Category Archives: art

The world’s best painting

It’s odd, but the painting that I consider the best one I’ve ever “seen” is one that I never really saw. I’ve seen many images of the Isenheim Altarpiece painting, completed by Mathias Grünewald in 1515 (the sculptural surround was made by Nicolaus Haganauer), but I’ve never seen it “in the pigment”—in person. But even in […]

Amazing origami

I’m always amazed at the skill involved in making intricate origami pieces, and the time it takes to make them. Now they can be designed on computers, but that still doesn’t replace the artistry or ability to envision the outcome. Here are two videos that have impressed me recently. The first one is simply a […]

New work by Kelly Houle on eBay

Kelly Houle, as most of you know, is the artist and calligrapher who’s doing the Illuminated Origin of Species project, along with several other endeavors (she’s going to illustrate our upcoming children’s book on Mr. Das and his fifty cats). I noticed on Facebook that she has a new painting for sale at a ridiculously low […]

Bodypainted wolf

I’ve posted before about the Italian-born artist Johannes Stötter, who does absolutely unique art that uses bodypainted people to create animals. I’ve previously written about his fabulous parrot as well as the frog that made him famous. Now he’s created an amazing wolf using three painted women. WARNING: NSFW, for the women are nude. But though it’s hardly titillating, it’s stunning.

Pair of misplaced glasses mistaken for art

The latest book I’m reading is by the New York Times‘s film critic A. O. Scott: Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth. It’s a mixed bag, but, to give him credit, Scott’s taken a hard look at the value of his own profession, asking what the purpose of criticism […]

Darwin ignominiously dropped from Britain’s £10 note

Yes, they’re revising the British banknotes again, so hang onto your tenners. You might even get a crisp one at the bank and frame it. For the £10 note, which has carried the portrait of the World’s Best Biologist since 2000, is being given the boot. I always smiled when I pulled out a tenner in […]

John Edmark’s animated sculptures

While I’m lecturing, enjoy these animated sculptures by John Edmark: From Vimeo: These 3-D printed sculptures, called blooms, are designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that […]

Trump supporters try to censor a drawing of The Donald with a small penis

Well, Australian-born artist Illma Gore, until recently living in the U.S., did a drawing of Donald Trump that has him and his supporters really riled up. The 11″ X 14″  image, done in pastel pencil, depicts The Donald in the nude, and with a Very Small Organ. You’ll remember the back-and-forth between Rubio and Trump about the size […]

Russian produces world’s smallest book—and other tiny stuff

It’s 70 X 90 microns (a micron is one millionth of a meter), or 0.07 X 0.09 millimeters, which means that you could fit over 100 of these side by side in a single centimeter, or almost three hundred of the books in a single inch.  As Wednesday’s Guardian reports, a Russian man, Vladimir Aniskin, who works at […]

A moving hummingbird sculpture: make your own

We’ll finish up today with two light items. First, another find by Matthew Cobb: an amazing and complex wooden sculpture of a hummingbird sipping from a flower. Apparently it’s anatomically correct: And if you want to make one (proceed at your own risk), you can read about the sculpture and buy the plans (for $99!) here. […]

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