plep Archive

10th July
Food Museum. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Good Girl & Romance Covers. Via iconomy.

Sculpture & Recyclabots. Via Solipsistic.

Decade of Protest: Political Posters from the United States, Cuba and Viet Nam 1965-1975. Via Internet Weekly.

Japanese Spirit. Via Geisha Asobi.

X Ray Art. Via taz @ MeFi.

Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop. Via iconomy.

Alceu Penna. Via neurastenia.

Keith Haring. Via neurastenia.

Antony Gormley. Via Cup of Chicha.

The Blogathon is coming... sponsor away!

Tolerance. ' is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. '
'If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, is a place to start - and continue - the journey.'
Hidden biases.
'Created by psychologists at Yale University and the University of Washington, this collection of Implicit Association Tests (IAT) measures unconscious bias. '
Hidden history. 'Historical and modern day images often contain hidden messages about us, about others and about our world. These subtle lessons lie just beneath the surface. In order to see them, we must replace passive consumption of images with critical analysis. '

Masks from Bali.

Masks from Nepal.

Masks from Tibet.

Cuban Self-taught Artists. 'Our collection includes work from such old masters as 88 year old Ruperto Jay Matamoros from Havana and the feisty 96 year old 'primitivista' painter Abel Perez Mainegra from the historic colonial town of Trinidad. Chomping on a large cigar, he explained to us the story of each of his intensely populated historical paintings, and his portraits of Fidel, Jesus, Jose Marti and others. But we found many exciting newer and/or younger painters as well, ranging from Pelly (Pedro Blanco Aroche) in the far western state of Pinar del Rio to the father and son artists Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias and Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Ricardo from near Santiago de Cuba in the far Oriente (featured in the June 11, 2000 New York Times article, " Ebullient Cubans Make a Lot Out of a Little").'

Impressions of Light. The French landscape from Corot to Monet.

Catholic Saints and Martyrs. Hagiographies, from the Catholic Information Network.
Saint Jerome.

Victorian Ghost Stories.

Wilde at Heart. 'A century after his death, who is the real Oscar Wilde - a witty Irishman abroad, or a political subversive as relevant now as 100 years ago? '

Photographs of Oscar Wilde and His Circle.

The Wit of Wilde. 'Oscar Wilde's writing and pithy epigrams just beg to be quoted. There is one here for practically every occasion. '

Mithila Paintings from Bihar. 'Perhaps the best known genre of Indian folk paintings are the Mithila (also called Madhubani) paintings from the Mithila region of Bihar state. For centuries the women of Mithila have decorated the walls of their houses with intricate, linear designs on the occasion of marriages and other ceremonies, Painting is a key part of the education of Mithila women, culminating in the painting of the walls of the kohbar, or nuptial chamber on the occasion of a wedding. The kohbar ghar paintings are based on mythological, folk themes and tantric symbolism, though the central theme is invariably love and fertility.'

Art from Belize. 'Benjamin Nicholas is one of Belize's leading artists and the one-man chronicler of the history and culture of the Garifuna Indians. The Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people descended from African slaves who were shipwrecked on the island of St. Vincent and inter-married with the indigenous Carib Indians. Defeated by the British in 1797, they were deported to the islands and coast of Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize. The son of a banana farmer, Benjamin Nicholas was born in 1930 in the southern coastal village of Barranco ... '

Jose Francisco Borges: Brazilian Folk Art.

Burlesque as It Was.

A Brief History of the Apocalypse.

Sports Illustrated 2001 Swimsuit Edition.

Sports Illustrated 2002 Swimsuit Edition.

Guide to the History of Russian Science.

A Prominent Solar Prominence.

9th July
National Portrait Gallery: Sixties Style. Virtual hangs on photographs of Sixties icons. Great galleries for Barbara Windsor, Julie Christie and Germaine Greer, and more.

National Portrait Gallery: Mirror, Mirror. 'The self-portrait has always been an artist's most intriguing vehicle for analysis and self-expression. This exhibition brings together all of the self-portraits by women artists from the Gallery's collection alongside loans and new works acquired or commissioned by the Gallery for this exhibition.' Take a virtual tour.

National Portrait Gallery: Sporting Portraits by Anderson & Low. 'To celebrate the staging of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the award winning photographers preview a series of new portraits of Britain's brightest medal-winning hopes which coincides with a book of their work, The Athlete.' Take a virtual tour.

Nicaraguan Art. 'The Nicaraguan Primitivista painting movement originated in a community of artists founded in the 1970's on the islands of Solentiname in Lake Nicaragua. The community was based on the principles of liberation theology and sponsored workshops in popular poetry, theater, music and painting. The painting workshops gave birth to the Primitivista Painting Movement, a school influenced by the Haitian paintng renaissance of the late 40's and 50's. The paintings were typified by idealized scenes of community life, lush natural environments and pastoral utopias, executed in bright colors and intricate detail.'

Textiles from Africa. Kuba from the Congo, kente from Ghana, banners from Benin, ashoke from Nigeria.

Masks and Sculpture from Africa.

Mesopotamia and Anatolia at the Louvre. Nice online gallery.
Ebih II, the superintendent of Mari.
Victory stele.
Hittite deity.
Temple guardian lion.
Babylonian goddess.

Yao Scrolls and Paintings from Vietnam.

Rajastani Puppets from India.

Marxist Satire. Politically radical cartoons, from Asterix the Gaul (anti-capitalist hero, fighting globalisation) to Dr. Seuss's anti-Fascist World War 2 drawings.
Workers of the World Unite! A Mexican labour poster from the 1920s.
Executive salaries and a living wage. 'We -need- a living wage rise.' - 'We're worried it might eat into our living-it-up salary...'
Rius: Don't move or we'll lose our political stability.

Sorrow. Online album of Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist paintings related to the theme of sorrow.

Goddesses. An online art album.

Miaow Art. 'A selection of paintings graced by the presence of a feline.'

Chinese Bronzes of the Shang and Zhou Periods.

Han Dynasty Bronzes.

Strange Creatures: A Burgess Shale Fossil Sampler.

Shark Teeth.

Foraminifera. Microfossils.

Mad Magazine Gulf War Poster. 'Coming Soon! The Bush Administration in association with the Other Bush Administration presents Gulf Wars Episode II: Clone of the Attack.'

Poster Company Removes Cigarette From Beatles' Album Cover.

Parable of the Monkeys. Thanks to carter @ MeFi.

Photos by Martin. Pictures and travel stories from around the world. Thanks to madamjujujive.

Shakespeare's World. Postcards of nineteenth century Shakespearean actors, paintings and more; great site. Thanks to qB.

8th July
The Minoan Snake Goddess. 'The faience figurine identified as a "Snake Goddess" was discovered in 1903 by the British archaeologist Arthur Evans (Sir Arthur Evans after 1911) in the so-called Temple Repositiories on the site of the "palace" of Knossos on the Aegean Island of Crete ... '

Street News Service. Selections from North American homeless papers.

International Surfing.
'The International Surfing Association-sponsored World Championship of Surfing was held in October in Huntington Beach, California. Teams of surfers from as many as 40 countries including Ireland, Morocco, and Indonesia (shown above) came to compete. Main Street was almost too small to hold the parade of international athletes during the opening ceremonies.'
'This special exhibit in the International Surfing Museum celebrates the diversity of surfing culture represented by the ISA competition. Participants in the competition contributed a great variety of posters, brochures, T-shirts, and other artifacts from all over the world.'

Howard Pyle. An American illustrator.

New York Songlines. Walking tours of Manhattan.

The Moon Illusion Explained. Why the Moon looks bigger at the horizon and smaller higher up.

Lost and Stolen Images: Nepal.

Early Portrait Painting in Tibet. Images.

Initiation Arts in African Cultures. Great.

Women of Power in Ethiopian Legend and History. 'Lucy, alias Dinknesh - literally "you are lovely" - is the first woman in Ethiopian history, indeed in the history of the world. She was a dainty little person, an intrepid walker who came down from the trees some three million years ago in the Afar region of eastern Ethiopia. An American - French team of physical anthropologists led by Donald C. Johanson found 40 per cent of her skeleton in 1974, and named her Lucy after the Beatles song - though her Ethiopian descendants prefer to call her Dinknesh. The extent of her influence or power will forever remain a mystery ... '

Akan Kente Cloth Symbols. A traditional Ghanaian craft.

Ancient Greek and Roman Myths in Art. From Achilles to Zeus.

Birds of Australia.

The Seven Points of Mind Training. 'This website contains a database of commentaries on the Seven Points of Mind Training. The core practice involves taking on others' sorrow and pain and sending them your joy; not as a masochistic practice but with the aim of getting away from the self-centeredness and self-seeking that cause us so much pain. These practices were brought to Tibet in the eleventh century by the Indian Buddhist teacher Atisha.'

History of Public Toilets. Thanks Jeff!

Ecology of Parasites and Pathogens: A Gallery. Via iconomy.

Book Illustration in Victorian England. Via neurastenia.

Nudes Masked. 'If you are under 18 or offended by photos of unclothed people wearing paper bag masks of their own design, please exit this site. ' Via iconomy.

7th July
Woman Suffrage in Political Cartoons. 'The woman suffrage movement was a subject for both satire and support by male cartoonists and a source of inspiration for female cartoonists who broke into the profession at the end of the nineteenth century and first decades of the twentieth. Political cartoons about the suffrage movement depicted specific events but also presented images of male and female roles in society; their dress, demeanor, and characteristics; and the consequences of women's increased political activity. Many of the anti-suffrage cartoons expressed male fears of losing power to women and included images like hen-pecked husbands, "mere men," or crazed or dominant women that are still repeated today ... '

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
'An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II. Written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.'

Stones of Faith. Pennsylvania Germans and their gravestones.
'When people think of the Pennsylvania Germans (or 'Dutch'), they picture gaily-painted barns, richly colored pottery or the illuminated manuscripts called fraktur. Few (if any) think of their gravestones. This site looks at a collection of these gravestones erected from the 1740s to the late 1800s which provide a unique view of the Pennsylvania Germans, and how their choices in gravestone imagery evolved from the early German settlement of Pennsylvania, through the Civil War time period and into the 1900s. It is an introduction to these stones, and some of the people who erected them, with an emphasis on the 1700s when the iconography of the Pennsylvania Germans was unique to their communities and independent of their English neighbors.'
'The gravestones on this site were photographed in a number of graveyards in Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh, Lebanon, Northampton and Bucks counties. Not all stones in each graveyard were photographed, selection criteria was age and design. How the stones were found was how they were photographed.'

Pennsylvania German Folk Art.

Pennsylvania German Texts.
An Account of the Manners of the German Inhabitants of Pennsylvania (1789). 'The State of Pennsylvania is so much indebted for her prosperity and reputation, to the German part of her citizens, that a short Account of their Manners may, perhaps, be useful and agreeable to their fellow citizens in every part of the United States. The aged Germans, and the ancestors of those who are young, emigrated chiefly from the Palatinate, from Alsace, Swabia, Saxony and Switzerland: but natives of every principality and dukedom of Germany, are to be found in different parts of the state. They brought but little property with them. A few pieces of silver coin or gold, a chest with clothes, a Bible and Prayer or Hymn book, constituted the whole stock of most of them. Many of them bound themselves, or one or more of their children, to masters after their arrival, for four, five or seven years, to pay for their passages across the ocean. A Clergyman always accompanied them, when they came in large bodies ... '

Jain Heritage. 'Albert Einstein remarked that the eternal mystery of the world is its intelligibility. True religion fastens to this element of intelligibility and creates a system of thought and action which leads to true harmony and bliss. And it is indeed so with Jainism ... '
Jainism is the only world religion in whose name blood has not been shed.

The Dreams of Mother Trishala. The mother of Mahavira, founder of Jainism.

Photographic History of Japan. 'What's this? A chronology of significant events and tidbits in the history of Japanese photography spanning from 1646 to present day.'

Explore Japanese Gardens. 'Explore japanese gardens and japanese garden designs through pictures of japanese rock gardens, tea gardens, water gardens, zen gardens, garden bridges to help understand the design and plan of japanese gardens.'
'The japanese garden is probably one of the most intriguing aspects of japanese culture and life. View stunning japanese gardens, japanese stone lanterns, zen gardens and listen to beautiful japanese music and experience the gardens of Japan ... '

A Malawian Education.

Printed Earth. 'Mix Media Exhibition of an Artist's Drift in the Horn of Africa.'

Spirit of Africa.

The Journey. "It was said 'to discover who you are, first find out where you're from'. Ever since I came to this country (England ) at age ten I have always longed to go home (Nigeria). Although home is not that filled with modern technology nor with proper sanitation, I feel that it is the place I belong. I have come from a culture that was governed without kings ... "

The Constellations. Guide to the constellations.

Andromeda Island Universe.

M106 in Canes Venatici.

Men Throwing Bricks. Poem.

Under Water, Behind Glass. Poem.

Rethinking Regret. 'Let's thank our mistakes, let's bless them'

Art for Housewives.

July 1942: United We Stand. ' ... seven months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan United We Stand, some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.'
Via MeFi.

Inflatable Bras. 'In the late 1950s/early 1960s, Frederick's of Hollywood offered inflatable brassieres; this is a page from one of their catalogs in 1960. I found it in my dad's garage, carefully stashed away with a few vintage Playboy issues and some other Fred's catalogs; perhaps this runs in the family. :) ... ' Via Geisha Asobi.

The Illustrated Catalogue of ACME Products. Via Vigna-Maru.

Drawing the World. Via Vigna-Maru.

Degas in Bronze. Via Vigna-Maru.

Fruit & Veg Carving. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Stamp It Out Create Your Own Stamps Gallery. Via Geisha Asobi.