If you need a bit of motivation to keep those new year resolutions, this painting by American artist Philip Guston will surely do the trick lol! Yes, that is a plate of fries on his chest. For more lovely New Year-themed art, check out this Guardian collection.
SANITY BREAK December 19 2022
To kick off the last week of splainer in 2022, here is a gorgeous duet—’Aey Na Balam’—featuring Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. Aftab won the Grammy last year for best global music performance for ‘Mohabbat’. The duo have also been nominated this year for the haunting ‘Udhero Na’—which is worth checking out as well.
SANITY BREAK December 21 2022
‘Tis the season for Christmas-themed art. And we offer you something a little different from the usual Nativity scenes beloved in classical art. This vivid 1894 painting—‘Journey of the Magi’—is by James Tissot, a man better known for his iconic images of fashionable French women. Both The Guardian and WideWalls have a lovely collection of great seasonal artwork.
SANITY BREAK December 22 2022
Here’s our Christmas card to you: a gorgeous Mughal-era painting dating back to the court of Emperor Jahangir—inspired by European Christian imagery. For example: this one titled ‘Mother and Child with a White Cat’. The original is actually vertical—and you can see it in its full glory over at The Met.