The 90s were the good times. It was when the world switched from off-line to on-line, and computers and internet became the an important part of every household. Computer games, applications, graphics, websites; everything took a jump start. The number of websites jumped from 1 in 1990, to about 10 million in 1999. Computer software […]Read more "The Legacy of the 90s – Obsolete Icons"
The artist lifts his brush. Before him is an empty canvas, significantly larger than the artist himself. The only other thing in the room is the large can of blue paint. The artist begins. A patch of blue pigment is laid on the canvas. The artist continues. There is another patch of blue pigment, only […]Read more "Dansaekhwa : Meditative Repetitions to Touch with your Eyes"
This card game has some history. China had some rough times. Invasion, collapse, division, civil war, revolution; China went through all of these in just a few decades. The most pivotal event among them was the communist revolution, and the struggles that followed. Unlike most western countries, China was a mostly agricultural nation at the […]Read more "Class Struggle in a Deck of Cards : Doudizhu(斗地主)!"
Fear heights? Than this is not for you. The Wansheng Ordovican Theme Park in Chongqing is an ultimate collection of everything scary about heights. The park has everything; from the world’s highest glass walkway, swings, bungee jumps, suspended gap bridges to glass-bottomed hanging bridges. It’s a heaven for thrill-lovers, and a living hell for acrophobes. […]Read more "Welcome to the Hell for Acrophobes"
Female nudes: It’s one of the most common themes in painting, as well one of the most controversial. Art history books are brimming with them. Ever since artists rediscovered how to properly paint the human figure, there have been no shortage of nudes. They range from gods to prostitutes, familiar to exotic, divine to obscene. […]Read more "Guilty Pleasures : The Nudes of the Fin-de-Siècle"
Modernity is a veil drawn over our eyes. When our primitive ancestors wanted meat, he or she had to run after the animal, feel it struggle for life, take its life, then watch its heart beat as its corpse is dismantled for meat. This was the case until quite recently. Except for the highest nobility, seeing […]Read more "Three Must-See Sights of the Modern World"
Realism in 19th Century France During the 19th century, the prevailing theme in art was history or mythology. The French Academy of Arts originally was a staunch proponent of neoclassicism, and in the 19th century Romantic styles of painting gained ground in the academy. However, the themes and subject matter were still restricted mostly to […]Read more "Six Realisms of the Art World"