Hiho / henshu iin This series, with its comprehensive scope and visual material goes beyond the usual survey of Japanese religious sites. Temples, shrines, and their treasured objects that are important to the history of Japan are represented. Prominent historians and art historians undertook this major project to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Kodansha, one of the leading publishers in Japan that specializes in culture. A collaborative effort, the series documents many artifacts usually hidden in treasury vaults. "Hihô" is a significant source of visual material on these religious sites, one of an unprecedented quality and thoroughness. Close attention is given to almost every aspect of the individual temples and their treasures, from well-known paintings and sculptures to small-scale ceremonial implements and written historical documents.
Tender Times by Scott C "Pollens" We are so excited to have Scott C. here at Cotton Candy Machine for his first solo show in Brooklyn! Scott's paintings have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. He lives here in Brooklyn now, SO we are couldn't be happier to put on this show with him on his home turf. "Candy Stripes" and "Little Guy Three Spirits" Ethereal Digital Paintings Capture The Look Of Loneliness Loneliness never looked so depressingly good. Variations of glittered deformations form the basis for a grotesquely beautiful motif in the works of Japanese artist 非(xhxix). Digitally sketching, drawing, and painting everything using Photoshop alone, 非 visualizes loneliness in his subjects and decorates them with scars, layers of geometric abstractions and floral imagery. As most of his subjects are young men, the artist explains that “boys are more suitable to express loneliness as women are emotional and powerful.” Concocting images of isolated pain and an ethereal sadness into haunting depictions of young western men, 非 reveals a mystified insight into the depths of the Japanese psyche.
Lotus Throughout his career, Zhang Daqian explored different ways of depicting lotus. Here, he has extended the expressive potential of bravura ink-play pioneered by Xu Wei (1521–1593) and Zhu Da (1626–1705) by adding representational details to abstract patterns of color wash to create an evocative, atmospheric image. He dedicated this work to Lin Yutang with a poetic inscription that reads: Thanks to the silk-washers who did not pluck them,They remain in the rain to shelter the mandarin ducks. (trans. by Shi-yee Liu) This image is executed in what Zhang referred to as his "splashed-ink" style, which he developed in the mid- 1960s. Barbara Cooney Barbara Cooney (August 6, 1917 – March 10, 2000) was an American writer and illustrator of more than 200 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book and a National Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages.
Everything but the Paper Cut: Eye-popping Ways Artists Use Paper In the year since the Museum of Art and Design reopened in its new digs on Columbus Circle, they've been delivering consistently compelling shows--from punk-rock lace to radical knitting experiments. The newest, "Slash: Paper Under the Knife", opened last weekend and runs through April 4, 2010. The focus is paper--and the way contemporary artists have used paper itself as a medium, whether by cutting, tearing, burning, or shredding.
Jian Chong Min Amazing Landscape Painting Pages Sponsored Links Saturday Cartoon Modern Illustrator Eric Sturdevant has posted some terrific Cliff Roberts illustrations on his blog Fun All Around . Roberts (1929-1996) drew these illustrations for the FORD TIMES in the late-1940s while living in Detroit. Right around the time he made these illustrations, he also began to work in animation at Detroit’s Jam Handy Organization. Gene Deitch writes more about Roberts’s early animation career in his on-line autobiography . The first animated work that Roberts designed at Jam Handy was the industrial film BUILDING FRIENDS FOR BUSINESS (1950). Here’s a cel setup from it:
Everyday Objects Come Alive - Part 3 - My Modern Metropolis - StumbleUpon Cookie Crumbs Terry Border is one of our favorite creative people on the planet. He never ceases to amaze us, as he takes boring, everyday objects and makes them come alive! What's great about his work is that it can be enjoyed by everyone.