Archive: ART

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Kevin Spacey

Not only one of the great contemporary American actors, but a brlliant impressionist as well.

Lew Alcindor, Jr. (AKA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

via This isn't happiness

Ty Segall - SO ALONE from tab_ularasa on Vimeo

Thelonius Monk, via This isn't happiness

I can't decide which I like more, the image (taken through the Hubble telescope) or the name of this particular interstellar cloud of matter: the Eskimo Nebula

via Monoscope


via the aptly named photo blog the impossible cool

The Pig of Happiness

A Study of an Elephant; early 18th century

Estimate $12,000 – 18,000

Christie's Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds


In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Gin Bottle Blues

The music of Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins influenced many later artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Townes Van Zandt, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

more from David Dobbs' blog

via accidental mysteries

vintage Japanese matchbox art, and much more from Agence eureka

Simplicity is complexity resolved.

– Brancusi

Back to the Future

Lamborghini 350 GTV, introduced in 1963

more at

Danse Russe

If when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt around my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,
Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

– William Carlos Williams, 1917

via 3 Quarks Daily

Cracker Bag

More films by Glendyn Ivin


Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993)

to be sold at Bonham's on November 18 (Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000)

Taken by Gerd A. Guenther, this brilliant image of a Sonchus asper (spiny sowthistle) flower stem section (150x) placed second in Nikon's 2009 Small World photomicrography contest. You can view the others here

more excellent vintage photos


This striking image was produced by Hiroshi Sugimoto, and is included in a current show at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Sugimoto uses a 400,000-volt Van De Graaff generator to apply an electrical charge directly onto his film.

Sugimoto's site

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserve their neutrality.

– Dante [attributed]

The Colouring

From the very creative, albeit strange mind of Joseph Pelling...

Pelling's page on Vimeo


WHEN I WROTE "Soccer in Sun and Shadow," I wanted fans of reading to lose their fear of soccer and fans of soccer to lose their fear of books. I never imagined anything more.

But a former member of the Mexican congress, Victor Quintana, told me the book saved his life. In the middle of 1997, he was kidnapped by contract killers, hired to punish him for exposing some nasty business.

They had him trussed up, face in the dirt, and were kicking him to death, when, just before finishing him off with a bullet, they started arguing about soccer. Victor, more dead than alive, put in his two cents. And he started telling stories from my book, trading minutes of life for every tale out of those pages. Time and stories came and went, and at last the murderers left him, beaten and broken, but alive.

"You're okay," they told him, and they took their bullets elsewhere.


A few years ago, at a school in Salta in the north of Argentina, I was reading stories to 8- and 9-year-olds.

Afterward, the teacher asked the children to write to me, commenting on what I had read.

One of the letters counseled: "Keep at it, you'll improve."


At one of my storytelling sessions, in the Spanish town of Ourense, a man in the back row kept staring at me, an unblinking, impassible mask. When the reading ended, he approached slowly, fixing me with his gaze as if he wanted to kill me. Fortunately, he didn't. Instead, he said, "It must be so hard to write so simply."

And after that remark, the highest praise I have ever received, he turned on his heel and left.

more from South American author Eduardo Galeano in the Washington Post

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