Category Archives: Art

Scruton on Kitsch

The great Roger Scruton on “the strangely enduring power of kitsch.”

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The Art Hitler Hated

The NY Review of Books is a very Tribe-heavy, culture-oriented publication. (Check out the names in their Masthead to see what I mean.) In their current issue, Michael Kimmelman looks at “The Art Hitler Hated“. I love how Cornelius Gurlitt … Continue reading

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RIP: H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist who shot to fame when his aesthetic style (i.e., ‘biomechanoids’) was tapped by Ridley Scott for Alien (1979), has died at age 74. The terrifying creature and sets he created for Ridley Scott’s film earned … Continue reading

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When Hitler Was Curator

In “When Hitler Was Curator“, Morgan Meis discusses a new exhibit harkening to the famous “Degenerate Art” exhibit Hitler curated at Berlin’s Haus Der Kunst in 1937: The current show at the Neue Galerie in New York City (“Degenerate Art: … Continue reading

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L.A.: City of Angles

If you’re a fan of L.A.’s architectural styles from the 1940s through the 1960s (think art deco, John Lautner, Disney’s Tomorrowland, etc.), you’ll enjoy Charlotte Allen’s recent piece in The Weekly Standard (“City of Angles“), which is largely a review … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Artwork

Beyond being a reknowned philologist and iconic literary giant, J.R.R. Tolkien was also a talented artist. Here’s an article featuring some of his sketches and paintings, done from the age of 12 and forward.

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Public Library of Cincinnati

It was built in 1874 and torn down in 1955, but here are some spectacular old photos of the Public Library of Cincinnati (Hat tip: Steve Sailer.)

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I, Pet Goat II

This animated video is both beautiful and disturbing, with one DMT aficionado comparing the video to the DMT trip itself. It’s a compelling morphing of CGI, political topicality, conspiracy symbolism, and straight-out surrealism. Don’t let the Bush puppet at the … Continue reading

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Lautner’s Bob Hope Home For Sale

The famous Lautner-designed Bob Hope house is for sale, with an asking price of $50 million: Bob Hope owned a collection of homes in Palm Springs and the L.A. area, and two have already hit the market — both snagging … Continue reading

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Amangiri Resort

While it’s well above my pay grade (nightly rates from $1,100 to $7,500), the Amangiri Resort in southern Utah looks absolutely stunning. Ensconced in the natural rock formations that face Escalante National Monument, the modernist architecture of this place obviously … Continue reading

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