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A Little Birthday Art

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Look what Google gave me for my birthday last week?

At first I thought, “How cool! What famous person’s birthday is Google celebrating?”

Maybe I’m new to discovering this new technology, or on the flip side, how “Big Brother” seeming Google can be,

but it helped make my birthday all the more memorable.

Happy Birthday from Google on Art Is EverywhereThank you Google and for helping to celebrate my birthday with personalized artwork and for confirming that Art Is Everywhere!

Sometimes it’s where you least expect.

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A City Sans Its Beloved Murals?

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Well, it’s very sad news that the city of Detroit is bankrupt. It’s symbolic for our downtrodden economy. And yet, a city must do what it has to do to get back on its feet. Detroit is holding a huge auction and thankfully not on the auction block is its famous Diego Rivera Murals depicting Detroit’s Industry as seen here in the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Diego Rivera Murals at Institute of Arts in Detroit_via Huffington Post on Art Is EverywhereThe murals were originally commissioned by Edsel B. Ford, head of the Ford Motor Company in 1932 for $20,800 and then donated to the city of Detroit. They cover 4,032 square feet walls of the city’s museum and are have become a part of Detroit’s culture with visitor coming from miles to see them.

Christie’s Auction House has appraised the Detroit Museums Art Collection while not including the Diego Murals from $452 million and $866 million. Although many of the works of art will not be necessarily sold, they can be leveraged against the city’s $18 billion debt.

The museum is opposing the sale and had this to say:
“Detroit needs the art now more than ever to comfort its citizens…The museum collection is a cultural resource, not a municipal asset.
What will happen remains to be seen…but it’s very sad to see a city’s art collection used as collateral.
Read more here on the Huffington Post.
Here’s a follow up story that came to my attention just this week how private benefactors may be coming to the city’s aid in pledging money to save the collection>
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Veterans & Flags

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In a belated tribute to US Veterans, here are some murals that pay tribute — to thank them for their service and to welcome them back home.

Art Is Everywhere_NYC Flag Mural

via Jazz Hostels.com

Artist Scott LaBaido paints flags as a tribute to the military. He often paints murals in conjunction with actor Gary Sinise’s concerts, which also honor and offer support to the US military personnel through his foundation.

Scott LaBaido flag mural on Art Is Everywhere

via Fayetteville Observer

This is a great iconic image  with a colorful update.

Art Is Everywhere_NYC Veterans Mural

via Jazz Hostels.com

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Prankster Punk or PR Planned?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The movie Carrie just came out — just in time for Halloween. Here’s and elaborate PR stunt to get a video to go viral for marketing a related movie.

I’ll consider it performance art, considering the elaborate steps and stages that were taken. Actors on the scene help emphasize the impossible phenomenon but the “real” customers  seemed to be in shock.

carrie coffee shop video on art is everywhere

Click here to go to the article and view the video.

I really like Julianne Moore who plays Carrie’s mother in the film but the clips I’ve seen make me like the original better. The coffee shop prank is pretty convincing.

Therein, I think the ThinkMondo production company was successful in their objective because I’m just one of many re-posting this video — helping it to go viral without even trying.

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Independence Day, By George!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!

And, celebrating with Patriotic Murals made of Sticky Notes:

Big George Mural on Art Is Everywhere

George Washington Mural in progress in the window of West Palm Beach public library

Big George Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Big George Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Lady Liberty is also made of Sticky Notes.

Lady Liberty Sticky Note Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Springfield, Illinois is starting a mural project and a couple of concepts below happen to be Big Abe Lincoln, another presidential tribute for this Independence Day. They are trying to determine which murals will be painted and where they will be located.

Abe Lincoln Springfield mural concept on Art Is Everywhere Abe Lincoln Springfield mural concept on Art Is Everywhere

Springfield mural concept on Art Is Everywhere

Personally, I like this one if it comes down to a choice.

Finally, these highly realistic murals by Dave Gordon deserve to be mentioned for today’s celebration.

Dave Gordon's Independence Mural Philadelphia's Visitor Center on Art Is Everywhere

Dave Gordon’s Independence Murals at Philadelphia’s Visitor Center

Dave Gordon's Independence Mural at Constitution Hall in PhilidelphiaDave Gordon's Independence Mural Philadelphia's Visitor Center on Art Is Everywhere

 

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Murals for Men

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

A quick visual post of collected images of murals that may appeal to men for this Sunday’s Father’s Day celebration.

In no particular order:

1) Man with a MuralArab, Alabama Tribune

Donald Walker's Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Donald Walker’s Murals

Donald Walker's Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Barney goes Big

2) Lake Kalamalka/ camping + fishing via Murals & More (muralmania.com)

Murals & More on Art Is Everywhere

credit: Murals & More

Lake Kalamalka mural on Art is Everywhere

Lake Kalamalka mural painted by Michelle Loughery, 2002, via Murals & More

3) Football/ Sports Mural by Mike Sullivan via Statesman.com

UT mural on Art Is Everywhere

5) Tasmanian Outback Murals via Lifescapes, Mee lan Woon blog

Tasmanian murals on Art is Everywhere Tasmanian murals on Art is Everywhere

6) Rare ceramic tile mural, Flat Racing, by LeRoy Neiman

LeRoy Neiman Flat Racing mural on Art Is Everywhere

7) Mural at Goldman Sachs – via Robert69

Mural at Goldman Sachs on Art is Everywhere

artist unknown

8) Murals that Make History – Otahuhu railway station Mural (depicted circa 1909) – via Auckland Now

Auckland train station mural on Art Is Everywhere

9) Bee Cave Mural brings a protest – a funny story via Statesman.com in Austin, Tx, 2011

Bee Cave Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Bee Cave Mural brings a bust and an excuse to protest a city ban on murals

10) Scandalous Sax Restaurant Murals get a Makeover – Washington Post

These “tongue in cheek” murals depicted almost every “inside scoop” scandal in DC. I had remember reading about this at the time and wanting to go check them out but before I could, the owners, same ones who own Sei and Oya, got so much flack that they had the artist Balage Balogh strategically paint over the most offending “parts“. Sax is still around and I still haven’t been but there’s always masquerade Thursdays to try!   Yahoo!

Sax Restaurant Murals on Art Is Everywhere Sax Restaurant Murals on Art Is Everywhere Sax Restaurant Murals on Art Is Everywhere

11) Finally trade, hard work, and much deserved rest are represented in murals in the Tasmanian town of SheffieldAmusing Planet

Sheffied Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Sheffied Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Sheffied Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Happy Father’s Day!

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Wanted: The 10 Most Egregious Art Crimes

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Like a good summer book, this mystery is worth learning about and maybe finding clues to solve the FBI’s top 10 art crimes.

This one below is the most egregious to me since I’m a huge fan of Caravaggio’s work. He’s one of my favorite painters. Many of his works were lost initially after being painted — paid off for bad debts, etc., due to the criminal lifestyle that he lead, so the fact that we see any is a rarity and for one to go missing is certainly a tragedy. Luckily for us, he was such an exceptional painter that he had many prominent commissions that essentially document his work for us to see long after his lifetime.

This is not one of his better paintings but it’s interesting to me that it is likely it was stolen by other Italian thieves, probably the Mafia. And, fortunately, it, out of all the paintings mentioned, has the most hope of being found since it has come up in relation to two Mafia related criminal trial cases. Read here for more info.

Caravaggio stolen painting on Art is Everywhere

It’s not the only one of Caravaggio’s paintings that has been stolen. The Taking of Christ is one of his masterpieces and frankly, I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned in this article I reference. I don’t think it’s been found. Here’s a previous post.

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The Four Freedoms

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

In light of this past Monday’s Memorial Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post murals of  Norman Rockwell’s famous iconic paintings, The Four Freedoms. These images represent the American values that he felt embodied enduring freedoms of:  Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear.

Norman Rockwell four freedom murals on Art Is Everywhere

The town of Silverton, OR commissioned local artist David McDonald to reproduce the famous paintings as murals in 1993, to mark the fiftieth anniversary in which they were originally painted. We can still look at them today to say although times have changed the importance of the freedoms that they represent have not. We can thank those who have served in our military to fight for America and to ensure and protect our freedoms. Although Memorial Day in only one day to give thanks we can give tribute daily in the lives we live by safeguarding and not taking for granted these freedoms we hold so dear.

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Silverton Freedom Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Fly your flag!

American Flag on Art Is Everywhere

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Paarrk de Carr and Look Around da Corrna

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

My unofficial tribute to Boston. A little humor can go a long way to help ease some pain the people there have been experiencing but I hope these few murals will pay respect with their high impact visuals.

Marathon Runners:

Kent Twitchell's Marathon Runners in Los Angeles parking lot via juxtapoz, seen on Art Is Eveyrhwere

Kent Twitchell’s Marathon Runners in Los Angeles parking lot

Beautiful and well executed murals in a Sarasota parking garage. Each floor has its own theme.

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota, as seen on Art Is Everywherer

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota. All different floor themes.

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota, as seen on Art Is Everywherer

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota, as seen on Art Is Everywherer

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota, as seen on Art Is Everywherer

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota, as seen on Art Is Everywherer

Palm Ave Garage Murals in Sarasota, as seen on Art Is Everywherer

Newberry Street Mural in Waltham, Massachusetts by native artist, Joshua Winer. With his effort, he hopes to replace graffiti with ornate “sense of place” murals to help empower the community.

Newberry Street Mural by Joshua Winer as seen on Art is Everywhere

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Plume, A Feather in Our Cap

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Plume is where we decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary (that is until we can have a bigger celebration that we have not had time to plan).

It is an exquisite dining room with extraordinary food — voted one of the best restaurants in DC.

Plume Restaurant, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Plume Restaurant

We voted to go on a midweek night so it wouldn’t be crowded. Well, it couldn’t have been crowded because little did we know how difficult it would be to get there. The entire street had been blocked off due to “government officials dining at the restaurant.” Code for POTUS and in this case, along with the entire democratic leadership, who decided to have a pow wow on our big night. At least after we finally got around the block (30+ min in rush hour traffic), and our car was overheating, and we finally found a place to park, the secret service guys were expecting us on their list.

Jefferson Hotel, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Once that drama was behind us, as were “the officials” dining behind the black curtain when we first walked in, we could relax and enjoy the evening. We were first seated at this nice table next to the hand-painted grisaille, wallpaper mural of scenes from Monticello. I should have asked who manufactured it and if it was custom. I can only imagine it was since this would be most fitting for the Jefferson Hotel, where Plume is located.

Plume Restaurant mural, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Note the way to get dimension is by layering light over darker painted rendition of shrubbery, which I might add had little detail but a lot of depth.

Plume Restaurant mural, as seen on ArtPlume Restaurant detail grisaille mural, as seen on Art Is Everywhere Is Everywhere

grisaille detail – how to get dimension with light and shadow

We spied a cozier spot that was more appropriate for the celebration. Our waiter, Paul, and wait staff were kind enough to relocate us.

Our romantic book nook at Plume, seen on Art Is Eveyrwhere

Our romantic book nook

The food was delicious. Peter had fois gras to start with Martin’s aged beef (because, coincidentally, he had met Mr. Martin in our local Butcher Block). We always compare who has the better meal and I won out this time with crab emulsion risotto and duck with apple chutney and curry sauces. We didn’t get the tasting menu but we had wines paired with our courses, which was the best idea. Perfect since I gave Peter a book on wines so we’ll know more about what we’re drinking as we travel the world during the next 25 years.

Plume dining as seen on Art Is Everywhere

So maybe if we have that party, we can eat in their special wine room for parties of 20 or more. It reminded me of the 21 Club in New York. However, I’m still fixated on this location (at end of post).

Plume Wine Cellar Restaurant, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Wine Cellar Dining

The pressure has past and we have a lot more time now to look into it. It’s nice to know that we can put a Plume/feather in our cap for making it to 25 years and continuing.

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