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Archive for July, 2009


The recurrent pose 28


The Flandrin pose returns via this deviantART shot entitled Flandrin’s Skateboarder. Probably not what Flandrin himself had in mind but we’ve seen by now that this pose can manifest in numerous guises. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The recurrent pose archive

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New things for July


In Spaces Between from The Great Old Ones (1999). Some noteworthy pieces of news as the month draws to a rain-sodden and dismal conclusion. • Frank Woodward was in touch this week to let me know that his excellent HP Lovecraft documentary, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, will at last be appearing on DVD in […]

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The Fabulous Fifties


Okay, so it’s not all Fifties’ design—the Moog album is from 1974—but these are more choice Flickr postings from a set devoted to album sleeves of the Easy Listening variety. Much of the music would no doubt erode my patience very quickly but there’s some nice (uncredited) design work going on. Viva! Percussion! has a […]

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Harry Lachman’s Inferno


Looking at Willy Pogány’s work last week I was reminded that as well as illustrating books he worked in Hollywood for a while as an art director and set designer. Among those jobs was a credit for “Technical staff” on the only film for which director Harry Lachman is remembered today, a curious 1935 melodrama, […]

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The Whale again


Reading Moby Dick at the moment, and thoroughly enjoying it, so I felt the need to look again at Rockwell Kent’s tremendous illustrations. The Rockwell Kent Gallery at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum doesn’t have a complete set of these, unfortunately, but there’s more of them than in the Flickr set I pointed to earlier. […]

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Science fiction and fantasy covers


Two samples from a great Flickr set of science fiction and fantasy paperback covers. Both these titles were first published in 1976 and, unlike many Flickr postings, this set gives credit to the cover artists where known. The Moorcock book is one of his Elric volumes and while it isn’t a favourite of mine, the […]

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The Wizard Of Oz at 70

The Wizard Of Oz at 70

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The Columbus Monument


You can always rely on expositions and world’s fairs for architectural extravagance. This monster globe was an unrealised proposition for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and would have required potential visitors to be conveyed “by lift to the Equator, and thence by spiral railway to the North Pole.” What Columbus’s ship is doing […]

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Willy Pogány’s Lohengrin


Not sure how I managed to miss this at the Internet Archive, a copy of Pogány’s lavishly illustrated rendition of Wagner’s Lohengrin from 1913. This followed two earlier Wagner adaptations for Tannhaüser (1911) and Parsifal (1912). Golden Age Comic Book Stories has scans of the other two equally stunning volumes. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } […]

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Heinz Edelmann, ‘Yellow Submarine’ Artist, Dies at 75

Heinz Edelmann, ‘Yellow Submarine’ Artist, Dies at 75

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How Amazon’s remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning’s digital future.

How Amazon’s remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning’s digital future

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Polish posters: Freedom on the Fence


Poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, designed by Bronis?aw Zelek (1965). Freedom on the Fence is a 40-minute documentary film by Andrea Marks about the history of the Polish poster which includes a look at the many unique cinema and theatre designs produced in the 1960s and ’70s. Marks spent ten years working on this […]

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Art of forgery: Fakes, mistakes and discoveries at the National

Art of forgery: Fakes, mistakes and discoveries at the National

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The art of Juliet Jacobson


I’ll be Your Mirror (2005). Not quite finished with the Moon since it’s visible in the background of Juliet Jacobson’s beautiful drawing, together with some other items of recurrent {feuilleton} concern: masturbating males, peacock feathers and human skulls. Pam at Phantasmaphile has a larger copy of this work while Ms Jacobson’s site has a number […]

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On the Moon


Two Apollo 11 pictures from NASA’s endlessly fascinating collection of high-res photos. Both these are of Buzz Aldrin taken with Neil Armstrong’s suit-mounted Hasselblad. The one above is the most famous of the lot, of course, reproduced endlessly (I even copied it once as part of a drawing), but you hardly ever see it in […]

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Memories of the Space Age


I was a Space Age boy. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in Project Mercury’s Friendship 7 a month before I was born, and growing up in the 1960s it was impossible to be unaware of the NASA missions. The first encyclopedia I was given in 1967 had a whole chapter […]

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Kaleidoscope: the switched-on thriller


I’ve not seen Jack Smight’s 1966 caper movie for years, and don’t remember much about it beyond Maurice Binder’s kaleidoscopic title sequence. But I like this collage poster, a suitably frenetic piece for one of Hollywood’s many attempts throughout the 1960s to capitalise on modish fashion. I can’t find a credit for the designer so […]

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The sweet sound of hell

The sweet sound of hell | Goblin and Dario Argento.

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Telling Tales at the V&A


Robber Baron Table (2006) By Studio Job. Telling Tales, a free exhibition now running at the V&A, London, is subtitled Fantasy & Fear in Contemporary Design. Looking at Studio Job’s timely and prescient Robber Baron Table, “fear and loathing” might be more suitable; a must for the current crop of squalid parasites in the banking […]

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The art of Benoit Prévot


The Fountain of Youth. Another artist I ought to have mentioned earlier. Benoit Prévot is a French illustrator and comic artist with a sideline in stylish homoerotics. He’s witty too, wit being a rare quality in art of this nature, as is the Twenties’ atmosphere he so obviously enjoys. His official site has originals for […]

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Apollo liftoff


Forty years ago I was seven years old and this sight, dear reader, was the most thrilling thing in the whole world. Even now, seeing again the classic fisheye moment of Apollo 11′s launch sparks a buried flare of childhood excitement, resurrecting a deep obsession with astronauts, Saturn V rockets, command modules and lunar landing […]

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Tetragram for Enlargement


A stunning architectural video installation produced by Apparati Effimeri for last month’s Itinerario Festival, in which the stolid Rocca Malatestiana in Cesena, Italy, is painted with stripes, then mutated, melted and finally blown apart in slow motion. I’d love to see this effect applied to large city-centre buildings but the results are so striking they’d […]

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David Becket’s bookplates


From David Becket: His Book of Bookplates, a slim volume published in 1906. The wonderfully spare style of these looks advanced for the time but probably owes something to William Nicholson‘s earlier work. Nicholson collaborated with brother-in-law James Pryde (as “The Beggarstaffs”) on poster designs with the same reduced detail, masses of black and hand-drawn […]

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Andy Paiko’s glass art


The Glass Chair. Today’s glass artists continue to astonish. Andy Paiko‘s one-off creation above is a chair whose vitrines contain a rhesus monkey skull, a piece of octopus coral, a murex spiny trumpet shell, the skeleton of a rat, and a mountain lion skull. The piece below contains a 24 carat gold-plated coyote skull with […]

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When folk was hip

When folk was hip | Joe Boyd on the folk revival of the 1960s.

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Charles Ricketts’ Hero and Leander


Enthusiasts of Charles Ricketts’ illustrations can find book collections of his drawings and paintings but the artist (with partner Charles Shannon) was also a printer, typographer and book designer who would no doubt have preferred his illustrations to be seen in their intended setting. The Internet Archive has a few choice examples of Rickett’s books, […]

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Hope Sandoval – she went away but now she’s back

Hope Sandoval – she went away but now she’s back | Free track available from her forthcoming album.

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The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951


Following yesterday’s post about Frieda Harris’s Tarot designs, it only seems right to acknowledge the other major Tarot artist of the 20th century. Pamela Colman Smith has been overshadowed by her male mentor, Golden Dawn scholar AE Waite, even more than Frieda Harris whose name at least gets mentioned as much as Crowley’s in discussion […]

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Layered Orders: Crowley’s Thoth Deck and the Tarot


left: The Magus from the Thoth Tarot by Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley (1938–1940?); right: The Magus from The Major Arcana by John Coulthart (2006). Phantasmaphile presents another magickal art event in NYC next week. Layered Orders: Crowley’s Thoth Deck and the Tarot is described as “a personal narrative by Jesse Bransford”, an artist with […]

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The art of Robert R Bliss, 1925–1981


Standing boy pulling ropes (1962). The chiaroscuro above looks like a photo print but is actually a painting. I’ve seen Bliss’s name mentioned a few times before but he remains rather difficult to track down online, most of the visible works being on auction sites. What there is consists mostly of young men in swim […]

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Der Orchideengarten


Will at A Journey Round My Skull turned up some gold this week in the form of several covers from a German periodical, Der Orchideengarten, which ran for 51 issues from 1919 to 1921. This is generally credited as being the world’s first fantasy magazine which makes its unaccountable obscurity all the more surprising. Both […]

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Andrew Chase’s steel cheetah


From tiny metal animals to something a lot larger. Andrew Chase‘s fully-articulated cheetah is 61 cm (24 inches) high and 127 cm (50 inches) in length, and joins a similar mechanoid giraffe and elephant as part of Chase’s ongoing Timmy project. Lots more pictures of all the animals at Baekdal. Now if only these were […]

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Geoffrey Haberman’s brass insects


Blepharopsis mendica nymph. More insect art and some really gorgeous creations. Geoffrey Haberman also makes silver insects but I much prefer the brass ones. From four pages of Flickr photos including an incredible mantis horde. Idolomantis diabolica adult male. Previously on { feuilleton } • Sipho Mabona’s origami insects • Kitchen insects • Elizabeth Goluch’s […]

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Design as virus 9: Mondrian fashions


Elly Jackson of La Roux in the recent video for Bulletproof. I’ve been enjoying La Roux’s debut album a great deal in the past week. The jacket she’s wearing is designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and features the black stripes and primary colours used by Piet Mondrian (1874–1942) in his Neo-plasticist paintings of the 1920s.

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Heart of stone

Heart of stone | Marina Warner on the sculpture of Peter Randall-Page.

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Eno’s Luminous Opera House panorama


I’m a bit late with this one but better late than never. Brian Eno’s illuminated transformation of the Sydney Opera House, part of the city’s Luminous Festival, was widely publicised last month but I never got round to checking it out properly. This week Thom drew my attention (thanks Thom!) to this panorama by photographer […]

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Miasmah in Manchester


Out again to Trinity Church in Salford for an evening of musical performance from the Miasmah label. “Miasma” was a fitting word for this event since all three artists proved very adept at filling the humid air with great clouds of treated guitar chords, loops and electronic noise. The aural miasms created by The Sight […]

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Music sleuths seek out lost tunes

Music sleuths seek out lost tunes | Stealing a march on the majors.

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Michelangelo (by Michelangelo): Self-portrait discovered hidden in his final painting

Michelangelo (by Michelangelo): Self-portrait discovered hidden in his final painting

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Sipho Mabona’s origami insects


Praying Mantis (2008). Folded from a single sheet. Amazing. Lots more insects and other constructions on her Flickr page.And while we’re on the subject, Between the Folds is a documentary about origami artists currently doing the rounds of film festivals. Via Design Observer. Previously on { feuilleton } • Kitchen insects • Elizabeth Goluch’s precious […]

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