The search for Atlantis is the predominant symbol of man’s need to connect with a distant past that nature has erased from our consciousness. If Plato’s account of the continent that sank in the ocean approximately 12 000 years ago should prove to be more than a myth, then the perception of human history as gradualistic and linear will fall apart. Perhaps the discovery of Atlantis would open the doors to a different perspective of life on earth, where reverence ...
In Lahore, Pakistan, a large painting exhibition opened in April, which can be seen as a sign of the rekindling of the region’s long history of classical figuration. The exhibition stands out not only in its scope, but also in the kind of paintings that are exhibited. As many as 50 painters are exhibited, and all of them paint in a figurative(!) manner. The CEO of the Ejaz Art Gallery, Muhammad Ramzan, points out that the demand for figurative painting ...
Not everyone is fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of a Requiem. In March, the Sydney Chamber Choir received a standing ovation from a masked audience after the world premiere of Paul Stanhope’s Requiem.  Stanhope's Requiem was completed before the coronavirus broke out, and the world premiere has had to be put on hold for over a year.  - Although a Requiem is weighty and sombre in many ways, it also has the capacity to be uplifting and life-affirming. ...
To understand modern culture and more specifically “modern art”, professor Larry Shiner’s “The Invention of Art” (2001) is a must-read and an eye-opener for anyone who thinks they know a bit about art history.The book is as surprising in its content as the title suggests. You would think you were being messed with if you were told that Art history is barely 250 years old. But this is the thesis of Shiner’s book and he makes a convincing case for ...
Classical architecture is not a left versus right issue, claims Justin Shubow, the President of the U.S. think tank National Civic Art Society (NCAS) and Chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Shubow has been a strong defender of the recently signed Executive Order “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture.”  He strongly hopes that the Biden administration will not revoke the recently signed Executive Order on classical federal architecture, arguing that this is one aspect that unites an otherwise divided nation, pointing to a new survey by NCAS ...