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Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 46

Two links to the Wikipedia pages of the Themersons, husband and wife team of avant-gardists.

Small essay here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 31, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Surrealism, Movies, Twentieth Century

Giganticus Headicus

I recently had the chance to visit this roadside oddity in Arizona. It's located about 20 miles east of Kingman on Route 66. Artist Gregg Arnold created it in 2004, modeling it after the giant heads on Easter Island. He created it, he said, "because the place looked like it needed something like this."

More info: Roadside America

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 24, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Landmarks, Sightseeing

Shooting Paintings

1961: Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle attached bags of paint to her paintings and then shot at them with a .22 caliber rifle, causing the bags to burst and the paint to ooze down the canvas. She called these her "shooting paintings."

She explained:

I shot because it was fun and made me feel great. I shot because I was fascinated watching the painting bleed and die. I shot for that moment of magic. . . Red, yellow, blue — the painting is crying the painting is dead. I have killed the painting. It is reborn.





Louisville Courier-Journal - July 16, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 17, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, 1960s, Weapons

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 45



Karl Hubbuch 1881-1979 "Dialog (Myriam with cat)" c 1953

The artist's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 03, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Cats, 1950s

Portable Oasis

The "portable oasis" of Belgian artist Alain Verschueren consists of a small, plexiglass greenhouse that he wears over his head. He came up with the idea around 2005, but only got attention for it in 2020, due to Covid, when he began wearing it around town instead of a mask.

More info: Alain Verschueren, Reuters





I'll give Verschueren the benefit of the doubt and assume he wasn't aware of Waldemar Anguita's "greenhouse helmet," patented in 1986. The two ideas are basically identical.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 24, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Inventions, Patents

The Volkswagen Beatle

Dave Fambrough made headlines back in 1978 for turning cars into giant spiders. I'm not sure what's become of him since then.

According to NV Racing News, as of 2015 one of Fambrough's spider cars could be seen on the roof of Scudder's Performance Racing garage in Sparks, Nevada.





San Bernardino County Sun - Mar 29, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 08, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, 1970s, Cars

Cannery Row in a can

Created by artists Peter and Donna Thomas in 2003.

Info from UW Milwaukee library:

To see the book, the can must be opened with a can opener, presenting the owner with a dilemma: do they want their artwork to be ‘original’ and leave the can sealed, or do they open the can to see the book inside. We had hoped to use a sardine tin, with the little key to open it, but could not find a source. During the search we found a local business, Dave’s Albacore, which had an old canning machine salvaged from Cannery Row. They were willing to can the book for us, saying ‘drop it off on a Friday and we will can the books first thing Monday morning, and hopefully that way they won’t smell too much like fish.’

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 17, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Books

Mother Goose Controversy

1937: I don't know how Khrushchev would have felt about the Mother Goose mural painted on a wall at the Glenn Dale Sanatorium outside Washington D.C., but health officer Dr. George Rhuland felt it was "grotesque" and ordered it painted over. I think he was eventually overruled.

I'm not sure what he found objectionable about it. Perhaps he didn't like the modernist style.

Meanwhile, the Glenn Dale Sanatorium has since become an abandoned relic, which remains standing, rather than being torn down, because of the asbestos remediation costs.

North Adams Transcript - Nov 19, 1937



11/19/37: Berenice Cross, young Washington, D.C., artist, working on a WPA mural in Washington, Nov. 19th, which she hopes will not become another bone of contention. The fate of her "Mother Goose," the mural in the Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Sanitarium, which was ordered painted over by Dr. George Rhuland, District of Columbia Health Officer, after it had been up for a year. He characterized it as "grotesque" and unsuitable to the dignity of a public institution. Miss Cross modestly admits that it has its faults, but that the children in the sanitarium like it. Russell Parr, the District WPA art project head, is indignant over Dr. Rhuland's order and claims that it is illegal, as the mural is government property.

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 12, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No’s, 1930s

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