Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly, 1946.

Ned Kelly, 1946
Since this series was painted, this rendering has become synonymous with Ned Kelly, the 19th-century bushranger.
There is a sense of irrationality in this image of the helmet without a human head. Yet it is so potent, one hardly notices.
In this image, Nolan brings together the two key aspects of the series: Kelly as dramatic personae on the run from the police and the ambient landscape as a vital participant.
Nolan said of this painting: ‘This is Kelly the defiant. I put Kelly on top of the horse in a particularly orderly manner. I wanted an air of perfect authority.’
Photograph: Sidney Nolan
Source: Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Stanley Kubrick’s Only List of Top 10 Films, 1963.

“The first and only (as far as we know) Top 10 list Kubrick submitted to anyone was in 1963 to a fledgling American magazine named Cinema (which had been founded the previous year and ceased publication in 1976),” writes the BFI’s Nick Wrigley.
It runs as follows:
1. I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)
2. Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
3. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948)
5. City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
6. Henry V (Olivier, 1944)
7. La notte (Antonioni, 1961)
8. The Bank Dick (Fields, 1940—above)
9. Roxie Hart (Wellman, 1942)
10. Hell’s Angels (Hughes, 1930).
But seeing as Kubrick still had 36 years to live and watch movies after making the list, it naturally provides something less than the final word on his preferences.
Wrigley quotes Kubrick confidant Jan Harlan as saying that “Stanley would have seriously revised this 1963 list in later years, though Wild Strawberries, Citizen Kane and City Lights would remain, but he liked Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V much better than the old and old-fashioned Olivier version.”
He also quotes Kubrick himself as calling Max Ophuls the “highest of all” and “possessed of every possible quality,” calling Elia Kazan “without question the best director we have in America,” and praising heartily David Lean, Vittorio de Sica, and François Truffaut.
This all comes in handy for true cinephiles, who can never find satisfaction watching only the filmmakers they admire; they must also watch the filmmakers the filmmakers they admire admire.
Source: Stanley Kubrick’s List of Top 10 Films: The First and Only List He Ever Created | Open Culture

The Gas-Lit Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

The Hyde Park Picture House, the world’s only surviving gas-lit cinema, opened in 1914.
The owners of the Grade II-listed building have now been granted planning permission for redevelopment, to improve accessibility, restore the gas lights and ornate plasterwork and incorporate a second screen in the basement.

Source: The Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds – in pictures | UK news | The Guardian

‘Pixelmania’ Digital Artworks.


Walking on sunshine. Photograph: Atmanvictor Jose Mendez/GuardianWitness
Dalí-esque lampposts, digital scrapheaps, awesome days and Alan Turing’s face recreated from an old optical rotary encoder wheel.
Here are Guardian readers’ best digital artworks.
AWESOME DAY. Photograph: Lushmontana Lushmontanas/GuardianWitness
A brighter scrapyard. Photograph: texavery/GuardianWitness
See more via Pixelmania: your best digital artworks – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Career.

American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label, photographed in 1968. Image Credit: Express Newspapers / Getty
The legendary soul singer, pianist, and performer Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 76.
The Queen of Soul will be remembered for countless songs and performances throughout her life.
Aretha Franklin was a Crusader  for the rights of black women and men in the USA.
Source: Photos: The Queen of Soul’s Amazing Career – The Atlantic

Pegasus marks Madonna’s 60th birthday with mural.

Art: A London-based street artist has marked Madonna’s milestone 60th  birthday. (Image Credit @pegasusart )
A new street art mural has appeared in London to celebrate Madonna’s 60th birthday on Thursday.
Elusive street artist Pegasus spent five-and-a-half hours putting the mural together, which shows three images of Madonna’s face in bright colours.
The artist told the Standard: “I am of the generation that grew up watching Madonna succeed and become one of the most influential, powerful and iconic women who paved the way for many.
“It is very important for myself to honour this woman who has defied all [the] people who swore she would never stand the test of time.”
Source: Street artist Pegasus marks Queen of Pop Madonna’s 60th birthday with mural | London Evening Standard