If you heard the recent NPR's Codeswitch
segment on The Green Turtle
, the first Asian superhero
created in the United States, you heard descriptions of the 1940s comic. But there's more (so much more!) online. Start with the entire run of The Green Turtle
on the amazing Digital Comic Museum
, which hosts public domain Golden Age comics
(late 1930s until the late 1940s or early 1950s). If you want to know more about Chu F. Hing, the artist behind the original Green Turtle, here's an extensively researched biography
on the astounding Chinese American Eyes blog
, which covers "famous, forgotten, well-known, and obscure visual artists of Chinese descent in the United States." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 16, 2014 -
Gavin Aung Than's Zen Pencils
) deviated from its usual "illustrating great quotes" format for a little story, "The Artist-Troll War": part one
, part two
, part three
, part four
. You can't argue with that, can you? Well, Kris Straub, whose webcomics include the pychological-horror of Broodhollow
), the satirical sci-fi of Starslip
and the "I was Meta before you knew what it meant" Checkerboard Nightmare
, used his usually-quick-and-dirty gag comic Chainsawsuit
and kind-of here
) to make a response
posted by oneswellfoop
on Mar 23, 2014 -
"Certainly, there appears to be a large correlation between artists and depression. But I would argue that artistic expression is not a symptom of depression so much as a response to it. I see writing as an act of resistance against an occupying enemy who means to kill me. It’s why I’m writing this now." YA author Libba Bray on living with depression.
posted by changeling
on Mar 6, 2014 -
is a multi-billion-pixel panoramic image celebrating the arts in Seattle, featuring artists and performers
in the context of their city. Pan and zoom the image to find each artist/group (and enjoy the sights and scenery along the way); when an artist is in your sights, a pop-up ID tag will link to an artist profile page featuring a bio and video showcase.
posted by prinado
on Jan 26, 2014 -
The 92 Street Y in New York has just launched an amazing online resource, 92Y On Demand
, with recordings from their massive catalog of some of the interviews and performances that have occurred there going back to 1949. Some of the many speakers include Kurt Vonnegut
, Chinua Achebe
, Sherman Alexie and Sapphire
, Dylan Thomas
, Maria Bamford
, Lou Reed
, Dan Savage
, Junot Díaz and Jamacica Kincaid
, Maurice Sendak
, Ruth Reichl with Ann Patchett, David Rakoff, and Leonard Lopate
, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson
posted by Toekneesan
on Nov 25, 2013 -
Painters on Painting
- 1972 documentary on the New York Art Scene 1940-1970, directed by Emile de Antonio. It spans American art movements from abstract expressionism to pop art via conversations with artists in their studios. Including Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell and others. (via Bibliokept) [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 2, 2013 -
In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 8, 2013 -
Shut Up and Listen
is a radio show by and for artists and DJs with learning disabilities aired on five stations in the UK. Produced by the Brighton-based charity Carousel
, the organizers also run Blue Camel Club
, England's largest music night for learning disabled artists and their fans in the UK with regular attendance of more than 600 people.
posted by parmanparman
on May 28, 2013 -
Artists Peter de Seve
and Carter Goodrich
share similar career arcs. Both began their illustration careers in early 80's New York, drawing many businessmen and computers for trade magazines. Both became New Yorker cover artists. As the print market became challenged, both artists found new demand for the talents in emerging media, creating the look of the characters in animated films. Goodrich worked on Ratatouille
, Despicable Me
, and Brave
. De Seve is responsible for all the characters in the Ice Age
films. [more inside]
posted by TimTypeZed
on May 10, 2013 -
Great artists rise early
, stay up late
, float themselves in coffee
, flirt with amphetamines
, drink carefully
, eat if necessary
, take morning walks
followed by afternoon naps
, amuse themselves
, avoid their friends
, hold down jobs
, indulge their oddities
, and work
— work like draft horses
. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on May 6, 2013 -
In the new game Avant-Garde
, you play an up-and-coming artist in 19th century Paris, a contemporary of Manet and Bouguereau. Carve and sell allegorical statue groups! Get snubbed by Napoleon III! Subsidize Gustave Courbet's drinking! Compose and promulgate your own aesthetic manifesto!
posted by Iridic
on Mar 8, 2013 -
For the 2012 iTunes Music Festival, 65 acts (including P!nk
, One Direction
, David Guetta
, Jessie J
, Ellie Goulding
, Andrea Bocelli
, Matchbox Twenty
and many others) performed at the Roundhouse in London throughout the month of September. 40 performances are available in full online. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Dec 29, 2012 -
The permanent collection of the (US) National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago contains more than 2,500 pieces of art by 250 artists, all of which can be seen at NVAM Collection Online
. The site includes biographical material on the artists who created the work. Featured Artwork
. A small selection
. (Via. Images at links in this post may be nsfw, and/or disturbing to some viewers.)
posted by zarq
on Nov 12, 2012 -
Sure, the follies of art-speak are easy to laugh at, but often criticism of it begins and ends with a dismissive chuckle – which ignores profounder problems. Why should academic terminology be the default vehicle for discussing art? Why is there such an emphasis on newness, schism and radicality? Even when the art itself may be enjoyably throwaway, language pins it to deathlessly auratic registers of exchange. This suggests a subliminal fear that, if the subject in question is not talked up as Big and Culturally Significant, then the point of fussing over it in the first place might be called into question, bringing the whole house of cards tumbling down
- Dan Fox, the associate editor of frieze magazine, discusses the contemporary art scene in detail.
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 12, 2012 -
The Rabbit Dreams of Dr. Freud's Niece
- An illustrator of children's books, Sigmund Freud's niece Martha went by the name Tom, wore men's clothing, and died by her own hand in her late 30s, a year after her husband's suicide. BibliOdyssey recently featured some of her early work from Das Baby-Liederbuch
, noting that because she was Jewish, many of her books were destroyed in the Nazi era and are scarce in the book trade. More about the artist and her work at Tom Seidmann-Freud
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 18, 2011 -
Meaghan Smith took an unusual route to the music business.
She can't read music, for one thing. She went to school to study animation for another. Yet, along the way, she took her hobby of playing the guitar to work with her, giving impromptu performances of her songs in the stairwell of the animation building for her friends. One thing lead to another, and she just won the Pop Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards
in Canada for her recording called "The Cricket's Orchestra."
Her sound is a mixture of the music of the 20s 30s and 40s with the pop songs of today.
Her videos often feature animation. A good place to start is "A Little Love"
and also "I Know."
Her song "Here Comes Your Man"
was featured in the film 500 Days of Summer.
She is also a pretty good artist!
posted by Quasimike
on Jun 2, 2011 -
How Genius Works.
The Atlantic asks artists like T.C. Boyle, Tim Burton, Paul Simon, and Frank Gehry (and others who aren't so well-known) to describe their creative process.
posted by helloknitty
on Apr 22, 2011 -
Did you know that there's an art museum on the moon? A tiny, tiny one. The Moon Museum
features works by Forrest "Frosty" Myers
(the instigator), Robert Rauschenberg
, Claes Oldenburg
, Andy Warhol
, David Novros
, and John Chamberlain
, inscribed on a little chip of silicon and surreptitiously transported
to the moon's surface on the Apollo 12 mission. But of course there's a mystery, in this big of a secret: who is John F.
, the engineer at least partially responsible for smuggling the chip onboard the lunar lander?
Related: other stuff people have left on the Moon
posted by fiercecupcake
on Nov 22, 2010 -
- Exploring Visual Culture. A series of documentaries on (mostly) art and artists.
posted by dobbs
on Nov 1, 2010 -