Category archive: art

April 18, 2014

Coming Out As Pregnant

The NY Times has a brief excerpt of nice butch lesbian A.K. Summers' graphic memoir of coming out as pregnant. I hope it includes some thoughtful and entertaining lessons about how having a kid changes how we see ourselves...
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March 28, 2014

We Go To The Gallery Is Awesome, Facing Insane Copyright-Fueled Doom

Here's another Kickstarter I'm slow to write about, and this one is facing dire consequences. Artists Ezra and Miriam Elia's critique of the contemporary art world is called, We Go To The Gallery. It's a parody of the Ladybird...
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March 12, 2014

Typing By Michael Dumontier And Neil Farber

I'd seen the various editions that artist/blogger/Canadian/dad Michael Dumontier had published with Paul + Wendy Projects. But I confess I didn't realize the Typing edition, the unique, hand-typed prints which he and Neil Farber started in like 2012, were...
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March 9, 2014

Maurice Sendak's Rosebud: Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Ladder

In 2008, Maurice Sendak told the NY Times about how the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the sensational trial that followed, freaked his 4-year-old self right out, and generated an anxious fascination with the incident for the rest of his...
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March 5, 2014

Spotted, Splatter-Painted At The Armory Show

Let me guess, her favorite book is Olivia. Are these product? Or homemade? Or both, i.e., etsy? In other Armory Show news, it's amazing that Uppababy is turning up at the VIP preview. Back in the day it was...
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February 18, 2014

Malebøker Is Norwegian For Coloring Books

Norske Malebøker is a gorgeous-looking anthology of vintage Norwegian picture, activity, and coloring book illustrations, assembled by Einar Økland from his own collection. 50 Watts has a typically amazing selection of images in a rich and beautiful variety of...
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February 17, 2014

Mutton Good Time, By Patrick Smith

Sometimes you bust the mutton, and sometimes the mutton busts you. Congratulations to Maryland freelance photojournalist Patrick Smith, whose photo of little Sadie Bezzant getting crushed by a sheep at the 2013 Strawberry Days Rodeo in Pleasant Grove, Utah,...
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February 14, 2014

Chestburster Onesie By Mike Dougherty

From writer/director/drawer Mike Dougherty: At my first baby shower. Designing a onesie. pic.twitter.com/emSVnleKsg— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) February 9, 2014 Kind of think this should've been a maternity t-shirt, though....
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February 13, 2014

Modern Primitives Baby Chair By Aranda\Lasch

Looking around Johnson Trading Gallery for something slightly less utilitarian than $20,000 plywood bookcase sculptures, I found this: the Modern Primitives Baby Chair by Aranda\Lasch. The New York-based architecture practice produced the Modern Primitives series in collaboration with Fendi...
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February 7, 2014

Are You The Ciao! Manhattan Baby At Max's Kansas City?

Here is rare footage of Max's Kansas City, the Park Avenue South hangout for the New York art world in the 1960s and 70s. It was shot by David Weisman, probably in 1967, as B-roll for Ciao! Manhattan, which...
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February 5, 2014

Silence, Glass Crib By Mona Hatoum

Was at MoMA today and saw Silence, a 1994 sculpture by Mona Hatoum. The wall text says, "Made of glass, this life-size crib threatens any child in its care with shattering collapse and inevitable injury." And if that weren't...
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January 31, 2014

Kid-Size Art Installations By Benin's Own Beshac Gaba

La Mode en Miniature (2008) installation view, Stevenson I just found images of these kid-related works I saw from the Frieze Art Fair in London last fall, by the Beninese artist Beshac Gaba. Gaba often makes installations that take...
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January 29, 2014

A Children's Treasury Of The Holocaust

Bedrich Fritta was a Jewish Czech artist forced to produce construction plans and diagrams for the Nazis. His son Tomas was one when the family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. Bedrich made unauthorized drawings, too, documenting and criticizing...
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January 26, 2014

MUSEUM HANDS, PEOPLE!

This is some world-class WTF going on here, as reported this afternoon by New York art dealer Stephanie Theodore, who saw these parents letting their kid climb into an extraordinarily fragile Donald Judd stack sculpture at Tate Modern: Holy crap....
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January 24, 2014

Forget It, Karl-Heinz, It's Playmobland

Gotten goods never prosper ! The fence is not better than the stealer ! 22 Jan 2014, @playmobklau01 I am not really understanding the nuances of graphic designer Karl-Heinz Weiss's Twitter stream, but anything that results in more morality...
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January 19, 2014

Les Jeux d'Enfants Cookbooks By Michel Oliver

I lost this link, and then I just found it. Which is awesome, because this 1966 book, La Patissierie est un jeu d'enfants/Mkaing French Desserts & Pastries is Child's Play, written and illustrated by Michel Oliver, who was then...
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January 14, 2014

Papa Types Support Breastfeeding In Church

Ohoh, Pope Francis, while baptizing 32 infants in the Sistine Chapel:"Some will cry because they are uncomfortable or because they are hungry," the Pope said. "If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat, no worries, because here, they are...
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January 4, 2014

The Artists' Colouring Book Of ABCs, For Kids Company

original drawing for cover by Bob & Roberta Smith The artist coloring book has crossed the pond. boxed, hardcover limited edition, with Chapman bros. silkscreen Last month Kids Company, a London charity that provides a range of basic services...
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December 26, 2013

The Bank, By Superflex And The Residents Of Sharjah, UAE

It's Things I Really Want To Post Before The End Of The Year Week here at DT, starting with The Bank. The Danish artist collective Superflex contributed one of the most thoughtful installations for this year's Sharjah Art Biennial....
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December 16, 2013

Slate: Making Fake Babies For Discount Shopping Since Saturday

Congratulations to Matt Yglesias, whose fake baby Tim Duncan Crawford was born over the weekend as part of a Slate pitch on how you don't need to actually verify you have a baby to get 20% discounts on subscriptions...
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December 5, 2013

Tracey From The Shop: Rothko Comfort Blanket

For six months in 1993 the young British artists Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas opened what we'd now call a pop-up shop in east London called The Shop. They sold little doodads and objets that they'd made, including, apparently,...
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November 26, 2013

Some Old Keith Haring Coloring Book

Hmm, whatsat? Oh, just Mondo-Blogo findin' OG Keith Haring coloring books while pokin' around in old studios, NBD. you never know what you will find when cleaning out an old studio! [instagram]...
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November 19, 2013

'An Abstract Gets Close Scrutiny'

A photo from SFMOMA back in the day. These kids are now grown and living in the East Bay somewhere, scratching their heads at real estate prices. [promieniowanie via grupaok]...
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November 9, 2013

Petit Criminels Entre Nous: Francois Bertillon

François Bertillon, 23 months. Crime: Gluttony, nibbling all the pears from a basket Date: October 17, 1893 19th century Parisian police officer and anthropometrist Alphonse Bertillon is the father of the mug shot. And of the youngest perp, François...
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October 31, 2013

Babies By Konrad Lueg

Konrad Lueg went on to become Konrad Fischer, a hugely important art dealer, who introduced many American conceptual and minimalist artists' work to Germany and beyond. But before that, he was a straight-up artist himself, and was super-tight with...
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October 17, 2013

Portrait Of The [Pregnant] Artist By Jennifer Rubell

Frieze Week is always good for a blog post or two. So mazeltov this year to noted Miami food- and gala-artist Jennifer Rubell, whose Portrait of the Artist, a monumental fiberglass-on-steel sculpture of her eight-months-pregnant self, complete with enterable...
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October 14, 2013

Go Ahead, The Warhol X Bugaboo Canopies Are Fine

When they first announced the Bugaboo fabrics with images licensed from the Warhol Foundation, I basically kept my mouth shut. The fact of the colabo made sense. The availability of separate fabric sets instead of only as full-on strollers...
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October 11, 2013

[St]architects Make Elaborate Dollhouses For KIDS Fundraiser

KIDS, a British charity helping disabled kids and their families, has rallied 20 architects and such to make dollhouses to be auctioned at a fundraising gala next month. The inspiration for the project is "The Queen's Dolls' House," an...
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October 8, 2013

Capitalism Works For Elmo

Elmo contemplates capitalism #CAPITALISMWFM pic.twitter.com/65XizXLbXg— Handel (@handelsaurus) October 8, 2013 Speaking of Kickstarter, I backed Steve Lambert's project to build this giant sign, CAPITALISM WORKS FOR ME! True/False a couple of years ago now, and it has been a blast...
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October 4, 2013

Nursery, An Installation By General Howe

There's a new changing table in Chelsea, people. Nursery, by former Brooklyn [now Wisconsin] street artist General Howe, is the inaugural exhibition at Kianga Ellis Projects. It's an IRL nursery version of The General's vintage kids cartoon-themed tumblr, The...
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October 3, 2013

Children Of Duchamp, By Nobutaka Aozaki

It's been a hundred years since Marcel Duchamp introduced the Readymade to an unprepared art world, which is still dealing with it. Since he just graduated from Hunter College's MFA program, I'm going to guess that Nobutaka Aozaki's awesome...
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October 1, 2013

Alexander Calder's Fables of Aesop

In 1931, Alexander Calder was at the height of his fame in Paris, known for his Cirque performances and his wire dessin portrait sculptures of his fancy friends. It was the year he began making and showing the abstract...
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September 30, 2013

Damien Hirst ABC Boardbook

From the Department of Things I Might Have Been Somewhat Excited About At One Point, At Least As Blog Fodder, But Now Would Be Happier If It Never Existed: it's an ABC boardbook by Damien Hirst. Of course D...
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September 13, 2013

Make Your Own Fun [ADVANCED LEVEL]

Creative Playthings Melt Art set was literally a box of crayons and a hot plate. No, seriously: That's like Brick-on-a-String level of make-your-own-fun-somehow. Vintage Melt Art by Creative Playthings NIB, 1st bid $12.99+ 5.75 s/h, auction ends Sept 16...
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September 5, 2013

The Eric Carle Museum Of Eric Carle

Look, we have all the books. And like every preschooler everywhere, I'm sure, my kids have collaged their very own Brown Bears™ or whatever during Hungry Caterpillar Week™. But literally, every time I see or hear the name, The...
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September 4, 2013

Outside The Lines: Artists Mega-Coloring Book By Souris Hong-Porretta

LA art/style/culture blogger Souris Hong-Porretta has spent the last couple of years pulling together an epic-sized artist coloring book, and now it's done. Outside The Lines has coloring pages from over 100 artists--119, actually, I just counted--and it looks...
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Creative Playthings Whale Puppet FTW

Alright, it's only been a few months, but I think this project is coming together very nicely. We'll put the 50-ft wolf puppet sculpture on top of a mountain. The giant duck puppet sculpture can go in Hong Kong....
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August 29, 2013

An At-Home Cartoonist's Advice

If you need a boost to your day/week/year, head over to Gavin Aung Than's new web comic at Zen Pencils. The latest is based on a quote from Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's 1990 commencement speech at Kenyon...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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August 20, 2013

In Mother Russia, Emporio Armani Diapers Bore You

I was at the beach when some Russian artist released an ad campaign for phony Emporio Armani diapers, and then promptly outed himself via an assistant/publicist as the creator of the "art piece" that supposedly made "a comment about...
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July 23, 2013

Bozart Boom: Three Kaleidoscope Dollhouses For Sale Out There

Dust off your credit scores and fire up the pre-approved mortgages, because the Bozart Kaleidoscope dollhouse market is ROARING BACK, people. Not that anything's reaching the crazy speculative heights of the pre-2008 doll real estate bubble, of course. But there...
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July 15, 2013

Irezumi Kewpie Doll Supercollection

We got back from Japan Sunday safe and exhausted--and up at 3AM, which gives me a chance to get caught up on some finds from the trip. First up, obviously, is the rather amazing assortment of tattooed Kewpie dolls in...
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June 28, 2013

Artists' Kids Have The Greatest Names

There is no better way to end the week than to celebrate the Australian-born New York artist Natalie Jeremijenko for her epic talent and foresight in babynamingJeremijenko's experimental streak extended to the naming of her kids. Her oldest daughter [26]...
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June 27, 2013

Artist Dad Casts Kid's Hand In Obsidian For Venice Biennale

Monte Pilato on the northern tip of the Aeolian island of Lipari last erupted in 729 AD. Tools made from the obsidian flows from Pilato have been found all over the Mediterranean, evidence of a complex trade network. The...
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June 23, 2013

Christian's Heroes Coloring Book

(1/2) best sidewalk furniture ever! a coloring book party on 8th Av (unfortunately had to decline invite to sit in) pic.twitter.com/Yo6FZQLbc3— James Wagner (@wagnerblog) June 24, 2013 (2/2) the book party was for "Christian's Heroes Coloring Book" - March sidewalk...
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June 18, 2013

Cars & Mechs & Things That Go, By Evan Palmer

Minneapolis-based artist Evan Palmer likes to create these mechs driven by adorable battalions of animals, set in a dystopian post-Scarry universe. You can buy prints of various images for extremely reasonable prices at Palmer's online shop. Meanwhile, his Instagram...
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June 1, 2013

'Collaboration Linda & Hans Haacke'

For his contribution to a 1969 group show at the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland, New York-based conceptual and systems artist Hans Haacke submitted his son. The show, curated by Harald Szeemann, was titled, "When Attitude Becomes Form," caused outrage...
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May 28, 2013

Quel Sougez! OG French Kids Photobooks

Emmanuel Sougez was a pioneering French photographer who created two of the earliest children's books to use photography. Regarde! « Mes photos » and Alphabet were published in 1931 and 1932, respectively. Regarde! was basically a photo album of...
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May 21, 2013

The Lozziwurm Is Open

Rejoice, Western Hemispherians! Yvan Pestalozzi's Lozziwurm playground structure is open for business at the Carnegie. Go check it out, or maybe wait a little longer, until the amazing-looking playground design exhibition opens in June. Just sayin'. A Playful Worm...
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May 13, 2013

Small Child Attends Large Art Fair

The Frieze Art Fair came and went in New York over the weekend. It was in a massive tent on Randall's Island, off the coast of the Upper East Side. Photographer Scott Lynch captured this adorable scene on Thursday...
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