Thursday, April 18, 2019

Arts & Culture

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

If you have found your way here (a blog by a journal-producing publishing company), we can assume you like books. Whether for journalling, creative writing or reading the works of others, books are a fundamental part of our society and...
The LA Times has an interesting article about what basically amounts to an underground bunker in Washington, DC full of “a century’s worth of the nation’s musical and cinematic legacy” – or, more specifically, 100 miles of shelves stacked...
It's hard to believe it's been over two years since we profiled our first Beautiful Bookstore. What was meant to be a one-time feature of what we proposed could be "Book Heaven," has turned into a popular competition as...
On a recent Beautiful Bookstores post, a reader suggested that we profile Akateeminen Kirjakauppa ("The Academic Bookstore") in Stockmann, Helsinki as a contender. And what a great recommendation that was! This bookstore is filled with upwards of 450,000 books in...
The "Art Nouveau" movement was heavily influenced by Alphonse Mucha, a Czech artist who rose to prominence in France in the 1890's; and there is probably no better summation of Mucha's ideology and the principles of the Art Nouveau...
There is undeniable strength in the power of the written word. However, there are few book artists who have taken such a literal understanding of this concept as has American philosopher, mathematician and discarded book rehabilitator Robert The. In...
In our ongoing series on Alphonse Mucha's Documents Décoratifs, we're taking a look at the 72 plates that comprise Mucha's seminal style book. Our look at Plates 1 to 12 can be viewed here. As discussed previously, the Documents...
Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionist painters. The near spiritual excitement of his swirling brushwork, contoured forms and intense colour has had a powerful influence on the development of modern painting. Find...
Things are getting spooky today at the Endpaper Blog as we take you on a tour of the final resting places of our favourite writers and literary characters. From the mysterious "Poe Toaster" (get the full story here) to the...
Often described by musicians as a “giant,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770-1827) works are defined by intellectual depth and honesty. His musical expressions of heroism and struggle echo his troubled personal life. Beethoven’s childhood fell prey to the ambitions of...

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