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Thread for links, post images, or just talk about what you've been liking. Any styles at all.

I'll mostly be posting links, sorry but I can't be fucked with photobucket type of stuff anymore.

Love this sculptor, astoundingly intricate

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 January 2021 20:41 (three years ago) link

Wonderful moody pixel art

calstars, Friday, 22 January 2021 20:43 (three years ago) link

Nice, I seen a lot of this type of stuff on twitter lately so I'm glad I've got a starting place for it on instagram. I've lost interest in playing videogames for quite a long time now but I still like a lot of the visuals and I like that people are exploring the visuals without the gameplay.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 January 2021 21:01 (three years ago) link

Same here
I started a thread on it a few years back: pixel art

calstars, Friday, 22 January 2021 21:09 (three years ago) link

More amazing sculptures

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:04 (three years ago) link

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Love this guy, amazing fantasies, character designs

Iran Lomiel is very NSFW, her girls look too similar a lot of the time but I think it might be deliberate. There is more really good ones on e-hentai but not sure how moderators would feel about linking there.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 22:23 (three years ago) link

Big fan of this cinema 4d / octane cyberpunk vibe

calstars, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:12 (three years ago) link

This dog mirror thing by Hajime Machida is one of the weirdest things I've seen recently, the hair puppet is pretty good too.


— 町田肇 Hajime Machida (@Hajime_Machida) January 30, 2021

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:33 (three years ago) link

I written Lomeli as Lomiel, sorry.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:35 (three years ago) link

Hate how expensive art books become and that so many of them are about a writers thoughts rather than the pictures of the artist. I don't think there is a decent affordable book of Reginald Marsh.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 18 March 2021 22:34 (three years ago) link

Taschen often surprises with $40 or less reissues of previously pricey books (the trade-off is a smaller page size than the original books).

Get on their mailing list for advance notice on twice-yearly slightly damaged or display copy sales. I've scored things like the $150 complete H. Bosch for $50.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 19 March 2021 06:31 (three years ago) link

C4d fucking sucks

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 06:43 (three years ago) link

Platform arm sucks

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 06:56 (three years ago) link


Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 06:56 (three years ago) link

Why is it that so many anti-capitalists love the most commercial cartoons in a style bred from generations of artists simplifying their work for deadlines to make a living? And these artists often end up choking on their style that has been narrowed by necessity.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 19 March 2021 18:22 (three years ago) link

sorry, i was drunk last night, and unlike many of those nights, it was definitely on purpose.

"platform art sucks" - what i mean by that is the act of making or modifying art to meet the requirements of a platform. i did this a lot, which is my art sucked. it can mean taking a video and changing the dimensions of it to make it meet the platform, or making an image square for instagram, or 1080p for facebook or twitter, or cutting the length so it doesn't go over. all of that sucks.

platform art that REALLY sucks is what you end up with at the end - people using Instagram "Create" mode and then describing themselves as "insta creators" in their bio and having 280K followers. it's like they walked into the crayola store and got handed that box with 16 colors and decided they were set for life

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 18:49 (three years ago) link

if you get really good at C4D, you can make art like beeple, that's why it sucks

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 18:50 (three years ago) link

art is always constrained by the technical possibilities of the time - both what is available in the world, and also what is available (financially and practically) to the artist. constraints are a very good thing. but what we have now is a bunch of people who learned what an arpeggiator was and never moved past that because arpeggios are very popular

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 18:51 (three years ago) link

and now we have Michael Arpeggio and he made 42058 billion dollars and everyone wants to suck his arpeggio

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 18:52 (three years ago) link

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Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 12 April 2021 21:20 (three years ago) link

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 20:44 (three years ago) link

Andres Rios, nice

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 19 April 2021 20:20 (three years ago) link

Amazing portraits by Michael Taylor

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 19 April 2021 22:53 (three years ago) link

doggin’ it

Also liked his other recent thing about the office printer

calstars, Sunday, 25 April 2021 21:25 (three years ago) link
Angela Dalinger

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 20:39 (three years ago) link

the tone and the brush strokes on this are killing me:

I took drugs recently and why doesn't the UK? (ledge), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 07:52 (three years ago) link

"Spirit of the Southern", 1969. By the under-appreciated Harry Stevens, for British Rail. This glorious painting of an electric train zipping through the Weald to the coast, as my desktop background, is my daily reminder that daytrips & tiny adventures aren’t far away again.

— Tim Dunn (@MrTimDunn) April 24, 2021

(a zinged up version of the original

I took drugs recently and why doesn't the UK? (ledge), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 07:58 (three years ago) link

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Victor Brauner anticipates videogames

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 20 May 2021 21:04 (three years ago) link

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Book covers and illustrations

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 4 June 2021 19:31 (three years ago) link

Mathieu Desjardins. Love this, some of it gives me Voivod vibes

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 4 June 2021 19:55 (three years ago) link

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— Akeylion (@UniverseChew) June 14, 2021

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:53 (three years ago) link


calstars, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 00:08 (three years ago) link

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Very nice

See also

calstars, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:10 (two years ago) link

This is horrible

This is not how to understand or find the value in art. Engagement obsession is a sickness. You’d think “we” would have figured that out by now.

— Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta) July 17, 2021

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 30 July 2021 22:08 (two years ago) link

Christian Santiago. Grotesque, dark, gay, NSFW and really brilliant

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 1 August 2021 18:13 (two years ago) link

The cameras are ugly as shit and that could be redone but I don't see the idea as necessarily horrible? This seems more like something to help study and plan exhibit flow and crowd maintenance.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 1 August 2021 18:32 (two years ago) link

i guess it depends on what the museum is for: the best art, or the most popular art

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 1 August 2021 19:40 (two years ago) link

or, replace "popular" with eye-grabbing, controversial, or even "has figures in it"

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 1 August 2021 19:42 (two years ago) link

but if the museum is for the hits, play the hits. but i'd be annoyed if it was a museum i liked to visit

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 1 August 2021 19:43 (two years ago) link

Love some of the toothy smiles this biker guy does. Some nudity

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 2 August 2021 17:48 (two years ago) link

ncxkd, Saturday, 7 August 2021 05:03 (two years ago) link

xps - Museums have a pretty good idea of the most popular art already, I expect (and this kind of work has been done forever just with actual people doing the observing)?

From the researchers -

Some of the researchers’ findings have been unexpected. Examining observer data from the two sides of a 14th-century diptych by Vitale degli Equi, data showed that “attention was immediately attracted to the ‘busier’ representation of Saint Peter’s blessing, to the right,” said Bologna Musei President Roberto Grandi. He was surprised to find that many visitors simply skipped the diptych’s left half.

“Does it have to do with the fact that while someone observes an artwork, a glimpse of another one works its way into the corner of the eye?” Grandi asked. “Or is it a question of layout logistics? We have no magic formulas, but the more objective information we get, the more we can improve our offerings.”

The data could lead to changes in lighting, staging and placement of artworks in relation to one another, Grandi said, with findings suggesting that museums and galleries might want to rethink how to make some paintings and sculptures more visible and accessible.

That doesn't seem objectionable at all - if this research does help with spacing to get people to spend more time looking at art they'd glance at and then get distracted by something else, that's good right?

Joe Bombin (milo z), Saturday, 7 August 2021 05:25 (two years ago) link

ncxkd, Saturday, 7 August 2021 06:20 (two years ago) link

Milo - fair points

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 7 August 2021 17:52 (two years ago) link

Colorful spooky forest erotica with lots of erections, scroll down and there's amazingly detailed sculptures and photography too

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 21:52 (two years ago) link

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Second poster used to reallt scare me when viewed at full size

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 August 2021 00:16 (two years ago) link

He had a piece on the cover of Artforum last year. He's tremendous, imho.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Monday, 1 November 2021 20:29 (two years ago) link

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Creating a hashtag just to give me-self a pretense to thread art of the past ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

— LaumeB (@GlitchedAnanke) November 9, 2021

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 2 January 2022 20:11 (two years ago) link

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dang, that's amazing

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 22:45 (two years ago) link

yeah lovely stuff. also liked this i saw today:

Contemporary artist Lena Limkina created an “artist's diary,” with pen and and ink journal sketches #WomensArt

— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) February 9, 2022

ledge, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 10:52 (two years ago) link

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From 1991-1992 Suzanne Treister made fictional video game stills using Deluxe Paint II, and took photos of them. The original floppies are corrupt(!) so only the photographs remain! Amazing example of computer art from this era, predating the glitch art of today by decades.

— brandon sheffield (@necrosofty) April 21, 2020

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:10 (two years ago) link
corey k lamb

Karl Malone, Friday, 1 April 2022 17:41 (two years ago) link

Thank you Premlak 🙏

— LC von Hessen ☠ (@LCvonHessen) March 29, 2022

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 1 April 2022 20:53 (two years ago) link

josie perry

im zelenky (||||||||), Friday, 1 April 2022 21:03 (two years ago) link

ran across Nicolae Grigorescu today

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 04:10 (two years ago) link

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Always liked this book but never knew anything about it

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 April 2022 19:15 (two years ago) link

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Didn't know this series was back on but it's been going a few years and quite enjoyable at times

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 May 2022 23:52 (two years ago) link

hadn't heard of that, looks interesting!

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Sunday, 29 May 2022 21:31 (two years ago) link

The Claire Wendling and Jung Gi Kim videos might be a good starter

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 29 May 2022 23:13 (two years ago) link

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Anyone know who this cover painting is by?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 7 August 2022 00:37 (one year ago) link

Looks like Kirchner

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 7 August 2022 00:51 (one year ago) link

Deflatormouse is right, “Potsdamer Platz” by Kirchner.

Tim, Sunday, 7 August 2022 07:57 (one year ago) link


I should know this artist who did this cover but I'm totally blanking

This is the most beautifully awful book cover I've seen and it makes it even better that it's on a fairly big classics line

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 7 August 2022 18:51 (one year ago) link

The artist of the Leskov cover is Ildar Zaripov and the painting translates as Zulfiya, Kazan beauty (1975). I don't think he's well known, at least outside Russia, and I haven't been able to find reference to the painting outside the Penguin cover. I only found it out because the relevant page is on Google Books.

Alba, Sunday, 7 August 2022 19:42 (one year ago) link

You can find a bit more about him online if you search by his name in Cyrillic: Ильдара Зарипова

Alba, Sunday, 7 August 2022 19:44 (one year ago) link

Thankyou very much. The style looked very familiar so I just assumed I knew the artist but I didn't. And on searching Zaripov, nothing else really looks like that painting.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 7 August 2022 20:23 (one year ago) link

Michael Heizer's earthwork City is finally done.

nickn, Friday, 19 August 2022 21:34 (one year ago) link

I have never been to Nevada but that seems like a fine destination!

in other artnews, frank stella sucks

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 August 2022 21:41 (one year ago) link

I am in total awe of Heizer's City. The aerial shots in this NYT feature are stunning:

Of course I'd love to see it IRL, but based on how they're running the visitation process I'm expecting to wait several years.

J. Sam, Tuesday, 23 August 2022 02:49 (one year ago) link

Noriyoshi Ohrai - Green Universe

His books aren't easy to find so I was happy to find this even though it was expensive. He might be most famous for his Goonies and Godzilla posters (I think the former was used around the world) but he did so much more. He can do just about anything Drew Struzan and Frank Frazetta can do and more. There's Star Wars, samurai and disaster movie posters; extremely realistic cigarette adverts and portraits of actors and politicians; immense battleships of sea and space; covers for Koei games, military history books, men's adventure, manly genres in general, Kazumasa Hirai (Wolf Guy and Genma Taisen), EE Doc Smith, Isaac Asimov, Dan Simmons, some book covers reminiscent of Jack Davis film posters, and some books that look remarkably like Metal Gear Solid (Hideo Kojima said his art was a big influence and got him to make a few images for MGS). I'm sure the contents of most of these books were a comedown.

My favorite thing in the book was the section on his SF Adventure magazine covers. I don't know why he did this or if it was his own idea but he taken famous women from ancient history (although I'm pretty sure one of them is Marie Curie) and made them look like glamour models doing fashion shoots, often dressing like Dejah Thoris. The color combinations are really strong and there's usually a mix of different time periods in each image, pieces of the past and a science fictional future. When you pick them apart they're really daft but I think they're probably his best work.

This book is a dazzler but he's done so much more and there's never been an english language art book and Taschen should get on that as soon as possible.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 27 August 2022 18:56 (one year ago) link

David G. Goodman - Angura: Posters Of The Japanese Avant-Garde

This is specifically posters for theatre from 60s-70s. It's a very slim book but an interesting overview of the time, along with the posters and there's photos of performances. There's a lot of focus on the rejection of modernism and designs that would be internationally accessible, because they wanted to reclaim things like the disreputable side of Kabuki and other parts of japanese culture that were getting buried. We also see what parts of western culture they were embracing.

Some of it leans towards psychedelic, some photo collage and there's several famous manga artists. My favorite is Oikawa Masamichi because of his detailed rendering style. Goodman gives commentary for each poster and he sees lots of sexual symbolism I don't. There's a bibliography at the back including plays that have been translated into english (this book is from 1999 though).

I know next to nothing about avant-garde theatre but I was intrigued by the ideas: distinctions between very different seeming things fading into chaos; a play's second act having a real bus journey that takes the audience to an apartment to interview the people who live there; a Shuji Terayama play that none of the audience gets to see the whole of, so the different segments of the audience has to share what happened in the parts they did see to construct the whole story.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 8 September 2022 18:56 (one year ago) link

Pete Beard's channel is quite impressive

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 19:18 (one year ago) link

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Re: Heizer's City, has anyone seen any reports from anyone who has visited it? As far as I know it opened in early September, but I can't find anything except a YouTube video of some dudes who attempted to go there and skateboard on it (obv that didn't work out for them).

J. Sam, Thursday, 6 October 2022 16:50 (one year ago) link

Questionable thread to put this in but I couldn't think of a better thread: The Last Family (2016), a biopic about Zdzislaw Beksinski and his family (his radio DJ/music critic/translator son Tomasz gets the second most attention) is great, doesn't follow the usual biopic patterns either (or I didn't notice them). Great to hear Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook in a film too, great choice.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 8 October 2022 18:25 (one year ago) link

I was surprised by just how much raw material there was to work from (loads of recordings, interviews), seems unusual for that kind of artist but maybe not

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:04 (one year ago) link

a good vid

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 October 2022 04:11 (one year ago) link

Activists with @JustStop_Oil have thrown tomato soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the national Gallery and glued themselves to the wall.

— Damien Gayle (@damiengayle) October 14, 2022

Karl Malone, Friday, 14 October 2022 14:02 (one year ago) link

Kim Jung Gi died of a heart attack at 47

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 15 October 2022 11:08 (one year ago) link

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Lovely documentary about Leonor Fini from 1987. I haven't seen many things like this for artists I'm so fond of. I have no idea what kind of percentage of her work is available online and in books in one handy place because it seems like there was probably hundreds and hundreds of stuff. She shows her phone doodles and they're mostly cat people, the cat men in wrestling pants made me laugh.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 12 November 2022 21:38 (one year ago) link

During lockdown, I got a bit addicted to Sotheby's and Christie's Youtube channels, the auctions can make you a bit queasy but before each auction livestream they often float out these short films, dedicated to the painter and painting for sale, and they can be very illuminating.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 23:07 (one year ago) link

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I had seen some of the paintings but never knew about the sottobosco movement, this was pretty exciting for me

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 3 December 2022 17:55 (one year ago) link

Love this bollock naked man jumping up with flying dogs

The images aren't loading right for me but this is the only place I've seen these pictures all in one place. I wonder what her writing is like?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 10 December 2022 18:06 (one year ago) link

That jumping dogs piece is intense...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Saturday, 10 December 2022 18:32 (one year ago) link

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Really loving James Pryde, a lot of his paintings look like formerly wealthy people living in the ruins of their homes or just a generally darkening world.
Nice painting of Henry Irving

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 23 January 2023 00:10 (one year ago) link

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Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 22:56 (one year ago) link

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Thought it was her husband she killed but no

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 29 April 2023 21:36 (one year ago) link

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Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 25 September 2023 18:47 (nine months ago) link

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 25 September 2023 20:00 (nine months ago) link

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I got lost in this amazing shop site connected to the 50Watts online gallery and I don't believe I've ever seen Gerard Wagner before, there's not much of him online but there's a few recent books devoted to him and his work with Rudolf Steiner

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 10 December 2023 21:08 (seven months ago) link

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I find this Terrance Lindall painting quite funny

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 22:48 (four days ago) link

I love Rose O'Neill's sweet monsters series, she really needs a new book (like thousands of other artists really), would like to get hold of some of her novels too

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 22:52 (four days ago) link

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