China’s Opium Museum

November 6th, 2009
China’s Opium Museum

The Opium Museum is, at the heart
, about the
trade in rare antiques, since
opium smoking paraphernalia was outlawed. Still, there are pages and pages of the history of opium and its use in countries all over the world, with many historical photographs.
Beginning in the 18th century, opium accompanied the Chinese diaspora: first to the Chinese quarters [...]

Abstract Art

November 6th, 2009
Abstract Art

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Western art had been, from the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century, underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce [...]

Graffiti Art Reversed

November 6th, 2009
Graffiti Art Reversed

Paul Curtis aka Moose is no regular graffiti artist. In fact, he’s the reverse-graffiti artist. He created his street art by *cleaning* the dirt and grime off of surfaces!
Authorities are baffled: is selective cleaning a crime?
The tools are simple: A shoe brush, water and elbow grease, he says.
British authorities aren’t sure what to make of [...]

Illustration Art

November 6th, 2009
Illustration Art

Illustration Art ::
An illustration is a visualization such as a drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that stresses subject more than form. The aim of an illustration is to elucidate or decorate textual information (such as a story, poem or newspaper article) by providing a visual representation.
The Royal Gallery of Illustration was a [...]