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first_imgSouth African artists present a unique South African identity to the world, and the high prices many local artists fetch internationally are testament to the growing interest in the calibre of local artists – as well as in that identity. Irma Stern’s The Two Arabs fetched $1.8-million (R21.5-million) in 2011. (Image: Invaluable Auctioneers) • 21 freedoms all South Africans enjoy today• Comrades legends speak about their memorable races• Jazz trumpets the notes of freedom• Riaad Moosa: Muslims are not extremists• Chris Hani: a selfless leader Ray MaotaSouth African art is finding its place in global art market, and several of its artists are fetching respectable prices at successful auctions worldwide.Of particular interest to collectors are works by 20th century artists such as Irma Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, William Kentridge and Maggie Laubser, among others. They unpack a particularly South African view of the world.Art lecturer Nirmi Ziegler, of the Durban University of Technology, writes: “As a theme in art ‘identity’ is a vital concern in a postmodern society such as ours. The interplay between the individual and society has become increasingly complex, leaving room for new theories, research and speculation about the future of humankind. Who am I? Who are we? Art, as a seismograph of change, can both reflect and be a harbinger of transformation in our personal and communal lives.“South African art holds a unique position when addressing ‘identity’, as a result of its racially divided past.”Eras of art in South AfricaSouth African art is generally held to have evolved through four eras: San Bushman, colonial, 20th century and apartheid, and the conceptual art of the 1990s.The San Bushmen, Africa’s oldest hunter-gatherers, lived in the massive Drakensberg range of mountains from 4 000 years ago until they were driven out by colonialists in the 19th century. Over that time, they created a vast body of art on the walls of caves and rock shelters. This is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in sub-Saharan Africa.During the early colonial era, white South African artists tended to concentrate on depicting what they saw as a “new world”, in minutely accurate detail. Artists such as Thomas Baines travelled the country recording its flora, fauna, people and landscapes. It was a form of reporting for those back in the cities and colonial home countries.Towards the end of the 19th century, painters Jan Volschenk and Pieter Hugo Naudé and the sculptor Anton van Wouw began to establish a locally rooted art. Their work – the first glimpse of an artistic vision that engaged with life as it was lived in South Africa – marked the moment the country began to acquire its own national identity. It was compounded by the Union of South Africa being established in 1910.The apartheid years (1948-1994) witnessed a great diversity in South African art, ranging from landscape painting to abstract art. There was engagement with European and American currents, but also a fiercely local sense of what it meant to be an artist in this country during troubled times.Black artists such as Sekoto and George Pemba concentrated on depicting their realities and environments in a direct, though forcefully expressionist, manner.From the 1930s onwards, Sekoto portrayed urban African life in places such as Sophiatown and District Six, vital and tumultuous hotspots of an emerging though unacknowledged black culture.Contemporary artConceptual art in South Africa seemed to come into its own in the 1990s. Events such as the two Johannesburg Biennales (1995 and 1997) contributed to a new dialogue between local artists and currents from other countries.The first biennale came as South Africa was emerging from decades of cultural isolation. It was a landmark event that included over 250 artists from 80 countries. The second was opened under the artistic direction of Okwui Enwezor, a Nigerian and curator at the Art Institute of Chicago. Entitled Trade Routes: History and Geography, the biennale took as its general theme the notion of “global traffic in culture”.Through the 1990s, media such as video, performance and installation began to take the place of painting. Jeremy Wafer, for instance, used photography, earth, and fibreglass sculpture to tackle issues such as borders and boundaries.The complex installations of Sue Williamson used found and reworked materials to speak of memory and history. Sandile Zulu made paintings out of the unpredictable marks of fire on surfaces, or created sculptural tableaux from natural materials.Higher pricesAccording to Strauss & Co, the fine art auctioneers and consultants, the last six years have been remarkable in the history of the South African art market.In 2005, Marlene Dumas’s painting, The Teacher, a forbidding portrait taken from a class picture from her childhood in South Africa, sold for $3.3-million (about R40-million as today’s exchange rate). The provocative piece is clearly informed by the politics of her early surroundings – the artist, who is in her sixties and lives in the Netherlands, was raised in apartheid in South Africa.Stern is another South African artist fetching high prices internationally. In 2010, her painting Bahora Girl fetched $3.59-million (about R43-million today) at Bonham’s Auction House in London. A year later, in 2011, her Two Arabs fetched $1.8-million (about R21.5-million today).Stern has the record for South Africa’s most expensive artwork to date, fetched by her painting Arab Priest, which was sold for $4.4-million (about R53-million) at a Bonham’s auction.Kentridge is another highly sought-after artist. He is the most expensive living South African artist, with his prints fetching in the early millions locally and internationally. Sekoto’s most famous artwork, Self-Portrait, fetched about $178 000 in 2006 (R2.1-million).Underlining the growing interest in South African art, the FNB Joburg Art Fair is now in its eighth year. A Joburg Art Week takes place around the fair, with various events across the city, such as open studios, gallery openings, workshops and debates.The fair is said to be Africa’s leading art fair, and is focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. It has established a sustainable industry for the arts with a solid base of local and international buyers, and the organisers say loyal commitment from participating galleries and partners each year has allowed the fair to reach record sales and visitor numbers.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers around Ohio are feeling the pressure to get corn and soybean seeds planted as the number of days in May wind down. Although conditions weren’t ideal for soybean planting for David Neidhart in Marion County, the weather was finally hot and dry and the field was good enough for D&PN Farms to make some late progress in the 2016 planting season. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Neidhart for a Cab Cam on May 24th.last_img read more

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first_imgLuca and his team have been consistently making high quality visual effects for video editors for the last several years. Hi-Tech is their brand new effects product geared specifically toward FCPX editors looking to add a futuristic or technical look to their projects – perfect for music videos, documentaries or sci-fi subject matter.The Hi-Tech kit comes with several template effects that each provide specialized looks: Lower ThirdsSci-Fi Motion GraphicsSports Graphics Futuristic DisplaysFractalsHolograms Luca Visual FX has released their new Hi-Tech motion graphics pack for Final Cut Pro X. We’ve got 6 copies to giveaway!Get high quality motion graphics in your FCPX video editing projects in less time with this motion graphics pack from Luca Visual FX.UPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.  Thanks to all who entered.Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways! Download a FREE TRIAL of Hi-Tech or download the visual effects pack for $49 from the Luca Visual FX site.last_img read more

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first_imgWe take a look behind the scenes at how a Sundance Award-winning filmmaker shoots dynamic, one-take short films.All images via Jim Cummings.We sat down and chatted with the talented and funny Jim Cummings, whose short film “Thunder Road” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (as well as jury awards at SXSW and several other festivals around the world) and has been called one of the greatest short films of all time.Cummings, along with Dustin Hahn and several other collaborators, has spent the last several years perfecting the art of the one-shot, one-take short film with ten different award-winning iterations.In addition to talking about Cummings’s upcoming journey to turn Thunder Road into a feature film (check out their Kickstarter), we asked for some actionable production advice on how to film festival-friendly, one-take short films. Here are some practical tips for filming dynamic and creative one-take shorts.Book a Full DayFor Thunder Road, we did six takes – two of them we had to stop because people laughed – which is about standard. Others we’d do as many as 12 or 18 because they were longer. We found it worked best when we’d shoot several takes in the morning, find our best one and review it over lunch – then spend the rest of the day trying to see if we could top it.While it may seem easier to film one-take shorts (or at least edit them), it certainly takes a great deal of time, resources, and talent to execute. For Cummings and his teams, filming even the shortest one-take film would typically require one full day of production.Marks for Cameras and Actors Are KeyMarks are key for one-take sequences. We’d start making marks and blocking out actions early in the writing process. Not only do you need them for your actors and actions, but also for your camera moves so that you can set lighting and focus.When you watch Cummings’s films, you’ll likely notice a lot of movement and action. These aren’t arbitrary — his films are tightly scripted and choreographed for both the actors and the camera. A feeling of controlled chaos comes across as you watch characters in the throes of mental breakdowns, life-changing moments, and personal revelations.If a Cup Falls, Pick It UpWhile we had a tight script and carefully laid out blocking, we also told actors that if, in the scene, a cup dropped to pick it up. Don’t assume we’re going to cut for anything. Which was really helpful for cast and crew to stay in the moment and be ready at every second for every take.Cummings is quick to point out how each film lets the actors bring it to life. In shorts like It’s Alright, It’s OK (which you can watch here) and The Robbery (which you can watch here), the camera very intently focuses in on the actors, who seem to organically stumble through the scene, running into people and knocking them over — all while engrossed in their characters.It Takes All Types of Audio Recording TricksOn Thunder Road, we had a boom mic overhead for recording audio. However, because the film starts so wide, we also had to hide a lav mic in my tie which is what recorded the majority of the audio for the first 6 minutes until the shot could get tight enough for the boom to come in.Even in a quiet indoor setting with subtle camera moves, capturing audio in a one-take short can be extremely difficult and require several different approaches, as Cummings reveals for Thunder Road. Along with adding echo to the lav mic audio and mixing it with the boom, Cummings also had to record DIY-ADR using a Zoom H2 while dancing around his apartment to match the energy and movements.Get Creative with LightingOne of the most fun films we did was called The Stop, which had us rig up a whole car set-up in the desert for some characters about to begin a drug-induced hallucinatory trip. We had to get very creative with some of the effects like cop car lights, to self-lighting lamps and even a glowing dragon.Lighting is an issue on all sets, but it is especially problematic when you can’t stop and move your lights around. One-take sequences, like you see in The Stop (which you can watch here on Fullscreen), are a good example of how to find ways to make creative use of light panels, ultra-violet lights, and paints to keep the lighting compelling.last_img read more

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first_imgThe death toll due to cyclone Fani rose to 64 with 21 fresh deaths confirmed on Sunday, nine days after the ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm devastated coastal Odisha. At 39, the maximum deaths were reported from Puri, followed by Khurda (9), Cuttack (6), Mayurbhanj (4), Kendrapara (3) and Jajpur (3), an official at the State Emergency Operation Centre said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the officials to start assessment of houses damaged in the cyclone. Mr. Patnaik also demanded special category status from the Centre for his disaster-prone State. He said a special category status was the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall growth and rebuilding of the State.last_img read more

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first_imgEight councillors of Halisahar Municipality, who had recently switched allegiance from the Trinamool Congress and joined the BJP in New Delhi, returned to the TMC on Tuesday, leaving the saffron party red-faced. Thirteen councillors of the 23-member municipality located in North 24 Parganas district joined the BJP on May 28, five days after the results of the Lok Sabha election were declared. On Tuesday, eight of those 13, led by Ansuman Roy, the chairperson of the civic body, came to the West Bengal Assembly and met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to announce their return to the TMC. State’s Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim held a press conference in the presence of the councillors and said that a section of the BJP leadership was in a hurry to “engineer defections within the TMC so that they could score brownie points with the party leadership”. “The BJP had threatened these councillors and forced them to switch sides, but they cannot take away the love for Mamata Banerjee from their hearts,” Mr. Hakim said. The Trinamool leader blamed BJP leader Mukul Roy and MP Arjun Singh for “engineering the defections”. Screening process When contacted, BJP general secretary in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya said he was not aware of the development. He said that a “screening process” was in place for a background check on TMC leaders joining the BJP. Indiscriminate induction of dissenters from the TMC into the BJP has been one of the issues that the State BJP has been grappling with over the past few months. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has also raised its objections to such inductions.On July 7, at a meeting of senior BJP functionaries in West Bengal, Mr. Vijayvargiya had said that several TMC leaders were in touch with the BJP but the party will not take anyone who is accused of financial wrongdoings. With the “cut money” controversy raging across the State, the situation is becoming intriguing.“The ‘cut money’ movement is a people’s movement and the BJP is giving support to it,” Mr. Vijayvargiya told The Hindu. Elaborating on the process of screening of TMC leaders joining the BJP, State BJP vice-president Joyprakash Majumdar said the idea is to prevent “opportunist political elements” from joining the party. “We are trying to have the structure of screening from mandal level to district level and then at the State level,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgWashington Wizards forward Bobby Portis gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-106. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — When the Washington Wizards found out that All-Star point guard John Wall was going to need surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, just a month after surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, they decided to regroup.Wall’s surgery will cost him at least the majority of the 2019-20 season. After learning the news just ahead of the NBA’s trading deadline, the Wizards quickly traded Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris in separate deals.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234 The Wizards led 77-57 early in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers got to within 89-86 late in the period. Thanks in part to 10 more points from Portis in the fourth, Washington pulled away.“Great pickup,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s an understatement.”Bradley Beal added 25 points and 12 assists. Jabari Parker, who came along with Portis from Chicago, had seven points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.“I was actually surprised with how well (Portis) was able to mesh quickly on the fly, him and Jabari,” Beal said. “It was almost like free-flowing. That’s how we play anyway.”Cleveland, which has lost 21 of 24, was led by Collin Sexton with 27 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 24, and Larry Nance Jr. had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I guess God is telling me something,” Wall said about the Achilles injury. “To sit down and get yourself fully healthy. I’ve played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people who played through injuries and don’t sit down. That’s one thing I don’t like to do. If something that’s nagging or not broken, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me.”TIP-INSCavaliers: F/C Tristan Thompson, who is out with left foot soreness, missed his 10th straight game. … F Cedi Osman, who has a sprained right ankle, missed his second straight game. … G Brandon Knight, acquired in a trade Thursday, did not play.Wizards: Have just one home game between Friday and March 3. … F Troy Brown missed his third game with a sprained left ankle. Brooks said Brown was “probably another week or so” from returning.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.Wizards: Visit their former teammate Porter and the Bulls on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “We turned the basketball over five times in that first quarter, which you just cannot do on the road,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “They built the lead, a lead just too big for us to overcome.”In his first game back after left foot surgery forced him to miss 50 games, Kevin Love started and played the first six minutes, scoring four points. He did not return to the game. Drew said Love would not play when Cleveland plays at Indiana on Saturday night.NEW ACQUISITIONSBesides Parker, Wesley Johnson, who came from New Orleans for Morris, had two points in 15 minutes.Brooks was impressed with Parker, but said he could have done more.“I’m probably the one that kept him from a triple-double,” Brooks said.Marquese Chriss, who was picked up by the Cavaliers in a three-team trade, had 13 points in 23 minutes.“I thought he did a good job for the first time, not really knowing what we’re doing as far as our plays and defensive schemes,” Drew said. “We threw him into the fire and I thought he responded well.”WALL SPEAKSWall, who will undergo surgery on Tuesday, said he was in “great” spirits and plans to spend time with his newborn son and his mother, who has cancer, during his rehabilitation. One of the players Washington acquired from the Chicago Bulls for Porter, Bobby Portis had a spectacular debut, scoring 30 points to lead the Wizards over the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-106 on Friday night.Portis had 16 in the first quarter, hitting all six of his field-goal attempts in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“When I first got here yesterday, I felt the love right off,” Portis said. “Everybody welcomed me in. All my teammates and my coaches wanted me to be myself.”Portis said the advice he received was succinct. “‘Don’t try and fine tune. Come in and be who you are.’ That’s who I am,” he said. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNick Kyrgios of Australia returns the ball to Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May, 14, 2019. Kyrgios won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)PARIS — After a tantrum in Italy last week, the 36th-ranked Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the French Open on Friday.The ATP said the Australian player cited illness as the reason.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kyrgios was due to start his Roland Garros campaign against Cameron Norrie of Britain.The tournament starts on Sunday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kyrgios was defaulted at the Italian Open after a raging outburst. Trailing against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud in round two, he slammed his racket into the clay and kicked a water bottle. Then he picked up a chair and flung it onto the court.He was fined and lost ATP points but escaped a suspension.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe controversial Kyrgios’s withdrawal came only days after he posted a video online in which he said the French Open “sucks” when compared to Wimbledon, where he trained recently. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports legends honor basketball great John Havlicek LATEST STORIES In 2015, he insulted Stan Wawrinka with crude remarks during a match in Montreal. He was fined $12,500 and given a suspended 28-day ban. He also attracted criticism for deciding not to play at the 2016 Rio Olympics because of a spat with an Australian team official, and for firing back at retired players who have offered advice. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Two versions of Ateneo showed up against Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES “FEU certainly gave us a wake-up call in the first half that we obviously needed,” said Baldwin. “I don’t care if we had 10 playing dates in a row but when you lose your humility, when you think all you have to do is put your uniform on to be good, you need a wake-up call.”Ateneo remains unscathed so far with its 71-70 win in the first round over University of Santo Tomas being its closest winning margin, but it has had scary moments and the 47-46 scoreline against the Tamaraws was the first time the Blue Eagles trailed heading into the fourth quarter.Nevertheless, the Blue Eagles managed to weather the storm and claimed their 11th win in as many games to stay atop while the Tamaraws dropped to 5-6 for the fifth spot.“It’s better to do some soul searching now after a game than at half time because the time constraints are on you,” said Baldwin. “I got to give our players a lot of credit for coming out in the second half and standing up who they are supposed to be.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Can Sapporo host the Olympic marathon with 10 months to go? Becoming his own man The Blue Eagles were lifeless in the first half and fell behind by 40-29 against the Tamaraws before coming out of the break like the real champions they are, bringing down the Tamaraws in every way possible.“The guys became who we believe we are in the second half. Defensively we really locked down, rebounded the ball better, and the players went out with a purpose that we didn’t have in the first half,” said head coach Tab Baldwin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAteneo went to outscore FEU 36-15 in the final 20 minutes and tallied more rebounds, 34-17, points off turnovers, 16-0, and points in the paint, 16-4.The Blue Eagles also became more aggressive going 13-of-21 from the line while FEU was at 3-of-3. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicallast_img read more

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