One Eighty Fourth Street Art Print

One Eighty Fourth Street by José Parlá

One Eighty Fourth Street by José Parlá

Bought some art at the weekend, it’s a print by José Parlá entitled One Eighty Fourth Street. The print is one of three new works published by Elms Lesters  Painting Rooms, found it difficult to choose between this print and another, St. Giles. This image is from the show, it’s a bit grainy as it was only taken  on my phone.

Just need to get it framed and hung, can’t wait to see it on my wall.
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Eduardo Chillida

Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida

Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida

Just back from Spain where I saw a lot of really great artwork. One of the highlights was probably my visit to the Museo Chillida-Leku near Donostia-San Sebastian in northern Spain which house artwork by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. There’s a massive outdoor sculpture park with some fine examples of his work, as well as a converted farmhouse with some smaller scale works including works on paper and some using felt.

I also visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where I saw a brilliant show “I Want to Believe” by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. I also picked up a great Cy Twombly book.

The Pixies – Minotaur

The Pixies - Minatour

The Pixies - Minotaur

Just read over at the NME that The Pixies are to release a new album entitles Minotaur, their first album release since Trompe Le Monde in 1991. I’m a massive fan of The Pixies but not sure how I feel about this, be interested to hear it but I get the suspicion it could just be some cash cow or publicity stunt. We’ll see.

UPDATE: Seems that is is actually ‘..a luxury collector’s box set featuring a wealth of material spanning the band’s entire career‘. Er, $450 for the Vinyl version.

The New England Kit 2009-2011

England Football Shirt 2009-2011

England Football Shirt 2009-2011

It’s been a while since the idea of new football kits has excited me, partly to do with adulthood and partly to do with the fact that football kits are usually sponsor emblazoned, poorly designed and, quite frankly, crap. They just remind me of the bargain bin at JJB Sports or some other strip lighted, fiesta of polyester, shell suit stacked sports superstore. I do feel that there have been some classic football kits;  Michel Platini playing for Juventus, or Pelé and the Brazil team in the 1958 World Cup both spring to mind. Continue reading

Branislav Kropilak

Been looking at the website of Branislav Krpoilak, a Slovakian photographer. This particular image is taken from a series entitles Landings, which depict airplane landings at night, or at least the light trail of the flight path, there isn’t actually an airplane in any of them.

Landing no.06 (2006)

Landing no.06 (2006)

Some of his work, notably the Factories photos, remind me of Bernd and Hilla Becher, with the obvbious exception that they are in colour and are taken at night.

New Wall Map

Future Map

Future Map

Just ordered the wall wall map pictured above from The Future Mapping Company, a large emerald, lime, metallic and khaki version. I do have a wall map but I really like the designs of these maps which use cylindrical equal area projection which represents countries in their correct proportional size. Apparently, at 2 metres by 1 metre, the map is the biggest single sheet size available in The World.

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The Atlas of the Real World

I Just read this really interesting article on a book published by Thames & Hudson, The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way we Live. The maps in the book depict the world demographically. Both the information itself, and the way that the information distorts the maps, is fascinating.

Housing prices

World Map of House Prices

World Map of House Prices

Thought this was a fairly topical one at the moment.

The size of each territory shows the total value of all housing, adjusted for local purchasing power. Western Europe contains the most expensive housing, while Africa and South Asia has the cheapest, even after allowing for the fact that money goes further here.

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