Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

There’s always room for another penguin or two

April 25, 2017

From the British Library on Facebook:

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We never miss a chance to share a penguin image. This one is from A History of the Birds of New Zealand, 1873.

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Alien signage and Arbus in Anaheim

April 24, 2017

Two cartoons for today: a Mother Goose and Grimm with alien signage; and a Zippy in the coffee shop of an Anaheim bowling alley, where Diane Arbus is evoked:

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Seahorse on a stick, GBF, and the Describe-A-Muffin Task

April 21, 2017

All in the 4/24/17 New Yorker: Beijing street food on the cover, a William Haefeli cartoon, and a Tom Chitty cartoon.

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Calla, calla, calla, California

April 19, 2017

An Easter gift from Kim Darnell on Sunday: a handsome purple calla lily, looking dark bluish-purple in yellow interior light, but in fact bright pinkish-purple in sunlight. Purple is the liturgical color for the Lenten season, white for the Easter season, so both white and purple flowers are appropriate for this time of year. I’ll start here with the gift calla, in two photos; move on to callas in general and their sexual symbolism, with a digression on George O’Keeffe.

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A pun with death, a dance on the beach

April 18, 2017

On Pinterest this morning, this Grim Reaper cartoon by Myke Ashley-Cooper (under the name Ashley Cooper):

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A pun on death/deaf or a mishearing, take your pick.

This cartoon led me to Ashley-Cooper’s site, which announces:

This Humor Website is about
Funny Cartoons and Funny Pictures as well as
Crazy Jokes and Animations

(many of them based on puns and wordplays).  And that led me to Ashley-Cooper’s take-off on a famous painting:

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The Pyramids as abstractions

April 3, 2017

Yesterday’s Bizarro takes us to ancient Egypt:

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 27 in this strip, but then yesterday was April Fool’s Day, and I only see 1 — see this Page.)

A few eccentrics think that the Pyramids were ancient granaries. But the idea that they were pieces of abstract art — millennia before Cubism and Fauvism — is much goofier, and more entertaining.

An outrageous but colorful pun

March 22, 2017

xkcd 1814 Color Pattern:

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As it turns out, “That’s Amore” has a history on this blog, but this is a new direction.

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The (groan) burgers of Calais

March 13, 2017

Caught during a Prairie Home Companion re-run on the radio yesterday: a joke set-up for the burgers of Calais (referring to hamburgers), punning on Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais (his extraordinary bronze sculpture).

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Katharina Zwicky

March 10, 2017

Yet another Zwicky artist: Katharina, who signs herself as Katty. From her site:

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new Art & Photography portfolio web site KatharinaZwicky.com showcasing Illustration, Maps, Paper, Stationary & Art for Children.

The site also charts my endeavours on the MA Artist Teachers (MAAT) at Goldsmiths.

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No whey in hell

March 6, 2017

On Pinterest this morning, along with a bunch of Gary Larson cartoons, this cartoon by Dan Thompson from some time ago:

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Ingredients: “Little Miss Muffet”; homophony (or near-homophony) of whey and way; the complex AmE idiom no way in hell. Bonus: Anne Taintor.

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