MJ Featured In Revolutions 2 Music Art Exhibit At Forest Lawn – Glendale

Sources: SBSun – By Michelle Mills | All Things Michael

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Since Alex Steinweiss created the first record cover for Columbia Records in 1938, music and art have had a love affair.

The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale celebrated this union 10 years ago with the exhibition “Revolutions,” toasting the artists behind seminal work linked to the music of the 1960s-’80s. And now it’s revisiting the concept with a new exhibit.

On Saturday, the venue will unveil “Revolutions 2,” a show commemorating its predecessor with more than 175 artworks, ranging from album covers and posters to paintings, photographs and sculpture by more than 35 artists.

“The art itself is fabulous and beautiful. People are familiar maybe with the album cover or the poster — seeing the art and how it was created is interesting,” said Joan Adan, director of the Forest Lawn Museum and curator of “Revolutions 2.”

Musicians from a range of genres are represented, from Black Sabbath to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson, who was buried in the grounds of the Great Mausoleum in 2009.

Exhibiting Glendale artist Hugh Brown started out photographing bands but now works in a range of media. While in England, he shot musicians like the Talking Heads and Patti Smith before they were famous, and later they asked him to design their album covers. Brown went on to become the creative director of IRS Records and Rhino Records.

“I have tons of records in my collection that I bought; I had no idea who the band was, but thought ‘Wow, what a great cover, this must be good,’ and rarely was I ever disappointed,” Brown said.

Music art is a form of advertising, so it’s fitting that Steinweiss came from an advertising background and told Columbia Records that it should put pictures on its record covers — at the time, covers were plain paperboard and sometimes had only the music genre or artist’s name written on them. Adding images boosted record sales.

“So it’s advertising art, but totally creative, and because it was the music business you could get away with a lot and do crazier stuff,” Brown said. “You wanted to push the edge a lot and it was really fun. It was a way to do something that you’d want to do for yourself but get paid for it.”

Photographer Mike Salisbury of Venice sold greeting cards door to door at age 6 to raise money to buy a camera. He has since worked for major magazines in the United States and Europe and photographed celebrities like Truman Capote, Ricki Lee Jones and George Harrison. Salisbury also has been an art director and designer and is noted for creating Michael Jackson’s black-and-white look and Levi’s 501 brand name.

“The thing about the music business is it always was a cooperative effort with many artists and somebody like me taking the picture and doing the design,” Salisbury said. “I didn’t do anything but present it to them, they didn’t dictate and say it’s got to work like this. It was always very much a partnership with the artist and the producer and myself.”

In many ways, “Revolutions 2” will offer a touch of nostalgia.

Artis Lane — a Los Angeles-based sculptor and painter who has captured the likeness of Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and Miles Davis — said that wandering through “Revolutions 2” provides an opportunity to remember a favorite concert.

“If they went to that performance, this is a way to hold on to it. The painting is the artist’s thought objectified,” said Lane. “It comes alive again for you.”

When: Opens Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 2.

Where: Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Information: 800-204-3131,www.forestlawn.com.

 

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Support MJ Photographer Christophe Boulmé For The 2015 LensCulture Portrait Awards

Sources: LensCulture | Thanks to Elke Hassell for sending | All Things Michael

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Photo © Christophe Boulmé

The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait. This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

To celebrate the wonderful range of portraits which have been coming in to the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015 competition, we’re offering real-time exposure right here on Facebook. Check back for regular installments of our Editors’ favorite new entries — before the judging begins.

Want to see your photo here? Submit your work NOW to be considered for early exposure plus a shot at many more exciting awards.

Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Michael Jackson Mural Made Out Of Post-Its

Sources: Paste Magazine | U-T San Diego |All Things Michael

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When Modern Times launched in 2013, it was fairly evident that they wouldn’t be doing things the same way as everyone else. For starters, a Post-it note mural of Michael Jackson and Bubbles takes up an entire wall of the tasting room at their Lomaland Fermentorium.

The mural took about 8,500 Post-It notes, but founder Jacob McKean said that number is low.

How many Post-Its does it take to make the best Michael Jackson mural ever?

“We realized that the 8,000 number doesn’t include the windows, so the actual number is 10,900,” McKean said. “We decided to cover those for the mosaic rather than be able to look out of them from our offices.”

 

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Michael Jackson Inspired Alex Krasky To Paint

Sources: MJWN | All Things Michael

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Russian born Artist Alex Krasky, now living in Las Vegas, America, talks about his Michael Jackson Art and what it means to him. He shares his story, talent and his amazing paintings with MJWN and Michael’s fans.

Born to a military family in Russia with both parents serving as physicians in the former Russian military, his father a surgeon and his mother a paediatrician, Alex was to take a whole different direction in life. His love affair with art started at the age of 5 by drawing in pencil. However due to the constant relocations related to his parent’s work, he didn’t pursue his artistic ability further at that time.

In 1997 he left the now Ukraine, and began his journey to the United States. Once he settled in his new country he drew sporadically whenever he had time after work. However, it wasn’t until April 2009, with a little push from family, that he took four oil painting classes with Ms Jan Bennett, and hence started painting with oil. That was the first time he actually held a brush in his hands he recalls and his brushes have never been short of paint since then.

Unique and beautifully detailed, his paintings capture the spirit of Michael and bring him to life with oil and canvas. He seems to leave no place on the canvas untouched as his brush uses colour to slowly transform a blank background to the vivid and powerful images of Michael. His passion for the Greatest Entertainer that ever was is clearly evident in his Art Work.

Since he began painting, his Art work has been shown on various television channels and displayed in several places. They have now found their way to the Jackson Family which is with whom Alex had always wanted them to end up with, since Michael is no longer here to accept them himself. It just felt right for him and his wish recently came true.

In a couple of videos where Alex shares his heartfelt words with us, he speaks of how he use to watch Michael on TV and of how the strength that Michael had inside of him, the strength to succeed and follow his dreams was what really inspired him and made him want to leave his homeland and go live in the United States. He says,

“I found something that I was good at and decided to do the same thing as Michael did by following my dream, but just in a different path. Again it’s all about creativity. He had it in making songs, singing songs and in dancing, in moves, and I decided my whole creative path was in brush strokes.”

Alex relays how he sees Michael as his inspiration because his art started from Michael Jackson.

“5 to 6 years ago I didn’t know how to hold a brush in my hands,” he states. He remembers his first painting that he ever did. It was of a woman, a profile of a woman. “But it wasn’t that good, but then my teacher told me, ‘you need to paint something that inspires you, that makes your heart beat faster, that makes you feel passion,’ and I decided to draw Michael right away,” he adds.

He continues saying that he thinks in photos Michael loses some of his light, he loses life, but when he’s done in oil, he’s brought to life. He mentions how in general the best art he has ever done in his entire Art career was definitely portraits of Michael.

When you look at Alex’s paintings, his love for the King of Pop shouts out at you and his incredible talent speaks for itself!

“When I start painting him, he’s never gone, he’s here with me!” – Alex Krasky.

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For more information about Alex Krasky visit here.

 

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Maya Angelou And Michael Jackson Will Be The Theme Of The African American Arts And Heritage Academy Summer Program

Sources: Roanoke.com | All Things Michael

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The African American Arts & Heritage Academy is now accepting applications for its July 13-18 summer academy, which will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, in Morgantown, West Virginia. This year’s theme will focus on Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson.

The academy offers students 13 to 18 years of age one week of concentrated study in an artistic discipline of their choice. Classes and workshops will focus on dance, vocal, instrumental, string music and steel drum playing, theater arts, visual arts, creative writing, song writing and history/culture. A songwriting course has been added for those who have a gift for writing and would like to manifest their words into songs.

The academy will accept approximately 40 students to attend the academy. At the end of the week, the students will present a showcase for faculty, guests and the public.

During the week of the academy, students will join a community of gifted peers and will experience artistic and cultural challenges geared toward their age. They will study a concentrated topic from professional artists and teachers.

The students will also attend specialized field studies hosted by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation’s STEM program.

Donations for the academy to assist in operational expenses and programming are welcome. Checks should be made payable to AAAHA and submitted to Jacqueline Dooley, Administrative Director, Student Activities P.O. Box 6444, Morgantown, WV 26505

For more information or to request an application, contact Dooley at (304) 657-1801 or visitwww.theaaaha.spruz.com. Applications are available online. The activity fee for the academy is $210 per student.

 

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Interview With Monument to Michael Jackson Director Darko Lungulov

Sources: Santa Barbara Independent | All Things Michael

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Set in post-Balkan War Serbia, this inspiringly quirky and often hilarious film follows one man’s quest to revitalize tourism, the airport, and the economy of a small town by erecting a monument to pop star Michael Jackson (who’s still alive back then) in the center of town.

What inspired you to tell this story?

This comedy is inspired by a bizarre trend happening recently in small towns of Serbia and the Balkans: people are building monuments to Hollywood and pop-icons (Rocky, Tarzan, Bruce Lee…). In the last 20 years Serbia has repeatedly lost wars, changed its name, borders, flags, and anthems. The World War IIheroes of socialist Yugoslavia are not politically correct anymore and therefore, their monuments are being removed. Ironically, the recent bloody civil wars have left no new heroes, and so it is not surprising that in this hero-less word people would resort to the crazy idea of building monuments to safe, lifeless heroes, such as Hollywood movie characters.

In my film, Marko, an optimistic daydreamer, has a simple plan: he wants to breathe life into his dying Serbian hometown by building a monument to Michael Jackson. The seemingly innocent monument unexpectedly proves to be very controversial, bringing the undercurrent of ever-present demons in Serbian society up to the surface. Paradoxically, this process will help create a new hero, a tragic-comic Don Quixote-like character that sticks to his idealism to the very end. Both the character and the idea become transcendent, and in the end, they become something much bigger than initially intended, something historic and monumental.

In the course of the film the monument to the King Of Pop transcends into something larger than the idea of Michael Jackson, it becomes a quirky but powerful symbol of tolerance and dignity.

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Is Michael Jackson big in Serbia?

Yes, like everywhere else, Michael Jackson is huge in Serbia. But what was more interesting to me, and what informed my script emotionally, pushing onto different directions, was the reaction to his sudden death all over former Yugoslavia. At the time of his death I was still writing the script, I was a week away from finishing it for a deadline. I woke up late that morning and found many messages on my phone, such as “Your monument just died” and other similar messages from friends and colleagues who knew I was finishing this script titled “Monument To Michael Jackson.”

Because of this real-life fact, Michael Jackson’s death, I was forced to stop writing and rethink the whole story. I stopped writing and started researching the reactions to Michael Jackson’s death in former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia etc.) and learned that people took it very tragically, very personally. To me it seemed as though people were not only mourning Michael’s death, but also their lost years during the unfortunate times of the civil wars that have torn Yugoslavia apart in the early ‘90s.

For them, Michael Jackson’s ‘80s music was the soundtrack of their better past, and someone even wrote on an Internet forum “Now that Michael is dead I know that Yugoslavia is really dead.” So I discovered this invisible connection between Michael Jackson and the breakup of socialist Yugoslavia, which I wasn’t aware of before, and this greatly influenced the tone of my script.

Where did you film this? Any specific challenges with making a film there?

We filmed in Serbia, mainly in a small town called Lozovik. MyDP, Mathias Schöningh, and I agreed early on that this film would be, in a way, a ‘Balkan Western.’ We watched a lot of Western films of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah while discussing the style; so we went for a look that we called ‘nostalgic-Western Balkan.’ We decided to shoot it with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the widest possible, and the most “Western” aspect ratio.

We were successful in finding a place that perfectly fit what we were looking for; this town had the charm of a small town; run-down but full of earthy colors.

The biggest challenge was shooting for three weeks in a small town and therefore disrupting the every day lives of the people who live there. We often joked about being covered in tar and feathers while being chased out by the locals when things with them got pretty hairy. Once they sawed off the hand of our monument to stop our filming, but after a somewhat tricky negotiation we got the hand back. Recently we had a great pre-premiere there in their local theater and it was very touching, the whole town came and old animosities were forgotten.

 

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Chris Brown ‘Spices Up’ The Walls Of The Grammy Museum With Images Of James Brown, Prince, Michael Jackson And Himself

Sources: Vibe – By Iyana Robertson | All Things Michael

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Chris Brown’s artistry is being tapped for the Grammys again – but this time, he’s taking his talents beyond the stage.

The singer’s graffiti skills have made it to the walls of The Grammy Museum. Taking to Instagram last night to share the news, Breezy gave a preview of his work. Mixing his spray paint can strokes with images of James Brown, Prince, Michael Jackson and himself, Brown’s funky caricatures bring the legends’ (and soon-to-be legend’s) photos to life.

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The Grammys Museum also reposted Brown’s photos to their Instagram page. Calling the upcoming project a surprise, they boasted about the piece. “@chrisbrownofficial is spicing up our walls! Wait till you see the finished product,” the caption reads.

Brown’s art installation now joins a host of other exhibitions – including Pharell’s hat and Tupac’s possessions – that are on display this year. The singer is also up for three awards at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Stay tuned for more details on Chris Brown’s Grammy Museum project.

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Michael Jackson Online Coloring Page

Sources: The Color.com | All Things Michael

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Administrator’s Note: I found this cool MJ coloring page online. It’s very easy to use. Just click on any color, then click on the picture. To erase click “start over.” You can also print your art work. (Click on link below to get started) There are many other picture categories to choose from for hours of fun for kids or adults.

More about Online Coloring Pages

You can save your interactive online coloring pages that you have created in your gallery, print the coloring pages to your printer, or email them to friends and family. These coloring pages are fun and they also help children develop important skills such as color concepts, the names of the 192 colors, eye-hand coordination, picture comprehension. These skills form the foundation for early learning success

No java, flash or applet is necessary to load our online coloring pages. The pages load immediately so you can start coloring immediately. If you would like to save your gallery of pictures on TheColor.com you can do so by registering for our site. We will never spam our users as we are COPPA; compliant so open an account start coloring online for free Today!

Feel free to contact us if there are any coloring pages you would like us to add to our site. If you want to email us the gif files of free coloring pages you have drawn we will add them to our online coloring site. Also please let us know if you have any suggestions as our goal is to be #1 online destination for online coloring. Our goal is to constantly build our pictures to color online and we will be adding new pictures to color every week.

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MJ Coloring Page

Here is another one to try: http://www.kidopo.com/coloring-pages/singers/michael-jackson/#.VKrg5dLF-5I