Art and Modernity



Friday, 24 December, 2010

Butterfly Factory

Carl Mydans, Vladimir Nabokov chasing butterflies, 1958

 Carl Spitzweg, The Butterfly Catcher, 1840

 Randolph Caldecott (1846-86), The Professor's Class

 French School, Held Aloft by Umbrellas and Butterflies, Men and Women Fly Out of Windows

 Goya, They have flown, plate 61 of 'Los caprichos', 1799

 Toyen, Sleeper, 1937

 Irina Polin, Butterfly 2009

 Martin Eder, Good Bye, 2008

 André Breton chasing butterflies with Benjamin Péret in St.-Cirq, c. 1959

Hotel of Sparks
by André Breton

The philosophical butterfly
Alights on the rosy star
And that makes a window in hell
The masked man is still standing in front of the naked woman
Whose hair glides like in the morning the light on a streetlamp that has not been extinguished
The learned furniture urges on the room that juggles
With its rose-windows
Its circular sunbeams
Its glass mouldings
Within which a geometric sky is turning blue
In memory of the inimitable breast
Now the cloud of a garden passes over the head of the man who has just sat down
And is cutting in two the woman with the bust of magic and the Parma eyes
It is the hour when the polar bear with the highly intelligent look
Stretches himself and counts a day

 André Breton, Le déclin de la société bourgeoise, about 1935 - 1940

 Max Ernst, Und die Schmetterlinge beginnen zu singen. Illustrationsvorlage zu 'La femme 100 têtes', Paris 1929

 Max Bucaille (1906-1992), Untitled (Butterfly)

 Jindřich Štyrský, Alabastrová ručička ["Little Alabaster Hand"], 1940

 Edith Rimmington, The Decoy, 1948

 David E. Scherman, Woman wearing a mask to the masked ball, Paris 1946

 Julien Pacaud

 Jo Whaley, Sphinx pereleganis

 Krysztof Wladika

 Jozef Mehoffer (1869-1946), The Strange Garden, n.d.

 Berthe Morisot, The Butterfly Hunt, 1874

 Michelangelo Maestri, Cupid led by butterflies, c. 1800

 William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Flora and Zephyr, 1875

 Toyen (Maria Cerminova), Cover für Jindrich Heislers "Nur die Turmfalken brunzen ruhig auf die 10 Gebote", 1939

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 Julien Pacaud, Butterfly Factory

 Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1940

 Larry Rivers, Madame Butterfly, 1978

 Terry Richardson

 Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Still Life of Dead Birds and Cherries, 1712

 Pierre Roy, Butterflies No. 1 and No. 2, 1931, oil on canvas

 Dali, Allegorie de soie

 Madame Yevonde, 4th July, 1938

 Vincent Van Gogh, Great Peacock Moth

 Andy Warhol, Butterfly


 Leonard Koscianski, Flowers That Fly, 2008

 Yousuf Karsh, Vladimir Nabokov, 1972

Christmas Card

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all my readers.

Thursday, 23 December, 2010


 Anton Stankowski, Verpacktes Verbrechen (Packaged Crime), 1936

 Jason Langer, Hand, Divisadero St., 1995

 Corrie McCluskey, Cellblock Corridor with Bars, Auschwitz, 2001

 Anon., Mugshot Andrew Misner, Howard Hunter, 1934

 Walter Astrada, Femicide in Guatemala

Misha Gordin, The New Crowd, 2001

 Victor Vasarely, JAK, 1965

 Fredrik Marsh, Abandoned Apartment, near Rosenstraße, Berlin 2005

 Marcus Doyle, Monument Diner

 Alex MacLean, B-52 Bone Yard

 Anon., Berlin 1945

Marie Hansen, Rows of WACS after having put on their gas masks for training drill; Fort Des Moines, 1942

 Germaine Krull, Rouages, vers 1929

 Ikko Narahara, Marunouchi, 1954

 Aleksander Rodchenko, A girl with “Leika”, 1934

Robert Heinecken, Cliché Vary/Fetishism, 1974

 Jason Langer, Temptations, 2001

 Lucien Clergue, Room with a View, 1970s

 Andante sostenuto

 Magritte, Golconde, 1950

 Eugene De Salignac,  Brooklyn Bridge Painters, 1914 

 Arthur Tress, Flying Dream, Queens, NY, 1971

 Hiroshi Watanabe, El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador, 2002

 Michael Levin, Ginseng Farm

 Alex MacLean, Parking Lot Markings

 David Burdeny, Rails, Japan, 2006

Along this road
Goes no one,
This autumn eve.


 Bill Brandt, A Snicket in Halifax, 1937

 Wols, Paris 1937

 Albrecht Tübke, Twins

 British School, The Cholmondeley Ladies circa 1600-10

Guillaume-Amant Duchenne de Boulogne, Plates 79 - 84 [Électro-Physiologie Photographique], 1862

Eadweard Muybridge, Woman Walking Downstairs, 1901 

 Sol LeWitt, Book cover for Sunrise & Sunset at Praiano (Rizzoli 1980)

 Mark Tansey, A Short History of Modernist Painting, 1982

 Antonio Donghi, Giocoliere, 1926

 Somewhere in Moscow

 Rinko Kawachi

 A grid of my grids
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