76 posts tagged with art by adamvasco.
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Satan is an individualist

Every movement needs it's Magician and Surrealism had Kurt Seligmann, a painter who was heavily into the Occult.
Gallery owner Rowland Weinstein was surprised that Seligmann's works was largely forgotten or unknown.
Here you can explore his prints and his written Magnus opus is still available.
A Biography and the full title quote and a couple more.
posted by adamvasco on May 1, 2016 - 4 comments

Life is always struggling to predominate and art naturally suffers.

Sickle, Bandolier and Corn Tina Modotti was a Silent screen star when she modelled for, and became the lover of Edward Weston.
They moved to Mexico and he started to teach her photography. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Mar 28, 2016 - 2 comments

Expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious

Oh So Surreal: - Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow Art; featuring interviews and work from artists as diverse as Mr Mead | SSSdolls | Joseph Loughborough | Nicomi Nix Turner | Millie Brown | Filthy the Bear | Jean Paul Bourdier and many more. Click through the categories or scroll down the sidebars and be amazed or disgusted or meh.
posted by adamvasco on Mar 7, 2016 - 4 comments

Never, ever photograph anything you feel lukewarm about.

Lisette Model took up photography in 1933 after studying painting as a student of Andre Lhote.
Her first teacher was the now little remembered Rogi Andre briefly married to André Kertész (previously) and perhaps best now known for her pictures of Jacqueline Lamba (later Jacqueline Breton) naked and underwater. It was Rogi Andre who told her Never, ever photograph anything you feel lukewarm about, only what you are passionately interested in.
In 1938 Lisette moved to Manhattan and there became a photographer of New York.
More on Lisette Model via the wonderful masters of photography blog.
posted by adamvasco on Mar 3, 2016 - 2 comments

One can deal with the world through puppets

A four part documentary, each of 15 mins, about Jan Švankmajer probably the greatest living surrealist. Pt. I. | Pt. II. | Pt. III | Pt. IV.
An interview from 2012 - Freedom is becoming the only theme, and a previous incredibly thorough post.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 25, 2016 - 7 comments

Of Paris, of Love, of Art, of Cats and Poetry and of Death.

NSFW - Lucie Badoud, model and muse a well off orphan was inspired by Guillaume Apollinaire's novel La Femme Assise and went to Paris. In 1924 now known as Youki - snow rose, she received on her 21st birthday from Foujita, the japanese painter, a big, yellow Ballot with a Basque chauffeur.
The car's body was by Saoutchik and the radiator was capped with a bronze by Rodin; The Man With a Broken Nose. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Dec 28, 2015 - 4 comments

Art if isolated and specialized can't create culture. It needs a Cult.

The long life of the incredibly prolific Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs has come to an end.
He was baptised a catholic to save him from the camps and went on to became the most prominent member of the "Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.
A graphic artist, painter, sculptor, designer, stage designer, architect, composer and poet.
He was influenced from an early age by Klimt and later hints of Dali which resuled in a rare interview.
He was rarely mentioned in the British media.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 comments

This is why I very soon divided myself into two halves

"Here is the Doll" (NSFW) Exclaimed Hans Bellmer when he first met Unica Zürn who became the muse behind LaPoupee
Zurn: From my earliest childhood, the first woman’s eyes I encountered conveyed the same uncontrollable anguish spiders cause me…This is why I very soon divided myself into two halves
Zurn was artistically known as an anagrammatical poet and for her line drawings.
Bellmer indulged in bondage, tying Zurn whom he then photographed.
Her book Trumpets of Jericho has just been republished and reviewed.
posted by adamvasco on Nov 19, 2015 - 6 comments

Now you see me now you don't.

Liu Bolin is the invisible man. He paints his entire body to exactly match the scenery behind him and is camouflaged so well it is sometimes almost impossible to spot him.
More of his art and a TED and previous.
posted by adamvasco on Oct 11, 2015 - 19 comments

"Roots of the Cotton Tree"

Paul Lewin likes to mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal visions of nature and the ancestry that surrounds us daily. Enjoy.
posted by adamvasco on Sep 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Dying for their Art

in hamburg in the twenties of the past century lived a girl who was a dancer named lavinia schulz with her boyfriend, who was a dancer too, named walter holdt.
They were known as the mask dancers.
Knowledge of their astonishingly bizarre and tragic art is obscure and largely based on the rediscovery in 1986 of artifacts deposited in a Hamburg museum back in 1925.
posted by adamvasco on Aug 3, 2015 - 17 comments

Bad Art

A Dutch detective and Berlin police spent months searching for art commissioned by Hitler that went missing after German reunification.
Officials finally recovered the dubious works in raids last week -- here's how they did it.
posted by adamvasco on Jun 10, 2015 - 18 comments

Nothing that surrounds us is object, all is subject.

Archive.org gives us the two part (1) The Threshold of Liberty (II) from the Robert Hughes 1980 BBC documentary Shock of the New.
This episode examined the surrealists' attempts to make art without restrictions. The title is a reference to a piece by René Magritte.
( Unfortunately all the main links in this fine post by Trurl are gone )
posted by adamvasco on Jun 9, 2015 - 3 comments

Loplop

And Loplop, bird superior, has transformed himself into flesh without flesh and will dwell among us.
Loplop was the Dada and Surrealist artist Max Ernst's alter ego. whose beloved pet cockatoo had died the same night his sister was born.
He described his birth in 1891 as having hatched from an egg that his mother laid.
Ernst took many ideas incorporated in Freud's works and used them to try to identify himself, in 1922 painting Oedipus Rex and then in 1922 Two children are threatened by a nightingale.
In 1931 Loplop; who had the previous year introduced Loplop, now introduced the surrealist group.
Ernst described collage as the "alchemy of the visual image". Loplop was the narrator in his alchemical collage novel Une Semaine de Bonté. as he had previously with La Femme de 100 tetes.
In 1937 he painted Fireside Angel predicting the rise of Fascism. and in 1940 he painted Attirement of the bride depicting his then lover Leonora Carrington. With the war arriving in Europe Ernst left for America. Loplop lived on at least through to 1960 in his sculpture.
posted by adamvasco on May 31, 2015 - 12 comments

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The beinArt Collective is an international network of highly skilled figurative artists with a shared fascination for surreal and imaginative themes.
There are three pages of artists which all link on to the artists own websites.
There is also a page with links to some interesting magazines, and beinArt has an active FB page
Some pages NSFW and some could induce nightmares.
posted by adamvasco on May 13, 2015 - 3 comments

But who or what are we dealing with?

Collage (Some NSFW) by Franz Falckenhaus, a prolific self taught Polish artist who lives in Warsaw.
Much of his output has a decidedly retro feel to it.
Then there is his Flickr page and his web.
posted by adamvasco on Apr 22, 2015 - 5 comments

Too young, too soon, too dead.

There is little in English about the Basque artist Nicolas de Lekuona who was killed in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War aged 24
Photographer, Collagist; some of which are definitely unsettling; whilest others explore the humanform. He also painted.
He was killed in bomb attack by the nationalist forces that he had recently joined as a stretcher bearer. Some of his works, many still in private hands can be viewed here.
( not a very user friendly website, use control + to set new default )
posted by adamvasco on Apr 21, 2015 - 2 comments

Volumes, lines, shadows and light have to obey my will.

When the Bauhaus art school opened in 1919, more women applied than men.
One woman who attended in 1927 was Amercan born Florence Henri who in the 1920's had moved to Paris.
However it wan't until she returned from a course at the Bauhaus, where she lived in the same house as Moholy-Nagy and became a close friend of his first wife Lucia Moholy and also where she met her lifetime companion Margarete Schall; that she took up photography.
She met Man Ray, Germaine Krull and the photographer André Kertész, developlng a very personal work, by using mirrors and prisms.
Her style oscillates between Bauhaus, Dadaism and Surrealism.
Photos NSFW Still lifes, and Nudes and Portraits.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 25, 2015 - 3 comments

To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain.

(NSFW) For three decades, Brassai's piercing eye focused on the urban landscape of the City of Light; famously Paris by Night.
One of his subject interests was Graffiti - The language of the wall.
He formed a great friendship with Picasso; An extract from Conversations with Picasso who himself admitted to the occasional graffiti.
Here is an interview from 1970 (Pt II never seemed to make the light of day) and a 1999 pdf article from the Smithsonian.
Letters to my Parents was collected and published posthumously.
And finally many pages.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 22, 2015 - 3 comments

I am the Ghost that haunts the Bauhaus

Xanti Schawinsky had a prolific artistic life that spanned paintings to drawings, from experimental photography to stage design, from jazz music and complex theater work to exhibition design, commercial graphic and product design.
From The Faces of War exhibition and a few more. (Thanks Tom B).
posted by adamvasco on Feb 8, 2015 - 1 comment

A print can last for thousands of years, emulating the age of the trees.

Beth Moon photographs trees, Ancient Trees.
A few more from the gallery "portraits of time" which has links to further galleries.
In her methodology and in an interview by Lenscratch about her collection "Between Earth and Sky" she explains her photos as a Noble Process in a digital age.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 15, 2014 - 5 comments

The only certain fact is that he "disappeared" in or around 1958.

His family – met in Dresden in 1989 and since deceased – described him as “crazy”.
Full Biography: Karl Waldmann was born in Germany.
The only certain fact about his life is that he "disappeared in or around 1958 in a Russian labour camp.
Exhibitions until 1958: unknown.
It was not until after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 that his work became known.
Some will speak about an ENIGMA in connection with Karl Waldmann. We will speak rather about a NOVEL structured like an essay on the madness of the 20th century.
1,200 images. (Some images NSFW)
posted by adamvasco on Dec 2, 2014 - 4 comments

Use Photography as a Weapon

The Extraordinary Anti-Nazi Photomontages of John Heartfield, a dadist who collaborated with George Grosz and had a lifelong friend in Brecht.
This is a tribute website from his grandson.
Heartfield pioneered photomontage and inspired Siouxsie and the Banshees Metal Postcard.
Essay from the Getty and a little more.
(Previously ''The Man who Pissed off Hitler.'' but fpp links are dead.)
posted by adamvasco on Jun 9, 2014 - 10 comments

Madonna of the sailors

Little remembered Suzy Solidor was frequently an artists model.
Some of the images are NSFW
Starting in the early 1920´s she was painted by Foujita possibly after their shared holiday in Deauville and then in 1927 by the fauvist Kees von Dongen.
In 1930 she opened her nightclub La Vie Parisienne the same year modelling in a BSDM take for Man Ray among others.
In 1933 her lover Tamara Lempicka ( previously ) painted her.
Like her friend Jean Cocteau (pictured 1938) she collaboratored during the occupation by keeping her club open and in 1940 Picabia painted her and she became known as the Madonna of the Sailors.
Here is a recording of her version of Lily Marlene and some more
She moved to Cagnes sur Mer after the war and modelled up to her death in 1983 (Marie-Pascale Deleun)
She left her portraits to the Chateau Grimaldi museum.
posted by adamvasco on May 18, 2014 - 14 comments

“Great art is horseshit, buy tacos.”

I am not really quite sure how to describe the website MELT except to warn you to prepare to be away for a very long time. (NSFW).
Incorporating works of artists (Be sure to scroll down) both surreal and illustration and sculpters and photographers and documentaries and mixtapes and so much more.
Probably the best way to get around is to just click on the various labels.
Happy Travels
posted by adamvasco on Sep 9, 2013 - 7 comments

Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter.

Maya Deren has been called The High Priestess of Experimental Cinema.
Probably her greatest work was Meshes of the Afternoon a 13min. silent movie made in 1943.
Here is a review and some stills and clips from her work.
The music is by Teiji Ito who later became her third husband. (See also).
Maya Deren was one of the influences on David Lynch.
posted by adamvasco on Aug 6, 2013 - 13 comments

There’s strictly nothing morbid in my work.

Jim's skullgallery; be sure to click sculpture and then the little numbers and you will see more like these with their inspiration in Amerindian and Oceanian cult objects .
A short interview with Jim Skull.
posted by adamvasco on Jun 22, 2013 - 5 comments

Introducing bowoodling, friskadoodling and alabamaraminating.

The Love Life of the Spumifers. (NSFW)
A series of hand-painted photographic postcards produced by surrealist artist Georges Hugnet master of collage between 1947 and 1948.
posted by adamvasco on Jun 8, 2013 - 3 comments

The Incredibly True Adventures of Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe.

The true story (NSFW) of turn-of-the-century lesbian romance, erotic Deco illustrations rife with harlequins and crinolines, the world’s first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, and the 1950s pulp novel that brought it all to light. A Decree by the King of Denmark was required to Free Danish Artist from the wife he had married before his sex was reversed. How the divorce was reported in 1933.
Some more of Gerda's work.
posted by adamvasco on Jun 3, 2013 - 8 comments

You've heard of animal magic, well then, what's wrong with bird magic.

Running in the The Times Educational Supplement (1), between 1971 and 1972 the comic strip Wokker featured a strange wooden bird who commentates sarcastically on the world, and who can talk to animals, inanimate objects and readers alike.
Here are some galleries and a short history by the co-creator Tony Earnshaw, also a painter and maker of boxes.
His funeral in 2001 was slightly unconventional.
posted by adamvasco on May 18, 2013 - 4 comments

'Charles, he likes men or women?' "Charles? He likes flowers''.

Marie-Laure Noailles was a direct descendant of the Maquis de Sade, himself a Surrealist muse.
Together with her husband Charles she was their patron, possibly one of the greatest Art Patrons of the Twentieth Century. The couple spent much of the year at their villa in the South of France.
Charles preferred his gardens and his gym instuctor, and she embarked on a of a series of affairs, notably Jean Cocteau whose film Blood of a Poet was financed by them. They also financed Man Ray's Les Mystères du Château de Dé and Bunuel and Dali's L'Age d'Or (a scene in the garden) and Biceps et Bijoux for Jacques Manuel. Dali also painted her portrait as did Balthus another of her protégés.
Apart from film and art they also commisiones Francis Poulenc's Aubade.
Marie-Laure was photographed by Man Ray and her good friend Dora Maar. (Previous some links dead ).
Charles and her Marie-Laure although living seperate lives stayed the best of friends for the rest of their lives often phoning each other several times a day. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on May 8, 2013 - 6 comments

Because we all need to dream a little

one surrealist a day.
Old and New Surrealist Art with occasional photography and poetry. Complete with search function.
As an extra a sampling of French surrealist poetry in translation. There are also some short films on Vimeo.
posted by adamvasco on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 comments

Parnassien de coeur.

In the heart of the neighborhood of Montparnasse,
live the memories of a forgotten photographer: Émile Savitry.
In 1930 he was with Django Reinhardt and in 1939 He photographed the Spanish refugees who migrated to Perpignan after the fall of Barcelona.
He photographed some of the movie sets of Marcel Carné and Pigalle and Anais Ninn.
In 1945 he photographed Tahitian soldiers of the French Pacific Battalion and later 1950's fashion. For those who read French here is a little more about him.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 14, 2013 - 4 comments

Holding back the night -With its increasing brilliance -The summer moon

Vania Zouravliov was a child prodigy inspired from an early age by influences as diverse as The Bible, Dante, early Disney animation, North American Indians and Poe.
Told in Russia that his work was from the Devil, he has described his pieces as having a Hoffmannesque feel, and has always been interested in creating graphic art in its purest form. Others call his work a blend of Rock Chic and Punk.
Here is an extensive Gallery, (Some pictures NSFW).
posted by adamvasco on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 comments

The Grand Master of Anything Goes.

(NSFW) Clovis Trouille was a French anti clericist and anarchist painter.
He could be called the spiritual godfather of Lowbrow Art or an Angel of Bad Taste. ( Some Repeats.)
It was one of his paintings that inspired Ken Tynan in 1969 to call his review Oh Calcutta.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 4, 2013 - 11 comments

NSFW: We like to entertain… ourselves mainly...

NSFW We like to entertain… ourselves mainly… and it’s a comedy show much of the time, with little more than white walls and floorboards for a stage.
''Old Master'' shoots with just a cell phone or ipad. His compositions are definitely outside the norm, all with a cast of volunteers, no models.
This is amateur dramatics with a difference. (NSFW. BDSM, bondage, fetish).
Some of this work is included in this online book.
posted by adamvasco on Jan 31, 2013 - 3 comments

NSFW. Changing female body image through art

The Great Wall of Vagina an exhibition by English artist Jamie McCartney described as a revolutionary with a bucket of plaster.
Included in the exhibition is Physical Photography which brings echoes of Cynthia Plaster Caster.
Then there are Great Wall of Vagina Videos.
For those wanting a cast of their vagina the artist Mearle Gates is the man to turn to.
posted by adamvasco on Jan 17, 2013 - 80 comments

We declare the world as our canvas

Street art; we see it every day from Rio to Paris and even the Lebanon.
But then there is Guerrilla Crochet.
posted by adamvasco on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 comments

Could you explain some of the words used on your website?

John Coulthart's first illustration work was for the album Church of Hawkwind in 1982.
Since then he has become prolific together with his art and design blog ‘’Feuilliton’’. (linked before on the blue, but only for specifics).
His weekend edition is a timesink; and then are his illustrations for The Haunter of the Dark
To understand more about him read some interviews.
From 2004 Could you explain some of the words used on your website: {retinacula} {pleonasm} {pantechnicon} {oniomania} {decalcomania} {catenation} {bibliopoesy}?
Are they in Latin or did you just make some of them up?
Or most recently earlier this year.
posted by adamvasco on Oct 9, 2012 - 11 comments

“I paint pictures which do not exist and which I would like to see.”

Argentine born sometime Surrealist artist Leonor Fini was a Cat lover, extraordinaire.
She depicted women exploring their own identity at a time when female identity both physically and mentally was being defined by men, once declaring:
A woman should live with two men; one more a lover and the other more a friend.
Photographed by many; showing her dressed in Cat costume or sitting with one of her numerous cats; and her art frequently figured them somewhere or other.
More photographs of her and a video. Like the rest of her work some are NSFW and some feature cats. A brief biography.
posted by adamvasco on Aug 31, 2012 - 7 comments

Dreams are symbolic in order that they cannot be understood.

Beautiful as the chance meeting of an umbrella and a sewing machine.
Gromyko Semper is a young Filipino artist whose influences are the Surrealists - Hommage to Cornell; The game Exquiste Corpse - Dreams that LittleZyrus Play and collaboration - Orchidoplasmic union.
Together with Hindu cosmologies - The Spectres of Kali with explanation and Kabbalistic spiritual cosmology - The Shedding of the Spectres of Qlipoth.
Here are his Galleries on Deviant Art with his woodcut series and from Surrealism Now and from Saatchi..
An interview featuring more of his work. (All images are magnifyable; there are possibly some repeats; some images possibly NSFW).
posted by adamvasco on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 comments

Harlem 1927

In 1927 Miguel Covarrubias published Negro Drawings ( nsfw ).
Here are some of his cartoons for Vanity Fair and other publications.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 7, 2012 - 8 comments

In the land of the Old Masters, the multimedia technician is increasingly king.

Factum Arte in Madrid has made an animation film based on Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione prints; and have also built many of his pieces which shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity. Giovanni Battista Piranesi was a source of inspiration for, among others, Goya, Poe, Escher, Max Ernst, De Chirico. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 comments

Czech out this L'Enfant Terrible

Karel Teige was a major figure in the Czech avant-garde; a writer, designer, typographer and collagist.
He was a member of Devětsil and later joined the Prague Surrealist group with Toyen and Jindrich Styrsky.
Here are some of his Book Covers of the 1920- and 1930's and 1926 he made ABECEDA with each letter posed by the dancer Milca Mayerová. Here is a video reconstruction of the dance moves.
Teige died in 1951 of a heart attack, said to be a result of a ferocious Soviet press campaign against him as a 'Trotskyite degenerate,' his papers were destroyed by the secret police, and his published work was suppressed for decades. The Central European Review has some articles on his work.
posted by adamvasco on May 9, 2012 - 5 comments

dadadadadada....puppets.....da da..da da..da da

The female members of the Dada movement are not so well known.
Sophie Taeuber was into puppets as was Hannah Höch; 2 & 3 and Emmy Hennings. Taeuber and Hennings were both heavily involved in Cabaret Voltaire.
A brief history of Radical Puppetry (Hannah Höch previously).
posted by adamvasco on May 7, 2012 - 15 comments

The Artist who loved India's Soul

Svetoslav Roerich (work down the galleries on the left) was described in a tribute on his 100th birthday as The Artist who loved India's Soul.
Like his father Nicholas (previously); he was a painter and philosopher. The family foundation page has more on this extraordinary family. In 1954 Svetoslav married the widow Devika Rani who with her first husband Himansu Rai had made India's first English language talking movie which became a cause célèbre for India's first (and longest) onscreen kiss.
posted by adamvasco on Apr 29, 2012 - 8 comments

Just on six days and six nights

143 hours and four ink pens. [via mefi projects]. Sometimes talent needs a wider audience.
posted by adamvasco on Apr 27, 2012 - 29 comments

Art will Out

Two Cubans are exhibiting their art in Britain – despite being imprisoned in the US.
The pair are members of the so-called Miami Five, who were jailed in the US in 2001 at the conclusion of a controversial trial.
They are Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernández and their work will be exhibited alongside that of many other cuban artists.
There is a National Committee to Free the Cuban Five.
posted by adamvasco on Apr 20, 2012 - 3 comments

Knot for everybody

(NSFW) The contemporary meaning of Shibari describes an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage.
Hikari Kesho aka Alberto Lisi is an Italian photographer, some of whose Shibari photography could be called sublime.
Fotofest 2012 Biennial – The Art of Contemporary Shibari Exhibit is currently running with these artists, all of whom have links to their websites, some of which are more extreme than others.
posted by adamvasco on Apr 18, 2012 - 50 comments

Fashion for Friday

Remarked by her contemporary Coco Chanel as "That Italian artist who makes clothes" Elsa Schiaparelli (New Yorker - Janet Flanner) bought Surrealism to fashion. She was one of the most influential creators of Parisian haute couture in the era between the two World Wars. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Mar 16, 2012 - 12 comments

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