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Inhabited Turtle Shell

For for Frieze art fair in New York, performance artist Kris Lemsalu is lying very still for three-and-a-half hours beneath a giant fake turtle shell decorated with giant rhinestones. And that's it. She calls it an inhabited sculpture. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Spaceship from 1954 Halloween Parade



Click either image to enlarge.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Motor Vehicles, Parades and Festivals, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950's

Pink Geyser

Tourists visiting the Strokkur geyser in Iceland were startled to see that it had turned a bright shade of pink. The reason: the Chilean artist Marco Evaristti had surreptitiously dumped pink food coloring into it, explaining that he did this in the name of art. He called his creation "Pink State." Icelandic authorities responded by putting him in jail for 15 days. The geyser has now returned to its normal color. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 13, 2015 | Comments (16)
Category: Art

Chris Burden, RIP

No, famous conceptual artist Chris Burden did not die by gunshot wound.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 12, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Guns, 1960's, 1970's

Slop Bucket Art

Art is where you find it. Photographer Alyssa Blumstein has found it at the bottom of a New York restaurant's slop bucket. She uploads pictures of the slop bucket's contents to a Tumblr page, where it's now attracting a following.

via Junk Culture
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Photography and Photographers

Hippies Dig Coloring Books


I wish cartoonist Gill Fox were still alive, so I could ask him what constituted an "Establishment coloring book."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Children, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's

Sexy Stock Certificate


When Playboy sold its first stock in 1971, they felt their certificate should reflect their main enterprise. Hence the appearance of Playmate Willy Rey, who alas met a sad end just a couple of years later.

You can own one for a mere $400.00.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 06, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Business, Sex Symbols, 1970's

Drone Graffiti

The era of "drone graffiti" was ushered in on Wednesday when graffiti-artist KATSU used a drone to spray red lines on a Calvin Klein billboard in New York City. Wired says, "By all accounts, it is the first time that a drone has been deployed for a major act of public vandalism." KATSU says, "It turned out surprisingly well. It’s exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

World Erotic Art Museum

RIP, founder Naomi Wilzig.

Being TV journalism, the clip is work-safe.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Museums, Regionalism, Sexuality

Susanne Wenger, White Yoruban Priestess

Interview with Susanne Wenger from Jeremy Weate on Vimeo.

You know all those campy old films where explorers find a leopardskin-clad white woman ruling an African tribe? Well, while not quite the same, here's the story of Susanne Wenger, who gave up European life for Yoruban culture.

And given that Wenger was once quite a looker, maybe the Hollywood version is not so far off.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 11, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Religion, 1960's, Africa, Europe
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