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Archive for April, 2011


Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #21


The Eternal Idol by Auguste Rodin. Continuing the delve into back numbers of Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, the German periodical of art and decoration. Volume 21 covers the period from October 1907 to March 1908, and the highlight of this issue is a feature on the black-and-white art of Julius Klinger, an artist whose drawings […]

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No future in England’s dreaming


A German print showing the 1649 execution of Charles I outside the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London. …the so-called “English Civil War” of 1649–60 was more truthfully “The English Revolution”, as the Marxist author Christopher Hill has long maintained, being the direct precursor to both the French and Russian Revolutions. That the English killed their king […]

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Ver Sacrum, 1898


There are art magazines, and then there’s Ver Sacrum. I’m tempted to say there are magazines, and then there’s Ver Sacrum but that’s going a little far. Suffice to say that among the many fine art magazines of the period 1890 to 1910, a number of which have been featured here already, Ver Sacrum stands […]

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Ira Cohen, 1935–2011


Ira Cohen (1979) by Gerard Malanga. Another of the psychedelic magi departed our mundane sphere this week, and for the moment his passing seems to have been unacknowledged by those cultural wardens who you’d think would know better. Ira Cohen was a poet with a gift for phrases which demand to be appended to Mati […]

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Loving Boys by Christian Schad


Loving Boys (1929). German artist Christian Schad (1894–1982) wasn’t gay but his New Objectivity paintings were often overtly sexual, as with his most well-known work, Self-Portrait with Model (1927). This drawing was posted in a piece about Schad at Weimar Art, and, given the place and period from which it originates, wouldn’t be out of […]

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Cours et passages à Paris


Passage Bourg l’Abbé, Paris. Photo by FlickrDelusions. Cours et passages à Paris, the perfect Flickr pool for anyone who shares my fetish pour les passages couverts de Paris. Previously on { feuilleton } • Arcades panoramas • Arcades • Passage des Panoramas • Passages 2 • Passages

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Ad Astra (1907) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. • Andres Serrano’s works are photo prints so you can’t damage an exhibition item the way you can with a painting. That didn’t stop Catholic protestors in France attacking a copy of Piss Christ on Monday. By coincidence, Dave Maier had posted an essay about Serrano’s work a few […]

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Arcimboldo’s Four Elements


Water (1566). After yesterday’s post it’s necessary—mandatory, even—to follow it with a similar series of paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593). For my own attempt at the Arcimboldo style, see this post. Fire (1566). Earth (c. 1570). Air (undated). Previously on { feuilleton } • My pastiches • Fantastic art from Pan Books

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Joachim Beuckelaer’s Four Elements


The Four Elements: Water. A Fish Market with the Miraculous Draught of Fishes in the Background (1560–1574). Flemish artist Joachim Beuckelaer (1533–1574) depicts the four elements using foodstuffs. All four paintings can be explored via Google’s Art Project. The Four Elements: Fire. A Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary in […]

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #20


More sculptual work by Franz Metzner for a building whose interiors are in that ponderous Teutonic style which resembles designs for a fantasy film. Continuing the delve into back numbers of Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, the German periodical of art and decoration. Volume 20 covers the period from April 1907 to September 1907, and this […]

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Robert Anning Bell’s Herodias


Artist Robert Anning Bell (1863–1933) chooses to depict Salomé’s mother rather than the more usual daughter in a slightly Pre-Raphaelite take on the familiar theme. This print appears in volumes 8–10 of Studio International, and seeems to have been a one-off although I’ll be happy to be hear of any other depictions of the story […]

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Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise, 1938–1979


Artist, poet, percussionist and composer Angus MacLise receives the first proper overview of his work in a series of events presented in New York City throughout May. MacLise has too often been mentioned merely as the original drummer for The Velvet Underground—he famously quit when informed that being in a rock band meant you had […]

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The recurrent pose 42


Thanks to Radugo for drawing my attention to this piece of street art in Melbourne, Australia. This Facebook page identifies the location as Drewery Place, off Drewery Lane. The photo below is a vague equivalent of the Flandrin pose spotted at Chateau Thombeau. I can’t find a credit for this so if anyone knows who […]

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From the Ornamental Age series (2009) by Seher Shah. Seher Shah has recently updated her website giving us a better view of her extraordinary art. • The Demon Regent Asmodeus, my short film of Alan Moore’s reading from the first Moon & Serpent CD, has been posted to YouTube. In other self-promotion news, Mahakala, a […]

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“What you got back home, little sister, to play your fuzzy warbles on? I bet you’ve got little save pitiful portable picnic players…” Core77 posts some examples of portable music players from the 1920s and 1930s just in time for Record Store Day today. The Mikiphone above is a Swiss “pocket phonograph” from 1924. There’s […]

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #19


Water Serpents I by Gustav Klimt. See it in colour here. Continuing the delve into back numbers of Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, the German periodical of art and decoration. Yesterday’s post concerned a Klimt-like artist, today volume 19, covering the period from October 1906 to March 1907, includes further work by Klimt himself. The Wiener […]

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The art of Kozma Lajos, 1884–1948


Will at 50 Watts points the way to a set of line drawings by Kozma Lajos, a Hungarian artist better known for his later work as an architect and designer. What strikes me about these illustrations is their similiarity to the graphics being produced by German and Austrian artists a few years earlier, some of […]

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Gilles Rimbault revisited


I posted a few examples of work by French artist Gilles Rimbault last year, and was hoping at the time that further drawings might come to light. We have D.R. Tenge to thank for posting these and other scans from Plexus magazine on the same LJ page where I found some of the earlier works, […]

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Alchemically Yours


Ars, Scientia, Magia (2007) by Jesse Bransford. Another art exhibition, and another group show at Observatory in Brooklyn, NYC, where some of my Lovecraft drawings were shown last year. Alchemically Yours is an alchemy-themed contemporary art show curated by Phantasmaphile‘s Pam Grossman, and she has this to say about the exhibition: Like dreams, alchemy speaks […]

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The art of Jaume Plensa


In the Midst of Dreams (2009) by Jaume Plensa. Photo by Michael Bodycomb. Large illuminated heads and other works by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa will be on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park from April to September. As always, it’s gratifying to find shows like this being staged outside London. The YSP website has further […]

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Film and opera posters by Franciszek Starowieyski (see below). • At first glance, Jerzy Skolimowski’s new film, Essential Killing, sounds like Joseph Losey’s Figures in a Landscape (1970) reworked for our era of renditions, torture and war without end. The trailer is here; Sight & Sound liked the film and dismissed any Losey comparisons. The Quietus […]

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The Temples of Bagan


Anyone who’s seen Werner Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) will recognise vistas of Bagan, Burma with their apparently endless plain of Buddhist temples and stupas. These appear near the end of the film in a startling moment when Herzog’s doomed protagonist is given a final vision on his deathbed, another instance of Herzog’s […]

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #18


Continuing the delve into back numbers of Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, the German periodical of art and decoration. There’s yet another frustrating jump in the numbers here, from volume 16 to volume 18 which covers the period from April to September 1906. Inside there’s more rectilinear interior design from the Wiener Werkstätte (above) as well […]

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Sibilla by Giulio Aristide Sartorio


When the paintings of Giulio Aristide Sartorio were featured here a while back I wasn’t aware of Sibilla: poema drammatico in quattro atti, a book written and illustrated by the artist and published in a numbered edition of 1333 copies in 1922. Not content to merely write a lengthy dramatic poem then add some illustrations, […]

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Sedlec Ossuary panoramas


A couple of panoramic views from the celebrated Sedlec Ossuary in the Cemetery Church of All Saints at Sedlec, Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The quality of these isn’t as good as some of the panoramas I’ve linked to in the past but they help give an idea of the crypt which is now […]

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Dalí and the City


left: Lady Godiva with Butterflies; right: Alice in Wonderland. London already has a number of Salvador Dalí works on display but there’s even more to see this month with an exhibition at Moor House, London Wall, where a handful of minor pieces are on show until 30th June, 2011. Dalí and the City features the […]

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Querelle again


Jean Genet is never far away, this photo being from a Querelle-themed feature for Schön magazine. The model is Sebastian Sauve, the photographer is Dimitris Theocharis, and it’s no surprise that all the clothes are by Jean Paul Gaultier. Homotography has the rest of the series while the photographer has plenty of other fine work […]

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Ancient Egyptian capitals from The Grammar of Ornament (1856) by Owen Jones at Egyptian Revival. • Golden Age Comic Book Stories has been pulling out all the stops recently with entries for Will Bradley, Alphonse Mucha’s Documents Decoratifs (a companion volume to Combinaisons Ornementales), and pages from My Name is Paris (1987) illustrated by Michael […]

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #16


Continuing the delve into back numbers of Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, the German periodical of art and decoration. Volume 16 covers the period from April 1905 to September 1905, and includes further rectilinear interior design from the Wiener Werkstätte. There’s a lot of architecture in this edition, not all of it very distinctive. Of more […]

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Some anamorphosis for All Fool’s Day. De Artificiali Perspectiva, or Anamorphosis (1991) is a short film by the Brothers Quay which can be seen in two parts at YouTube. (And I’d urge anyone interested to avail themselves of the essential double-disc collection of the Quays’ early work which includes this film.) There are plenty of […]

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