Friday, May 14, 2021

Arts & Culture

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

Nobel Prize–winning literary modernist T.S. Eliot would have celebrated his 125th birthday today, and though he has long since passed his legacy remains very much alive to this day. Even if you profess not to love poetry, there is...
Here at the Endpaper Blog we make no secret about our passion for the book arts. Even our name is derived from an important piece in bookbinding (the "endpapers" are the interior sheets of paper that connect the covers...
Egyptian sculptor Gavin Worth creates complex sculptures made entirely out of bendable wire. These sculptures' imagery, all of which resemble line drawings, only become aparent to the viewer when viewed at the right angle. Worth believes these scultpures "engage the...
The theory that, through a chain of friends and friends of friends, we can be connected with any other person on earth through a maximum of six steps, was first posited by Frigyes Karinthy. Known as Six Degrees of...
Contrary to the popular saying "never judge a book by its cover" a lot of people will pick their next read based on the design on the front.  The popular great American novel The Great Gatsby has had more...
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...
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...
Outside of its more functional uses, glass can be used to make some pretty extraordinary works of art. And, as pointed out on the Wikipedia page on the subject, these kinds of pieces "are more likely to be exhibited...
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...
The debate over the most beautiful bookstore continues, as a new contender has been long-listed. The latest entry, Livraria Lello & Irmão located in Porto, Portugal, features a façade decorated in the Art Nouveau style with Neo-Gothic elements. The façade...

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