Diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago
, and given only months to live, Sam Simon is still alive and still racing to spend the fortune he made as co-creator of The Simpsons on causes he loves, whether he is rescuing grizzly bears (and chinchillas and elephants) or funding vegan food banks. Sam Simon and philanthropy previously on Metafilter
The exhaustively researched Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This
) presents a two part episode focusing on Madonna's use of classic Hollywood imagery and references as a form of conceptual art and her early attempts to trade pop idol success for movie stardom within the context of two high-profile relationships with Sean Penn and Warren Beatty. Episode One
. Episode Two
Meanwhile, Todd In The Shadows creates video reviews for every movie Madonna was ever in. So far he's done Desperately Seeking Susan
, Shanghai Surprise
, A Certain Sacrifice
, and Who's That Girl
is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself
, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW)
. Buy her photozine
, see photos from an exhibition
, or read her text blog
. [more inside]
is a Russian artist/illustrator now living in England whose quilled paper pieces are increasingly in demand. Her website
is rich with her work - jump right into the illustration
sectons - or browse the news section
to see a roughly reverse chronological listing. Design Taxi has collected a group of images highlighting her quilled typography. [more inside]
Artist Walks A Cabbage In Public To Question How Society Value Things
In a project that started since year 2000, Chinese artist Han Bing has documented a series of photographs that see him walking a cabbage
on a leash in public.
- a hand-bound book of Japanese styled illustrations paying homage to nostalgic activities and toys. From artist Chet Phillips
is known as a poet
, and musician
who is routinely reduced to doing the same thing over and over again. A recent interview in The Guardian
demonstrates how much he continues to stay the course, going so far to call him a "monomaniac". [more inside]
by James Hannaham
recommended by Jennifer Egan"
"By invoking the existence of artworks involving the gallery space, the people inside it, and the larger world (quite literally), Hannaham performs an ingenious reversal: the subject illuminated by the plaques ends up being us, the reader-viewers. And our experience of reading and viewing them—in what order we choose, in what state we’re in that day or night, in what company, in what mood, in what weather, is the narrative."
Valley of Dolls
Eleven years ago, Ayano Tsukimi returned to her home in Nagoro. Confronted with constant departures, she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former villager. Around 350 of the giant dolls now reside in and around Nagoro, replacing those that died or abandoned the village years ago.
In a recent documentary titled The Valley Of Dolls, Fritz Schumann explores Tsukimi's world, highlighting the time and artistry that goes into making the figures, and explaining her motivations. In it we're shown around a local school, once filled with children and teachers, that now houses dozens of dolls, sitting statically, waiting for class to begin.
Legendary old school tabletop RPG artist David Trampier
a few times on the blue) created some of the most striking iconic art
which helped define
of 1st edition Advanced D&D
. He grew disillusioned with the business in the late eighties and cut off all contact with his former employers (ceasing cashing royalty checks), disappearing with such finality that Dragon Magazine assumed he was dead
. By chance, some fifteen years later he appeared in a local news story in Carbondale, Illinois
where he was working as a taxi driver. He politely but firmly rejected all invitations to step back into his previous career. This week he passed away
at the age of 59. [more inside]
Late in 2013, Guillermo del Toro released a voluminous book, entitled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions. As he explains in the video, the 256-page hardcover is a selection from his notebooks, where the director developed many of the monstrosities we’ve seen on screen. The Guardian notes that there’s something of da Vinci’s notebooks in del Toro’s records: the small, neat script, mixed in with the wonderfully detailed sketches, combine to give the impression of del Toro doing his best to record the torrent of his imagination before the thoughts disappear. In this post, we include a number of these images. Previously [more inside]
Based in Beijing, Zhang Bin
aka Benjamin(his blog in Chinese)
, works with brilliant colors in a sequential style
to create eye catching graphics which include the covers of Marvel Comics and his own, manhua graphic novels. His subjects are generally young and urban, produced in splashes of color (A video slideshow of his art - watch out for the music)
. An interview with Benjamin about his art
from his first visit to a comic convention in New York. [more inside]
, darling of the 1980s East Village art scene, made glamorous and grotesque dolls
that reflected her struggles with anorexia and drug addiction as well as her fascination with sexuality and gender in all their mutable permutations
. She died of an overdose only a month after completing her final masterpiece
, a recreation of her Chicago apartment inside Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory
. [more inside]
Were the First Artists Mostly Women?
The National Geographic outlines a recent study on those handprints found near Neolithic Cave Art. By looking at finger length of the hand outlines on those walls, researchers hypothesize that 75% of the artists of iconic cave painting were women. Some adherents to other theories (the jubilent male hunter as artist; the hopeful male hunter as artist, the shaman as artist, the exploring young boy as artist) are not so convinced.
was an extraordinary textile designer. She led the Weaving Workshop at the Bauhaus from 1926-1931, transforming it into an innovative and successful workshop that elevated the department they pushed women into (weaving being considered a woman's craft) into a innovative, successful department that treated weaving as art. She then moved to Switzerland where she continued her career as a designer and innovator. This website has a fantastic array of images of her work and life.
Some of my favorites: 1922 design as a student
| pictures of the Bauhaus - Weimar
| Working out fabric patterns
| an honorary diploma
| Bauhaus Masters, 1926
| rug design
| Closeup of a 1960s Fabric [more inside]
"Her wood carvings were made from ironing boards, breadboards, old ships' timbers and in one case an old wooden toilet seat. Her jewellery was made from a cut-up caravan." (Obituary
.) There's not much on the web about this woman, but what there is, is gold. [more inside]
Artist Nobutaka Aozaki
is creating a map of Manhattan made up entirely of hand-drawn maps given to him by strangers
, which he solicits by asking for directions. The project, called From Here to There
, is ongoing, and currently the main map is roughly 3' by 10'.
Of the many available documentaries about the pianist Glenn Gould
, "Genius within - The inner life of Glenn Gould
" is one of the more thoughtful ones. [more inside]
in 1912 as a farm colony of Brooklyn State Hospital, the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens [New York] became, by mid-century, a world unto itself. At its peak, it housed some 7,000 patients. They tended gardens and raised livestock on the hospital’s grounds. The hospital contained gymnasiums, a swimming pool, a theater, a television studio, and giant kitchens and laundries where patients were put to work. Today, Creedmoor, still run by the New York State Office of Mental Health, has only a few hundred patients" and houses The Living Museum
, an 'art asylum within an asylum
' where patients can create and exhibit
their art. But what is life like inside the institution itself? In 2010, Katherine B. Olsen spent weeks interviewing staff and patients. Her essay, published this week, 'Something More Wrong'
takes us inside Creedmoor's women's ward. [more inside]
The Pixel Painter
is a short documentary about Hal Lasko
, a 97-year-old artist who paints in Microsoft Paint. [more inside]
, born in 1882 in Hungary
, was an artist and illustrator
in the first half of last century, who worked on everything from children's books
to books of poetry
, history, magazine articles and ads
, and much
, much more
. [more inside]
"You might remember artist Nickolay Lamm for his work removing doll's makeup
to show that they looked just as lovely without that extra layer. Now, as promised, he's created a "normal"-sized Barbie, made to show us more realistic
proportions of American women." (also via)
is a crochet artist that is furiously crocheting anything that enters or leaves her life. She's crocheted the Wall Street Bull
, a Pedi Cab Rickshaw(piloted by an acrobat)
, a billboard
, text messages
, shopping carts
, and people
. When she's not crocheting the streets she is probably weaving her next art exhibit
. This woman has made crocheting her life
50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds:
A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios
creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
Amazingly detailed replica of the Friends Apartment made of paper.
By artist Bruna Salvador Conforto.
She also did a replica of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore's house
in Stars Hollow.
Made of paper.
Sly Stone's history of drug addiction and eccentricity is well known. But, a recent California Court of Appeals ruling details how a series of ill advised business deals left Stone destitute. [more inside]
is an artist who has made reconstructions of extinct creatures' vocal tracts
, extrapolating from extant species and fossil remains. The Extinction Orchestra
. [more inside]
is a little known artist and long time resident of Franklin New York. In the late nineties, Robert began constructing fantastic stone castles and keeps from native stone, in his small backyard. He has since created amazingly unique works at the homes of several Franklin residents. But, Robert's artistic interests and instincts go way beyond his stonework in ways that are surprising and very enlightening.
was an English artist
with a priviledged background who embraced the unrespectable.
More an illustrator or cartoonist he was variously described
as eccentric, varied and bleak.
When the Royal Academy rang to ask if he would consider becoming an associate,
he shouted downstairs to his manservant, who had picked up the telephone:
''Tell them to fuck off, I'm busy.''
"So many people think they can improve the situation or collaborate. I think that's very wishful thinking in this political structure. It makes people not very conscious of what's happening," he said
is a performance and visual artist concerned with new technology and the internet who frequently operates in the medium of viral video. In fact, you may already know her piece I Am Your Grandma
), which has been viewed several million times. Since "Grandma", she has tackled the digitization of human consciousness
(NSFW, brief nudity) La Jetee
starring Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew
, a film which screened at Sundance and resulted in Mayer and frequent collaborator Lucas Leyva being collectively named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 new faces of independent film for 2012
. Her latest piece is a YouTube makeup tutorial
on how to use Dazzle camouflage
to defeat facial recognition software.
A style guide for Tutankhamun
Created by artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, who also cuts up comics to make art. Full disclosure: His sister is Blossom
: 'Everyone's A Sellout'
But the "selling out" thing isn't about whether the work is any good, so much as the question of "artistic integrity." Which assumes a simple model in which the artist has a "vision," that forms perfectly in her head, and she then executes that vision with perfect precision — unless she pauses to think about how best to attract an audience of paying customers, in which case the vision becomes compromised and, I guess, blurry. That business, of having a vision and executing it, describes none of the actual process of creating something from scratch, unless you're some kind of minimalist who writes a six-word story or just paints a big dot on a canvas. [more inside]
So you’re at a gallery—now what?
The fact is, nobody knows what art is or why people make it. This is blatantly disturbing. Some say the function of art is to generate conversation—an unpleasant thought. I’m not sure we want to put art in the same category as skin disease and Carl Winslow: things to talk about on the internet.
This is why so many of us have a bad time at galleries: we try to make art Interesting when we should just let it be weird. Art should never be Interesting.
Tackling everything from Abba to the Velvet Underground, Brian Eno reveals his insights into popular music in this 81 minute talk at a music academy
sponsored by a popular sugar-and-caffeine-infused drink
. [more inside]
Holy hotdogs, Spanish surrealist illustrator Joan Cornellà
, just what the heck is going on
Northwest coast native artist, Andy Everson explores pop culture and native rights in his prints.
Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw artist Andy Everson's image of a hand holding a feather has become synonymous with the Idle No More Movement, which has shifted the Canadian political spotlight on First Nations issues in recent months (previously
But I predict it is his C3P0
, and LEGO figurine self portrait
giclée prints that will be irresistible to many mefites.
(1905-1976) was a highly popular and prolific
French cartoonist and illustrator, whose works were ubiquitous in France from the 1930s to the 1970s: Dubout illustrated books, film posters
(notably those of Marcel Pagnol), magazines, advertisements, postcards and some of his cartoons were eventually adapted as a movie
. Today, Dubout is best known as the creator of the Dubout couple
; figurine version
), consisting of a very large, full-bosomed, dominating, angry-looking wife with a diminutive, hapless and mustachioed husband in tow. Dubout's work is often highly detailed, and images larger than the tiny ones available on the official website are shown under the fold. [more inside]