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  • Spread @3:15AM, 2017-09-22
    Tags: art, lebensztejn, piss, putto, urine   

    A Secret History of the Pissing Figure in Art 

    [Via The New Yorker] What happened? Whither urine? Looking through the centuries, the modern observer can’t help but sense some uric conspiracy, a secret society of piss disclosed to modern man only in dribbles and drabs. It’s no accident that so many pissing putti, from their earliest days, appeared at bacchanals, foisting their “little members”—a favorite phrase of Lebensztejn’s—in sprawling, tawdry scenes, lousy with musicians and revellers. It’s as if life then were an endless party, a riot of fluids and fun where every jet, spurt, torrent, and dribble had its place and people were comfortable in their skins. Our forebears knew something that we don’t. They could laugh at what was holy to them. They could regard piss, through some parallax, as a symbol of both purity and Rabelaisian excess. Read the full article.

  • Titus Toledo @1:51AM, 2017-08-16
    Tags: art, lettering, martina flor   

    Martina Flor 

    The message you give to the world comes back to you in terms of clients and work. I told the world I was a lettering artist and I only show work related to that. Read the interview at 99U

  • Spread @2:33AM, 2017-05-01
    Tags: art,   

    Milton Glaser’s The Piero Project 

    Certainly no designer and perhaps no artist has been more involved in an open dialogue with artists of the past than Milton Glaser. From Piero della Francesca and Piero di Cosimo to Matisse, Seurat, Cézanne, Lautrec and Dumchamp, et al, Glaser has been inspired by and responded to their work for the last 60 plus years, beginning during his studies with Giorgio Morandi in Bologna in the early 1950s, on a Fullbright Scholarship.This fascination is in evidence in two concurrent exhibits at the Binghamton University Art Museum: Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns and The Piero Project, both which run from March 31 through May 20, 2017.

    Read the rest: Print Magazine

  • Spread @2:26AM, 2017-05-01
    Tags: art, , Kiki de Montparnasse, mistresses   

    Kiki de Montparnasse 

    Alice Prin, known as the Queen of Montparnasse, was at the centre of Parisian bohemia in the 1920s. Raised in poverty, she moved to Paris when she was barely a teenager, took the nickname Kiki, and started posing nude for artists such as Alexander Calder, Jean Cocteau and Fernand Léger, while also selling her own paintings. Hemingway provided an introduction to her 1929 autobiography, Kiki’s Memoirs, and for a few years in the 1930s she owned a nightclub, “Chez Kiki”. For six years, she was Man Ray’s lover and muse, starring in several short films as well as hundreds of his photographs, including the iconic Le Violon D’Ingres. When he communicated his decision to leave her for his protegé, Lee Miller, she famously made a scene and threw plates at him in their local café.

    Read the rest: Iconic Mistresses in Art History via AnOther

  • Spread @4:02AM, 2017-04-27
    Tags: , art, knitting, women   

    The Revolution Will Be Handmade! 

    At one time, women’s education included critical training in needle arts like sewing and knitting, which were “not only necessary skills but also political tools for the women involved in resisting authority.” At PBS, Corinne Segal reports on pussy hats and brain hats as just two examples in a long line of handmade symbols of women pitting themselves against the status quo. Then and now, knitting circles are perfect environments in which to sew the seeds of political and social discontent.

    Read the rest: Longreads

  • Spread @3:10AM, 2017-04-26
    Tags: art, , ron athey   

    Ron Athey 

    “What is this desire for faith? When my whole world was consumed by AIDS, when people around me started dying, when every one of my heroes was gone, it felt like the book of apocalypse was happening. So that period influenced and scarred me in such a way that I lost faith. I had what you call a God hole.” —Ron Athey, performance artist

    Read the rest: BOMB Magazine

  • Spread @11:27PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: art, cinema, david lynch, ,   

    David Lynch on Memory, Chance and Intuition 

    “I saw a picture of the volcano Mt. St. Helens exploding and when you look at the smoke, it’s thick and it flows and roils a certain way. This is exactly the way the Elephant Man’s flesh looked. It was like a slow-motion explosion of flesh. Here’s the thing: just like in a painting, there are fast areas, and slow areas. These relationships are kind of critical, and how a thing flows is critical, but again, it’s not an intellectual thing. It’s an intuitive thing. You can’t really talk about it, but things have a way of wanting to be.” —David Lynch

    Read the rest of the interview with David Lynch, America’s foremost auteur about the principles powering his unique vision, here

  • Spread @11:16PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: art, , grant snider,   

    Styles of Writing 

    Credit: Grant Snider

  • Spread @3:58AM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: art, school of visual arts, underground posters, visual arts   

    Underground posters from the School of Visual Arts 

    Let’s be real about advertising for a moment. In the digital age, we’re constantly bombarded with click-bait ads and promotional videos. Audiences are becoming more sensitive to these efforts, ad blockers are on the rise, and in 2017 we can expect advertising to continue its trend toward the hyper-personalized. People want human-centric design. But for the School of Visual Arts in New York City, that has never been an issue.

    Read the rest from PRINT Magazine

  • Spread @3:22AM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: art, lines, , sze tsung leong   

    Sze Tsung Leong 

    Poetic Pictures of Horizon Lines by Sze Tsung Leong

    See the rest from Fubiz

  • Spread @6:16AM, 2017-03-24
    Tags: art, , walt whitman   

    The Claustrophobic Paranoia of Walt Whitman’s Lost Novel 

    Via The New Yorker – Late one night last May, Zachary Turpin, a graduate student in the English department at the University of Houston, sat in bed next to his sleeping wife and daughter, hunting for lost works by Walt Whitman on his laptop. Turpin has spent untold hours poring over journals, letters, and other ephemera in the Walt Whitman Archive, noticing the poet’s distinctive phrases and cadences; that night, he was searching through old newspapers, hoping to find echoes of that prose. In an 1852 issue of the New York Daily Times (the newspaper dropped the word “daily” in 1857), he found a small advertisement for a novel that was to be serialized, anonymously, in another publication, the Sunday Dispatch. The novel was called “The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle.” Whitman had used the name Jack Engle in his journals. The ad’s grandiose copy also felt Whitmanian: it promised “an Auto-Biography, in which will be handled the Philosophy, Philanthropy, Pauperism, Law, Crime, Love, Matrimony, Morals, &c., which are characteristic of this great City at the present time.” Turpin wrote to the Library of Congress to request a scan of the newspaper in which the novel first appeared. “As it turns out, Jack Engle is the real thing,” he writes, in the introduction to the novel, which has just been republished by the University of Iowa Press. Whitman wrote the book while he was working as a contractor—he built houses—and writing “Leaves of Grass,” which he published in 1855. Only a single original copy has survived, in the six consecutive numbers of the Sunday Dispatch housed in the Library of Congress.

    Read the rest from The New Yorker

  • Spread @11:01PM, 2017-02-25
    Tags: art, Gemma O’Brien,   

    Gemma O’Brien 

    Technological innovations will continue to wow and delight, but they’ll also come and go. In the creative world there is no replacement for the human touch as Australian calligrapher Gemma O’Brien shows us. O’Brien likens creating live art to sport. “You can’t just look away,” she says. While an artist like an athlete, can practice a concept to perfect it, the actual performance forces an artist to take a leap into an environment where mistakes can’t be airbrushed out. Here, O’Brien discusses why authenticity trumps perfection

    Read the rest at 99U

  • Spread @2:38AM, 2017-02-15
    Tags: art, , , red   

    A Brief History of Red 

    Recipe books from the Middle Ages reveal the extreme methods artists pursued to achieve their reds. For the most part, painters have always loved red, from the Paleolithic period to the most contemporary. Very early on, red’s palette came to offer a variety of shades and to favor more diverse and subtle chromatic play than any other color. In red, artists found a means to construct pictorial space, distinguish areas and planes, create accents, produce effects of rhythm and movement, and highlight one figure or another.

    Read it from The Paris Review

  • Spread @12:50AM, 2017-02-13
    Tags: art, , paul nash   

    Paul Nash 

    Within moments of entering the Tate’s exhibit Paul Nash’s paintings, my brisk walk slowed to a mesmerized linger as I encountered something new and strange, watching the artist make discoveries and adjustments, trying in different ways to fit his vision to dark experience and to blend his “Englishness” with international modernism—and not always succeeding. Even at its most urgent, Nash’s painting seems tremulous, poised between past and future, dream and reality.

    Read the rest from The New York Review of Books

  • Spread @11:39PM, 2017-02-12
    Tags: art, , love, short story   

    Love Is Blind and Deaf 

    They ate apples when they ate and, after a while, they knew it all. Eve grasped the purpose of suffering (there is none), and Adam got his head around free will (a question of terminology). They understood why the new plants were green, and where breezes begin, and what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Adam saw spots; Eve heard pulses. He saw shapes; she heard tones. And, at a certain point, with no awareness of the incremental process that had led them there, they were fully cured of their blindness and deafness. Cured, too, of their marital felicity.

    Fiction reads from The New Yorker

  • Spread @12:23AM, 2017-02-08
    Tags: art, bob marley, ,   

    Lost Bob Marley Tapes Restored 

    For 40 years, 13 reel-to-reel tapes containing live Bob Marley songs sat in a cardboard box in a London hotel basement. They might have landed in the trash if they hadn’t been discovered in a building clean-out by a friend of the London businessman Joe Gatt, who alerted his colleague Louis Hoover. Mr. Hoover recognized the value of the tapes immediately. “I was speechless,” he told The Guardian.

    The analog tapes contain the original recordings of Mr. Marley’s concerts between 1974 and 1978, at European venues like the Lyceum Theater in London and the Pavillon de Paris.

    Read the rest from The New York Times

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