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Greece is burning

Some shocking events taking place in Greece right now, where a time-bomb created by the financial debacle swiftly exploded into savage riots with the needless death of a kid at the hands of over-zealous cops.

What’s even more scary is the fact that this could very well be a template for many other countries, as anger rises at Governments worldwide for their monetary mis-management and fiscal fuck ups.

The poorer and hungrier the populus gets, the angrier and more indiscriminate they become.

It’s already happened in Iceland and Greece. Where next?

Our pal Ioannis sent us this missive from the frontlines, as well as some amazing and powerful images.

Thanks Ioannis! Take care of yourself man!

Hello Brother Comrade.

Hope you are doing well, in every level of your life.

As you probably know over a week now Greece – mostly Athens – is burning.

The facts are all over the net. A moron cop was playing cowboy with a 15 year old kid (Alex Grogoropoulos) and took him out. The killer cop’s been arrested and jailed now and is on the way for trial.

I send you a few pics. Take care, be good and the El Greco theme was great, thanks a bunch.

Ioannis

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December 16, 2008 Posted by | Greece, _PHOTOGRAPHY | Leave a comment

El Greco – Paintings

El Greco – Paintings
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Some amazing works from the great master known as El Greco.

One of the real founding fathers of modernism. An artist centuries ahead of his time and enormously influential on an array of magnificent painters – such as one of our favourites, Paul Cezanne.

We were lucky enough to catch a special extensive exhibition of El Greco’s works in Madrid’s Prado a few years ago. Truly sublime.

El Greco (1541 – April 7, 1614) was a painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. “El Greco” (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Doménikos Theotokópoulos).

El Greco was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the centre of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within that tradition before travelling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done.

In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works.

During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance.

In 1577 he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best known paintings.

El Greco’s dramatic and expressionistic style was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century.

El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis.

El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school.

He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting.

More here: El_Greco

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | El Greco, Greece, Paul Cézanne, _ART | Leave a comment