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September 19, 2020

Walking Through A Spider Web — Jeff Worley

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September 19, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pompeii Walking Tour in 4K

YouTube caption:

In this walk you will start at the main tourist entrance of Pompeii.

You'll then walk through the famous Marine Gate and into the Forum.

Here you will see the Eumachia, what was once the largest structure in the Forum.

Next, you will walk into the Temple of Genius Augusti (Temple of Vespasian) and see a marble altar at the center of the courtyard.

Finally, you will walk through the Macellum, the original marketplace of the Forum.

The video includes historical facts about each site and also about the general history of Pompeii.

September 19, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

'Show me the Monet' — Banksy

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[A detail of Banksy's 'Show me the Monet']

From Barron's:

Sotheby's to Sell Banksy's 'Show me the Monet'

The street artist Banksy's irreverent remix of Claude Monet's famous images of a Japanese bridge crossing over a water lily-filled pond in his garden in Giverny will be offered at Sotheby's in London next month.
 
Show me the Monet, painted in 2005, immediately evokes Monet's famous water lilies, but is filled with jarring images of upside-down shopping carts and a traffic cone bobbing in the water.
 
Sotheby's will sell the oil-on-canvas work for an estimate between £3 million and £5 million (US$3.9 million to US$6.5 million) at a live-streamed auction in London on October 21.
 
"He is the master of the visual one liner," says Alex Branczik, Sotheby's European head of contemporary art.
 
Banksy's "subversion is done in a way that's humorous," Branczik says, yet it "can pass off quite serious and powerful messages."
 
Branczik describes the painting — a riff on the work of one of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries — as one of Banksy's most important works because it's one of the illusive street artist’s most recognizable images, and because of its featured role in the artist's first gallery exhibition at 100 Westbourne Grove in West London in 2006.
 
Show me the Monet was among 22 works in the exhibition, titled "Crude Oils: A Gallery of Re-mixed Masterpieces, Vandalism and Vermin," and the first to sell.

The private collector who purchased it has held it until now. 

As the exhibition title suggests, actual vermin — 164 "stage" rats, in fact, hired from a film and theater company — were set loose in the gallery during the show.

Banksy often features rats in his works, calling them "the triumph of the little people, the undesirables, and the unloved."

In quarantine, he painted the critters causing mischief all over his bathroom, sharing the images on Instagram.

The Westbourne Grove exhibition marks the moment Banksy became an indoor street artist, "overpainting things that didn't belong to him," Branczik says.

"He was picking up paintings at flea markets, doctoring them, and then smuggling them into public institutions and then hanging them on the wall — an incredibly audacious and amazing thing to do," he says. 

The first work in this series was Crimewatch UK Ruined the Countryside for All of Us, where Banksy, in 2003, covered a "bucolic country scene with blue-and-white police tape," and placed it on the wall in Tate Britain, according to a press statement.

In Show me the Monet, Banksy "shines a light on society's disregard for the environment in favor of the wasteful excesses of consumerism," Branczik said in the statement. The work also speaks to the fact that Monet's garden was a created environment, a "very self-consciously designed" space — with a purposefully placed Japanese bridge — that was meant to serve his art.

"It's not real life," Branczik says.

Driving shopping carts that appear to come from the U.K. grocery chain Sainsbury's into the water, "is almost a vandalism of the artwork itself."

By offering this iconic Banksy work at auction next month, Sotheby's is continuing a tradition started two years ago when it sold Girl with Balloon, which became Love is in the Bin, after it spontaneously shredded when the hammer went down.

The £1.04 million sale was an instance of Banksy smuggling a work into a venerable arts institution, as reportedly happened.

Then last year, Sotheby's sold Banksy’s Devolved Parliament for £9.9 million.

The 2009 painting, which was reworked by Banksy not long before it was sold, depicts chimpanzees as U.K. Members of Parliament.

"Even the incident of Love is in the Bin has made it clear how deep the market is, and how wide, for really top collectors of his work," Branczik says. "With that in mind, it's been a conscious decision to try and find the next painting which can get to those sorts of levels — it's been a thing to do in October."

September 19, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: Pro Tips for Doing Laundry

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Patric Richardson calls himself "The Laundry Evangelist."

Below, a sampling of his advice.

• Use less detergent. Too much detergent can create so many suds that they trap soil, allowing it to redeposit on clothes. Try using half the recommended amount. Your clothes will look better and you'll save money.

• To keep dark colors from fading, turn clothes inside out before washing. Use cold water and the Express Wash setting to minimize the amount of time they are abrading against themselves.

• To bring back white cotton sheets that have yellowed, use hot water and oxygen bleach, which removes oil.

• If you're running short on drying time, throw a dry towel in with the load. The towel will absorb some of the moisture and help your clothes dry more quickly.

[via the thelaundryevangelist and the Washington Post]

September 19, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mount Fuji Eraser

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From the website:

The Mount Fuji Eraser is a fun and clever way to bring this icon of Japan into your home or work stationery set.

As you use the cuboid eraser, the shape of Fuji gradually comes into view, and you find yourself holding an image of Japan's most famous peak.

This is a pack of two erasers in different colors: a cool blue and a fiery red, which is a popular image of Fuji at sunset.

Even the paper sleeve has a classic vibe, inspired by various traditional Japanese patterns and motifs.

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Features and Details:

•  Eraser sleeves are randomly chosen and may differ from images pictured above and below

• Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)

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Set of two: $25 (errors not included).

September 19, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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