Posts tagged with art

Nov 26 2019

More Shakespeare for your walls

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Vintage Shakespeare festival posters were the third suggestion on our annual Holiday Gift Guide, but that was because we were focusing our 2019 list on used, vintage, and consumable items. If you're in the market for something new, definitely check out the posters for the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, which...

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Nov 19 2019

Holiday Gift Pick #3

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Gift Idea #3: Vintage Shakespeare Festival posters

Look, there are a lot of long-running Shakespeare festivals, and they nearly all printed posters, so chances are good you'll find one that strikes your fancy. Personally, I'm thinking of requesting this incredible Romeo and Juliet poster for...

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Oct 28 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Snow & Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin

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This week's Book Giveaway is Snow & Rose, a fairytale retelling written (reasonably well) and illustrated (extremely well) by painter Emily Winfield Martin. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 16 2019

Spooky on a budget #3: Decorate with free printables

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Idea #3: Hit up the internet for free, literary-themed printable masks, then tape them to any face-based art in your house.

Yes, that portrait of your great aunt will look 1000% more festive...

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Aug 22 2019

How? Why?

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I want to know so much about this, but I don't understand it at all. My questions include, but are not limited to:

Is it refillable?

Are you supposed to eat the pages...

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Aug 6 2019

Sans Romeo

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The 2020 Pirelli calendar has been released, inspired by the theme "Looking for Juliet”. Eight actresses, performers, and models were shot by photographer Paolo Roversi, each offering a different visual take on the character. All of the Juliets look lovely, but...

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Jun 6 2019

Hadn't she already suffered enough?

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NPR just posted a fascinating article about Life With Picasso, a memoir written by French painter Françoise Gilot, who served as Pablo Picasso's "muse, manager, and support system" during a decade-long relationship. Apparently, while it was A-okay for Picasso to use Gilot in his work (he used her likeness in hundreds of paintings), many...

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Jan 23 2019

At long last

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According to The Guardian, a long-overlooked note could solve the mystery of the "Rice Portrait", which descendants of Jane Austen have long argued was a portrait of the author as a young girl. Art experts have disagreed...

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Jan 10 2019

All the thumbs up

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I love this: more than 80 children's book illustrators have collaborated on a bilingual coloring book called Coloring Without Borders. The project is curated by Jennifer Sofio Hall, and the proceeds from the book will benefit Families Belong Together...

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #7

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Gift Idea #7: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, by Taschen Books ($40)

We recently chatted about Taschen Books' exquisite coffee table collection of Danish artist Kay Nielsen's long-lost illustrations for 1,001 Nights. While that particular book will set you back $300, Taschen also offers East of the Sun and West of the Moon...

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Nov 1 2018

Worth it

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NPR recently posted an article about a long-lost edition of 1,001 Nights. The version in question was illustrated by Danish artist Kay Nielsen during World War I, but for various reasons the book was never released...

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Oct 1 2018

The Secret Garden (MinaLima edition), by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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MinaLima is a graphic design studio best known for providing all the paper goods for the Harry Potter movies—the newspapers, candy wrappers, books, and other ephemera that make that film world feel like a real, lived-in place. When I learned they were working on a handful of interactive editions of classic children's stories, I was super excited—but that was before I saw the titles...

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Sep 19 2018

Adding to my Christmas list

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I quite like this BOOKS ARE BANANAS print, even though it costs $65 and it gets Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" stuck in my head every time I see it. Plus, it only comes in one size...

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May 15 2018

An overdue honor

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Uh, I'm really not sure how I feel about the actual look of this portrait, but I thoroughly approve of the subject matter: Henrietta Lacks, unwitting cell donor and the subject of Rebecca Skloot's award-winning nonfiction book...

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May 1 2018

No no no

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Is the world truly ready for stained-glass versions of Robert Crumb's comics? (I'm not, but I'm still not over watching the 1994 documentary Crumb, and I saw it 20 years ago.) Regardless, back in 2010 artist Joseph Cavalieri apparently made a handful...

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Apr 11 2018

King extravaganza

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io9 recently posted a Stephen King-inspired poster by artist Jordan Monsell. The image, titled “King Country”, apparently contains "over 170 different King characters, references, and more". (I only recognize about seven, but...

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Feb 1 2018

Tattoos for the indecisive

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And speaking of fashion, I also love these temporary tattoos featuring the artwork of Oliver Jeffers, the illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit...

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Oct 12 2017

So jealous.

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According to the Southwark News, the Dulwich Picture Gallery will be showing the first major UK retrospective of work by Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin books. While she is regarded as one of the most iconic illustrators of the 20th century, Jansson's non-Moomin-work is rarely shown...

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Oct 10 2017

Wasteful

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The Seattle Repertory Theatre is currently running a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The local paper recently posted a lukewarm review that killed any desire I had to see the play, but I still wanted to...

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Aug 3 2017

Maybe people buy them as odd Christmas gifts?

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According to io9, Chuck Palahniuk is once again blending original fiction with coloring pages, releasing a book called Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color. Clearly, his short story anthology/coloring book hybrid Bait sold well...

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Jul 20 2017

Okay, WOW.

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74-year-old Argentinian artist Marta Minujín has built a spectacular replica of the Greek Parthenon using copies of banned books. "The Parthenon of Books" in Kassel, Germany is the centerpiece of the Documenta 14 art festival. With the help of students from Kassel University, Minujín...

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Jun 15 2017

Results may vary

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Curbed just posted a bunch of images from an upcoming book of three-dimensional paper models of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, created by “paper engineer” and artist Marc Hagan-Guirey...

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Jan 19 2017

Not my style, but...

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The Revelist recently featured an article about these sold-out Niffler necklaces, inspired by the jewelry-stealing fantastic beasts from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter 'verse...

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Dec 20 2016

My birthday's coming up.

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I was flipping through the artwork featured on the Creative Action Network's website, and in addition to many gorgeous images inspired by our national parks, their stable of artists have also produced some really great literary images. I'm particularly impressed by this Don Quixote print, but...

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Dec 9 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #8

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Gift Idea #8: Girls Next Door mugs

Okay, this one is both a little hard to explain and aimed squarely at the most hardcore nerds among us (me included; I already requested one of these for Christmas). French artist Rebecca Morse's webcomic Girls Next Door started life...

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Dec 9 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #6

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Gift Idea #6: See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites

2016 is the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service, In celebration, the artists at the Creative Action Network partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to create this book...

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Dec 8 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #4

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Gift Idea #4: Jason Porath's Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

Porath is a former professional animator, and his website Rejected Princesses is a fascinating, informative, and frequently genuinely moving read. This book tie-in features...

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Nov 8 2016

Behold

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Check out the spectacular Instagram of Sabeena Karnik, an artist who uses paper art to make beautiful typography. (Her work is featured on the book cover at left, too.) All of her letters are gorgeous, but I...

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Oct 25 2016

Still expensive, though

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Swiss-Miss recently introduced me to Depero Futurista, or "The Bolted Book", a 1927 work by the Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero. The book, which has long been unavailable, is described as "[a collection of] bold typographic experimentation, daring layouts, and featuring work in nearly every artistic and design medium". With the help of...

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Oct 11 2016

Get famous

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According the Folio Society's blog, they recently announced the subject of their 2017 Book Illustration Competition: they are looking for someone to illustrate Jane Austen's Mansfield Park...

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