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Art of the Day – 02/21/17 (Collins St., 5 P.M., John Brack)

Daily Artwork — “Collins St., 5 P.M., John Brack, 1955”

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In the early 1950s, John Brack adopted the urban Melbourne environment as his subject, recording the shops, bars and workplaces of the city with an ironic edge. This painting is among the most iconic of this period. Here, Brack depicts Melbourne’s financial centre hub at the end of the working day, uniformly dressed office-workers stream homeward. Inspired by his own experience employed by a city-based insurance company, Brack points to the enduring presence of the individual by personalising each figure, despite the formal repetition and universally muted palette enchancing the over-arching sense of drudgery of nine-to-five office life. (Museum Card)

1955 — Collins St., 5 P.M.  Oil paint on canvas. Expressionism style. John Brack (1920-1999).  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

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Photo of the Day – 02/21/17 (“Tent of Flies”, 1936)

Daily Photo — “Tent of Flies, 1936”

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Before I even noticed the swarm of flies around the tent and the children, I caught sight of the old Wrigley’s Spearmint box in the lower right of the tent.

November 1936. “Children and home of migratory cotton workers. Migratory camp, southern San Joaquin Valley, California.” Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. 

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Mummy Brown and Other Historical Colors — Infographic

Mummy Brown and Other Historical Colors

Throughout time, we have always been making art and then looking for colors to create art that was more and more realistic.  There have been unique combinations of chemicals and materials in the past that have created some interesting colors, not to mention some that when you think about what they’re made of can be downright creepy or dangerous.  Check out some of these historical colors, many of which are no longer made for a variety of reasons.  [VIA]

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Art of the Day – 02/16/17 (So She Moved Into the Light, Eric Fischl)

Daily Artwork — “So She Moved Into the Light, Eric Fischl, 1997”

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1997 — So She Moved Into the Light.  Oil paint on canvas. Contemporary Realism style. Eric Fischl (1948-).  Private Collection.

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Photo of the Day – 02/16/17 (“Rainy Day Times Square”, 1943)

Daily Photo — “Rainy Day Times Square, 1943”

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Granted, this is showing a day in New York where it seems to be pouring out, but Times Square looks absolutely empty!  Compare this to what you might see there today.

March 1943. “New York, New York. Times Square on a rainy day.” Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. 

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The Largest Employers in Every State — Infographic

The Largest Employers in Every State

If you have ever wondered what single business or entity employed the most people in your state, here’s a great map made by reddit user /u/iliadmusic in conjunction with Olivet Nazerene University.  Each employer is shown, and where there is no single employer with more workers than active military personnel in the state, that is shown as well.  Just look how Wal-Mart absolutely dominates the South!!  [VIA]

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Art of the Day – 02/15/17 (Harlequin with Guitar, Juan Gris)

Daily Artwork — “Harlequin with Guitar, Juan Gris, 1919”

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1919 — Harlequin with Guitar.  Oil paint on canvas. Cubism style. Juan Gris (1887-1927). Private collection.

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