Category Archives: art

Censored water-nymph painting put back on display in Manchester

Several days I reported that a lovely famous pre-Raphaelite painting, “Hylas and the nymphs“, created in 1898 by John William Waterhouse, was removed from display at the Manchester Art Gallery. Just to remind you, here it is: Although the Guardian reported that the curator denied it was censorship, it clearly was—as indicated by her remarks. Clare […]

Pre-Raphaelite painting removed from Manchester art gallery for depicting nude nymphs

The Pecksniffs have descended on the town of Matthew Cobb; yes, the termites have dined their way to Manchester. For a lovely and famous pre-Raphaelite painting, “Hylas and the nymphs“, created in 1898 by John William Waterhouse, has been removed from display at the Manchester Art Gallery. First, the story behind the painting (from Artble): […]

Bobby Duke’s pencil art

In this video, which Texas artist Bobby Duke calls “pencil inception”, he makes one pencil into three of successively smaller size. I found this video mesmerizing, though I’m not sure why: Duke’s YouTube site has a bunch of other cool art videos; I’ll add another pencil-related one:

The magnificent obsession: man takes over a decade to design and build a Boeing 777 model out of paper

Yes, it’s made entirely out of paper: manila folders. The YouTube notes: Over the last decade, designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been building an incredibly detailed model of a Boeing 777, right down to the tiny seats and moving landing gear, using only paper folders and glue.

National Coalition Against Censorship and PEN defend Met’s showing of a “controversial” painting

Four days ago I reported about an attack of the Pecksniffs on a painting at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: Balthus‘s Thérèse Dreaming”, created in 1938. Here it is in the gallery: A New York Pecksniff, one Mia Merrill, launched a campaign to have the painting removed (one call was simply for a “trigger warning”, […]

Activists demand Met remove painting of girl “in suggestive pose”, museum refuses

Here’s a painting on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: “Thérèse Dreaming” (1938) by the Polish-French artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, also known as “Balthus.” It shows a young girl in reverie (and there’s a cat). In today’s climate, though, the fact that her legs are splayed and her underwear is showing was […]

Aztecs and caricatures

I’ve just returned from a huge comida of goat stew (mole de caderas, a seasonal Puebla speciality), chalupas, mollejas, and guajolotes at an out of the way, very local, and fantastic restaurant, and oy, am I full! Pictures will be forthcoming, but not now as I have little time and uploading pictures is slow. Instead, […]

Straw animals

Every year students at Japan’s Musashino Art University use leftover rice straw to make giant animal sculptures. Here are some of them, with a time-lapse video of making the straw lion You can see the other animals here.

Art on gum on the sidewalk

This post was drafted over six years ago; I have a gazillion posts in draft (the list is 59 pages long!), and most will never appear. Here’s the total posts from my dashboard: As I’m busy doing Stuff this afternoon, I thought I’d dredge up a nearly completed early post, and found this one from […]

Sam Shepard died

I’m sad to report that actor and playwright Sam Shepard died Thursday at his home in Kentucky. He was just 73, but was the victim of ALS, a horribly cruel disease. (His death was, I believe, just announced today.) Shepard wrote 44 plays (one of which, “Buried Child” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in […]