plep Archive

25th August
Kirikou and the Sorceress. An animated film based on an African folk tale.
'The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. '
' "She eats them !", the superstitious villagers declare. '
'Karaba is a stunning and cruel woman, surrounded by fearless and servile fetishes. But no sooner has Kirikou delivered himself from his mother's womb than he wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse and understand the cause of her wickedness. '

Tomizo Kitamura. 'This page is devoted to Tomizo Kitamura, my grandfather who ended his career as an artist 40 years ago without being widely known to the public.'
'Tomizo Kitamura was born as the third son of a merchant's family in Shiga prefecture. Although he had been weak since birth, he had talent for painting. When he knew that he could not continue to study at school for reasons of health, he started to learn painting under an artist in Kyoto, Kunitaro Teramatsu. And he finally decided to become an artist when one of his paintings was accepted for the first time at the Teiten Exhibition ... '

The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture. 'When a 19th century Plains Indian artist drew a picture of a mounted warrior, he started with the horse, carefully delineating it before turning his attention to the rider. The resultant images appear like X-rays, with the fundamental outline of the horse clearly showing through all subsequent additions. In similar fashion, John Ewers chose the horse as the starting point for his verbal picture of Blackfoot culture. In The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture he works from the hoof up, taking readers from the fundamentals of hobbling and shoeing through the intricacies of social status, political organization, religion, and economic relations. The influence of the horse is clearly visible throughout his treatment of Blackfoot culture, society, and history, here and in subsequent works ... '

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Gallery. Art on an atomic level.

Drawing from Life. American cartoons and caricatures.

Ghost Towns by Night Light. 'Ghost towns are palpable history, places where you can reach out and touch the past, where it's so close it seems just around the corner. I know, because as a boy in the Southwest, I couldn't leave the house without being warned (in vain) to stay out of the old mines that riddled the surrounding southern Arizona mountains ... '

Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective. 'From the 1940s through the 1970s, Philippe Halsman's sparkling portraits of celebrities, intellectuals, and politicians appeared on the covers and pages of the big picture magazines, including Look, Esquire, the Saturday Evening Post, Paris Match, and especially Life. His work also appeared in advertisements and publicity for clients like Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, NBC, Simon & Schuster, and Ford. Photographers, amateur as well as professional, admired Halsman's stunning images. In 1958, a poll conducted by Popular Photography named Halsman one of the "World's Ten Greatest Photographers" along with Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ernst Haas, Yousuf Karsh, Gjon Mili, and Eugene Smith. Altogether, Halsman's images form a vivid picture of prosperous American society in the middle years of the twentieth century. "Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective" is the first historical survey of his work ... '

Notting Hill Carnival. Photographs. Missed it this year; maybe next year.
'The Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place in London, on the last weekend in August, every year since 1964.'
'This great festival began initially from the energies of Black immigrants from the Caribbean, particularly from Trinidad, where the Carnival tradition is very strong, and from people living locally who dreamed of creating a festival to bring together the people of Notting Hill, most of whom were facing racism, lack of working opportunities, and poor housing conditions resulting in a general suppression of good self-esteem ... '

Tibetan Healing Mandala. 'In response to the September 11 tragedies, twenty Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala (sacred painting) at the Sackler gallery. This seven-foot-square mandala, one of the largest ever created in the West, was offered for the healing and protection of America. In addition, the monks participated in chanting, meditation, and other traditional healing ceremonies.'

The Compleat Alice. A dark comic.

Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy.

Museum of Microscopy. 'The Molecular Expressions Museum of Microscopy features historical microscopes ranging from sixteenth century Dutch designs through the magnificent microscopes of eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe to the latest microprocessor-powered models available today.'

Papers of Latino and Latin American Artists. 'The purpose of Archivos Virtuales is to expand access to information about the Archives of American Art's papers of Latino and Latin American artists. This Web site uses the Archives' published guide, The Papers of Latino and Latin American Artists (1996 and revised edition, 2000) as its foundation, incorporating all of the previously published collection descriptions, adding new acquisitions and detailed finding aids, when available and enhancing it with an online selection digitized letters, sketchbooks, photographs, scrapbooks, interview transcripts, and other primary sources. '

Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time.

Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings.

The Roots of Japanese Flower Arrangement. 'Kado is one of the most ancient Japanese art forms. It is often called ikebana, literally "living flowers," and it is the classical art of floral arrangement that originated in Japan. (We favor the term "kado" in this online article, to emphasize that Japanese floral art is actually a Way of studying the essence of life itself and, as such, it is more than simply the skill of arranging living flowers.) ... '

Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment. 'Students of the American Indians and of Western history are familiar with the elaborate breastplates of long, light-colored, tubular beads worn by many prominent Plains Indian men that have been depicted in photographs taken since about 1870. Yet the story of how, when, and where these picturesque ornaments originated and how the custom of wearing them was diffused widely among the Plains Indians and their neighbors has never been told. One may search in vain through the voluminous literature on the Plains tribes for a comprehensive discussion of this problem ... '

The Triumph of Galatea.

Landscape with Diana and Actaeon.

Cesar van Everdingen: Vertumnus and Pomona.

Muslim Girls and I. ' ... It so happened that the two passengers who shared my seat were two beautiful, Muslim girls, barely 20, and also traveling by themselves. They were probably sisters, lived in Bangalore, and were returning after spending a long vacation in Honavar. Apparently, they were very popular. Every Muslim youngster worth his salt in Honavar was at the bus station to bid them goodbye, as if to his sweetheart. See, Muslim girls of the period in Honavar were restricted in movement due to conservatism, poverty, and just lack of recreational means in the town, so it would have been impossible for a young Muslim man to even talk to another Muslim woman unless she was a relative. (Most Muslim girls did not go to college then, although there was an open-again, close-again girls only Urdu school in Honavar during the 70s). So my thinking is that the fact that these boys could just talk to the sisters on the beach, must have been a great source of fascination ... '

Paris is Burning. Online comic.

Elsie Hooper. Online comic.

Rekishi Kaido. 'The objective of the Rekishi Kaido project is to provide people in and outside Japan with a facility to access a wide variety of historic cultural resou rces in and around the Kansai region by designating a main route and several theme routes. Cooperation among the region's different communities is promot ed to implement the project with three goals: creating a base for transmitting information on Japanese culture; creating a new leisure area; and enhancing the quality of local communities through maximum utilization of their cul tural heritages. The main route (Ise-Asuka-Nara-Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) involves f ive areas representing five different periods of Japanese history. The them e routes are based on local cultural heritages available in the six prefectu res in the Kansai region (Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama), and two neighboring prefectures (Mie and Fukui) ... '

23rd August
A Sufi Cookbook and Art Gallery. Via wood s lot.

Lost Art: Brazilian Dreams. Via neurastenia.

Honore Daumier and His Lithographic Work. Via Dublog.

Liberian Letters. Via wood s lot.

The Cave of Lascaux. Via mysterium.

Early Baseball Online Gallery. Via Sugar & Spicy.

The Lindisfarne Gospels. Online exhibit from the British Library.

Korean Buddhist Art. 'The Buddha, his life and teachings, have been an inspiration to artists in many countries all through the ages. Korea is no exception. An appreciation of Korean culture is incomplete without an understanding of Buddhism's role in the development of the Korean arts ... '

Tibetan Thangka Paintings.

ArtNatAm: Native American Art. 'Please take the time to enjoy the unique art of these truly American Artists. Indian Art is by nature deeply spiritual and symbolic. To fully appreciate the meaning conveyed by each art work requires time. The artist has added their own words to each painting to assist you. '

Images of Mars.

Vouet: Venus and Adonis.

Diana and Her Nymphs in a Landscape.

File 49. Online comic.

Soul-d. Online comic.

The Front. Online comic.

Ray Lowry. Cartoons.

Mandalas and Their Symbolism. 'There are various forms of mandalas with distinct concepts and different purposes. The individual representations range from the so-called Cosmic Mandalas, which transmit the ancient knowledge of the development of the universe and the world-systems which represents a high point among Mandalas dedicated to meditation; to the Mandalas of the Medicine Buddha which demonstrates how the Buddha-power radiates in all directions, portraying the healing power of the Buddha ... '

The Hill of Sanchi. 'The Hill of Sanchi is situated about 9 kilometers southwest of Vidisha in Madhaya Pradesh, India. Crowning the hilltop of Sanchi nearly 91 metres in height, a group of Buddhist monuments commands a grand view even from a distance. It is unique not only in its having the most perfect and well-preserved stupas but also in its offering a wide and educative field for the study of the genesis, efflorescence and decay of Buddhist art and architecture for a period of about thirteen hundred years, from the third century B.C. to the twelfth century, A.D., almost covering the whole range of Indian Buddhism ... '

Venus and Eros Punishing a Satyr.

Glaucus and Scylla.

Plugin Boy. Online graphic novel.

The Tarantula Nebula.

The E Nebula in Aquila.

White Buffalo Native American Art Gallery.

1930 Shanghai Advertising Posters. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Michael Ives. 'Southwestern Art, Primitive/Native Art, Folk Art, Caribbean Art, Balinese, Bermuda and Hawaiian Art. ' Via Sugar & Spicy.

Paw Eg: Outsider Artist. Via Dublog.

Guide to Early Musical Instruments. Via Dublog.

Atomic Safari. Via gmtPlus9.

South East Asia: Work in Progress. Via gmtPlus9.

Sardine Can Art. Via Speckled Paint.

Yevgeny Khaldei. Via Sugar & Spicy.

22nd August
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Man Ray: Four Albums.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

The Bowes Museum: Silver Swan. 'The Silver Swan is perhaps the best known and best loved object in The Bowes Museum. It is musical automaton in the form of a life-size model of a swan, comprising a clockwork mechanism covered in silver plumage above a music box. It rests on a stream made of twisted glass rods interspersed with silver fish. When the mechanism is wound up, the glass rods rotate, the music begins, and the swan twists its head to the left and right and appears to preen its back ... '

Photography by Boris Mikhailov.

Catherine Opie: New Polaroids, 2000. Not work safe.

Photographs of the Kathmandu Valley.
Black Bhairab. 'This statue of Bhairab, in the Kathmandu Durbar Square, shows Shiva in his most fearsome form. He has six arms, carries weapons and a body, has a headdress of skulls, and tramples a corpse. '

Tsakli: Tibetan Ritual Miniature Paintings. 'Among the numerous items employed in Tibetan ritual is a genre of miniature painting little known in the occident and rarely spoken of in the liturgical literature translated into western languages. These are the 'Tsakli' or 'Initiation Cards' ... '

David Kontra. Outsider art.

Collier Schorr: Neue Soldaten. Photography.

Phyllis Galembo: Carnaval a Jacmel. 'The word carnival is from the Latin phrase carne vole, literally, "flesh farewell." Medieval European carnival had deep roots in the pagan past having affinities with the Roman Saturnalia. Carnival ends on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) a day of utmost gluttony and drinking on the eve of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40 days of Lent. During Lent the eating of meat is forbidden, thus "flesh farewell". It is a time of abstention, reflection and contemplation, followed by Easter-a time of death, resurrection, renewal ... '
'... The aesthetic vs. the anti-aesthetic reigns supreme in Carnival. In Jacmel, beautiful women wear elegant gowns and carry fresh flowers as they glide along on their elevated floats. Meanwhile, hairy black monsters festooned with heavy chains carry doll heads also painted black, as they run amok in the crowds. Devils with wings that clap loudly as they flap back and forth charge wildly into the screaming crowds. Men wearing bull horns coated from head to toe with glistening black oil charge into the scattering crowd. They also surround fancy cars, extorting money from the cowering drivers while threatening to roll over all the cars with their black oily bodies.'

Harappa: Glimpses of South Asia before 1947. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Vintage Posters. Via neurastenia.

Jack Potter. Via neurastenia.

Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities. Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

Gregory Crewdson: Early Work 1987-88. Photography.

Ari Marcopoulous: Summit. Photography.

Alexander Kochan. 'Alexander Kochan's Facescapes...I wonder what they're looking, or through me to something else. I wonder what the rest of them looks like, if the rest of them exists just like me behind my face. I'll have to ask.'

An Early Fragment from Central Nepal. 'Just south of the town of Arughat, along the Buri Gandaki River in central Nepal there is a small hot spring which has been channelled into a public bath. Next to this bath are two small buildings which over the centuries were used as Buddhist and then Hindu shrines. While there are a number of sculptures of interest I would like to point out a fragment which is in the wall of the southernmost building ... '
'The original sculpture would have contained a central figure of a standing Buddha flanked by two bodhisattvas. The bodhisattvas would in turn have been flanked by their attendant or guardian figures. In the Arughat piece, only one of the bodhisattvas and one of the guardian figures have survived. Fortunately the visible guardian can be identified as vajrapurusha. This may suggest that the flanking bodhisattvas were a Vajrapani and Padmapani. While the concept of a Buddha triptych is frequently seen in South Asia, this a particularly lovely example ... '

Eric Jayne. Outsider art.

David Klein. Outsider art.

Norbert Kox.

University of Toronto Museum of Scientific Instruments: Astronomy.

University of Toronto Museum of Scientific Instruments: Botany.

L'Afrique Independante.

21st August
Saelon's Studio: Handcoloured Landscapes & Still-Lifes.

Saelon's Studio: Panoramas.

Saelon's Studio: Handpainted Wildflower Photographs. 'This is an ongoing photographic series intended to celebrate the beauty of native plant species and to encourage conservation of these species and their natural habitats.'

Behind the Scenes - Cosplay in Tokyo. 'Every weekend hundreds of mostly young CosPlayers meet in Harajuku district in Tokyo, Japan. But CosPlay (abbreviation for Costume Play) is so much more than just showing off their colorful costumes.'
'Curious as we are, we wanted to find out what's behind all this, what do these girls do when they don't CosPlay, where do they get their costumes and how it all works. We interviewed several CosPlayers and fortunately 2 girls agreed to share their private life with us and let us follow them around before they actually end up in full costume in Harajuku ... '

The Boss of Ueno Park - Homeless in Tokyo. 'While doing research for a story about the homeless in Tokyo, we interviewed people living in Ueno park. After a while somebody mentioned "The Boss" and we decided to ask him some questions. Fortunately he liked us, invited us for a drink and gave us a more than an hour long interview. It was his first interview he ever gave to foreigners.'
'We learned how homeless survive, listened to sad background stories about abuse and divorce of woman living in the park, the hierarchy of the homeless, regional origins, how to make small money, the role of The Boss in the community, that sex in the huts is not tolerated, about temporary christianing to get food from a church, why the emperor never finds out that homeless people exist, about gay homeless people and much more ... '

George Heslet. 'George Lloyd Heslet jr is the Discard Artist. George lives a section 8 life, a recovering addict and mental health unit patient unable to work at anything except the artwork he calls Impact Art. He won't see his page here unless I show it to him. He collects scrap wood, metal, appliances and all else by the side of the road in an attempt to prove the worth of all that is cast aside. Out of necessity he uses the collection to craft his art, sometimes sculpture , sometimes painting and sometimes piling up the things of yesterdays progress ... '

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest. 'This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment. The materials are drawn from the extensive collections of the University of Washington Libraries, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (formerly the Cheney Cowles Museum/Eastern Washington State Historical Society), and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. '

Gary D. Tonhouse: Nature's Banquet. 'These photographs are not of major national icons but common ordinary photographs that we take for granted. Everyday beauty that we sometimes miss in our hurried state of mind. Photography is 90% seeing and 10% photographing.'

Very Early Microscopy. 'While this report is about the origins of the electron microscope and electron microscopy in North America at the University of Toronto, it is hoped that it will also reveal some feeling for the life of a graduate student in Physics at the University during the years of World War II and the waning years of the Great Depression, when the first electron microscope in North America was constructed and developed in the Department of Physics ... '

Bringing Sound into the Laboratory: The Acoustical Instruments of Rudolph Koenig (1832-1901).

Canadian Museum of Civilisation: First Nations Dolls. 'My people have always made dolls," was the answer given by a First Nations doll artist when asked about the history of Native doll making. Since First Nations dolls were usually made of natural materials, such as wood, leather, fur and corn husk, which decompose in temperate climates, few examples have survived. '
'Dolls made from corn cobs and husks were popular among the Six Nations peoples of the Lake Ontario region, who cultivated corn. Cornhusk dolls depicted playing lacrosse or doing the hoop dance reflected their culture. As early as the eighteenth century, the Algonquin made dolls with beeswax heads and hands. The people of the Plains created leather dolls and decorated their fringed leather clothing with porcupine quillwork. When European beads became available, after 1840, they replaced quills ... '

Canadian Museum of Civilisation: Settlers' Dolls. 'One of the simplest dolls was the stump doll made from part of a tree. A piece of root or a branch was chosen if its shape resembled a person. A face was painted or roughly carved on it, then the "baby" was wrapped in a piece of cloth and a stump doll was born. Wooden spoons were also used to make dolls, with the face painted on the back of the bowl. sophisticated carved wooden dolls with jointed arms and legs were sometimes created for older children ... '

Canadian Museum of Civilisation: Antique Dolls Imported from Europe. 'Dolls with wax or china heads were imported from Europe in the early nineteenth century for the families who could afford such luxuries. People of lesser means had to wait until the 1880s or 1890s to enjoy commercially made dolls. China head dolls and peg woodens became available for a few pennies at the end of the century ... '

Eaton's Beauty Dolls, 1900-94. 'In 1900, Eaton's created a series of dolls known to millions as Eaton's Beauty dolls. A doll was featured each year in the company's Fall and Winter catalogue, which was delivered to homes across the country. The Eaton's Beauty was the dream of many little girls, who eagerly awaited the arrival of a new catalogue ... '

Oscar Garcia. 'Garcia blends the colors of the earth with his vision of Southwest mystery, mysticism and a small creep of outer space trickery.'

Anne Grgich. Outsider art.

Moog Hadidi. Outsider art.

R. Hutcheson. 'Hutcheson makes midway banners, sideshow announcements that used to hang in dusty, hard packed carnival and circus lots. "Lobster Boy", they'd yell. "See the hairless fat lady!", they'd scream. "Pet monkey boy", they'd shout. They're all gone now, replaced by Nintendo. But Hutcheson remembers and makes his own brand, banners on heavy canvas with little grommets and 3 or 4 feet long, just like before.'

Notes on a Taglung Portrait. Himalayan art.
'This charming thirteenth century portrait depicts a religious hierarch from the Taglung branch of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Wearing monastic robes, he is seated on a throne whose symbolic significance reflects the considerable spiritual authority which the hierarch enjoyed in his day. Mountain staves, indicating that the central figure is meant to appear within a mountain cave, surround him and his attendants in the upper and side registers. The mountain cave--a sacred site for gods and ascetics with ancient roots in Indian myth--also reveals the high esteem in which the central figure was held by his community. In this portrait, they sought to commemorate the hierarch in a manner commensurate with his accomplishments ... '

Phagspa Lama. Himalayan art.
'Phagspa (1235-1280) was a Tibetan who played a very important role in the history of Mongolia. In 1244, as a young prince of Sakya, Phagspa, together with his brother Chanadorje, accompanied their uncle Sakya Pandita (1182-1251) as hostages to meet Godan Khan, second son of g^dei. Sakya Pandita surrendered Tibet to the Mongols in order to avoid bloodshed and mass destruction, but he succeeded in converting Godan Khan to Buddhism. Thus began the choyon, or "patron and priest," relationship between the Mongol rulers and the Sakyapa monks of Tibet. After the death of his uncle, Phagspa took his place and became Khubilai Khan's mentor. He became the State Preceptor of the Yuan dynasty in 1260 and the Imperial Preceptor ten years later, when he was given temporal power over all of Tibet. When Khubilai Khan asked for artists and craftsmen, it was Phagspa who recommended Anige, the phenomenal Newari artist who came to Dadu in 1260 with twenty-four artisans and contributed greatly to the art of the Yuan dynasty ... '