A Shepard Fairey mural of Maya Angelou, mid-laugh in the sunshine, now sweeps across an exterior wall of a Los Angeles high school bearing her name.One of her philosophies was that joy is an act of resistance,” Mr. Fairey said of Angelou, the poet, artist and activist who died in 2014. “This idea, that all these hateful, angry things that people just recklessly throw around — if you refuse to let them change your nature, and still find things to celebrate in your life, that’s just part of the battle.Mr. Fairey was one of 33 local and international artists (some were part of collectives) who offered their interpretations of her for the Maya Angelou Mural Festival. SAUL LOEB / AFP
Gemeentemuseum discovers water lilies under Monet's Wisteria
Conservator Ruth Hoppe got the surprise of her life when she looked at the x-ray of Wisteria. This masterpiece, one of three paintings by Claude Monet (1840-1926) in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s collection, was removed from the museum for the first time several months ago and taken to the conservation studio. To investigate the damage to the canvas Hoppe had it x-rayed and had several other tests carried out on it. She never imagined that, besides learning more about the damage the painting had sustained, she would also discover a group of water lilies. ‘Wisteria was already a very special painting, actually’, explains curator Frouke van Dijke. ‘There are only seven paintings by Monet with this subject. But of course the water lilies are the iconic Monet image.
Quantum satellite combines art with science
" A satellite built by the National University of Singapore (NUS) entered orbit in June carrying both a high-tech quantum device from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and a quotation from a play written for the NUS Arts Festival. SpooQy-1, as the satellite is known, is testing a quantum light source that could enable future secure communication. Building on three years of art-science collaboration between CQT and the NUS Centre for the Arts (CFA), it also carries a quote from The Golden Record 2.0, first performed in 2018. A new iteration on this play will be staged on 18 October this year as one of the NUS events marking Singapore's bicentennial year.
About a month ago, 35-year-old Jammie Holmes finally decided to take the plunge. He quit his day job, moved his entire life into his Deep Ellum studio, and started painting full time“I was looking for work at the time, cause in Louisiana the oil field had dried up,” says Holmes. “It was either sink or find work, so I came here, tried something new, and I’ve been here ever since. It was hard moving out here though.”