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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
Jules Joseph Lefebvre
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




Mica's Flickr Photostream

Mica's Photostream Via Little Hokum Rag
This is a wonderful collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco images from magazines and postcards, etc.  I love this kind of stuff.  Mica has Flickr sets on Vintage Erotica, Art, Mermaids, Old Hollywood, Her Own Art, Vintage Magazines and Early 20th Century Art. Here are a few of her images the caught my eye.  You could spend a few hours going through her collections.

Film Fun 1926

Studio Magazine (1926)

Studio Magazine (1926)
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Memorial Day Tribute - Videos About America

This is a Memorial Day tribute to what our soldiers have always fought and died for - America, but defining America has always been difficult endeavor. To me, America stands for the freedom of the individual and freedom from ignorance, tyranny, bureaucracy, disease, repression and a poisoned environment.  Of course, everyone has their own vision or image of America and that is what this post is all about.  I wasn't sure what I'd find, but these were most interesting and thought provoking music videos that I found on YouTube when searching for "America".

Waylon Jennings - America
I had not seen this video before, but I really it and the positive vision it projects for America.

Waylon Jennings
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Simon and Garfunkel - America (Live)
This is classic great song about the search for "America" by Simon and Garfunkel live in Central Park.

Simon And Garfunkel
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Rammstein - Amerika
This is a fascinating video by the German group Rammstein. This is another song I hadn't heard before.  It lampoons American global commercialism, power and effect on the world as viewed externally. There is also an English version here.

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West Side Story - America
This is a wonderful classic clip from West Side Story featuring Rita Moreno that presents an immigrant view of life in a white America. 

West Side Story
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Razorlight - America
Actually, I got the idea for this post when I was reading about Charles Bukowski and was checking out the bands were influenced by the author/poet.  That's when I found the group Razorlight and found this song about America from a UK-Swedish perspective on YouTube.

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Brian Eno/David Byrne - America Is Waiting
This is one of my favorite songs about the phony "America" Big Media has created.

America Is Waiting
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David Bowie - Young Americans (Live 1974)
This is a classic song about American youth by the great David Bowie.

David Bowie
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No Secrets - Kids of America
Then, there are the Kids of America to be considered.

No Secrets
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Sugarcult - Stuck In America
I really like this song by Sugarcult, again this is one that I've never heard before yesterday

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James Brown - Living In America
The late great James Brown weighs in on America too.

James Brown
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Ray Charles - Oh Beautiful America
This is one of my favorite patriotic songs about America by the amazing American institution Ray Charles.

Ray Charles
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U2 - The Hands That Built America
This U2's tribute to that great American place - New York City.

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Blue Man Group video featured on "Earth To America!"
Hey, you got to include the blue dudes in any current compilation about America.

Blue Man Group
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Sugarland - Everyday America (Video)
Sugarland's tribute to small town America.

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Eminem - White America (GNN.tv - Uncensored)
This Eminem's song about unrest and censorship in America.

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Alice Cooper - Lost In America
School's out forever, and then the next thing you know, you are lost in America, at least for a little while anyway according Alice.

Alice Cooper
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The Sounds - Living in America
Here's another group I never heard of before.  Here's some people who are not living in American, but they're not sorry about it.

The Sounds
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American War Paar Da! (Look at that American War!)
This is a weird third world parody of Bush's "American War".

American War Paar Da!
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Sarah Joncas
I blogged Sarah's paintings two years ago, and she has made a lot of wonder artwork in the meantime.  She's excellent.

Coatlicue's Prayer

The Mechanical Bride and The Rising Tide
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UFDC - Digital Collection of Children's Literature Via Scout Report
This is a wonderful digital collection of over 3,000 scanned children's books.

Grimm's Fairy Tales (1891)
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Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues (Live)
This is one great video of Blues legend Junior Wells.

Junior Wells with Otis Rush on Guitar
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The Paragons - Tide is High
This original recording by the Paragons is my favorite version of this song.  Nice violin, no?

The Tide Is High
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The Skatalites - Big Trombone
Don Drummond was a legendary trombone player for the original Skatalites, and this song is a tribute to his Don's genius.  Here's a sample Don's work from the 60s.

Big Trombone
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J Strauss II--"Blue Danube" Waltz--Erich Kleiber (1932) Via Rip Rense
I love waltzes, and this one best versions by the one of the best conductors.

Erich Kleiber
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The Pussycat Dolls - I Don't Need A Man
I always like a nice piece of cheesecake, albeit blurry.

Nicole Scherzinger And The Pussycat Dolls
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Talking Heads - Slippery People (Live)
This is a nice song that I haven't heard in a while.

Slippery People From Stop Making Sense
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The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (Live)
After Bush's surreal McCarthyesque performance last week in Israel, I dedicate this Smith's song to Monkey Pants.

The Smiths
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West Virginia election coverage drives Jon Stewart to drink
This is Jon Stewart as very, very best.  Also, he had this great segment on the GOP's new slogan too.

Jon Stewart
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Bill O'Reilly's Producer Version of the O'Reilly Meltdown Video
Funny Stuff.

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Art And Video Links For 05/12/2008

KuKulaland - The Strange and Wonderful Artwork of KuKula
These are great!  I love her unique weird doll-like style. I want one!  Also, read Kukula's bio; it's a riot!

Kitty Cat (2006)

Hobbie Time (2006)
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Wiktor Michajlowitsch Wassnezow
"Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (1848— Moscow, June 23, 1926) was a Russian artist who specialized in mythological and historical subjects. He is considered a key figure of the revivalist movement in Russian art."  You can find a complete list (226 Images) of his Wikimedia images is here.

Angel (1885-1896)

Gamaun - The Prophetic Bird (1897)
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Bogdan Prystrom - The Photomontage Gallery
Also, here is a video of Bogdan's amazing artwork.

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Bathing Suit from the 1920s
There was just one of these, but isn't it great?

A Bathing Beauty
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Mojo Repair Shop Via Little Hokum Rag
This site specializes in classic and sexy album covers.

The Surf Creature
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The Art of Alex Gross  Via Femme
I blogged Alex Gross over four years ago.  I still like his artwork.  It reminds me of old Japanese advertising and propaganda posters.

Ice Cream Cone (2007)
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The Ramones - Pet Sematary [Lyrics]
When I read that story sickening story about the Pentagon using a pet crematorium for our soldiers, I thought this song by the Ramones says it best for all veterans.  BTW, if you are going to continue your goddamn war for oil, please make damn sure you take care of the soldiers by providing them proper gear in Iraq, proper health care and also helping them with education, etc. after they served thier country, and please don't bury them in pet cemetery for Christ's sakes!

The Ramones
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Carmen Cavallaro - Voodoo Moon Via Rip Rense
When you watch this video, you will understand why this guy was called the Poet of the Piano.

Poet of the Piano
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The Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane (Live)
This reminds me of an old girlfriend, but I can't remember what her name was. ;-)

Lou Reed
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Flying Lizards - And Then He Kissed Me
This is kind of a surreal video, but lot's of fun.

The Flying Lizards
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The Colbert Report on Oil Profiteering
Colbert skewers Big Oil's propaganda machine.

Stephen Colbert
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Great tits cope well with warming
You bet!

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Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning
"Dorothea Tanning (born August 25, 1910) is an American painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer. She has also designed sets and costumes for ballet and theatre."  She was also the wife of Dada and Surrealist artist Max Ernst.  In fact, I found out about Ms. Tanning when I watched a documentary about the life of Max Ernst.  In the movie, they showed her most famous painting Birthday (below), which inspired me to write this article.  In addition to Wikimedia, I found collections of her images at Frey Norris Gallery, Bluffton University, The Tate and Ten Dreams.  Also, here is a YouTube video tribute of her work.

Birthday (1942)
Note: Scroll down to see the painting.

Family Portrait (1954)


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Photos From The Allied Occupation Of Japan (1948-1951)

JAPAN : 1948-1951 : Photography & Social Research during the Allied Occupation
This is a fascinating collection of 300 photographs (online rare book) that John W. Bennett took during the Allied Occupation of Japan.  This is very interesting time in which Japan was re-discovering itself in its new found government based on Western democracy.  This is also from the period that was part of the Golden Age Japanese cinema, e.g., Rashomon and Late Spring.

Here's a description from the introduction of the exhibit:

Photographs taken by anthropologist John W. Bennett in occupied Japan, 1948-1951, (a few were made in the 1960's during his term at Waseda University), with comments on the photos by Bennett. Also included are extensive selections from Bennett's professional journal of the period, and other documents. Consisting of a personal and professional memoir, this site is also a record of a unique experiment in social analysis and research that focuses on a period of particular significance in the development of Japanese and international history, politics, economics, and culture.

There are diverse portfolio sections that cover everything from Iconic Mt. Fuji to the prostitutes in Women of the Night.

Here's a selection of John Bennett's photos I liked best, but it was very hard to choose because there so many fascinating images.

A Musical Bodhisatva

Mount Fuji from Misawa Pass

Children visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura

The Great Kaminarimon--"Thunder Gateway" to the Asakusa Kannon (1962)

Another Heian Female Personality in the Jidai Matsuri Procession (1962)

Hotel Umbrellas Drying in the Sun at a Ryokan (Traditional-Style Inn) in Atami

Ama Diving Girls

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Japanese Calendar And Industrial Advertising Images

Japanese Advertising Images
I'm not even sure how I found these lithographs, but there is a little treasure trove of some really nice Japanese calendar and advertising images on this site.  Unfortunately, the Babelfish translation of this page is pretty hard understand, but the images speak for themselves.  The main page for this site is here.

Okada Saburo help picture (1908)

Temple pine Kunitarou picture (1915-17)

Wada three structure picture (1909)

The greenery picture (1931)

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Art And Video Links For 05/05/2008

Ernest Normand
I really couldn't find that much information about Normand on the Internet except I found out that he was married to one of the members Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Henrietta Rae.

The White Slave (1894)
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T. Privat-Livemont
I wish there were more examples available of his wonderful posters.

Absinthe Robette (1896)
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Albert Lynch
What a sweetheart, no?

The Letter
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Dizzy Gillespie - "Salt Peanuts" - 1947
The one and only.

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Captain Beefheart - Big Eyed Beans from Venus (1980)
We're down to the dozens!

Distant Cousins, There's a Limited Supply.
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Monty Python - Salad Days
This is one of my favorite Python sketches.

Michael Palin Stars in Samuel Peckinpah's Salad Days
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The Empire Strikes Barack

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The Art of Symbolist Painter Carlos Schwabe

Carlos Schwabe [Bio]
These are selected images by the fascinating Swiss-German Symbolist painter and illustrator Carlos Schwabe (not to be confused with Charles Schwab).  I really like to get the book Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Meunier in 1900, which many of Schwabe's images below were taken from.  The Hymne below reminds me a lot of William Blake's work.  I also found out that Spleen and Ideal an album by Dead Can Dance (a great album) was inspired by the image with the same name from Fleurs du Mal. There are more images of his work available at the Pony Gallery and at ArtMagic.

Les Fleurs du Mal Illustration, Hymne (1900)

Ange d'espérance (1895)

The Grave Digger's Death (1895) via AHR

Les Fleurs du Mal Illustration, Destruction 1900

Study For The Wave 2 (1907)
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April 2008

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