NASA: The Pillars of Creation Hi-Def Hubble Imagery

Alright all you star gazers and space explorers, boy do we have a treat for you! NASA has recently released new high definition images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary of The Hubble. On the forefront of this wonderful anniversary is one of the most popular images seen below, The Pillars of Creation.

Here’s some background info to help jog your memory. The Pillars of Creation were first photographed back in 1995, so for reference it was during the time of watching Friends, Seinfeld, and 60 Minutes on CBS. This was mid 90’s and 1995 was a great year. The initial image captured was a victory for NASA, as this astronomical beauty is estimated to be farther than 6,500 light-years away. It’s hard to fathom that something of this magnitude is such a drastic distance from the Earth. To give this a little perspective, one light-year is not a reference to time it’s actually distance. One light-year is about 6 trillion miles. Six. Trillion. Miles. Has that sunk in yet? The Pillars of Creation are farther than 6,500 light-years. Has that blown your mind yet? Now, take a look at a comparison of The Pillars of Creation one dating to the original photo taken in 1995, next to the most recent photo taken in 2014.

It’s pretty astounding to think that we now have the technology to capture such a beautifully detailed image using a high definition telescope. This anniversary is not only a celebration of time passed, but a celebration of Science, Astronomy, and Technology! We’ve come so far in 25 years, and technology is an ever evolving phenomenon. We can only look forward to more beautifully captured images in the future.

The Pillars of Creation have been at the forefront, and are the most popular images seen while celebrating the Hubble’s 25th Anniversary. But, they aren’t the only images that have been captured in hi-def. Take a look at some other clusters and formations below.

Now, you’ll notice that the image directly above was captured with Near Infrared Technology. To give a more simple explanation, it cuts through the gaseous surroundings and gives a clearer image of what’s going on inside the pillars. The image taken shows stars being created within the pillars (Hence the name “Pillars of Creation”). Within each pillar is the atmosphere needed to create stars, while on the outer borders Astronomers have found that nearby younger stars, and stellar winds are actually stripping away the tops of the Pillars. Some refer to these pillars as both Pillars of Creation, and Destruction.

These astronomical formations are so beautifully detailed, and do you want to know one of the best things about them? Of course you do! You can now have these images displayed in your home. These are perfect for the novice astronomer, a gift for your favorite Science teacher, or even a close loved one. These images make you feel gypped when you hear the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back”. We now know that in comparison, the moon is much closer than we’d previously thought.

Take star gazing to a new level, and bring these beautiful formations into your home. You don’t have to have an expensive telescope, and the right equipment to appreciate the beauty of these pieces.

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Houdini: Magic, Mystery, and Miniseries!

Harry Houdini: The Man of Magic!

Everyone has heard of the man of magic! Harry Houdini is world renowned for his elaborate stunts, and courageous feats to perform an incredible show. He’s braved the water torture chamber, escaped countless cuffs, and even tempted death. He’s done it all from simple card tricks, to elaborate stunts where he was buried alive!

To this day many magicians will attempt Houdini’s stunts, and some will embarrassingly fail. Houdini’s stunts and magic tricks are not for the novice magician. It takes pure talent, and strong determination to pull off shows like he once did.

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Houdini was not always named Harry Houdini. He originally immigrated here in 1874 from Budapest, and went by the name of Ehrich Weiss. His name later found him on a tour throughout Europe, where he became, “Harry Handcuff Houdini”. This Hungarian-American created a name for himself and later became the President of The United States. I’m only joking, just making sure you’re still with me here. No, Houdini was never the President of The United States, but he was President of The Society of American Magicians. Now, what exactly do the Society of American Magicians do? I’m not sure, every time I find one they seem to disappear! hahaha da dum dum tssk! Get it? Because, they’re magicians?

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Anyway, The History Channel is hosting a miniseries about Houdini. This is a two night miniseries, with Adrian Brody playing Houdini. If you’re not already a Houdini fan, I’m sure that this miniseries is sure to convert you! And…Abra Kadabra!

We have Vintage Houdini Posters!

I bet you didn’t know that Houdini was also an actor! He was at one point in time, in a few films. He decided to quit his acting career, because it wouldn’t pay as well as being an Illusionist.

Presto!

So, enjoy watching this great miniseries about the mystifying magician Harry Houdini! And be sure to browse through our Houdini posters. These would be a great gift for the aspiring magician, or even for someone who’s just a fan.


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Memorial Day Sale 2014!

This Memorial Day enjoy 40% off of all stretched canvas pieces site wide! Is there a piece you’ve been eyeing? Well don’t hesitate! Hurry this sale won’t last long!

This holiday gives us hope and even pride in our country that we have such brave men and women who are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for something they believe in so strongly. We all know someone who has served this country, and put their life on the line. So take a moment to reflect, and enjoy this wonderful country they fought so strongly for.

Iwo Jima Memorial Silhouetted by a Setting Sun - Kenneth Garrett

The military life is a kind like no other, these brave people give up the comforts of the everyday and train themselves mentally, physically, and even emotionally. They are strong, and courageous individuals who travel to places unknown to defend our country. These individuals still have families that they love and also at times must leave behind. So in honor of this great American holiday we’re hosting a sale!

Rose, Flag, And Note Of Remembrance At Memorial Wall - Klaus Nigge

Express yourself and pay tribute, do something you know that person would have loved in their memory.

American Flags on Memorial Day - James P. Blair

We get so caught up in the excitement of having a holiday and a day off, that sometimes we forget what exactly that holiday is in honor of. Do your best this Memorial Day to never forget that some people were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could be here today.

Vietnam Memorial - Unknown From all of us here at Global Gallery, Have a Happy Memorial Day!

Infrared Light Reveals Hidden Art

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What lies beneath the layers of famous paintings? Apparently…more paintings.  A novel technique has revealed never-before-seen details of hidden artworks within paintings around the world.  The method images the faint reflections of low-power infrared light – the invisible light waves typically associated with heat.  However, in contrast to existing infrared imaging, the technique deposits little heat in precious works.

The approach, called Thermal Quasi-Reflectography or TQR, is described in Optics Express.  It joins a host of light-based techniques that restoration experts have at their disposal to analyse and care for artworks.  At the high-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum, X-rays can be used to not only see through layers of pigments but also to identify the very atoms used in them – a crucial step in determining the age or authenticity of some works.

Many painters throughout history have reused canvases either to save money or to cover up a work which they were dissatisfied with. Today scientists are using technology to uncover these hidden materpieces and discover never known before details. Take a look:

Hidden art in Picasso's

Picasso’s “Old Guitarist” hides a past life of a former painting.
The Art Institute of Chicago x-rayed the painting to reveal the menagerie image underneath of a woman, child and animals.

Hidden art in Lady with Unicorn

Much has been written about the symbolism of the tiny unicorn in Raphael’s Potrait of a Young Woman. However, x-rays of the painting show that the unicorn was originally a dog. In fact, Raphael likely painted the woman without anything in her hands at all — the dog and unicorn were likely added by other artists.

Hidden art in Goya's

A previously unknown painting by Francisco de Goya has been found hidden underneath one of his masterpieces, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has announced.  The unfinished work was discovered underneath Goya’s Portrait Of Don Ramon Satue.  It is thought to depict a French general, and may even portray Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Joseph.The Spanish master may have covered up the portrait for political reasons.  Joseph Bonaparte was briefly King Of Spain, from 1808-1813.  When the Napoleonic army was driven out and Ferdinand VII restored to the throne, Goya, who retained the painting, would have wanted to distance himself from the French regime.  The artist had served the French king and feared reprisals, despite receiving an official pardon and being reinstated as first court painter.

hidden art RembrandtStudies at the ESRF and at Brookhaven National Laboratory have helped to reveal a hidden painting, thought to be a self-portrait by Rembrandt, below an unknown painting entitled Old Man with a Beard.  X-rays reveal an unfinished self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn.

 

Latte Art That Will Perk You Up

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Meet Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto.  The 26-year-old resident of Osaka creates ephemeral works of art in espresso and foam. From whimsical monsters crafted from milk froth to adorable homages to favorite childhood cartoon characters, Yamamoto’s art makes you regret the need to consume the canvas.

Latte Art Monster

Yamamoto has made a name for himself on Twitter, where more than 82,000 followers receive daily tweets with images of his latest creations.  Yamamoto does regular latte art updates, so if you like his creations, he’s definitely worth following: @george_10g

Scream Latte Art

Latte art started out in the 80’s and 90’s and was popularized by David Schomer, owner of Espresso Vivace in Seattle.  Schomer credits the development of microfoam to Jack Kelly of Uptown espresso in 1986, and by 1989 the heart pattern was established and a signature at Schomer’s Espresso Vivace. The rosette pattern was then developed by Schomer in 1992, recreating the technique based on a photograph he saw from Cafe Mateki in Italy.

Latte Art Rosetta

How to make your own Rosetta style latte art:

When you are ready to pour, hold the cup on a slight angle, with the back of the cup being raised up and the edge of the cup closest to you sitting slightly lower. This fans the coffee out in the cup and helps in the development of the leaves for our Rosetta.

Pour starting in the center of the coffee, especially for small cups. Just start pouring straight into the middle of the coffee. I like to keep the edge of the pitcher resting on the edge of the cup at this point.

With the cup about halfway to 3/4 full give the pitcher a little side to side shake and you should start to see the leaves of the penumbra begin to form.

Continue the shake, continuing to pour in the center of the coffee. The leaves should move away from you on the surface of the espresso. After about 4-6 shakes you will need to begin moving the pitcher back towards you, continuing to shake side to side with a little bit of a tighter oscillation.

This movement is slower than what many people attempt initially. Don’t get nervous and try to rush things. It won’t work. Slow, steady, almost “natural” slow beat metronome movements are your goal.

As you near the edge of the cup having created lots of leaves or delineations in the surface of the espresso you want to then draw through those leaves with the pour of the milk. Do this slowly, and also elevate your pour just a bit to keep the center stem slim and complimentary to the leaves.

Do it too quickly and it will pull the leaves up tight making your Rosetta look like a Christmas tree that hasn’t had its branches come down yet.

Last bit of advice: Practice, practice, practice.

Want to see more Latte Art? Check out this site dedicated to latte creations: http://baristajam.com/

 

Food as Art at the San Francisco Museum of Art

Food Art

The pastry chefs at Blue Bottle Coffee Bar at the San Francisco Museum of Art say it’s the art around them that inspired a range of dishes that look like, well, art.

Caitlin Freeman and her team have created a menu that includes dishes that look like famous pantings, including works by Mark Rothko, Donald Judd and Damien Hirst. Freeman is also the author of Modern Art Desserts, a cookbook that’s set to hit shelves on April 16.

Since 2008, Caitlin Freeman has been the resident pastry maestro at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Blue Bottle rooftop cafe, where visitors can treat themselves to their very own piece of, say, Warhol or Kahlo—and devour it. There, the self-trained pastry chef turns out exquisitely made desserts replicating some of the museum’s iconic artworks, which have arguable become iconic works of art on their own, most especially her oft-photographed Mondrian cake, a layered construction of vanilla and red velvet cake with chocolate ganache.

What one-time visitors may not know about the cafe’s offerings is that they’re constantly being updated and rotated to feature different pieces from the galleries below. The newest additions to the lineup include a Donald Judd–inspired tomato soup with a saffron cracker-ring, as well as a layered lemon cake that pays homage to Damien Hirst’s “Amylamine.”

For a behind-the-scenes the scenes tour of how Freeman actually constructs her confections, her book, Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art, goes on sale next month. Til then, check out some of the cafe’s latest “installations” and their originals below.

 

A layered cracker and cheese plate, inspired by Josef Albers’ “Homage to the Square” series: buttermilk crackers, cheddar cheese, a parmesan-cream wafer and goat gouda.

food artToast and jam, inspired by Mark Rothko’s “No. 14, 1960:” Acme bread, apricot butter and wild blueberry jam.food artLayered cake inspired by Damien Hirst’s “Amylamine:” lemon velvet cake with white chocolate ganache, cream cheese frosting and edible confetti.

 

food artTomato soup with a saffron cracker, inspired by Donald Judd’s “Untitled.”

food artA layered cracker and cheese plate, inspired by Josef Albers’ “Homage to the Square” series: buttermilk crackers, cheddar cheese, a parmesan-cream wafer and goat gouda.

SFMOMA website: www.sfmoma.org/

Blue Bottle Coffee Bar: www.sfmoma.org/visit/coffee_bar

 

Art Heists: More Tony Soprano than George Clooney

The concert by Vermeer stolen in art heist

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston would make a spectacular setting for an art heist movie.  Inside, it is a wonderland. A Renaissance courtyard overlooked by Venetian gothic windows forms its lush central space, made from bits of real Italian and Spanish buildings.  On the night of 19 March 1990, this exquisite museum was the setting for a real heist.

Sadly, the biggest art crime in US history was not a fictional one starring George Clooney but the real thing. The thieves were let into the museum in the early morning hours because they were dressed as police officers.  They tied up the two guards on duty and made off with 13 items in 81 minutes. “Included were two large Rembrandt oil paintings that were cut from their frames; single works by Vermeer, Manet and Govaert Flinck; five Degas sketches, and three other items, among them a small etching by Rembrandt,” the Times reports.  The total potential sales value?  Anywhere from $300 million to $500 million.

Nearly a quarter of a century on, the FBI says it knows who is responsible.  The bureau “believes the thieves belonged to a criminal organization based in New England and the mid-Atlantic states”.

All the same, this is a chilling revelation. It squares up strangely with another of the biggest modern art crimes, the theft of Caravaggio’s Nativity from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily in 1969. The mafia was always prime suspect.

It might be the mafia, it might be some lesser bunch of drug and gun lords, but these art heists always seem to be the work of organized criminals.  People fantasize about art theft, imagining gentlemen thieves perpetrating elegant, even tasteful crimes. In reality, it usually turns out to be gangsters.

Meanwhile, Tony Soprano is sitting in a backroom some place, smoking a cigar, gazing thoughtfully at Rembrandt’s Storm On the Sea of Galilee. Yeah, life can get stormy sometimes. It ain’t always pretty.

 

The Gardner museum is still offering a $5 million reward and the FBI has put together a website listing of  the stolen pieces:

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/march/reward-offered-for-return-of-stolen-gardner-museum-artwork/image/hi-res

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website: www.gardnermuseum.org

 

Art History According to 007

As sophisticated and worldly as he is, it’s not often you see James Bond contemplating works of art in museums. In the new movie, Skyfall, he’s forced to do just that as a nerdy young museum-goer (played by Ben Whishaw) introduces himself to 007 (Daniel Craig)
as his new “Quartermaster”. The two are sitting on a bench at the National Gallery in
London, facing a celebrated masterwork by eighteenth century British painter, J.M.W.
Turner. The painting is of the “Fighting Temeraire,” a vast and resplendent warship that
sailed to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar among many other glories. Turner depicts it
against a setting sun, still magnificent but no longer under sail, and being towed by a
smaller, plainer and contrastingly modest tugboat, powered by the new technology of
steam. The Quartermaster (“Q”) has the role in Bond films of providing 007 with his
arsenal of gadgets and weaponry. Bond is dismissive of the new Q’s youth and this has
obviously been anticipated in arranging their introductory rendezvous in front of the
painting, whose full title is “The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken
up,” to provide a resonant context for Q’s riposte:  “I can do more damage on my laptop,
sitting in my pajamas, before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do a year in the
field.”

The first Bond novel was published in 1953, with the first movie, Dr. No, being released
in 1962. Even if Daniel Craig is a relatively recent Bond incarnation, the implication is
always that Bond himself has been doing his stuff since long before the era of the internet
and cyber-terrorism. The wry humor of this scene draws upon our appreciation for the
challenges even a heroic figure like Bond must face in the radical shifts caused by the
inexorable growth of new technology. That pleasure is deepened as the movie asks us to
reach across two centuries to appreciate the similar irony Turner considered as he saw the sun set on the golden age of sailing ships in the face of the radical new technologies of
the industrial age.

A reproduction of Turner’s 1839 painting of “The Fighting Temeraire” is available here.


 

Getting to Van Gogh

There are some artists whose work is so recognizably unique in its style and transcendent in its execution that it no longer seems rooted in the familiar earthbound challenges of compromise and self-improvement. Mystified and enchanted, we yield to understanding it as genius.

Van Gogh’s notorious difficulties with mental illness have made it all too easy to see those as his personal struggle, and the magical artistic output of the last two years of his short and tormented life as the genius outcome of that struggle. At the Denver Museum of Art until January 20th 2013 is a rare opportunity to see van Gogh hard at work exploring possible artistic paths before his genius took flight. Becoming van Gogh is an exhibition that focuses primarily on the artist’s calmer years in Paris, staying with his brother Theo and studying color theory, grappling with life drawing and dabbling in Impressionism. It includes twenty works by other Parisian artists that van Gogh had admired, such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Pissarro, alongside seventy of his own works, loaned from prominent collections around the world. In showing van Gogh’s early awkwardness in draftsmanship and in finding his artistic voice, it demonstrates the sheer persistence and determination that ends up flourishing into the astounding masterpieces he created in the south of France (several of which are included in the show).

Details of the exhibition are here. Images that can be seen at the exhibition are below.


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