David Hockney Designed Westminster Abbey's Newest Stained Glass Window—on an iPad

Westminster Abbey, YouTube
Westminster Abbey, YouTube

Westminster Abbey just got a new stained glass window whose colorful depiction of a country path contrasts starkly with the surrounding Gothic architecture. As The Guardian reports, famed 81-year-old British pop artist David Hockney sketched the scene of blossoming hawthorn on his iPad, then a 10-person team from Barley Studio in York, England installed the stained glass and brought his vision to life. The window, which replaced a section of "mostly blank" glass, is over 27 feet tall and nearly 11.5 feet wide.

It is called the Queen's Window, having been commissioned to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. As for Her Majesty, no word yet on whether or not she likes it. "The Queen very often doesn't give you a very strong reaction," John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, told The Guardian. But Hall praised the newest addition to the church for having "an amazing brightness and clarity" and being a celebration of something the Queen has long loved: the countryside.

"It is wonderful to have something which is utterly contemporary from one of the greatest artists of the Queen's reign," Hall said.

It was certainly a bold choice, and as with much pop art, not everyone loves the end result. Dr. James Alexander Cameron, a freelance art and architectural historian who runs the blog Stained Glass Attitudes, wrote on Twitter, "I mean it depends on the quality of the actual glass but I think David Hockney might have topped Hugh Easton for 'worst window in Westminster Abbey.'"

Easton, the late artist Cameron is referring to, created six stained glass windows for Westminster Abbey. One window, dedicated in 1947, pays tribute to soldiers who fought in the Battle of Britain seven years prior. Two others, in a section called Cheyneygates, depict a wreath of roses and famed ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn.

This marks the first time in Hockney's nearly 60-year career that one his artworks has been rendered on stained glass. He's considered one of the most influential British artists of the past century, and, according to The New York Times, if a scheduled Christie's auction next month of one of his 1972 works sells for its $80 million estimate, he'll become the world's most expensive living artist.

[h/t The Guardian]

'Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes' Exhibit Features Original Art and MCU Costumes

Christine Mitchell/Museum of Pop Culture
Christine Mitchell/Museum of Pop Culture

If you’ve come down with a case of Marvel mania, there’s a museum in Philadelphia where you can sate your appetite for superhero lore, rare comic book art, movie props, trivia, and more. As the PhillyVoice reports, an exhibit called “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” is open now through September 2 at The Franklin Institute.

It’s a fitting time to launch the exhibit, since Marvel is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The exhibit begins with items from Marvel’s early days in the 1930s, when the company was known as Timely Comics. Marvel’s universe grew and grew over the decades, and now encompasses more than 8000 characters.

In total, the exhibit features more than 300 original artifacts, including many of the movie-quality costumes that were worn by the actors of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Captain America (Chris Evans). There are also original artworks, including two covers of The Avengers comic books and the original drawings of Spider-Man’s origin story.

“This global-spanning fantasy franchise that is in everybody's brains begins with an individual working at a drawing board with a pencil and paper—that's where world-conquering stories begin,” exhibit curator Ben Saunders told the PhillyVoice. “That's what I wanted to tell over and over and over again in this show."

The exhibition includes some interactive elements, too. Visitors can take a stroll through the trippy, Doctor Strange-inspired mirror room, or snap a selfie with The Thing from the Fantastic Four. The exhibit also pays tribute to comic book visionary Stan Lee, who died last year. (And if you really want to geek out, there's an online class you can take on "The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture," which was partly created by Lee while he was alive.)

Check out some photos of the exhibit below, and visit The Franklin Institute’s website for more details and tickets.

A mirror room
Christine Mitchell/Museum of Pop Culture

Spiderman hangs from a wall
Sandro Vanini/Museum of Pop Culture

A Groot bust
Sandro Vanini/Museum of Pop Culture

A man looks at a comics display
Jonathan Pulley/Museum of Pop Culture

[h/t PhillyVoice]

Attention Hayao Miyazaki Fans: Studio Ghibli is Hiring Digital Painters

Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is one of the most beloved animation studios on Earth, spawning its own museum and a theme park that's opening in 2022. If you're an artist who grew up watching movies like Spirited Away (2001), Princess Mononoke (1997), and My Neighbor Totoro (1988), you may be the perfect match for this new job: As It's Nice That reports, Studio Ghibli is seeking digital painters to work on its new feature film.

The studio's new painters will be responsible for putting the finishing touches on the upcoming animated movie How Do You Live? When the job starts on October 1, 2019, they'll work directly with Hayao Miyazaki (no, the 78-year-old director hasn't retired yet) to digitally paint the feature film. Salary depends on experience, with a base pay of $2236 a month, and the gig will last at least 1.5 years.

To land the job, you'll need to have experience working with 2D animation software and a grasp of the Japanese language. You also need to be over 20 years old and a resident of Japan as of May 31.

Aspiring Ghibli artists can apply for the job by filling out a form and sending it to the company by the end of May. And if you're looking to boost your job skills, you can download the animation software used to create some of the studio's most iconic films.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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