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April 19, 2014

Reading Man (Self-Portrait) — Forrest Bess

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April 18, 2014

Naked Girl with Egg — Lucian Freud

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April 18, 2014

The Annunciation — Henry Ossawa Tanner

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April 18, 2014

Violin Player — Gerrit Dou

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April 17, 2014

Night Market — Jolene Lai

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April 17, 2014

“It’s not just a stream of gibberish” |On Illustrating Finnegans Wake

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At The Honest Ulsterman, Darran Anderson talks with Stephen Crowe about illustrating James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in his project Wake in Progress. From the interview:

DA: Do you approach the book as a puzzle or a palette? Do you try to make your artwork close to what Joyce might have meant or do you embrace the possibilities of your own interpretations? Is it possible or even desirable to try to work out what Joyce meant?

SC: Clearly Joyce meant to say something – it’s not just a stream of gibberish. So as an illustrator I think I owe it to the text to try to understand as much of it as I can. I try to figure out at least a couple of different ways to interpret every passage, but I certainly don’t exhaust every avenue. There’s a limit to how much information I can cram into the illustrations anyway. On the other hand, I do think that there are portions of the book where it’s not really important to understand it on a semantic level. Joyce was deeply influenced by music in his writing, and I think it’s fine to appreciate some of the book quite passively, as if it were music. I would agree that there’s no such thing as “understanding” the book entirely. Partial incomprehensibility is part of its design.

April 17, 2014

“Holy Thursday” — William Blake

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April 17, 2014

A Heap of Language — Robert Smithson

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April 17, 2014

Why Not — Kenton Nelson

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April 16, 2014

Zombie Jamboree — Keith Morrison

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April 16, 2014

Gray Rabbit: Old Male, Female, and Young — John James Audubon

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April 16, 2014

Mystic Allegory or Tea — Maurice Denis

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April 15, 2014

The Pop Art of Goya — Van Arno

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April 15, 2014

Men are beasts!

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April 15, 2014

A Comet’s Journey — J.J. Grandville

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April 15, 2014

Portrait of a Young Lady — Alfred Stevens

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April 14, 2014

Sad Teenagers Who Won’t Stay Dead (Charles Burns)

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April 14, 2014

St. Anthony with a Donor — Mabuse

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April 13, 2014

Don Quixote — Gustave Doré

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April 13, 2014

Black Tegu Lizard — Maria Sibylla Merian

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