Bringing Van Gogh to LifeVincent van Gogh was taken with a scene of a cafe in Arles under the night sky. He painted Café Terrace at Night at night in September of 1888. The painting is notable for its contrast between the lights of the businesses that are open and the darkness of those that are not, plus the deep blue sky studded with stars. The painting is unsigned, but we know who did it because van Gogh wrote about his experience painting it. Artist, animator, and teacher Andrey Zakirzyanov experimented with giving life to the scene in a wonderful new animation.
Partial Mural by Paul Cézanne Found Under Wallpaper and PaintWhen you renovate a house and find something personal left behind by a former resident, it's like discovering treasure, making you wonder who they were and what their life was like. But if the discovery is a painting by a renowned artist, there are other questions to ponder. During renovations at the house called Bastide du Jas de Bouffan, in Aix-en-Provence, France, contractors found a previously-unknown partial mural by Paul Cézanne. It was painted on a wall and buried under layers of plaster, paint, and wallpaper.The house was purchased by Louis-Auguste Cézanne in 1859, and his 20-year-old son Paul lived there for two years while attending law school during the day and art class at night. In 1860, the younger Cézanne was granted permission to decorate the Grand Salon of the home, where 13 wall murals have been removed and placed in far-flung museums. The latest discovery is called Entrée du port (Entrance to the Port). However, only the edges of the very large painting still exist. Unlike the other wall murals, it will remain part of the Grand Salon, due to reopen in 2025. (Image credit: Ville d'Aix-en-Provence/Philippe Biolatto)
Gaku's Carved Vegetable ArtTakehiro Kishimoto, who goes by the online pseudonym of Gaku, is a Japanese food artist in Kobe. He carves vegetables into extraordinary forms, including animals that are so realistic that they almost seem to move.Many of his works make use of brocolli, which appears to be an excellent material for carving solid forms, such as this yellowtail fish.
Hal Lasko, the Pixel Painter​Hal Lasko was a graphic designer and typographer by trade, and a painter for pleasure in his spare time. Art was his life. He eventually retired and, for his 85th birthday, his family got him a computer with Microsoft Paint. Now, we can make fun of the simplistic ways people used Microsoft Paint, but that's all in how you use it. For Lasko, it was a game-changer, especially as his eyesight faded. He could enlarge his digital canvas to see and manipulate his work at the pixel level. He was extremely patient and perfectionistic, taking months if necessary to get his art just the way he wanted it. In his later years, he became known as the Pixel Painter. Lasko painted on computer up until his death at age 98 in 2014, and got to see his art exhibited. His works are still available to buy.​Lasko's story highlights how crucial computer technology is to the disabled, and the importance of making this technology accessible to everyone. -via Kottke ​
Unraveling the World's Biggest Case of Art ForgeryAnishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau was unique in the history of Canadian art. His work brought First Nations culture to the art world for decades. Morrisseau produced a lot of paintings between his first exhibition in 1962 and his death in 2007, but not nearly as many as are on the market. As far back as 1991, he complained about the proliferation of fake Morrisseau paintings, but little was done about it. Morrisseau paintings were sold for thousands of dollars, but many of them were painted by someone else, and dealers, museums, auction houses, and art collectors didn't seem to care. In 2005, Kevin Hearn of the band Barenaked Ladies bought a Morrisseau painting for $20,000 from a Toronto gallery who assured him it was genuine. Five years later, he learned it was fake. A lot of digging led him to two men in Thunder Bay, Ontario, who had tenuous connections to Morrisseau, and were said to produce and sell the fakes. Hearn sued them, but the judge could not be certain whether Hearn's painting was a fake or genuine. Still, Hearn's years of research on the case continued, leading to a documentary about the fakes, which interested a Thunder Bay law enforcement officer named Jason Rybak. The combined efforts of Rybak, Hearn, and documentary producer Jamie Kastner uncovered an art fraud ring that flooded the market with at least 10,000 fake Morrisseau paintings that pulled in over $10 million. Read the story of the massive art fraud and the massive investigation at Smithsonian.(Image credit: daryl_mitchell) 
Sculpted HummusHere at the Neatorama blogging network, we’re huge fans of the works of Reddish Studio. Founders Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman, who are based in Tel Aviv, develop inventive sculptural uses for common materials. In the past, we’ve looked at their disposable aluminum pans that have been embossed into refined portraits.Now, Colossal introduces us to the studio’s latest project, which is focused on hummus--that most iconic of foods from the Middle East, including Israel. Steinbock and Friedman’s photo series titled Speculative Hummus sculpts the food on a traditional pottery wheel and adds toppings that contribute color and form to the food.