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No Politics, Just a Joke: Satirical Art from Russia

Friday 11.30.2012 , Posted by

Nothing is sacred in Victoria Tsarkova’s new series and show, No Politics. Just a Joke. She has taken key figures from the world of politics and culture, mashing them up in unexpected ways which are highly satirical, funny and even a bit offensive. The 20 works recently featured in her current show near Moscow is drawing an enthusiastic crowd. [Read more...]

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In Color: Paris On the Eve of World War 1

Thursday 11.22.2012 , Posted by

Welcome to Paris in 1914. It was a time when automobiles were few, the bohemian lifestyle was flourishing, and Picasso was painting guitars while developing Synthetic Cubism. It was a moment in time when Europe was still at peace, and the French capital sat unknowingly on the eve of the First World War. [Read more...]

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American Life: Rare Color Photographs During WWII

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

Black and white photographs always seem to be stuck in the past, giving us an often unrealistic perspective on how long ago events really were. Think about it, most of us know someone who was alive during the 1940s, many of them fully grown members of society. For them life during World War II was a vibrant one full of memorable experiences, both challenging and enjoyable. These images, taken by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI), make the war years look much more recent using one rare tool of the time: color film. [Read more...]

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Vintage Prints From Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

Saturday 11.17.2012 , Posted by

In celebration of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary 50by70 has published the first ever set of fine art prints of the colorful illustrations from the classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. The prints come with a booklet written by Simpsons writer and producer, Josh Weinstein, whose career in animation was inspired by this film. Sounds like the perfect gift for the animator or Beatles’ fan who has everything! [Read more...]

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Small Snippets of Wisdom From Literary Greats

Monday 10.15.2012 , Posted by

Sometimes the very biggest nuggets of wisdom are contained in the very smallest amount of words. Great authors have known that and so does Evan Robertson. His new posters might be the best thing since that last novel you couldn’t put down: short quotes from literary greats like Edgar Allan Poe and Hunter S. Thompson; all printed beside Robertson’s brilliantly clean illustrative work. What draws him to these small snippets of text? [Read more...]

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Classic Paintings Become Uninhabited

Sunday 10.14.2012 , Posted by

As humans we are so drawn to life that sometimes we overlook the beauty behind it. New media artist Hadju Bence has put a new twist on classic paintings by removing the people to showcase the architecture behind them. It’s fascinating how unrecognizable some of the famous paintings become without the subjects there to give them emotion. It all started when Bence was given an assignment in a geometry class at The University of Fine Arts in Hungary to “find and draw the perspective and horizon lines of renaissance.” He removed the people so that he could “examine how the painter really created the perspective space and how it actually looks.” [Read more...]

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Paper Sculptures from an Icon of Industrial Design

Friday 10.05.2012 , Posted by

The name Irving Harper is associated with some seriously iconic creations in the design world. As design director for the Nelson Office, he was responsible for some of the most memorable objects of the twentieth century, from the Marshmallow Sofa, to the Ball clock and even the Herman Miller logo. What most people don’t know is that he was also a prolific paper sculptor, spending nearly 50 years of his life working on fantastically beautiful creations at his home in Rye, New York. [Read more...]

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1902: First Color Films From the End of the Victorian Era

Monday 09.17.2012 , Posted by

Neglected and forgotten for the last 110 years, the world’s first color film has recently been discovered and restored by the UK’s National Media Museum. Created in 1902, only a few short years after the invention of the motion picture itself and far before even color photography was common, the film and its discovery is an exciting new landmark in the history of film. [Read more...]

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Vietnam: Old Photos Become Windows Into the Past

Wednesday 09.12.2012 , Posted by

Looking at old photographs, we often wonder just how much a place has changed. Vietnamese photographer Khánh Hmoong wondered that about his home country and found a window into the past using old photos. He’s now created a beautiful series of photographs which juxtapose the old images against a backdrop of the country as it appears today. What he reveals is a country both drastically changed, and yet surprisingly the same. [Read more...]

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The San Francisco Earthquake: Merging Then and Now

Monday 09.10.2012 , Posted by

In the early morning hours of April 18th, 1906, San Franciscans awoke to a quick jolt beneath them. Then, following a short pause, the hilly city shook with ferocious intensity for 42 seconds. Streets buckled like ribbon, buildings toppled killing horses and people below… and that was just the beginning. Following the initial impact of the earthquake, fires broke out around the city. Many were started by inexperienced firefighters who, in attempts to build firebreaks by dynamiting destroyed buildings, ignited ruptured gas mains. 30 fires burned for 4 days and 4 nights, ultimately destroying approximately 25,000 buildings on 490 city blocks. The once beautiful city was brought to its knees. [Read more...]

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