Category Archives: art

Obscurantism at the New Yorker

As I’ve said, I’m going to let my New Yorker subscription lapse for good when it expires at the end of March. The magazine has become too social-justicey; I dislike editor David “Invertebrate” Remnick’s craven decision to cancel the New Yorker Festival invitation to Steve Bannon after the liberal readers and other participants raised a […]

Faith vs Fact in a reader’s diorama

Reader Mark Richardson makes superb military dioramas in miniature, and you can see them on his website Mark-Armor. He made one several years ago featuring a tiny copy of my book Why Evolution is True, and now he’s done it again with the latest book. I’ll post his photos and words (indented) below: As it […]

My origami duck

Reader Robert Lang, one of the world’s best practitioners of origami (see my post from the KentPresents festival and Robert’s video here) saw my post the other day about how much I missed my ducks. And this morning a box arrived with a beautiful origami duck inside, along with Robert’s statement that “perhaps the enclosed […]

College cancels “The Vagina Monologues” because it doesn’t include trans women

This is just another example of the Authoritarian Left cutting off its nose to spite its face. The Ann Arbor News (from Michigan) reports the following (click on screenshot): Most of you have heard about Eve Ensler‘s play “The Vagina Monologues,” first produced in 1996. It’s become an iconic feminist work and has raised a […]

Henry Studley’s beautiful tool chest

Look at this beautiful tool chest! It was designed and created by Henry O. Studley (1838-1925), a carpenter and an organ- and piano-maker.  This is a work of art in itself. According to Wikipedia, there are 220 tools in here, though Twisted Sifter says 300. I’ll let you count them and tell me who’s right. […]

Paris: Random photos

I’ve had two big feeds that I haven’t reported on, but stay tuned. Here are some photos of things that got my attention in Paris: The church of Sacré-Coeur, sitting atop a hill in Paris, affords a great view of the city. It was finished in 1914: Among; the touristy streets at its base is […]

A reader’s take on why medieval artists couldn’t paint cats

For many months I’ve been urging reader (and writer) Laurie Sindoni (half of the staff of Theo, the coffee-drinking cat), to examine the question of why medieval artists couldn’t paint cats. I’ve given examples on this site of ludicrously substandard cat art—and it isn’t just medieval art, either. For some reason, artists up to the […]

Restoration of an artwork

Here’s a fascinating video of a work of art being restored: it’s a self-portrait by the Italian painter Emma Gaggiotti Richards (1825-1912). Three of her paintings were given to Queen Victoria by her husband Prince Albert, and Victoria reciprocated with another Richards painting. The YouTube notes include this: ReMade in Chicago, Baumgartner Restoration is a […]

Paris: day 5

The post-coffee morning activity was the Foujita exhibit at the Musée Malliol. I posted a bit about Foujita last Caturday; he was an artist with a peripatetic and tumultuous life. Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) was born in Japan and moved to France, where he fell in with a group of famous painters including Modigliani and Soutine, took […]

Reader’s wildlife (museum) photos

Today we have a change of pace: reader Robert Seidel sent some photos from London’s Natural History Museum, a wonderful Victorian museum that I’ve visited twice. Robert’s descriptions are indented: I thought you might enjoy these photos I recently took at London’s Museum of Natural History. It’s a fantastic place, build on request of chief […]