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Monday, June 21, 2010


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia lists 130 languages of the indigenous peoples represented in the former USSR.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hidden posters of Notting Hill Gate Tube station, 2010

rk at the station has recently uncovered these amazing advertising posters in non-public areas and that date from c1956 - 1959 when the station's lifts were removed and replaced by escalators. These are in an old lift passageway. 

This striking image is for the coach services of the Royal Blue operator - who in those days were the coaching arm of the old Tilling bus companies of Western National and Southern National that by this date were state owned. they ran a network of coaches from London Victoria Coach station to the South West of England. The poster is by the poster artist Daphne Padden.

We will be leaving these intact - and please do not pester the station staff as the posters are wholly inaccessible - which is why they've probably survived 50 odd years!

The photos were taken officially - please do credit London Underground in any links. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Primitive Gear

“Large-scale color photographs from 2005 to 2006 reflect the ritual adornment and spirituality of masquerade in Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso in West Africa. These portraits of masqueraders build on Galembo's work of the past twenty years photographing the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, as well as the homegrown custom of Halloween in the United States. Organized by Ian Berry, Malloy Curator of the Tang Museum, in collaboration with the artist.” 
– Tang Museum

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Primitive Folk Art Eagle

This wonderful piece of Primitive Folk Art was found at a local estate sale.  This piece is an Eagle, hand carved out of wood and decorated in raised polychrome designs, gilded in gold, inlaid glass pieces, painted over in dark yellow, green and a cream colors.  It measures 10" tall, 12 3/4" wide at the bottom, 1" deep on the body and 1/4" deep on the wings and tail.  The body of the eagle is carved from one piece of wood, and the wings and and tail are crudely carved separate pieces of wood, attached by nails.   There is also a piece of wire attached by nails to hang the eagle.  The wire hanger was painted gold at one time but most has worn away.. The finish on the back appears to be a dark reddish brown paint, that has become dirty over time.  The wing on the left back side, in photo # 7, appears to have been broken at one time and glued back together.  This may have been separate pieces of wood that were glued together, came undone and were re glued by someone later. This area still has some weakness to it but I will leave that to the winning bidder to reinforce.  Some small pieces of the raised designs may be missing on the front, but I can't tell if that is the case, or if it was made that way.  The paint and gilding over time has aged and has a warm patina to it.  The photos do not show the true beauty of it.  This piece is a wonderful part of our Folk Art history and guaranteed to be authentic, so don't let it get away.  Please email with questions and I will be happy to respond as promptly as my schedule allows.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

THINKMULE™ in White Out Poster Show.

Date:Thursday, May 13, 2010
Time: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Location:Illiterate 82. South Broadway

In the DEWmocracy Flavor Campaign, three teams are crisscrossing the country capturing votes for three flavors of Mountain Dew. Team White Out is on its way to Denver, and they’re hosting a one-of-a-kind screen print poster show!

You’re invited to swing by Illiterate Gallery and check out 15 black-and-white screen prints from Denver's top artists, each printed in ultra-limited quantities (around five each). Pick one up, and the proceeds will go straight to a local charity. Make sure to bring some dough, this is a cash-only one night event and the posters are super affordable!

Come down at 5:00pm to get your fill of free White Out, and stay for the after-party to get free beer!

Participating Artists:

John Fellows
Anthony Cozzi
Chris Huth
Liz Miller
Andrew Hoffman
Adam Reker
Aaron Ray
Max Kauffman
Brian Son
Craig Holden Feinberg
Josh Shively
Spence Trierweiler
+ more!

Rock on!

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