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Leo Dillon, 1933–2012

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Illustrations for Dangerous Visions (1967) by Leo & Diane Dillon. top left: Lord Randy, My Son by Joe L. Hensley; top right: Gonna Roll the Bones by Fritz Leiber; bottom left: The Happy Breed by John Sladek; bottom right: Shall the Dust Praise Thee? by Damon Knight Beyond my love for them and my understanding […]

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Summer of Love

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RIP Donna. People who know me well are usually surprised when I tell them I used to go disco dancing. It didn’t happen a lot but in the summer of 1977 I was 15 and used to get taken out by my mother and her new husband to a cabaret spot called the Planet Room […]

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Maurice Sendak, 1928–2012

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From Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) by Isaac Bashevis Singer. All the obituaries of the late Maurice Sendak have focused inevitably on Where the Wild Things Are. That gives me a chance to draw attention to some less familiar Sendak drawings whose finer crosshatching naturally appeals to an inveterate crosshatcher such as myself. […]

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Weekend links 99

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From the Crystal Saga portfolio (1986) by Moebius. Via Quenched Consciousness. Moebius: A while ago, [science fiction] was filled with monstrous rocket ships and planets; it was a naive and materialistic vision, which confused external space with internal space, which saw the future as an extrapolation of the present. It was a victim of an […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {burroughs}, {comics}, {design}, {drugs}, {fantasy}, {film}, {gay}, {magazines}, {music}, {occult}, {science fiction} | 1 comment »

 


Dorothea Tanning, 1910–2012

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Birthday (1942) by Dorothea Tanning. In pre-internet days it always used to surprise me to read that Dorothea Tanning was still alive when one seldom heard much about her; Leonora Carrington seemed positively hyperactive by comparison. In the end Dorothea outlasted all her Surrealist contemporaries, and the announcement of her death this week sees the […]

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The art of Ronald Searle, 1920–2012

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Undertakers. From Punch magazine (undated). I started trying to draw like Ronald Searle when I was about eight. So there was Jabberwocky and Ronald Searle I was turning into by the time I was thirteen. You know, I was determined to be Lewis Carroll (giggles) with a hint of Ronald Searle. John Lennon, 1968 Does […]

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Ken Russell, 1927–2011

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May–September 1970, Ladbroke Grove: Ken asked me what would most upset an English audience. Louis XIII dining al fresco, carelessly shooting peacocks on the lawn between courses. “Impossible,” said Ken. “How would you do that?” “Make some dummies, stand them on the lawn and detonate them.” “No, you’d have to shoot real peacocks. It wouldn’t […]

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John Holmes, 1935–2011

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(1974). Artist John Holmes, whose obituary was published this week, had a style that was immediately recognisable from the many paintings featured on book covers (and a few record sleeves) in the 1970s and 1980s. His painting for The Female Eunuch is by far the most well-known, of course, although I often used to wonder […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {horror}, {illustrators}, {music}, {painting}, {science fiction}, {surrealism} | 3 comments »

 


The art of Robert Venosa, 1936–2011

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A few years back, while experimenting with the hallucinogens, I experienced visions of a dynamic energy in constant high-velocity motion, crystallizing and manifesting in a form which could only be described as angelic. Potential energy, crystallizing energy and structured energy were all visible in the same instant…time and space transcended. These visions, and a new-found […]

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Richard Hamilton, 1922–2011

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The Beatles aka The White Album (1968) by The Beatles. Design by Richard Hamilton. Hamilton admires Hunger but he has little time for the other Young British Artists. He can’t imagine a conversation with Tracey Emin lasting more than five minutes – too tedious! – and though he was quite interested in Hirst’s sharks, his […]

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Martin Rushent, 1948–2011

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Pop music is one of the best forms of time travel when it summons a memory that returns you to a specific time and place. All I need to revisit the summers of 1981/82/83 is a blast from one of these albums, each a Martin Rushent production that benefited from his expertise with synth and […]

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Leonora Carrington, 1917–2011

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Self-portrait (1937–38) by Leonora Carrington. Imagination and fantasy were two of the tools women artists used in the early decades of the 20th century to force their way into a male-dominated art world. The proliferation of illustrated books provided a creative platform in the Edwardian era for women shut out of art movements whose aesthetics […]

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Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1944–2011

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Yesterday’s Lily (1980), a collection of painting and illustration work published by Dragon’s Dream. Artist Jeffrey Jones, whose death was announced this week, transitioned to Jeffrey Catherine Jones in the late 1990s so we’ll honour that here and won’t insist on referring to her as “he” as I’ve been seeing on some other websites. Jones’ […]

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Ira Cohen, 1935–2011

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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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Elizabeth Taylor, 1932–2011

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Remember her for her incomparable beauty, her great performances in great films, the camp confections like Cleopatra and Boom, and years of activism on behalf of gay people: There is no gay agenda, it’s a human agenda. Why shouldn’t gay people be able to live as open and freely as everybody else? What it comes […]

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Kenneth Grant, 1924–2011

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Kenneth Grant by Austin Spare (c. 1951). Kenneth Grant, writer and occultist, died last month but the event was only announced this week. He’ll be remembered for the nine fascinating occult treatises he wrote from 1972 to 2002, and for continuing the work of Aleister Crowley as head of the Ordo Templi Orientis, a position […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {horror}, {lovecraft}, {magazines}, {music}, {occult}, {work} | 25 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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Peter Christopherson, 1955–2010

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Coil, circa 1984. John Balance (left) & Peter Christopherson (right). Photo by Lawrence Watson. The depths of the night sky Reflects in his eye He says “Everything changes And everyone dies.” Coil, Blood From The Air (1986) Yes, everyone dies but you don’t always expect it this soon, six years after the sudden loss of […]

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Arthur Penn, 1922–2010

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Design by Bill Gold. With respect to Bonnie and Clyde and my other films, I would have to say that I think violence is a part of the American character. It began with the Western, the frontier. America is a country of people who act out their views in violent ways—there is not a strong […]

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Rammellzee RIP

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Rammellzee. I consider that immortality is the only goal worth striving for: immortality in space. Man is an artefact created for space travel. William Burroughs, 1982 We have to leave this tasteless mould of a planet. Rammellzee, 2004 It’s fitting that a post about the late Rammellzee should follow one about Brion Gysin even if […]

Posted in {art}, {collage}, {electronica}, {music}, {painting}, {science fiction}, {sculpture} | 2 comments »

 


 



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