Discovery of famous lost pieces of art aren’t completely unknown, but you don’t exactly expect to see them in the house of a CGI mouse voiced by Michael J. Fox. A work by Hungarian avant-garde artist Róbert Berény was recently unearthed when an art historian spotted the painting in the background of the movie Stuart Little while watching it with his son. It turned out the set designer had purchased the painting for $500 from an antique dealer when making the film and still had it hanging on her wall. Now it’s due to be auctioned off for more than $100,000. Wow.
Like vintage printing? Letterpress Daily is David Wolske’s catalogue of his type collection and samples from other presses, printed using antique printing machines and hand-printing techniques. A lot of the featured letters were hand-carved from wood. It’s a fantastic peek into an old tradition that’s being kept alive by a small community of enthusiasts.
Here is just one of the many art projects springing up around Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting of Michael Brown and the resulting protests. Damon Davis took the iconic image of upraised hands and created posters that were then pasted on boarded up businesses with the owners permission. You can see more examples of the communities work at Paint for Peace Stl, including work by St. Louis native (and friend!) Rori of Tiny Pink Robots.
What will archeologists think of our society when they “uncover it” (after some apocalyptic event, no doubt)? Daniel Arsham, exhibiting this week at Art Basel, tries to answer that question with Welcome to the Future.
Thousands of objects will be scattered across the floor in a 25-foot hole he dug in Miami gallery Locusts Space, for Art Basel Miami Beach.
“It’s a huge mix of everything from contemporary culture,” he says. “Everything from a guitar to basketballs to many types of cameras, keyboards, to an American flag.”
Arsham’s range of materials—ash, steel, obsidian, rock dust, and crystal—span from black to white, with shades of gray in between, so he’s arranged the objects in an ombre pattern that calls to mind the seeping ash that froze Pompeii in time so many centuries ago. “When crystallization happens, things align in a certain way,” he says. “And [the gradient] gives the appearance that there’s a charring or burning towards the side.”