Category Archives: Art

La Peste : April Fools

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Films as Books

I really love this ongoing project by illustrator and designer Matt Stevens. His reimagined movies as books concept is simply brilliant.  

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Hermitage

I was very fortunate to spend an entire day in the world renowned Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia a few years ago. It’s almost overwhelming to try and take in the immense institution in one visit. To save our … Continue reading

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Mondays are miscellaneous now

Antiquarian books – from the bookshelf’s view point.. This book records a Buddhist text given to the Qianlong emperor by a Panchen Lama from Tibet. The calligraphy was written by the court official Liang Guozhi (1723–1774) then engraved into the jade pages and painted … Continue reading

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Million Cat Caturday

“Millions of Cats” is a picture book written and illustrated by artist Wanda Gag in 1928. The book won a Newberry award in 1929 and is the oldest American picture book still in print.            

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Library of Exile

I first discovered the ceramic artist and writer Edmund de Waal through his best-selling book The Hare with the Amber Eyes. If you are not familiar with the memoir, it’s a compelling read that encompasses not only de Waal’s family history, … Continue reading

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As above, So below

Dutch artist and printmaker Jaco Putker uses both traditional and digital methods to produce his surreal images. He usually works with photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This allows him to create photo-realistic depictions. His finished pieces are at once amusing … Continue reading

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Conquest of Mars

Here is copy number 55 of the first edition of Edison’s Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss. There were only 1,500 copies in the first edition, and only 1,450 of those were offered for general distribution. Serviss, an astronomer, wrote Conquest in 1898; … Continue reading

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Ugliest Place I’ve Ever Seen

When designer Amber Share found that there were one-star reviews for all 62 of the U.S. National Parks she decided to illustrate and hand letter travel posters for them “as a way to put a positive, fun spin on such … Continue reading

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Why Real Books Are Great

h/t to Strand Books NYC  

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