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Paintings from "Night Gallery"

Dangerous Minds has a piece that draws attention to the paintings used to introduce the stories in the television series Night Gallery. The essay includes a little background information, and images from several of the paintings, including the one above titled "Escape Route." All of the paintings can be seen at the Rod Serling's Night […]

Memento Mori Art

AtlasObscura has a nice piece on memento mori art that includes some photos of different approaches to this. I am fascinated by macabre art and memento mori, and those similarly inclined can find the piece titled "In the 16th Century, the Best Office Decor Was a Tiny Rotting Corpse." On the sculpture in the photo […]

Satanic Art Exhibit

An exhibit from 2014 showed up today in my Google news feed from a Quartz piece called "Five hundred years of Satanic art" that draws attention to an "exhibition at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, 'Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin, and the Underworld,' [that] traces Lucifer’s visual history, from his emergence in the Middle […]

Titles of Interest: The Art of Horror

The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Ill edition, 2015) Stephen Jones, editor Amazingly, there has never been a book quite like The Art of Horror a celebration of frightful images, compiled and presented by some of the genre's most respected names. While acknowledging the beginnings of horror-related art in […]

Call for Papers: Reframing Science Fiction

Call for Papers - Reframing Science Fiction: A One Day Conference on the Art of Science Fiction 21 March 2016 Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU Keynote speakers: Dr Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent) From William Blake and John Martin to Glenn Brown and The Otolith […]

The Harvard Crimson and the value of artistic representations of gore

The Harvard Crimson has an interesting essay posted titled "The Aesthetics of Horror: an investigative essay into the value of artistic representations of gore." After beginning with a considertaion of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes' painting "Saturn Devouring His Son," the analysis begins. Here's an excerpt from this thoughtful piece: In other words, is […]

Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture

Although the deadline for this has passed, I wanted to make readers aware of the conference and the subject matter, art and esotericism. CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for submission: 31 October 2013) We invite proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, provided that they present innovative insights into visual, symbolic or material aspects of […]

Halloween and Fantastic Art by Grayson Fogg at The Autumnlands

From time to time this blog has explored art related to genre and Halloween, and with this post I want to promote the work of an artist I just discovered. This piece is titled "Halloween Frolics," found at by Grayson Fogg of The Autumlands, a great piece for this holiday season. Here is the […]

Society of Illustrators on Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration

The Society of Illustrators has rescheduled their lecture due to the storm. Here is the information: "What Lies Beyond: A Panel Discussion on Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration" Science fiction and fantasy illustration have been thriving for as long as art has existed. A stroll through any major museum features depictions of gods and demons, […]

Star Wars as Medieval Religious Art

I recently came across a link to some art by Chey Chao that took Star Wars and framed it in the context of Medieval art. Not only is the art interesting, but since Star Wars drew heavily from various mythological sources, has become a mythology in its own right, and provides the basis for the […]

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