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RIP Luiz Gasparetto



Gasparetto was a medium who claimed that the spirits of famous artists created new works by employing him as a channel. Above is a little trifle that Degas dictated.

Here he is in action.



More on the man here.

His obit, in Portuguese.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 05, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, New Age, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

Vogue Picture Records

For a brief time, one company produced records with illustrations imprinted into the vinyl.

Visit this site for a big archive of charming, sometimes bizarre artwork.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 02, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Music, Twentieth Century

Retyping as art

Performance artist Tim Youd retypes famous novels word for word on old typewriters. The only change he makes is that he leaves out all the spaces between the words, producing page after page of unbroken text. He does this as performance art events at museums, art galleries, coffee shops, etc.

I figured that since typing was his thing, he'd probably be a pretty good typist. But as can be seen in the video, he turns out to be a two-finger, hunt-and-peck typist. Although a relatively fast one.

More info: TimYoud.com, StraitsTimes.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 01, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Being a sheep

Artist Miranda Whall spent much of last summer crawling around on her hands and knees through the Cambrian Mountains in Wales, while dressed as a sheep, with 14 cameras strapped to her body.

She did this in order to immerse herself in the mountains and be able to better tell their story for the documentary she was creating. She said, "I wanted to challenge the assumptions and misconceptions about sheep and the Welsh uplands, both of which are central to Wales' heritage and identity."

For her next project, she's thinking of crawling through Scotland as a deer, and then it's off to the Pyrenees to crawl around as a boar or bear.

More info: BBC News

image source: mirandawhall.space

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 24, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Art

Mystery Illustration

2018 NOTE: The very first in this series.

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What does this great illustration by Jan Faust depict?

1) Young lads who prey on MILFs
2) Embezzlement by cash register clerks
3) Lyndon LaRouche's theory of Space Lizards among us
4) An incident from the next Spider-Man film
5) The dangers inherent in our food supply

Find the answer here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 28, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Art, Women

Khrushchev vs. Lachaise

2018 NOTE: Here is the basis for the ongoing series whose latest entry is today.





Original article behind CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Upon reading this article, I immediately wondered what statue was at the center of the controversy. Finding out took a little google-fu. Eventually, I hit upon the complete catalogue of works shown, in PDF form. Below is the relevant section.



I did not even bother to google any of the other statues after seeing Gaston Lachaise's "Standing Woman."

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Criticism and Reviews, 1950s, Russia, Obesity

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 11



Not only do we see "Constructed Torso," but also its creator, Naum Gabo, along with some of his fellow bohemians.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Russia

Policy by slime mold

Artist Jonathon Keats has checked in with news about his latest project. He's helped arrange for some plasmodial slime molds to become the "first non-human scholars-in-residence" at Hampshire College. The slime molds are being put to work analyzing various complex issues, such as immigration and drug policy, so that we can all benefit from "the unbiased insights of slime molds."

The slime molds have already recommended that cannabis should be legalized:

Slime molds were charged with investigating how availability of soft drugs such as marijuana might impact dependency on hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin: to determine whether cannabis is a gateway to dangerous chemical addiction or a gateway from addiction to well-being. Confronted with a binary choice between a highly-addictive chemical and a nutritionally-balanced meal, slime mold populations consistently choose the former, with consequences that can be fatal. However when presented with a chemical gradient between the addictive substance and nutrients – equivalent to availability of gateway drugs in a human environment – P. polycephalum has shown a tendency to migrate away from the hard stuff but not the opposite. Although the results are still preliminary, they were so remarkable that consortium secretary Jonathon Keats communicated them directly to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sending a letter stating the slime molds' position that "cannabis and its chemical derivatives should be legalized by the United States government."

More info: The Plasmodium Consortium, Hampshire.edu



Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 07, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

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