Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

This week in Better Know an Art Movement we've got something that represented "new freedoms and a release from constraint" -- Art Nouveau! Born out of the Spirit of Reform, Rebellion and Freedom Similar to William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement...
Marshall McLuhan once said “Art is anything you can get away with.” While I’d never pretend to fully understand anything McLuhan has said, it’s interesting to consider this quote in terms of “Street Art” – an art movement that,...
Mother’s Day’s around the corner and I’m reminded of an issue I’d heard about a few years ago: the myth (or truism? You decide) that one can’t be both a mother and a successful artist. While the truth of...
Here at Paperblanks we’re obviously fascinated by old world book-making and binding techniques – but this is something completely different! 70 small books with lead pages and wire binding were found in a cave in Jordan that could date...
http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf Check out the above video from CBS News about the recently demolished "Great Gatsby" mansion. The mansion, a 2,000-square-foot Long Island estate, was host to many grand parties in the roaring 20's and was supposedly the inspiration for Daisy...
Last week news broke that an Italian television producer is going to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini, the woman long believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Outside of the fact that this isn’t...
Art and culture lovers everywhere should be able to appreciate this: a 360-degree interactive panorama of Prague’s off-limits-to-the-public 868-year-old Strahov Monastery Library. This Hall is home to a 42,000-volume collection of “just about every important book available in central...
I always find nostalgia for anything analog interesting. There have probably been more technological advances in the last 30 years than the previous 5000 combined. Our iPhones and iPods are basically pocket-sized computers and they're practically obsolete the moment...
Vincent van Gogh’s birthday is this week and this news reminded me of something fascinating I’d recently heard about the great artist and the almost symbiotic relationship he had with his brother Theo. In one way, Vincent was the...
The New York Times reported this week that a federal judge in New York just effectively sidelined one of the most ambitious projects Google has ever attempted - of digitalizing “every book ever published." This project, an attempt to...

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