find that shook the art world”. ABC’s “20/20” reported that “art expert Decree Pinajian deserves to be called one of the great undiscovered geniuses of the modern art movement“, and several articles in The New York Times paved the way for his first public exhibition and sale in 2013. Recently, the BBC explored Pinajian’s work in a February 2022 profile.

Pinajian (1914-1999), son of Armenian Genocide survivors and a native of Union City, New Jersey, was an indomitable artistic force. In the early 1930s, he worked as a self-taught illustrator for Marvel comics. After bravely serving his country in World War II, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, he returned home to continue his life as an artist. He participated in the Art Student League in New York on the GI Bill.

Pinajian developed and eventually mastered his art style. His first studio was part of the artists’ colony in Woodstock, New York, where his early work drew on Cubist references. It was during these formative years that Pinajian struggled with his own unique style as a modern artist. Her wide variety of works, ranging from figurative to abstract, expresses a playful yet fierce and colorful urgency to discover all facets of her own explorations. “It is satisfying to contemplate his most successful works, especially as they capture the excitement of visual modernism and exude a painterly integrity rare in our time,” Dr. Homer said.

In the 1970s Pinajian moved from Union City to Bellport where he lived until his death in 1999. During his years in Bellport Pinajian continued to devote himself to his art. His color palette often veered towards lighter colors than in the Woodstock years, and abstract lyrical landscapes figured prominently among his later works.

The Art of Arthur Pinajian exhibit at the J. Mackey Gallery in East Hampton NY, will feature more than 30 works spanning over 40 years, including works never before accessible to the public. The exhibition will be curated by Elizabeth Shaghalian Vranka, former Executive Director of OSilas Gallery at Concordia College (Bronxville). In 2018, Vranka presented “Pinajian’s Discovery: An Artist’s Life Revealed” at OSilas Gallery. Although she has always found her work and the “story of discovery” captivating, Vranka’s appreciation for Pinajian has grown since the first OSilas gallery exhibition. She subsequently presented Pinajian’s works at benefit events in support of the Gallery and purchased Pinajian’s paintings for her own collection. “While I was particularly drawn to Overlook Mountain’s early abstract landscapes, which for Armenian Americans like me evoke the iconic landscape of Armenia, I am captivated by some of his most representative works, such as the magnificent landscape (No. D101) made in 1963 and the figurative paintings featured in the J. Mackey exhibition.

No. 3883 | 1964; Oil on canvas 29 x 49 in.

For this show, landscapes and figurative works have been selected that are beautiful, impactful and dynamic.

The public is invited to an opening reception at the J. Mackey Gallery on May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Register in line.

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3 reasons why you should invest in travel Fri, 13 May 2022 01:44:27 +0000

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