Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

The three Delfts

June 22, 2017

Today’s Zippy crosses the subjects of Vermeer’s paintings with the Three Stooges:


Curly the silly one, the Geographer. Larry the unruly one, the Astronomer. And Moe the leader and guide, the Milk Maid. Ego, Id, and Superego.


The thumbnail image, rainbows, and Pride

June 19, 2017

The thumbnail image:


which is the image I’m currently using as my identifying portrait on my WordPress blog, on Facebook, and on Google+. It’s my alter ego Alex, now a graybeard, but still flaunting his gayness symbolically (rainbow flag, lavender triangle), and gesturing one or more of the following: “Yo!” – “Yay!” – “Fuck yeah!” – “Hi, Honey!”.

The image came to me in a set of Facebook rainbow Pride stickers, and yes, Alex Gaybeard is a B guy, black or brown, so what?

More on the race/ethnicity theme, on the stickers, on a bit of familial rainbow art, and some notes on Pride marches over the years, leading to the amazing vision of 500,000 of Us on the streets of Columbus OH recently.


Making fun of Batman

June 11, 2017

Two Batman cartoons have just come to me. Passed on by Chris Hansen, this uncaptioned (and unsourced) cartoon:


Batman at a bustop with four old women: what to make of the scene?

And in today’s comics feed, this Bizarro:


(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 13 in this strip! — see this Page.)


Three cactuses

June 9, 2017

Three entries from Rudolf Slaba, The Illustrated Guide to Cacti, Sterling Publishing Co., 1992. Just because the illustrations by Petr Liška are so pleasing. (And of course because these cacti, like so many, are phallic.)


An old resultative joke

June 8, 2017

From Wilson Gray on ADS-L on the 6th, in a discussion of a joke that turns on a structural ambiguity, a totally different joke of this sort:

A drunk is staggering along the sidewalk muttering to himself, “It can’t be done! I couldn’t do it!” A passer-by comments, “Damn, man, you all fucked up!, It must have been something terrible! What couldn’t you do?!” The drunk answers, “Drink Canada dry!”

The joke doesn’t quite work in print like this, unless you use all-caps, the way artist Richard Prince did in this “joke painting”:


Untitled (Drink Canada Dry), acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 1998

The joke of course also works fine in speech. (Early occurrences in print have only either Canada Dry or Canada dry, with text that points the reader towards the other.)

Two things: the joke and its history


This is not a President

June 3, 2017

Passed on by Adam Schembri on Facebook, this topical parody of Magritte’s The Betrayal of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe):

A clever reversal of Magritte’s image by Annette Müllender.


Needlepoint X

June 2, 2017

(Descriptions of mansex, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

From the Mic site yesterday, “Needleporn: The queer, wholesome yet sexually explicit craft you need to get into” by Evan Ross Katz.

Nice story, though the only illustrations of Zach Nutman’s work are Safe For Work or have the naughty bits pixellated. So I went off to get some of the hard-core stuff. And then found another source of X-rated gay embroidery, by Maria Piñeres. Three examples from each artist are now available in an AZBlogX posting “X-rated embroidery”.


Food art: still lifes

May 26, 2017

From Pinterest boards on food art, a small sampling of still lifes: two with artful assemblages of foodstuffs, and two with artful presentations of the ingredients for a specific recipe.


Shelf Life

May 2, 2017

The cover of the March 27th New Yorker, “Shelf Life” by Luci Gutiérrez:


Oh, a set of shelves. And a map. Of Manhattan. With objects on the shelves evoking particular neighborhoods. Cool.


Faces follow-up 2: Augusta Savage

April 28, 2017

Following up on my “Faces” posting earlier today (on the Rose Gangloff Curates Portraiture exhibition at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center), while I pursue three queries on paintings in the show: a progress report on the painting

Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Augusta Savage, 1967


From Wikipedia:

Gwendolyn Clarine Knight (May 26, 1913 – February 18, 2005) was an American artist who was born in Bridgetown, Barbados in the West Indies.

Knight painted throughout her life but did not start seriously exhibiting her work until the 1970s [when she was in her 60s]. Her first retrospective was put on when she was nearly 80 years old, “Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight,” at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2003. Her teachers in the arts included the sculptor Augusta Savage (who obtained support for her from the Works Progress Administration) and Jacob Lawrence, whom she married in 1941 and remained married to until his death in 2000 [nearly 60 years].

A fascinating life story, especially in how it intersects with the stories of the subject of #1, her teacher, mentor, and friend, the sculptor Augusta Savage; and of her husband, the painter Jacob Lawrence, who was the subject of a posting on this blog on 3/30/15.