December 27, 2018 9:18
Updated December 27, 2018 10:45
From a protest in Honduras to a car in the room, Kelly Grovier, an art critic of the BBC, selects 8 images that have influenced, inspired or gone virus in the year ending.
1. The art of lying down
On the streets of Honduras Tegucigalpa, a young woman called the world's attention for her way of protesting the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández.
Located comfortably on the pavement in front of a number of policemen, head resting on her hand with an expression bordering on boredom or perhaps confusion, the young woman's position evokes other iconically relaxed art history bags: from the sculpture to "Sleeping Hermaphrodite", from the second century to "Rest at noon", 1890 painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
2. Space Odyssey
In a photo provided by SpaceX, a Tesla roadster was launched from a rocket with a fictional driver named Starman on his way to Mars (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
In February, South African entrepreneur Elon Musk put his old car in orbit: a 2008 Tesla Roadster.
The images, which became viral, show a mannequin dressed as an astronaut who seems to drive the car through the room. The pictures showed an overwhelming perspective on the earth.
Our planet, as a distant bullet in the sky, had never been so oddly out of place, since Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch – or Bosco – showed in his famous triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights" Ghostly land adrift.
3. A lava river in a quiet neighborhood
A lava river on Makamae Street in Leilani, Hawaii, May 6. The eruption of Kilauea caused the evacuation of 1700 residents (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
On May 5, the largest earthquake that struck Hawaii in 40 years caused the lava in the Kilauea volcano to erupt.
The images of the burning lava that oozes through the streets of the Puna district caused astonishment in the world.
A similar sulfur phenomenon captures the imagination of the eighteenth century in Europe, when the fierce rumen of Mount Vesuvius and its eruption inspired the English painter Joseph Wright, who represented the disaster in a number of works.
4. The G7 Summit
In a photo from the German government's press office, Donald Trump meets world leaders at the G7 Summit in June (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
A picture taken at the G7 Summit in June managed to capture the strained relations between the US President and his allies of the NATO Treaty.
In the picture you can see German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom she looks at Trump and is flanked by several world leaders.
The placement of the characters is oddly reminiscent of the composition of the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch "The Conjurer" (1502), where a group of respectable people slowly attracted a magician while the wizard steals scary assets of the crowd.
5. Universal Religion
Belgium defender Vincent Kompany (left) tries to score a goal for Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima during the Belgium-Japan match on July 2 (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
In an air strike by Belgian Vincent Kompany during this year's World Cup in Russia, Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made some extraordinary stunts.
The great body of Kawashima, captured in an exciting picture by Petr David Josek, remembers an unusual portrait of a winged Christ, floating like a hummingbird, over San Francisco while receiving the same wounds that Christ suffered during the crucifixion.
6. Palestinian protests
Palestinians throw stones and burn tires in response to Israeli forces during a maritime demonstration in Gaza City on October 22, 2018. (PHOTO: GETTY PHOTOS)
Before a sky covered with smoke and tears, a protester traveled with Palestinian flags with his right hand, and adopted a position that many in social networks controversially compared to "Freedom Guiding the People," by Eugène Delacroix (1830).
But it is the harness that strikes its head with its left hand that places it forever in the old attitude of stone casters dating back to the least to the seventh century BC. C.
7. Robot adjustment
Prosthetist Mike Humphrey reviews Fred, a Mesmer robot built by engineering in Cornwall, England (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
The image of a prosthetic expert who played with the cranial circuits of a robot made by the Engineered Artses company was as captivating as it was disturbing.
The goal of engineering art to do with lifeless matter "faithful recreation of people in the real world, with the possible precision of the last pore or the finest of hair", recalls the devotion of the mythical Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion, who has the passion for a beautiful woman he had chiselled from the stone, the magical fusion of the marble body fell into raw meat.
8. Banksy shattered
Banksy programmed a shredder to destroy his work "A Girl with Balloon" right after it was sold at Sotheby's London auction house (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
The block of the hammer is still reasoned in the auction house when the work, which just sold $ 1.3 million, "Girl with a Balloon" by British artist Banksy, began to slip towards the bottom frame to go out below the converted stripes before a chorus of expression for surprise.
Shortly after the art world learned that Banksy had designed the joke by placing a crusher hidden in the work frame and making a new one: "Love is in the bag."
The conversion of the romantic image to strips of paper is reminiscent of the famous, noisy face of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, "Bond of Union" (1956).