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Qatar’s Vagina Stadium Distracts from Heinous Human Rights Abuses

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 3, 2013

By Cristina Maza
After the small, gas-rich country of Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, the nation’s leaders set out to build a 40,000-capacity stadium that would leave international spectators in awe. While the stadium itself has yet to be constructed, the building’s design alone has already succeeded in capturing the attention of international onlookers. While some sports fans may be impressed and inspired by the future stadium’s cooled pitch and real grass, most agree that the building’s most noteworthy characteristic is that it resembles a massive vagina.


Since the design’s release, media pundits and web-based wonks have penned a plethora of clever commentary detailing the suggestiveness of the future stadium’s gaping hole, and the sleek luminosity of its labia-like attachments. However, amid the foray of opinions regarding whether a vagina-shaped sports arena should be celebrated or ridiculed, commentators have forgotten the most significant fact about the building’s construction: Qatar’s migrant workers, who will build the now-infamous stadium, are treated like animals and forced to work gruelling hours in dangerous conditions.

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Meet Fuji, The 3-Year-Old Photographer Who Will Steal Your Heart (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2013

Nigerian photographer Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet made a name for himself earlier this summer when his work was showcased in a Lagos exhibition.

Aside from his curious eye and ability to capture the color and motion of Nigerian street life, Remet received attention for his miniature stature — he is three years old after all.

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Yes, you read that right. Little Fuji learned to man a Sony SLR before most of us could spell our names. His photos capture everything from street vendors to family portraits, from an unusually pint-sized vantage point.

Fuji’s early initiation to the art world can be attributed to his creative family. His father and two older sisters are artists as well. At present, the ambitious young photographer has 3,000 images to his name, according to Visual News. Not bad for a toddler, but Remet’s father has even bigger hopes for his budding child prodigy.

“I hope he grows up to become a larger than life photographer, who’ll explore his natural platform to impact remarkably on the course of humanity,” he told CNN.

Although Fuji may be one of the youngest artists we’ve featured on The Huffington Post Arts&Culture page, he is certainly not the only youngun to explore his creative side. Six-year-old Shorya Mahanot shows a striking resemblance to a young Jackson Pollock while eleven-year-old Autumn de Forest works in a pop art state of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iris Halmshaw, 3-Year-Old With Autism, Can’t Talk; But Her Beautiful Paintings Sell For Hundreds

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 2, 2013

Three-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw loves water, trees, wind, dancing on tiptoes and holding things in her left hand. The British toddler cannot talk yet due to her autism, but she is able to express herself through beautiful paintings that have been sold to collectors for hundreds of dollars.

Iris Grace was diagnosed with autism in 2011. She struggles to interact with others or maintain eye contact, according to a website set up by her parents. As part of her therapy, Iris’s parents encouraged her to take up painting, which she quickly grew to love, spending up to two hours on elaborate pieces.

“Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age,” mother Arabella Carter-Johnson wrote on the site. “She has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other. She beams with excitement and joy when I get out the paints, it lifts her mood every time.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Child Conductor: Six-Year-Old Jonathan Okseniuk Wows Audience With Mature Performance (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 24, 2013

When it comes to child prodigies, we’ve gushed over our fair share of youngpaintersviolinists and pianists, but a six-year-old conductor is a truly unexpected find.

Jonathan Okseniuk may be young, but according to his mother, he developed an interest in classical music at a mere eight months. Although this may seem obscenely young to us non-prodigies, Okseniuk himself recalls his initial obsession with music as even earlier. “I was born with music,” he says in an interview with Arizona’s KVUE. In the video above Okseniuk conducts the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony at only 3 years old. Three years — and half a life — later, the gifted youngster has taken his skills to new heights, conducting a full professional orchestra before most of his colleagues can recite their times tables.

The ambitious elementary schooler, who also plays violin and piano, performed with the Arizona Musicfest orchestra yesterday. As you can imagine, the result is as impressive as it is adorable. Watch the video here and be prepared for major heart melting. You can also see Okseniuk play on Andersen Cooper last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hadrian’s Auditorium: Ancient Roman Arts Center From 123 AD Discovered

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2012


On Wednesday, archeologists revealed the remains of an ancient arts center underneath Rome dating back to 123 AD, according to the Guardian.

Emperor Hadrian is believed to have funded “the Athenaeum,” as it was known at the time; it was a 900-seat complex created to promote arts and culture, CBS News reports. Archeologists discovered the arts center during excavations for a new subway line to run through the Italian capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artist Samuel Silva’s Incredible Photorealistic Ballpoint Pen Drawings (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2012

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Look closely… it may be hard to hard to believe but the images below are actually drawings made by Portugal-based attorney, Samuel Silva. Silva, who describes his art as a “hobby,” uses standard ballpoint pens for many of his drawings, sometimes working on a piece for over 45 hours.

Samuel Silva’s Incredible Ballpoint Pen Drawings
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“Baby Cradled in Dad’s Hands”
“Baby Cradled in Dad’s Hands” – BIC Ballpoint Pen
Original size: 75 % of an A2 paper sheet

For his “Redhead Girl,” based on the photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Taraina, he used seven different colored ballpoint pens which took some 30 hours to finish. To create such vibrant colors, Silva “cross hatches” in layers to give off the illusion of additional hues and depth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Italian Archaeologists Believe They Found Skeleton Of The Real Mona Lisa

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2012


Much attention has been paid to Mona Lisa’s smile throughout the years, but this week her skeleton is winding up in the spotlight. Italian archaeologists announced Tuesday they found the skeleton of Lisa Gherardini, believed to be the model for Leonardo’s masterpiece, which currently hangs in The Louvre in Paris. Found near the convent of Sant’Orsola in Florence, the bones will be sent to the Department for the Conservation of Cultural Property for an examination.

Experts believed Mona Lisa’s identity was discovered after notes from 1503 were discovered in the margin of a book in which an acquaintance of Leonardo da Vinci wrote that Leonardo was currently working on a portrait of Lisa Gherardini. 16th century art historian Giogrio Vasari was another reliable source to identify Gherardini as the model, writing about it in his “Lives Of Artists.” Giuseppe Pallanti, a historian who has written three books delving into Mona Lisa’s story, determined after 25 years of research that Leonardo’s father was Gherardini’s neighbor in Via Ghibellina. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sachigusa Yasuda’s ‘Aerial’ Exhibition Mixes Meditation And Thrills (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

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Lately we have noticed two photography trends driving the internet wild. We’re seeing many photographers riff off the360-degree panoramic photo, and we’re also seeing people take life-threatening risks to get the perfect shotSachigusa Yasuda weaves these two photography movements into one with her breathtaking “Aerial” collection.

The Tokyo-born, New York-based artist seeks out the top story of skyscrapers around the world, captures them, and re-forms them. Although the idea is poetic, the technique is more meticulous; some of the composite photos thread 300 shots together. Yet the result, a seamless kaleidoscopic explosion of skyscrapers, is both dazzling and dizzying. The 360-views evoke both the tranquility that comes from pure solitude and the thrill of soaring, and possibly falling. Look closely at each image and you can sense Yasuda’s inner state, whether fear, awe or peace of mind.

The Japanese photographer’s work focuses on the powers of perspective, how our physical bodies, standpoints and memories shape the way we see the world. In this respect they mirror Japanese paintings from the Edo period, in which the physical world becomes a projection of the artist’s active mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Time’ Magazine Inspired: 10 Examples Of Breastfeeding In Art History

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 15, 2012

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By now we are almost certain you have all seen the controversial breastfeeding cover of “Time” magazine, which features a 26-year old mother with her son sucking on her breast. Although the nation has been shocked by the blatant image of a mother breastfeeding her child, the subject is one of the most traditional motifs in art history.Photographer Martin Schoeller even cited paintings of Madonna and Child as references in a “behind the cover” article for the magazine.

In the Washington Post, Maura Judkis expanded on the idea, tying in more bizarre instances of non-maternal breastfeeding in art history. In one piece, wolf babies“Romulus and Remus” eagerly suck milk from their she-wolf mother’s teets, while in Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s 18th century masterpiece, we explore the story of “Roman Charity”, where a mother secretly breastfeeds her father after he is sentenced to death by starvation.

In honor of Judkis’ intriguing article, we have compiled a slideshow of some of our favorite images of breastfeeding in art history. It certainly widens your perspective to realize the content that shocks us today has been present for hundreds of years, doesn’t it? Enjoy the best mammary glands art history has to offer, though don’t say we didn’t warn you about the creepy nature of medieval children… Read the rest of this entry »

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Leica 0-Series Camera Sold For $2.8 Million At Austrian Auction

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 15, 2012


This past weekend at an auction the BBC reported that an 89-year-old Leica camera recently sold to an anonymous bidder for the princely sum of 2.16m euros (nearly $3,000,000). This camera is one of 12 surviving models of the legendary 0-Series, and was originally made in 1923 as an early prototype for the compact and durable Leica A. Read the rest of this entry »

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How a Routine Traffic Stop Led Italian Police to $3.6 Million in Stolen Art

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 19, 2011

When Italian police stopped a car near Milan last month, they discovered more than they bargained for. Not only was the driver driving without a license, but he and his companion both had criminal records, and, more shockingly still, they had a painting by Giorgio Morandi worth €200,000 ($291,500) in the trunk. By the time this curious tale had wended its way to its conclusion, 12 paintings belonging to collector Paola Folon of Monaco had been recovered.



A Warhol Mao similar to this one was recovered in Italy. / Courtesy Christie’s

At first the two men, aged 46 and 50, claimed that the painting was a gift, but police officers soon figured out that it was on Interpol‘s list of stolen artworks, France Soir reports. This discovery led investigators to an apartment building in Albenga, an Italian town near the French border, where they found a container that held a red Samsonite suitcase. Inside it were two more Morandi works, two images of Mao by Andy Warhol, a Léger painting from 1935, a work by Italian painterVirginio Ghiringhelli, a Balthus portrait, a painting by a 19th-century Japanese artist, and a work by a 19th-century Indian artist. All told, the stash has been estimated at €2.5 million ($3.6 million). Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Centipede II Banned By British Board Of Film Classification (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 8, 2011

Good decision. Lots of problems with kids due to this kind of films.
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The Buddha As Icon

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2011

By Michael Brenner, Senior Fellow, the Center for Transatlantic Relations; Professor of International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

This is the season when religious symbolism is prominent — especially in the Christian world. We tend to assume that similar symbols figure in the same manner in other religions. That is not so. Buddhism is the notable example of why.

The Buddha image is the most exceptional of religious icons. Its aesthetic is unique. Sculptures, paintings and photos have made it as familiar as portraits of Jesus on the cross. Ubiquity, though, has voided it of mystery and meaning. For stylistic simplicity makes it all too easy to miss the refinements of expression that convey the essence of Buddhist cosmology. The observer thereby fails to grasp its value as an aid to meditation as well.

In the first centuries after Siddhartha’s death, the emergent spiritual movement that was early Buddhism created no images of their guide. That was not due to any prohibition on physical representations such as that laid down in Islam against depictions of Allah or Mohammed. Rather, it reflected two cardinal features of Siddhartha and the religion that he inspired. Paramount is the central fact that he was not a prophet, did not see himself as a prophet and was not viewed as a prophet by his disciples. Comparisons with the prophetic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism are quite beside the point. The Buddha did not claim to be a messenger for an anthropomorphic god or have special access to any sort of Supreme Being. Indeed, unlike the Hindu sages of his times he never affirmed the existence of a universal spirit or immanent consciousness. In other words, his perspective deviates from the core Vedic concepts of the individual atman as an emanation of the universal brahman. That distinction was the theological difference that has separated the two great Indian religions. Read the rest of this entry »

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2011 James Dyson Award Now Accepting Entries

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 4, 2011

Congratula­tion for their creations. All the best.
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The Buddha As Icon

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2011

Buddha Dhamma (Sanskrit: Dharma) is not a religion, it does not give credence to a god or philosophy­, but is the Law of Nature about how we should handle spirit, soul and body to bring them together in harmony and to begin to annul the ego and to stop any sorrow or affliction in our life! This way we can learn to cultivate true happiness and not create a dependent happiness that is just for a fleeting moment eventually taking us back to the root of our problems. It takes a lot of insight and deep reflection about us to see this reality. It gives not only the peace message but also teaches techniques and methods for that. For more @ http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2010/0­5/26/buddh­ism-fundam­ental-of-w­orld-peace­/
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