plep Archive

5th August
Yayoi Kusama: Love Forever. Japan's greatest contemporary artist?
'The exhibition Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968 highlights the decade that Yayoi Kusama lived and worked in New York City. During ten prolific years Kusama produced an astonishing number of paintings, sculptures, collage, photo-collage, installations, performances, and even a film. Prescient of Pop, Minimalism, and Post-Minimalism, her work does not fit comfortably under any of these rubrics. It is unique, and if history has the ability to absorb and tame work that might once have been considered shocking, thirty years after its production, Kusama's art remains every bit as bizarre and as difficult as it was when she first made it ...'

A Yayoi Kusama Portfolio.
Self-Obliteration by Dots.

Jamini Roy: Bengali Artist of Contemporary India. Nice online exhibit, despite a couple of broken links.
Cats Sharing a Prawn.
Krishna and Radha Dancing.

Nandalal Bose. 'The paintings of Nandalal Bose are considered among India's best modern paintings by many critics. Influenced by the Tagore family (he ran the art department of Shantiniketan) and the murals of Ajanta, his classic works include paintings of scenes from Indian mythologies, women, and village life. '

World's Largest Roadside Attractions. 'A collection of larger-than-life roadside attractions from around the world.'

The Walter Anderson Museum. A Mississippi artist.

The Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art.

Etoundi Essamba Angele. African photographer.

Sokari Douglas Camp. Nigerian artist.

Camille Pissarro. Collection of images of paintings.

A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures.

Palma Il Giovane: Venus and Mars.

Heintz the Elder: The Toilet of Venus.

Rubens: Diana and Her Nymphs.

Robert Hooke's Micrographia. 'Robert Hooke was still in his twenties when he wrote Micrographia, yet in this prodigious volume revealed the immense potential of a single instrument, the microscope, and the many brilliant speculations of a multi-faceted mind. In it we are introduced to the living cell; to microscopic fungi and the life story of the mosquito; we find the two contrasting theories about the origin of the lunar craters posed for the very first time. We read the first sensible proposal for the origin of fossils, and an uncanny prediction of the artificial fiber industry in Hooke's discussion of the spinning of silk by the spider. Elsewhere in his great book, gigantic insects populate the pages, and controversy and scientific argument pepper the text. '

Robert Hooke. 'Robert Hooke is one of the most neglected natural philosophers of all time. The inventor of, amongst other things, the iris diaphragm in cameras, the universal joint used in motor vehicles, the balance wheel in a watch, the originator of the word 'cell' in biology, he was Surveyor of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666, architect, experimenter, worked in astronomy - yet is known mostly for Hooke's Law. He fell out with Newton, and certainly had a difficult temperament. He deserves more from History than he received in his lifetime ... '
Micrographia. 'Robert Hooke published 'Micrographia' in 1665. It is his most famous work, and is notable for the stunning illustrations, drawn by Hooke himself. The picture of the flea shown above is one of his most famous images; the original is 18 inches across. That of a louse holding on to a human hair is nearly two feet across.'

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud. 'Whatever I was going to be able to do had to be by virtue of my dealing with the only asset I had, and that was my experience. '

M100: A Grand Design. ' Majestic on a truly cosmic scale, M100 is appropriately known as a Grand Design spiral galaxy. A large galaxy of over 100 billion or so stars with well defined spiral arms, it is similar to our own Milky Way.'

The Mansards. 'Like art deco, also reviled in its original flowering, the 20th Century mansard style is being treated kindly by the passage of time. '
'The two are not exactly aesthetic equals, of course. Where deco proved to be as high in style as it aspired to be, mansardism's ambition barely reached middlebrow, with the reality falling short even of that. But now, while still no less astonishing as a statement of quality, the mansard look is becoming interesting as period piece. '
'The American mansard roof appears to have originated in the 1960s among oil companies aiming to replace their moderne gas station architecture with an earthier look. But it was McDonald's that should be credited with the mansard's proliferation. '

Roadside Art: Junk.

Roadside Art: Vistas.

4th August
The Aboriginal Memorial.

Zen Gardens. 'Welcome to the Bowdoin College web site on Japanese gardens. For users familiar with the earlier site, this updated version contains the original texts and images together with eight additional gardens. The web site is dedicated to the gardens of Japan, and more specifically to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs. Although many of these gardens are located within Zen monasteries, this site will not explore the influence of Zen Buddhism on Japanese garden design, an influence that is often conjectural at best. Instead, the site is designed to provide the visitor with an opportunity to visit each garden, to move through or around it, to experience it through the medium of high-quality color images, and to learn something of its history. The presentation of each garden will include a plan that will help the visitor locate the various positions from which photographs were taken, but one may also make the tour by simply clicking on the "next" button on each page. Other buttons lead to a longer history of each garden, a general bibliography, a glossary, an overview of the history of early garden design, and a section on the basic elements of Japanese gardens ... '

White House Lies. Cartoons.

Bob Hope Tributes. Cartoons.

Quagmire in Iraq. Cartoons.

Roadside Peek: Googie Central. 'Welcome to Googie Central, home of some of most space-age, astro, bold, and yes, Googie architecture and sign in all the land. Back in the 50's and 60's, America was enthusiastically anticipating the future. Space travel was in and many wondered what it would be like to trade in their old automobile for a space ship, just like... The Jetsons. Architects envisioned what "future world" was to look like and began designing buildings with huge "caddy-like" tail-fins, pronounced shapes, and boomerang angles, just to name a few. Not to mention some that just designed the building like a flying saucer ... '

Mowanjum Community Art Project. 'Mowanjum is an isolated Aboriginal community 15kms out from Derby in the north of Western Australia and constitutes three tribes; Ngarinyin, Wororra and Wanambul. To these people the Wandjina is their supreme spirit being, Wandjinas having created everything on and in the earth and the rules by which these people live. Their images first appeared on rocks and in caves on the rugged north coast thousands of years ago and some of this ancient artwork is still visible today. '
'For the most part, up until this amazing project was undertaken, Wandjina art was confined to its own cultural landscape in the Kimberley and had not been presented to the greater Australian public to any significant degree. What resulted however was the first major exhibition of Wandjina Art ever assembled. Importantly, the exhibition did not confine itself to regional Western Australia but travelled to the eastern states for major showings in Melbourne and Sydney.'

The Milky Way Galaxy. Photomosaic.

Manet: Olympia.

North of Sixty. Inuit art.

La Tomatina. Tomato fight festival in Spain.

George Abe. Whimsical illustration.

Bo Alvarsson. Illustrator.

Divine Vehicles from Hindu Mythology.
Ganesh's mouse - Indra's elephant - Krishna and Garuda - Karthikeyan's peacock - three-headed god with lion - Shani's crow - Yama's water buffalo

The Luxury Transport of Palanquins. Palanquins in the art of medieval India.
'Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,
She sways like a flower in the wind of our song;
She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream.
She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream ... '

Jean Dubuffet: Will to Power. 'A grotesque male nude dominates Will to Power, his gritty roughness, burly proportions, inlaid stone teeth, and glass fragments for eyes giving him a fierce and threatening air. But the figure's aggressive machismo is itself threatened by the very stance he assumes: hands held behind the back, his gesture is either one of unexpected receptivity or of helpless captivity. The title refers to a central tenet of Nazi ideology, taken from the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. But in a single deft stroke, Dubuffet's caricature mocks Fascism's claims to authority as it emasculates romanticized male aggression ... '

Guggenheim Collection: Dada.

Modigliani: Nude. 'Modigliani painted the human figure almost exclusively and created at least 26 reclining female nudes. Although the impact of Modernist practice on his art was great, he was also profoundly concerned with tradition; the poses of Nude and similar works echo precursors by Titian, Goya, and Velázquez. Nevertheless, Modigliani's figures differ significantly in the level of raw sensuality they transmit. His nudes have often been considered lascivious, even pornographic, in part because they are depicted with body hair, but perhaps also due to the artist's reputation for debauchery. His nickname, Modi, rhymes with the French word maudit (accursed), a name he very likely acquired because of his lifestyle. Modigliani died of tuberculosis and complications probably brought on by substance abuse and hard living.'

Guggenheim Collection: Expressionism.

Guggenheim Collection: Futurism.
Red Cross Train Passing a Village, 1915.

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red.

Chinese Painting: Qi Bai-shi.

Chinese Painting: Pu Ru.

Chinese Painting: Tang Yin.

Kevin Atherton. Illustrator.

26 Things photographed from the top of London buses. A frizzyLogic production.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Cayman Islands. Images.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs. 'The Olive Pink Botanic Garden adjoins the Todd River, close to the centre of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory. The garden, founded in 1956 by Miss Olive Muriel Pink (1884-1975) and was opened to the public in 1985. Initial developments as a botanic garden were made by Miss Pink and her gardener, Johnny Jambijimba Yannarilyi. Miss Pink lived within the garden until her death. The early 1980's saw increased development with the establishment of irrigation and the construction of a visitor centre, completed in 1985 ... '

2nd August
How to Walk of Japan. Strange tourist attractions in Japan - the Atami Adult Museum, the Sexual God Pavilion, the Meguro Parasite Palace, etc.

Facing the Mask. African masks online.
Via the Museum for African Art, New York.

The Kate Peck Kent Collection of West African Textiles. 'Welcome to the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology (DUMA). This exhibit highlights the West African textiles in our collection, which were donated by a former DU anthropology professor, Kate Peck Kent. '
'As you will see, the people of West Africa make all kinds of beautiful, colorful cloth. Weaving and dyeing are important parts of their cultural traditions. Therefore, studying cloth can help us learn about West African people, too. '
'On this website, you will see pictures of the textiles and read information about them, just like in a regular museum exhibit. However, you will also be able to go "behind the scenes" and read documents about specific objects in the collection. Finally, you can access a list of further reading, follow links to other relevant websites, and find out which museums in your area have African collections ... '

Multimedia Tour of a Traditional Chinese Buddhist Temple. (Flash) Via BuddhaNet.

The Buddha Image in Buddhist art.
'The image of Buddha expresses serene quiescence. The harmony of his physical proportions is the expression of great beauty. The required measurements are laid down in the canon (or standard pattern) of Buddhist art, which corresponds to ideal physical proportions. The span is the basic measure, i.e. the distance from the tip of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb of the outspread hand. This distance corresponds to the space between the dimple in the chin and the hair-line. Each span has twelve finger-breadths. The whole figure measures 108 finger-breadths or 9 spans corresponding to the macro-micro-cosmic harmony measurements. '
'The perfect proportions of a Buddha, the graciousness of his physical form, represent one of the ten qualities or powers of a Buddha. They are the characteristics of the physical harmony and beauty of a Great Being, and are described in Story of the Life of Buddha Shakyamuni. There are thirty-two major and eighty minor characteristics. The lines of the eight-spoked on the soles and palms of a Buddha are among them. The appearance and the measurements of a Buddha are perishable and a worldly conception: they describe the ideal picture of a Heavenly Body. They are not subject to change like growth, sickness and death, which can only affect the earthly incarnation of a Buddha ... '

The Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong, New South Wales. The design of the temple is based on the Buddha's body.

Before Prohibition. 'Images from the preprohibition era when many psychotropic substances were legally available in America and Europe.' Via Dublog.

The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Art. Via Cup of Chicha.

Children's Paintings on Ozone Layer Protection. Via neurastenia.

Duirwaigh Gallery of Fantasy Art. Via neurastenia.

Echoes of Africa. 'Dance music, pop, jazz, rock, rap, blues - there aren't many genres which don't carry an element of African 'DNA' somewhere in their make up. The music we love has its foundation in a blend of African and European sounds. We look at the influence of the continent known as the "birthplace of humanity".' Via wood s lot.

Jerry Uelsmann. Via wood s lot.

Trees and Place. Via wood s lot.

The Photography of Wim Wenders. Via wood s lot.

Seonna Hong. Via neurastenia, via semi compos mentis, via scrubbles.

At the Edge of the Helix Nebula.

The Helix Nebula from CFHT. 'One day our Sun may look like this.'

The Helix Nebula (New General Catalog number 7293) is estimated to be a mere 450 light-years from the Sun, in the direction of the constellation Aquarius. At that distance it may well be the closest planetary nebula, offering a dramatic snapshot of a brief final evolutionary stage in the life of a solar-type star ... '

Hyakutake, Venus, Orion, and Pond. 'In this gorgeous photo, the starry night sky of April 9th is pictured with its new comet visitor. In the foreground is a pond with the lights of Kansas City, Missouri on the western horizon ... '

Moon Phase Calendar. Via Frizzy Logic.

Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Shelter Tour.
Tour a domestic violence shelter.
Children's art gallery. Art by children who have survived domestic violence. 'While residing in our shelter, child survivors of domestic violence were asked to draw pictures to accompany lyrics from "Far Away From the Storm," by Lenny Roberts. '

V-Day: Until the Violence Stops. 'V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a palpable energy, a fierce catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery. V-Day provides funding to create and nurture innovative programs to stop the violence ... '

When You Need to Think of Yourself and Your Children. A safety plan for leaving an abusive relationship.

100+ Songs Related to Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault. 'An annotated list of recorded sources, from traditional ballads to punk ... '

Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Negro National Anthem. ' "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (1900) was written by James Weldon Johnson for a presentation in celebration of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The music was composed by his brother and songwriting partner, J. Rosamond Johnson. The song was originally performed in Jacksonville, Florida, by children. The popular title for this work is THE NEGRO NATIONAL ANTHEM ... '

Bad Subjects. 'Political education for everyday life.'

Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland.

Ulster American Folkpark. 'Welcome to the Ulster American Folk Park, an open-air museum in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The museum tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th & 19th centuries and provides visitors with a "living history" experience on its outdoor site. Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks in the traditional manner in authentically furnished Old and New World buildings ... '

1st August
Diego Rivera Murals, courtesy of the Diego Rivera Web Museum.

Frida by Kahlo. Her life in self-portraits.

Dragon Robes of China's Last Dynasty.

The Pin-up Page. 'Welcome to the Pin-Up Page, a web site devoted to the pin-up girls of the 1940's and 50's. There's none of that gratuitous rubbish from the 60's onwards, merely the artistic masterpieces of the golden age of "girlie Mags". '

Mutoscope World. Pin-ups.
'A couple years back I fumbled around eBay, buying this and that until the fateful day I won this small cardboard pin-up called a Mutoscope card. You always remember your first, right? Well mine was 'A Run on Sugar' by Zoe Mozert and I was smitten.'
'Since they were immortalized in the 1940s, these girls might be over fifty, but the great art, compact size and finite catalog made them ripe for collecting. Not only are they a nifty hobby, but they represent a unique period in American history and their influence lives on.'

Arctic Inuit Art: Bone Sculpture.

Arctic Inuit Art: Stone Sculpture.

Arctic Inuit Art: Textiles.

Russian Revolutionary Posters.

Lenin Painting by Diego Rivera.

Roadside Memorials in Ireland. 'Roadside memorials are common in many countries -- usually wooden crosses, simple and temporary. But Irish Road Accident Victims are often commemorated with elaborate plaques and monuments, adorned with photos and inscriptions, at the sites of untimely and tragic deaths.'

Michael Hogan's Wildflower Photography. 'This slide presentation is a short version of the "Wildflowers of the New Jersey Pinelands" which is available on compact disc and can be ordered from Michael Hogan Photography. '

Wildflower Photography: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Vintage Postcards of Geisha & Maiko.

Vintage Postcards of Laughing Geisha.

Vintage Japanese Woman & Flower Postcards.

Idaho State Historical Society. Historic sites in Idaho.

Galaxy Group HGC 87.

Bikini History. Illustrated. (Old but good).
'And if you happen to be the kind of person who does read the articles in the swimsuit issue, then you already know that last year witnessed the 50th anniversary of the invention of the bikini (from the Latin bi, meaning "two," and kini, meaning "square inches of Lycra").'
'What you may not have considered is this: We now stand poised at a historical crossroad, a crucial cleavage in the history of the swimsuit. 2000 is the dawn of a new age, the first year of the second half of the Bikini Century. This raises several vexing questions, not the least of which are, Where is the bikini heading? Can I follow it there? And if so, will I have to wear sunglasses and pretend I'm not looking? ... '

Puppetry of the Penis.

Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss. Via MeFi.