March 9, 2012
Chinese artist Qian Yi.

Chinese artist Qian Yi.

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March 1, 2012

by Scott Listfield

January 9, 2012

Painting by Christian Schoeler

Painting by Christian Schoeler

December 6, 2011
Return of Ulysses, 1990


A painting by Delmas Howe was recently featured on the over of one of our books, so I’ve been learning more about the homoerotic folk artist.

Return of Ulysses, 1990

A painting by Delmas Howe was recently featured on the over of one of our books, so I’ve been learning more about the homoerotic folk artist.

(Source: leslielohman.org)

October 12, 2011

Chessmen, by the photographer Erwin Olaf.

(Source: erwinolaf.com)

July 8, 2011

Cy Twombly by Robert Rauschenberg, 1952

(thanks, Glen!)

Cy Twombly by Robert Rauschenberg, 1952

(thanks, Glen!)

July 5, 2011
RIP Cy Twombly

RIP Cy Twombly

June 28, 2011
A box of junk someone left on the curb outside my building.

A box of junk someone left on the curb outside my building.

March 20, 2011
"The work is not the vision itself, certainly. It is not the vision filled in, as if it had been a coloring book. It is not the vision reproduced in time; that were impossible. It is rather a simulacrum and a replacement. It is a golem. You try—you try every time—to reproduce the vision, to let your light so shine before men. But you can only come along with your bushel and hide it."

— Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

March 20, 2011
"Here is a fairly sober version of what happens in the small room between the writer and the work itself. It is similar to what happens between a painter and the canvas. ¶ First you shape the vision of what the projected work of art will be. The vision, I stress, is no marvelous thing: it is the work’s intellectual structure and aesthetic surface. It is a chip of mind, a pleasing intellectual object. It is a vision of the work, not of the world. It is a glowing thing, a blurred thing of beauty. Its structure is at once luminous and translucent; you can see the world through it. After you receive the initial charge of this imaginary object, you add to it at once several aspects, and incubate it most gingerly as it grows into itself."

— Annie Dillard, The Writing Life 

February 23, 2011
Postcard, Kewpie Mayonnaise ad (1932)

I would buy Kewpie-brand anything…

Postcard, Kewpie Mayonnaise ad (1932)

I would buy Kewpie-brand anything…

June 15, 2010
The Fairoaks Project

I am really intrigued by a new exhibition at the DRKRM Gallery in Los Angeles. The Fairoaks Project, polaroids by Frank Melleno taken in 1978 at the Fairoaks Hotel, a bathhouse in San Francisco.

Situated in a refurbished Victorian building near a black ghetto, The Fairoaks was known for its laid-back and racially integrated ambiance. Bold and unapologetic, Melleno’s images capture an aspect of gay life rarely seen in snapshot photography: sexually candid encounters that are playful, spontaneous and often affectionate. The dark storm of drug abuse and pandemic disease that would soon overtake the community is not visible in these celebratory pictures.

The link is not-safe-for-work but the candid shots are beautiful. There’s always a danger in waxing elegiac about pre-AIDS gay culture, but these images seem to capture a particular moment of innocence.

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