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Archive for December, 2010

 

Blood on the Moon

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A final picture to round off the year, a very large view of the recent lunar eclipse by Chris Hetlage. Via NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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“Who is this who is coming?”

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Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968). He blew tentatively and stopped suddenly, startled and yet pleased at the note he had elicited. It had a quality of infinite distance in it, and, soft as it was, he somehow felt it must be audible for miles round. It was a sound, too, that seemed to […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {film}, {horror}, {illustrators}, {television} | 20 comments »

 


Wildeana 4

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I could make these posts a lot more often since there’s seldom a week goes by when Oscar Wilde’s work or something from his life isn’t making the news somewhere. I forget now how I came across the Robert Hichens book but the Beardsley-derived cover design is the best I’ve seen for this title. The […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {black and white}, {books}, {design}, {gay}, {illustrators}, {theatre} | 1 comment »

 


The Snow Queen

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Edmund Dulac. Empty, vast, and cold were the halls of the Snow Queen. The flickering flame of the northern lights could be plainly seen, whether they rose high or low in the heavens, from every part of the castle. In the midst of its empty, endless hall of snow was a frozen lake, broken on […]

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Cardwell Higgins versus Harry Clarke

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A Delightful Page in the Record of My Existence. This picture popped up at Chateau Thombeau a few days ago and it’s also been circulating in Tumblr’s recursive labyrinth. The very obvious debt to Harry Clarke’s black-and-white style caught my attention, especially to the artist’s Poe illustrations with the reclining woman being a blatant swipe […]

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Saint Genet

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Miracle of the Rose (1965). Photo by Jerry Bauer, design by Kuhlman Associates. [William Burroughs is] without a doubt…the greatest American writer since WWII. There are very, very few writers in his class; I think Genet is about the only one whom I’d put in the same category. All the British and American writers so […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {burroughs}, {film}, {gay}, {magazines} | 10 comments »

 


Midnight sun

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Midnight sun in Advent Bay, Spitzbergen, Norway (c. 1890). In recognition of the Winter Solstice, a couple more photochrom prints from the Library of Congress collection. And some music… • Midnight Sun by Lionel Hampton | Midnight Sun (song version) by Nancy Wilson. Midnight sun, Bell Sound, Norway (c. 1890).

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Le Baiser de Narcisse

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We have the French gay culture site Bibliothèque Gay to thank for posting illustrations by Ernest Brisset from Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen’s rare volume of homoerotic fiction, Le baiser de Narcisse (The Kiss of Narcissus). The book was originally published in 1907 but it was a new edition in 1912 which came embellished with Brisset’s Classical drawings […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {drugs}, {gay}, {illustrators}, {magazines}, {painting} | 3 comments »

 


Weekend links 41

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Being an inveterate Kubrickphile I was naturally pleased to hear that some of the excised scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey have survived in a watchable form, even though I’m often ambivalent about the restoration of such material. While it was good to see at last the missing French compound sequence of Apocalypse Now, for […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {borges}, {design}, {electronica}, {film}, {gay}, {illustrators}, {kubrick}, {music}, {painting}, {politics}, {religion}, {science fiction}, {science}, {technology} | 4 comments »

 


Don Van Vliet, 1941–2010

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Photography & design by Ed Thrasher. So long, Spotlight Kid. This was only announced a few hours ago so you’ll be hearing a lot more about Captain Beefheart this weekend. What is there to say? I have all the albums and a lot of other stuff besides: rarities, outtakes, bootlegs and so on. Beefheart was […]

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Modern book illustrators, 1914

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Harry Clarke. Some samples from a collection of mostly black-and-white drawing at the Internet Archive, Modern Book Illustrators and Their Work (1914), edited by C. Geoffrey Holme & Ernest G. Halton. This was an illustration review produced by The Studio magazine and in this edition happens to feature […]

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Bloody fashion

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British jewellers Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom describe their work as “sculpture to be worn”. That’s an angel in the picture above while the lethal heels are a mermaid and a pirate. Probably far too expensive for Giftmas but you can dream. Via Phantasmaphile.

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Powell’s Bluebeard

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The subject of yesterday’s post, The Tales of Hoffmann, was the closest Michael Powell came to realising his concept of the “composed film”, a work which would combine performance, music, lighting and set design to create something which was unique to cinema. The central ballet sequence in The Red Shoes is another example of this, […]

Posted in {design}, {film}, {music}, {television}, {theatre} | 3 comments »

 


The Tale of Giulietta

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Watching Powell and Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) again at the weekend it occurred to me that the second act, The Tale of Giulietta, is the closest British cinema gets to the extravagant weirdness of Fellini Satyricon. Or it was until Velvet Goldmine… Lavish costumes and artificial decor, feasts, orgies, lust, betrayal, sorcery, a […]

Posted in {design}, {fantasy}, {film}, {music} | 10 comments »

 


Philippe Jullian, connoisseur of the exotic

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Monsieur Jullian as seen on the back cover of Dreamers of Decadence (1971). Here at last is the long-promised (and long!) piece about the life and work of Philippe Jullian (1919–1977), a French writer and illustrator who’s become something of a cult figure of mine in recent years. Why the fascination? First and foremost because […]

Posted in {art nouveau}, {art}, {books}, {design}, {drugs}, {fantasy}, {gay}, {illustrators}, {painting}, {symbolists} | 25 comments »

 


Weekend links 40

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Manchester, August, 1819: yeomanry on horseback charge a crowd of demonstrators; London, November, 2010: Mounted police charge demonstrators; London, December, 2010: “…police horses have charged the crowd once and appear to be about to do so again.” Rise like lions after slumber In unvanquishable NUMBER! Shake your chains to earth, like dew Which in sleep […]

Posted in {abstract cinema}, {animation}, {art}, {books}, {design}, {electronica}, {film}, {gay}, {music}, {painting}, {politics}, {religion}, {sculpture}, {technology} | 8 comments »

 


Le Manoir a l’Envers

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The only place of amusement which was an unqualified success was Le Manoir a l’Envers (The Upside-Down Manor). One entered this building through the roof. The furniture was suspended in the air and in the drawing-room people could walk round a chandelier whose lamps illuminated their feet; through the ventilator holes of the cellar there […]

Posted in {architecture}, {design} | 6 comments »

 


Art Institute, Stockholm, 1897

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More eccentric exposition architecture. This edifice towered briefly over the Stockholm skyline for the General Art and Industrial Exposition of 1897, an event for which there seems to be very little information online. The exposition doesn’t receive an entry at ExpoMuseum and this is the only photo at the Library of Congress’s wonderful Photocrom archive. […]

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

 


Odilon Redon lithographs

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La mort: mon ironie dépasse toutes les autres! (1889). Two samples from a collection of Odilon Redon etchings lithographs at Gallica, an archive I’ve only recently begun to look at. A shame that the larger images scale up the content and the empty margin, often leaving a very small picture in the centre not much […]

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

 


Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

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Black Earth by Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. How to sustain the atmosphere of something you’ve enjoyed without flogging the work itself to death by repeated viewing? In the case of Twin Peaks, the subject of yesterday’s post, you can indulge yourself with spin-off merchandise like this Garmonbozia T-shirt. Or you could try playing […]

Posted in {music}, {television} | 7 comments »

 


Through the darkness of future pasts

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Having spent the past two weeks re-watching the whole run of Twin Peaks, and following that with David Lynch’s 1992 prequel, Fire Walk With Me, I feel I owe the producers of these works a note of apology. Being a long-time Lynchophile I eagerly watched every episode of Twin Peaks when it was first screened […]

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Suchard at the Exposition Universelle

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A pair of adverts from the Guide Lemercier for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, available as either a PDF or individual page scans at the University of Heidelberg’s archive. This looks like it would have been a very usable guide, with coloured maps and a good selection of photographs. The Suchard adverts provide splashes […]

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Weekend links 39

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The Divine Punishment (1986) by Diamanda Galás. Design by Paul White/Me Company. What the Catholic League and certain members of the House presumably wish to remove from their consciousness is thirty years of death sentences handed down to their parishioners and citizenry, who were told not to wear condoms, and the mistreatment of those stigmatized […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {electronica}, {film}, {gay}, {magazines}, {music}, {photography}, {politics}, {psychedelia}, {religion}, {science} | 4 comments »

 


The art of Hunter Stabler

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Magick Kruller Alefbet Lamen of the Golden Dawn. People cast around the superlatives when describing Hunter Stabler’s hand-cut paper artworks with good reason. The skull below is an ink drawing but the artist’s website features many paper works which are just as intricate. Via Phantasmaphile. Hare Christmas Maharishi. Previously on { feuilleton } • The […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {occult}, {sculpture} | 1 comment »

 


Ecce homo redux

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Piss Christ (1987) by Andres Serrano. If the news of the past few weeks has felt like a re-run of the 1980s—ongoing recession, government cuts, riots in London, Tories casting aspersions on the undeserving poor, the threat of another royal wedding—then add to the list of déjà vu moments a flurry of outrage concerning art […]

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Outcrops

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Hvítserkur, Vestur-Hunavatnssysla, Iceland. By Flickr user jónr. I hadn’t come across this feature of north-west Iceland before until a view turned up in Flickr’s Explore. The place is a tourist site so there are many more such views. Ailsa Craig by Flickr user atomicjeep. Hvítserkur reminded me of Aisla Craig, a volcanic island a few […]

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Gilded volumes

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The cover of an 1894 edition of Jane Austen’s novel designed by Hugh Thomson (1860–1920). The so-called “Peacock Edition” is illustrated throughout and a copy can be yours for £845 should you be so inclined. Or you can go to the Internet Archive and download the same edition for free. Thomson’s lavish cover design is […]

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