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DIY restoration on 200-year-old masterpiece goes terribly wrong
08.22.2012
09:01 am

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An elderly woman (who goes unnamed) with “good intentions” decided a 19th-century Spanish fresco on a church titled “Ecce Homo” by Elias Garcia Martinez needed a lil’ facelift.

“The restoration work was completed without permission” writes The Telegraph.

Employees at the Centro went to check on the mural at the church of Santuario de Misericodia only to find it drastically altered.

What we are left with is something that now resembles André the Giant.
 

 
With thanks to Seán Sansom!

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Grace Jones and Jean-Paul Goude: Their classic advert for Citroën CX

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Grace Jones was muse and lover to Jean-Paul Goude, when they made this advert together for the Citroën CX, in 1985. For some reason it was banned in “various countries around the world”, and I’ve yet to find out why? (Answers please…) It’s a classic, iconic ad, that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and once may have even tempted a non-driver like me to consider taking-up driving lessons. Well kinda.
 

 

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Octopussy floor lamps
08.14.2012
09:48 am

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The Octopussy floor lamp is by Moscow-based designer Vladimir Tomilov. Not only do they resemble octopuses (or is it octopi?) but they have a Residents-ish eyeball thing going on, too, which I dig.

Whether or not these floor lamps are for sale, I don’t know. It appears you can contact Tomilov directly here if you’re interested.
 

 

 

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David Pelham’s iconic cover designs for J G Ballard’s books

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Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. My introduction to J G Ballard’s fiction that came through these eye-catching designs by artist David Pelham.

Pelham was best known for his iconic covers for the Penguin paperback editions of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. In 1974, he produced these equally potent and memorable images for a Penguin box set of 4 J. G. Ballard books (3 novels, 1 collection of short stories) - The Wind from Nowhere, The Drowned World, The Drought and The Terminal Beach. Pelham’s designs perfectly captured the essence of Ballard’s fiction.
 
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Previously on Dangerous Minds

Books by Their Covers: Oliver Bevan’s Fabulous Op-Art Designs for Fontana Modern Masters


 
More of Pelham’s artwork for Ballard’s books, after the jump…
 

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‘Day of the Dead’ decorating with awesome skull wallpaper
07.26.2012
10:39 am

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I usually don’t like skulls or wallpaper in general, but this Day of the Dead Skull design by Emily Evans of AnatomyUK is incredible! The wallpaper was specially designed for two Latin-themed bars located in London. 

According to Street Anatomy blog:

“The high quality wallpaper is meticulously screen printed by hand using metallic gold ink on peacock, charcoal, and raspberry. The gold ink makes the pattern shine brilliantly under a variety of lighting.”

For more information about Evans’ wallpaper visit Anatomy Boutique.
 

 

 

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Discovering Dad: Terry Gilliam’s daughter uncovers her father’s artworks

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I probably owe Terry Gilliam money. I nicked his book Animations of Mortality when I was a kid as I wanted to improve my skills at drawing cartoons. Gilliam’s work was a big influence, (along with Ronald Searle and Ralph Steadman), and I spent hours perusing the pages of my pilfered goods, learning how to create art from a Master

What joy, therefore, to find Mr Gilliam’s daughter Holly has started a blog uncovering her father’s brilliant work, uploading discoveries on an almost daily basis.

Since October last year, Holly has undertaken this mammoth task of organizing her father’s archive:

....all his work from pre-Python days, as a cartoonist, photojournalist & assistnat editor for Help! magazine, through all his original artwork and cut-outs for Python animation, posters, logos and generally everything Python, to his storyboards, designs and sketches for his feature films and other non-film related projects (including his opera of “Faust” and that infamous Nike commercial).  Why!? Because I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by my father’s amazing work all my life and I think it should be seen by everyone so I am organising the archive so it can eventually be put in a book and an exhibition.

Holly is to be commended for this fabulous undertaking and I’m more than delighted she is sharing her father’s spectacular art works, and am now certainly willing to cough up the five quid owing on the book.

See more of this on-going project at Discovering Dad aka delving into Terry Gilliam’s personal archive. Or, follow Holly on twitter for updates. All images copyright Terry Gilliam.
 
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Previously on Dangerous Minds

Terry Gilliam: How he made stop-frame animations in his bedroom


 
Bonus Gilliam’s Monty Python illustration, after the jump…
 
Via Laughing Squid
 

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‘Hilum’: Puppets under the influence of magic
07.25.2012
05:27 pm

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Hilum is a strikingly beautiful and quite spooky fantasy created by marionette designer and manipulator Patrick Sims of Les Antliaclastes puppet theater.

The manipulators dressed and masked in white lace become a part of the surreal world of Hilum as they interact with the puppets in an opium-like dream. In medical terminology hilum is the point where blood vessels and nerves enter and begin to vein their way through an organ, not unlike an umbilical cord or a puppet’s strings, carrying energy and primal instruction - magic embodied.

Hilum takes place in the basement laundry room of a second-rate Natural History Museum. The cellarage is populated by a host of dubiously adorable urchins who have, for some reason or other, been cut off from the rest of the kingdom of curiosities that has remained ordered upstairs. Orphaned and liberated from their hosts, the prenatal rascals amuse themselves as most children would do at this age. Washer-women attend to their opus of bleaching laundry, despite the frequent shenanigans of the children.What starts off as mere women’s work and child’s play eventually becomes impossible. In the cubic crucible- whites mix with colours, wools are washed with warm water, the cat is chucked into the heavy duty rinse… and playtime quickly becomes a downright theatre of cruelty.

Video directed and filmed by Sébastien Jousse, Franck Littot and Benoit Millot.
 

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Gallery of Lost Art: A century of vanished work by the likes of Freud, Kahlo & Duchamp

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It is strange to think that some the most important works of art from the past 100 years have been lost, erased, destroyed, stolen, censored, or allowed to rot, and can now no longer be seen.

The Gallery of Lost Art is a virtual exhibition that reconstructs the stories behind the disappearances of some of the world’s best known and influential works of art. It’s the biggest virtual exhibition of its kind, and is curated by Jennifer Mundy, and is produced by the Tate in association with Channel 4 television. The virtual Gallery has been beautifully designed by digital studio ISO, and the site will be kept live for 12 months, before it is lost.

Amongst those currently on exhibition at the Gallery of Lost Art are:

Lucian Freud Portrait of Francis Bacon (1952)

This small painting was stolen in at exhibition in Germany on May 27th, 1988. It is considered one of Freud’s best early works, and although there was a police investigation and a hefty reward (300,000DM) the portrait has never been recovered.
 
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Tracey Emin: Everyone I have Ever Slept With 1963-1995

Made in 1995, when Tracey Emin was still relatively unknown, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 is a tent covered with the names of all the people Emin had slept with, including lovers, friends, family members and foetus 1, foetus 2. Inspired by an exhibition of Tibetan nomadic culture, which included examples of their tents, which are used by Tibetan monks for meditation, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 made Emin an over-night sensation and one of the most controversial artists working in Britain at that time. The work was bought by Charles Saatchi, who kept it (along with hundreds of other art works), in a warehouse in London’s east end. In 2004, a fire destroyed this warehouse and most of Saatchi’s collection - including 40 paintings by Patrick Heron.

The Gallery of Lost Art - see the exhibition here, before it is gone.
 
More Lost Art from Kahlo, Sutherland and Duchamp, after the jump…
 

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The perfect gift for the wine-o who has everything
07.11.2012
05:04 pm

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For the upscale brown bagger, wine-o who has everything, or hipster desperate to burnish his street cred without sacrificing the convenience of a cool sip of Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine’O may look like a run-of-the-mill paper bag, but it¬s really super-strong non-woven fabric that¬s quilted and insulated to keep the chill in your chardonnay. Naturally, it’s reusable - so anytime you need to tote a bottle, it’s in the bag.”


Fred and Friends
will be selling these soon in case you want to pick one up for that special grapehead in your life.
 

 

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Full-length gown made out 50,000 gummy bears, inspired by an Alexander McQueen design
07.06.2012
12:22 pm

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I never really understood the Internets’ fascination with gummy bears. It all seemed a little pointless, and silly to me.

Until now!

Maybe I’m moving over to the darkside or something, becasue I simply adore this 220-pound Alexander McQueen-inspired gown constructed by Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakumi for TWELV magazine.

To create the masterpiece, steel wire was twisted into the shape of the dress and covered with a sheet of vinyl. Then 50,000 gummy bears were painstakingly glued on by hand in a colorful pattern reminiscent of a Chevron rainbow.

Taking three weeks to complete, the final dress was fitted exactly to MAJOR model Jessica Pitti’s measurements. And weighing in at approximately 220 pounds, required the strength of three adults to move.

 

 
Below, the Alexander McQueen dress Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakumi took their inspiration from.
 

 
Via Laughing Squid

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