Modern Art

The End Of The World Is Coming. Lets Study Some Art.

In a world where everything seems to be going to hell in a hand basket, and science is predicting the end of life in the next great mass extinction, it’s nice to know that there is art in the world. The world might be coming to an end at some point in the future, but you still have a chance to educate yourself about art thanks to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum loading 205 free art history books to the Internet Archive, all of which are available as PDF’s or ePub books.  Yes now as you contemplate the end of the world and hone your apocalypse survival skills you can bone up on the finer things and learn about Max Ernst, The Italian Metamorphosis, French Art in the 1970’s, Joseph Cornell, Francis Bacon, Pop Art in the 60’s and so much more.

Yes now as you contemplate the end of the world and hone your apocalypse survival skills you can bone up on the finer things and learn about Max Ernst, The Italian Metamorphosis, French Art in the 1970’s, Joseph Cornell, Francis Bacon, Pop Art in the 60’s and so much more.  Just be sure and pick up a solar powered charger for your phone or tablet so you can keep reading them after the power grid fails.

For the last 5 years, theGuggenheim has been digitizing its exhibition catalogs and art books, placing the results online. So if you want to study some art history this is the right place.  The collection also includes catalogs of retrospective exhibitions on masters like Paul Klee, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko. Or you can explore older art with Chinese art in the 20th centurycraftsmen of ancient Perusculpture and works on paper or  Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection: From Picasso to Pollock. What better way to spend your time when you aren’t trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Remember it is the arts and culture that separate us from the animals. Well that and opposable thumbs, larger brain capacity, the ability to create advanced tools, and a few other things.

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Someone Jackson Pollocked my Placemat.

Focusing on iconic artist of the 20th century, these placemats were created by Erwin Bauer of Bauer  and Designed for Vienna’s Mumok Museum of Modern Art Restaurant and Hotel. Beautifully photographed by Janto Lenherr and Michael Stobl, each design interprets a famous modern artist’s work as food on a plate. The layouts are wonderful with understated typography that doesn’t detract from the image of the food. I really like these, but one thing I wish they had included was a thumbnail of the original artist work, and a brief bio about the artist themselves. Something that gives a frame of reference for those that might be unfamiliar with who some of these people are. None the less I would put these on my table any day.

This series of placemats won the 2009 Gold medal from the European Design Awards in the Miscellaneous Print category.

Agency: bauer konzept & gestaltung gmbh
Client: MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Designers:Erwin K. Bauer
Photographer(s): Janto Lenherr, Michael Strobl