Archive for the Art Category

The Hangover, c. 1888

Posted in Art, Painting with tags , on September 23, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

As painter and lover, model, muse and confidante Suzanne Valadon was a key figure in the fabled, febrile Parisian art-world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 150th anniversary of her birth seems to me to deserve far more attention and commemoration than it seems to be receiving today. I shall try, in my small way, to do something to amend that over the next days and weeks.

Marie-Clémentine Valadon, known as Suzanne Valadon
23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938

Two Kachinas

Posted in Art, Object with tags , , on September 4, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Passing my early childhood in a part of the Midwestern United States with a prominent Native American minority I developed a great curiosity about the culture of the “Indians” as they were then universally named. We often went to pow-wows and I’ve never forgotten a school trip to the local Indian Junior College that had a fine museum of Native American arts and crafts. The college gave each visiting child a large and beautiful book about the native peoples, a wonderful and very generous gift. I also acquired two artefacts of my own: a local flint arrowhead and from much further afield a battered and rather melancholy kachina doll. I don’t remember how the latter came into my possession but it sparked a deep fascination with these extraordinary objects, so various and strange. Kachinas are now highly collectable but I find many modern examples rather garish and over-realistic in form, though they are often beautifully crafted. Older kachinas however still convey the mythical mystery of their origins in the indigenous cults of the Southwestern tribes. I was reminded of all this by a post at the always excellent Art Blart blog.

Six Sculptures by Will Cotton

Posted in Art, Object with tags , on December 28, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Will Cotton, Against Nature, 2012
Will Cotton, Cake Tower, 2010
Will Cotton, Delicious, 2008
Will Cotton, Delight, 2009
Will Cotton, Insatiable, 2008
Will Cotton, Sweet, 2010

Porcelain Parties by Chris Antemann

Posted in Art, Object with tags , on December 27, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Chris Antemann, Battle of the Britches-Tea Party, 2010
Chris Antemann, Dining in the Altogether, 2010
Chris Antemann, Lust and Gluttony, 2008

Do Not Open Til Xmas

Posted in Art, Object with tags on December 24, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Isis-Aphrodite, c. 300 BCE

Posted in Art, Object with tags , , on December 18, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Walking on Eggshells, 1997

Posted in Art with tags on December 14, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden



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