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7 Reasons I Need To Know The Top Los Angeles Art Power Couples

Susan Michals has written an article in ArtNet News listing the 10 Los Angeles Art Power Couples You Need To Know. I had not considered familiarity with any art power couple anywhere to be a necessity, and was prepared simply to dismiss the article, but then I paused to contemplate the possibilities.

The following are […]

The Four Hundred Aztec Rabbits of Drunkenness

The Totochtli were the children of Mayahuel, a goddess who discovered pulque, an alcoholic drink made from a part of the agave plant. The agave itself is depicted as having 400 breasts, feeding the 400 rabbits, and Mayahuel is also depicted in this way. As a divinity of fertility, Mayahuel has the Virgin Mary beat, hands down. […]

Extraterrestrial Art History Opportunity

No, I’m not talking about aliens doing watercolors.

There’s an opportunity to mark the historical significance of earth-bound humans, but to do so on the planet Mercury.

There are five unnamed craters on Mercury, and the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging Team is sponsoring a contest to determine names for them. Up through […]

Mysterious Assemblages For Monday

Monday is a day of regularity. It is a day of predictable assemblages of people and objects.

To counter Monday’s clockwork, I present the following links to mysterious assemblages:

The Guilty River, a free ebook by Wilkie Collins opens with a dreary time: “The mysterious assemblage of trees was blacker than the blackening sky. Of […]

Does Art Really Overcome Prejudice?

Art may sometimes oppose prejudice, but it can just as easily be used to support prejudice. […]

The Culture Of Academic Book Covers

I have never understood why so many academic books have abstract, irrelevant pieces of artwork on their covers, when it would not be difficult to add a photograph or sketch related to the topic of the book.

This book, for example – The Cultures Of Work Organizations, by Harrison Truce and Janice Beyer – […]

How Scary Would You Become To Escape NSA Spies?

The very fact that we’re being observed by spies dramatically limits the trajectories we can take. […]

How To Lead A Fascinating Life

The elements of culture found on the the Pinterest social media site fascinates me, because it’s graphically-based, and therefore often is suggestive of ideas, rather than explicit. Yet, some people use the graphic format of Pinterest merely to post graphics of text, without any non-verbal visual element at all.

It’s a curious choice, going against […]

The Infinite Vapidity Of Books As Visual Props

This piece of conceptual art is conceptually stunted, going only a short distance beyond the statement of a person who buys Reader’s Digest condensed editions to place on their shelves to add a sense of refinement to their knick knacks. […]

Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of Robert Rauschenberg

Just as Sherlock Holmes needs Dr. Watson to function, perhaps Maria Konnikova could use a dash of Robert Rauschenberg to temper her mental discipline. […]

The Original Good Shepherd

Here, next to the rosy colored church Good Shepherd is an ancient depiction of the Greek god Hermes, in a motif known as Hermes Kriophoros – referred to by the ancient Greeks, before Christianity, as the good shepherd. […]