At some point in the last five years or so, I read a recent book about art that took a critical look at -- for lack of a better term -- art machismo: the notion that good art is merciless and disruptive and basically must take a confrontational stance. I'm about 80% sure it was written by a woman. It was pretty accessible; I think I found it through a review in a general-interest publication. What might I have read?
posted by sculpin
on Dec 9, 2013 -
On the South bank of the Thames in 2002 (and maybe still there), there was a structure, like a piece of public art, in which you could place your body and it would support you at a slight angle, enabling a wonderful view while totally relaxed. It was a tilted section of a cylinder, made of dark metal. Does anyone remember/know of this? An image, location, or name of the artist would be wonderful!
posted by indecision
on Dec 7, 2013 -
I was fortunate enough to score a portable camera Lucida
via this Kickstarter project
. It is a Christmas present for my crafty SO.
I want to supplement the tool with a package of basic art supplies: paper, pencils, pastels, water colors. Nothing too advanced, just enough to allow him to explore his possible interest in the (very cool) equipment.
I've searched such kits but am kind of overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices, and would appreciate some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Puppetperson
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I'm doing a series of digitally printed images on canvas for a show. I've only done this screen printed before, so this time with the digital prints, I'm not sure what to do about signing and numbering them. Is this something I should do? Not? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight!
on Nov 22, 2013 -
I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
posted by gmb
on Nov 12, 2013 -
My aunt is dying of cancer, and I'd like to help her relive a happy memory. Sometime in the late 80s, we made wire flowers and dipped them in a strong smelling plastic (?) that hardened into clear colored panes. Neither of us can remember what it was called or very many specifics beyond that. It came in a can and we dipped the wire loops directly into it. It hardened relatively hard, and took maybe overnight to cure. What was it? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver
on Nov 11, 2013 -
My great aunt recently passed away, and I was given this painting
that she made. I know this is probably a wild goose chase, but I would love to figure out who is the subject. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane
on Oct 20, 2013 -
How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something
on Oct 8, 2013 -
When (if ever) is it appropriate to take a piece of guerrilla art down and keep it? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin
on Sep 19, 2013 -
I've heard a term that describes the irregular objects such as boxes and antenna that are used to break up a surface (such as on a model spaceship). Apparently this can make it more pleasing to the eye then a smooth surface. An example would be the surface of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars, where it is basically a triangular prism with some big features, then a lot of small, indistinct things that makes it looks unnaturally perfect. Does anyone know what this term is? [more inside]
posted by Canageek
on Sep 13, 2013 -
My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
posted by matcha action
on Sep 13, 2013 -
Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
posted by Mngo
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I've been searching for a series of recent paintings (I think they're paintings, but I can't be sure) to no avail. Here's what I remember: they're of well-dressed women who are peeling back their skin to reveal viscera. I recall that they're by a Spanish artist and they're fairly recent. Please help me hivemind, all my google searches are coming up empty.
posted by ob
on Aug 19, 2013 -
There is a statue in the Milwaukee art museum titled "The Last of the Spartans". It depicts a dying soldier writing the word "NIKAT" on his shield, presumably as his last act before succumbing to his injuries. What does NIKAT mean? [more inside]
posted by :-)
on Aug 11, 2013 -
I feel like an idiot "wasting" a question on this, but it's driving me crazy and I am experiencing uncharacteristic google failure. Some time in the last few months I read reviews of a book of cover art from self-released LPs. The hell was that book called?
posted by dersins
on Jul 30, 2013 -
I'm redesigning my blog and want some pixel art assets for it (background + a few sprites). I've tried rolling my own and have only succeeded in reminding myself that I'm a poor artist. The people I've found seem mostly interested in doing avatars and the like and this is a slight larger request. [more inside]
posted by creade
on Jul 29, 2013 -
What's the etiquette, practicalities and social norms of sending a piece of artwork to a society as a gift? [more inside]
posted by Chorus
on Jul 20, 2013 -
Who represents learning disabled artists? Or how can I find blogs or catalogs that feature learning disabled or developmentally disabled artists working in any media? Europe and South America especially but welcoming feedback about the rest of the world. Thanks!
posted by parmanparman
on Jul 17, 2013 -
In 2001, I saved this
surreal Buffy the Vampire Slayer
art from a page in TV Guide
. Who was the artist? [SPOILERS discussed for BtVS season 5] [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack
on Jun 18, 2013 -
Help me find the blog of a japanese artist which drew everyday objects using watercolors. Shoes, clothes, mugs, etc. I think he updated daily.
posted by jgwong
on Jun 12, 2013 -
I'm looking for a specific artist who produces some very creepy prints, but I'd also be interested in any recommendations on a similar theme. One picture was of a dead astronaut, skull visible in their helmet, being held up by a ghost/spirit. Another was of a post-Chernobyl creature made up of parts of other animals, mainly horses, with human body parts as well. I think there were Napoleonic zombies in a different picture as well. [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I'm searching for art galleries in major cities (such as London, New York, Seattle, Dubai, etc) that are friendly to emerging artists, and are likely to take take 1 - 2 pieces in a group show. My goal here (similar to my last ask mefi question) is to get some exhibition credits in major cities, as crass as that sounds.
Are there any suggestions you have, or specific search keywords I should be looking for?
posted by felspar
on May 28, 2013 -
For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93
on May 18, 2013 -
I've always wanted to be able to paint so over the last year I've taken a couple of oil painting courses. It seems now that I can paint well enough that people are asking about buying my work and one person wants to try to get me into galleries he knows. Wow!
That's where I get stuck. How on earth do I come up with a price? Do I ask them to make me an offer? Are there resources for this kind of thing? Has anyone on here done this? What did you charge?
posted by merocet
on May 16, 2013 -
Does anyone know what happened with the 10 dollar art mystery
? It’s been a while and I can’t find a resolution. There’s the Wiki
, but if it has any more information I didn’t see it.
posted by bongo_x
on May 16, 2013 -
My DrawSomething addiction has coaxed out of me a desire to illustrate without getting bogged down by a writing process. My recent draws are cartoonish, bright and friendly, and other players keep asking if I'm an artist. Where can I find cartoon or childrens book writers in need of artwork that might tolerate my lack of portfolio and professional experience?
posted by jayCampbell
on Apr 30, 2013 -
I'm in Berlin on Saturday, and I'd like to look at, and maybe buy some art. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by devnull
on Apr 25, 2013 -
How I can I get a 4x4 ft. painting from Brooklyn to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia in the cheapest way possible? [more inside]
posted by Ollie
on Mar 15, 2013 -
I was linked a book some time ago via twitter, but that account is now gone and with it went the link.
Things I remember:
Pretty sure it was called "Daylight" (maybe not that, but definitely a time word. daytime? morning?)
Content: the text was just the entirety of a single day's New York Times transcribed
The link went to the publisher, I recall seeing it on Amazon also.
I believe published in the early 90s. 93ish? But still purchasable
Currently going crazy trying to find it with such not-so-limiting search terms. My browser history doesn't go back far enough to find it there. Hoping someone familiar with it happens upon this, I guess.
posted by arsey
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Just picked up some cool paper cuts. And was wondering if metafilter can help me translate them. I believe they are Chinese but honestly I am not sure. Two images are below:
Paper Cut One
Paper Cut Two
Let me know if you have any trouble with the images. And thanks again Metafilter!
posted by WickedPissah
on Mar 4, 2013 -
I want to change my Barbie doll's skin tone and paint her face to give her different eyes. How? [more inside]
posted by discopolo
on Feb 14, 2013 -
Wondering if anyone else who uses the Wacom Intuos5 drawing tablet knows how to deal with this problem. My Intuos3, which I loved, had a big dead space in the middle of the drawing pad because I used a cleaner on it that messed it up. Two new versions had been released since I bought it, so I figured it was time to get the latest and greatest. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella
on Feb 2, 2013 -
The ice melts, releasing the pebbles onto the sculpture. YOUTUBE
Anyone know more about this genre of what I call sonic sculpture? [more inside]
posted by surplus
on Jan 29, 2013 -
I currently have a high paying desk job, but want to live free and make art. Should I save my money or aggressively pay down my student loans? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I'm an established photographer with a large body of work in travel and performance/event, with a niche in circus arts. I've exhibited in the past, and I'm looking for resources on funding/grants to put on an exhibition in either New York or London. [more inside]
posted by felspar
on Jan 8, 2013 -
Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder
on Dec 22, 2012 -
I bought a print of a painting I love in the only format available: A full bleed art show poster on glossy 11"x17" bond. The painting reproduction is approximately the top half of the poster, say 10"x8". I can clearly see the grain of the canvas in the print, and it is entirely possible that the original painting is not much larger than the reprint. So my question is, is it feasible to have this print blown up to twice or thrice it's size without sacrificing quality? [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Dec 10, 2012 -
I might want to do some freelance illustration, but is it possible to do so without any type of degree? [more inside]
posted by grifninetoo
on Nov 29, 2012 -