Category Archives: art

Today’s Google doodle: what is it?

If you go to the Google page, you’ll see this (it’s a screenshot): I had no idea what it is, and even when I clicked on it I had never heard of the person whom it was celebrating (shoot me for my ignorance). Guess which person is involved? If you know without clicking, put it […]

Moar wildlife body art: woman painted to look like parrot

I have to admit that when I posted a video yesterday showing Johannes Stötter’s body-painting “installation” of five humans making a remarkably realistic frog, I was taken aback when several readers said that this “creeped them out.”  I don’t quite get that, as I see that form of body-painting as art, using the human body […]

Ceci n’est pas une grenouille

No, this is not a frog: The amazing video below shows what it is: an artwork envisioned and created by Johannes Stötter: There are more examples of bodypainting on his site, but this is the coolest. h/t: Gregory

Medieval manuscript shows cat pwning fox

This 13th-century manuscript shows that, although foxes are Honorary Cats, their title will always and only be honorific. From Eric Kwakkel’s Tumblr: Defiant cat riding a horse This amusing illustration is from a French copy of Reynard the Fox. It shows the scene where Reynart and Tybert the Cat are racing each other. The latter […]

Jeremy Paxman talks to the Jesus and Mo artist; BBC and Channel 4 censor cartoon; Nawaz explains his tw**t of death

As you may know, Liberal Democrat Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim and candidate for M.P., tweeted a perfectly innocuous Jesus and Mo cartoon, which has of course aroused ire in not just the British Muslim community, but among left-wing Brits, who are scared to death of Muslim ire and cowed by thoughts of appearing “Islamophobic.”  Nawaz […]

Ice sculptures

Student life at the University of Chicago is famously un-fun: we were, in fact, voted last on a national list of “fun colleges”—and the students are proud of it! Every year, for instance, the students sell tee-shirts showing our school at the bottom of the fun rankings, along with the motto “The University of Chicago: […]

Caturday felid: Habitats and furniture for the well-appointed cat

Due to a serious backlog of felid-related material, I’ve been slow to post about a German company that designs “cat furniture” for the well-heeled ailurophile. At least a dozen readers have called my attention to the links to the company “Goldtatze” (“Golden Paw), which has a site in German detailing all the amazing devices for […]

Shaping Humanity- a new book by John Gurche on science and art

by Greg Mayer John Gurche, the well known scientific illustrator and “Paleo-Artist” has recently published a new book, Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins (Yale University Press, 345 pages, $49.95) Gurche is best known for his exacting reconstructions of fossil hominids in paintings, bronzes, and life reconstructions, although he […]

Readers’ holiday cards to all of us

I wish you all a festive celebration, with no lucubrations but plenty of libations. Two readers have sent animal-themed greetings to the rest of us. Tom sent a photo of a gorgeous snowy owl that he took yesterday at Wolfe Island, Ontario. I’ve superimposed his caption on the photo to make it into a card: […]

Caturday felids: Cat tattoos, and cheetah and d*g playing in the snow

Three and a half years ago I posted a selection of the best cat tattoos (“Cattoos,” I called them; be sure to look at the last one!). The thing was that these were all inked on people.  Now some misguided Russian fellow has decided to give himself and his cat matching tattoos. Do I need […]


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