Margaret Keane

Behind Big Wide Eyes ”Those sad-eyed kids, signed and sold by the voluble bibulous Walter Keane (1915-2000), were the work of Keane’s wife, Margaret, whose identity and authorship were kept secret. Keane never painted anything. Yet he could sell. By art market standards, the man was ahead of his time, prefiguring an era in which artists […]

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Ralph Steadman

For No Good Reason    For No Good Reason is a 2012 American-British documentary film about Ralph Steadman, directed by Charlie Paul. The film was in competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.[1] It premiered at the 2012 London Film Festival, and was released in 2014 in […]

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Ero-Guro

The Ultimate Shocking Manga Style! Adults Only! Just a fast introduction if you are new to this. The Erotic Grotesque genre in novels is inspired from the famous writer Rampo Edogawa from the Taisho Japanese era (1912-1926), father of the detective story and author of numerous novels were erotism is intertwined with grotesque (ex: The Human Chair and Imomushi). […]

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Talking Heads #45

Melancholic Bodies Softcover Japanese language art magazine themed on “Melancholic Body ~ The pitiful but beautiful body’s favorite knowledge” (メランコリックな身体~痛々しくも美しきカラダの偏愛学). Each artwork presented focuses on the beauty that can be found in a deformed, mutilated, or dead body. It is not focused on grotesque aspects at all. Artists featured/reviewed in this issue: Misako Kobayashi (小林美佐子),  […]

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60’s Paraphernalia

Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol’s sphere of influence defined 60’s subculture in New York. Though most remember Andy as an artist, he should be coined as a collector, collecting characters at The Factory who he manufactured and preserved as icons. His taste was impeccable; his instincts dead on. “Anybody who Andy discovered and found and ‘named’ […]

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Sylvia JI

Land of Retinal Delights   Possessing an artistic voice as unique as the times we live in, Sylvia Ji is at once contemplative, spiritual, enigmatic, and yet whimsically funny. Above all else, it is perhaps beauty that emerges as her defining characteristic, and her art reflects this: an extension of herself; a passionate appreciation of simple […]

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Travis Louie

Strange Discoveries Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. He has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their […]

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