Thursday, September 8, 2011

Timber! / A fine art tarot / Art of tarts

Colombian artist Miler Lagos' book sculpture called Pie de Amigo (Foot of Friend) is an artfully arranged arc of stacked architecture books. The kicker: he placed one pencil in each book so that, if removed, the  piece will collapse.
 On view at the Uffizi in Florence are Francesco Clemente's complete set of tarot cards, with the traditional icons replaced by the artist and his friends. Clemente cast himself as the fool (below left). Also pictured are Fran Lebowitz as Justice, Brice Marden as The Hanged Man, Scarlett Johansson as Queen of Swords, and Salman Rushdie as King of Swords



A few rungs down on the social/artistic scale, but fascinating in their own way, are Tart Cards, used in London as advertising by sex workers and often traded by devotees, like Pokemon cards. Catherine Archer, the author of a book on them, works at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and has her doctorate in typography; hence her special interest in their typefaces. A 19th-century typeface, for example, appears on cards offering mock schoolgirl services while masseusses employ whimsical and feminine scripts. Domination cards use "stern words set in Gothic letters."

5 comments:

  1. Who gets to be Death? And the Devil?

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  2. Terence Koh (?) is The Devil; haven't tracked down Death yet.

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  3. follow this link to a slide show of a collaborative tarot deck by various artists (Warhol is the hanged man) http://www.warhol.org/webcalendar/event.aspx?id=2990

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  4. These are great art works. I really wanted to have a talent and skills like this but I think it's not really for me. Anyway, this is the outcome of fine arts.

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  5. I agree with the previous comments. This talent is brilliant. I love to paint but I wish painting loved me.

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