Scott Albrecht: new show of hand-drawn typographical art and woodworks

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My hypertalented pal Scott Albrecht, a Brooklyn-based artist and designer, has a solo show of his hand-drawn typographical illustrations and wood sculptures opening tomorrow at Philadelphia's Art In The Age boutique and gallery.

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Top 25 weirdest and most inappropriate children's books of all time

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I have stacks of children's book, either because I loved them as a kid, bought them for my first two kids, or, as an illustrator, purchased them for the inspiring art.

And now, I'm restocking for our newborn son Aiden.

But once in awhile I'll stumble across something that'll just make me just scratch my head. As in, "What the f**k were they thinking?!" And since I also love to share, here are some highlights ...for you!

Many are just plain crazy, a few have double entendres that might not have been intended, many suffer because innocent words have had a change of meaning over the years, or it could be I'm just snickering because I have a dirty mind.

There also might be a smidgen of sophisticated humor in the selections that follow, but most of the guffaws and titters will fall smack dab in the juvenile category. "Titters"! Hee hee hee!

There are a lot of "funny" children's book cover floating around the internet, but often they've just been photoshopped creations (I'd love to believe that "My Big Book of Pretty Pussies" is real)

So, if I don't actually have a physical copy in my hands, it won't make the cut. As for it being "The Top 25," keep checking back, I'm sure at some point I'll be up to 100!

Top 25 weirdest and most inappropriate children's books of all time

Hertzfeldt's weird future Simpsons couch gag

Esteemed animator Don Hertzfeldt's deeply strange and wonderful take on the Simpsons couch gag.

Analog ASCII portraits of famous writers

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Álvaro Franca uses manual typewriters to create ASCII portraits of famous literary figures like Jack Kerouac (above), Charles Bukowski (below), and Jose Saramago. Here's a time-lapse video of the process.

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Skinner-box rats trained to predict currency market movements


Viennese artist Michael Marcovici's Rat Traders uses reward, punishment and selective breeding to create a strain of lab-rat that can predict the movement of international currency markets.

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Watch with microscopic sculpture inside

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Tucked inside this $1.5 million watch by Greubel Forsey is a tiny ship sculpture by Willard Wigan who is the master at artworks you can't appreciate without high-powered optics.

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Sacrelicious Barbie and Ken mods: Jesus, Mary, Kali


They're made by Argentinian artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, who've made 33 dolls representing figures from Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism that they're exhibiting next month in a Buenos Aires gallery show called "Barbie, The Plastic Religion."

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Surreal photo collages by Matthieu Bourel

See more of Matthieu Bourel's work.

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The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind's Eye

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Greg Spalenka has been producing fine and commercial art for over 30 years. As well as numerous gallery shows, he has produced art for clients including Warner Bros, New Line, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous book publishers. Enjoy this galley excerpt from his new book, The Art of Greg Spalenka.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader 6 (© Fox 2000 Pictures)

The Ant Bully 2 (© Warner Bros)

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Golden Compass - Concept 5 (© New Line Cinema)

Facade - LAT Mag

Escape From Planet Earth 2 (© Rainmaker Entertainment)

Pink Floyd unveils cover art for first studio album in 20 years.

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Trailer: Big Eyes, Tim Burton's film about the Keane art scandal

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Here's the first trailer for "Big Eyes," Tim Burton's forthcoming film about the strange 1950s story of talented artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose sociopath husband Walter Keane (Christopher Waltz) took all credit for his wife's incredibly popular and influential paintings.

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Ten untranslatable words

Ella Frances Sanders illustrates words held to be untranslatable, to English equivalents, from their native languages.

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Gloriously weird remixed Victorian woodcuts


George K's tumblr, Olex Oleole, is a beautiful running feed of gloriously weird remixes of Victorian woodcuts, in the style of the brilliant Dan Hillier.

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WATCH: art from tiny diatoms

The Diatomist is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. The Diatomist showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

Matthew Killip is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

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3D printed book of bas relief from Art Institute of Chicago


Tom Burtonwood sez, "I have just published Folium, a 3D printed book of bas relief from the Art Institute of Chicago; it's posted to thingiverse for download: 12 pages, 9 scans featuring works of art spanning over 2000 years, from the Ancient Egyptians to Louis Sullivan department store decorations."

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