Home

Home is not always as glamorous as being in exotic places but it feels good and comforting all the same. In his piece, Home Sweet Home, Damien Hirst screenprinted a plate to look like an ashtray, a comment on the gritty comfort of home as well as the fragility of human existence.

Home Sweet Home. Damien Hirst. 1996. Screenprint on porcelain.

Home Sweet Home. Damien Hirst. 1996. Screenprint on porcelain.

Cigarettes are a common motif in Hirst’s work (even after he quit in 2006) which he uses as a metaphor for life:

“For me, the cigarette can stand for life. The packet with its possible cigarettes stands for birth, the lighter can signify God, which gives life to the whole situation, the Ashtray represents death […] being metaphorical is ridiculous, but it’s unavoidable.”


All the Directions

Today I’m hitchhiking in Romania from Suceava to Piatra Neamţ . Here’s a photograph by Romanian artist Mircea Cantor (who is exhibiting in the MNAC of Bucharest, see here). A hitchhiker with a blank sign, going in any direction.

All the Directions. Mircea Cantor. 2000.

All the Directions. Mircea Cantor. 2000.


Picasso Haute Couture

Fashion Photographer Eugenio Recuenco shoots a beautiful series inspired by Picasso paintings:

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Brâncuși

I’m off to Romania tomorrow on holiday, so here’s a sculpture by the great Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși. And when I return I will share all the cool new artists I discovered!

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The Kiss. Constantin Brâncuși. 1908.

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The Artist in his Studio


Wild Animals

La Rêve (The Dream). Henri Rousseau. 1910.

La Rêve (The Dream). Henri Rousseau. 1910.

Allegro Strepitoso. Carel Weight. 1932

Allegro Strepitoso. Carel Weight. 1932


Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour. Henri Matisse. 1951.

Madame de Pompadour. Henri Matisse. 1951.


Getting to Know Your Body

Here’s some Flash Fiction by Lydia Davis:

If your eyeballs move, this means that you’re thinking, or about to start thinking.
If you don’t want to be thinking at this particular moment, try to keep your eyeballs still.

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Everywhere eyeballs are aflame. Odilon Redon. 1888.