From 1920 and into the 1930's, an unprecedented outburst of creative activity among African-Americans occurred in all fields of art. Beginning as a series of literary discussions in the lower Manhattan (Greenwich Village) and upper Manhattan (Harlem) sections of New York City, this African-American cultural movement became known as "The New Negro Movement" and later as the Harlem Renaissance. More than a literary movement and more than a social revolt against racism, the Harlem Renaissance exalted the unique culture of African-Americans and redefined African-American expression. African-Americans were encouraged to celebrate their heritage and to become "The New Negro," a term coined in 1925 by sociologist and critic Alain LeRoy Locke.
One of the factors contributing to the rise of the Harlem Renaissance was the great migration of African-Americans to northern cities (such as New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.) between 1919 and 1926. In his influential book The New Negro (1925), Locke described the northward migration of blacks as "something like a spiritual emancipation." Black urban migration, combined with trends in American society as a whole toward experimentation during the 1920s, and the rise of radical black intellectuals — including Locke, Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and W. E. B. Du Bois, editor of The Crisis magazine — all contributed to the particular styles and unprecedented success of black artists during the Harlem Renaissance period. - artmovements.co.uk
Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911–March 12, 1988) worked in several media including cartoons, oils, and collage.
He studied under German artist George Grosz at the Art Students League in 1936 and 1937. At this time his paintings were often of scenes in the American South, and his style was strongly influenced by the Mexican muralists, especially Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Shortly thereafter he began the first of his stints as a case worker for the New York Department of Social Services. During World War II, Bearden joined the United States Army, serving from 1942 until 1945. He would return to Europe in 1950 to study philosophy at the Sorbonne under the auspices of the GI Bill.
Inspiration from classic sci-fi novels... these classic tales of alter universes and predictions of future societies were always accompanied by some really great art and color palettes. Thanks to levar for putting together this great gallery of scans from his personal collection.
The color of sand can vary greatly, from the fine white sands of the Bahamas, the black volcanic beaches of Hawaii and other volcanic regions, to others that range in reds, greens, browns and greys. Sand is defined as a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles whose diameter is between 0.0625mm to 2mm, gravel being the next thing up ranging in diameter from 2 mm up to 64 mm. Those who collect these tiny colorful pieces are known as arenophiles or psammophiles and are not only collectors of the rocks and minerals that make up sand but of color as well.
In a recent feature from the New York Times they talk with Dr. Rob Holman about the vast amount of information we can gather from studying sand including why the beaches are the color they are. The feature also includes an Interactive map that displays the locations of his over 860 samples from beaches on every continent.
Pointing to tubes containing samples collected at sites from Cape Cod to Key West. “It just gets lighter and finer.” That is because most of the time sand is not stationary on the beach. On the East Coast, “the big waves come in from the northeast, and they drive the littoral drift predominantly from north to south,” Dr. Holman said, referring to the longshore movement of sand.
By the time a grain of sand washes up on a beach in Florida, it has been battered by waves for a long time. “The physical action of being continually beaten causes the grains to break down, the angular corners to break off,” he said. “They become more rounded.”
And relatively dense mineral grains, like garnet, have settled out. The result is a row of samples shifting from the relatively dark, coarse grains of the Northeast to the fine white beach sand of the Southeast.
"Through abstract form, luminous surface and subtle color blends, my artwork functions as a touchstone to the pleasures and mysteries of nature."
Using a technique she calls 'crazed acrylic,' "a subtle combination of polymer clay with acrylic paints which results in shimmering colorful surfaces," Elise Winters creates beautiful organic shaped jewelery in colors of subtle vibrancy. If they remind you of budding plants or reflections off a rippling stream, then she has "done her job," as she says about the inspiration behind much of her work. Her work also reminds me of corals with palettes of the most colorful creatures from the ocean deeps.
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Achieving balance in your living space through the use of color can have a dramatic effect on your life, work and the overall feeling of your home. And even if you're not a devoted Feng Shui student it's a useful way to keep a color balance in your home that neither overwhelms nor sucks the color from you because the lack of it on the walls.
There are five elements in Feng Shui each with their own set of colors. Based on the areas these elements should be present in your home, this guide will help you figure out what colors to use in each area. It is necessary to balance all five but how you choose to find a balance in each area, whether it's used as a main wall color or a small highlight with the inclusion of art and decoration, is up to you.
Passion and High Energy
A balanced Feng Shui Fire element in your space will bring a supporting energy in all your career efforts and will help you achieve recognition.
Colors: red, orange, purple, pink, strong yellow.
Fire elements should be placed in the S, SW & NE areas of your home
Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.
'Towards a New Theory of Color Reading' by Stephanie Syjuco
For her most recent exhibition at the contemporary arts museum in Houston, Texas Syjuco created 'towards a new theory of color reading', a set of newspapers that have blocks of color instead of news.
yellow = text, black = newspaper info, cyan = photos, red / magenta = advertisements. the original source material for comes from editions of Filipino-American newspapers and other local ethnic journals. you can see the installation from now until february 22, 2009.
Silver is my metal of choice as far as jewelry goes. I find shiny, silvery white colored metal absolutely beautiful. When silver is used in fabrics and items used for our homes, it adds a sudden liveliness as well as glamour to a space, which is probably why I love this color so much. So, when decorating your home, try adding some silvery objects as decor to had a touch of sophistication, glamour and fun to your space.
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Designboom brought my attention to this great flickr set and biography of design legend Erik Nitsche (1908-1998) whose "genius encompasses virtually the entire sphere of visual communications. Nitsche's prodigious and globe-straddling career, spanning nearly 60 years, included art direction, book design, typography, illustration, photography, film, signage, exhibits, packaging, industrial design, corporate design, and advertising."
"If Nitsche’s name is unfamiliar to some who pride themselves on being knowledgeable about the history of graphic design, this can only be attributed to Nitsche’s reluctance to court publicity and to his belief that his work should speak for itself. In an essay about the designer in the late 1950s, P. K. Thomajan wrote, “Self-effacement, [Nitsche] finds, keeps the blighting shadow of the ego out of one’s work." - The Art Directors Club”
Eric Nitsche may not be as well known today as his contemporaries, Lester Beall, Paul Rand, or Saul Bass, but he is their equal. Almost 90 years old, this Swiss born graphic designer is arguably one of the last surviving Modern design pioneers. Although he never claimed to be either a progenitor or follower of any dogma, philosophy, or style other than his own intuition, the work that earned him induction last year into the New York Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame, including the total identity for General Dynamics Corporation from 1955 to 1965 and the series of scientific, music, and world history illustrated books, which he designed and packaged during the 1960s and 1970s, fits squarely into the Modernist tradition... continue reading at typotheque
Continuing our vintage fabric series, today we're looking at some great color inspiration from a collection of grey vintage fabrics. This collection, along with plenty of other fine image sets, can be found here and were put together by True Up, which happens to be wonderful resource for fabric news.
A kaleidoscope is a tube of mirrors containing loose colored beads, pebbles or other small colored objects. The viewer looks in one end and light enters the other end, reflecting off the mirrors. Typically there are two rectangular lengthwise mirrors. Setting of the mirrors at 45° creates eight duplicate images of the objects, six at 60°, and four at 90°. As the tube is rotated, the tumbling of the colored objects presents the viewer with varying colors and patterns. Any arbitrary pattern of objects shows up as a beautiful symmetric pattern because of the reflections in the mirrors. A two-mirror model yields a pattern or patterns isolated against a solid black background, while a three-mirror (closed triangle) model yields a pattern that fills the entire field.
Photo by Crystal Writer
History of the Kaleidoscope
Known to the ancient Greeks, it was reinvented by Sir David Brewster in 1816 while conducting experiments on light polarization; Brewster patented it in 1817. His initial design was a tube with pairs of mirrors at one end, and pairs of translucent disks at the other, and beads between the two. Initially intended as a science tool, the kaleidoscope was quickly copied as a toy. Brewster believed he would make money from his popular invention; however, a fault in the wording of his patent allowed others to copy his invention.