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Paul McCarthy's latest inflatable sculpture, Tree, was just unveiled at the FIAC Art Fair in Paris, and many are startled by the fact that it looks less like a Christmas Tree and more like a giant butt plug.

Let's just hope a big gust of wind doesn't take hold of Tree and send it crashing into an elementray school like McCarthy's inflatable poop sculpture, Complex Shit, back in 2008.

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My body is a Judas

The 50 Coolest Authors Of All Time

Everyone's got a book in them, right? Problem is, it's likely to be an absolute turkey.

Face facts, writing a runaway literary hit is incredibly hard, and doing it with aching volumes of cool (which is how we'd all want to do it, given the chance) is nigh on impossible. These 50 managed it. Talented swines...

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Charlotte Rampling photographed by Helmut Newton

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I know this is a re-post...

But god - this picture just fucking haunts me to look at.

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Ancient Wisdom - Mia Taninaka

Sydney born, Mia now lives and creates in the calm and elemental Bali.
Painting predominantly with acrylics, watercolour and ink, Mia currently exhibits throughout Australia and Asia, always looking to expand her horizons.
The sharp yet flowing spirit of her anthropomorphic imagery harks back to Indigenous folklore and whispers of her Japanese ancestry and Australian roots.
Both wisdom and wonder speak through her colour choice and line detail as she revives the dying language of a modern dream that is ever-present to those who look.

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A dali-ng of a gift (it works in my accent, damn it) - from the incredibly sweet-hearted, mensa mensh: Strophariad.

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"Danton" - Wieslaw Walkuski

If you love me, and this comes up for auction, I need this. (Er - the scuplture, therein)

It is a thing of unmatched beauty in my eyes, it's taken its inspirations from so
many of my favourite sculptors and has so much magic and mystery about it - I want! I want!

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Cicero D'Avila - Cariatide Ruiv

Love is pain, and Spanish artist David Catá knows that feeling better than most. Not content to carry snapshots of his nearest and dearest around in his wallet, the 21-year-old has chosen to embroider their likenesses into the palms of his hands. Catá creates each portrait by gingerly piercing the top layer of his skin with a needle, then drawing a length of colored floss through to create a stitch. The entire process takes four hours to complete, after which Catá picks the threads from his hand to reveal the barest outline of each face—and surprisingly little blood. Others may wince at his technique, but Catá says the pain is only superficial and "no boundary."

Illusions of the Body

"This series was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.

Imagery in the media is an illusion built upon lighting, angles & photoshop. People can look extremely attractive under the right circumstances & two seconds later transform into something completely different.

Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.

Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing."

- Gracie Hagen

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Magnetic North.

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Hoodoo voodoo: **Buy my paintings**

Miyoko Shida, a true spiritual master, is also a Japanese artist who became an internet sensation with this YouTube video.

It's aim? To show us that every moment of life is sacred, special, and unique - and should be treated as such.
Not one piece of the sculpture is there without a purpose. Each piece is vital for the whole structure
to be possible. Demonstrating how life is interconnected, everything and everyone is necessary to
support creation.

To quote Buddha, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure - joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Easily one of the best art blogs I have seen in some time.

The first time photographer Angelo Merendino met Jennifer, he knew she was the one. They fell in love and got married in New York’s Central Park, surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones.

Five months later Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer. From Angelo’s blog: “I remember the exact moment…Jen’s voice and the numb feeling that enveloped me. That feeling has never left. I’ll also never forget how we looked into each other’s eyes and held each other’s hands. ‘We are together, we’ll be ok.’”

Throughout her battle, Angelo decided to photograph it. He wanted to humanize the face of cancer on the face of his wife. The photos speak for themselves.

This site and photograph are by Aso Mohammadi.

For some reason Categorian's HTML naming conventions didn't like his site name. Oh well.

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Michael Talbot

Europa was a Phoenician princess, daughter of Agenor and Telephassa. Zeus approached her in the shape of a white bull as she was playing on the beach with her friends. The girls decorated the beautiful and apparently tame animal with flowers, and finally Europa climbed on his back. Now the bull suddenly took to the sea and swam with her to Crete, where he assumed human shape. She bore him three sons, Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon. Later, she married Asterios, the king of Crete, and he adopted her sons.

Detail of Bernini’s Medusa, c. 1630.

MRI of the beautiful Protea flower

A couple of years ago - Andy Ellison needed to test one of the MRI machines he works on,
at his job at Boston University Medical School, he grabbed an orange. The result was stunning.
Since then, he's been imaging fruits and vegetables of all stripes, and turning the
results into GIFs which he showcases on this site. Amazing stuff.



Tibetan Skull Art

Amazing artist.

Well worth a visit to his site. I'd post his work but am too lazy to go about stealing his images just now ;)


Fazio’s Mistress

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Head of a Young Girl (detail)

In Realms of Fancy - 1911

John William Godward

Jean-Léon Gérôme: "Truth out of the well, armed with a whip to punish mankind"

Ernest Chiriaka

The look, the negligee, the pose - the message is clear. This lady graced an Esquire calendar in May 1954.

The Book of Peace - Edgar Maxence (1871 - 1954)

Moon - Guenter Knop

"As if you were on fire from within - the moon lives in the lining of your skin"

Pablo Neruda

In an old prison in Valencia

Adoration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with St. Ignatius Loyola and Aloysius Gonzaga
JOSE DE PAEZ 1720-1790

Tristan and Isolde Sharing the Potion - John William Waterhouse

Who knows how long I’ve loved you,
you know I love you still.
Will I wait a lonely lifetime?
If you want me to I will.

Frank Horvart. Au chiem qui fume, Pour Jardin des Modes, 1957

The Inner Sanctum

The Lovers

American photographer David LaChapelle has created 'Earth Laughs in Flowers', a series consisting of the ten large-scale still life photographs.

He conceived the title for the exhibition from the poem 'Hamatreya' - by Ralph Waldo Emerson, in which the author
explores the notion of flowers being the expression of nature's hatred of human ignorance and desire to control the earth. Subsequently, each work is named according to the cycles of both seasons and life.

" [...] Where are these men? Asleep beneath their grounds:
And strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet
Clear of the grave. "


The Antique Juggler - Frederick Leighton

Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another - Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters.
Each poster is sized to the standard swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5 inches wide by 50 inches high and set in berthold akzidenz grotesk medium, all lowercase.
Every single one of these shows actually happened.

A beautiful present from ICE COLD Matt Siegel


Jan 11 (Reuters) - Rock group The Velvet Underground filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to stop its iconic Andy Warhol-designed banana being used on covers for iPads, iPhones or other items.

Never mess with a man's banana.

Vacuum packed for freshness

Jude and Ewan in the bathroom, 2003 - Lorenzo Agius

Light jet cyber chrome print

Raquel Welch 1968
Silver gelatin fine art archival print
40 x 40 in.

A publicity shot for One Million Years B.C.

Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how
they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily
problems of mankind - I believe that the biggest
breakthrough will be the realization that the arts,
which are conventionally considered ‘useless',
will be recognized as the whole reason why we
ever try to live longer, or live more prosperously.

John Maeda via The Universe Will Fly Like a Bird

The Noise of Cairo (Trailer)

Documentary about the art scene in Cairo after the revolution.

“The Noise of Cairo” follows the interplay between art and the revolution in Egypt. Protest of any
kind was punished violently in pre-revolutionary Egypt and artistic expression was considered
nothing but a threat to the status quo. But since the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, the art scene
in Cairo is flourishing once again.

Twelve influencers from Cairo’s cultural scene lead us on a journey to understand the unique
role artists played during the revolution in Cairo. The artists of Cairo, who refused to quiet down,
come together to be heard. These individuals create “The Noise of Cairo”.

Kuss II © Gregor Gaida, 2008
80 x 50 x 40 cm
aluminium, lacquer

Rest von Schwarz (detail) © Gregor Gaida, 2008
200 x 180 x 195 cm
polyester resin, wood
prayed lacquer, iron

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Sleeping Hermaphrodite

2008 - 2010

sculpture: Belgian Black Marble
base: Carrara Marble, stainless steel, Delrin

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Pensive Mechanical Bodhisattva by Wang Zi Won

Self-Portrait, 1925 - Tamara de Lempicka

Page 4 of von Goethe's 'Faust'

Translated by Bayard Taylor - Illustrated by Harry Clarke.


Premonition, 2008
10 x 28 x 6in.
Ceramic & Mixed Media

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Leda Atomica, 1949 - Salvador Dali

Donato Giancola - The Golden Rose

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Lament for Icarus - Herbert James Draper


Damien Hirst

The artwork installation: "Delusions of Self-Immolation" coats the skin of the willing volunteer in flame-resistant gel, then sets them on fire.

From an interview with the artist:

"[...] There are three states on the machine which I call “rare”, “medium”, and “well done”.
“Rare” means you survive without any wounds. “Medium” is more for, say, the SM session or for
people who like pain to understand parts of life, or to have this experience of pain. The third
possibility is death. It is possible to die in this machine; I just have to change the liquid, and I
have to change the timing. "

Via the always-minty-fresh Matt Siegel

God I love this piece - but the EYES! Why the dead, flat eyes? Sigh.
It's stunning and teeming with life...and then suddenly the main focus of her face
that should convey all the emotion - are instead flat. They reveal and reflect nothing.
No passion, no sadness, no longing, just....nothing.

What an incredibly sad, missed opportunity for greatness.

Drift, 2011 - Aaron Nagel

I Did What I Could, 2010 - Peter Martin


Jean Francois LePage


Detritus Of Devotion - Heidi Taillefer, 1997-2000

Detritus of Devotion is a painting about the violence and hatred caused by religious intolerance, and the wars it has ignited throughout the ages. The angel descending is Religion personified, made of elements symbolizing the worlds three largest monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. As cousins of each other, they revolve around a commonly shared ancestor, Abraham, represented by the goat that was slaughtered in place of his son.

Religion is composed of various iconographies; as well rats and military ordinance, representing the destruction and decay brought fourth out of ideological discord. The woman lying dead on the ground is Peace, who has been slain by Religion in all its fury. She is distinguishable by the olive-branch crown and twig which she possesses, as well as the barren cornucopia once filled with the fruit of happiness.

The setting is middle-eastern from whence developed all three faiths, representing the cradle of civilization. Set before the city of Jerusalem, innocent children of all three faiths weep and mourn the death of Peace, while a procession of crusaders moves past Arab soldiers in the distance, and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse ride ahead of the oncoming wrath of God.


Maurice Doherty


Madonna and Child - Marianne Preindelsberger Stokes
1907/8, Tempera on panel
Wolverhampton Art Gallery


Saudade is a unique Galician-Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English.

Saudade describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. It's related to the feelings of longing, yearning.

Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" or "the love that stays" after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again.

In Mortal Repose - 2011
Bronze, cast concrete
72 x 71 x 63 1/4 inches

Sarah-Jane Lynagh


Simon Schubert

The Two of Us

Fun Police

Enjoy Mr Churchill


100 Girls and 100 Octopuses, 2005 - Zak Smith
Acrylic and metallic ink on paper: 98 parts
Each part: 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Overall: 175.2 x 281.9 cm


100 Girls and 100 Octopuses, 2005 - Zak Smith
Acrylic and metallic ink on paper: 98 parts
Each part: 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Overall: 175.2 x 281.9 cm

Marilyn Monroe - [Pen] - Josh Bryan

'teo' (front and back view)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches

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William Bouguereau - The Wave 1896

    San Francisco-based photographer Kerry Mansfield was diagnosed with breast cancer
    in 2005, and photographed this series of self-portraits during her treatment.

Me posting more Tara Dougans:

Trailer for Amon Tobin's all new, highly ambitious, breathtaking 'ISAM' live show.

Yale University Art Gallery is a fantastic gallery, in a beautiful location. Well worth a visit.

After years of eliminating everything pretentious, self-serving
or inauthentic in his character, he realized there was nothing left.

- Magnificent Ruin


"Untitled" (Falling Buffalo) 1988-89.
Gelatin-silver print, 27 1/2" x 34 1/2".
Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz.

Pure Hell - 2011
41" x 26"
Handwoven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a nylon warp

Crystal Brass Knuckles (I am going to realign your chakras motherfucker) 2009
Quartz crystals, sterling silver
7 x 6 x 2.5 in



"I don't do brushes, I can't paint.........I just use knives".

Acrylic on canvas: 60 x 60 cm

"FRAMEicariums" are framed ant farms by Hugh Hayden and Katie Vitale.
The ants need to be fed dry oatmeal once a day (one quarter of a grain per 15 ants),
and the colony can live up to 3-4 months.


Cut paper art by Hunter Stabler.

Arm Prosthesis: Yarn, cotton wool, wire ; crochet; height 25 in.; 1996

Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver
PBJ on Wonderbread

Val Veeta, 1965/2004 - Mel Ramos
Jacquard tapestry
79 x 83 in. Edition of 24

The Camel was God, the Camel was Shot - Terence Koh 2007
Cast of Artist's body - bronze and white patina

Horse hoof corrosion blood vessel cast - Dr. Christoph von Horst, 2009


"Song of Songs" 2005.
Enameled cast iron, stainless steel, plastic, rubber. 39" x 20"x 21".


"Acts: Prosthetic" 2002.
Iron, rubber. 10" x 14" x 19"

Frank Booth: "...Baby wants to fuck! Baby wants to fuck Blue Velvet! "

Paper Porcelain - Siba Sahabi


Man's World


Detritus of Devotion

MEDIUM: Pencil and graphite on 400gsm
SIZE: 42cm x 59.4cm / 16.5" x 23.4"

"Specialists from the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France found that da Vinci painted up to 30 layers of paint on his works to meet his standards of subtlety. Added up, all the layers are less than 40 micrometers, or about half the thickness of a human hair, researcher Philippe Walter said Friday.

The technique, called "sfumato," allowed da Vinci to give outlines and contours a hazy quality and create an illusion of depth and shadow. His use of the technique is well-known, but scientific study on it has been limited because tests often required samples from the paintings. "

Witch Hunt - Jenny Morgan
Oil on Canvas - 28 x 21 inches

Quyenthenghiem already said it best:

Rated by quyenthenghiem on Jun 10, 8:29am

TOTAL baller.

Portrait of Anna Akhmatova - Nathan Altman
1914 - Oil on canvas


Lady with a Dog - Portrait of Esther Schwartzmann - Nathan Altman
1911 - Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard

Stunning custom mosaic work from Rock and Royal.



Embroidered book covers by Olympia Le-Tan.
Makes me homesick...

via akapearlofagirl


Simple in concept, complex in execution, Myoung Ho Lee makes us look at a tree in its natural surroundings, but separates the tree artificially from nature by presenting it on an immense white ground, as one would see a painting.


via monograph

The Hireling Shepherd (1851) is a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. It represents a shepherd neglecting his flock in favour of an attractive country girl to whom he shows a Death's Head Moth.

After it was exhibited, Hunt's enemies condemned the painting for its vulgarity, objecting to its portrayal of red-faced and sexually uninhibited country people. The Illustrated London News objected to the "fiery red skin" and "wiry hair" of Hunt's peasants (22 May, 1852, p. 407). The Athenaeum was particularly offended by these "rustics of the coarsest breed...flushed and rubicund" from too much cider. It insisted that "romp and rubicundity of this pair contrast with the pallor and pathos of Mr. John Everett Millais' picture Ophelia."
My beloved Ernst Haeckel.

Album art for Slash's new album

Artist's Shit - Piero Manzoni

In May 1961, Manzoni created 90 small cans, sealed with the text "Artist's Shit" (Merda d'Artista). Each 30-gram can was priced by weight based on the current value of gold (around $1.12 a gram in 1960).
The contents of the cans remain a much-disputed enigma, since opening them would destroy the value of the artwork. Various theories about the contents have been proposed, including speculation that it is plaster.

In the following years, the cans have spread to various art collections all over the world and netted large prices, far outstripping inflation. The most recent can to be auctioned, #19, sold on 26 February 2007 in the USA for $80,000. It was described as:

"It is a joke, a parody of the art market, and a critique of consumerism and the waste it generates."
- Stephen Bury

Belle Mere

Carol et Moi

Nature Morte au Poulet

A Picasso painting fetched nearly $106.5 million at auction Tuesday, a record for any single work of art, Christie's New York said.

"Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," or "Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur," is from the collection of Los Angeles philanthropist Frances Lasker Brody, who died last November and was the wife of the real estate developer Sidney F. Brody. Experts had referred to the 1932 work as "lost" because it had never been published in color. It shows Picasso's muse and mistress, Marie-Therese Walter.

The previous highest price for a work at auction was $104,327,006 paid for "L'Homme Qui Marche I, bronze" (Walking Man 1), 1960, by Alberto Giacometti. It sold during an auction at Sotheby's to an anonymous telephone bidder in February, 2010.

The previous high for a Picasso was $104,168,000 for "Garcon a la Pipe" ("Boy with Pipe"), 1905, in May 2004.
Squint - and watch it turn from coloured crayons into an antique sepia photo.

Boris Artzybasheff (25 May 1899 - 16 July 1965)
was a Ukrainian-born illustrator active in the United States,
notable for his strongly worked and often surreal designs.

During his lifetime, Artzybasheff was probably known best for his magazine art.
He illustrated the major American magazines Life, Fortune, and Time (including more than
200 Time Magazine covers over a 24-year span between 1941 and 1965). During World War II,
he also served an expert advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Psychological Warfare Branch.

His graphic style is striking. In commercial work he explored grotesque experiments in
anthropomorphism, where toiling machines displayed distinctly human attributes.
Conversely, one of his works shows Buckminster Fuller's head in the form of
Fuller's geodesic structure. In his personal work, he explored the depiction of
vivid and extreme ranges of human psychology and emotion.

The mesmerizing work of Michael Shapcott.



Bodyhammer: .38 Special (Open Chamber) 1993
Charcoal and graphite on paper
91.3 x 77.2 inches/232 x 196 cm

Robert Longo

Untitled (Ulysses) 2009
Charcoal on mounted paper
80 x 70 inches/203.2 x 177.8 cm

(Blue) Self Portrait, acrylic on plexiglass, 14 x 8 inches, 2008

Interesting looking work....but I am curious about the above self-portrait. Look at the artist's photo below:


Beer Wolf - Ted Tucker

The Weave Mirror uses 768 individual strips which are woven together into a grid. As passersby walk in front of the work, motors adjust the woven strips to change the greyscale intensity of that particular X/Y coordinate on the grid. When you step back, it forms the illusion of a real-time mirror.

Conceptual Portrait of Marie Antoinette

Incredible hand-painted movie posters from Nigeria and Ghana.

(The last photo on the webpage speaks to provenance.)
Christ Guerrilla - Rostgaard 1969

Christ as an icon for the Cuban revolution? Nice.


(For our younger viewers: Castro and the Cuban Government were so against religion, they banned Christmas starting in 1969).

VooDoo Blues Doctor by Dan Dalton
14" x 19"
Mixed Media Collage

John Currin interview, in which he explains the inspiration for his infamous Bea Arthur portrait.

via the wonderful snowflurrybaker

The Rosebush - Jansson Stegner
44 x 40 inches, Oil on linen, 2007

ERICH COMERINER (German, 1880-1980)
Schaufensterpuppe, 1930s
Vintage gelatin silver, circa 1930s
9-1/2 x 6-5/8 inches (24.1 x 16.8 cm)
Verso: artist's stamp and titled in graphite in artist's hand
State: unmounted

While the execution could have been better, I do like the idea of this. A lot.

Vivian's Dream

The Tornado Men

The Sinking Ship

"Le Mariage" by Claude Verlinde

Ivan Navarro
Die, 2009
wood, neon, mirror, one way mirror and electric system
48 x 48 x 48 inches

The incredible work of Oliver Jeffers.
Korean artist Yoo Young-Wun creates these amazing sculptures out of old books, magazines and flyers.

made from catalogues and flyers

19 yr old Jjangu
made from text books

This looks more like stained glass to me, rather than oil on panel. Stunning.

Via Amonthia.

Joel Peter Witkin

Poet From a Collection of Relics and Ornaments

The Cornucopian Dog





Some of the most strikingly beautiful photos I have ever seen.

Landing Gear


Road Trip with Pets

We humans are inclined to forget or ignore the principles of existence. They include: every action directly impacts our environment, change is unavoidable, stasis is unnatural, time is beyond our influence, conception is the commencement of death as well as life, and many others. Our challenge is to humbly accept Nature's gifts and live by the lessons set before us without imposing our arrogant will upon each other and the planet.


As humans more fully embrace technology we feel an increasing sense of anxiety, disorientation and fear. To compensate, our desire for predictability and order ignites a voracious hunger for control that induces us to force Nature to relinquish her secrets. Once a trusted provider, she is now viewed as "shifty", inadequate, and needing improvement. We manipulate our surroundings in an attempt to manage time, eliminate unforeseen change, and establish a permanent sense of stability. We go to great lengths to surround ourselves with psychological, physical, spiritual, social, and cultural environments that we hope will last. The result is an increasingly artificial existence.


Kingdom of the Dancing Stallions, acrylic and paper on canvas


Saint Pockets, acrylic and paper on canvas

A simple vista. 2000
Fuji Crystal Chromogenic Archival C-Print. 12 x 18 inches.
Edition 5 + 2 AP

Hunger, as we know, imposes a heavy rules of surviving that perverts the ability to perceive anything else than basic needs.

Now I know what to do with my empties..,

Just when you thought taxidermy had fully plumbed it's kitschy depths.

The Gocar Clock - Josef Gocar

Gocar was the most prolific of the Czech Cubists. He worked mostly on architecture, town planning and furniture design and created only a handful of smaller objects. The clock - designed for actor Otto Boleska, who commissioned Gocar to furnish his private sitting room - is a masterpiece of early Czech Cubism. With its dramatic angles and slicing planes, it is a miniature memorial to the whole Czech Cubist movement.

Material: brass
Technique: soldered
W 9 1/2" D 5 1/2" H 11 1/3"
W 24 x D 14 x H 29 cm

The Sick Child I, 1896 (lithograph)

In 1896 Munch moved to Paris to make lithographs. Among the first masterpieces is this final statement of the Sick Child subject, which was first painted in 1885-6 as a memorial to his sister Sophie. The Sick Child I treats the subject in the same direction as the painting, and on a grander scale than the earlier drypoint version. The focus on the girl's head is more intense, her features made up of wraith-like crayon-lines, fading into the pillow on which she rests.
I just found Yi Chen - and find his work incredibly exciting.


The artist's process begins by culling images from popular advertisements and fashion magazines and selecting distinctive facial characteristics from both human and mammalian figures. He then rearranges these physical features to create a hybridized race, disregarding color, age, gender and even species. These composite figures are then painted with varying degrees of detail, and set in a background or landscape of solid color fields.

The artist's paintings reflect the heterogeneity and interconnectedness of global culture. As stated in the press release, Chen's "concept of hybridization and mutation formulate a tense balance in his work, combining enticing beauty and repelling grotesqueries that result in magnetic paintings."


Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X 1953 - Francis Bacon


Pencil and digital.


The utterly charming work of Christine Young.
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Evisceration of waited moments
American Morgue Chocolates, impressions of wounds cast in dark chocolate, colored foil.
Ed. of 25
each box:
43 x 48 x 8 cm
16.9 x 18.9 x 3.2 inches

"Shanabrook is a New York and Moscow-based artist who uses food both as medium and metaphor. Using commonplace materials and forms generally seen as benign indulgences-- sweets, chocolate, and cotton candy -- he brings about disturbing new meanings, exploring the intersections of desire, violence, permanence, and death. (See his "Waterboarding" sculptures"


Michael "Pooch" Pucciarelli.
That was incredibly arousing.

Well the first 4 minutes, anyway.

Can't say that a buried book makes me all that moist, really.



Brian Walker photography


Stained glass window by Frank Lloyd Wright

Reliquary for the Extended Familly
Chains, Wood, Glass, Bone
Lead, Iron, Found Objects
18"h X 25"w X 9"d


The amazing cardboard works of Bert Simons.


This was the building where Detroit's deeply-troubled public school system once stored its supplies, and then one day walked away from it all, allowing everything to go to waste. The interior has been ravaged by fires and the supplies that haven't burned have been subjected to 20 years of Michigan weather. This city's school district is so impoverished that students are not allowed to take their textbooks home to do homework, and many of its administrators are so corrupt that every few months the newspapers report more of their scandals, sweetheart-deals, and expensive trips made at the expense of a population of children who can no longer rely on a public education to help lift them from the cycle of violence and poverty that has made Detroit the most dangerous city in America.

two no-names (detail)
2006, blankets, mattress covers,
knit Afghans, pillows, joint compound, cement
glue, wire, sting, pigment, approx. 5' tall

Body Language - John Portans

"I was asked by Tokion magazine to create a piece for the project section in the new June/July issue, based on the theme of sex. So I took a sex and consumerism approach and created this can."



The sculptural shapes are created by a process of accretion over time. They are gradually grown by simulating the paths of millions of particles randomly flowing in a field of forces. Over time they build on top of an initial simple seed surface to produce structures of immense complexity.

The above pictures have been scaled down to about 1/10th the original size for internet viewing. To get a better idea of the level of detail in the original images here is an image at 1/2 the full resolution.

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Blindfold - Self - 2006

Scarf - Self - 2006

Blanka - 2006

Wild Girl - 2006

The compelling artwork of Dominika Dratwa.
More Harry Clarke illustrations - this time from Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.



Some of Harry Clarke's stunning work. I get lost in his stuff.

He was an immensely talented creator of stained glass as well as a book illustrator.

He illustrated Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen his first printed work, in 1916. This was closely followed by an illustrations for an edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

Sadly, he was plagued by ill-health and died of tuberculosis in Switzerland in 1931 at just 41 years.


Paul Martu's Early Tools hammer
DIMENSIONS > 36" x 13" x 3.5" MATERIALS > cast iron | lace wood

Martu is the same guy that made this tres cool 'hand wrench' that I posted a while back.

Cassette Tape Art. I love these things.


Jimi Hendrix


Bob Dylan

Beautifully hand-carved chess pieces.

Gummi Bear Chandelier - Yaya Chou.

Ruth Franklin
Skirt, 2009 (rf5755)
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches
price on request

Intricately beautiful music video from Tricot Machine.


Wow. Just wow.

I think I would blog every one of her pieces. Just an absolutely incredible body of work.
Oh my god - come look - she's amazing.


Bundt Cake pans, bicycle brake levers, vacuum cleaner, serving spoon handle, LEDs, cold cathode lights.

A Street Ad Caused Desire

If Only I Knew Your Name

The memorial to Alan Turing by Stephen Kettle in the Bletchley Park museum.

See more of Stephen's work in slate on his website.

Title : Ernok

Medium : Silkscreen

Date : 1982-2001

For Sale! To help pay the kids rent. Gwan witcha.

ERECTRO(banbi), 2003
Photo:KIOKU Keizo

I know, I know. MORE of the Self-Decapitating Goddess.
What's not to love?


Celine Dion walks into a bar, and the barman says, "Why the long face?"

Melted easter chocolate is art? Wait a week, your kids are about to become fucking Jackson Pollocks with your sofa.

The Blue Butterfly - Roi James
2004, Oil on Canvas, 45" x 45""

De Lord Caligad, 2007
C-Print, Edition 3 + 2 A
100 x 76 cm

Gerda Lumpi, 2006
C-Print, Edition 3 + 2 A
45x59 cm

"Rachel in Fur," by John Currin
2002 - Oil on canvas

'The Idol Kids of Today - Weapon Face' Antony Micallef
2007, Nickel plated bronze, 366cm H x 78cm W x 81cm


Unknown artist, Enamel icon with Archangel Michael, Silver gilt, gold cloisonn, stones, 46 x 35 cm

"Aman at 14", 24 x 18 inches, watercolour on paper, 2007

48"x72" oil on canvas 2006


24" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas 2008

Jindřich tyrsk, cover for Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, Fantmas (The Dead Man Who Kills) 1929

Female Nude Full Figure Sculpture Work in Progress
10" x 5" x 3.6"

“Gold and Ruby Skull” (2003) by Amy Sarkisian.

Untitled (Julius Ceasar...), 2008 by Nick van Woert.

WATER CLOSET, 2006 - cartapesta e cera - cm. 62x32x70h

oil on canvas 72"x96" 2004
Lion Eating an Elephant (detail) - Jennifer Muskopf

Acrylic and oil on paper mounted on canvas. 10 x 15 inches

The Green House (tableau) 1990
Sculpture divers matriaux
81 x 97 x 10 cm
"Pigs Might Fly," a piglet with dove's wings in a gold-plated case filled with formaldehyde, sold for $872,139.

Dylan Taylor - 'I'm Better Than You'
Ballpoint pen on paper (framed)
1010mm x 680mm


"Tiny Dancer" - Eric Zener
Oil on canvas, 22 x 38, 2007

skull in disguise (japanese tree)
watercolor on paper

Rock In The Sea, 2005, 22" x 30", watercolor, gouache, color pencil on paper

Fish Eye
Digital print on aluminium
Ed. of 3
various sizes

Edward del Rosario, Justice Under God 1, 2005. Oil on linen. 24 X 24 inches
Big Self-Portrait by Chuck Close. 1967-68.


Hamadryad (2008) Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
ARTIST: Edith Lebeau

Have You Hugged Your Children Today? #2
foam, pen, paper
18 x 10 x 2 in

"The Man With the Green Moustache"

Nothing some antibiotics wouldn't fix.

I tend to lean away from digital art somewhat, but this person is extremely talented.

Sinuous Path

Nikau Palms

Both paintings by amazing, iconic New Zealand artist Diana Adams. Her work transports me home every time.
I studied Durer for years.....I love this man.


"Untitled (mirror)" - by Ian Francis
Graphite and ink on paper

"Sound Suit" (flowers) - by Nick Cave 2006
Mixed Media

"Aposematism" - 2006
Transparent watercolor on illustration board
Why they would ruin such a fantastic frame with this shite is unknown.

Artist: Jane Alexander

This life-size trio of human-animal hybrid figures, with powdery skin, black eyes, broken horns, and no mouths, sits on a bench in a state of oppressive silence. As representations of the brutal, dehumanizing forces of the apartheid era (1948-91) in South Africa, the figures have been stripped of their identities; they more closely resemble monsters than human beings.

The True Origin of the Green Lantern - Oil & mixed media - 2001
Portraits by Emma Mount.