{ feuilleton }


• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.

Archive for September, 2007


The definitive Blade Runner

The definitive Blade Runner | The final director’s cut.

Posted in {film}, {noted}, {science fiction} | Comments Off


Winsor McCay’s Hippodrome souvenirs


A cover design by the great cartoonist and pioneer animator. Typical of a compulsive fantasist to add a huge dragon head to an otherwise regulation piece of Chinoiserie. No date or any indication as to whether McCay’s work was also featured inside but there’s another design of his for the same establishment here. The latter […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {comics}, {illustrators} | 1 comment »


Piranesi as designer


Pier table for Cardinal Rezzonico (c. 1768). This ostentatious object is on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in an exhibition devoted to Piranesi’s work as a designer. Piranesi (whose work adorns the current {feuilleton} header) is far more well-known for his Carceri d’Invenzione and Vedute di Roma prints than for his furniture design, […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {black and white}, {design} | 3 comments »


Best Science Images of 2007

Best Science Images of 2007 National Geographic awards.

Posted in {noted}, {photography}, {science}, {technology} | Comments Off


Aerodynamik by Kraftwerk


1 Aerodynamik (Intelligent Design Mix by Hot Chip) (8:34) 2 La Forme (King Of The Mountains Mix by Hot Chip) (11:31) This is a curious moment to be releasing a remix single, four years after the last studio album, Tour De France Soundtracks, which is the origin of the music here. But the Düsseldorf boys […]

Posted in {design}, {electronica}, {music} | Comments Off


Last Suppers and last straws


Hardly a week passes without the religious right in America getting their knickers in a twist over some new iniquity, a condition so commonplace that new outbreaks are barely worth acknowledging. However, this week’s storm in a teacup caught my attention for being art-related. If there’s one thing certain American Christians have in common with […]

Posted in {art}, {fashion}, {film}, {gay}, {painting}, {photography}, {religion}, {television} | 16 comments »


Kai Z Feng


Mitch Hewer, aka gay character Maxxie in the Channel 4 TV series Skins, as photographed by Kai Z Feng. Almost the Flandrin pose; maybe he can lose his jeans next time… Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The recurrent pose archive

Posted in {eye candy}, {gay}, {photography}, {television} | 8 comments »


The art of Jessie M King, 1875–1949


The Fisherman and His Soul : Her Feet were Naked from A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde, 1915. A delicate piece of Orientalism illustrating Wilde’s book of fairy tales. Jessie Marion King’s work is a fascinating amalgam of the decorative post-Beardsley style exemplified by Harry Clarke and the Glasgow Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {books}, {illustrators} | 4 comments »


Austin Spare in Glasgow

Austin Spare

Self-portrait by Austin Osman Spare (1907). A late discovery but worth a mention, an Austin Spare exhibition that’s been running in Glasgow this month. From the press release: An exhibition of 13 prints from this great artist and Occultist will run until 29th September 2007 at Mono, King’s Court, King Street Glasgow. We have a […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {occult} | 6 comments »


How to spot a novel

How to spot a novel It’s all in the labelling.

Posted in {books}, {noted} | Comments Off


Street Sounds Electro


I spent much of the summer of 1983 playing games on a very primitive ZX Spectrum computer while listening to the first couple of Street Sounds Electro compilations. Those mix albums were among the best releases that year and remain highly sought after, seeing as they’ve never been reissued on CD. The musical reputation of […]

Posted in {design}, {electronica}, {magazines}, {music}, {typography} | 15 comments »


The London LomoWall


One Flickr user‘s view of the LomoWall in Trafalgar Square, an exhibition of Lomography, as Lomo-style camera use is called. The exhibit runs until Sunday by which time the organisers are hoping to have accumulated 100,000 Lomography pictures, making it the largest LomoWall to date. Update: the BBC discovers the Cult of the Lomo.

Posted in {art}, {events}, {photography} | Comments Off


Deaf Center in Manchester


Out this evening to Trinity Church again to see Deaf Center as part of a Type Records-themed event. Greg Haines set things rolling with a mysterious e-bow/autoharp performance where he managed to coax from a stringed instrument the kind of sounds more usually associated with electronic music. Deaf Center are Norwegians Erik Skodvin and Otto […]

Posted in {electronica}, {events}, {music}, {photography} | 2 comments »


The art of Hernan Gimenez


Nijinski I (2006). More photographs and montages by Hernan Gimenez at his ArtsCad pages. Via Fabulon. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Andrey Avinoff, 1884–1949 • The Decorative Age • Images of Nijinsky

Posted in {art}, {dance}, {eye candy}, {gay}, {photography} | 2 comments »



LOLThulhu O R’lyeh? Iä, rly.

Posted in {lovecraft}, {noted} | Comments Off


Eugene de Salignac


Queensboro Bridge, exposures made for experiment, February 9, 1910. From New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac at the Museum of the City of New York until October 28th. Via Boing Boing. • More Selignac bridge photos Previously on { feuilleton } • Luther Gerlach’s Los Angeles • The Bradbury Building: Looking Backward from […]

Posted in {architecture}, {cities}, {photography} | Comments Off


Wesley Fleming’s glass insects


Asian Longhorn Beetle. More at Fleming’s Glassartists.org page and his website. Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Lucio Bubacco • The sculpture of Christopher Conte • The art of Sergei Aparin • Insect Lab • The glass menagerie • The art of Jessica Joslin

Posted in {art}, {sculpture} | 1 comment »


Unknown Pleasures at the Tate

Unknown Pleasures at the Tate Jon Wozencroft on Peter Saville’s sleeve design.

Posted in {design}, {music}, {noted} | Comments Off


20 Sites n Years revisited


South London Dreaming by Tom Phillips (2007). Tom Phillips’ ongoing art project, 20 Sites n Years, is now presented on his site with a facility which allows the viewing of all the photos for each location. (And if you haven’t come across the project before, the specifications are here.) Nice being able to step through […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {cities}, {photography} | Comments Off


Sipping From a Utopian Well in the Desert

Sipping From a Utopian Well in the Desert Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti.

Posted in {architecture}, {noted} | Comments Off




Ghubar calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy. Ghubar (or “dust” in Arabic) is the name of a special kind of calligraphic script. As its name implies, ghubar can be as delicate as particles of dust on a piece of paper. Words written in this script can be as fine as a single hair. Originally designed for messages […]

Posted in {art}, {typography} | 3 comments »


AVAF at Mao Mag


New York-based Mao Mag seems to have a predilection for a particular brand of psychedelic imagery if recent issues are anything to go by. Peter Max was on the cover of #8 earlier this year and appeared inside together with a feature on the equally eye-popping work of Kenny Scharf. For #9 it’s the turn […]

Posted in {art}, {gay}, {magazines}, {painting}, {psychedelia}, {sculpture} | 3 comments »


Maximum Silence by Giancarlo Neri


Not an album cover design by Storm Thorgerson but an artwork of 10,000 lights by Giancarlo Neri which filled the grounds of the Circus Maximus in Rome earlier this week. Neri’s earlier work, The Writer, a huge table and chair, was also shown in Rome as well as appearing on Hampstead Heath in London. What […]

Posted in {art}, {sculpture} | Comments Off


The recurrent pose 7


The Flandrin pose returns in a photograph for the Adonis series by Brent Dundore. Flandrin was striving for a Classical simplicity in his original painting and the quasi-Classical seat in this picture seems to be doing the same. This might easily become a line drawing like those produced by John Flaxman, a contemporary of Flandrin’s […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {eye candy}, {gay}, {photography} | Comments Off


The Man We Want to Hang by Kenneth Anger


The title comes from a newspaper headline, one of many that the tabloid press bestowed on occultist Aleister Crowley whilst titillating their readers with lurid descriptions of orgies and Black Masses throughout the 1920s. Before the Second World War it was still possible to label a self-aggrandising magus “The Wickedest Man in the World”. If […]

Posted in {art}, {film}, {lovecraft}, {occult}, {painting} | 4 comments »


Coulthart Calendar 2008


Mid-September is when new calendars are unveiled so here’s my addition to the calendrical onslaught. This year’s edition is an improved version (with tinted page art and a unique cover design) of the Lovecraft-themed calendar I produced last year, and of the three 2007 designs was easily the most popular. The pictures are those from […]

Posted in {art}, {lovecraft}, {work} | Comments Off


Outer Dark


A very young-looking Cormac McCarthy (he was 35) in a New York Times book ad from 1968. There are more ads from the paper’s recent past here. Previously on { feuilleton } • Cormac McCarthy book covers

Posted in {books}, {cormac} | 2 comments »


Strange cargo: things found in books


The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects by Alexandra David-Neel & Lama Yongden, City Lights Books (1972). One of the additional pleasures of buying old books besides finding something out-of-print (or, it has to be said, something cheap) occurs when those books still possess traces of their previous owners. A recent posting on The […]

Posted in {books}, {film}, {horror}, {occult}, {religion}, {symbolists} | 12 comments »


Gertrude Käsebier’s crystal gazer


The Crystal Gazer (or The Magic Crystal, 1904). The photographs of Gertrude Käsebier (1852–1934) seem to be popular with art directors; the picture above was used on the sleeve of the Spangle Maker EP by the Cocteau Twins in 1984 and her Silhouette of a Woman / A Maiden at Prayer (1899) appeared on the […]

Posted in {design}, {music}, {photography} | 1 comment »


Brandon Herman


Ian with headphone. Photographs by Brandon Herman at the David Gallery, Culver City, CA. The exhibition runs from September 8th–October 13th, 2007. In BrandonHermanLand the subjects are absorbed in their own intensely private worlds, whether it be cleaning the pool, contemplating a baseball in bed, or skateboarding nude at night. Herman’s talent as a photographer […]

Posted in {eye candy}, {gay}, {photography} | 2 comments »


A Jihad for Love

A Jihad for Love New documentary about gay Muslims.

Posted in {film}, {gay}, {noted}, {religion} | Comments Off


Olafur Eliasson’s BMW


Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project (2007). A busy time for the artist this month with his design for BMW’s Art Car series (above) going on display for the first time in San Francisco. All the previous artists involved in this series have been content with merely painting on the body of the car. Eliasson’s […]

Posted in {art}, {sculpture}, {technology} | 3 comments »


Giorgio Ghisi’s Allegory of Life


Allegory of Life or The Dream of Raphael (detail, 1561). The British Museum’s description: This famous print is often called The Dream of Raphael, because the lettering at the bottom states that the design is by Raphael. However, the accumulation of incidental detail is wholly uncharacteristic of Raphael’s style and no one believes that it […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {fantasy} | 3 comments »


Relighting the Magick Lantern


The first part of Kenneth Anger’s Magick Lantern Cycle appeared on DVD in a splendid edition from Fantoma earlier this year. The second and final part is due for release on October 2nd and you can see the mouthwatering trailer here. This new set includes the Cocteau-esque Harlequinade, Rabbit’s Moon (1950); homoerotica, bikers and rock’n’roll […]

Posted in {film}, {gay}, {occult}, {psychedelia} | 5 comments »


Les lieux imaginaires d’Erik Desmazières


Labyrinthe II (2003). This is very late notice but I only just discovered that there’s been a major exhibition of etchings by Erik Desmazières running at the Jenisch Gallery in Vevey, Switzerland. The exhibition, which ends on September 9th, includes these more recent works among over 100 other pieces covering the extent of the artist’s […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {black and white}, {fantasy} | 3 comments »


Fifty neglected novels

Fifty neglected novels Ballard, Vikings and Samuel Johnson.

Posted in {books}, {noted} | 4 comments »


The art of Matthew Stradling


Angel (no date). Lots more lavish and erotic work at Matthew Stradling’s site. Thanks again to Thom for the tip! Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive Previously on { feuilleton } • Obverse Paintings by Fred Chuang • The art of Jacques Sultana • The art of Lucio Bubacco • The […]

Posted in {art}, {gay}, {painting} | 4 comments »


Olafur Eliasson’s Serpentine Pavilion


The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and the award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, of the architectural practice Snøhetta, is now open to the public and will remain on site until November 2007. The Pavilion acts as a “laboratory” every Friday night with artists, architects, academics and scientists leading […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art} | 4 comments »







“feed your head”