Monday, October 15, 2012

Little Nemo Himself

Was there anyone more inspiring than Winsor McCay?
His art is so imaginative, surreal and well-crafted.
Today, the Google logo celebrates his creation Little Nemo in Slumberland.
Here is a photo of Winsor McCay (sporting a gorgeous white suit and hat) in 1908 sketching for a charity benefit;
the young boy wearing the knickers and Nemo sash could actually be his son, age 12. The character of Nemo was supposedly modelled on his son Robert. LINK (Library of Congress photo)

Trivia: My grandmother's uncle Stanley Forde was in a silent film with McCay in 1924: The Great White Way. McCay played himself. LINK

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom - So Good

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom blew my socks off.
I finally went to see it and it did not disappoint.
In fact, it inspired. I can't say enough good things about it.
I want to see it again. Often. It has everything. So many great visuals.
Feels like a foreign film, yet so very American.
So dreamlike, yet so real.
Spilling over with nostalgic details -  
a New England summer setting, 1965.
Wonderful characters and great actors.
Oh joy.

Frida Parade

I saw 10 Fridas parading down the sidewalk yesterday.
One was only about 6 years old. Beautiful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Newly Discovered Works by Magritte

Above are three examples of works- Night in Pisa 1953, Transatlantic Passenger 1936 and The Harvest of the Clouds 1927 by Rene Magritte published in Rene Magritte: Newly Discovered Works: Catalogue Raisonne Volume VI. Read more at artnews . This new book has 130 previously unseen works.  (Top and bottom: ©2012 CHARLY HERSCOVICI, BRUSSELS, middle: COURTESY SOTHEBY’S IMAGES.)
I love the way Magritte's mind works. It is easy to take him for granted because he was so good at what he did and his classic work was so often appropriated/copied.
Magritte invented his own unique world of visual poetry and it is nice that he is still being celebrated (upcoming show at MOMA in Sept. 2013).

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Rocks as People

Early-twentieth century illustrations by Artuš Scheiner (1863 Benešov – 1938 Prague)
LINK (Thanks, 50Watts)

Friday, October 05, 2012

Chris Anthony book on Kickstarter

Project: poetic photographs done the old-fashioned way using wet plate collodion and tintype processes by Chris Anthony to be published in a book.
There is an Oct 17, 2012 deadline to support this project, Seas Without a Shore book (90 photographs) on Kickstarter.
I have another book by Chris (and a print) and his work is wonderfully imaginative and darkly elegant.