"The internationalized art world relies on a unique language. Its purest articulation is found in the digital press release. This language has everything to do with English, but it is emphatically not English. It is largely an export of the Anglophone world and can thank the global dominance of English for its current reach. But what really matters for this language—what ultimately makes it a language—is the pointed distance from English that it has always cultivated. " - Triple Canopy magazine on why do artists' statments and press releases sound so utterly odd and confusing.
by Clément Briend
. "La culture cambodgienne est habitée par une spiritualité qui crée une conscience du monde peuplée de génies et d’esprits. Dans le paysage d'une ville endormie, la nuit fait apparaître ces figures divines sur les arbres, permettant ainsi leur incarnation
. Par ces projections nocturnes, nous pouvons alors toucher la magie qui illumine leur regard sur le monde." [Via]
Why watch a movie when you can just watch the titles?
Browse title sequences by designer
and read interesting backstory
and discussion on the art of making a title sequence.
Iconographie ouvrages anciens
is a collection of historic animal illustrations that date as far back as the 16th Century, courtesy of the library at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon
. [more inside]
A dreamy animation about life, love, and loss.
Un Tour de Manege (A Turn of the Gear) shows the journey of a girl from youth through adulthood.
Les Animaux tel qu'ils sont
is a delightful 1920s French art instruction book, showing one how to draw various animals, from the previously discussed
is a French-language blog on erotic art in a wide variety of eras and styles. (NSFW)
is a French sculpture artist whose work feels like Jules Verne as realized by Tim Burton; the sculptures all share cartoonish steampunk vibe that's really appealing. Sadly, the site is 100% Flash, so no linking to specific favorites, but at the very least the navigation remains fairly straightforward.
seems to be two guys from France who change everyday things into stuff you want. From soap
and Pez dispensers
to art on dollar bills
and interesting ideas.
. Welcome to the world of Raymond Savignac
, the greatest poster artist of all time, and inventor of the little Bic man
. Joyous, naughty, simple, elegant, and beautiful.
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...