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Archive for June, 2013

 

Weekend links 166

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The Julian House cover art for the forthcoming collaboration between John Foxx and Belbury Poly (here renamed) has been revealed. Single no. 9 in the Ghost Box Listening Centre Study Series is now available. • In addition to new Ghost Box records there’s more Hauntological (for want of a better term) cinema on the way […]

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Photographic Amusements, 1905

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Walter E. Woodbury’s Photographic Amusements (1905) is a guide for photographers to the many kinds of photographic manipulation. None of the effects would raise an eyebrow today but I was surprised to see what must be one of the earliest examples of a multi-person composite (see below), with the faces of twelve physicians combined to […]

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Proverbial details

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More Google Art Project details from the amazing Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Netherlandish Proverbs (1559) is one of Bruegel’s many paintings which are crammed with curious incident; it’s also one of the more bizarre examples. In a crowded scene the artist depicts in a literal manner one hundred different proverbs or figures of speech. […]

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The Sea of Monsters

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The German definite article has unfortunate implications when applied to a group of Brits, but if we overlook this detail the poster makes an interesting contrast with its US counterpart. Where the American design depicts all the film’s main characters, Heinz Edelmann’s painting concentrates almost solely on the creatures from the Sea of Monsters with […]

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Richard Matheson, 1926–2013

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The Incredible Shrinking Man. Of Richard Matheson’s many books I’ve only read I Am Legend so can’t say much about his fiction other than to confirm (as everyone else does) that none of the three adaptations so far have managed to do it justice. Of his work for film and television there’s too much to […]

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What Is A Happening?

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Poster for the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream (1967) by Michael McInnerney. “The language of Mellow Yellow, the art of the Happening…” Yesterday’s story from International Times appeared in the same week in 1967 as this 30-minute BBC documentary shown as part of the Man Alive documentary strand. Taking them together you receive contrasting views of […]

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My White Bicycle

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My White Bicycle (1967), poster by Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. Too risqué for EMI. In what passes here for spare time I’ve been working on a private project that concerns events in London during a single week in 1967. I won’t elaborate for now but the research has been fun, and has led down […]

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Weekend links 165

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Cahill Expressway (1962) by Jeffrey Smart whose death was announced this week. • “Russell Beale is awed by the beauty of the Roman silver Warren Cup showing men and youths making love, so startlingly erotic that the first time the British Museum was offered it in the 1950s, it turned it down flat. In 1999, […]

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The Modern Antiquarian

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The stones of Callanish are explored again, this time by an energetic and erudite Julian Cope. The Modern Antiquarian was a 55-minute TV documentary produced by the BBC in 2000 as a spin-off from Cope’s book-length study of the ancient past of the British Isles, The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-Millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain (1998). Cope […]

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Callanish panoramas

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Photo by Serge (SEB) Bogdanov. A post for the Summer Solstice. I’ve linked to panoramas of the Callanish standing stones before but these are more recent photos at 360Cities where the full-screen views are more immersive, especially if you have a large monitor. The stones are situated on the Isle of Lewis in north-west Scotland, […]

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Nocturnes

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KOBAYASHI, Eijiro–”A High Bridge by Night” The Night Scenes is a series of 21 woodcut prints by Japanese artists published by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya in the early 1900s. Gorgeous work, and apparently popular enough for the prints to have been reissued many times since. These examples are from a print-selling site with several extensive galleries of 20th-century […]

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Sidney Sime paintings

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Painting of Waves. Most of the art for which Sidney Sime (1867–1941) is remembered is black-and-white or monochrome work, in part because he was engaged as a magazine illustrator at a time prior to widespread colour reproduction. All of the reproductions in Sidney Sime—Master of the Mysterious (1980) by Simon Heneage & Henry Ford are […]

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Keep Your Timber Limber

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Untitled drawing by Tom of Finland. Tom of Finland’s beefy clones arrive within cruising distance of Buckingham Palace this week as part of an exhibition of drawings at the ICA. Keep Your Timber Limber is subtitled Works on Paper, and features contributions from eight artists old and new: Judith Bernstein, Tom of Finland, George Grosz, […]

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John Austen’s Hamlet

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The 1922 edition of Hamlet “decorated” by British artist John Austen (1886–1948) is a lot more visible today than it was a few years ago, thanks to a reprint by Dover Publications in their Calla Editions series. The scans here are from an original printing at VTS. Austen’s Hamlet is often rated as his chef […]

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Weekend links 164

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Ekaterina Panikanova paints on books. Back in 2009 I bought a book of Art Nouveau illustration and design which contained an intriguing drawing by an Austrian artist, Franz Wacik (1883–1938). At the time there was little of Wacik’s other work online so I was delighted by the latest post at 50 Watts which showcases a selection […]

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Atget’s corners

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Un coin, rue de Seine (1924). Photographer Eugène Atget had a thing for the architectural promontory, as do I for that matter, and this photo of a street corner in the rue de Seine, Paris, has always been a favourite. Atget liked the location enough to photograph it at least twice from different angles. The […]

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Stille Nacht V: Dog Door

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A short animation by the Brothers Quay which I evidently missed last year when I was searching for their uncollected works. As far as I’m aware this is the most recent addition to the Stille Nacht series, all of which were made to serve some function external to the films themselves: so Stille Nacht I […]

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Lewandowski at Fortune

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It’s a shame that artist Edmund Lewandowski (1914–1998) didn’t do more covers for Fortune magazine as I enjoy this combination of painting and design a great deal. The cover above shows how well you can illustrate a farming theme without resort to a view of rolling fields and busy tractors; the cover for March 1948 […]

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Petruccelli at Fortune

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Yet more from the Fortune magazine scans at Chris Mullen’s VTS site. The covers here are all by American artist Antonio Petruccelli (1907–1994), a very versatile illustrator whose work is well-represented at VTS. In addition to his work for other magazines there’s a small selection of unused Fortune designs.

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Fortune illustrators

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Chemicals by Ronald Searle, November 1963. More from the pages of Fortune magazine via the labour of love which is the VTS archive. A good reminder of the degree to which some magazines used to support many different kinds of illustrators and designers. The serious piece by Ronald Searle was a surprise since I thought […]

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The recurrent pose 51

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Maren writes: “When I saw your recurrent gallery I couldn’t help but think of this photo my partner took of me one weekend here in San Francisco.” Many are the contemporary imitations of the Flandrin pose but this is one of the most accurate I’ve seen for its recapitulation of the details, from the ocean […]

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Weekend links 163

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Le Cadavre Exquis by Yukio Michishita. As featured in The Purple Book: Sensuality & Symbolism in Contemporary Art & Illustration by Angus Hyland & Angharad Lewis. • ” Like Polo’s magic cities, which in the end all turn out to be Venice, fantasy finally refers us back to reality and the challenge of everyday social […]

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LightSpin

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After a week or so of posts looking back over a century of dance, this brings everything into the present. Eric Paré’s LightSpin used stop-motion photography and twenty-four cameras to capture half a million photos which were then edited into a short video. All of the lighting, which floats around the dancers, is done by […]

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Fortune in June

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Paolo Garretto (1933). I always enjoy the month of June if the weather is decent. This week happens to be very sunny and relatively warm, the first time in years that the month’s weather hasn’t been wet, windy, and even cold. In celebration, here’s some June magazine covers which avoid the usual seasonal imagery. All […]

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Tamara Karsavina’s Salomé

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Salomé: portrait of Tamara Karsavina (1914) by George Barbier. A slight return to the Russian ballet, and another Barbier portrait. Tamara Karsavina danced lead roles for the Ballets Russes, most notably with Nijinsky in the original performances of The Firebird. The pictures here are from La Tragedie de Salome, a ballet with music by Florent […]

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Transformations

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The Transformation of Actaeon (no date) by Jean Mignon. More gleanings from one of the better provinces of the Google Empire (unless and until they abandon it…), these being recent additions to the Google Art Project from the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. Jean Mignon’s etching shows Diana’s transformation of Actaeon into a stag as punishment […]

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Meetings with Remarkable Men

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Another Peter Brook film, and a very strange one it is, not for its content but more for the way you wonder how the director managed to get anyone to pay for it, and what kind of audience it was supposed to be aimed at. Meetings with Remarkable Men is a book by GI Gurdjieff […]

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The Marat/Sade

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The Marat/Sade (1967). Good to find this Peter Brook film on YouTube (for the time being…) as I’d been watching Ian Richardson in a couple of things recently and wanted to remind myself of how he fares here. He’s excellent, of course, as the serious foil to Patrick Magee’s equally serious Marquis de Sade. Brook’s […]

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Weekend links 162

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Untitled drawing by Sophie Penrose. • “…many arts producers – much more so than the artists themselves – were over-fearful of the prospect of prosecution, when in nearly all incidents there were no reasonable grounds for bringing charges.” Julia Farrington of Index on Censorship on self-censorship by artists and art institutions in the UK. • […]

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Palladini’s Aquarian Tarot

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For the past two months I’ve been busy drawing a new set of Tarot designs. More about these later, but sporadic research has naturally led to me to look at a few earlier sets, although my Trumps have mostly been following Pamela Colman Smith’s illustrations for the Waite deck. Tarot designs have really proliferated in […]

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