Abandon the Parents (at Statens Museum for Kunst)


Abandon the Parents (at Statens Museum for Kunst)


Odilon Redon, La Bataille des os (The Battle of the bones), ca. 1881.


Odilon Redon, La Bataille des os (The Battle of the bones), ca. 1881.


Edward Gorey’s covers for Doubleday Anchor Paperbacks


In April 1953, Anchor opened up a new market for paperbacks: the “serious” or academic book. They were the brainchild of twenty-five year old Jason Epstein who convinced Doubleday of the market need for such books in paper editions particularly suited for college use. Epstein’s research so impressed the Doubleday executives that they created such a line and made him editor. The format was the same as the taller mass market size (Signet, Ballantine, etc.), but higher in price: 65¢ to $1.45. Anchor was well received from the start, reaching a mass audience through trade book outlets, campus bookstores and some drugstores. And they had Edward Gorey in charge of the covers.

As art editor, Gorey was responsible for the total cover package, supplying the lettering, typography and design layouts. Often other artist contributed the actual illustration: Leonard Baskin, Milton Glaser, Philippe Julian and even Andy Warhol; but Gorey then designed the finished product lending a uniform appearance to the whole line.

Gorey worked in this capacity from 1953 until 1960, a period which roughly corresponds with Anchor’s first two hundred titles. About a fourth of these have line drawn covers by Gorey. He also designed various covers for Vintage, Capricorn, Compass and other publications that followed Anchor’s lead.

Browse a wonderful set of these covers on Flickr→

Filed under: Edward Gorey


“Dude, there’s tons of wrecks,”

 Dear Students,

At the end of the upcoming semester,  you’ll create a final project in the form of a ‘zine: a little book that is at least 24 pages long, with visual and written elements.

This video shows you how you will do it.  And also what the weather will be like when the semester is over in December. In. Madison. Wis. Con. Sin.

Each Car = An idea about what your final project will be about.

Then other ideas come but they stall out.

Then even more ideas come and try not to crash into the stalled out ideas, but they are sliding into them anyway.

Then come even more more more ideas!

And at about 2:29 you are freaking because you realize this is turning into dog pile! You shout “WATCH OUT! WATCH OUT” Then all kinds of fishtail swervey shizz starts to happen and then…

And then…

And then…


Apparently something happens  that is very good but is not shown in this video.

But after it happens your ‘zine is DONE!


And we DIG IT!


Professor Bootsy

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New paintings in progress by gallery artist Jessica Hess.

Join us at our San Francisco gallery space to view Hess’ photorealist oil paintings of the urban landscape, on view this May.

Learn more via our website here.



Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira (previously) recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Because the space provided by the museum was so immense, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive environment where viewers are welcome to enter the artwork and explore the cavernous interior. Transarquitetônica will be on view through the end of November this year, and you can watch the video above by Crane TV to hear Oliveira discuss its creation.

Via Colossal

(via thenearsightedmonkey)