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"The nastiness directed towards Zen Pencils does not constitute good criticism, but the comics as a whole could stand to realize that there is more to the process of creating than empty eulogies. In raising art to a pedestal-beyond-pedestals, Zen Pencils does not enshrine art, but merely the idea of art, an empty rhetorical figure used metonymically to refer vaguely and uncritically to everything good and pure in the world. This emptying out of art, so to speak, is not a new phenomenon; defending art for art’s sake, as if art exists independent of the world from which it arises and must be bulwarked against that very world, is a common and noxious idea that gains ground whenever one speaks of art as a goal in and of itself. It is easy to appreciate art, to worship the very idea of it and identify it as the sentinel against which all the evils of the world are kept at bay, but this is tantamount to a betrayal of art itself. Art does not preserve the world, nor does it transcend it; art creates the world, and to criticize is to define and create art itself. We make art not to transcend the world, but to critique it, and make it a better place. And when we can fully recognize and appreciate this, then maybe Aung Than’s dream will be realized, and art will truly triumph over #hate it all its forms."

Patrick Carland on Zen Pencils

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art-and-fury:


Young woman in bare torso front at mirror - Fernand Toussaint

art-and-fury:

Young woman in bare torso front at mirror - Fernand Toussaint

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saveflowers1:

Art by William Russell Flint (1909) - Savoy Operas: Princess Ida.”

saveflowers1:

Art by William Russell Flint (1909) - Savoy Operas: Princess Ida.”

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70sscifiart:

Virgil Finlay

70sscifiart:

Virgil Finlay

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joequinones:


Joker’s Reckoning by Alex Ross.This was also the cover for Wizard Magazine #99.

Always loved this piece. One of my favorites.

joequinones:

Joker’s Reckoning by Alex Ross.

This was also the cover for Wizard Magazine #99.

Always loved this piece. One of my favorites.

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vitazur:

Gene Szafran - Clarion II, 1972.

vitazur:

Gene Szafran - Clarion II, 1972.

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missvoodoodoll:

Descending NightAdolph Alexander Weinman, 1914

missvoodoodoll:

Descending Night
Adolph Alexander Weinman, 1914

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mythologer:


Aphrodite Anadyomene, Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd-1st century BC

mythologer:

Aphrodite Anadyomene, Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd-1st century BC

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samwolfeconnelly:

'Melon Heads of Dracula Drive'
16” x 20” - oil on panel
Sam Wolfe Connelly
Another new painting of mine for the 3-person Contemporary Romanticism show opening tomorrow at Arcadia Contemporary in NYC.

samwolfeconnelly:

'Melon Heads of Dracula Drive'

16” x 20” - oil on panel

Sam Wolfe Connelly

Another new painting of mine for the 3-person Contemporary Romanticism show opening tomorrow at Arcadia Contemporary in NYC.

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fantagraphics:

Jim Woodring:

Casual associate R. Fox writes to ask “Are you dead again?” This snapshot of a detail of a work in progress, the paint still wet, provides a misleading clue to the answer.

fantagraphics:

Jim Woodring:

Casual associate R. Fox writes to ask “Are you dead again?” This snapshot of a detail of a work in progress, the paint still wet, provides a misleading clue to the answer.

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tumblropenarts:

i. Init
ii, iii
Watercolor
-eLi-

tumblropenarts:

i. Init

ii, iii

Watercolor

-eLi-

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antonimus:

Antonio LeeOil and acrylic on canvas. 40cm x 50cm

antonimus:

Antonio Lee
Oil and acrylic on canvas. 40cm x 50cm

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urgetocreate:

Paul Gauguin, Street in Osny, 1883

urgetocreate:

Paul Gauguin, Street in Osny, 1883

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newyearsrockinsteve:

Cossack in the Steppe, by Ilya Repin.

newyearsrockinsteve:

Cossack in the Steppe, by Ilya Repin.

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