Pasadena, CA

John Whitney — Matrix III, 1972.

When American John Whitney founded Motion Graphics Incorporated in 1960, he’d already spent two decades working as a mechanical animator and inventor — a career that won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, and saw him working on such seminal visual effects as Saul Bass’ glorious title sequence for Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Using a converted WWII antiaircraft gun director, Whitney built his own 12-foot analogue computer in the 1950s, becoming in the process one of the primitive forebears of computer animation.

Whitney graduated to digital processes by the ’70s, when he created this gorgeously hypnotic film in collaboration with Terry Riley.


Krefeld, Germany

Joseph Beuys wants to kill your to do list.

Works from the Tate Collection, London.


London, UK
Rachel Garrard, Celestial Sphere.

London, UK

Rachel Garrard, Celestial Sphere.


Antwerp, Belgium
Louis Reith collage from the “Nachttuin” series showing at Huis Haas Gallery.

Antwerp, Belgium

Louis Reith collage from the “Nachttuin” series showing at Huis Haas Gallery.


Copenhagen, Denmark

“The popular magazines were all saying that one couldn’t build a summer home for less than $25,000. So I contacted Life magazine and said, ‘well, I have one.’”

Jens Risom on the inexpensive design of his 1967 Rhode Island cabin.


The Farmers’ Almanac tells us today is a good day to:

BAKE
CUT FIREWOOD 
CUT HAIR TO INCREASE GROWTH
MOW TO INCREASE GROWTH
DIG HOLES
WAX FLOORS
GET MARRIED


Why we love NY

Wireless network names found on a random Thursday, February 6 while driving down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn at 9:45 pm:

dustball
Flower Bridge
HARDTIMES
partyhaireverywhere
infosuperhighway
Ham Sandwich
santilolo
Hand Written Guest
bacon
Bill Murray is a Fine Actor
scolding
Eye Love Ewe
Bigcat8240
Slipper Room Airport
suzydacutie
Brooklyn

Nihon Arupusu, Japan
Iconic model Veruschka photographed by Richard Avedon for the October 1966 issue of Vogue.
Still from the documentary “The Eye Has To Travel,” about the life and times of tenacious visionary Diana Vreeland.

Nihon Arupusu, Japan

Iconic model Veruschka photographed by Richard Avedon for the October 1966 issue of Vogue.

Still from the documentary “The Eye Has To Travel,” about the life and times of tenacious visionary Diana Vreeland.


The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.— Orson Welles
Portrait by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1938.

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
— Orson Welles

Portrait by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1938.


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