American Art Posters 1890-1920 — A collection of the Boston Public Library

An amazing collection of vintage American Art Posters 1890-1920 from the Boston Public Library.

There are nearly 600 posters in this collection, below is just a sampling.
Most are lithographs but there are some linocuts also.

You can see echoes of Toulouse-Lautrec and Maxfield Parrish amongst others.

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Below is an interesting example of different deployments of the same print,
where the publications added variable type.

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Below is a good example of a two color litho print, where the plate colors were changed
and variable type overprinted.

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Source: Boston Public Library

 

Maurizio Cattelan’s middle finger displayed in front of Milan Stock Exchange…

From designboom:

the most recent and much discussed artwork by maurizio cattelan arrived today in milan’s piazza affari, in front of the italian stock exchange building. the controversial monument is made in marble, about 4 meters high and has been allocated on a base that brings the sculpture to a total height of 11 meters. during the making process, the famed italian artist changed the title from ‘omnia munda mundis’ – literally meaning ‘to the pure [men], all things [are] pure’, a latin sentence that has entered a relatively common usage in many countries – to ‘L.O.V. E.’

Shoe-shi (Sushi sneakers)

Milan-based chef and artist Yujia Hu makes sushi sneakers to order.

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Yujia Hu on Instagram

Via deMilked

 

The Art of the [Glenfiddich] Barrel

From Glenfiddich’s site:

Following the success of the inaugural Glenfiddich Barrel Art exhibition in 2007, we have developed a new exhibition for 2008. This year’s programme involves a single artist who will produce a collection of works that encapsulate the theme of time. We’ve chosen esteemed designer Michael Johnson. Michael has been at the forefront of British design throughout a career spanning decades and work the theme of time has been prevalent in his work to date.

Link to Exhibition site with more photos.  [via]

Incredible portraits made from trash

 

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Assemblage artist Bernard Pras creates incredible 3D installation portraits from trash.
(via boingboing.net)

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The illustrations of mixmasterangel

mixmasterangel has some very different styles, here are some of my favorites, click images for larger.

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Links to mixmasterangel:

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SHOTA KOTAKE — Father Ted a Day

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“Celebrating 20 years of holiness of Father Ted. I decided to do a drawing
of Father Ted everyday for one year”— SHOTA KOTAKE (360 drawings)

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Cat, unaware of video camera, drops middle-aged woman into a ‘wheelie bin’

Food App Icons on Behance

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A nice collection of iPhone Food App icons found here.

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The curious eye of Nik Daum… amazing photo blog +

Click here to go to Nik’s site. Use the arrow keys to navigate.

Burning Gas Crater in Turkmenistan — Incredible pictures, incredible back-story

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In the heart of the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan the Darvaza Gas Crater or The Burning Gates give off a glow that can be seen from miles away during the dark night. The large crater is a result of a Soviet gas exploration accident in the 1950’s. It was created when a Soviet drilling rig was drilling for natural gas fell into an underground cavern resulting in a crater which today measures roughly 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. The huge crater was set alight shortly after being discovered and has been burning ever sense. The recognizable smell of burning natural gas can be detected from a distance and becomes quite strong as you near the hot edge of the crater.

Link to pictures

Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities: community urinalysis

From the University of Washington:

Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant.

The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country.

Oregon State University scientists tested 10 unnamed American cities for remnants of drugs, both legal and illegal, from wastewater streams. They were able to show that they could get a good snapshot of what people are taking.

Link 

This is nothing new, I read about a similar experiment in Washington DC last spring and one in another in a large Italian city last year but having difficulty finding links to the articles. 

Stay tuned or post links in comments.

Update:

Fairfax, VA Takes Part in Unusual Wastewater Experiment 2006

Link to wtopnews

Link to Washington Post article 

Link to timesonline (Italian tests)

THE rivers of Italy are flowing with cocaine, say scientists who have adopted a new approach to measuring the extent of drug misuse. The biggest river, the Po, carries the equivalent of about 4kg (8lb 13oz) of the drug a day, with a street value of about £20,000.

F is for Fail — An Alphabetical Odyssey Through The Creative Process

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Really nice animation.

Welsh wrapped tree art

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An artist's four-year project to enliven prominent dead trees by wrapping them in coloured cloth has been turned into an exhibition. Philippa Lawrence aims to decorate trees in each of the 13 old counties of Wales as part of a scheme called Bound.

Link to BBC with more pictures

Alfred Hitchcock speaks to viewers in the year 2000


Hitchcock Year 2000 (1958)
by donaldtheduckie

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