Category Archives: Art

Neon Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Downtown Vegas ca. 1948-1950. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Artist Stanislav Szukalski, A Forgotten Master

Sir Barken Hyena writes: Cultural memory is a roulette wheel, and there’s no telling who will survive to be one of the “deathless greats”. Some come and go, as Shakespeare has, and some never get a shot at the big … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “Daughters of Lusting Torment” is my nominee for Title of the Year. Published February 1939. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Fuck Clement Greenberg

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In discussions of literature and architecture, I still come across would-be intellectuals who invoke art critic Clement Greenberg’s distinction between the avant-garde and kitsch. Of course, for such people avant-garde is doubleplusgood, while kitsch is one small step … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Published October, 1930. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Prigs Against Private Imagination

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A UK group calling itself 50 Shades Is Abuse, “the original campaign to raise awareness that the 50 Shades of Grey series romanticises domestic abuse,” isn’t too happy about the movie adaptation opening this week: “We want to … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” a novelty fabric designed by Ralph Barton based on his illustrations for the Anita Loos novel of the same name, crêpe de Chine, 1927. Click on the image to enlarge.

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