December 21, 2013
Waterfall, by M.C. Escher (1961)

Waterfall, by M.C. Escher (1961)

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Filed under: art escher 
December 18, 2013
Notes on the respiratory system. #davinci #art (at Kensington Library)

Notes on the respiratory system. #davinci #art (at Kensington Library)

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Filed under: art davinci 
April 23, 2013
On Democratizing Art

Art is lost upon America. The elitism and exclusivity of the art world and its seasoned patrons leaves young, aspiring connoisseurs feeling infinitely unenlightened and inferior. The art snobs among us make it a sterling point to establish their superior insight into the works of Cézanne or Chagall — as if they truly know better.

People who read our two-sentence Twitter bio often ask us what the phrase “democratizing art” means. To us, the democratization of art is predicated entirely on freedom—the freedom to appreciate, create and engage art in every facet of life. It has as much to do with encouraging individual tastes and preferences as it does with increasing access to art. By virtue of its traditional definition, ‘democracy’ affords people the luxury of making choices for themselves. Yet, in many realms, we are often uncomfortable standing by our choice of aesthetic expression. We’ve unwittingly learned to look to the standards set by an esoteric elite — namely our beloved celebrities and socialites — for clues on what to appreciate.

The democratization of art is also about coming up with ways to observe the art that already exists around us. It’s striking how complacent and conditioned we are about not seeking beauty in daily life. Art transcends all forms of media — one doesn’t need to frequent galleries or museums to find it. It’s hardly beholden to the walls of the MoMA or the stage of an opera house. There’s art in our homes, our workspaces and the products we use. There’s art in relationships, in business. There’s art in the way of doing things. These manifestations, too, are real and worthy of appreciation and reflection.

Ahmed

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Filed under: Meditations Art 
April 1, 2013

Super cool street art by @jayshells, who puts up location-specific rap quotes on the streets of New York. 

(Source: vimeo.com)

March 10, 2013
Abrar and Amaan taking in a Rothko (No. 14) at a reception for the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, hosted at the SF MoMA.

Abrar and Amaan taking in a Rothko (No. 14) at a reception for the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, hosted at the SF MoMA.

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Filed under: Album Art SF Stanford MoMA Rothko 
March 4, 2013

Clever.

15,000 Volts by Melanie Hoff.

(Source: vimeo.com)

January 18, 2013

December 18, 2012
For Successful Living. 
A remarkably clever take on a moment best memorialized in high school-level history textbooks. It is, as any great creative idea is, provocative…but only momentarily.
Ahmed

For Successful Living. 

A remarkably clever take on a moment best memorialized in high school-level history textbooks. It is, as any great creative idea is, provocative…but only momentarily.

Ahmed

September 24, 2012

"…there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away."

- Sarah Kay

September 8, 2012

wired:

ninjies:

a while ago i mentioned i had some anatomical drawings and some people requested them but i forgot to upload them until now!

- DOWNLOAD HERE: http://www.mediafire.com/?o1tdax14yrar4hr

included are roughly 100 anatomical drawings, all of them 300 DPI. someone on /ic/ posted these a couple years ago so i take no credit for acquiring or scanning them, only sharing them.

these are really useful for artists studying anatomy or medical buffs looking for cool stuff to look at. enjoy!

These are just beautiful. They don’t make anatomical drawings like they used to.

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Filed under: Art Science Anatomy Medicine 
September 5, 2012
Art Gallery Openness  

Art Gallery Openness  

August 9, 2012
Out for dead presidents to represent me.

Out for dead presidents to represent me.

August 6, 2012
The only Da Vinci piece in the Western Hemisphere.
Ginivera de’ Benci
Florentine, 1474

The only Da Vinci piece in the Western Hemisphere.

Ginivera de’ Benci

Florentine, 1474

August 3, 2012
Refine your vision, pick the right shade.

Refine your vision, pick the right shade.

July 27, 2012
Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)
Jackson Pollock

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)

Jackson Pollock

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