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“Paper Alchemist” Bel Mills on the Magic of Making Books by Hand

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Source: Print Mag

In college, I took a life-changing class called The Art of the Book, an intensive workshop held in the basement of my university’s oldest library where we learned how to make books by hand. I’d always had an affinity for handcraft and beautiful handheld objects, and book arts proved to be the ultimate expression of that sort of limitless, analog art. 

Despite the rapid digitization of pretty much everything, the book arts community is small but mighty. In an increasingly virtual, screen-obsessed world, there’s an equal and opposite thirst for the tangible. Art forms like book arts serve as a refreshing reminder that we are, in fact, real; that we can make real things that we can touch, that take up space. In the face of AI, Web3, the Metaverse, NFTs and whatever other acronym we need to learn next, we can still make something magnificent with a found piece of paper and glue.

Read more: https://www.printmag.com/designer-interviews/scrap-paper-circus-bel-mills/

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Study for portrait Winston Churchill disliked goes on show at his old home

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Source: The Guardian

An intimate study of Winston Churchill that has been in private hands for seven decades has gone on show in the room at Blenheim Palace in which Britain’s most famous prime minister was born, before being auctioned in June.

It was the work of Graham Sutherland, one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. Sutherland was commissioned to paint Churchill by the Houses of Parliament to mark the wartime leader’s 80th birthday in November 1954.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/apr/16/study-winston-churchill-portrait-disliked-auction-graham-sutherland

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Art Paris leans into its Frenchness for 2024 edition, with rising talents in the spotlight

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For its 26th edition, Art Paris is leaning into its Frenchness and putting a spotlight on the diversity of the French art scene. The contemporary and modern art fair continues to give a platform to rising talents.

As Paris settles into its role at the centre of Europe’s art market, ‘Art Paris’ is trying to build on the momentum the French capital has enjoyed in recent years.

After welcoming a record 81,857 visitors in 2023, this year the contemporary and modern art fair features more stands than ever before – with 136 galleries representing 25 countries.

Close advertisingBut the fair has maintained its identity as a “local” art fair, with 60% of exhibiting galleries remaining French.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/04/05/art-paris-leans-into-its-frenchness-for-2024-edition-with-rising-talents-in-the-spotlight

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iQIYI Launches ‘Art Films’ Series, Celebrating Artistic Filmmaking and Global Masterpieces

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On March 30, iQIYI, an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, announced the launch of its 2024 ‘Art Films’ series. This latest series features titles that have triumphed at prestigious film festivals globally, offering home viewers an easy access to world-renowned art films.

Since its inception in 2015, ‘Art Films’ series has set a precedent as the first distribution channel and the largest online platform in China dedicated to streaming high-quality art films from across the globe. Among its illustrious selections are Varda by Agnès, a heartfelt tribute to the legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda, and Bohemian Rhapsody, a celebratory biopic of the iconic rock band Queen. The series has also featured gems like The Widowed Witch and Kaili Blues, both of which intricately weave the tapestry of Chinese rural life into their narratives while garnering acclaims worldwide.

Read more: https://uk.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/iqiyi-launches-art-films-series-celebrating-artistic-filmmaking-and-global-masterpieces-93CH-3416731

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