Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Felted Specimens, The Anatomical Venus, Art Crimes and More!

Well hey there gang. It’s yr old pal Brian. It’s been hot here in Brooklyn and I wish I could tell you that I haven’t had to use the A/C yet. But I can’t do that. But you know what else would help cool us off? Some Quickies. Soak in it, won’t you?


What do we expect from our pop stars when it comes to the political? -Via Courtney

Says Jim “A researcher tried to match babies to their mothers from disparate hospital records, only to find that matching people by name isn’t as easy as it seems, thanks to western marriage traditions.”

And now the story of “The ‘Anatomical Venus‘, created by sculptor Clemente Susini between 1780 and 1782, comes off as disgusting in a contemporary context. Exposed in every possible sense of the word, the Venus is female beauty objectified to grotesque extremes. Her eyes gently shut and body spread wide, it’s almost as if femininity is considered most beautiful when lifeless, that a woman is most desirable as an aesthetically pleasing spread of inactive parts.” -Via Julie

Arnold Lobel created the famous children’s book series Frog and Toad. They are the stories of two best friends who share adventures and their lives. It turns out, Lobel was gay. His daughter Adrianne says “I think ‘Frog and Toad’ really was the beginning of him coming out.” -Via Donna

Felted specimens! Felted specimens! Felted Specimens!



Featured Image Via The Anatomical Venus by Joanna Ebenstein.

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Brian George is an illustrator who lives and works in the Van Beardswick neighborhood of Brooklyn. His fierce love of cheesecake is often (but not always) thwarted by his intolerance for lactose. He will draw and paint for your amusement (‘amusement’ is archaic Etruscan slang for ‘money’). Visit his portfolio, follow his tweets @brianggeorge or on G+

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