(via Drawing the Face of the War Machine)
The Drawing Center has mounted a strange and surreal show of drawings by Xanti Schawinsky, an underrated artist whose 50+ year career spanned the from the 1920s to the late 70s. Celebrating a peripatetic artist who worked in photography, avant-garde theater, graphic design, jazz, painting, and product design, this show presents a small but concentrated portion of of Schawinsky’s oeuvre.
(via Cats, Cans, and More Curiosities from Toy Camera History)
The colorful history of toy cameras, those affordable film cameras in plastic boxes, is being celebrated in a new book. Christopher D. Salyers and Buzz Poole’s Camera Crazy, available this month from Prestel, starts with the Brownie debuted in 1900 by Kodak — the first affordable camera model — and continues on through marketing ploys like the 1971 Mick-a-Matic shaped like Mickey Mouse; the Diana, favored for its moody prints; and even the recent Shironeko Holga, made specifically to take pictures of cats by attracting their attention with flashing LED lights and meowing coordinated with the shutter button.
(via Living Inside Art with Federico Babina)
Everyone dreams about having a great piece of art to one day hang in their home or office. But to illustrator Federico Babina, that’s dreaming too small. Why not have the building you inhabit be itself a work of art?
(via Time for Death: Skeleton Alarm Clock Goes on Display in London)
Would you like to wake from dreams with a reminder of your inevitable eternal sleep? An alarm clock currently on view at the British Library in London, which is part of the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition, is a curious continuation of the memento mori tradition.
(via 24-Hour Strike Affects UK Museums)
An all-day strike yesterday saw operations at a number of UK museums stopped or decreased as nearly 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union walked off the job over caps on pay and pensions, the Guardian reported. A related picket further targeted the National Gallery in London over the privatization of visitor services, Museums Journal reported.
(via Some Tips for Artists from Chinese President Xi Jinping)
Xi Jinping, president of China and general secretary of its Communist Party, has, like his predecessors going back to Mao Zedong, some opinions about how “art workers” should go about their labor. A number of these have been helpfully compiled in a recent New York Times report:
Your Concise Guide to Gowanus Open Studios 2014
The Gowanus Canal (photo by the author)
With Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick, North Brooklyn may be the borough’s largest artistic enclave. But artists live and work in South Brooklyn, too, and Gowanus — with its Superfund canal and its romantically industrial landscape — is one of their primary neighborhoods. This weekend, 302 artists and arts spaces will open their doors for Gowanus Open…
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(via ArtPrize Winner Anila Quayyum Agha Talks Sacred Spaces and Religion)
Last Friday, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha won both the popular and juried vote at ArtPrize for her installation “Intersections.” It was the first time in the history of the Grand Rapids-based competition that an artist reaped top honors in both categories.