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Your Friday Five: Art, art, art.

November 19, 2010

“I wish I could paint without me existing-that just my hands were there.”

  • Image via the North Carolina Museum of Art

So, maybe you’ve heard that this company called Google has been scanning books and other things you can look at in the comfort of your own home. Did you know that they are in the process of scanning hundreds of thousands of entire runs of magazines like LIFE? Prepare to lose an entire day going back into time, ogling old design, chuckling at old ads, and revisiting history. My favorite discovery so far is this absolutely amazing interview with Andrew Wyeth (my favorite American painter). When was the last time you saw a magazine spend 20+ pages on a person, much less an artist? Even Vanity Fair doesn’t spill this much ink on it’s latest celebrity obsession (yes, including pretty, glossy photos of the celeb smoking pensively near the beach.) If you have a yearning for design porn, you’re going to love seeing all the old, wonderful ads in full-color glory. I know I sound old but… They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

  • A wonderful sketchbook page by Oona Leganovic.

    I discovered Oona Leganovic on a drawing group on Flickr. I quickly fell in love with her assured, but loose line quality. I love drawers who can use the most delicate of lines to speak so much with. Her blog of sketches done mostly while commuting, is quite lovely.

  • Want to see more about artists talking about art? A reminder of where contemporary artists are coming from? Howsabout a cool little video of Joan Jonas talking about her influences?
    There TONS more on the MoMA You Tube page to browse as well!
  • Someone please do a show of those old paper placemats that used to be at classy family restaraunts next...

    I have seen lots of really crappy art lately. One thing that didn’t, well… suck, was The Museum of Contemporary Craft‘s show on the “Ephemera of Getting Things Done”, called Collateral Matters. A dense collection of letterheads and correspondence used by artists, co-ops, and design collectives that were mounting exhibitions and shows. All lovingly created and typed (sometimes handwritten). All with a little more of a fingerprint than we leave in our daily correspondences today. A good reminder of how fantastic the tactile things can be.

  • Who doesn't like cake? Sharon Cone - Boston Cremes

    My beloved Tumblr is quickly becoming Twitter to me. More and more it is filled with petty rivalries, people posting and reposting art without listing a source or artist, and people posting inane questions and comments that people leave in their “ask box”. The noise is getting harder and harder to filter. There are still some quality tumblrs though. One of my favorites is Still Life Quick Heart, who posts, as advertised, still life art coming from all medias and across all time periods. No mindless posting of every thing that comes into site. Thoughtful and well paced. Thanks, stilllifequickheart.tumblr… whomever you are.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2010 2:37 pm

    1. It’s interesting that Google is dragging the past into the present to hopefully make a more artistic future. And really, if magazines go away (they won’t) why not spend 20, 50, 100 “pages” on something like a great artist or writer or actor (hunk or beauty)… that is the brilliance of the internet. It’ll fit into your mailbox even if there’s 1000 pages of fashion, Vogue.

    2. Museums and Galleries definitely are getting on board and that’s fantastic to see. Of course, there’s no substitute for the experience of going to the building itself and being there with the art, but it’s awesome that there’s more internet connectivity happening and that can only help, especially those interested in arts that aren’t located in one of the cities that houses these treasures and masterpieces.

    3. Speaking of, we all need inspirational art: art that makes us either want to make art or art that just improves our moods and our lives! That’s why we need to get more art out there and why people need, especially now, to see great art. And yes, great art can be a Howard Johnson’s placemat! Seriously, seeing the fonts alone from some of those diner mats might prove enjoyable!

    4. I immediately got the tumblr/twitter connection just at first glance, because most people there seem to repost photos of mostly porn. So I have taken to post (when I post anything) 5 minute missives, where I write someting in 5 and just post it like that. Frequently, those posts come off as perfect squares, which is both a perfect fit for the journal and probably a metaphor for the content I produce there.

  2. November 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    More LIFE Wyeth here:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=HkYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA102&dq=life+andrew+wyeth&hl=en&ei=hNHmTMC4Ho30tgPbqr2xCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CF4Q6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=life%20andrew%20wyeth&f=false

    Dean, you are exactly right. I hope the internet can serve as a sort of middle man to get people to see art. Even if you don’t like what you go out and see, it is still a learning experience. When I go out and end up seeing crappy art it gets me all fired up to go out and create something beautiful and amazing!

  3. November 19, 2010 3:13 pm

    My beloved Tumblr is quickly becoming Twitter to me. More and more it is filled with petty rivalries, people posting and reposting art without listing a source or artist, and people posting inane questions and comments that people leave in their “ask box”. The noise is getting harder and harder to filter.

    I wish Tumblr would do what I thought it might, which is to bring amazing unknown artists, musicians, filmmakers, craft makers and such to a wider audience who could then directly consume their fine consumables. So far it seems it hasn’t been exactly that.

    I think the internet can whet the appetite if folks are able to understand it is not a replacement for the real thing. For example, my newfound lust is “The Gherkin”. I am in love with its shape, design and general blingtasticness. Now I can look at pictures of it all day and read all about its grand construction, but at some point it would probably be a good idea to have a tactile experience with it as well. Or maybe I’m old and this is too much “You kids get off my damn lawn!”

    As always, a wonderful Friday Five post, Poplife!

  4. November 20, 2010 10:14 am

    Leganovic’s sketches are wonderful. I have such envy for people who can make those lines so effortless but the renderings feel so accurate, they are vibrating off the page.

    When I’ve searched for images lately, some LIFE magazine ones have come up on google and they always blow me away.

  5. November 22, 2010 9:50 pm

    Thanks for pointing out all the great resources to view and read about art online! I can’t wait to peruse the LIFE archives in particular. I really wish this magazine was still in print.

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