February 26, 2013

Two by Massimo Scolari

Massimo Scolari, The Sick Square, 1971
See my Scolari post on But Does it Float. I'm looking forward to the recent book collecting these works (Amaz link) -- these come from the old book (most b/w). 

Massimo Scolari, Sardinia North East, Cape Boi, 1973

February 24, 2013


Willi Geiger, 1914

See the new post on recto-verso: Weltkrieg: German Artists Respond to the Great War

January 23, 2013

Bettina von Arnim

Manhole, 1972

La ligne jaune, 1972

Labyrinth, 1980

Auf Polls Spuren, 1976

Die Eisenbahnen haben einen Schnupfen, 1983

A, 1976

Most of these works by Bettina von Arnim (b. 1940) come from Galerie Poll, though I have trouble navigating to them directly from their website. The rest come from expired auction listings. I gave titles when I could find them. I would love to see more of her work (and proper reproductions).

Not related (as far as I know) to previous poster-boys of this blog, Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim (unlike this Bettina von Arnim).

update: Thomas Kümmel (@klbkultur on twitter) left a comment about the artist. Thank you!

Bettina von Arnim (born 1940 at Zernikow) is related to the widely branching noble lineage "von Arnim" although it is not easy to trace her roots.
She is the daughter of Friedmund and Clara von Arnim. Her parents managed the family estate "Gut Zernikow" until it was expropriated by the Soviets. They then fled Eastern Germany for West Berlin in 1945.
Her father, Friedmund von Arnim, was a great-grandchild of Ludwig Achim and Bettina von Arnim (German writer and novelist, Countess of Arnim and sister of Clemens Bretano). Friedmund von Arnim died as a prisoner of war in Russia in January 1946. Her mother, Clara von Arnim, died on May 7, 2009 at the age of 99.

January 16, 2013

The Future Is Now, 1984




Filmstudio Limelight / Space Girl 
(Schlieren / Schweiz; 1984)

Click for larger versions at Micky the Pixel's flickr (his light show company is Vannutt)

January 13, 2013

Those Tinderbox Eyes

Axel Mathiesen's illustration for H. C. Andersen's "Tinderbox," circa 1928 via twincovercollector.

I apparently can't get enough of bug-eyed dogs...perhaps because the Boston Terrier runt of my teenage years was crazy bug-eyed. See these previous posts: one, two, three.

January 10, 2013

In the land of dwarfs

BibliOdyssey mentioned this one way back in 2008 but I keep coming across it and had to feature it. The scans are by flickr user Tomasz and the book is called... W Krainie Karzełków, which Google confidently translates as "In the land of dwarfs." I can't find a date. 1940s? And the sig... Ajo?

Book collector Arthur van Kruining cleared up the mystery: "This book is of Dutch origin. The title is DWERGENLAND (1923). "Ajo" was the pseudonym of Henriëtte Fox-Borel. Unfortunately her books are quite rare." Thanks Arthur!

Google translates "Dwergenland" as "Dwarf Country." See more Ajo here.