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10th November


In Flanders Field... and the Heritage of the Great War.

Baptism in Iraq. Thanks to Cynthia.

Scotland's Languages. 'MacDougall, introduces an online learning journey on the words we use in Scottish literature. '

Jim Crow Stories.

The Collected Works of Shinran. Shin Buddhist texts.

Person Tracking with Stereo Range Sensors. Clever robots.

Histologion. Weblog about politics, science, life, from Greece.

Halfway Down the Danube. Weblog from Romania. 'Why is this blog called "Halfway down the Danube" when we are writing from Bucharest -- which is not on the Danube and if so, then rather close to its end? We started this blog in April 2003 when we were living in Belgrade, Serbia -- which is roughly halfway down the Danube. That's why. '

Women Daily. News about women from around the world.

Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian. 'The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has over 3.2 million objects in its collections. These objects reflect not just the lives of the people who made and used them but also the values of the people who chose to preserve them. They represent different answers to the question: What is worth saving? '

September 11: Bearing Witness to History. 'The collection we present on this site represents a work in progress. It embodies the best efforts of staff across the National Museum of American History to document and preserve a wide range of stories about September 11. Each object, as material evidence of the attacks and their immediate aftermath, is a piece of a large and complex story. The collections will grow as we gain historical perspective and a greater understanding of the events of September 11. '

The American Flag. Smithsonian exhibit.

The Cobtree Gallery from the Museum of Kent Life. 'This is an eclectic collection of images of Cobtree, and it will be updated at various intervals as new pictures become available.'

Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World 'is an interactive guide to the Ancient Art Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.This Web site is named after Cleopatra, queen of Egypt from 51 to 30 B.C., because she embodied the three great cultures of the ancient Mediterranean region: she was Greek by birth, ruled Egypt as its queen, and lost her kingdom to Rome.'

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.

The Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria.

Himalayan Art in the Collection of Rubin Museum of Art.

Himalayan Art in the Shechen Archives. 'From the collection of the new Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, various tangkas of buddhas, deities and portraits of famous and unidentified lamas are exhibited. '

Canada's Revolutionary History. Marxist history.

IC Stars. Astronomy images.

Pulp Fiction Paperback Covers. May not be safe for work.

Savage Love. Dan Savage's advice column in the Seattle Stranger - not safe for work.

Chapters from the Koran. From the Harvard Classics, 1909.
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9th November


Labor Blog.

The Delhi Art Gallery. Contemporary Indian art.

Leicester Chronicler. 'Listening to the historic heartbeat of the City of Leicester and its environs in the English East Midlands.'
'A reflection of past and present thoughts and aspirations.'

Photographers' Gallery. Helmut Newton, Dorothea Lange, Aldo Palazzolo, Herb Ritts, Julia Cameron, Sam Haskins.

The Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project. Preserving Nepal's written tradition.

The Negro, by W.E.B. Du Bois, 1915.
'This is a pioneering work on African-American history by the noted activist and scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois. Born in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, Du Bois lived until 1963, one year before the March on Washington. He was a founder of the NAACP, and worked his entire life to lift what he called "the Veil", or segregation. '
'While some minor items in this book have been disproven, the vast majority of it still stands as one of the best books ever written on the subject, and an ideal supplement for any curriculum in world history. Du Bois covers a vast swath of African history, including the indigenous high sub-Saharan civilizations such as Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Songhai, the disasterous impact of centuries of the slave trade, and an overveiw of Black history in the Caribbean and the United States. '

The Nude in Art History. 'It's very difficult to find works that are able to materialize the fantastic conjunction of the Nude with Art. Only a few masters in the history of art were able to pass this test. The true essence of art is beauty, joined with the sensuality of the nude, often confused with vulgarity. Nudity is always disquieting, instigating and surprising. So the artist, both in painting and in sculpture, in dancing or in photography, discovers in the nude a profound link with the pureness of being. Sensuality stimulates creativity in every sense. Sensuality also evokes love, passion and the creation of man. This is why nudity moves us so profoundly. For all those who appreciate the artistic nude, OCAIW offers the most complete gallery, with representations by the principal masters and artists of art history.'

The Sayings of Confucius. 'These 500 verses of sayings attributed to the teacher of the ideal gentleman form one source of Confucianism.'

Written Works by Theodore Roosevelt, available to read online.

Written Works by Benjamin Franklin.

The Dynamic Earth. 'Earth's history is written on pages of stone. Since our planet's birth 4.6 billion years ago, rocks have been continually forming and, over time, changing from one kind to another. Every rock preserves part of this ancient and ongoing story ...'

Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity.

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). 'One of the most influential artists in the history of twentieth-century painting, Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) has inspired generations of modern artists. '

Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856): The Unknown Romantic. Images here.

Shijing. 'Shijing (The Book of Songs) is the earliest collection of Chinese poems including 305 poems of the Zhou Dynasty (1122-256 B.C.). It was originally called Shi (Poems) and Shi Sanbai (Three Hundred Poems). It was the Confucians of the Han Dynasty who gave it the name Shijing. It is also called Maoshi (Mao Poems) because it was by the hand of Mao Heng of the Han Dynasty that Shijing was passed down to the present time...'

Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island.

New Patriot. 'I started thinking about a "new patriotism" not long after September 11, 2001. Patriotism, it seemed, was hijacked by rabid nationalistic flag-wavers who railed against any criticism of our government. This rigid, frightening and angry patriotism rears its ugly head still today, as seen at the 2004 Republican National Convention. '
'It's time for a New Patriotism.'

Cthulhu.

Grendel. 'Welcome to Grendel's Lair, the grendel.org site on the various Grendel characters in literature, media, and the internet community. The site has finally reached maturity as an overview of Grendel-related issues and a nexus for more thorough material on the web. We now have discussion boards, academic papers, and a healthy set of links.'
We're hoping that this site will be of use to teachers and students of Beowulf and Gardner's novel, as well as of interest to fans of Matt Wagner's epic series. '

Carl Friedrich Gauss. Online biography of the mathematician.
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8th November


Beyond Einstein: Structure and Evolution of the Universe.

Hunting and Pursuit in Ancient Greece. Art. 'Many of the paintings in the National Gallery represent ancient Greek myths. One of the richest sources for the stories was the 'Metamorphoses'. Written by the Roman poet Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD), the 'Metamorphoses' is a long verse which retells Greek and Roman legends. Written as a sequence, they are unified through the theme of metamorphosis or transformation ...'

National Population Cartoons Contest. 'The 2004 National Population Cartoon Contest organized by the Population Media Center got 187 enthusiastic entries from cartoonists across the country who are all quite savvy about population issues. Here are some samples from the portfolios of the finalists. '

Kaikodo Museum. East Asian art.

An African Observer's View of the US Polls. 'Your presence here is very offensive'.

Distant Sounds. Photoblog from Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The World Haiku Review.

Roots of Kettering, a town in Northamptonshire. Online archaeology. 'Welcome to ROOTS, a database of around 800 objects from the Museum's archaeological collections.' Take a tour.

Gilbert Stewart. 'The most successful and resourceful portraitist of America's early national period, Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) possessed enormous natural talent, which he devoted to the representation of human likeness and character. This retrospective exhibition highlights his achievement by displaying a carefully selected group of portraits of exceptional quality, ranging in date from the early works he produced in Newport, Rhode Island, to those executed in Boston at the end of his brilliant career. '
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Correggio: The School of Love. With links to more paintings by Correggio.
'The scene takes place in a forest clearing, with Mercury to right acting as schoolmaster to the young Cupid, accompanied by his mother Venus Mercury apparently lacks his winged helmet and looks tenderly down towards Cupid while Venus, unusually shown with wings, faces more directly to the front in a decorous pose loosely based on the classical Venus Pudica. '

Watashi to Tokyo. 'Watashi to Tokyo is a web magazine about Tokyo filled with my writing on living in Tokyo and general, in Japan.'

Disorganised Crime. Online comic.

Gregory Stewart. Outsider artist. 'Gregory Stewart fills the canvas, arranges planes of color that feels like a fractured leg and looks like a smorgasbord of color. Amble on up and go away feeling stuffed. Behind the obvious rich style and careful planning lurks a visionary. '

Signorelli: The Circumcision.

Asian Nation: The Landscape of Asian America. Great site, the Vietnam section is especially good.

Science for Dimwits. Cartoons.

Fuzzy Logic. Online comic.

NetWitz. Online comic.

No Longer a Christian, by Karen Horst Cobb. 'I was told in Sunday school the word "Christian" means to be Christ-like, but the message I hear daily on the airwaves from the "christian " media are words of war, violence, and aggression. Throughout this article I will spell christian with a small c rather than a capital, since the term (as I usually hear it thrown about) does not refer to the teachings of the one I know as the Christ. I hear church goers call in to radio programs and explain that it was a mistake not to kill every living thing in Fallujah. They quote chapter and verse from the old testament about smiting the enemies of Israel. The fear of fighting the terrorists on our soil rather than across the globe causes the voices to be raised as they justify the latest prison scandal or other accounts of the horrors of war . The words they speak are words of destruction, aggression, dominance, revenge, fear and arrogance. The host and the callers echo the belief in the righteousness of our nation's killing. There are reminders to pray for our "christian" president who is doing the work of the Lord: Right to Life, Second Amendmendment, sanctity of marriage, welfare reform, war, kill, evil liberals. . . so much to fight, so much to destroy. '

Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske. 'Edmund Teske (1911-1996) was one of the most significant artist-photographers active in Los Angeles in recent decades. He approached photography as a highly malleable medium, open to the artist's intervention at several points in the creative process. An inventive darkroom technician, Teske created photographs that expressed his emotional and spiritual concerns. His images reveal the power of memory and dreams to transform our perception and understanding of the visual world.' Images here.
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6th November


New plep's puzzle - enjoy!

Theocracy Watch.

Bigfoot Field Researchers Organisation. Searching for Sasquatch!

Sumerian Mythology. 'The Sumerians were a non-Semitic, non-Indo-European people who lived in southern Babylonia from 4000-3000 B.C.E. They invented cunieform writing, and their spiritual beliefs influenced all successive Near Eastern religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They produced an extensive body of literature, among the oldest in the world. Samuel Noah Kramer spent most of his life studying this literature, by piecing together clay tablets in far-flung museums. This short work gives translations or summaries of the most important Sumerian myths. '

Albrecht Durer: Woodcuts and Engravings.

Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection. Tibetan art.

Nobel Medicine Laureates. History of the prize.

Tours of Taipei Temples.

Early Australian History. Rare book exhibit. 'To understand our past we must be aware of it. The Australiana section of the Monash Rare Book Collection allows researchers to approach more closely to the experience of our ancestors. We find there the accounts of the early discoverers, settlers and explorers. The conditions under which they lived and their response to Australia's native inhabitants can be understood much better if we read what they wrote.'

Focus on the Global South. Development policy research, analysis and action.

Metaphoria. An international political newsletter.
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5th November


Bush Wins. Satirical cartoons.

The Mexican Year. A fictional blog from the great mind behind Plain Layne - another fictional blog that had me and quite a few others fooled for a long time.

About Jersey. Channel Islands history, folklore, interesting places such as a fairy church and war tunnels.

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Photography.

Zen Koans. 'These koans, or parables, were translated into English from a book called the Shaseki-shu (Collection of Stone and Sand), written late in the thirteenth century by the Japanese Zen teacher Muju (the "non-dweller"), and from anecdotes of Zen monks taken from various books published in Japan around the turn of the 20th century. '

Orcinus. Fine weblog about politics and other things.

ever so humble. Fine personal weblog about the minutiae of New England life, the drama of the everyday.

Reality Carnival. Science stuff seen creatively. "News that shatters the ice of our unconscious!"

Stories from the Faerie Queene, 1916. 'Spenser's The Faerie Queene is one of the masterpieces of English poetry, and certainly part of the literary pedigree that culminated in Tolkien. However, the original text is very difficult to follow for modern readers because of the archaic language and spelling. To the rescue comes Mary Macleod. Her late Victorian retelling in straightforward modern English allows one to plow through Spenser's intricate and allegorical plot. If you are planning to read the Faerie Queene, or want to understand the narrative but don't have the time or patience to tangle with an epic poem in middle English, you've come to the right place. '

China Yunnan Kunming Tour. Travel. Many images.

Grand Canyon Explorer. 'This web site was created and continues to be maintained out of a labor of love with the Grand Canyon, one of planet Earth's most astounding natural features. I began my adventures at the Canyon over 20 years ago with numerous visits to the both the north and south rims and have been addicted to it ever since. In late 1987 I did my first day hike down into the inner canyon and discovered a whole new world down there below the rim. '

Yellowstone National Park. Virtual tours.

Donatello. Online galleries of the Italian sculptor's work.

Matthias Grunewald. 'German painter (b. 1470/80, Würzburg, d. 1528, Halle)' Online galleries.

The Solar System in Pictures. 'This website has 315 web pages with over 340 pictures. This website has 2 purposes: To give a pictorial overview of the solar system and to quiz you about these pictures.'

Digital Himalaya. 'pilot project to develop digital collection, storage, and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region.'

Christian Mysticism. 'Mysticism is concerned with the nature of reality, the individual's struggle to attain a clear vision of reality, and the transformation of consciousness that accompanies such vision. I've selected quotations from a number of Christian works which I feel illustrate these issues. '

The Encyclopedia of Hotcâk (Winnebago) Mythology. Large collection of Native American myths.

Naguib Mahfouz. Nobel literature laureate.
"I am the son of two civilizations that at a certain age in history have formed a happy marriage. The first of these, seven thousand years old, is the Pharaonic civilization; the second, one thousand four hundred years old, is the Islamic civilization."

Viridian Design. Creating irresistible demand for a global atmosphere upgrade.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms. 'Kongming’s Archives is dedicated to Luo Guanzhong’s novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi), related games (e.g. Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors, Kessen II), and the history behind them. '
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4th November


Albert Namatjira. Australian Aboriginal artist.

Historic Irish Castles.

Slavic Medieval Treasures from Bulgaria. Medieval manuscripts.

Six Centuries of Painting. fine art, Musee Fleche, Corsica.

China Experience. A virtual tour - Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, Shanghai. Lots of pictures.

How Volcanoes Work.

Multinational Monitor. Left periodical, online.

Shaman, Saiva and Sufi: A Study of the Evolution of Malay Magic, 1925. Ethnography of Malaysia.

Washington DC Tourism. All kinds of interesting stuff.

Texas Bigfoot Research Centre. With history, map, articles, FAQ, Building History: Northwestern University. Campus architecture.

Ho Anh. Self-taught artist from north Vietnam.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit. 'You can interactively dissect a (digitized) frog named Fluffy, make movies, and play the Virtual Frog Builder Game.'

Pablo Ruiz Blasco y Picasso. Online gallery. More here.

Rosicrucian Texts. 'These texts are historical documents relating to the 'Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross', a renaissance German secret society. This group had a huge impact on more recent organizations such as the Golden Dawn, and is often cited by conspiracy theorists for completely different reasons.'

Rare Books of the English Restoration 1660-1700. 'The exhibition includes original writings from the time and provides an insight into the politics and history of the era, including the amoral lifestyle of the court, the execution of Catholics during the Popish Plot scare and the 'glorious revolution', which saw the flight into exile of Charles's brother James II. '
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Xue Jiye. Contemporary Chinese art.

The University of Chicago and Its Donors 1889-1930. Philanthropic history.

Word Origins.

Crowded Skies. UFO pictures.
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3rd November


Tour of Cane Hill Asylum. Via Viewropa.

Pygmies. 'Phyllis Atha visited Uganda for two weeks and her life was changed. She tells her story through words, photographs and art in a beautiful Flash presentation, which is linked here and on the About page. The About page is full of information about the Kellermanns, the Batwa pygmies, opportunities to work with the Kellermanns and related resources. '

Newspaper Pictorials. 'During the World War I era (1914-18), leading newspapers took advantage of a new printing process that dramatically altered their ability to reproduce images. Rotogravure printing, which produced richly detailed, high quality illustrations-even on inexpensive newsprint paper-was used to create vivid new pictorial sections. Publishers that could afford to invest in the new technology saw sharp increases both in readership and advertising revenue.'
'The images in this collection track American sentiment about the war in Europe, week by week, before and after the United States became involved. Events of the war are detailed alongside society news and advertisements touting products of the day, creating a pictorial record of both the war effort and life at home. The collection includes an illustrated history of World War I selected from newspaper rotogravure sections that graphically documents the people, places, and events important to the war.'

Guys of Bottesford, Lancashire. A family history.
'The Guy family from, it seems, the time of Domesday, 1086, have by and large dwelt and farmed in a relatively small, by today's standards, area of north Leicestershire. It also appears that they have been a moderately religious family who, like a lot in their time, hope for a future life after death secured by offerings to the church. This practice although at one time widespread now seems to be dying out. '

Traditional Chinese Painting in the Twentieth Century.

Seasonal Imagery in Japanese Art.

Alphonse Mucha. Online gallery, art nouveau.

Trompe de l'Oeil. 'A French term literally meaning "trick the eye." Sometimes called illusionism, it's a style of painting which gives the appearance of three-dimensional, or photographic realism. ' Images.

Bill Hicks Quotations. Wit and cynicism.

Dorothy Parker Quotations. Wit and cynicism.

Quackwatch. 'Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions'

AmphibiaWeb, 'a site inspired by global amphibian declines, is an online system that allows free access to information on amphibian biology and conservation. '

Medieval Paintings in the South of France.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Online gallery.

Du Xinjian. Contemporary Chinese artist.

Zhong Biao Art. Contemporary Chinese artist.

At Work: The Art of California Labour.

Changing Tastes: Menus of the Palace Hotel and Chez Panisse. California history.

Quizzical Eye: The Photography of Rondal Partridge.

Building California: Technology and the Landscape. With image gallery.

Ghost Ads. Photos of.
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2nd November


David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. 'The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 10,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. '

Observing the Earth. European Space Agency site.

Tees Archaeology. English archaeology, good stuff. 'This website has been designed to allow you to learn more about the archaeology of the lower Tees Valley and the activities of our service.'

Travels with Samantha. ' "This book is about the summer I spent seeing North America, meeting North Americans, and trying to figure out how people live," writes Greenspun after losing his companion. You'll come face to face with examples of the stunning ethnic, scenic, and cultural richness of the continent. '

Shanghai in Images. Old photos.

History of the Haitian Independence Struggle 1791-1804. Marxist perspective.

Evolution Blog. 'Commentary on developments in the endless dispute between evolution and creationism.'

The Revealer. A daily review of religion and the press. Belief is important, whatever you believe.

Nature in Chinese Culture. Art and nature.

"Coco" Chanel and the House of Chanel. Fashion history.

Mary Cassatt. Art.

Ife. 'An important urban center in contemporary southwestern Nigeria, Ife's origins can be traced back to around 350 B.C., when it began as a cluster of some thirteen hamlets. Ife holds particular significance to the Yoruba, a traditionally urban people who represent one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria and on the African continent. Spreading through the African diaspora, Yoruba heritage has furthermore made important contributions to the cultures of Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. The many religious arts of the Yoruba have long served to mediate relations between worshippers and an elaborate pantheon of gods, and have more recently expanded to address the Muslim and Christian faiths. Yoruba peoples today maintain a plurality of views but remain linked by a common cultural heritage.'

Let Puerto Rico Decide. 'The 3.8 million U.S. citizens who live in Puerto Rico can't vote. As residents of a "US territory," they are not permitted to vote in Presidential elections, or for Senators, or for full Representatives in the House. But Puerto Rico is not an independent nation, either. Puerto Rico is caught in limbo, without equal representation and without full sovereignty. This is unfair, undemocratic, and wrong. That is why CEF-US promotes decolonization for Puerto Rico. '

Charles Daney's Photography Pages. North American landscapes.

Amartya Sen. Indian Nobel economics prizewinner, for his contributions to welfare economics.

What the Hell Is Hell? 'The Hell of the Bible is one of these two pictures. Do you know which one? You might be surprised. '

Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored, 1941.

The Hermetic Museum, 1678. Alchemical text.

Festivals of Nepal.

Nudes by Philip Greenspun. Photography; not work safe.
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1st November


Viewropa. Community euroblog.

World Vote. Anyone can register an opinion.

Democratic Voice of Burma.

Marie and Pierre Curie and the Discovery of Polonium and Radium. From the Nobel website.

Photographs of Wales. 'Personal photographs of coastlines, landscapes, abandoned railway stations, street scenes, promenades and castles in and around Cardiff, Caerphilly, Cardiff Bay, Penarth, Crickhowell, Abergavenny, Brecon and south Wales.'

The Bikini. 'From the early 1930s, stylish resorts were frequented by women wearing midriff-baring two-piece bathing suits consisting of a bra and modest, shorts-like trunks. Concurrently, these styles were being seen on the silver screen courtesy of Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties and, in a sarong version, Dorothy Lamour in the 1937 film Hurricane. Though these ensembles were alluring and sexy, they were not necessarily scandalous. The difference between the bikini and its two-piece predecessor is brevity. Simply defined, the bikini is an abbreviated two-piece swimsuit with a bra top and panties cut below the navel. Broadly defined, the bikini represents a social leap involving body consciousness, moral concerns, and sexual attitudes. Named after an A-bomb testing site on a remote Pacific atoll, the bikini has had a history and reputation deserving of its name.'

travelscapes. Photography of North American landscapes.

Splendours of China's Forbidden City.

The Black Commentator. Commentary, analysis and investigations on issues affecting African Americans.

TalkLeft. 'Liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news.'

Building and Construction. Labour Research Association photography.

Building Bancroft: The Evolution of a Library. Berkeley history.

Classic Mathematics Problems. Birthday probability, liars and truthtellers, Monty Hall, etc. Fun.

The Internet Book of Shadows. A collection of articles on the Occult, posted mostly in the pre-WWW days.

Kuber Singh Shakya: A Master Craftsman of Nepal.

Native Languages of the Americas. 'Welcome to Native Languages of the Americas! We are a small non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of Native American languages, particularly through the use of Internet technology. '

Netsuke from the Toledo Museum.

Camille Claudel. Sculpture.

Modern Australian Poetry. 'This exhibition shows some of the extensive collection of Australian literature held in the Monash Rare Book Collection. The items on display range from the 1920s to the present. They include examples of the works of many of Australia's most important writers, e.g. Kenneth Slessor, A.D. Hope, Judith Wright, and one of the rarest books on display, Patrick White's The Ploughman. The most spectacular books in the exhibition are the Wayzgoose Press artist's books by Jas H. Duke, and Ken Bolton and Heemskerck Shoals, by R.D. Fitzgerald.'

Cristobal Balenciaga 1895-1972. 'A true fashion innovator, Cristobal Balenciaga radically altered the fashionable silhouette of women in the mid-twentieth century. With the methodical skill of an expert tailor, he created garments of fluidity and grace. Unlike many couturiers, Balenciaga was able to drape, cut, and fit his own muslin patterns, known as toiles. He was respected throughout the fashion world for both his knowledge of technique and construction, and his unflinching perfectionism.'

David Novak. Abstract painter.
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