Albanian art-trafficking ring broken up

Albanian police say they have foiled an art-trafficking ring seeking to sell hundreds of works of art abroad.

Prime Minister Edi Rama said the artworks seized – reportedly more than 1,000 – could fill an entire museum.

Among them were paintings, icons and murals thought to have been taken from churches and cultural centres in south-east Albania and Macedonia.

Their value was estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars, Albania’s Top TV reported.

Welcoming the police operation, Mr Rama said the artwork had “risked joining the long list of works that have crossed the country’s borders”.

He said it was one of the largest operations against art trafficking, but that it marked just the beginning of a campaign in which he appealed to Albanians to “redress this lamentable plight of our heritage”.

Experts say that Albania’s Orthodox churches have been plundered of much of their art work since the fall of communism, and that the trafficking of stolen art is widespread.

“[Albanian society] has forgotten that this might be our temporary house, but it remains the perennial abode of generations to come and we owe it to them to pass on the country we inherited from our ancestors,” the prime minister said.

State news agency ATA reported

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On the Art of Conversation

Having a decent conversation is something most of us imagine we can do without any problem – and certainly without much thought. These things just happen naturally. Don’t they?

But in truth, truly good conversations come along very rarely; largely because our societies fall for the Romantic myth that knowing how to talk to other people is something we are born knowing how to do, rather than an art dependent on a little planning and a few skills. We rightly accept that total improvisation in preparing a meal is unlikely to yield good outcomes; but we show no such caution or modesty when it comes to how we might talk over the food once it has been made. Finding oneself in a good conversation can feel as haphazard and random as stumbling on a beautiful square in a foreign city at night ­– and realising one won’t reliably know how to get back there in daytime.

The search for better conversations should begin with the question of what a conversation is ideally for. And here two basic functions suggest themselves: confirmation and clarification.

The official story of what life is like leaves out a daunting amount about who we really are. Too much

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Can advertising be art?

Don Draper seems to think so. If you’re familiar with TV’s “Mad Men” — the second half of its final season begins airing in April — you know that one of the central conceits of the show’s plot is sparked when Don, the protagonist, has his artistic integrity challenged or questioned by uninitiated, small-minded clients. With a little foresight you can ask this question, about ads and art, and see another, larger one looming behind it: What Is Art? It’s a question that has been known to cause the skin of critics and plebeians alike to crawl. It doesn’t have a correct answer, because it isn’t possible to speak objectively about a subjective concept. And yet we all feel pretty comfortable with the notion that some things are art and some things are not. It’s just that, for the most part, we’d rather let someone else make the call.

But let’s, if only this once, make a decision. Let’s settle the question right here and now: Can advertising be art?

For starters, Dwayne W. Waite, Jr. at talentzoo makes a compelling case that, no, it can’t be.

Waite’s argument is based on a handful of basic elements which he argues are limited by

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Fine Arts

Fine art is one branch of art created humans using penggungkapan medium such as art idea. Which belong to the art is a line, plane, shapes, letters, numbers, warn, even light. Because of such differences is used as the medium is then known branches of art such as painting, sculpture, graphic art, art design, and so on.
As a work of art, art can be classified into various interests. Based on the shape dineal the art works of two-dimensional (two-dimensional) and three-dimensional works of art (tridimensional). Two-dimensional work of art is a work of art that is attached to a flat surface such as drawing, painting, and the like. While the three-dimensional art works dalah works of art that uses bentu-form that has three sizes (length, width, height) as a medium, such as sculptures, works of craft, and the like.
In addition to the classification based on its shape, works of art can also be grouped by function usefulness in the context of human life. Based on its usefulness is known for fine arts murini (pure art / fine art) and art wear (applied art) which is often called the craft art.
Pure art or pure art is a work

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There are numerous ways in the web 2.0 world to make money online with your art and illustrations. Many of the methods I will outline will also double for crafts and photography, but this primer is focused on traditional paper/canvas art and illustration. Both fine art (the fancy stuff) and simple illustration can make you money online two ways–selling it outright, or licensing it. There are many great websites that can help you accomplish either:

Your own website: Although you could certainly make money with your art without it, I highly recommend having your own website to showcase your portfolio whether or not you are just an amateur dabbling in selling & licensing

art such as myself, or certainly if you are a professional who is looking to support themselves entirely with income from artworks. As artists promoting ourselves, a website will act as a home base linking all our social networks to sell art, and as well to display works, and some information about ourselves. A good art portfolio site might very well even have an e-commerce platform from which to sell works. There are many e-commerce platforms available, I recommend Shopify and Storenvy, and purchasing a dot