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September 14, 2020

Fore-Edge Paintings

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[A fore-edge painting of a billiard game on a 1722 Book of Common Prayer.]

Wrote Eve M. Kahn in the New York Times:

Book collectors in Europe and the United States over the last two centuries entertained guests by bringing out volumes with secret pictures.

The page edges, when slanted at certain angles, reveal miniature landscapes full of ruins and castles.

The images are known as fore-edge paintings.

Museums almost never display them: when the pages are kept pressed open even for a few weeks to expose the paintings, the books can end up permanently curled.

Jeff Weber, a bookseller in Los Angeles, wrote and published a study, "An Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artists and Binders (Mostly English and American)."

Above, a number of fore-edge paintings are shown.

Below,

world-renowned British fore-edge artist Martin Frost shows how they are painted to be hidden on the gilded edge of a book, only to be revealed by spreading its pages.

For his 48 years developing fore-edge painting, Frost was awarded the MBE in 2019.

September 14, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse — Read by Benedict Cumberbatch

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In 1960, pioneering American artists Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse met for the first time and became close friends.

In 1965, Hesse found herself facing a creative block during a period of self-doubt, and told LeWitt of her frustrating predicament.

He replied with this letter.

September 14, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Flowers On The Wall" — Statler Brothers

This classic 1965 song, along with its earworm-generating music, has wonderful lyrics (below).

How great to be able to sing along.

I keep hearing you're concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you're giving me is conscience, I guess
If I were walking in your shoes I wouldn't worry none
While you and your friends are worrying 'bout me, I'm having lots of fun

Counting flowers on the wall
That don't bother me at all
Playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Now don't tell me I've nothing to do

Last night I dressed in tails pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream it's hard to slow this swinger down
So please don't give a thought to me I'm really doing fine
You can always find me here and having quite a time

Counting flowers on the wall
That don't bother me at all
Playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Now don't tell me I've nothing to do

It's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

Counting flowers on the wall
That don't bother me at all
Playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Now don't tell me I've nothing to do

September 14, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Exploded Flowers — Fong Qi Wei

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From DeMilked:

Inspired by Todd McLellan's Disassembly series, Singaporean photographer Fong Qi Wei went deeper than just taking photos of flowers and created an amazing series of Exploded Flowers — images that show the radial symmetry of flowers.

Above, Lotus.

Sunflower: 

Sunflower

Dahlia:

Dahlia

Rose:

Rose

Chrysanthemum:

Chrysanthemum

Qi Wei explains:

The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled — the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.

Also, as a medium that captures a moment in time —which was made clear when I noticed dried gerbera petals after only a single night — the use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature's flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time lets you have a different appreciation of their beauty.

September 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Louis Vuitton Face Shield

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Coming in October.

Be the first on your block.

A snip at $961.

Apply within.

[via the New York Post]

September 14, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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