Cirque de Sore Legs
may have won the people's choice award, but the competition [including a giant poodle, a bird's nest, and Kafka mid-metamorphosis] wasn't half bad. Baltimore's annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, an unholy amalgam of engineering and art, occurred last week. Created by Hobart Brown
in 1969, kinetic sculpture races require participants to build human-powered vehicles that can traverse a racecourse over land and sea, not to mention mud and sand. And they have to do it in style. Don't live near the Chesapeake? Then visit similar races in Arcata
, and even Perth
, Australia. Too tame for you? Perhaps you'd like to try a flugtag
or the Providence
posted by ubersturm
on May 6, 2004 -
The Hirschfeld Follies:
A charming and generous gallery of Al Hirschfeld's portraits from The New York Times, spanning from 1928 to 2002 (registration required
), indexed by date
. Are there any outstanding young contemporary caricaturists out there who are doing good work (not necessarily in the theatre) we old-timers should know about? [Be sure to accompany with plep's great post on American cartoon and caricature and PeteyStock's January 2004 obituary post. And while you're at it, if you'll excuse the immodesty, my own David Levine post, with a (superb) still-working link.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 5, 2004 -
You might know Ernie Barnes from Sports Illustrated
, or from a Marvin Gaye
album cover. He has a powerful 9/11
painting. This past February he was named “America’s Best Painter of Sports” by the Board of Trustees of the American Sport Art Museum
posted by ashbury
on May 5, 2004 -
features rare stills and artwork for viewing, with a healthy (but not exclusive) emphasis on cult cinema, and only occasional reviews and comments to compete with the goodness and/or bad-assedness
. A movie fan shares his wealth with the world.
posted by LinusMines
on May 3, 2004 -
"Learning to Love You More
is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher and various guests."
posted by kickingtheground
on May 1, 2004 -
"Hubert Selby died often. But he always came back, smiling that beautiful smile of his, and those blue eyes of his... This time he will not be back. My saints have always come from hell, and now, with his passing, there are no more saints".
is the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn
, (tried for obscenity in England
and supported by, among many others, Samuel Beckett and Anthony Burgess), Requiem For a Dream
, Song of the Silent Snow
. He is being eulogized in the USA and UK
, but also, massively (I've just watched a fantastic TV special) in France, where he is much more popular than in his native land (Selby's death was the cover story -- plus pages 2, 3 and 4 -- in the daily Libération today -- .pdf file
): Dernière sortie vers la rédemption
, L'extase de la dévastation
. What makes all this kind of ironic -- in a very Selbyesque way -- is that Selby himself used to say, "I started to die 36 hours before I was born..." (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Apr 28, 2004 -
has a real cool slide show of a bunch of graffitied Rudy Guiliani tv movie posters in NYC subway stations (under 'Other'). Some other good stuff by this artist to check out, too (Flash required).
posted by Miyagi
on Apr 27, 2004 -
The grays, the mantises, the snake-skins, and the hybrids are just some of the aliens drawn by children at Aliens and Children
. To note: thought screen hats
will successfully prevent abduction by the mantis-like aliens, the servants of the mantis-like aliens, the snake-skinned aliens, and the Meek-Moks.
posted by iconomy
on Apr 27, 2004 -
Prosser High School
teacher sees 15 year old student's war artwork depicting President Bush as a devil and another decapitated. Captions include calling an end to the war, and support for Ralph Nadar. Teacher hands artwork over to school administrators, who in turn bring in the Secret Service. Because
that's what you do when you've handed out an assignment to kids "to keep a notebook of drawings depicting the war in Iraq".
posted by Feisty
on Apr 26, 2004 -
Designs on the White House
-- an online design contest, judged by designers, celebrities, and activists. Winning designs will be available for resale on T-shirts and other products, and all proceeds after expenses will benefit the John Kerry Presidential campaign.
Impressive list of judges, including (so far) Milton Glaser, Chip Kidd, Ed Schlossberg, Atrios, and Tom Tomorrow. Designs will be online throughout May, with your votes determining the finalists. (Kerry's official shirts are
lacking, imho) Maybe campaign memorabilia always has been?
posted by amberglow
on Apr 22, 2004 -
The Art Renewal Center
is Very Upset
. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
(MIA) has decided to sell a painting by artist William Bouguereau
so they can acquire a painting by Albert Joseph Moore
. The painting, Bohémienne
was originally purchased for $3,500 by the MIA back in the early 1970's for the purpose of reselling it at some future date for a better work of art. Christie's
expects it to sell for between $700,000 and $900,000. The sale of this painting has angered some who feel that a museum's role is to protect important artwork not risk losing it to private collection for a questionable gain. Does a museum have an ethical responsibility to prevent art from disappearing from public view?
posted by Tenuki
on Apr 16, 2004 -
- a public collaborative online community art project.(As with most public spaces, if you're easily offended, this may not be for you. It may be NSFW at any given moment.)
posted by fatbobsmith
on Apr 15, 2004 -
The Great Mirror.
"A collection of about five thousand photographs taken over the last 30 years by Bret Wallach, a geography professor at the University of Oklahoma. With few exceptions, the photos show cultural rather than physical landscapes and are intended to illuminate the people who have shaped these landscapes and are reflected in it." [Via wood s lot.]
posted by homunculus
on Apr 11, 2004 -
As the Wiki
Insecula: L'encyclopédie des arts et de l'architecture is a French language art website containing images and descriptions of thousands of works of art from major museums and collections in France and elsewhere, including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, the Centre Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MOMA.
But it's not just museums and art. It's got Mayan ruins
, and of course lots of Paris streets
. I can't believe plep hasn't posted this already...
posted by languagehat
on Apr 10, 2004 -
frilly pink tanks, babies climbing TV towers
, and the president feeding slops to the director of the national gallery out of giant asses
. Why, this could only be the NEA gone awry!
Actually, it’s Magic Prague
, the land of Franz Kafka
and Milan Kundera
, and the artist, like the dissidents of past generations, would rather not do political art , political art
. His latest sculpture ridicules the perverse situation in which the country finds itself post Havel: a place where right-wingers like President Klaus
and national gallery director Milan Knížák— a past collaborator with secret police, and worse, completely idiotic and banal performance artist
— prosper and rub shoulders at the expense of those with a conscience and good taste. Like David Cerny
This isn’t the freshest post, but I’ve been waiting to join Mefi for a long time, and today is the first day I can post.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk
on Apr 9, 2004 -
-- created triptychs from images found on the NYTimes home page. At 15 minutes after each hour, a new one is generated. From Robert Spahr, who also makes premise cruft,
which takes images and headlines from CNN once every 8 hours. see here for more
posted by amberglow
on Apr 9, 2004 -