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Deadpool! (S)he's a Mean Motherfucker!

Kay Pike transforming herself into Deadpool with body-paint [ via | loud audio ] [more inside]
posted by quin on Feb 15, 2016 - 17 comments

Eve's Glory

A hundred years after the First World War, modern women demonstrate military prestige by donning vintage uniforms historically exclusive to men. Highlighting uniforms from the Second Industrial Revolution until the end of the Weimar Republic, Eve's Glory compares the ceremonial attitudes historically associated with the military to the proud independence of modern women. [more inside]
posted by moody cow on Feb 15, 2016 - 13 comments

The Tiniest Gallery

The Tiniest Gallery "I like art, so I built a single-serving art gallery that features local artists and hung it on the fence outside my house. " [via mefi projects]
posted by xingcat on Feb 14, 2016 - 14 comments

The Unlikely Ballerina meets the Little Dancer

Misty Copeland recreates Degas's ballet paintings for Harper's Bazaar.
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 10, 2016 - 9 comments

Ziphius, rumored to slice boats in half with its dorsal fin

Toronto-based artist Bailey Henderson sculpts the fearsome sea creatures depicted on medieval and Renaissance-era maps. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Feb 8, 2016 - 13 comments

High resolution images of The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch's amazing painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Exceptional detail, zoom in or out inside the painting. There are many stories hidden behind the images inside the painting. Click on the white text boxes to listen to and/or read the stories. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Feb 6, 2016 - 36 comments

Crochet taxidermy

Want to decorate your hunting lodge or baronial hall without feeling too guilty? Crochet taxidermy to the rescue! [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Feb 4, 2016 - 19 comments

ASCII and Emoji United!

Do you feel like you need more culture in your life? Well, then you should head down to The Tiny Gallery on Twitter! Brought to you by emoji, ASCII, and @deer_ful. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 3, 2016 - 2 comments

the neon gods they made

Afterdark | + | Jet Plastic | 80 Proof Midnights and 98 Octane Noons | Day 4 | Hope |
| NEED | FIXED | STATIC | Speed | Funky Mustache | Nightmoves
| Tesla | 70/80 |
The neon landscape of Valenberg, via 8bitDash.com
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 3, 2016 - 4 comments

20/20 vision in the world of high-end art

A painting commissioned for the firm’s hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary, “Transport Through the Ages,” hung above the reception desk. Bouvier insists that he never used confidential information from his logistics business to buy and sell paintings. None of the thirty-five works that he sold Rybolovlev were in storage with Natural Le Coultre. “I have the information not because I am a shipper,” he said. “It is because I am clever.”
The high-end of the art market is full of mystery, built on trust, reputation, and secrecy. What happens when someone starts turning all of that on its head? An art shipper, Russian oligarch, and a Rothko in The Bouvier Affair. (Sam Knight, for The New Yorker)
posted by redct on Feb 2, 2016 - 12 comments

Chang'e 3 moon shots

The China National Space Administration released all of the images from their Chang'e 3 moon landing mission (previously), including hundreds of amazing true color, HD photographs. Some 35 GB of datasets, including photographs of and by the Yutu rover have been difficult to retrieve outside of China and have been mirrored by Emily Lakdawalla at planetary.org.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Feb 1, 2016 - 27 comments

Yes We Can(ada)!

If you're tired of the status quo, there is a third path forwards — Canada for President [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jan 31, 2016 - 28 comments

"Oh! how I wish I could fly, There’s so much to see from the sky."

For decades, artist Harry Smith (previously on mefi) collected paper airplanes that he found on the streets of New York City- over 250 of them from 1961 to 1987. They're now in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Jan 30, 2016 - 5 comments

Tattooed Ceramic Ladies

Jessica Harrison takes old ceramic statues of fancily-dressed women and decorates them with tattoos.
posted by divabat on Jan 30, 2016 - 14 comments

“I gave them their own species name: Abundus egocentrus.”

A tyrannosaur of one’s own. by Laurie Gwen Shapiro [Aeon] Dinosaur collecting isn't just for museums any more — film stars and sheikhs do it too. What drives a man to covet big bones?
The world’s most famous palaeontologist doesn’t understand why anyone wants to collect dinosaurs. Mark Norell sits across from me in his expansive corner office at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and launches right in: ‘People are weird. I think: “Who is buying this shit?” No accounting for people’s taste. I have a passion for dinosaurs, but certainly not what I would call “dinosaur insanity”. Dinosaurs are just a medium for me to do science. But if I were doing the same thing on some other organism – you wouldn’t be here.’
posted by Fizz on Jan 30, 2016 - 20 comments

Animal Families

Animal Families - A collection of animal illustrations that explore the relationship of parent and child. By artist Michael Sutton.
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 30, 2016 - 3 comments

What if Doctor Seuss channeled H.P. Lovecraft?

The Call of Cthulhu (for beginning readers)
posted by fings on Jan 30, 2016 - 25 comments

Ask Vincent

Ask Vincent: In which Vincent van Gogh gives advice both solicited and unsolicited. Part 2, Part 3.
posted by Capt. Renault on Jan 29, 2016 - 7 comments

in all the papers

Paper people can have weddings, historical costumes, and baroque wigs made from paper.
posted by dilettante on Jan 29, 2016 - 5 comments


Welcome to WorldPopulationHistory.org, an interactive site that lets you explore the peopling of our planet from multiple perspectives – historical, environmental, social and political. It is about the 2,000-year journey of human civilization and the possible paths ahead to the middle of this century.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jan 29, 2016 - 4 comments

photography, life, art, and Los Angeles

Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin has been documenting the Los Angeles urban landscape for over a decade. His latest project, The Los Angeles Recordings, examines the physical structure of neighborhoods and how they are molded and reconfigured by outside elements (demographics, gentrification, the passage of time.) “The Los Angeles Recordings is a project I’ve been working on in some way, shape, or form for over a decade. Very soon after getting into photography, I recognized the medium as a way I could show others the city as I viewed it. LA’s people, landscape, and topography exist in a state of constant change that is, in my opinion, rarely portrayed from street level." [h/t] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 27, 2016 - 4 comments

Hard Truths

The artist Thornton Dial has died
posted by bongo_x on Jan 25, 2016 - 8 comments

Inside Outsider Art

This weekend, New York City hosted the 24th Annual Outsider Art Fair. Director Rebecca Hoffman shares some highlights, the New York Times provides an overview, and Bloomberg Business considers whether Outsider Art has gone mainstream. Meanwhile, a Christie's Ousider Art auction the same weekend brought in over 1.5 million dollars. [h/t]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 24, 2016 - 10 comments

The Road Everyone Hates

Chaz Hutton Draws Graphs: Most recently "A Map Of Every City."
posted by The Whelk on Jan 24, 2016 - 25 comments

Doing Gentrification Right

The inexorable pressures of economy, personalized. We are people!
posted by kozad on Jan 22, 2016 - 14 comments


Meet the people who pretended to meet Banksy at the Waldorf Astoria
posted by shakespeherian on Jan 21, 2016 - 10 comments

Stuck on Eden

Matt Schneider, who writes for the Christian publication Mockingbird, achieved a bit of viral fame back in 2014 when he wrote a critical assessment of Thomas Kinkade's body of work. He received some passionate responses from Kinkade's fans, which prompted a followup. Now, a year after that first response, Google has seen fit to push his original article near the top of hits for Kinkade searches, so he decided to take one more look at the beloved Christian painter: "Critical Thoughts on the Evangelical Embrace of Thomas Kinkade’s Escapist Art".
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 15, 2016 - 28 comments

Can we go back to Hannibal? Or Mansa Musa?

Creed's star, Michael B. Jordan, and director, Ryan Coogler, talk about film and race. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Jan 14, 2016 - 11 comments

The not-so-secret history of comics drawn by women

The head of the festival that awards comics’ most prestigious prize – the Grand Prix – claimed that women don’t appear in the history of comics. He’s wrong.
posted by Artw on Jan 10, 2016 - 23 comments

Nobody walks in LA, and for fleeting moments, no one drives there either

Some years back, Matt Logue photoshopped cars and people out of Los Angeles street scenes for a photo series titled Empty L.A. (see also, previously). More recently, Alex Scott has been wandering around L.A. freeways in the middle of the night to catch moments where the roadways are empty.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 7, 2016 - 13 comments

the eye of God / the void stares back

Artist Pablo Carlos Budassi scours through images from NASA's rovers and satellites to produce a logarithmic map of the entire known universe.
posted by divabat on Jan 6, 2016 - 23 comments

Les Guerriers de l’Ombre

But where much slavery media aims for education and humanity, Freedom wants blood. You kidnap slave drivers and set fire to their buildings. Freedom still shocks today, and that it debuted the same year as Super Mario Bros. 2 is almost unfathomable in the traditional framework of game history and culture.

Freedom: Rebels in the Darkness was a slave rebellion game for the Amiga, Atari ST, and PC by Afro-Caribbean developer Muriel Tramis. Screenshots at MobyGames, many of which are very evocative.
posted by ignignokt on Jan 6, 2016 - 4 comments


Concept artist Tom Rhodes asks fans to submit detailed descriptions of their RPG characters. He then illustrates a random selection each week on RnD Fantasy. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 4, 2016 - 13 comments

i want that LED dress as my wedding dress

18-year-old self-taught costume designer Angela Clayton makes incredible, highly detailed outfits based on history, fantasy, and (formerly) cosplay. Some standouts include a medieval gown with accompanying escoffin, an Elsa costume with over 100,000 hand-applied rhinestones, and a Christmas costume with LED lights. She documents her progress regularly and provides sewing tutorials for her work.
posted by divabat on Jan 3, 2016 - 33 comments

The Rise of Paint and Sip

The Paint and Sip Industry has been steadily on the rise since 2007. You bring wine or beer, there are snacks, and you tie on an apron to make some art. Yes, the paintings tend to look similar; one instructor writes that "There is real merit to what is being done, but it is a whole different animal than what some artists want or feel about art." [more inside]
posted by witchen on Jan 1, 2016 - 97 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

A rain of data

The Seattle Natural Hazard Explorer lets you explore where different parts of the city of Seattle, Washington are most vulnerable to potentially catastrophic geological events like earthquakes (previously) and volcanoes. It is one of many visualizations or choropleths that connect ever-changing data with explorable geographic locations, such as an Atlas for a Changing Planet and Syria: Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis
posted by a lungful of dragon on Dec 28, 2015 - 12 comments

Ellsworth Kelly, 1923 - 2015

Ellsworth Kelly,, an American painter, printmaker, sculptor, and photographer, died Sunday at the age of 92. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Dec 28, 2015 - 18 comments

Factory-produced: Photographs 1964-1970

BBC Arts::Photography - "Billy Name was the in-house photographer at Andy Warhol's Factory studio, where he lived from 1964-1970. A newly published book, Billy Name: The Silver Age, collects his work to tell the story of that heady time." [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Dec 21, 2015 - 6 comments

You broke my videogames and I like it. -- not_on_display

To avoid spoilers by quoting JHarris from here, "Retro Sabotage is a collection of recreations of classic video games. Or is it?" And they have just released their first content in almost six years to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Space Harrier: To War. Oh, and here's JHarris's hint about Retro Sabotage in general: "If a button needs to be pressed, it's the space bar unless it's explained otherwise." [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Dec 17, 2015 - 7 comments

Whatever makes you happy, you put in your world.

"Painting is beside the point: the paintings in The Joy of Painting don’t matter." The joy of writing about The Joy Of Painting. In Which Bob Ross is Compared to God, Creator of Worlds. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 16, 2015 - 19 comments

Madonna, Christ and Mughal Paintings

The paintings commissioned by Akbar and Jahangir were a blend of Western iconography with Indian and Islamic elements. [more inside]
posted by infini on Dec 15, 2015 - 11 comments

Yes, Vogue, Coloring Books Are a Thing. A Zen Thing

I’ve never once felt moved to pick up a coloring book and go to town. Nor did I imagine that people in my social sphere were doing so. Were those Instagram-famous coloring parties a total anomaly? Or were my other friends also secretly brandishing markers in their spare time? Vogue writer Julia Felsenthal wonders if coloring books are actually a thing after reading Julie Beck's piece in The Atlantic. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Dec 12, 2015 - 72 comments

Iron Age poetry in motion

Animation of the warrior plate of the Gundestrup Cauldron, the largest surviving example of European Iron Age silver work.
posted by immlass on Dec 12, 2015 - 8 comments


Comics and the Anthropological Imagination, from the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography. Solidarity: a graphic ethnography. At the food bank: a graphic commentary. Sketching the Melee. Trachyte - Mumbai. Drawing in Time. Tale of the Sarnia Nose .
posted by Rumple on Dec 12, 2015 - 2 comments

how to look at the art of the British empire

There can be few more contentious subjects than the empire, and few artistic legacies more explosive. Now, Tate Britain is to hold the first major British exhibition of masterworks from the colonial period – and the results are revealing - William Dalrymple writes
posted by infini on Dec 12, 2015 - 22 comments

I'll be fine if I go to the chiropractor later

Women Try To Pose Like Female Comic Book Heroes... and their attempts are photoshoped to match the original.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 11, 2015 - 39 comments

C'est mon plaisir!

Isabella smoked cigarettes, and the newspaper ran stories claiming she had taken zoo lions for a stroll in the park. A dahlia bears her name, and so does a mountain peak in Washington. She once shocked all of Boston Society by showing up to the Boston Symphony Orchestra bearing a headband that declared, "Oh you Red Sox." She invited the Harvard Football team to her home after they beat Yale. She hosted a boxing match at her home and, while the men fought, she danced. She had two large diamonds attached to wires and wore them bouncing in her hair. At the opening of her museum, she served champagne and donuts. The woman courted the world, and the world courted the woman.
posted by ChuraChura on Dec 11, 2015 - 4 comments

The most horrifying place to find yourself trapped is an echo chamber

Steven Universe (Previously) is an animated series created by Rebecca Sugar which airs on Cartoon Network. It is known for excellent world building, progressive sensibilities, a heartwarming, genuine sense of humor, and a cast of characters which is deep, complex and diverse. It has received significant critical acclaim and has cultivated a large and diverse collection of fans. The show's fandom has recently experienced controversy when some individuals engaged in a campaign of harassment and bullying that drove a young Steven Universe fan artist named Paige Paz (aka Zamii070) to attempt suicide. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 11, 2015 - 105 comments

“How did we get from Kitty Hawk to here?”

Take Flight [New York Times] [Magazine] The year’s best actors lift off in a series of tributes to the ultimate Hollywood magic trick. To watch in virtual reality on your phone, download our app. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 10, 2015 - 4 comments

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