NPR: Don’t Call It Fanfic -: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories.
Fun. I’ve rewritten parts of beloved books in my head for years; perhaps I should commit some to paper.
Collectors Weekly: What Mannequins Say About Us.
“At the turn of the 19th century, you had bustier mannequins with tiny waists. Suddenly, going into the teens, they got a little more slender. Close to World War II, female mannequins had these broad shoulders. After World War II ended and the soldiers were coming home, all of a sudden the female mannequins were very voluptuous, almost like sirens calling them home.”
GoMediaZine: The Creation of a Fine Art Photograph with Polly Chandler.
Nice article. I know someone in Santa Fe with a fridge that bears a strong resemblance ...
ArtDaily: Six years raising the shipwreck, China to recover ancient treasures.
Surely much safer, though hardly as romantic to be digging treasure out of a steel box.
NPR: Norman Rockwell’s ‘Saying Grace’ Sells For $46 Million At Auction.
Some say Rockwell isn’t a serious painter; indeed, some of his rendered faces could approach caricature. Yet time and again I’m out and about in town and run into a ‘Rockwell face.’ He must have been a keen observer of the human condition. Everyone loves Mary Poppins. I can still admire Rockwell.
PS Mag: When Do Great Artists Hit Peak Creativity?
Only if you’re content to be average ‘great’ …
The New Criterion: The overexposed museum.
I’m so sick of people with their ‘face-bricks.’ Assume the position … raise the black box, frown slightly, poke the box repeatedly until a click is heard, then frown deeper and execute a swift series of swipes and pokes … then, suddenly, with a flash of a beatific look, they let fall the ‘magic box’ and reconnect with their surroundings, ready for the next ‘tune-out’ session. In any museum or gallery, multiply this by the dozen, and one can see how the casual art-lover would be frustrated to death.
Does the world need another grainy horrible cellphone Instagram of the Mona Lisa? In this, I think we need to let go of ‘ownership.’ We’re burning fossil fuels to store those terrible photos on servers, on our home desktop systems, on hard drives. Less costly when it was a crummy Kodak print in a box in the garage.
But I digress. On with your day.
On Instagram? Make yourself a tinybook that attaches to your refrigerator with a magnet.
Colossal: Miniature Printing Presses For a Mobile Printing Studio.
Excellent. I need one ‘o these.
New Statesman: Was Michelangelo the first celebrity artist?
A fine bit of historical narrative with which to start the week.
NPR: You Must Read This - Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Master And Commander’.
ShortFormBlog: Welcome to the Millennial generation.
lambriland: fabian oefner explodes views of classic cars.
A whole lotta Photoshop work. Poster-worthy.
Abduzeedo: IronMan2 Case Study, by Orlando Arocena.
Impressive vector art chops. Thanks for showing us ‘under the hood’, man.
CNet: 100-foot-tall horse head sculptures unveiled in Scotland.
ArtDaily: The Maltese Falcon sells for $4 million.
All for a hunk of lead.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Upcoming Exhibitions: O’Keeffe and Adams, The Hawaii Pictures.
Who knew Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams spent time in Hawaii? I feel like a dunce. Gotta see this when it opens, February.
NY Times/Sunday Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2013.
Bookmarked, for future reading possibilities.
FFFFOUND!: Cherry picked blossom’s photos.
NY Times: Umberto Eco - Exploring Imaginary Lands With One of Italy’s Masters of Fiction.
“Do you believe that Raphael was not interested in what happened to his paintings after his death? It’s another side of the normal human desire to survive personally in some way, and that is the root of every religion. That is essential if you work on something creative to have this hope.” Eco is an automatic reblog.
Designer News: Ask DN - How different are print and web design?
This question always begets entertaining answers. Print designers go ballistic when they find out font sizes can’t be maintained across platforms or browsers. ‘The user can change my design!?! OMIGOD.’ Whether they can make the transition or not, depends on how controlling they are accustomed to being. I find aiming them at the intricacies of CSS tends to replace control with precision.
Telegraph.UK: The world’s most expensive books.
Price is one thing; value another. Put, say, the Gutenberg Bible back up for auction today, see the Book of Psalms fade far into the background.
Spoon-Tamago.com: X-Ray Portraits of Couples by Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi.
The large one (scroll down) is the stunner. The others needed more posing to be as compelling. IMHO.
Guardian.UK: How can we end the male domination of philosophy?
On board until that last paragraph.
OpenCulture: Legendary Japanese Author Yukio Mishima Muses About the Samurai Code.
His iai-do draw needs some help, IMHO.