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Artwork Made From Discarded Books

Several photos of art made from discarded books are in this link click here. Fascinating!

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Edvard Munch Created Four Versions of The Scream Between 1893 And 1910

The Scream most colorful & expensive of fourThe Expressionist artist, Edvard Munch, created four versions of The Scream in various media. It shows “a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as ‘an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time'”.

Three  versions have not traveled for many years. The National Gallery, Oslo, has one of two painted versions and the Munch Museum has the other plus a pastel. The fourth version, also a pastel, sold for $119,922,600 at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction on May 2, 2012. “It was the fourth highest nominal price paid for a painting at auction”.

“The Scream has been the target of several high-profile art thefts. In 1994, the version in the National Gallery was stolen. It was recovered several months later. In 2004, both The Scream and Madonna were stolen from the Munch Museum, and were both recovered two years later”.

To see my post with a black and white version that could be copied and used as a coloring book page click here.

What was the inspiration for The Scream? In a diary entry headed Nice 22 January 1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image:

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream”.

To read the poem Munch created about the above experience and other people’s  speculations about what inspired Munch click here. Wikipedia that I quoted above also has a paragraph in the same link regarding how The Scream has been and still is used “In popular culture”. Here are a couple examples:

“In most Unicode emoji renderings, U+1F631 😱 FACE SCREAMING IN FEAR is made to resemble the subject of the painting.[52]

“A simplified version of the subject of the painting is one of the pictographs considered for use on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as a non-language-specific symbol of danger in order to warn future human civilizations of the presence of radioactive waste on the site.[53]”

The Scream with two men straight up

Besides color, what detail is different between this version and the one I have at the beginning of the post? 

Which version was sold at auction?

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

 

 

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Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

The screamEdvard Munch created four versions of “The Scream” in various media, three painted and one pastel. The latter was sold at a Modern Art action on May 2, 2012 for $119,922,600, the second highest price paid for a painting at auction.

“The Scream” has been the target of several high-profile art thefts. In 1994, the version in the National Gallery was stolen. It was recovered several months later. In 2004, both “The Scream” and “The Madonna” were stolen from the Munch Museum, and were both recovered two years later.”

A diary entry in 1892 by Munch described his inspiration for the painting:

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.”[8]”

Thieves stole the pastel version shown here on  the opening day of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Three men were convicted of the theft in May 2006.

“Munch developed an emotionally charged style that served as an important forerunner of the 20th century Expressionist movement. He painted “The Scream” as part of his “Frieze of Life” series, in which sickness, death, fear, love and melancholy are central themes. He died in January 1944 at the age of 81.”

Edvard Munch

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Ai Weiwei’s Art at Alcatraz

Lani LongshoreMy guest blogger today is Lani Longshore, a member of the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, author of Death By Chenille and Eve’s Requiem, and blogger at http://www.lanilongshore.wordpress.com

Art at Alcatraz

My children played with Legos, building forts, trucks, and hazardous swords when they thought I wasn’t looking. After Jordan Bernal, author of The Keepers of Eire, and I experienced Ai Weiwei’s exhibit @Large on Alcatraz Island, I wish I had taught them to see those little bricks the way he does.

Ai earned his international reputation as an artist with his photography, but his creativity includes all aspects of art. He created five very different collections specifically for the old buildings of Alcatraz. As an artist under house arrest in his native China, and the son of a poet who spent years in China’s re-education camps, Ai wanted to create a tension for the viewer by embedding his art in the notorious American prison. He explored the themes of liberty, repression, confinement, hope and despair with a variety of media. As part of the exhibit, he made portraits of other famous prisoners (some convicted of political crimes, some convicted of criminal charges stemming from their political work). In order to keep the Chinese government from confiscating his materials before he could finish, he used Legos.

The portraits were flat, laid on the floor of the New Industries building (one that is not usually open to the public) like carpets, or a huge scrapbook page. Visitors were allowed to walk around the installation and also see them from the gun walk above the room.

Jordan and I came in at ground level. As we walked around each grouping of portraits, we discovered some of them were so pixilated as to be abstracts. Jordan was impressed with the powerful lines and color combinations of one particular portrait. She took a photo with her cell phone and discovered that the image on her phone wasn’t abstract at all – it was a concrete and identifiable photograph.

Now we saw another level to this art – the perceptional bias of the viewer. From up close, we couldn’t detect the person behind the portrait. Put some distance between the viewer and the art – with a cell phone photo, or from up above, on the gun walk – and more of the person became obvious. Amazingly, we could shift between these points of view. Although we now knew that the arrangement of Lego bricks on the floor represented a real person, we could still see an abstract design. The photo on the cell phone couldn’t change into an abstract, but our brains could simultaneously accept two radically different experiences of the work.

I write science fiction, so I must create characters that the reader will accept as alien but understand in human terms. I must create a resonance in the reader’s brain that will let them hold two radically different views of the characters, yet shift between those views. Reading excellent writing helps me improve my skills, and so does experiencing excellent art. Ai Weiwei reminded me to look at everything with the eyes of a child, an inventor, an outsider. He taught me to layer meaning upon meaning, trusting that my reader will see more than the surface. He also taught me to value what my reader brings to my work, even if I never know what that is.

Lani Longshore’s Blog – http://www.lanilongshore.wordpress.com
Death By Chenille
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55823
When Chenille Is Not Enough
Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/When-Chenille-Is-Not-Enough/dp/1595944915
Barnes&Noble.com – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-chenille-is-not-enough-ana-anastasio/1115086340
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/306399
Eve’s Requiem – http://www.amazon.com/Eves-Requiem-Tales-Mystery-Horror/dp/0991417615

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