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Amy Crehore

La Cigale (1872)

Portrait of a Woman Holding a Fan

A Very Sexy Cleopatra

Three Beauties (1793)

Three Gold Fish (2003)

Fuco Ueda

Yakuza Poster

Ryan Heshka's Electroladylux

Snow 1939

Thurston The Great

Betty Boop

Spring by Kawase Hasui (1925)

Bather Arranging Her Hair by Renoir (1885)

Girl by the Sea 1990

Alive in Kyoto
Art Deco
Bibi's box
Coisas do arco da velha
Coudal Partners
Exclamation Mark
Indigo Blog
Little Hokum Rag
PonyXpress (NSFW)
Sampler of Things
Scout Report
Seven Deadly Sinners
Sugar 'N Spicy
Tea Time

Favorite Living Artists
Amy Crehore
Ryan Heshka
Seonna Hong
Yumiko Kayukawa
Akino Kondoh
Sakae Kurada
Mizna Lens
Hu Ming
Yuki Nagayoshi
LeUyen Pham
Yuko Shimizu
Sai Tamiya
Fuco Ueda

Favorite Artists
Hieronymus Bosch
Fernando Botero
Sandro Botticelli
Alexander Calder
Mary Cassatt
Paul Cézanne
William Merritt Chase
Edgar Degas
Paul Delvaux
John William Godward
Hashiguchi Goyo
Suzuki Harunobu
Ando Hiroshige
Edward Hopper
Henri Matisse
Joan Miró
Coles Phillips
Pablo Picasso
Odilon Redon
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Théo van Rysselberghe
John Singer Sargent
Zinaida Serebriakova
Shoen Uemura
Kitagawa Utamaro
John William Waterhouse

Art Museums
Andrés Blaisten
Brooklyn Museum
Hagi Uragami
Library of Congress
Museo del Prado
Museum of the Moving Image
National Gallery of Art

The Hermitage
The Met

The Tate
Tokyo National
Vietnam Veterans

Digital Archives
Academy of Natural Sciences
Cornell Library
Indy Magazine
Japanalia Postcards
Nude Masterpieces
NY Public Library
Web Gallery of Art

Art Zines/Indexes
American Art Archives
Art History Resouces
Ch/Ja Art History
Folio Planet
Lingnan School
Museums List
NY Arts Magazine
Tokyo Art Beat

Universes in Universe




Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery

The Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and features many impressive artists that I had never seen before.  I haven't even had a chance to check all the artists and find all their the websites. 

Below are three artists that caught my eye anyway, and many thanks to Lou Patrou, whose work is now on exhibit, (art below) for sending me the link.  The next time I'm NYC, I'll have to check this place out.

Mari Yamagiwa
I was very impressed with colorful, surreal figurative art of Mari Yamagiwa.  She is very prolific and has a wonderful imagination.

He Knows my Secret (2008)
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Lou Patrou
I liked Lou Patrou's designs very much.  I think that in addition to artwork they would make remarkable printed designs for fabrics for sofas and clothes for example.

TV Heads (1983)
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Benita Jung
I also enjoyed Benita Jungs abstract figurative artwork and her guardian angel in particular.

My Angel
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Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel [Bio 1823 to 1889
Alexandre Cabanel was a great French academic painter.  In fact (according to Wikipedia), his Birth of Venus is one of the "best know examples of 19th century academic paintings".  His Ophelia is also excellent, but I still think Waterhouse's version is tops.  Which Ophelia do you think is better?

Images: Art Renewal (26) and Wikimedia (16)

Birth of Venus (1863)

Ophelia (1883)

Echo (1887)

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Video Links For 01/28/2008

T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday (Live) [Lyrics]
I recently bought T-Bone Blues, which was released in 1960 by the influential T-Bone Walker.  I think it is one of his better albums, and Call It Stormy Monday is definitely one of the highlights of the CD.  It's a great CD by one of the top ten blues greats.

T-Bone Walker
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They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul [Lyrics]
I always liked this song by these guys.

John Flansburgh and John Linnell
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Laurie Anderson - Excellent Birds (Live) [Lyrics]
I saw Laurie Anderson Live, and she puts on quite a show.  I will I could have seen this show from 1984 live.  This song is from her Mister Heartbreak album released in 1984.  Excellent Birds features Peter Gabriel on vocals on the CD.

Laurie Anderson
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Ralph Wiggum for President
Looks a little like a very young John McCain doesn't he?

Ralph Wiggum The People's Candidate!
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Rejected Titles For The George W. Bush Movie
Funny stuff from Mr. Letterman.

David Letterman
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Art Links For 01/21/2008

National Gallery of Slovenia
I was very impressed by the painting The Death Cleopatra below, which I saw on Femme on the sidebar, and while doing research on the artist who painted Cleopatra Felice Ficherelli, I found the home of his magnificent painting at the National Gallery of Slovenia (NGS).   The scanned image sizes at NGS are huge and very well done.  Below are two of my favorites from their European painting collection.   They also have a collection of Slovenian artwork.  However, it's definitely Cleopatra that I'm in love with!  Isn't she a beauty?

The Death of Cleopatra

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Periodic Table Printmaking Project via MF
"Ninety-six printmakers of all experience levels, have joined together to produce 118 prints in any medium; woodcut, linocut, monotype, etching, lithograph, silkscreen, or any combination. The end result is a periodic table of elements intended to promote both science and the arts."

Sodium by Connie Pierson
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JM Sketchbook - WW1 via Little Hokum Rag
These are some excellent sketches and paintings from WWI by the unknown artist JM.

A Boche Victory (1917)
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Bongaboi's deviantART Gallery via Blog About
These are almost too cute.


Barack Obama
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The Octopus In Japanese Erotic Art

I'm not big fan of Japanese erotic art unless the quality of the artwork is outstanding.  My favorite work of Shunga, Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, is by the master Japanese Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.  I'm also quite impressed by the exceptional quality of the modern paintings of Yuji Moriguchi, which I found via Blog About.  Unlike the disturbing sadistic tentacle images of Japanese Hentai books and anime, the women in these depictions seem to be in a state of erotic ecstasy with their octopus lovers.  Whatever the underlying psychology is behind these images, I have to blame Captain Beefheart and his Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish song from Trout Mask Replica for my warped mind!

Hokusai's - Dream of the Fisherman's Wife (1820)

Moriguchi’s “Veranda” (left)  “Tide” (right).

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The Visual Art Of William Blake

William Blake [Bio 1757-1827] Wikimedia Archive and Essay
William Blake was one of the more fascinating poets and personages of the Romantic movement.  His paintings and engravings seem visionary (no pun intended) today, e.g., the Symbolist art movement for example.  Here are a few of my Blake favorites from the set of over 142 files in the Wikimedia archive.  I also liked Wikiquote collection of Blake Quotes.  My favorite one is: "The true method of knowledge is experiment."  

Update: The WikiSource has an incredible collection of Blake's poetry, including illustrated works, that is just super!  I was particularly touched by his illustrated poem - The Little Black Boy.  It brought a tear to my eye, and poignantly revealed the abolitionist side of Blake way back in 1789!  It's really amazing all the wonderful works of art that is at our fingertips on the Internet and especially Wikipedia!

Europe Supported By Africa
and America Engraving (1796)

Satan Watching the Caresses of
Adam and Eve Illustration (1808)

Jacob's Ladder (c1800) The Ancient of Days (1794)

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Frederick Leighton Nudes

Frederick Leighton [Bio 1825-30 to 1896
Frederick Leighton was an English Academic painter who was associated with the Pre-Raphaelites.  I'm suprised that I have not blogged him before, but it's probably because he has so few nudes. ;-)  In any case, his paintings below are exceptional.

Images: Art Renewal (101) and Wikimedia (43)

Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore (1868)

The Antique Juggling Girl

A Bather

Here's Another Bather Too.

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The Three Faces Of Lady Marmalade

I was looking for a music video to post when I thought about Labelle's sexy disco hit Lady Marmalade from 1975, which I've always thought was a great tune. Well I found the original Labelle video on YouTube, but also I found a great version by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink for the Moulin Rouge! movie, and also a very funny Mad parody version of the latter.  So please check out the Three Faces of Lady Marmalade.

There is also a lot of interesting background from Wikipedia.  For example, did you know:

"The song's chorus "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?" means "Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?" in French, and is an unsubtle invitation for sexual intercourse. The same line appeared previously in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, coming from the promiscuous Blanche DuBois."

Labelle (1975) Moulin Rouge! (2001) Mad TV

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Zinaida Serebriakova

Zinaida Serebriakova [Bio 1884-1967] (Via Little Hokum Rag)

This is what I love about art blogging, i.e., finding an artist that you never heard of before who totally blows you away with their talent, and Ukranian Zinaida Serebriakova certainly fills the bill as a great artist for me.  She was an very prolific portraiture and landscape artist.  Where she excelled in my opinion was her remarkable portrayal of female sensuality and "eroticism" in her paintings. 

Self Portrait (1909) Bather [Self Portrait] (1911)
Portrait To K. Lansere (1910) Katya with the vegetables (1923)

Reclining Nude [Her Daughter Katya] (1930)

Photo or Charcoal of Katya Serebriakova (I think)

It's been my observation that women make the best female nude and portrait paintings, because they are more likely to capture the complete beauty of the feminine body and spirit, and Zinaida Serebriakova renders the essence of women second to none! 

I want to get a book of her of work, but I couldn't find one on Amazon.  If there isn't a good book on her artwork in English, this would be a great project for somebody!


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Sleeping Women In Art

This is an interesting set paintings from Wikimedia Commons.  With the exception of Fuseli, the images are very peaceful and serene. Click the link above to see all of my favorites.

Giorgione - Venus Sleeping (1508-10)

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