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J.M.W. Turner – Painting Set Free

In London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

I recently visited the “Late Turner – Painting Set Free” exhibition at the Tate Britain. For those unfamiliar with the London museum scene, the Tate Britain—part of the Tate network of galleries which includes the world renown Tate Modern—is dedicated to the display of historical and contemporary British art. Perhaps of most interest, the Tate Britain houses a substantial collection …

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The Art of Jazz

In Places, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Cyrus3 Comments

In his book, Botton explains that he began to appreciate Provence (and Germany) when he finally saw the landscape through the eyes of great artists. However, I can’t claim a piece of canvas art changed the way I see Shanghai and its art. The art scene in Shanghai is thriving, with many successful modern artists. But there is another type …

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The texture and identity of the Australian landscape

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art, Sydney by Tyler FinleyLeave a Comment

De Botton refers to Neitzche’s idea that each artist subjectively selects certain elements to depict that encapsulate their vision of a landscape. The Australian landscape is imbued with a dual history, the one illustrated by Aboriginal people and the one illustrated by non-Indigenous Australians. The Indigenous peoples choose to represent songlines and Dreaming of a certain place in their art, …

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British Anxiety

In London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Sally1 Comment

I had not gone to a museum in London until today – how pathetic is that? I’ve already explained in a previous post that I’m lazy… but that’s a little sad, right? Anyway, I went to the British Museum today. There wasn’t a lot of pieces on Britain. There were a lot of Asian ceramics. I loved this part of …

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Cataloging a Timewarp

In Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Andrew Graham1 Comment

The most striking characteristic of Shanghai is its dynamism. Convenience stores pop-up overnight, large-scale skyscrapers are approved and built in under two years while a burgeoning art scene struggles to capture the scorching pace of the city. More broadly, art in China does more than capture the assent of the Middle Kingdom; it is often found to express dissent. In …

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Chop Chop!

In Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Kyle2 Comments

As I approached the circular, cement building in People’s Square, I knew I was looking at the Shanghai Museum. Chinese nationals and foreign tourists milled around the futuristic, dystopian building. Some clutched museum brochures and postcards from their visit. The architecture of the museum struck me as ironic considering it is filled with ancient Chinese art, but then again, nothing really makes sense here. My …

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Contemplating Art

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Lila Faria2 Comments

As a Gallatin student, my academic concentration can include essentially anything I consider relevant. As a result, one of the classes I am taking this semester is called “Shaping an Educational Landscape: Museum Island.” The class involves visiting a new museum every week, observing its art, and learning about how it was developed. As a result of this class, I …

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Living in the Museum

In Madrid, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Anna Rappoport2 Comments

Recently, I was asked by one of my advisors in an email “check-up”, what gives Madrid its “Madridness”? Surprisingly, I was stumped at first. Of course there are the various things such as the nightlife, the friendly people, and general lifestyle. But I realized that none of those is inherent to Madrid. Not one of those things would accurately recreate …

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The Quilt of Madrid – A City of Patches

In Madrid, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Yanina-Stefania Yasevich2 Comments

As a city, Madrid developed like a patchwork quilt – tediously weaved in various shapes, sizes and styles by centuries of rulers and colonial powers. As the first historically documented colonizers of the Spanish land, the Arabs of al-Andalus laid the topographical foundation of the landscape. Incredibly talented architecturally, they built intricate mosques, aqueducts and pathways, etching their unique style …