plep Archive

15th September
Thais. Via MeFi.

Treasures of the Late Choson Dynasty. Thanks to Carolina.

Personal Visions: Artists' Books at the Millennium. Via BookLab II.

Igor Savchenko. Via wood s lot.

Newspaper Colour Woodblock Prints. Via Geisha Asobi.

Artful Ambitions/ An Art of Its Own. Via wood s lot.

Imperial Russian Playing Cards. Via Giornale Nuovo.
( alternative link - thanks Ned).

A Variety of Calendars. Chinese, Christian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish and others. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Johann Caspar Lavater: Essays on Physiognomy. Via neurastenia.

Folk-lore of Women, 1906.
'Folklore of misogny would probably be a better title for this book. Replete with Victorian stereotypes of women, this book draws on many different traditions from around the world to portray women as simultaneously the 'weaker sex' and the source of all evil. Missing or scarce here are women's voices or traditions. However, this work is an essential starting point if you want to enumerate traditional male attitudes about women. '

Ceramic Traditions of Mali. Pottery work done by women. Site in French.

Children of Africa Gallery. Art by African children.

Cybrary of the Holocaust 'Imagine' Collection. Art by children.

The Jewish Museum in Prague Terezin Collection. Art by children.

Mandeville Special Collections Spanish Civil War Collection. Art by children.

Haddon Heights High School. Artwork.

The Louisiana State Museum. 'New Orleans' most prominent heritage attraction is the Louisiana State Museum, a complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. The Museum operates five properties in the famous French Quarter: the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John's Legacy. Also the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum in Patterson,the Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux.'

Ali Douglass. Illustrator.

Shiva and Parvati.

Pala Buddha.

Chinese Art Net. Great online collection and exhibits.

Damn. It appears that some spammer is spoofing emails from '' (I know this from the large number of 'Mail recipient not valid'-type emails I've been receiving).

13th September
Saelon: Sunflower Series. 'The sunflower series began while I was at a photography workshop in Virginia City. A friend asked me to photograph her; the fake sunflowers were picked up on impulse. As I was releasing the shutter, I realized I was following a cliché, and began to wonder what kind of fun I could have with it if I really pursued it. I asked everyone at the Art Center to model for me in the same way - male, female, teacher, student, director, caretaker, drop-in visitors, and even pets ... '

Saelon: Handpainted Nudes.

Saelon: Black and White Photographs.

A Book of Old English Ballads, 1896. 'This collection of ballads contains some of the best known English folk lyrics. It is nowhere near as comprehensive as other collections, such as the six volume Child edition. However, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the selection is excellent. It should be noted that 'Old English' in this case doesn't mean 'Anglo-Saxon'; strictly speaking these are written in late Middle or early Modern English. This makes them accessible, even enjoyable, for a modern audience. '

Ananse Village. 'Africa is a continent rich in artistic expression. From the beautiful Ilala palm baskets made by members of the Zulu tribe in South Africa, traditional tonga basket from Zambia, the percussive traditions of the djembe, brekete , ashiko, djun-djun, balaphone, kpanolgo, atsimevu and don-don drums of West Africa, to the magnificent kente cloth, bologanfini (mudcloth), kuba cloth and batik textiles of the continent, the cultural heritage of Africa is expressed.'
'We are proud to offer the finest traditional African crafts produced in a fair trade environment. By working directly with village artisans we are able to positively affect the economic development in the most needy areas. Ananse Village is dedicated to supporting small scale production by talented craftspeople. A portion of our profits helps provide medical care and educational opportunities to the communities we work with. '

Storytelling: The Art of Knowledge. 'The First Peoples of Canada recognize certain members of their communities for their ability as storytellers. The skillful art of storytelling is passed down from one generation to another by chosen, recognized or hereditary storytellers.'
'Some stories are shared at certain times of the year, in designated areas and on special occasions. As well, parents, family members and Elders share their knowledge with the younger generations in the course of their daily activities. '
'The stories we want to share with you here are from the Inuvialuit, the Algonquin, the Metis and Cree, the Nisga'a, the Abenaki and the Mi'kmaq. They are told through movement, song and dance, using symbols and imagination. They teach us about the origin of sacred objects and ceremonies, and our relationship to the animals, plants, rocks and each other. '

Bushido: The Soul of Japan, 1905.

j.d. Sipe. 'The music as portrait, the blues in paint, on wood doors, metal cabinet fronts, even on you if you stop moving enough. Sipe's art brings to us the blues in color, the folk in art.'

Lory Smith. 'Fantastic colors with a memory of grinding pigments, making shades, pulling visions from behind an imagination. Lory Smith makes the art of a generation floating through time.'

Jay Smithline.

Castles of Britain.

Tibet in Black and White. 'In recent photography, Tibet has usually appeared in color. In the brilliant sunlight of the high plateau, blues are bluer and reds redder; Tibet is a colorist's dream. But the quality of light in Tibet also reveals itself in a perpetually changing play of brightness and shadow, whose gradations of intensity are less well captured in color than in the medium of black in white. In my photographic efforts during my visits to Tibet over the years, therefore, I have sought to attend primarily to the chiaroscuro revelations of landscapes, persons, and artifacts. The images presented here reflect aspects of journeys in 1990 and 2002. In 2002, this work was undertaken in conjunction with the Tibetan Himalayan Digital Library Project based at the University of Virginia.'

Akiyoshi's Rotating Snakes.

150 Years of American Paintings 1794-1944. 'This exhibition of seventy-three outstanding american paintings includes many of the finest works of art from the university collection. Collected over the last half century, they represent fifty-six significant american artists. The paintings document many of the major movements and styles that dominated the art scene in this country from the late eighteenth century until the second world war. '

Seer. 'The Museum of Art at Brigham Young University has received a sculpture into its permanent collection. Seer is the museum's centennial sculpture, celebrating Utah's 100 years of statehood '

Al Hirschfeld.

Frans Hals. Online gallery.

Hans Holbein the Younger. Online gallery.

The Hans Holbein Alphabet of Death. 'The Alphabet of Death by Hans Holbein, originally published in Lyons in 1538 as part of Holbein's acclaimed Dance of Death.'

Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch. 'Widely regarded as the greatest portrait painter of the nineteenth century and one of the most brilliant draftsmen of all time, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) dominated French painting for over half a century and left an enduring legacy, inspiring artists such as Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, and Picasso.'

Ingres: Portrait of Count N.D.Guriev.

Exploring India's Rivers of Belief. (BBC) 'During my visit to India earlier this year, I explored the country's multi-faceted religious identity. '

RIP Johnny Cash. Via gmtPlus9.

Neck Ties. Via art for housewives.

The Pants Press Sketchblog. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Saturn's Rings. Via Dublog.

An Historic Artistic Memorial Welded Metal Sculpture Park in Wisconsin. Via Dublog.

Vogue Covers. Via Dublog.

Eccentric Tattoo. Via Dublog.

Labour Arts. Via Dublog.

12th September
First-hand accounts of the 1973 coup in Chile. Thirty years ago.

The Daily Bleed. A calendar of anarchy and other interesting matters.

The Emma Goldman Papers. 'Emma Goldman (1869-1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War ... '
"I Want Freedom, the Right to Self-Expression, Everybody's Right to Beautiful Radiant Things"

Art to the People. 'To bring art to the people: that is what Walter Crane, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Albert Hahn, Frans Masereel and Gerd Arntz, the five artists in this on-line exhibition wanted. They made prints in large editions and illustrations in popular magazines instead of paintings. In this way, they could reach a large audience, and what's more: an audience that would never visit a museum.'

The Situationist International: The Revolution of Everyday Life.

Contemporary Netsuke.

Mythology of the Mission Indians of California, 1906.

Children Messengers of Peace. Art competition.

Leicester Cathedral. History and virtual tour.

The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I. 'From February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, by order of General John J. Pershing, the United States Army published a newspaper for its forces in France, The Stars and Stripes. This online collection, presented by the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress, includes the complete seventy-one-week run of the newspaper's World War I edition. '

Panchen Lama: Incarnate Lineage - Painting Set. Tibetan art.

Piero della Francesca. Renaissance artist.

Antihero for Hire. Online comic.

Erotic Sculptures of Mud-Bhatkal Temple.

Junior's Juke Joint. 'I'm a cultural anthropologist who lives in the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana side, and I spend lots of time in Delta juke joints. You're about to take a trip inside the places where the blues began. I'm not talking about white people blues bars filled with college students. I'm talking about edge-of-a-cotton-field juke joints filled with real Delta folks.'

Steer Montana. ' "The World's Largest Steer" once brought fame to southeastern Montana. He was born in 1923, on a farm east of Baker, and ended up being nearly six feet tall, ten feet four inches long, and two tons in weight (3,980 lbs.) ... '

Emperor the Penguin. 'Little America -- well-known to I-80 travelers as The World's Largest Gas Station -- was named after Admiral Byrd's camp on the South Pole. The owners wanted Emperor to be its live mascot, but the penguin died on its way from Antarctica to Boston. Wanting to make the best of a bad deal, Little America had Emperor stuffed and shipped anyway...'

The Colours of Winter at the London Transport Museum. 'This exhibition showcases a selection from the Museum's famous poster archive on the seasonal themes of January sales shopping, winter days out and Christmas. '

The Legend of Tauquitch and Algoot.

Lady Playing a Lute.

Pope Clement VII.

Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music.

Portrait of Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor.

11th September
Back from Rome. It was an enjoyable trip, as ever, despite the odd moment of unexpected culture shock (not bad thing that).

I had the good fortune to meet Cynthia - she of ikastikos, obliterated and art for housewives, who was gracious enough to invite me to her studio, so I duly trudged across the Eternal City, taking in the sights en route. Cynthia is working on a number of exciting projects involving recyclable materials such as plastic bottles, plastic bags, bottle tops, cardboard, and so on. She has given me a few ideas for decorating my own newly-bought house; the objects are pleasing to look at and pleasing to the touch, as well as being ecologically friendly. Simple things which can make a difference within the sphere of everyday life. Things which are possible even for those of us not so clever with our hands. ;) Read art for housewives to see this developing...

Cynthia's Studio.

I should say that it is a great treat to meet fine people like Cynthia within their own 'homes', so to speak. Last year I was indeed fortunate to spend a few days housesitting for jp, the bon vivant who is also dumbmonkey - a real highlight of last year's visit to the United States.