pray for Blake
27 September 2014
Oranges – Donald Sulton
Marcel Broodthaers, The Conquest of Space, Atlas for the Use of Artists and the Military, 1975.
Wharton Esherick Home Studio Staircase
Part II of 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001) – Andreas Gursky
One very fancy ancient spoon.
Intended to be used for ointment, this Egyptian spoon with a pivoting lid is made of ivory and dates to ca. 1336–1327 BCE.
The late Eighteenth Dynasty was one of the the most flamboyant and excessive periods of design in Egyptian history. This spoon demonstrates the dominant aesthetic of the day: the complementary union of naturalistic elements, formal design, and excessive, stylized detailing.
The motif is a pomegranate branch terminating in a huge reddish-yellow fruit that swivels on a tiny pivot to reveal the bowl of the spoon. Tiny pomegranates, brightly painted flowers, and slender leaves project from the stem that serves as the handle. Beneath the lowest leaves the artisan has added an extraordinary embellishment: two lotus flowers, each with a Mimispos fruit emerging from it.
Although the individual elements of the spoon are treated with painstaking attention to detail, the design itself is pure fantasy. For example, pomegranate flowers and fruit never appear on a tree at the same time. (-Brooklyn Museum)
"Because the Night" – Patti Smith Group
Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)
Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934
Map of the world showing the direction of the ocean currents. 1895.
From The Pyramids of Gizeh, From Actual Survey and Admeasurement (1839–42) by James Ernest Perring
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