Sunday, May 18, 2008

Looking Inside Yourself

Taizoki (Womb World) of Ryokai Mandara, Early Heian period, Japan.

Made of 12 zones that represent the world of Buddha with the figure in the middle being the Cosmic Buddha. There are more than 400 figures in the surrounding areas including deities, animals and spirits.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Selling Yourself

Attributed to Huizong, Auspicious Cranes, 1112, Chinese Handscroll, Laioning Provincial Museum, Shenyang.
The appearence of 20 cranes at a festival was taken as a sign that Heaven had blessed the Emporer's rule, this work was produced by the Emporer as a piece of propaganda. Huizong was the Emperor.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sweet Joy

William Blake, Infant Joy, From the Songs of Innocence, 1789.
'I have no name;
I am but two days old.'
What shall I call thee?
'I happy am,
Joy is my name.'
Sweet joy befall thee!
Pretty joy!
Sweet joy, but two days old.
Sweet joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while;
Sweet joy befall thee!

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Double Header

War Helmet, Tlingit, Alaska, 1888-1893, American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Made by a group of Native Americans from the coast of SE Alaska this expressive helmet would no doubt startle their enemies.

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Monday, May 05, 2008


Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent,1999, Matthew Marks Gallery

The photograph has been manipulated to enhance the consumer experience, removing shadows, adding a mirror to the ceiling, repeating the images, and removing the shoppers.
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