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Bullshit copyright complaint is the perfect pretense to censor CT library art


Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "A Connecticut library took down a painting of Mother Teresa because of a dodgy copyright claim. Was that really the issue?"

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15th-Century supervillain

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This devil was painted between 1471 and 1475 by Austrian Michael Packer. The 40-by-35-inch altarpiece portrays the legend in which Saint Wolfgang reached out to old scratch for assistance in building a cathedral. But if you replaced the book with an iPad Air 2, it could be any design consultation between a homeowner and contractor.

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Via Rob's Webstek.

Beautiful imaginary Hungarian money


Barbara Bernát designed a series of fanciful Hungarian euro notes for her MA project at the University of West Hungary.

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Fair use: a guide for artists

Pat from American University's Center for Media and Social Impact writes, "Can an artist use images from Facebook in her collage? Can an art teacher show pictures he took at an exhibition in class? Can a museum put a collection online?"

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Giant Ron English art-book: Status Factory

Whether putting up his own US/Mexican border-crossing signs or appearing on the Simpsons, street artist Ron English is a versatile, trenchant, eyeball-kicking master of the form.

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ARTtitude - A portfolio of fresh contemporary illustration from around the world

With an eye for street art and graffiti, Frédéric Claquin has assembled ARTtitude from dozens of young illustrators and photographers from around the world, including Italy, France, Colombia, Germany, Spain, England, Guatemala, Canada, the U.S., and other countries. The overarching theme of the art in this book shows a taste for the bold and bright, with references to popular entertainment, especially comic books. (See also: ARTtitude 2)

See sample pages from the ARTtitude books at Wink.

Profile of a rock balancing artist who lives and works on the beach

"I just need rocks. It's all what I need." Manuel Cisneros is an artist working and living on the beach in Ventura California. Video By Ross Harris.

The Sculptor: Scott McCloud's magnum opus (about magnum opuses)

Scott McCloud is best known as comics’ most accessible, smartest theorist, thanks to his 1994 classic Understanding Comics. But the other McCloud, of superhero comics like ZOT! is equally beloved by the cognoscenti. With The Sculptor, McCloud reminds us that he is one of the field’s great storytellers, with a story of love, art, madness and death that wrenches, delights and confounds.

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Just look at this banana-art.


Just look at it.

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Disembodied facial-feature candles


London-based Uncanny Art Shop makes realistic-looking candles containing disembodied facial features, some contorted in agonized rictii: there's a male mouth, two female mouths and a pair of ears on a featureless head.

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Meet Daniel Reeve, calligrapher for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

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Artist Daniel Reeve created and re-created calligraphy and maps for Peter Jackson's films of the Tolkein adventures in Middle-earth. His gallery of images includes maps and illustrations as well as calligraphy and lettering. Some examples below:

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Daniel Reeve website (h/t TMarizzle)

"When arts die, they turn into hobbies."

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Author Michael Lind weighs in with this thought-provoking essay about what happens when an art form shrinks to a niche market. Using literature and architecture as examples, he organizes major and minor arts horizontally, based on audience size:

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NSA-themed art


This lovely piece of NSA-surveillance-themed art comes from Anthony Freda, previously featured here for his Normal Rockwell/Ferguson piece.

(Thanks, Hugh and Anthony!)

Watch this mesmerizing rock balancing highlight reel

Since Mark first reported on Gravity Glue in 2011, artist Michael Grab has traveled extensively as he balanced rocks, and his beautifully-shot footage only improves with time. Just a few highlights below.

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Fantastic anthology of offensive political cartoons and comix

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Cartoonist Mr. Fish's amazing anthology WARNING! Graphic Content feels especially relevant this month.

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The colorful 3D art of El Grand Chamaco

El Grand Chamaco is an artist from Los Ramones, Mexico.

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WATCH: time-lapse origami turns a dollar bill into a koi fish

YouTuber TheOrigamiVoyueur filmed himself as he transformed a dollar bill into a koi, based on a instructions by expert Won Park.

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eBoy is making a San Francisco Pixel Poster

Our pixel pushing friends at eBoy are making one of their famous city Pixel Posters for San Francisco. It's long overdue! They are funding it via Kickstarter. (Above: eBoy's Tokyo Pixorama from 2007)

Yuri Shwedoff's captivating postapocalyptic fantasyscapes

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Artist Yuri Shwedoff from the Russian Federation creates disturbingly beautiful postapocalyptic illustrations with familiar elements.

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Overspray – a book about the airbrush art that defined the druggy seventies

If you’re familiar with LP album sleeves and National Lampoon covers of the 1970s, Overspray will be your time machine to that era. If you are not familiar with them, you will be overwhelmed by these glistening, transrealistic, drugged-out, sexualized images, which incorporate elements from 1900s Art Nouveau, 1920s Art Deco, 1940s cheesecake, and 1960s psychedelia.

Overspray focuses on the top four airbrush artists of the time — Charles E. White III, Peter Palombi, Dave Willardson, and Peter Lloyd, and includes interviews and many examples of their painstakingly-produced work. No artist today can do what these guys did with stencils, liquid paint, and an air compressor.

The book jacket has two covers on one side, and two on the other. You have your choice of which cover to use on the front.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

A suitcase exhibit of pill bottles collected from the rich & famous

Bill Harris has collected 50 prescription medicine bottles from famous people (he either asked the celebrities to donate them to him or he bought them from other collectors). He made a cool display case to hold 42 of the bottles. Donors include Rod Stewart, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, John Stamos, Cher, Kirk Douglas, Phyllis Diller, James Stewart, and Marlon Brando.

Los Angeles Magazine has the story, with comments from Harris on some of the bottles and their former owners.

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“This one, from a Malibu pharmacy, proves that even when you have Frank Sinatra’s money, you still buy generic.”

Honest posters for 2015 Oscar nominees

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The good folks over at The Shiznit "decided to make new posters for the nominees that tell you what you can really expect." Above: Grand Budapest Hotel. Below: American Sniper.

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WATCH: HOWTO create this mind-bending worldscape

the-verge-lightfarm-studios Lightfarm Studios documented the making of "The Verge," this stunning worldscape based on work by Raqsonu Duhu. Lightfarm Brasil has the scoop:

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WATCH: Glassmaster Paul Stankard on glassblowing artistry

Paul Stankard's impossibly beautiful handblown glass pieces look impossible to create. In Beauty Beyond Nature, he discusses the craft while working in his studio.

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A work of art that reproduces 100 woodblock prints of Edo by artist Hiroshige

Without question, Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is the bookiest book I own. It is a museum-quality artifact, which in a few more years will cease to be made, or at least made affordably. It is a work of art that reproduces the famous 100 Japanese woodblock prints that the artist Hiroshige created of Edo.

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Drawings made from sunlight and magnifying glass

1-Jordan-Mang-osan-600x337 Remember as a kid using a magnifying glass and the sun to kill ants? Filipino artist Jordan Mang-osan employs the same technique to create beautiful "solar drawings."

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Dreamscapes of marching military eggs, animated skeletons, anthropomorphic insects and other phantasmic scenes

Mike Davis, owner of the well-known Everlasting Tattoo shop in San Francisco, is also a surrealist artist whose rich and dreamlike oil paintings look as if they’ve been plucked right out of the Dutch Renaissance. A cross between artists Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Davis merges beautifully realistic landscapes of lakes and snowflakes and silhouetted winter trees with scenes of animated skeletons, fighting rooster-headed men, anthropomorphic insects, marching military eggs and large human ears that spew blood-tinted waterfalls. Mike Davis, with its textured cloth cover, is a luxurious book that showcases over a decade’s worth of the painter’s work. And to think that Davis is a self-taught artist who didn’t start painting until he was in his late thirties – simply mind-boggling.

Mike Davis: A Blind Man’s Journey, by Mike Davis

See sample pages of A Blind Man's Journey: The Art of Mike Davis at Wink.

Terrible origami from $250,000 and under

Etsy user mrimprov is testing the adage that art is what you can get away with, selling Terrible Origami for a quarter million dollars or less. Below are some more reasonably-priced examples.

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Open-source 3D scans of museum items generate amazing new creative works

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Artist Oliver Laric worked with the Usher Gallery and The Collection in Lincoln to create 3D scans of their collections, then made the files available online. The art that emerged is varied and sometimes astonishing, like the work above by Leah Ferrini.

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