With roots in the laws of seventeenth and eighteenth-century England, intellectual property protections go back to the beginnings of capitalism itself.
The online magazine Jacobin
recently featured a three-part series tracing the history of property law and its contemporary manifestations. [more inside]
The Memory of the Netherlands is an image library making available the online collections of museums, archives and libraries. The library provides access to images from the collections of more than one hundred institutions and includes photographs, sculptures, paintings, bronzes, pottery, modern art, drawings, stamps, posters and newspaper clippings. In addition there are also video and sound recordings to see and listen to. The Memory of the Netherlands offers an historic overview of images from exceptional collections, organized by subject to provide easy access
Search 833928 objects from 133 collections from 100 institutions
For the past three months, the Art Institute of Chicago has been putting their Launchpad
videos, designed to provide more context of museum-goers at the Institutes, on YouTube. The short videos include modern artists recreating art using ancient, medieval, and newer techniques in mosaics, glassblowing, pottery, painting, silversmithing, marquetry, and coin production plus conservation of art. There are also a few videos focusing on individual pieces in the collection.
Dance of Darkness
) is a documentary about the Japanese art form, Butoh
. (Video links are generally NSFW:Nudity) [more inside]
Researchers found [.pdf]
, after a series of four studies that "husbands embedded in traditional and neo-traditional marriages (relative to husbands embedded in modern ones) exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that undermine the role of women in the workplace." The potential resistors focused on are husbands embedded in marriages that structurally mirror the 1950s ideal American family portrayed in the “Adventures of Ozzzie and Harriet” sitcom. [more inside]
is a modern artist who shares her time in France and Spain. She says of her collection Sleepdrunk Vademecum
, "The body is made up of a large set of rounded painting formats. Medical instruments, high precision technology, scientific devices, anatomical models, clandestine laboratories and human representation become the object of study and thought. The bizarre represented objects reflect a mixture of past and future, and an ambiguous clinical atmosphere
flows in them. On many of these painted surfaces, a soft cool-cold gradient isolates the represented elements and gives a non-gravitational character
to the compositions." [via
Bret Victor on WorryDream
The power to understand and predict the quantities of the world should not be restricted to those with a freakish knack for manipulating abstract symbols.
When most people speak of Math, what they have in mind is more its mechanism than its essence. This "Math" consists of assigning meaning to a set of symbols, blindly shuffling around these symbols according to arcane rules, and then interpreting a meaning from the shuffled result. The process is not unlike casting lots.
The Gregory Brothers do it with YouTube videos
(as seen previously
on the blue). Gabriel Kahane
and Sam Krahn
did it with Craigslist. Phil Kline
and Bryant Kong
did it with Donald
Rumsfeld. Making music from found lyrics is booming. [more inside]
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera
is an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London which examines voyeurism through the medium of photography. In addition to works from professionals such as Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Miller, Shizuka Yokomizo, Guy Bourdin, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe, it includes amateur and CCTV "stolen" images taken both with and without the knowledge of their subjects
-- all intended to "explore the uneasy relationship between making and viewing images that deliberately cross lines of privacy and propriety." [more inside]
Can't get enough of the Darwyn Cooke New Frontier
aesthetic? Etsy artist "Roganjosh" offers more midcentury modern superhero posters.
(Mostly Marvel, though.)
A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter
is a sculpture that, in creator Caleb Larsen's
own words, "perpetually attempts to sell itself on eBay." [more inside]
was born in Japan. He moved to the US when he was around ten years old, not speaking any English, and being overwhelmed by the culture shock of 1980s Los Angeles. His artistic work is a reflection of this upbringing. Matsuyama’s paintings envision traditional Japanese imagery through the lens of American pop art
, creating a unique and beautiful hybrid. He strives to portray this global melee through a conscious “appropriation” of all of his influences: cultural, artistic, and personal. Matsuyama’s unconflicted and positively ebullient works do not ask, “What am I?,” but assert, “I am everybody.”
) [more inside]
Maynard L. Parker
was an architectural photographer whose work appeared for much of the 20th century in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Sunset Magazine and many covers for the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, which was then called Home. He photographed many well-known architectural homes, including the work of Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright. Over 58,000
of those photographs are now available through the Huntington Library. Here
Modern Furniture Designs.
Innovative and unique furniture has twists and turns, literal and conceptual ways of breaking from contemporary conventions and modern regularity. These creative furniture designs
go beyond merely innovative, crossing boundaries of industrial, furniture and architectural design, using new methods and materials
along the way.
Not For Sale:
There are 27 million slaves worldwide right now. Here’s a map
of where they are. [more inside]
Martin and Lewis
Just, wow. I had no idea. [more inside]
Richard Wilkinson's illustrations
- modern, melancholy pictures with a subdued palette but vivid identity.
A recent decision by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has saved an abandoned Denny's restaurant from the wrecking ball
. On closer inspection the restaurant represents Googie-style architecture which was considered futuristic in the 60's.
Granted it's not on par with the future of today
. But there are some appealing offshoots in North West modernist designs
. (Googie previously here
Turning a chapel into an apartment.
The Dutch architectural firm ZECC
has made a beautiful, modern apartment
out of an abandoned chapel. There are more stunning photos and cross-sections in this PDF
, though the text is in Dutch. Other stunning church renovations.
4 Artists Paint 1 Tree
, a segment from Disneyland
included on the recent DVD release
of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty
, features the artistic process of one of my favorite painters and cartoon modernists
, Eyvind Earle
. If you've seen Sleeping Beauty
, Lady and the Tramp, Paul Bunyan or Peter Pan
, you're familiar with the fantastical and brilliant landscapes he produces. His paintings
show a particular fondness for Big Sur
and Central California.
The abstract Polaroid photography of Grant Hamilton
80 years of Found Footage Filmmaking...
The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
Night and Fog 2 3 4 5 6 7
The Philosophy Research Base
features thousands of annotated links and text resources for philosophy research on the Internet. Categorized by history, subject and author, this meta-index serves as both a study guide and a platform for a wide variety of community services for students and teachers in philosophy and related subjects.
Mars and Beyond
- 50 years ago, this animated episode of Tomorrowland aired on Disneyland a few months after the launch of Sputnik - an entertaining melange of astronomy, sci-fi, pop culture, science, speculation, and surreality. Walt himself and Wernher von Braun make guest appearances and clip 5 is particularly trippy. (Parts 2
I'm a modern man, I'm a modern man,
A man for the millennium, Digital and smoke free. - George Carlin
hits one out of the park with the first four and a half minutes of this hour and a half Google Video. Then it's back to his stock in trade
Happy anniversary, modern art.
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon are 100 years old and look as fresh
, the subscription-only webcomics site, today makes most of its content available for free. Joey Manley explains why
. Any recommendations?
Are they music
? Unusual ideas about musical notation.
My earliest memory was when I was three. I had a fever and my mother was wiping a cold wet rag on my body. There were fish swimming in my room, as though I was underwater, but I could breathe just fine. That's why I was surprised to find this
. "The contemporary art in Japan
) is naturally influenced by the world contemporary art. But the power of the Japanese traditions, the oppressive presence of a dense urban environment and the various traumatism undergone by Japan for 60 years (defeat of 1945, Hiroshima, earthquakes, economic crisis, etc.) involve a production very rich
and little known
Ry Cooder's new album Chávez
captures the world of the vibrant
Chicano community that was bulldozed in the 1950's to build
Dodger Stadium. Don Normark's book Chavez
provides more background on the place that was
once a "poor man’s Shangri-la." of "wild
roses, tin roofs, and wandering goats" where life "was
lived fully, openly, and joyfully" before it was destroyed.
is a weblog of experiments in visualization: a power cord
that glows as one draws power, a crocheted Lorenz manifold
, a live display of a computer thinking about chess
, a color-changing flower that detects nearby wifi
. To be sure, there are lots of old favorites
here but probably some new ones
and the New York Times (reg. req'd)
Art In A Box!
: Modern artist Joseph Cornell
made a name for himself by creating minature collaged works
in boxes back in the 1930s when collage was still a relatively new art form. While his works and life story
are often romanticized, the fact remains that he was both incredibly creative and incredibly strange.
Certainly one of American Art's finest. (see old mefi post
"At first glance, many of Abeyta's works appear to be Spanish colonial paintings dating from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. However, the artist incorporates present-day imagery with Spanish colonial and indigenous elements." A short bio and history here
. Here's one of my favorites
Half-Life meets Matisse
in a virtual reconstruction of the apartment of Etta and Claribel Cone
. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, the sisters amassed one of America's foremost collections of modern art. Today, many of the pieces can be viewed in the Cone Collection
at the Baltimore Museum of Art. As part of the 50th
anniversary celebration of the museum's acquisition of the collection, the Imaging Research Center
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County designed a digital walkthrough
of their apartment so that visitors could see the art in its original context.
pretentious, self-indulgent, craftless tat.
Modern art is rubbish says Institute of Contemporary Arts Chief Ivan Massow...
words! words! words!
is a new magazine launched by our favourite texan-in-new-zeland ben brown
. billing itself as a "street guide for modern literature
", the first issue features articles by many talented online writers and is only $8 (with shipping) with a pay pal account. if you want to help spread the "word!", download the pdf flyer
and paste it to cars, walls and people.