Cosmic art

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Cosmic Synchromy (1914) by Morgan Russell.

The cosmic in art, and a partial selection at that. Venture too far and you find yourself in a syrupy New Age firmament of pastel galaxies, unicorns and space dolphins. Beware.

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Cosmic Composition (1919) by Paul Klee.

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Cosmic Map (1930) by Bruno Munari.

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Lament Over the Cosmic Egg (1947) by Ernst Fuchs.

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Cosmic Energy (1956) by Remedios Varo.

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Cosmic Phenomenon (1962) by Georges Vantongerloo.

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Cosmic Cathedral (1968) by Vangel Naumovski.

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Cosmic Athlete (1968) by Salvador Dalí.

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Cosmic Wedding (1982) by Sabin Balasa.

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A Little Cosmic Rhythm (2007) by Alice Aycock.

8 thoughts on “Cosmic art”

  1. Oh boy I get to tell my Remedios Varo story!

    Back in 2000 shortly after I moved here to Washington DC I was exploring one weekend and came up on the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I was bored, nothing better to do and the current showing seemed interesting so in I went. On the very LAST day of the exhibition I walked in on the first major showing of Varo’s work in North America.

    I was stunned and overwhelmed. I’ll never forget it. I spent a glorious rainy Sunday afternoon wandering round and round through the gallery, just me and a truly bored security guard, drinking it all in. I bought the catalog and a couple prints that were available and I’ve been a fan ever since.

    The only negative part is that like the work of many artists Varo’s work suffers in reproduction. Her imagery remains striking enough but in person her paintings have an energy that shimmers off the canvas. My understanding is that the permanent home of her work is in Mexico City. It is my fervent wish to visit her again.

  2. these Lovcraft covers from the 70?s, apparently by Bob Haberfield whom you have featured in the past:
    https://tentaclii.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/love-05.jpg
    https://tentaclii.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/love-03.jpg

    I’m not convinced about that attribution. Though thanks for mentioning his name; I went to a couple of Flickr albums, and his entry at ISFDB, and have succumbed to an early-70s flashback.

    The ISFDB credits Haberfield with the cover art for a 2014 “Moorcock’s Multiverse” compilation… or at least, the cover includes a small inset from his 70s style.

  3. Yeah, Varo is great. Don’t think I’ve seen any of her paintings in galleries but I’ve seen a few Carringtons. There’s a Leonora Carrington exhibition at the Tate Liverpool next month that I ought to try and see.

    Modzilla: I’ve got both of those Panther paperbacks although I’m also not sure they’re Haberfields. He did a cover for Dagon in that series but those (and one for The Lurker at the Threshold) seem to be by another artist. Good work whoever it was. Haberfield’s old website has vanished but the covers galleries may be browsed here:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20100218142616/http://www.firefrogproductions.co.uk/bobs%20book%20covers/index.html

    herr doktor bimler: Amann is okay as a Dalí pasticheur although I usually wish things like that developed their own style. Giger started out doing those kinds of figures but quickly absorbed them into his own obsessions.

  4. There’s a Leonora Carrington exhibition at the Tate Liverpool next month that I ought to try and see.

    Finishes in May, too early for me, BUGGRIT.

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