A 12-year-old Nigerian boy has wowed Lagos’ art world with his talent. Waris Kareem had been drawing since he was three, but it was one particular portrait that changed his life. As DW’s Flourish Chukwurah reports, he now has big plans for the future.
In US news and current events today, this time-lapse of an artist drawing George Floyd lasts 8 minutes and 30 seconds — roughly the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.
Art by @avalon.hester
After the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other Black people in America, the resulting George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, police racism, and police violence have put systemic racism in the spotlight as BLM protesters take to the streets in support of police reform, racial justice and civil rights. 8 minutes and 46 seconds has become a rallying cry of sorts for George Floyd protests, the amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he died. 8 46 is an agonizingly long time, which is why artist Avalon Hester created this time-lapse George Floyd drawing to last as long, a statement that is itself a suitable George Floyd tribute and George Floyd art.
This visual history of the famous Blackwing pencil is based on a poem by Charles Berolzheimer titled “Ode to Blackwing.” It was hand drawn with Blackwing pencils, and tells the story of the $40 pencil, the pencil used by John Steinbeck, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, Stephen Sondheim and more. http://pencils.com
In an intimate exhibition featuring master drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the star is a study of an angel that the art historian Sir Kenneth Clark called “the most beautiful…in the world.”
Leonardo da Vinci’s accomplishments in art and science find their common ground in his drawings, into which he poured the full fervor of his intelligence and creative powers. Throughout his career, Leonardo experimented with various types of drawings: scientific studies; grotesque caricatures of craggy faces; and the most beautiful faces of men and women that he could imagine. Many of Leonardo’s most admired drawings are featured in this rich and varied selection of 29 sheets and a manuscript, opening on April 15, fittingly Leonardo’s birthday.
One revelation for visitors will be the rarely displayed Codex on Flight, one of Leonardo’s most perceptive scientific explorations, with its nearly hidden self-portrait of Leonardo as a young man, a recent discovery. The exhibition features rare loans from a number of Italian public collections, including the Uffizi Museum in Florence, the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, and the Casa Buonarroti, the ancestral property of Michelangelo in Florence, which has lent eight drawings by that master.