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Jun
2011

favorite illustrators: edmund dulac

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Edmund Dulac, a French illustrator, is my other favorite artist from the “Golden Age of Illustration.” His lushly detailed illustrations have a beautiful and quietly haunting magical quality.
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Jun
2011

intricate, fluid drawings by sougwen chung

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Sougwen Chung, currently based in Stockholm, is an interdisciplinary artist: her work spans illustration, art direction, design, typography, music, and video. Her distinctive drawings feature fluid lines and intricate, organic shapes.
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Jun
2011

favorite illustrators: kay nielsen

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

The “Golden Age of Illustration”—from the late 1800s until the end of World War I—saw the rise of iconic artists including Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley, Ivan Bilibin, and Sir John Tenniel. One of my favorite artists from this period is Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen.
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Jun
2011

sci-fi illustrations by kilian eng

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I recently came across the work of Kilian Eng, an illustrator based in Stockholm. His striking illustrations combine 80s cartoon style, classic science fiction imagery, and fantastical anime worlds (Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away comes to mind).
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Jun
2011

enchanting, sinister illustrations by james jean

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

James Jean is a giant in the world of illustration, and one of my favorite artists. He won scores of awards for his comic book art (he created stunning covers for Fables, my favorite current series) and received wide acclaim for his work with Prada.
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Jun
2011

le cirque: vintage french circus posters

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

Today’s obsession: this Flickr collection of late 1800s-early 1900s circus and theater posters. I love the flamboyant designs, bold colors, animated drawing style, and most of all, the absolutely ridiculous acts (I mean, The Marvelous Foot Silhouettist?).

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May
2011

animal collective noun prints by woop studios

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Design, Selected Posts | By sue

For something fun to offset this endlessly gross weather, check out this series of animal prints by Woop Studios. Each colorful print depicts a group of animals and the appropriate collective noun used to describe them. I’m obsessed with collective nouns—my favorites include “a murder of crows,” “an exaltation of larks,” and “an aurora of polar bears”—so these really appeal to me.
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May
2011

cherry blossom festival at brooklyn botanical garden

On 01, May 2011 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

This past weekend was Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival, at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. I went on Saturday with a friend and it was absolutely gorgeous. We were incredibly lucky: this year’s festival coincided with a perfect combination of great weather and trees in peak bloom.
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May
2011

100 years of sex: std posters through the years

On 01, May 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

The San Francisco City Clinic is marking its 100th anniversary with an online exhibition of 100 safe sex posters from the past 100 years. It’s really illuminating to see the diversity of approaches–friendly, funny, sensationalist, solemn—and how they illustrate our changing attitudes about sex and sexually-transmitted diseases.
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May
2011

jessica harrison’s “broken” porcelain ladies

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

The porcelain ladies of Jessica Harrison’s “Broken” series are lovely, graceful, and feminine. Of course, they’re also maimed and bloody. Harrison’s sculptures are violent and delicate, disturbing and funny. She creates the pieces by searching out secondhand, mass-produced ceramic figurines whose faces and poses appeal to her, then modifying them.
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May
2011

street art portraits by miso

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Street artist Miso (Stanislava Pinchuk) creates portraits that are simultaneously melancholy and joyous: they depict isolation and a forgotten past, but also celebrate tradition, storytelling, and community.
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Apr
2011

after the final curtain

On 07, Apr 2011 | In Art, History, Selected Posts | By sue

Photographer Matt Lambros’s After the Final Curtain project is a series of photo essays exploring “the effects of years of neglect and decay in some of America’s greatest theaters.” Love the lonely, haunting, forgotten feeling of the photographs—and I hope the project will inspire renewed restoration efforts.
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