(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.
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(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.

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(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.
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(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.

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(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.
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(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.

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Your Concise Guide to Gowanus Open Studios 2014

Your Concise Guide to Gowanus Open Studios 2014

The Gowanus Canal (photo by the author)

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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